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Town government

Middleton is a growing town of more than 9,000 people, more than double its population of 1980. Its five-member Board of Selectmen hold annual open town meeting the second Tuesday in May at North Shore Technical School, 30 Log Bridge Road. Annual election Monday following the second Tuesday in May at the Fuller Meadow School. Town Administrator Ira Singer, 978-777-3617. Town offices are at Memorial Hall, 48 South Main St.

Green Space

Parks at the Fuller Meadow and Howe Manning schools, and behind Memorial Hall on South Main Street.

Ipswich River off Thunder Bridge on East Street is a popular swimming hole for town residents only.

Locust Street East, 35 acres of walking trails.

Mill Street, 90 acres of town-owned land in the northeast corner of town. Entrance is off Mill Street.

Camp Simca on East Street, camping, hiking, nature observing, non-motor boating, cross-country skiing, fresh water fishing, horseback riding, picnicking.

Creighton Pond Camp on Essex Street, owned by the Lynn Boys Club, has camping, swimming, baseball, softball, basketball, non-motor boating, fishing, hiking, nature observing, hiking and jogging.

To register a dog, vote, etc.: Town Clerk Sarah George, 978-774-6927. Visit her office to register to vote, license a dog, get a marriage license or street lists, or to buy hunting and fishing licenses.

Paying taxes: The fiscal 2006 tax rate is $9.77 per $1,000. Paid quarterly in August, November, February and May to Tax Collector/Treasurer Charles W. Newhall, 978-774-1867.

Pet problems: Animal control officer Betty Heckman, 978-777-0825.

In emergencies: Call 911.

Fire Department, Fire Chief David T. Leary, 978-774-2466 (business).

Police Department, Police Chief Paul Armitage, 978-774-4424 (business).

To report a pothole: Report potholes, road complaints and questions about snow plowing to the Department of Public Works, 195 N. Main St.,978-777-0407.

Light Department: The Middleton Electric Light Department , 197 N. Main St., 978-774-4313.

Recreation: Middleton offers a variety of recreation opportunities for families through the town Recreation Department. Contact Chairman Gary L'Abbe, 14 Rear School St., 978-750-6821.

Town-wide celebrations: Chief Wills Day, third Saturday in June, features a parade, road race, fireworks and barbecue for town residents. Pumpkin Festival in October.

Doing business:

The Middleton Board of Trade is a group of civic-minded business leaders fostering business growth and community spirit. The board of Trade co-sponsors a range of programs in the community, from the annual Pumpkin Festival to supporting educational programs for schools. Call President Arthur Carakatsame, 978-777-5393.

Kiwanis, a community service organization made up of women and men who live or work in Middleton, sponsors ongoing projects and annual support for the Council On Aging, the Pumpkin Festival and Chief Wills Day. Call President Anthony Pascuccio, 978-777-2200.

Recycling: Town transfer station, Natsue Way, off River Street, open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. All trash and recycling accepted. Leaves and brush are accepted in the spring and fall months. Call for schedule.

Library: The Flint Public Library, 1 S. Main St., 978-774-8132. Summer hours Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. After Labor Day, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Library Director Adela Carter.


Public: The town of Middleton has two public schools for elementary students in kindergarten through grade six. Middleton is a member of the Tri-Town School Union, along with Boxford and Topsfield. Each town has its own school committee and budget, but shares a superintendent and central office.

Tri-Town School Union Superintendent Dr. Bernard Creeden, 28 Middleton Road, Boxford, 978-887-0771.

Howe-Manning, grades four through six, 26 Central St., Michelle Fitzpatrick, 978-774-3519.

Fuller Meadow, pre-K to third grade, 143 S. Main St., Malvina Baxter, 978-750-4756.

Students in grades seven through 12 attend Masconomet Regional School, 20 Endicott Road, Topsfield. Superintendent Claire Sheff-Kohn, 978-887-2323.

Senior high school Principal Pamela G. Culver; middle school Principal Cate Cullinane.

North Shore Technical High School, a regional vocational school, 30 Logbridge Road, 978-762-0001. Superintendent Amy O'Malley.


Catholic: St. Agnes Church, 22 Boston St., 978-774-1958. Rev. Michael A. Hobson. Masses: Saturday, 5 p.m.; Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m.

Congregational: Middleton Congregational Church, Maple Street, 978-774-3788. Senior Pastor, Rev. Larry Schell. Summer Sunday service, 9:30 (contemporary) and 11 a.m. (traditional). Fall Sunday service, 10 a.m. Children's Sunday school during the

service. Adult Sunday school, 9 a.m.

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