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Matt Connors of Hancock Associates points out the drainage area for stormwater on a plan for the Cell Signaling project on Atwater Avenue at Monday night’s Planning Board meeting.

Cell Signaling Project Landscaping and Stormwater Discussed

Consultants for Cell Signaling Technology presented plans for dealing with stormwater runoff, protecting the surrounding environment, and landscaping the grounds at a Manchester-by-the-Sea Planning …
This spectacular shot taken at the SS Crocker Race two summers ago features the “Mashnee,” with her beautifully set red spinnaker, gaining on

S.S. Crocker Race to be held on Saturday, July 13

It's nearly time for the 57th run of this wonderful Manchester Classic, the S.S. Crocker Memorial Race, a 12-mile race in the waters between Baker’s Island and Eastern Point, Gloucester.   …
A parade float in this year's Manchester 4th of July Parade was designed as a protest to the state's mandated consideration of by-right multifamily zoning within the zone of the MBTA station.  The mandate is one of the Select Board's FY25 priorities.

Manchester Select Board Sets 2025 Priorities

  By Gregory T. Federspiel E ach year the Select Board identifies a handful or so of priority projects that it hopes to advance during the fiscal year which runs from July through …

Red White & Blue Breakfast at Tuck's Point

The 34th Annual Manchester Essex Rotary Club’s annual Red, White & Blue Pancake Breakfast was a big draw again this year.   Last Saturday morning’s community breakfast featured …

Manchester Community Center Settles With Harbor's Point

The Manchester Community Center saga has been a discouraging one for so many locals to watch.  So as to not bury the lede, the MCC and its landlord, Harbor’s Point Condominium …
Ken Davis, manager of Cape Ann Savings Bank’s Manchester branch, will officially retire after 44 years with the bank on July 10.  Succeeding him is Krystal Williams (left), a veteran of the bank who was hand-picked by Davis for the position.
After 44 Years, Ken Davis Can Relax
It’s pretty hard to walk around downtown Manchester and not run into someone who knows Ken Davis.  After all, for the last 16 years Ken has served as   vice president and the …
US Army Corps of Engineers begin a dredging project in Plymouth Harbor in Massachusetts, 2019.  Essex town officials will meet with the federal engineers to finalize plans to dredge Essex River next week.
Essex Dredging Coming Into Focus
Dredging in the Essex River has been a big issue for decades and in a meeting next week it looks like Essex town officials will get the first glimpse of the promise land when they meet with US Army …
South Hamilton’s Cindy Fanikos Returns to St. John’s Prep as CFO
The financial realities of 2024 are distinct from those in 2020 during COVID, different than those when South Hamilton’s Cindy Fanikos helped launch the St. John’s Prep Middle School in …

It’s “WIPEOUT” at Gloucester Stage Company

Cheryl D. Singleton, Karen MacDonald, Noelle Player, andThomas Billota in the Gloucester Stage Co’s production of WIPEOUT, playing now thru July 28.

This week the Gloucester Stage Company opened the second production of its 2024 season, WIPEOUT by Aurora Real de Asua.  As part of its rolling world premiere through the National New Play …

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, …

Ellen Harris

Ellen Harris, 73, of Manchester by the Sea, died at home this past March. Born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on April 1,1950, she received BA degrees from Goucher College, and from Taiwan …

Gloucester's Culture Splash Thursdays Kicks Off Thursday, July 11th

Captain Steve Douglass of Cape Ann Harbor Tours shuttling “Splashers” to cultural events on Rocky Neck and in Harbortown, 2023.

Gloucester’s  Culture   Splash  is back and bigger than ever for its fourth annual celebration of the city’s rich offerings in the arts, with an expanded lineup that honors …

Obituaries
Mary Ellen Crane
Tuesday, June 4th punctuated the inevitable end of life for a strong and loving wife, mother, and grandmother just two weeks shy of her 82nd birthday.  She had fought a five-month battle with …
Sandra Lee (Corbin) Gillis
Sandra Lee (Corbin) Gillis of Gloucester, formerly of Manchester by-the-Sea, passed away at Seacoast Nursing Home on June 8, 2024. Born in 1932 and raised in Lynn, Sandy was the daughter of the late …
Roberta Lee Marshall
Roberta Lee Marshall, aged 72, passed away on July 22, 2023, after a brief battle with cancer.  Born and raised in Manchester, MA, Roberta's passion for caring for others was evident from a …
John F. “Johnny” Bachman
John F. “Johnny” Bachman of Hull, formerly a longtime resident of S. Boston, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024.  He was 63. He was born in Manchester to Eileen (Curran) and …
Ruth Cox Crocker
Ruth Cox Crocker passed away peacefully with family by her side on May 17, 2024, at Carleton – Willard Village in Bedford, MA. Ruth was born and raised in Bethlehem, PA.  As a child …
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Gloucester's Culture Splash Thursdays Kicks Off Thursday, July 11th

Gloucester’s weekly summer “Culture Splash” begins this week, on Thursday, celebrating Gloucester’s two formally designated cultural districts of the Rocky Neck Art Colony and …

Gloucester Photographer Melissa Cox Featured in Exhibit Starting July 2

The works of local photographer Melissa Cox have been selected for a month-long exhibit at BankGloucester in Gloucester starting on Tuesday, July 2.  The show will continue through Friday, …
The official Greater Beverly Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at Joli Ayn Wood Studio in The Farms this week.

Joli Ayn Wood, “I am an oil painter, and I paint what inspires me.”

Rockport’s loss was Beverly Farms’ gain when artist / painter / teacher Joli Ann Wood moved her studio from busy Rockport to her home town of Beverly Farms.   This week she …
Salem Willows, Salem.

Barbie and Taylor Swift at Salem Willows North Shore Concert Band

The North Shore Concert Band Salem Willows Summer Concert Series begins on Tuesday, June 25, at 7 p.m. at the Robert Hayes Concert Shell at Salem Willows in Salem.
Scott Milne, Greg Cook, John Filias, founders of MBTS Jazz Fest

MBTS Jazz Fest is Back, Supersized

Get ready, because the hopping energy of the MBTS Jazz Fest returns next month for its third year, with an expanded lineup of local musical talent that promises to tap into back-in-the-day memories …
Home and Garden
SENIOR LIVING

How’s your Dragon?

If you don’t relate to the title of this article, you are either blissfully absenting yourself from current events, or you slipped into a black hole while you weren’t paying attention. …

It’s early June and it’s one of my favorite times of year.  We’re in the middle of this summer’s Big Reveal, and it is presenting with a giant “Ta-dah!” …
Sports
Three wasn’t necessarily the magic number this time around. In a competitive match between two titans of the sport in Massachusetts, the Manchester Essex and Lynnfield girls’ tennis played to …
It’s been a while, but it was certainly worth the wait. The Manchester Essex Regional High School boys’ tennis team won a dramatic, fiercely-contested match by a 3-2 score against …
It was a mirrored ending for both of Manchester Essex High School’s lacrosse teams. On June 5, both boys and girls’ teams faced an opponent from the same team on the same field in …
The spring season has ended and the postseason begins on Friday.  Read to see which local high school team begins their MIAA tournament run below.   Friday, June 1 The …
Pitching, as much as anything else, has been the key so far for the Manchester Essex baseball team. The Hornets have gone 4-4 to start the season and are still in the middle of fine-tuning …
Pets and People

Pets and Fireworks

In this week's Pets & People by Manchester veterinarian Larry Lamb, the issue of loud, unexpected sounds of fireworks is addressed. They can cause stress and anxiety for a lot of dogs. This summer, The 4 th falls on Thursday and I expect there will be …

Books

Manchester Library Notes | June 28

This week, the Manchester by the Sea Public Library is hosting many events, including Dungeons and Dragons for Adults, an author talk on the new novel, "Jackie," Tai Chi, a meeting of the the Mystery Book Group, and more.

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What's New in Home Design for Cape Ann?

Lean into a non-neutral this year.  Jen Coles like jewel tones, like this.

Spring is finally starting to be sprung.  Those brave spring bulbs are sticking their skinny green necks out, and so far all I’ve wanted to do is wrap a scarf around them—but they …

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