Town Talk: Manchester-Essex Rotary Club inducts new president

Pictured are members of the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club, from the left,Chris Shea, Sean Zahn, Brian DesRosiers, incoming President Rob Lipkowitz, Jack Costello, Dot Sieradzki, outgoing President Mike Storella, Marcia Hubbard, Tim Logue, and Jen Doane.

 Rob Lipkowitz has been appointed president of the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club.

Outgoing president Mike Storella, finishing up his year with a successful Red, White and Blue Breakfast last Saturday, June 29, handed over the reins to Lipkowitz on July 1 at the Danversport Yacht Club. Leadership in Rotary International and its local chapters changes hands each year at the start of July.

Those interested in joining the Manchester-Essex Rotary Club are invited to join members at Allie’s Beach Street Café, 35 Beach St. in Manchester, on the first, second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at 7:30 a.m.  The club also meets the third Wednesday of the month in different locations.


Membership chairman Dave Ray may be contacted for more information at

Long-time Essex officer finishes final shift

Essex police Officer Michael French worked his last regularly scheduled shift Sunday, June 30.

He will continue to assist the department as needed until his retirement becomes official in August.

Throughout his nearly 30 years at the department, French had served as detective and firearms licensing officer, among other roles.

Reception for veterans and friends

The Manchester Historical Museum will host a public reception for the "Honoring Our Brave" exhibit on Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the museum, 10 Union St.

This exhibit focuses on many of the men and women from Manchester who enlisted to serve in World War I and II, and the Korean and Vietnam wars. Learn about some of their stories while seeing images, uniforms and artifacts.

Veterans and their families are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served. 

The museum is also seeking any additional artifacts and information to add to the exhibit and museum records. For more information, visit

New tablets at Manchester Library

Card-holders  of the Manchester Public Library may now borrow Android Yoga Tablets.

Borrowers are welcome to explore all the tablet's features and applications, including apps and games, and enjoy wireless internet access in all parts of the library. 

The tablets and charging station are provided by the Library Trustees and staff in remembrance of the late Trustee Tim Browne.

 More information on checking out the tablets, age restrictions, and lending regulations is available by calling the library at 978-526-7711. 

School record destruction notice

The Manchester Essex Regional School District will destroy all temporary records of those who attended Manchester or Essex schools and graduated in 2012 on Aug. 5. 

Those who wish to obtain their records are asked to call 978-525-6060 before Aug.1.

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