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June 22, 2013

Town Talk: State grant supports shipbuilding museum

Earlier this week, the Essex Historical Society and Shipbuilding Museum raised about $5,000 to stabilize the Evelina M. Goulart. Now the museum has received state money to see if it needs the same treatment.

Gov. Deval Patrick announced grants totaling nearly $5.2 million to support new capital projects for nonprofit arts and cultural organizations, schools, and communities across Massachusetts.

These projects will expand access and education in the arts, history, and sciences; create jobs in construction and cultural tourism; and improve the quality of life in cities and towns across the commonwealth. Organizations receiving funding in this round plan to invest $87 million in their projects.

The Essex museum received $7,500 to determine the feasibility of repairing or possibly replace the building.

“Supporting projects that expand access to the arts, humanities and sciences creates jobs, increases tourism and leaves a stronger commonwealth for the next generation,” Patrick said in a prepared statement.

Grants must be matched with funds from private or other public sources.

Manchesterites unite overseas

Manchester-by-the-Sea expanded its name from Manchester to avoid confusion with other cities with the same moniker, but the original Manchester in England is inviting every Manchester to celebrate the name.

Officials are inviting residents from Manchester-by-the-Sea, and every other Manchester, to visit England, according to Manchester Confidential, a lifestyle magazine.

The annual Manchester Day Parade was earlier this month in England, but the next one could celebrate more than just one Manchester.

Kick off summer reading right

The annual root beer float party is set for June 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at TOHP Burnhan Library in Essex. The special pirate palooza summer reading theme is great for those entering first grade and up; come discover the hidden treasures of reading. Those who finish the summer reading program will receive a complimentary Topsfield Fair ticket.

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 jniedzinski@gloucestertimes.com

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