All Massachusetts Schools Closed Monday, Oct. 29th due to Hurricane Sandy

Gov. Deval Patrick asked that all schools and colleges in Massachusetts close Monday as the behemoth superstorm Sandy promised to bring a destructive impact on the state. He also asked private businesses to let their employees stay home for reasons of public safety.

"Given the large geographic size and duration of Sandy, Massachusetts will experience moderate to major impacts, including damaging winds for a period of 12 to 18 hours, associated widespread power outages, and heavy rains. In addition, both south- and east-facing coastlines will experience moderate to major coastal flooding and beach erosion.," the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency said in a statement.

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The National Weather Service issued a high wind warning for the entire state of Massachusetts and a coastal flood warning through Tuesday afternoon for seaside communities.

"It is during Monday afternoon into Monday night that most of the wind damage and power outages will occur," said Storm Team 5 meteorologist Harvey Leonard.

Patrick said while coastal flooding was expected, the greatest impact from the storm would likely come from wind.  Power outages could be greater than those experienced from Tropical Storm Irene, he said.

"While we continue to hope for the best, we're preparing for the worst," Patrick said.

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Board of Health Lifts Ban on Outdoor Activities


The Manchester Board of Health has lifted the ban on outdoor organized activities between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.  According to the National Weather  Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and confirmed by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health our area had a hard freeze October 12 –October 13, 2012.  Mass D.P.H. stated “While individual mosquitoes may have survived in isolated sheltered areas, the risk of mosquito-borne illness should be virtually eliminated at this time in the areas where the hard frost occurred.”


Manchester Board of Health Office



Evening Curfew on MERSD School Sponsored Activities



Effective immediately - MERSD will be enforcing a 5p.m. to 8a.m  curfew on all outdoor school sponsored activities.  This decision has been reached after consultation with Board of Health representatives from  Essex and Manchester.  These restrictions will remain in place until the  “first hard frost.”

This will primarily impact Middle and High School Athletics.  Given the number of Cape Ann League towns impacted by curfews, we anticipate reduced practice time and modified game schedules.  I appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work through modifying the schedule. 

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Middle High School Athletics program, I encourage you to reach out to the following people:

  • Sharon Maguire, HS Principal

  • Cate Cullinane, MS Principal

  • Kelly Porcaro, Athletic Director

Thank you.

Pamela Beaudoin



Athletic Field Closures due to EEE

The Manchester Board of Health, in light of a preliminary positive EEE in a horse in the abutting town of Essex (and the Mass D.P.H. expectation for confirmation of same on Monday) has decided for the protection of local residents it is best to ban all outdoor organized activities in the Town of Manchester during peak mosquito hours (5 p.m. to 8 a.m.) effective immediately and until such time as Manchester has one hard frost. This is in keeping with yesterday's decision for same by the Town of Essex.


For Parks & Recreation Activities this means that evening tennis lessons will be cancelled until further notice. Depending on the length of time until we get a hard frost we may or may not be able to make up these classes. we will keep you informed as things develop.

As members of N.E. Mosquito Control, Manchester will be conducting mosquito spraying in the School Street area of town (bordering Essex) on Monday evening, October 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m. weather permitting. Updates will be available on the Town website

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