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Manchester Public Works Department Demands that lot owners or their representatives remove all decorations from gravesites in city cemeteries by Monday, April 4.

All items left behind will be removed and disposed of by Public Works crews.

Immunization clinics

the Manchester Board of Health hosts COVID-19 vaccination clinics for anyone aged 5 and over at City Hall on Monday, March 7 and March 21. Vaccinations are by appointment only, which can be booked by visiting

Clinics will also be held at Essex Public Safety Building, 11 John Wise Ave. March 14 and 28, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. People 12 years and older will be served from 3 to 4 p.m., and children from 5 to 11 years old will be served from 4 to 5 p.m. Pfizer 12+, Moderna, or Janssen (J&J) are available depending on age group clearances. Register at

Elections in Manchester

Candidature papers for 13 posts to be voted on by residents in May are available from the City of Manchester Clerk’s Office at Town Hall, 10 Central St. The papers with the required number of signatures from registered resident voters must be filed on March 29.

The positions to be voted on May 17 are:

Constable: three seats, each for a term of 3 years.

housing authority: one seat for a term of 5 years.

Library Administrator: one seat for a term of 3 years.

Moderator: one seat for a term of one year.

planning board: three seats, each for a term of 3 years.

school committee: two seats, each for a term of 3 years.

Selectors: Two seats, each for a term of 3 years.

On today’s agenda

This is a partial list of upcoming town meetings in Manchester and Essex. Full programs and Zoom links can be found on the cities’ respective websites, and

Manchester Parks and Recreation Committee meets virtually Monday, March 7 at 4 p.m. to discuss replacing the city’s grass fields, possibly making a recommendation to selectors, and rolling out the Singing Beach stickers.

Essex Breeders meet in person and virtually on Monday, March 7 at 6 p.m., on the second floor stage of City Hall, 30 Martin Street. and discussion of parking for non-resident mooring holders on the Conomo Lane lot, Essex’s draft operating budget for the financial year 2023, Essex’s capital budget, the budget request for operation of the Manchester Essex Regional School District and the financial aspects of the terms of reference of the Annual Municipal Meeting, and revisions to the Town’s Shellfish By-Laws relating to the issuance of Non-Resident Recreation Permits to persons of the out of state.

Essex Finance Committee meets in person and virtually Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m. at the First Floor Conference, City Hall, 30 Martin St. Updates on Essex Municipal Finances, Regional School District Operating Budget of Manchester Essex and the current state of the school budget.

Manchester selectors meet virtually on Monday, March 7 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss and possibly approve the open space and recreation plan, discuss fiscal year 2023 budget requests from the personnel department and the planning board, and the report of the city administrator of 34 Tappan St. as a center for the elderly.

Manchester Conservation Commission meets virtually on Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the “Conservation Lands Project” and the creation of more pollinator plots.

Manchester Zoning Board Public Hearing 40B, Wednesday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. This meeting will focus on environmental and engineering peer review. More information can be found at

Port of Manchester Advisory Board meets virtually on Wednesday, March 9 at 5:30 p.m. On the agenda are updates on the Tuck’s Point Wharf and Roundhouse project, a discussion on the Fishermen’s Settlement, and a review of a oyster haul project, overnight transient dockage rates at Reed Park, and a dredge assessment for Magnolia boaters.

Manchester Community Preservation Committee meets virtually Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a request from Fire Chief Jason Cleary for historic preservation of old photos and artifacts as well as a possible future restoration project for a original firefighters and a strategy for a possible surtax increase, including the need for the ballot initiative.

Town Talk was compiled this week by Andrea Holbrook. If you have a news tip or article for Town Talk, please contact City Reporter Michael Cronin at 978-675-2708, or [email protected]

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