Chris Williams, a metal sculptor from Essex, will play an important role in a dedication ceremony for Salem State’s new Harold E. and Marilyn J. Gassett Fitness and Recreation Center today. At the beginning of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Williams will unveil an 8-foot tall bronze statue of the school’s mascot — a Viking — which will stand tall at the building’s main entrance.
The event takes place at the university’s O’Keefe Sports Complex on Canal Street with tours of the fitness center at 3 p.m. and a ceremony following at 4 p.m.
Elementary school forums set
The Manchester Essex Regional School District has been engaging the community in conversations about the academic reconfiguration of the towns’ elementary schools. To share your voice, stop by community forums in both Manchester and Essex next week; residents of both towns can come to both public meetings. The times and locations are:
Manchester Memorial Elementary School, Nov. 6, 7 p.m.
Essex Elementary School, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m.
It is crucial that residents’ voices be a part of this process, because the district vision must be collectively formed with students in mind and owned by each and every member of the community — parents, community members, teachers and administrators — working together.
For more information on the state of the elementary schools, visit the district website at mersd.org.
Citizen police academy taking applications
Want to know what the day-to-day activity is of a Manchester police officer? Now is your chance, as the Manchester Police Department is accepting applications for its citizen police academy, which starts Jan. 15.
The invitation is open to all Cape Ann residents. To qualify, you must not have been convicted of a felony within the past three years and must be at least 18 years old; the academy is free.
Manchester Police Sgt. Todd Fitzergald said the program will be entering its second year and last year resulted in a handful of new recruits.
“It’s a chance to become more educated in our policies, procedures and realities,” he said.
Applications can be picked up at the police department on Central Street or online at manchesterbytheseapd.com.
Conomo Point forums set
The Conomo Point Planning Committee is hosting a forum to provide a venue for residents and other interested parties to make presentations for land use options at northern Conomo Point.
The forum will be held Saturday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Essex Elementary School.
Those wishing to make presentations should note the following:
Presentations will be 15 minutes in length.
A laptop and projection unit will be available. Files, such as PowerPoint presentations, must be provided by participants on USB accessible devices and must be compatible with Microsoft Windows.
Presentations should be forward looking and not a revisiting of historical issues.
A moderated question and answer period will follow each presentation.
A brief write-up identifying presenters and a conceptual overview of the presentation content must be provided to the town administrator by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in order to be included on the agenda.
In addition, at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 6, selectmen will host a public meeting about the central Conomo Point plan (Robbins Island Road and Beach circle) at Essex Elementary School.
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