Essex wants to hear from its seniors

The Essex Senior Center is conducting a survey to learn what local seniors want and need from the center.

The survey will identify the needs of Essex residents over age 60 through an online survey or a recently mailed hard copy that was recently mailed out. Residents over 50 and caretakers can also complete the electronic survey (www.essexma/senior).

Dara Goldberg, an outreach intern at the Essex Council on Aging, is getting her master’s degree in social work from Salem State University.

“We are conducting a needs assessment because myself, the director, and the Board of Directors realize that we do not have contact with a large part of the senior population in Essex,” she said.

She developed a survey in hopes of learning more about what Essex residents need and want.

“There are so many programs that are available but maybe people do not know about them or have trouble accessing us,” she said.

This survey is confidential and should take about 15 minutes. You can access this survey electronically at ­­

Anyone with questions can call the center at 978-768-7932. Goldberg is available Wednesdays and Thursdays to assist with this or any other needs. Surveys are due by March 3.

Chamber to hold Essex Division meeting

The Essex Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will host its first division meeting of 2017 on Wednesday, Feb. 15 from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Windward Grille, located at 109 Eastern Ave. The meeting will bring together Essex town officials, Chamber staff and board members and local Chamber members to give updates, exchange information and share ideas and concerns. A report from Essex Town Administrator Brendhan Zubricki on Essex River dredging plans will also be on the agenda as a special topic. There is no cost to attend and all Essex businesses and residents are invited and welcome. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP by Monday, Feb. 13 to the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce by calling 978-283-1601 or emailing .

Listings from the Manchester Public Library

Make your dog a star photo contest: Show the Manchester Public Library your dog’s funny side. All shutterbugs and all ages are welcome to enter. Pick up the rules and entry form at the library or on the website. Submission deadline is Friday, March 10. From March 11 through March 26, the community is invited to view the photographs and vote for the best one.

Tax forms at the library. The library has begun to receive tax forms available to the public. The IRS is not providing the usual level of tax forms and instructions to public libraries this year due to budget cuts passed by Congress. However, the library now has a small supply of tax forms you can take home, such as the 1040 and the 1040A Individual Income Tax Return, the 1040A and 1040EZ Tax Return instructions, and the Massachusetts Resident Income Tax Return form 1. We also have a 2016 tax guide for Individuals who are welcome to use in the Library. If they don’t have what you need, they can also help you download forms from the website from the public computers.

Nonfiction Book Group meets. The nonfiction book group of Manchester Public Library will be meeting to discuss “Love, Loss, and What We Ate,” by Padma Lakshmi on Monday, Feb. 13, at 5:30 p.m. Additional copies of Lakshmi’s memoir are at the front desk of the Manchester Public Library. New members are always welcome to attend.

Boston Bruins P.J. Drive. This year is the 10th anniversary of the Boston Bruins PJ Drive and aims to collect more than 10,000 pairs of pajamas for local children in need. There will be a special box in the children’s room through March 15 where you can donate new pajamas in sizes 4/5T to 18-20 that will distributed to local children who don’t have pajamas of their own.

Mary Markos may be contacted at 978-675-2708 or

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