Essex Senior Highlights for March


Council on Aging Hours Of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday from 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.

Closed Wednesday

How To Schedule a COVID-19 Appointment

The Medical Reserve Corps and the Town of Essex are working together to help residents schedule their COVID Vaccinations. Volunteers are available to answer your call and help you navigate the scheduling. This is available to all residents currently eligible to receive a vaccine.

seven days per week from 7.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m. 978-717-3700.

2-1-1 State Assistance Line 877-211-6277.

Also, appointments can currently be scheduled at at the following types of clinic:

Mass Vaccination Site:  High volume, large venue locations which include Danvers Double Tree Hotel, Gillette Stadium, Fenway Park, Natick Mall, Eastfield Mall, former Circuit City.

*Appointments open on Thursdays for the following week*

Retail Pharmacy Sites:  CVS, Walgreens. Book appointments at either or

Healthcare Locations:  Beth Israel Lahey Health and Mass General Brigham will be receiving vaccine and they will send you an individual invitation.

Regional Clinics:  The Commonwealth is prioritizing large regional clinics, at this time there are none scheduled on Cape Ann.

Fuel Assistance – Action Inc., 180 East Main St., Gloucester, MA 978-281-3900

Action Inc.’s Fuel Assistance programs is designed to help you pay your energy bills.  This free program is available to anyone who meets eligibility guidelines. Call today to see if you qualify. Assistance is available from last November 1 (2020) through April 30.

Property Tax Deferral

Clause 41A-Tax Deferral for Seniors

Did you know that you may be able to defer part of your property taxes? To qualify you must be 65 or older, have owned or lived in your home for 10 years, and your income must be below the Circuit Breaker Credit limits. (Currently $61,000 single or $92,000 married).  It is important to note that this program does not eliminate a tax obligation like an exemption does.  It defers payment until the eligible homeowner no longer owns the home, as when it is sold, transferred to a trust or the homeowner passes away.  At that point, the deferred taxes plus accrued interest must be repaid. Important to note interest rates increase once the homeowner no longer owns the home.  If you would like more information, contact the Council on Aging or the Essex Board of Assessors.

Major League Baseball Opening Day Special

Thursday, April 1 at 12.00 noon, celebrate Major League Baseball’s opening day with a ballpark themed Grab ‘N Go Meal.  There will be special treats and some trivia to test your baseball knowledge. Please register by March 25th at the Essex COA.

Friday Groceries

Open Door and Acord Food Pantries continue to support our efforts to provide groceries options for you. Friday Grocery Distribution is scheduled for March 19. Please call the COA by Tuesday to register.  Groceries can be picked up at 12.00 noon at the COA, delivery is available if needed.

Grab and Go Menu

MONDAY, March 15:  Honey Roasted Pork, Roast Sweet Potato, Brussel Sprouts.

THURSDAY, March 18:  Stuffed Peppers with Rustic Tomato Sauce, Au Gratin Potatoes.

MONDAY, March 22:  Lemon Picatta Chicken, Pasta, Spinach.

THURSDAY, March 25:  Ribecue with BBQ Sauce, Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Wedges.

MONDAY, March 29:  Sweet and Sour Meatballs, Fried Rice, Asian Blend, Pineapple.

THURSDAY, April 1:  Hot Dog, Baked Beans, Carrots.

Beauport Ambulance Services


INDIVIDUAL TRIPS: Monday-Friday 8.00 a.m.- 4.00 p.m. Essex, Ipswich, Rockport, Gloucester, Manchester, Hamilton, Wenham, Beverly, Danvers and Peabody.

Cape Ann Transit Authority (CATA)


Friday Morning Market Basket, Rowley: 9:30 a.m. pick up at your home, limit two bags, $4.00.

Senior Care RSVP Medical Transportation


Manchester Council on Aging



The Essex council on Aging is partnering with Highway61 to offer you direct conversation groups including:  Travel, Bingo, Trivia, French Culture, Entrepreneurs Circle, Opera, Classic Movies and much more for your entertainment.  Participation is easy. Go to and click on “join a discussion”, click the sign up button and create an account and join the chat room you are interested in.

Recurring Discussion Groups include, but are not limited to:

Every Weekday Daily Chat:  11.00 a.m.


Poetry Hour 12.00 p.m.

Virtual Charades 1.00 p.m.

Classic Movie Chat 2:30 p.m.


Reading Group 12.00 p.m.           

Trivia 1:30 p.m.                            

Aging Alone 3:30 p.m.


Tech Tips 10.00 a.m.                     

Bingo 1:30 p.m.


Sharing Circle 10.00 a.m.             

Trivia 11:30 a.m.


Bingo 11:30 a.m.                     

Connection Hour 12:30 p.m.


Tea Time 1:30 p.m.


Brain Hour 2.00 p.m.                    

Vinyl Recall 3.00 p.m.

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