GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

October 6, 2012

Essex Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

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Recycle Day fundraiser

The Docksiders Jazz Band will hold an Electronics and Appliance Recycle Day fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Gloucester High School parking lot, 32 Leslie O’Johnson Road, Gloucester. All towns are welcome.

Electronics — ($5 each) computers, stereos, DVD players, scanners, copiers, etc.

Appliances — ($10 each) dishwashers, dryers, stoves, microwaves, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, air conditioners, exercise equipment, lawn mowers, small engine items, snow blowers, etc.

Televisions — $10-25 each

Monitors — $10

Cell phones, car batteries and bicycles may be dropped off for free. Unwanted bicycles will get a new home, with some going to Ghana and some staying in the U.S. Contact Dennis Wood at 508-277-7513 denwaynewood@yahoo.com.

Meals on Wheels

SeniorCare Meals on Wheels program seeks volunteer drivers in Essex. Call SeniorCare’s Nutrition Department at 978-281-1750 or toll-free at 1-866-927-1050.

Yankee Networkers

The Yankee Networkers Chapter of BNI, a business referral organization, meets every Wednesday at the Farm Bar & Grill, 233 Western Ave. Business breakfasts are served from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Visitors are invited.

Achievement award

Donations are being accepted for the Neil G. Ramsden Academic Achievement Award — a memorial award given by the teachers of Essex Elementary School to Essex high school seniors who graduated from EES, and are enrolling in at least a two-year program of study. The award is based on academic achievement, citizenship and service. Donations may be made to Essex Elementary School with “Achievement Award” on the memo line, c/o Susan Hardy, Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St., Essex, MA 01929.

Rain barrel program

The town of Essex, in partnership with the Great American Rain Barrel Company, is offering rain barrels to residents at a discount ($69 vs. $119 retail) to help conserve water and save money. Each UV protected polyethylene barrel is made in the USA from a 39x24-inch recycled shipping drum weighing 20 pounds empty with a wall thickness of 3⁄16 inch, resulting in a rigid, heavy duty, long-lasting rain barrel, complete with overflow fittings, drain plug, screw-on cover, a threaded spigot with a choice of two ports to use with either a watering or gardening can, and instructions for easy installation. Visit www.greatamericanrainbarrel.com.

Business counseling

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce offers free small-business counseling at its office at 33 Commercial St., Gloucester, on the first and third Thursday of the month. Anyone starting a business can make an appointment with a representative from the Small Business Development Center of Salem State College. Call 978-283-1601 or email info@capeannchamber.com.

Spaulding Fund

Spaulding Education Fund, a private, nonprofit established to aid Manchester Essex public schools, relies on private donations. Tax-deductible contributions may be made at www.spauldingeducationfund.org or mailed to the Spaulding Education Fund, Box 192, Manchester, MA 01944.

Blood pressure clinics

The Essex Council on Aging holds a blood pressure clinic the third Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m., at the Senior Center, 17 Pickering St.

Monthly lunches

Seniors age 60 and over are invited to lunch at the Essex Senior Center on the first and third Thursday of the month. Lunch is provided by SeniorCare. A $2 donation is requested. For reservations, call 978-768-7932.

‘After the Move’ workshop

“After the Move,” a class for new homeowners will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St., Gloucester. Local professionals discuss equity loans, refinancing, preventing foreclosure, maintenance, tax issues, home safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Class is HUD and MHP certified. Cost is $30 per household. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; visit www.ghama.com, stop by, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.

Bible study

Women’s Bible Study, by Beth Moore, “James: Mercy Triumphs.” Held at the First Congregational Church of Essex, Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Childcare is available. Call Rama with questions, 978-768-3319.

‘After the Move’ workshop

“After the Move,” a class for new homeowners will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 23 and 24, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Gloucester Housing Authority, 259 Washington St., Gloucester. Local professionals discuss equity loans, refinancing, preventing foreclosure, maintenance, tax issues, home safety, and landlord/tenant issues. Class is HUD and MHP certified. Cost is $30 per household. Space is limited. Preregistration is required; visit www.ghama.com, stop by, or call Kathy Erkkila at 978-281-4770, ext. 110.

Flu clinic

The Cape Ann Emergency Planning Team and the Cape Ann Boards of Health is offering these free flu vaccination clinics in Essex: Oct. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Essex Fire Station, 24 Martin St.; and Nov. 6, (Election Day), 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Essex Senior Center Pickering St. The clinic is available to those 6 months of age and older. Wear short sleeves and bring health insurance card(s). Those without health insurance will not be refused.

Cursillo Ultreya

The first gathering of the season will be Saturday, Oct. 6, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Main Street, Essex. The potluck is at 5 p.m. and the ultreya follows at 6 p.m. All are welcome and it’s not necessary to have been on a Cursillo encounter weekend to attend. Call Al Mitchell at 978-879-3655.

Pumpkin Day

Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring St., will host Pumpkin Day on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Features hay wagon rides, pumpkin carving and decorating, pie-eating contests, cider pressing, crafts and games, hot mulled apple cider and pumpkin pie. Choose a jack-o-lantern from the patch. The historic house will also be open for tours. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for children, free for Historic New England members.

Annual wine tasting

Chebacco Market and the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum will host the 11th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction on Friday, Oct. 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m., in the Waterline Center, 66 Main St. Features themed gift baskets, including items from 2012 London Olympics and Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, gift certificates, homemade crafts, art from Eventide, and more. Tickets are $20 for museum members, $25 for nonmembers. For reservations, visit essexshipbuildingmuseum.org or call 978-768-7541.

Sewer meeting

The Essex Board of Public Works will hold an informational public meeting about various proposed changes to the town of Essex Sewer Use Regulations at the Selectmen’s meeting of Oct. 15, at 8 p.m. in the TOHP Burnham Library, 30 Martin St. Changes involve the fee charges and rules for the allotment of additional sewer flow and the payment of balances for vacant lots upon development. Changes will be subject to the passage of a related Town Meeting article at the Special Town Meeting of Nov. 19, 2012.

Bible study

Women’s Bible Study, by Beth Moore, “James: Mercy Triumphs.” Held at the First Congregational Church of Essex, Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Childcare is available. Call Rama with questions, 978-768-3319.