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Raymond Stanley Cota

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ESSEX – Raymond Stanley Cota passed away peacefully Dec. 15, 2016, in Jacksonville, Fla. Ray was born in St. Albans on July 2, 1944 to Stanley and Juliette Cota. Ray married his beloved wife, Shirley Flanagan Cota, in 1973. They lived in Essex for over 40 years, where they raised two sons, Gregory Cota (Alexandria,…

Thanks to all who studied rec issue

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Although I am disappointed that the recreation district measure did not pass in both the village and the town on Tuesday, I want to pause to thank all who served this year in a volunteer capacity to study the possibilities and carry forth their recommendation. I doubt any of us could have accurately predicted how…

Join us in planning Essex’s future

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Over the next year, the Essex Planning Commission and Community Development Department will be undertaking a project to update the Town Center Master Plan, created more than 25 years ago. An updated master plan will guide future development in the town center area and influence how Essex looks and grows in coming years. Public input…

Despite vote, we’ve made progress

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I want to thank the residents of Essex who went to the polls last week to vote on the proposed recreation department consolidation. Having a democracy in which we have the ability and the right to vote is fundamental to who we are as Americans.   With that said, feelings have been running high, and…