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I’m writing today to express appreciation for the efforts of a group of interested residents who recently organized to study the ongoing issue of a lack of housing diversity in Manchester. The group found that a revised Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) by-law could have a positive impact on providing more housing choices in town.

Recently, Ariella Bennett, an African American high school classmate of my son from the class of 2010, posted a message on Instagram.  A photo had popped up on her timeline reminding her that it had been ten years since she graduated from Manchester Essex High School. Her first thought was, “Wow it’s been ten years since I was able to escape hell on earth.”

It is great news that Gary Gilbert is seeking to join Manchester's Planning Board and I encourage voters to write in Gary's name on the ballot of the June 30 election.  The current member holding that seat did not submit papers so there is a write-in option for that position on the ballot to complete the board.

From Alan Wilson, Town Moderator: This year, the annual town meeting comes at a challenging moment as we confront the COVID-19 pandemic.  In planning for this year’s meeting, our paramount goal is to conduct it as safely as possible and to take all essential measures to protect the health of everyone who participates.

Now that the intersection at Union and Beach Street is almost completed, I would like to propose prohibiting large trucks from going through this part of town - from start of Union Street at School Street to Summer Street. 

Three weeks ago, the Manchester Essex Conservation Trust made the decision to keep our trail system open to visitors during the COVID19 shutdown, on the idea that it is important for people to get outdoors and stay connected with nature.  We have since had large numbers of visitors, and while most have remained well behaved visitors observing the social distancing protocols, this "success" has raised some public concern about the risk of exposure and gotten us thinking again about our COVID response writes in MECT President Mike Dyer.