Reminder! Masks are required indoors at all businesses and public buildings in Manchester. Board of Selectmen Meeting: The next Board of Selectmen meeting will be on Monday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.  Please see the Town website for meeting details. Dogs on the Beach:  Dogs will be allowed on …

Cornerstone ChurchWe gather for worship each Sunday at 10 a.m. and welcome you to join us for a time of studying the scriptures and praising the Lord. Other ministry updates and details can be found on our website, www.CornerstoneNorthShore.org. If you have any special needs or concerns, ple…

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Mask Up MBTS!  Masks are required indoors at all public buildings and businesses. Board of Selectmen Meeting:  The next meeting will take place on Monday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. Agenda and meeting details are posted on the Town website.

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Board of Selectmen Meeting:  The next Selectmen meeting will be held on Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Please see the Town website for meeting details.375th Celebration Parade:  The 375th Celebration Parade will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m.  The traditional Fourth of Jul…

Manchester’s Shane MacLeod has been selected to serve on one of the world's most advanced nuclear-powered submarines.  Fast, maneuverable and technically advanced, submarines are some of the most versatile ships in the US Navy, capable of silently conducting a variety of missions around the …

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With COVID on the horizon last year when Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty completed its new office renovation on Central Street, it felt good to have the Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce hosted a jubilant ribbon cutting and grand opening of the company’s newest office right here in Manchester.

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Mask Up MBTS!  Masks are required indoors at all public buildings and businesses. Board of Selectmen Meeting:  The next meeting will take place on Monday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m. Agenda and meeting details are posted on the Town website.

Manchester Town Hall is Open to the Public: Masks and social distancing are required. Public hours are 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 9 a.m. - 6:15 p.m. on Thursday.

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When Virginia “Ginny” Thompson arrived at Manchester Town Hall in January, 1995 as a seasoned municipal assessor.  She’d been serving as principal assessor for the town of Lincoln’s when she was lured away by Paul Bockelman, then Manchester’s Town Administrator who led the search team that included Assessor Jerry Noonan for a new assessor.  Thompson was their top choice.  It was a really good one.  This week, after nearly 27 years at Manchester Town Hall, Thompson retired.

The biggest hits that year were Marvin Gaye’s Mercy Mercy Me, The Who’s Won’t Get Fooled Again, Carole King’s It’s Too Late (Baby Now), and let’s not forget, Tom Jones’ She’s A Lady. 

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For the past few years, a considerable amount of study and analysis has been conducted of the dam/culvert that crosses over Sawmill Brook as it empties into the inner harbor and the upstream dynamics, including the tidal pond behind the Fire Station.  The brook has caused considerable flood damage in past storms and the old dam and stone culvert (last reconstructed in 1900), which restricts water flow, is in poor condition. MADOT’s most recent inspections of the culvert in November 2018 and 2019 further classified it as having a “Severe/major deficiency” that should be addressed ASAP.

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Its September, and students are settling into a new school year that features a new elementary school building in Manchester, a new playground and some classroom updates in Essex, and a return to in-classroom learning after an extended period of attending class remotely in 2020-21.

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Board of Selectmen Meeting:  The next Selectmen meeting will be held on Monday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Please see the Town website for meeting details.

375th Celebration Parade:  The 375th Celebration Parade will take place on Saturday, September 25 at 2 p.m.  The traditional Fourth of July parade route will be followed.  Come out and celebrate 375 years of history in Manchester.

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The North Shore Garden Club, Manchester DPW and Conservation Commission have launched a beautiful new conservation project, on Lincoln Street, at the walkway between the high school and grade school this summer. The test plot converts mown grass into a pollinator habitat and was a huge success in year one, attracting swallowtail and monarch butterflies, and a variety of other pollinators.  The project will be expanded to include the remainder of the grass area behind the well house and, with town approval, will continue growing from there.  

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 Time is fast approaching for the 375th Anniversary End of Celebration Parade on September 25 at 2 p.m.  The parade will follow the usual July 4th Parade route – so get out your chairs, locate a place to stand and get ready to enjoy a fantastic parade.

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This year Emma Ketchum and Carson Komishane, Co-Editors in Chief of The Independent, the MERHS newspaper, will be contributing regularly to the Cricket. We are looking forward to hearing from them about the goings-on at the high school as well as their experiences as seniors. This week Emma and Carson share their impressions of the first week back to school. 

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Reunion News is in, as Manchester High School's Class Of 1980 gets together at Singing Beach for its 40th reunion, "plus one" (since last year's reunion was postponed.).