GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 27, 2013

Essex Goings On


Gloucester Daily Times

---- — Empty Bowl Dinner

The Open Door’s annual Empty Bowl Dinner will be held Thursday, May 9, 4 to 8 p.m., at Cruiseport Gloucester. Extra parking is available at Good Harbor Beach, with regular trolley service provided by CATA to and from the event site. Tickets are $15, $10 for children under 10, and are available at the door. The meal is simple soup, bread and a cookie. Guests can choose and keep a soup bowl handcrafted for this event. The bowl goes home as an unspoken reminder that somewhere someone’s bowl is empty. Call 978-283-6776 or visit www.foodpantry.org.

Hazardous Waste Day

Essex will be hold its annual Household Hazardous Waste Day on Saturday, May 18, 8 a.m. to noon, behind the Fire Station. Open to Essex residents only. Registration, including amounts of material, is required; call 978-768-6262.

Happy As A Clam race

The Happy As A Clam 5K Road Race and One-Mile Fun Run, a fundraiser for the Essex Elementary PTO, will take place Friday, May 3, at Essex Elementary School, 12 Story St. Registration opens at 4 p.m., followed by the race at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $25 for the 5K, $8 for the fun run. To register online, visit www.happyasaclam.org.

Tree saplings

In celebration of Earth Day, the Essex Department of Public Works will provide tree saplings to residents Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Transfer Station. Kousa Dogwood and Rose of Sharon will be available. Supplies are limited and will be dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis. On this day, the DPW will accept brush, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Transfer Station. Limbs up to eight inches in diameter will be allowed. Open to Essex residents only. Call 978-768-6262.

Burning season open

Burning season for homeowners is open from now until May 1. Permits are $20, $10 for those over 60, and may be purchased online at www.essexma.org, or at the Essex Police Fire Dispatch (make checks payable to “Town of Essex”). No cash. Permit holders should call 978-768-6511 or check online daily to activate their permit on a desirable day. Permits will be issued to homeowners only; not to businesses or for commercial land clearing (landscapers or contractors). Burning may be 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 extinguishing costs and fined. Call 978-580-4429.

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.

Bible study

A women’s Bible study with Beth Moore, “James: Mercy Triumphs,” will be held Wednesdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the First Congregational Church of Essex. Child care is available. Call Rama at 978-768-3319.

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.

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 www.cafsc.org or call 978-546-2290.

Story hour

Children, ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver, can enjoy songs, stories, crafts and fun Thursdays, 10 a.m., at the TOHP Burnham Library, 30 Martin St. Call 978-768-7410 or email dfrench@mvlc.org.

Cemetery collection

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 22. Any remaining after this date will be collected by the department and held for a short time and then disposed of.

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.

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.

Rabies clinic

The Veterinarian Association of the North Shore will hold a rabies clinic Wednesday, May 1, 4 to 6 p.m., behind Memorial Fire Station, 24 Martin St. Dogs and cats (over 12 years old) only. Cost is $10 per pet; cash or personal check. All vaccinations are good for one year without a rabies vaccination certificate. Three-year vaccinations will only be given to those with previous certificates that prove up-to-date and previous vaccination status. Proceeds benefit scholarship fund for North Shore veterinary students.

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.

Equine Expo

The Essex County Trail Association’s 18th annual Equine Expo will take place Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Topsfield Fairgrounds. Features tack, riding apparel, stable equipment, giftware, herbal products, supplements, equine massage, photography, equine publications, tack trunks, rescue organizations, home décor and more. Admission is $5, free for children under 10. A demonstration ring in the arena will run all day. Proceeds benefit ECTA, which helps protect access to the trails and open lands throughout Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Essex and West Newbury. Vendor spaces are $75, and sponsorships start at $200. Contact Kay Joseph at 978-768-6275 or kljoreo@aol.com.