Teaching manners, a toy drive, and a literary magazine

Visitor kiosks for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway were ready to be shipped around the North Shore from the DCL workshop in Avon, where they were fabricated.
Visitor kiosks for the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway were ready to be shipped around the North Shore from the DCL workshop in Avon, where they were fabricated.(Brian Pearce)

Please and thank you! The Ipswich Public Library is working on teaching manners to grade-school children. On Sunday, Dec. 9, at 1 p.m., a manner magistrate from the New England School of Protocol will teach children in grades 3 to 5 how to win and lose gracefully, write thank-you notes, and put their best feet forward in social situations. The event is free. Registration is required. Visit the library calendar at

North Shore visitors can now find their way around scenic and historic spots with new kiosks. The Essex National Heritage Commission recently announced the installation of nine informational kiosks along the Essex Coastal Scenic Byway. Ribbon-cutting events will be held in Beverly, Ipswich, Lynn, Salem, Salisbury, Marblehead, Newburyport, Essex, and Gloucester. The kiosks will offer information about heritage sites, recreational resources, and visitor services. The signs were funded by a federal grant and matching funds from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.


The student literary magazine at Northern Essex Community College, with campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, recently received a national award. “Parnassus,” in its 53rd year of publication, received the Associated College Press Magazine Pacemaker Award. The student-run magazine publishes short fiction, poems, creative nonfiction, and other types of printable art and photography each spring.

The city of Newburyport was recently recognized by a national professional organization for its budget. Mayor Donna D. Holaday announced that the city received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association for its fiscal year 2019 budget. “This recognition illustrates Newburyport’s continuous effort to produce a fiscally sound budget every year,” Holaday said in a statement.

The Groveland Police Department is holding its annual toy drive for children in need through Dec. 12. The department is working with St. Patrick’s Church to collect toys for Groveland and Haverhill residents. Community members can drop off new, unopened, unwrapped gifts for kids of any age at the Groveland Police Department, 181 Main St. The station also will set up boxes for Toys for Tots.


A Massachusetts man recently pledged the largest single gift in the history of the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Brian Rist — a Stoughton native and the founder of Storm Smart, a Florida hurricane protection company — pledged to donate $5 million to the university. He received a degree in business administration and operations management from UMass Lowell. The endowment goes toward the university’s “Our Legacy, Our Place” initiative, which supports scholarships and research funds, campus facilities, entrepreneurial initiatives, academic support programs, and athletics.

The Malden Public Library will host a movie night showing “Crazy Rich Asians” on Dec. 12. The event, scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m., will show the movie based on the book by Kevin Kwan. Free popcorn, soda, and other light refreshments will be served. The movie is rated PG-13. The event is free and open to the public. The library is located at 36 Salem St.

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