Editorial Staff

Maybe you’ve seen our “Keep Calm and Shipoopi” sign downtown. It was hung as encouragement for all who have participated in a  The Music Man production- from acting to attending- but especially for our cast and crew of last summer. In May of 2019 the youth in our program showed up for a production they knew very little about. A younger than usual cast, they were called to step into roles that were more challenging than they expected. They embraced the challenge and gave their all through the hottest days of June and July.

On Monday, May 25 there will be a Memorial Day Ceremony in Manchester, but not a parade.  The ceremony will begin at 10 am at the Amaral Bailey American Legion on Church Street, behind Town Hall.  The Legion building will NOT be open to the public.  No food will be served.  

The controversial owner of a car sales and automotive repair business on Eastern Avenue tried the patience of the Board of Selectmen on Monday when he was called to account for overstepping—three times in less than two years—the rules of his operating license. 

Starting just before 9 a.m. last Saturday, residents began lining up in their cars for the town’s first ever “drive thru” selling at Manchester Essex Regional Middle High School on Lincoln Street to secure their seasonal municipal tags, licenses and placards for resident beach access, dogs and boating.

With postponements and changes in the 375th Anniversary Celebration scheduled events, last week the Manchester 375th Committee announced two events that would both mark the town’s milestone during public safety distancing but also mark the incredible efforts of our community’s safety officials and first responders. 

What could be better than a win-win situation?  How about a win-win-win?  

Beren Schmidt and Drew Cressey, sophomores at MERSD, wanted to do their part to support the work of our local hospital and decided to make it a triple effort - support a local, family business, earn money for Beverly Hospital, and brighten up their neighbors' days with cheerful pansy blooms.  

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