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.

Memorial Day Parade

Topsfield's annual Memorial Day Parade will begin at 9 AM on Monday, May 30th. The parade will start at Proctor School, proceed along Grove Street to Main Street, and end at the Veterans' Memorial Green where the ceremonies will take place.

All are welcome to attend to honor and support our veterans.

Water Quality Report

Attention Topsfield Water Department customers. Copies of our annual Water Quality Report for 2015 are now available at the at the Water Department Office or online at

Healing a Broken Food System - Free Public Lecture

Acclaimed author, Eric Schultz, will speak on Food Waste and Food Insecurity, "calling attention to the extraordinary social and environmental opportunities created by wasting less food." (Food Foolish- the Hidden Connection Between Food Waste, Hunger and Climate Change, by John M. Mandyck and Eric B. Schultz)

Sunday, June 5th 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Congregational Church of Topsfield Emerson Center

9 East Common St. Topsfield, MA. 01983

Public Welcome -Free Admission

More details here.


Audubon Nature Festival

Join us on Sunday, June 5, 10 AM - 4 PM for a day of nature and fun at the Mass Audubon Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, 87 Perkins Row, Topsfield.

Live owl programs, insect zoo, reptiles & amphibians, kids' crafts, henna, face-painting, nature walks, garden tours, butterfly plant sale, craft vendors, food, ice cream, bake sale, and more! Fun for all ages. Rain or Shine, $15 per car. For schedule go to:

Topsfield Beach Association Membership Application

The Topsfield Beach Association invites members of the Topsfield community to check out your local pond. At Hood's Pond we offer the following services to our members:

  • Certified lifeguards, on duty daily from open to close
  • Oversized moored dock
  • Floating dock
  • Paddle boats
  • Sandy beach
  • Gate guard check in
  • Ample parking
  • Bathrooms
  • Picnic areas, swings, basketball hoop
  • Ice cream and snacks for purchase

We look forward to seeing you at the Pond and hope you will consider membership. Please download the application here or check our website at for summer 2016 rates and membership information.

Town Hall Renovation Fact Sheet

The Town Hall Building Committee has prepared a "Fact Sheet" in response to the most frequently asked questions about the renovation project. Citizens are encouraged to read this material that answers questions about many aspects of the project.

Fact Sheet

Town Hall Schematic Design Presentation

The Town Hall Building Committee is pleased to present the schematic design for Town Hall with information about cost and taxpayer impact.

Please visit "Topsfield Town Hall - It's Time" to learn more.

Taxes Due May 2

The Town Treasurer reminds citizens that Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are due Monday, May 2nd.

Council on Aging Needs Assessment Report

The Council on Aging Needs Assessment Report is available here. The Power Point summary of the report that was presented to the Board of Selectmen on February 22, 2016 is available here.

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.

Council on Aging Newsletter

The Senior Scoop is the Council on Aging's Newsletter that is published monthly. The April 2016 and previous editions are available here.

Strawberry Festival 2016

This year's Strawberry Festival will be held on June 11, 2016 on the Topsfield Town Common. Sponsored by the Historical Society, this cherished community tradition is the official start of summer in Topsfield!

Crafters who would like to participate must submit applications by March 15th. Click here for the crafter application form.

Non-profit registration form

Town Hall Building Committee

The Town Hall Building Committee is pleased to make available information concerning the schematic design phase of the project that was approved by Town Meeting in May. In addition, previous plans and reports are posted for informational purposes.

Please click here to access this material.

Library Strategic Plan Survey

The Friends of the Topsfield Library invite Topsfield residents to participate in shaping the Library's Stategic 5-year plan. Please take a moment to fill out the short community survey. Access the survey here.

Friends of the Library Newsletter

The Friends of the Library May 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 May

24/7 Fire Committee Report

The 24/7 Fire Study Committee report, updated as of 2/19/2016 is available via the link to the left on this page under Town Meeting and Election Information or here under "Other."

The Fire Department's response to this report is also available at the two locations listed above.

Board of Assessors Public Notice

The Board of Assessors has received notification of preliminary certification approval from the Department of Revenue of Fiscal 2016 assessed value for all properties in Topsfield. Values have been adjusted in accordance with Massachusetts General Laws to reflect full and fair market value as of January 1, 2015.

To learn how you may ascertain your new proposed property value please visit "Further Information" below.

Further Information

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.

Town Calendar

Wednesday, June 1
9:00 am : Town Hall Building Committee
7:30 pm : Elementary School Committee
Thursday, June 2
7:30 pm : Elementary School Committee
Monday, June 6
7:30 pm : Board of Selectmen
Tuesday, June 7
7:30 pm : Planning Board
Wednesday, June 8
9:00 am : Town Hall Building Committee
7:00 pm : Conservation Commission
Friday, June 10
8:45 am : Board of Assessors

Recycling Calendar

Wednesday, June 8
Thursday, June 9
Friday, June 10

Community Events

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