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Diving in for a Great Cause!

Singing Beach in Manchester was crowded with February New England swimmers last Sunday afternoon, as many folks showed up to see the running of the many brave this past weekend for the 2024 Magic …
Danvers-based biotech company Cell Signaling is seeking a special permit to build a corporate campus over two phases off Atwater Avenue in Manchester’s Limited Commercial District.  The process is expected to conclude in June.

Cell Signaling Hearing to Begin March 11

By Jeff Pope T he public hearing on the Cell Signaling plan for a new research-and-development laboratory to employ over 500 people will begin on March 11, according to a tentative plan set …

As deadlines approach, MBTA Task Force moves forward

Time was foremost on the minds of the Manchester-By-The-Sea MBTA Zoning Task Force members at its meeting on Feb. 8. New Town Planner Marc Resnick set up a long-range schedule for the Task …
Volunteer Susan Scangas, of Gloucester, packs groceries last month before The Open Door started “live” meals at its newly renovated facility in Gloucester.

Open Door Opens … Well, Its Doors

It’s been nearly five years since The Open Door purchased the former food cooperative on Emerson Avenue in Gloucester, and this month, after a pandemic and nearly $4.4 million expansion …
Beverly Farms resident and chef Rosalie Harrington way back in 1985, when her restaurant Rosalie’s in Marblehead was featured in a Super Bowl XIX commercial for Visa credit card.
Memories of Rosalie’s at Super Bowl XIX
Viewers of this past weekend’s Super Bowl LVIII tuned in for the commercials as much as they did the game.   And for one viewer, Beverly Farms resident and chef Rosalie Harrington, the …
Backpack Donation Partnership Between Rotary and ME Regional High School
The Manchester-Essex Rotary Club is partnering with Manchester-Essex Regional High School’s Comfort Cases club to collect gently used or new adult-size backpacks for The Grace Center now …
Local student artworks were selected for the Emerging Young Artists 2024 Juried Exhibition. From left, Miles Takayesu’s “Anatomy of a Father,” and Aubrey Frisch’s “The Gilded Age.”
Three Local Students Selected for Emerging Young Artists 2024 Juried Exhibition
Three Manchester Essex Regional High School students have had their works of art featured in the Emerging Young Artists (EYA) 2024 Juried Exhibition. The EYA is hosted annually by the College of …
Sports
Monday night the Hornets held Senior Night for the boys’ basketball team.   The seniors honored their parents for the support they provided during their athletic careers.   Kneeling, …
Dismiss the athletes on Manchester Essex boys and girls indoor track teams at your peril. On paper, it might be easy to do so: Between them, the Hornets were able to pick up one team victory …
Members of the boys and girls Indoor Track Team.   The teams will compete in the Cape Ann League Indoor Track Championship on Tuesday.   Results to be posted in an upcoming Cricket. …
Not only was Monday’s 54-42 win at home over Newburyport a big win in a season seemingly filled with them, it may have been one of the biggest wins in the history of the Manchester Essex …
Year after year, it is reinforced that few high school sports are more weather-dependent than alpine skiing. Here on Cape Ann, we haven’t exactly had traditional winter weather so far with …

Museum Speaker Series Kicks Off by Exploring the Mycology and History of Manchester's 1661 Cemetery

Expert mycologist and Manchester resident Gary Gilbert will be the featured speaker in the Manchester by-the-Sea Museum's 2024 speaker series.

The Manchester-by-the-Sea Museum is getting ready to kick off its 2024 speaker series on Thursday, Feb. 29 with a talk on the mushrooms of Manchester's ancient 1661 Cemetery by noted local mycologist …

Senior Nite for Varsity Boys Basketball

Monday night the Hornets held Senior Night for the boys’ basketball team.   The seniors honored their parents for the support they provided during their athletic careers.   Kneeling, …

Christopher Allmond Shane

Christopher Allmond Shane died in his sleep on Monday, 19 February 2024, after a valiant battle with cancer.  Christopher was born in Salem, Massachusetts on October 26, 1967.  He was raised …

Rocky Neck Winter Fest Offers Art, Love, Polar Plunge, and More Feb 10 & 11

O I Do Love You, by Manchester artist Juni Van Dyke

It’s love, makers and live drawing at this year’s Rocky Neck Winter Fest, the popup art festival put on by the Rocky Neck Art Colony (RNAC) will take place Saturday and Sunday, February …

Obituaries
Christine M. Lawson
Christine M. Lawson, 50 of Manchester by-the-sea, died peacefully on Sunday February 11 at her beloved home surrounded by her family.  She was born October 12, 1973 to Patricia (Monahan) and …
Catherine H. (Lazisky) Angelson
Catherine H. (Lazisky) Angelson, 80, of Manchester-by-the-Sea, passed away with her devoted son-in-law Ted at her side on Tuesday evening, January 23 at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in …
Norma Kelley
Norma Kelley, widow of E. Ray Kelley of Manchester, MA, went home to be with the Lord surrounded by her loving family on January 20, 2024, following a brief decline in health. Norma was born in …
Christopher Dutzman
Christopher Dutzman, 67, of Manchester, passed away on Sunday, January 14 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.   Born in Colville, WA, he was the beloved son of Rudolph and Joan …
David S. Bither
David S. Bither, 67, died January 13 in Kennebunk, Maine within reach of his beloved wife of 17 years, Lisa Juel Bither. David was diagnosed with cancer in February 2023 and underwent the heroic …
Lifestyle

Two Regional Artists Featured at Solo Exhibitions at Montserrat College of Art

Starting next week two artists, Karmimadeebora McMillan and Loretta Park, will be featured the Montserrat Gallery in solo exhibitions that explore new forms of beauty for everyday objects and themes …

Arpeggione to Perform Feb. 18 at St. John's in Beverly Farms

Arpeggione, the chamber music group that is known as the “North Shore’s only historically-informed chamber music ensemble,” will perform the works of Clara Schumann at 4 p.m. …

Sawyer Free Library to Unveil Ambitious Public Interactive History Tool at Jan 31 Event

After more than two years of development, the Sawyer Free Library (SFL) next week will unveil a public interactive platform that charts Gloucester's history from before its founding in 1623 by …
Don Chapelle of Brilliant Ice Sculpture putting finishing touches on last year’s Katy and the Big Snow sculpture

Gloucester Kicks off 3rd Annual ‘Gloucester’s So Salty’ Festival

It’s all about embracing the chill of winter this weekend when the 3rd Annual “Gloucester's So Salty” event takes over sites around Gloucester on January 20 and 21.  The …

Speaker Series at Library Kicks Off Feb 1 with Retired Brigadier General

Jack Hammond, a retired and decorated U.S. Army Brigadier General and a private sector CEO who has served on advisory groups for presidents, governors, and businesses will kick off a new speaker …
Home and Garden

Essex Senior Living | Feb 9

The Essex Council on Aging offers a variety of fantastic events and trips for seniors.   For further information or to sign up for an event, please call the Essex COA Office at 978-768-7932 or …

Recently while driving, I glanced to my left as a well-loved car was passing. I’m pretty sure that car was painted with house paint and a paintbrush.  It makes me pause, and it’s a …
Pets and People

Malassezia Dermatitis (Yeast Infection of Dog's Skin)

One of the most enjoyable parts of practicing veterinary medicine at the Manchester Animal Hospital is seeking a diagnosis in a case with multiple rule-outs.  One example was a patient with …

Books

Manchester Library Happenings | Feb. 9 Edition

General Jack Hammond shared his expertise with over 80 attendees at the beautiful Crowell Chapel as a part of the Manchester Cultural Council and the MBTS Library’s speaker series.

A lot is happening this week at the Manchester by the Sea Public Library, including a crafting workshop using stamps and watercolors to create a puzzle purse and storytelling time. Check it out.

Columnists

Off at School and Doing Great | Feb. 2

Local students from Manchester and Essex are off at college, and many are making their mark. The following have been named to the Fall 2023 Dean's List for their academic performance. Check it out.

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