, Gloucester, MA

May 25, 2013

Town Talk: Manchester poised for new chapter

Town Talk
James Niedzinski

---- — The lack of volunteerism is a continuing problem in both Manchester and Essex, as it is in countless towns.

Sue Thorne and Mary Hardwick joked Tuesday that they had won no matter the outcome of Manchester’s election, as they both ended their time as selectmen and longtime community servants.

But both towns had a relatively large voter turnout at their local elections, hovering around 30 per cent.

Here’s hoping a visit from state Sen. Bruce Tarr, R-Gloucester, or state Rep. Brad Hill, R-Ipswich will spur others to get involved in town government. Best of luck to all those leaving town government, those recently elected and those who share their opinions.

Teens aid police Facebook page

Having a clear, visible number outside your house or apartment can make a big difference: police and emergency responders can help you much more quickly if they know where your house is.

That was the train of thought Seanna Walsh and Nick Lasata had.

The two Manchester Essex Regional High School seniors recently completed internships with the Essex Police Department. In addition to making PowerPoint presentations about the importance of signage, the two also helped the department create a Facebook page (Essex-Police-Department) last month — and Chief Peter Silva is already posting.

“They need some help with that,” Seanna joked.

She said she at first felt a bit intimidated by police, but she said she enjoyed her time working at the department and gained a new appreciation for their work as the project went forward.

Boston support still going strong

The Boston Marathon bombings were more than a month ago, but the level of support continues.

Students and faculty within the Manchester Essex Regional School District are raising money for the victims, hosting a benefit 2.62-mile fun run or walk Friday, May 31, starting at 5:30 p.m. at ast the school.

For questions or to volunteer at the event, please email Paul Murphy at, Tom Durfee at or Jennifer Coleman at

Museum hosting schooner challenge

Ride a racing schooner to support the Essex Shipbuilding Museum’s efforts to stabilize the 83-foot fishing schooner Evelina M Goulart.

For $40 a person, ticketholders will able to climb aboard the schooners Thomas E. Lannon, Ardelle, or Fame on June 17 for an evening of schooner challenges, including a race around a course in Gloucester Harbor.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit “events” at or call the museum at 978-768-7541.

Town Talk is compiled by James Niedzinski. If you have a news tip or an item for Town Talk, please contact him at 978-283-7000 x3455, or