Council on Aging Newsletter

The Senior Scoop is the Council on Aging's Newsletter that is published monthly. The August 2015 and previous editions are available here.

Cub Scout Pack 81 Recruitment

Topsfield's Cub Scout Pack 81 invites all interested boys in grades 1-5 to come to our annual kick-off and recruitment cook out on Friday, September 11th, 2015 at Endicott Park from 5-7:30pm where there will be food and fun for the whole family. We will also have a fall calendar available for you to see upcoming events that are planned for the Pack.

If you are interested in attending or would like additional information, please contact Dolly McIlvaine at so that we can plan accordingly. There will also be information and sign up opportunities to join our Scout Pack during Parent Seminar nights at both Proctor and Steward School in September.

Scouting provides boys with life changing experiences that build confidence and leadership skills to create a solid foundation for life. Your adventure is waiting!

English Commons at Topsfield - Open Enrollment Period

Applications for placement on the Priority Wait List to purchase a residence at English Commons at Topsfield (12 Boston Street, Topsfield) will be accepted from September 15, 2015 to October 31, 2015. To request an application, please call 978-887-3888 or write to the Property Manager, Mark O'Hara, English Commons Condominium Association, Inc., c/o C.P. Berry Homes, 4460 Boston Street, Suite 5, Topsfield, MA 01983.

Road Construction Updates

Washington Street paving is now scheduled for Monday August 17th. It will take 3+ days to complete. Please seek an alternate route as traffic delays will be significant. In addition to that, the Route 97 resurfacing project will begin on Monday August 17th as well. We will be starting at the Boxford Town line on Haverhill Rd. The entire 5 miles of Route 97 including a section of Main Street, South Common St (Library), East Common St, and North Common St will be milled and resurfaced. The project will last 4 to 6 weeks. One lane alternating traffic can be expected from 7 AM to 4 PM within the work zone. Again, seek an alternate route around us to avoid significant delays.

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.

Water Quality Report

Attention Topsfield Water Department customers. Copies of our annual water quality report for 2014 are now available at the Town Hall, at the Public Works Building, or online at

Tri-Town Council Program

"Failing Well: Raising Resilient Kids" will be presented by Rachel Simmons on Thursday, October 1 at 7:30 in the Masco Auditorium. For registration information, please visit the Full Information link. Full Information

Topsfield Cultural Council Community Input Survey

The Topsfield Cultural Council is conducting its triennial community input survey, which is designed to gather information from Topsfield citizens regarding the types of programs they would like to see funded. Surveys are available in the lobbies of the Topsfield Town Library and Town Hall, and should be submitted by July 31. Drop boxes for the surveys are available in both locations. Representatives of local organizations and all individuals are encouraged to offer their input.

The survey is also available via the link below. You are welcome to download it and follow the instructions on the survey for electronic submission.

The TCC is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Its goal is to serve a broad array of citizens in the Topsfield community and to award grants that appeal to families, students, and seniors. Guidelines for grant submissions are available on


Finance Committee Candidates

The Moderator invites citizens interested in serving on the Finance Committee to submit the Town Volunteer application available here and send it to the Moderator at Town Hall, 8 West Common Street, Topsfield, MA 01983. There are two positions open on the Finance Committee.

Topsfield Public Schools Preschool Screenings

The Steward School's Integrated Preschool Program will be conducting Preschool Screenings during the month of May for children ages 3 to 5 years old who live in Topsfield. If you have any specific concerns with your child's development, you may contact Jenny Churchill, Special Education Services Coordinator, at the Steward School (978) 887-1538 x 401 or to discuss and/or schedule an appointment with the evaluation team.

Friends of the Library Newsletter

The Friends of the Library September 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 September

Mandatory Water Restriction

Outdoor water use is restricted to hand-held implements only before 9 AM and after 5 PM. The use of irrigation systems at any time is prohibited. The restrictions apply to public water customers and private well owners. Please visit for more 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

Tuesday, September 8
3:30 pm : Council on Aging Board of Directors
7:30 pm : 24/7 Fire Study Committee
Wednesday, September 9
7:30 am : Board of Water Commissioners
9:00 am : 2015 Town Hall Building Committee
1:00 pm : Veterans Day Planning Committee
7:00 pm : Conservation Commission
7:00 pm : Cultural Council
Thursday, September 10
7:30 am : Essex Technical High School-School Council
5:45 pm : Tri-Town Union School Committee Meeting
Friday, September 11
8:45 am : Board of Assessors
Monday, September 14
7:30 pm : Board of Selectmen
Tuesday, September 15
7:30 pm : Planning Board
7:30 pm : Parks and Cemeteries Commission
Wednesday, September 16
9:00 am : 2015 Town Hall Building Committee
Friday, September 18
9:00 am : Essex County RECC- Joint Meeting

Community Events

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