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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.
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 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Hazardous waste day
The Town of Essex will hold its annual household hazardous waste day on May 12, from 8 a,m, to 12 noon, behind the fire station. This event is for Essex residents only and registration is required. There will be a separate vendor taking tires and car batteries for a fee. Please have amounts of material before registering. For informatio/registration, call 978-768-6262.
The Town of Essex Building Committee will hold a public forum regarding the status of planning for future Town building replacements and renovations on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Essex Senior Center, 17 Pickering St. The public is invited to hear about the committee's recommendation to the upcoming annual town meeting and to provide input to the committee regarding that recommendation or other town building related matters.
The Essex Democratic Town Committee will feature Chris Lange, Field Organizer for the Elizabeth Warren Campaign, on Thursday, April 19, at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center, 17 Pickering St. He will be speaking about Warren's platform and ways to support her campaign. The public is welcome and refreshments will be served. For more information, call Lysa at 978-768-7006.
In celebration of Earth Day, the Essex DPW will provide tree saplings to Essex residents on April 21, at the Transfer Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Common Lilac and Red Oak are available. Supplies are limited and will be dispensed on a first come first serve basis. For more information, call 978-768-6262.
The Essex Cemetery Department is requesting that family members and friends who have placed artificial flowers, wreaths, baskets, etc. on graves in the Spring Street Cemetery remove them or have them removed by April 23. Any remaining after this date will be collected by the department, held for a short time and then disposed of. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
Blood pressure clinics
The Essex Council on Aging holds a blood pressure clinic the third Thursday of each month, 10:30 a.m., at 17 Pickering St.
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.