Book Sale Volunteers Needed! Wednesday, Oct. 26 - Saturday, Oct. 29

The Friends of the Library book sale is coming up, and we're looking for volunteers! Cashiers are needed to fill 2 1/2 hour shifts from Wednesday, Oct. 26th through Saturday, Oct. 29th.

Sign up online here. Any time you can volunteer is appreciated!

We also need help in sorting donations by genre. Sorting will take place on Monday, Oct. 24th and Tuesday, Oct. 25th. The book sale doesn't start until Wednesday, so this is a great opportunity to get a first peek at the selection! If you are interested in helping out, please contact Laura at

If you are unable to volunteer your time, you can still help out by donating! Book sale donations are now being accepted, so bring used books, DVDs, audiobooks, and CDs to the Meeting Room. We cannot accept encyclopedias, textbooks, VHS tapes, or audio cassettes. All proceeds from the book sale go to the Friends of the Topsfield Library.

Halloween Hours

The Topsfield Police Department announces that Topsfield's Trick or Treat hours will be Monday, October 31, 5:30-7:30 pm.

Flu Clinic

The Topsfield Board of Health will be is offering a No Cost Flu Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, October 20 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Emerson Center. Please bring your insurance cards.

Absentee Ballots

Absentee ballots are now available at the Town Clerk's Office.

For additional information, contact the Town Clerk's Office at 978.887.1505

Early Voting Information

Early Voting begins on October 24, 2016. Attached are some Frequently Asked Questions regarding Early Voting

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Topsfield TRIAD programs

Have you taken advantage of these TRIAD Programs?

  • 911 Disability Indicator Form: If an emergency, it will help the Police.
  • House Numbers: Its the law in MA to have them.
  • Scams: Don’t be scammed.
  • Clutter: Too much and First Responders may not be able to reach you.

Further Information

Mandatory Water Ban

A Mandatory Outdoor Water Restriction is in effect starting May 26th due to very low Ipswich River stream flow. Outdoor water use is limited to hand-held implements only, before 9 AM or after 5 PM. Sprinklers or irrigation system use is prohibited. The restriction applies to public water customers and private well owners. Please visit for more information or contact the Water Department at (978) 887-1517.

Council on Aging

Join your Halloween friends on Thursday, October 27th at 11:30 am, at the Emerson Center for a Halloween & Humor Bash. Celebrate in a fun costume, if you wish! Prizes for the best costumes will be awarded. There will be a comedian to give everyone a good laugh. A Halloween themed lunch, $4, will be served. What an event! Don't miss it. Space is limited. Call the Topsfield Council on Aging at 978-887-1523 to save your place.

Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

Family Halloween Happenings – Mass Audubon’s Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield. Friday, October 21, 6:00-7:30 pm Saturday, October 22, 5:30-7:00 pm. Rain or shine. For families with children 4-10 years. $10 per person. Advance registration required; call 978-887-9264.

Senior Scoop - Council on Aging Newsletter

The October, 2016 edition of the Council on Aging's Newsletter, Senior Scoop, and previous editions are available here.

Shelter in Place Workshop

Major Storm = Disaster Preparedness Kit

Be prepared for a major storm where you might be confined to your home for several days! Find out what should be in your kit.

Come to the Lunch & Learn Meeting on November 3rd, 11:30 am, Gould Barn,Topsfield. Limited Seating. Call COA, 978-887-1523.

Get your free Topsfield Public Health Emergency Preparedness Handbook.

Sports Equipment Sale

Fall Cleaning? Grown out of your existing sports gear and want new stuff? Donate gently used sports equipment and help out the Topsfield and Boxford Elementary Schools by participating in the annual Sports Sale! Sports Sale date/time/location: Saturday November 19, 2016 9:00a.m.-11:30a.m. Proctor Elementary School, 60 Main Street Topsfield, MA 01983 Donations accepted on Friday, drop-off information listed below Sports Equipment Drop Off date/time/location: Friday November 18, 2016 4:00p.m.-8:00p.m. Proctor Elementary School in downtown Topsfield. Shop at this great community event! What will you find? In years past, items have included skis, ice skates, hockey, soccer, golf and lacrosse equipment and even a trampoline! More event info about volunteer opportunities will be added soon. For questions, email Melissa Pike at

Tri-Town Council Drug Abuse Brochure

An Rx Drug Abuse brochure was produced by the Tri-Town Council in collaboration with Topsfield's Board of Health and mailed to all Topsfield households. A copy is available below.


Tri-Town Council

The Fall edition of The Coalition Are the Children Well? newsletter has arrived and it is bursting with information and resources! THE COALITION is a program of Tri-Town Council. A few features you will find....

The Experts Weigh In: The Do's and Don'ts of Talking with Teenagers about Marijuana. Evidence is mounting that pot use has many negative health effects - especially for young people including more impulsive behavior and weaker cognitive and executive function skills. Unfortunately across the nation and confirmed in our own data, the perceptions of the risks associated with marijuana use are decreasing among youth. Fortunately the experts have some advice to help you get the conversation started and to keep it going.

Starting October 1 Middleton will join 130 other Massachusetts cities and towns who have raised the legal age to purchase tobacco/nicotine products to age 21. More about the "Tobacco 21" initiative and the efforts of the Middleton Board of Health in the newsletter.

Coalition partner and educational consultant to schools and families, Stephanie Meegan offers the first in a series on Executive Function Skills beginning with "Embracing Routines and Taming Time". This article is full of great tips and strategies for parents and teachers to help children build and strengthen these critical life skills.

Fall Newsletter

October Events @ the Topsfield Town Library

Come see what's happening at the Town Library this month! Full Information

Board of Assessors Property Inspections

The Assessor's Office will be conducting an annual inspection of properties sold during calendar year 2015 and properties issued a Building Permit during calendar year 2014/2015. A representative from the Board of Assessors will visit your property over the next few weeks.

If you are not home at the time of the visit, a notice will be left for you to contact the Assessor's office to schedule an appointment to conduct an interior inspection and verify that the permit work is complete.

This assessment process is vital in establishing property values. Cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Friends of the Library Newsletter

The Friends of the Library October 2016 Newsletter is now available with news of events and activities at the Library for all ages. Browse below to learn about the exciting programs that are planned for the month.

Full Schedule of Events for October

Cable TV Announcements

Topsfield Cable TV accepts announcements for its Community Bulletin Board. Please submit text announcements of fewer than 600 characters for best results. Alternatively, send a pre-formatted image that will show exactly as-is when aired. The image file must be 720x540 pixels and in .jpg or .ppt format. Please e-mail announcements to Tuesday-Friday before 5 PM for immediate posting.

Upcoming Topsfield Town Library Program

Friends of the Topsfield Library celebrate a month of creativity with Zentangle! Program Information

Town Calendar

Monday, October 24
8:30 am : Essex Regional Retirement System
10:15 am : TRIAD
3:00 pm : Board of Selectmen Contract Negotiations SubCom
5:00 pm : Board of Selectmen
5:30 pm : Essex NS Agricultural & Tech School-AdHoc Sign Sub
Tuesday, October 25
8:30 am : Board of Assessors
9:00 am : NE Mass Mosquito Control & Wetlands Mgmt District
Wednesday, October 26
5:00 pm : Board of Selectmen
7:00 pm : Conservation Commission
7:00 pm : Town Hall Building Committee
Thursday, October 27
7:30 pm : Alcohol Licensing Advisory Committee
Tuesday, November 1
7:30 pm : Planning Board
Wednesday, November 2
8:00 am : Town Hall Building Committee

Recycling Calendar

Wednesday, October 26
7:00 am : Recycling
Thursday, October 27
7:00 am : Recycling
Friday, October 28
7:00 am : Recycling

Community Events

No Events