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January 12, 2013

Town Talk: Manchester resident featured on NPR

Town Talk
James Niedzinski

---- — I must confess, one thing I don’t like about such a short commute is the short amount of time I get to enjoy National Public Radio. That is, of course, when it isn’t asking me to donate more money.

However the quality is worth the air time it spends asking for donations.

On Monday at 6 p.m., Manchester resident Katherine “Kat” Round will be a featured panelist at an event hosted by 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station. She was part of WBUR’s “Generation Stuck,” a special news series WBUR ran on-air and online in December, about the struggles of 20-somethings in this economy.

The event can be live streamed online at — be sure to listen in.

Police open house proves beneficial

On Thursday, police Chief Peter Silva offered residents a chance to see what working conditions were like at the police station’s new modular trailer addition, as well as in the main building, which doubles as the fire station.

While Silva has expressed in the past his graciousness for the gift of the trailer — donated by Dan Mayer of the Mayer Tree Service Co., he said Friday there is still little room in the department.

While only a handful of people showed up to the open house debuting the new addition, Silva said he was happy with the results.

“They were able to see the new operating space as well as some basic changes that we made in two small rooms (in the main station) that make up the police office where the officers work out of,” he said.

Silva said, like himself, residents who visited Thursday thought town employees could use more space.

““The handful that did show up thought the trailer was remarkably nice,” he said. “But people agreed it was not enough, we need more room.”

They were able to see the new operating space as well as some basic changes that we made in 2 small rooms that make up the police office where the officers work out of. Feel free to call me if you need any additional information.

Celebrating business

The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, as always, has some fantastic events planned to get residents and business owners more involved with the towns.

On Jan. 15, The Landing at 7 Central, the Central Street Gallery, Club Excel and Mimi-By-the-Sea will be hosting a business after hours networking Manchester. Stop by the Landing at 7 Central Street from 5 to 7 p.m. and see what it has to offer.

The evening will include door prizes, refreshments and appetizers. The event is $20 the day or week of the event and $30 for future members.

Registration is required in advance; for more information or to register call the Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 or email

On Jan. 17 at the Windward Grille on 109 Eastern Ave. in Essex, women are invited to a night out from 5 to 7 p.m.

Unwind after the holidays at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce Businesswomen’s winter wine-down. This is an opportunity for all area businesswomen to make new contacts and build on existing connections.

A wine-themed gift basket will be raffled off to benefit the Businesswomen’s Scholarship. Please let the chamber know if you’d like to make a donation for the basket.

The event is $25 per person and advance registration is required. Call the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce at 978-283-1601 for more information or to make a reservation.

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 at