, Gloucester, MA

January 16, 2013

Essex Goings On

Gloucester Daily Times

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Open burning

Open burning season for homeowners has now begun and runs through May 1. Permits are $20, $10, for Seniors over 60, and purchased on- line from at:, or at the Essex/Police Fire Dispatch with payment by check payable to the Town of Essex. No cash accepted. Daily determinations will be made whether burning will occur. Permit holders should call 978-768-6511 or check online daily, and activate their permit on desirable day. Please note:

Permits will be issued to homeowners only; not to businesses or for commercial land clearing (landscapers or contactors).

Burning conducted only between 10 a.m and 4 p.m. (no permits will be issued on those days after noon)

All fires must be completely extinguished by 4 p.m.

If conditions become suddenly hazardous, permits can be canceled.

Those conducting illegal burning, or whose fire gets out of control, may be held liable for costs of extinguishing a fire and fined (MGL c.48 s.13). Call 978-580-4429

Skating lessons

Beginner and advanced skating skills group and private lessons are available for boys and girls ages 5-12, tots ages 2 1/2 and up, teens and adults. Instruction is by professional coaches certified by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating associations. Lessons available at Talbot Rink on Tuesdays, 6 p.m., and Saturdays, 1 p.m.; at Pingree School in Hamilton on Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., and Wednesdays, 1:30 p.m. Private lessons also available. Enrollment is ongoing. For a registration form, visit or call 978-546-2290.