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For 20 years, reading has been a part of my job, though I can’t say anyone has ever paid me to read.  Meaning, during my 40-hour work week, never has it been kosher or has time been built in, for me to sit down and read on the job.  In the Shop, you might find one of us sneaking in a page he…

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John Jay Huss of Manchester writes into the paper that if anyone ever needed a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in Manchester-by-the-Sea, one had only to read last week’s edition of the Cricket.

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I am writing to urge all residents to contact the Board of Selectmen (BOS) to oppose regional dispatch.  As has been noted the current system works well, and I can attest from personal experience that police and fire can arrive at a difficult to find location in a few minutes.  

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As a Boy Scout in Manchester’s Troop 3, I was fortunate to be able to carry out an Eagle project this summer with the help from my Troop. The project involved making 80 kits of school supplies and distributing them to kids in need through the Salem Boys and Girls Club.

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This morning, August 19, at approximately 9.30 a.m. my husband and I were driving back into town on Pine Street from Route 128. There appeared a black car, a Honda, behind us, following very closely. We were following the various speed limits, possibly a little over.

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The support and generosity of numerous individuals, families, organizations, and institutions in our community allowed us to award 130 scholarships to college-bound graduates in the Manchester Essex Regional High School Class of 2021. A sincere thank you to all who contribute to our local and regional scholarships.

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The Selectmen’s public forum Thursday on whether Manchester should join the North Shore Regional Dispatch may have been effective in staging the case for regionalizing public safety dispatch operations, but the public hearing lacked a key ingredient: hearing from the public.  I would offer the following points of consideration for the BOS moving forward:

I write to thank the voters who attended the annual town meeting (ATM) on Monday evening.  We gathered again on the Manchester Essex Middle/High School’s Hyland Field, as we did last year.  Thanks to thorough preparation by town board members, we were able to complete the town’s essential business in less than two hours and dissolve a few minutes before sunset. 

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Recently, there has been some discussion about the disposition of the town flagpole on the Town Common.  Currently, the town does not have a written policy with regard to the flagpole, though the topic has been discussed in past years.  This year has seen changes to the flagpole as a result of the Town Common renovation project.