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Feb 13

BOS Weekly Updates - February 13, 2020

Posted to Board of Selectmen Weekly Update by Tiffany Marletta

Town Hall will be closed on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

Board of Selectmen Meeting: Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Town Hall room 5. Discussions will include a forum on the 2021 budget and a presentation by the Parks and Recreation Department on future fields in Manchester.

375th Storytelling Workshop: Tuesday, February 18 from 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Manchester Public Library with renowned Storyteller, Elisa Pearmain. Learn how to create and share stories based on Community, Town, and Family memories. For adults and children aged 9 and up. Limited to 24 participants and requires registration at the library.

375th Lecture Series - Native Americans on Cape Ann: Thursday, February 20 at Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and program begins at 7 p.m. Come learn about the Wigwams on Sawmill Brook Presented by Mary Ellen Lepionka, local scholar of archaeology and early history of Cape Ann. Presented by the Manchester Historical Museum.

Annual Town Report Photo Call: Do you have pictures of the places and/or faces of Manchester-by-the-Sea taken in 2019? Each year your community photos are a special part of The Annual Town Report that is compiled and distributed to all residents ahead of Town Meeting. Please send all relevant photos (in a printable resolution) to:

DPW Update: The Town Common Revitalization Project will begin on approximately 2/18. Access to the front door of Town Hall will be limited at times. A temporary construction fence will surround the project for pedestrian safety. The side door will remain open and is handicapped accessible.

Trash, Recycling, Compost: Delayed one day due to the holiday. Monday’s trash will be collected on Tuesday 2/18 and Tuesday’s trash will be collected on Wednesday 2/19.

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Feb 13

From the Town Administrator's Desk - February 13, 2020

Posted to From the Town Administrator's Desk by Tiffany Marletta

375th Town Anniversary Celebrations Underway

By Gregory T. Federspiel

The Town’s rich history and pride of place are on full display this year as we celebrate the 375th anniversary of the establishment of Manchester as an official town of the Commonwealth.  Thanks to the hard work of the 375th Celebration Committee, each month will bring new events and a reason to gather together as a community.

Committee Co-Chairs Sue Torne and Tom Kehoe, no strangers to making things happen in town, have been working with a team of some 25 residents – even more when you count subcommittee members - to coordinate a series of events throughout the year.  Staff support, especially from Executive Assistant Sonja Nathan and Parks and Recreation Director Cheryl Marshall, has provided valuable assistance to the committee.

The first two events drew good crowds.  Over 300 people attended the bonfire to kick things off (albeit after a couple of weather induced delays!) and some 175 people attended the Family Fun Day held at the American Legion Hall this past Sunday.  Next week there are events planned at the Library (create your unique Manchester based story) and at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, where a special presentation will be given on Native American life in the area sponsored by the Manchester Historical Museum.  Complete event details can be found on the Town’s web site:

The 375th celebrations have been a community wide affair from the start.  In addition to the work of the Committee, the logo design was an effort that Erika Brown and video/graphic design teacher Caroline Epp initiated with her high school honor students.  The selected logo, designed by than freshman Isabel Lundstrom, graces the mugs and shirts that are available for purchase as well as event posters.  The nautical themed logo has been a hit from the start.

Contributions in time and in cash continue to come in.  Sales of the heirloom quality anniversary puzzle have been steady.  Ticket sales for the Gala planned for March 7th at the Essex County Club are progressing nicely (available at Town Hall.)  Cash donations, which are off to a good start, will allow most events to be low cost or free. Donations are greatly appreciated to supplement the town funds voters approved at last year’s Town Meeting for this special anniversary year.  

Celebrating community along with our unique history and place is a vital part of making our town a special place.  Indeed, it is an important part of building the social capital that enables us to come together to tackle the challenges of the day, whether it be investing in our infrastructure that serves residents daily or how best to manage future growth that respects our town character while providing a tax base that funds our needs.  When residents can interact with each other during fun events, common bonds are formed that make it easier to gather for more serious work like debating and voting on budgets and other important town decisions at a Town Meeting. 

So venture forth, have some fun at any number of anniversary events, get to know your fellow residents and appreciate the many wonderful aspects of our small corner of the world.   

Jun 17

MPC Update - June 2019

Posted to Manchester Master Plan News by Christina St. Pierre

Master Plan Update , June 2019

Manchester’s master planning efforts have spanned four years culminating in Planning Board approval of the Plan as submitted by the Master Plan Committee with minor text and organizational edits.  Since that approval in February, a Planning Board Subcommittee has been working with the Town Planner to finalize the Plan’s text and will next work on formatting the Plan for publication and developing a Master Plan Summary to be widely distributed. 

As the Plan is being finalized, implementation of the Plan’s recommendations have begun with several important initiatives.

  • The Planning Board has secured the services of land use attorney Mark Bobrowski to work with the Planning and Zoning Boards, the Zoning Enforcement Officer and others to re-codify and update the Town’s Zoning Bylaw to guide change in line with the Town’s Vision. For more information see (
  • Representatives of various municipal boards and committees are meeting to discuss the potential for Smart Growth Overlay Districts in town as a tool to support a greater diversity of housing options.
  • The Town has applied for technical assistance and/or funding for a Parking Study, a Limited Commercial Strategic Plan and a Downtown Strategic Plan which can be accessed on the Town’s Website:
  • The Town is working with a consultant to study and identify opportunities for shared services with the Town of Essex.  The report is expected to be finalized by July.
  • The Town is working with MassHousing Partnership to assess the feasibility of a mix of market rate and affordable housing on the current DPW site. 
  • The Town is evaluating opportunities for a Harbor Master’s Office and Public Restrooms at Reed Park and Masconomo Park.

As part of the implementation process, the Board of Selectmen and Planning Board will be developing a communications strategy for updating residents on initiatives on a regular basis.  The goal is to provide a comprehensive list of the Plan’s Recommendations with a continually updated status.