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It’s a season of goodbyes at Town Hall.  Last week on December 30, the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea honored Elizabeth “Beth” Heisey for her 32 years of service as administrative assistant to both the Town Administrator’s Office and the Building Department.  Pictured from top to bottom are R…

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Each year at this time, we republish snippets of the year’s events that have made their way onto the pages of our weekly newspaper. The “Year in Review,” printed in two consecutive editions, will provide you, our readers, a momentary slowing of time to reflect on the year 2019 before answeri…

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M-E Hornets Lars Arntsen and Mason Paccone apply a stifling defense against their Danvers opposition during the finals of the BankGloucester Holiday Tournament held at the Gloucester High School gymnasium. The Hornets prevailed over the Falcons of the NEC, 58–49.

“Young David Slade” — whose family ran our own Manchester Cricket for almost 100 years until 2018 — was recently spotted ringing to raise money for the wonderful Salvation Army at Market Basket in Gloucester.  According to Dick Singleton, who sent in the photography, “The gentleman rings a m…

The tax rate for FY2020 has been approved by the Department of Revenue. The new rate is up .47 cents from last year. Last year the rate per thousand dollars of assessed value was $11.23 and this year it is $11.70.

We would like to thank all of those that have helped with the design, construction, permitting and of course, fundraising for the Veterans Honor Roll — we are very close to making the project a reality. The Honor Roll is now fully designed, permitted and undergoing final pricing, which we expect to be in the range of $250–275,000. 

The calculation of the town’s tax rate happens every fall. There are a series of steps prescribed by the state that every municipality must follow that result in the state certifying the tax rate. Once the rate is certified the final third and fourth quarter tax bills for the remainder of th…

The weather was fully cooperative Sunday at noon when Santa Claus returned briefly to town for his annual ride around Manchester and Magnolia, courtesy of the MBTS Fire Department truck that provided his ride.  Tom Kehoe tells us this is likely the last public appearance by Santa prior to hi…

As always, budgets are about choices and as we begin the review of the preliminary budgets in earnest between now and annual Spring Town Meeting in April, the numerous choices represented in the proposed numbers will be debated. Your input is most appreciated. 

The third graders at Essex Elementary turned back time today for their annual Colonial Day last week as they headed into the Thanksgiving break.  Students dressed in traditional Colonial costumes and learned about life during the time period.  They made corn husk dolls, churned butter, mixed…

The Manchester Woman’s Club appreciates the generous donations to the Buy-A-Bulb Program. The Friendship Tree will sparkle brightly again this year. It shines in celebration of the following treasured relatives and friends.

 

The Manchester Club held its November meeting at the American Legion Hall, and reports are the meeting drew a crowd of members and guests. All those attending were treated to a delicious Portuguese Pot Roast dinner, thanks to Ken Davis' sister and brother for the preparation of the 24-hour marinade main course. 

The kindness, devotion and care that the late Robert F. Sanford showed for the senior citizens of Manchester-by-the-Sea should not be forgotten. Now therefore, we, the Board of Selectmen, do hereby proclaim December 18, 2019 as Robert F. Sandford Day in Manchester-by-the-Sea.