The Lee Williams weekly Easton information email blast, government, local events and more…

Lions Thrift Store

Ruth is back in business upstairs at the Thrift!! She is just loaded with new inventory after our several weeks’ of closure for repairs. Wait ‘til you see our new ceiling at the old Grange Hall upstairs; it’s a beauty.  Plenty of goods for sale on the first floor and in the basement and at the rear of the Grange building.

NEW HOURS ON WEDNESDAYS AT THE THRIFT !!! We are now open at 9AM on Wednesdays, an hour earlier than previously. So come on in with your donation items and do some shopping for the best prices in the area.

Please bring your donations to the Lions Thrift Store early in the days we are open. Saturdays between 8 and 9AM is best, but before noon in any case. This gives us a chance to sell your donations before we close. Late arriving donations do not get exposure that day and we have VERY limited space to store the items between dates we are open. Wednesday we like items in by 10AM.

NEW AT THE THRIFT – We have set up a phone at the Grange building – call 508 230 5466 with questions, donations, pick-ups, etc.

Come and take a look around – the Easton Lions Thrift Store has over 10,000 items for sale. Our store is a major site for recycling usable used goods. Donations are always welcome and best time to deliver them to the old Grange building on Route 138 is between 8 and 9AM on a Saturday. Call 508 897 9771 with questions. For pickup big items call John Mallers at 508 238 6322.

Easton Lions Club Thrift Store at 192 Washington Street, Route 138 (between Bob’s Ski Doo and the Union Villa) is open on Wednesdays from 10 to 2 PM and on Saturdays from 9 to 3 PM

Please check your attic, cellar and garage for those still useful treasures ( but no longer useful to you) and get them to the thrift at  the old Grange building between Bob’s Ski Doo and the Union Villa on Route

 

West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes Collected from the Town of Easton

The Easton Board of Health has been contacted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and informed that a WNV (West Nile Virus) positive pool of mosquitos has been collected from Easton on 8/13/18. The species of mosquito is the Culiseta Melanura. This species of mosquito is rarely attracted to mammals, and feeds almost exclusively on birds, but can affect humans if bitten by an infected mosquito. The statewide risk level for WNV is currently at “moderate.” Please review the linked press release on ways to stay safe from mosquito-borne illness.

Property Viewer – Geographic Information System Now Available

Easton now has a Property Viewer or GIS (Geographic Information System). One can do a search by address, and pull up detail on a property by then clicking on the top menu “layers” and select additional overlays, such as Aquifer Protection District, Zoning, etc. By clicking on the black dot that shows on the property, after doing a search, one will be able to access the property card. This link can also be accessed from the Town’s website, the lower bottom left sidebar: “Licenses/Permits/Property information.”

Real Estate Property Tax Exemptions FY2019 Now Available – Assessors Office

Applications for Real Estate property tax exemptions for FY 2019 are now available through the Easton Assessors’ Office. The town offers many exemptions designed to reduce property tax for qualifying seniors and disabled residents. Exemptions include: elderly, for those age 65 and older who qualify by income and assets; widow, widower, and persons over 70 or minor surviving child with asset limit; disabled veterans, blind, tax deferral and CPA. Those interested in further information or applications should visit the town’s website, stop by the Assessors’ Office or call the office at 508-230-0520.

Queset Sewer Construction

The Queset Sewer Project is now under construction. Construction of the sewer main on Washington Street will continue in the area between County Lane and Plymouth Drive. There will be lane closures in and around the work zone. The project will provide sewer service to the Queset Sewer District which includes Washington from Roosevelt Drive to County Lane, and includes portions of Belmont Street, Plymouth Drive, and County Lane. For more information about the project please visit http://www.easton.ma.us/departments/dpw/Queset_Sewer.php.

Bristol County Mosquito Control

Bristol County Mosquito Control is now accepting spray requests. Email:  requestbristolmcp@comcast.net. Please include your first name, last name, full address, and zip code. For more information, visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/adulticiding. To make a residential exclusion request, please visit:  https://www.mass.gov/how-to/how-to-request-exclusion-from-wide-area-pesticides-application.

The Public Health Nurse will be available for Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar screening for Easton Residents (on a walk in basis, no appointment needed) according to the following schedule:

  • Town Hall (136 Elm St., Mary Connolly Room, 2nd Floor) – Monday, October 22 (3PM-4PM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, October 11 (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Elise Circle Community Room – Tuesday, October 16 (9:30AM-10:30AM)

To view the Easton Board of Health Public Health Nurse schedule for the entire year, please refer to Public Nurse Schedule.

Meetings Next Week:  October 1 through October 5

See time, date, location, and agenda details on our helpful calendar app:  Town of Easton Calendar. Questions relating to public meetings should be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 230-0530. Stay informed of all town board and committee business by signing up for email notifications with our Minutes on Demand service! Sign up here.

October 2 & 29:  Educational Visioning Workshops for the Early Elementary Building Project

The Easton Public Schools Building Committee is looking for staff, families, students, and community members to participate in the Educational Visioning Workshops for the EPS Early Elementary Building Project. Workshops are run by New Vista Design and Perkins Eastman Architects. Each workshop (WS) will be a collaborative session designed to inform the Feasibility Study that has been awarded by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). If you are interested in being a part of the Educational Visioning Workshops and are able to attend all meetings (see link), please contact Julie Shine at jshine@easton.k12.ma.us by Sunday, September 23rd. That will provide time to alert those interested if they will be part of the group or not. While it is critical to have various representatives at the workshops, spaces will be limited. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-TxRMADnzw_sXorNNWbm4VGVHG-Kw-i4tM9szNG7D44/edit?usp=sharing

Now through November 2:  CPA Project Eligibility Applications Available

Applicants seeking FY20 CPA funding for potential projects must submit Eligibility Applications to the Community Preservation Committee by noon on Friday, November 2, 2018. Click here for more information.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

Frothingham Memorial Hall:  NEW Phone Number & Phone System – Frothingham Hall/Veterans’ Service/Council on Aging

To reach the Council on Aging, Veterans’ Services, and the Recreation Department, please call 508-230-0690. As of September 1, 2018, our old numbers will no longer be connected to our new system. We appreciate your patience as we learn our new phone system.

The Easton Cultural Council will soon be accepting grant applications

The purpose of the Easton Cultural Council is to support local public programs that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in Easton. Preference will be given to performances, events, artists and organizations based in Easton. Grant seekers are limited to one application and must provide an accompanying description regarding how their program will directly impact and benefit Easton residents. Applicants can be:  Arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations; Individuals including artists, science educators, historians, writers or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.; Community organizations including but not limited to schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations, etc. Incorporated organizations must be nonprofit; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose. Grant applications and support materials can be filed online as of September 1, 2018 and the deadline is October 15, 2018. The online application can be found at https://www.mass-culture.org/Easton. Please contact Catherine Sutton at 508-963-7011 or eastonculturalcouncil@gmail.com with any questions.

Free Town of Easton Community Calendar

The free town of Easton Community Calendar from September 2018 through August 2019, prepared and published by the North Easton Savings Bank, is now available. In addition to listing town, school and organizational events, it included information about civic and religious groups, community activities, and a brief history of the 135 years of the Ames Free Library. Assisted by the Easton Country Club, Morse Insurance, and Scoreboard Enterprises, the calendar is a valuable resource for all residents. Calendars are available at the Ames Free Library, Easton Historical Society, Town Offices, and all Easton branches of the North Easton Savings Bank.

Recreation Department Programs

The Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Adult Line Dancing, Adult Gentle Yoga, Creative Writing and Crafting Workshops, First Aid and CPR and Tennis. Click here for more information:  http://www.easton.ma.us/departments/recreation_department/recreation_programs.php

Historic Map of Easton

The 2018 Historic Map of Easton, prepared by the Easton Historical Society, and funded by The Ames Family, North Easton Savings Bank, MacKenzie and Jeannine Smith, and Stonehill College, are available in the Ames Free Library, Easton Historical Society, Easton Town Offices, and all Easton branches of the North Easton Savings Bank.

South Coast Rail Project

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is transitioning all project websites into the newly designed, statewide www.mass.gov website. The South Coast Rail’s new project website can be found at:  www.mass.gov/south-coast-rail.

.October 3:  Easton Wings of Hope – General Fall Meeting Presenting Dr. Sion Harris

Wednesday, October 3rd – 6:30PM located at the Richardson Olmsted Elementary School – 101 Lothrop Street, North Easton – Room 201. Adults and youth are encouraged to attend. Food will be provided. To RSVP for this meeting, please contact Larissa Swenson at lswenson@oldcolonyymca.org or 781-341-2016 x252 ASAP.

October 5:  Manufacturing Day Tours – North Easton Machine

North Easton Machine will be open to the public for tours, giveaways, and demonstrations, again this year, from 1PM-4PM. We hope you can stop in and learn more about modern manufacturing in Massachusetts. The event is free and on-site parking is available, but recommend that you RSVP to 508.238.6219.

October 13:  Healthy Easton Annual Bike Rodeo – Old Colony YMCA

Join Healthy Easton on Saturday, October 13th from 11AM-1PM at the Old Colony Y-Easton for its 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo! This bike safety event will feature health and wellness vendors, music, snacks and more! Make sure to bring your bike! Safe Routes to School will lead children through stations to learn the rules of the road and bike skills.

October 27:  Drug Take Back Day

Saturday October 27th from 10AM to 2PM at the Police Station on Lothrop Street. Bring your prescription medications for disposal to the Easton Police Station. Over-the-counter and pet medications will also be accepted. You can drive right into the parking lot and pass the meds directly to the volunteers. Sharps (needles, syringes) WILL be accepted but must be contained in a hard plastic container. Thermometers, IV bags, medical devices, and personal care products will NOT be accepted. BAMSI will be providing education and Narcan demonstrations at this event.

October 27:  Sheep Pasture’s SPOOKTACULAR

Join us on Saturday, October 27, 2018 for Sheep Pasture’s SPOOKTACULAR from 3:30-6:30 pm! The Spooktacular is a great family-friendly event that will have special fall activities for visitors of all ages! Activities scheduled for 2018 include:  family hayrides throughout the event, a fire pit, nature hikes, face painting, skull sorting, pumpkin decorating, and arts and crafts! Location for the event is 307 Main Street, North Easton, MA 02356. For pricing and more information about Sheep Pasture’s SPOOKTACULAR, please visit our event page here:  https://www.nrtofeaston.org/sheep-pasture-spooktacular.html

October 27:  ECAT Presents the 100-Second Film Festival

Easton community Access Television presents the brand new 100-Second Film Festival. Join us for a delightful and inspiring night of films. Celebrate a number of films from Easton residents and sample films from over 30 countries. The event takes place October 27, 7p.m. at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton. Take a sneak peek at our newest trailer for the festival here https://youtu.be/KrtrvKcK3Io. For more information visit www.eastoncat.org/100seconds

Langwater Farm will hold its third annual Pizza Party on September 28 – call 508 205 9665 for details

 

Event Description for Spooktacular:
Sheep Pasture SPOOKTACULARSaturday, October 27, 2018(Rain date, Sunday, October 28th)

3:30-6:30 pm

Everyone loves to get outside and do special fall family activities in October, and we are glad that people have come to love our late October programs at Sheep Pasture! Sheep Pasture’s Spooktacular is a great family-friendly event that will have special fall activities for visitors of all ages! Costumes are great, but not required. To make sure everyone has a good time, please no costume weapons or extremely frightening costumes at the event. No pets of any kind are allowed at Spooktacular. Working service animals are welcome. Thank you!

Activities scheduled for 2018 include: family hayrides throughout the event, a fire pit, nature hikes, face painting, skull sorting, pumpkin decorating, and arts and crafts!

Price includes all activities, hayrides, crafts, and events. Food items and pumpkins may be sold at the event for an additional fee. Admission, food, and pumpkin sales are cash only on the day of the event.

For more information about Sheep Pasture’s SPOOKTACULAR, please visit our event page here: https://www.nrtofeaston.org/sheep-pasture-spooktacular.html

Much appreciated,

Kirstie Beaton

Kirstie Beaton

Teacher/Naturalist

NRT of Easton

307 Main Street

North Easton, MA 02356

508-238-6049

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Hello Lee,

I hope all is well.  Do you mind adding this to your next email blast?  Thanks so much.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: August 16, 2018

Contact: Catherine Sutton, Easton Cultural Council Chair

Phone: 508-963-7011

E-mail: eastonculturalcouncil@gmail.com

The Easton Cultural Council will soon be accepting grant applications. Please share this information if you know of an individual or organization that could apply.

The Easton Cultural Council strives to encourage community members to expand the arts, humanities and sciences and to let them know the availability of grants to help them get off the ground with projects that will enhance the culture of the community.

The purpose of the Easton Cultural Council is to support local public programs that promote access, education, diversity and excellence in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences in Easton. Preference will be given to performances, events, artists and organizations based in Easton. Grant seekers are limited to one application and must provide an accompanying description regarding how their program will directly impact and benefit Easton residents.

Applicants can be:
1. Arts, humanities or interpretive science organizations

2. Individuals including artists, science educators, historians, writers or other humanists, parents, community members, etc.

3. Community organizations including but not limited to schools, social service organizations, civic groups, neighborhood centers, youth, senior and family associations,etc. Incorporated organizations must be nonprofit; unincorporated associations must have a nonprofit purpose

Grant applications and support materials can be filed online as of September 1st, 2018 and the deadline is October 15th, 2018.  The online application can be found at https://www.mass-culture.org/Easton.

Please contact Catherine Sutton at 508-963-7011 or eastonculturalcouncil@gmail.com with any questions.

Hi Lee,

Would you kindly post the following to your weekly blast? – many thanks!

The Ames Free Library is having a Halloween Brews and Boos fundraiser on Friday, October 26, 2018 from 7-11!

Feast on disturbing appetizers, win a prize for the best costume, and enter a chance for a psychic reading. If you dare, venture up to the third floor for a haunted and harrowing encounter…and while you are at it, dance deliriously to our DJ.

We have a cash bar featuring SHOVEL TOWN BREWERY beer, seasonal wines, and poison potions. There will be unexpected thrills for everyone!

Marion Wingfield

Development Director

Ames Free Library

53 Main Street

North Easton, MA 02356

Office: 508-238-2000

Cell: 508-272-3072

Fax: 508-238-2980

mwingfield@amesfreelibrary.org

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From: DAVID/HAZEL VARELLA [mailto:mdhvarella@comcast.net]
To: Williams, Avery (RBC Wealth Mgmt) <avery.williams@rbc.com>
Subject: Free Easton Calendar

The free Town of Easton Community Calendar from September 2018 through

August 2019, prepared and published by the North Easton Savings Bank, is now

available.  In addition to listing town, school, and organizational events,  it includes

information about civic and religious groups, community activities and a brief

history of the135 years of the Ames Free Library.  Assisted by the Easton Country

Club, Morse Insurance, and Scoreboard Enterprises, the calendar is a valuable

resource for all residents.  Calendars are available at the Ames Free Library,

Easton Historical Society, Town Offices, and all Easton branches of the

North Easton Savings Bank.

Thank you, Lee

Hazel Varella

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Alice in Wonderland

Have your own adventures in Wonderland at the Children’s Museum in Easton on Saturday, October 6 and Sunday October 7 from 1-4pm. Celebrate Lewis Carroll’s classic tale with us as we enjoy lots of hands-on fun inspired by Alice’s adventures.  We’ll create card characters, make a hat like the Mad Hatter’s, play croquet and more!

Activities are free with paid admission to the Museum.

The Children’s Museum in Easton is located in the Old Fire Station at 9 Sullivan Avenue in North Easton, MA.  For more information, please feel free to call, (508) 230-3789, or check out our website: www.childrensmuseumineaston.org

Super Science Story Time

Pre-school STEM and a story on Tuesdays from 10-11am at the Children’s Museum in Easton.  Super Science Story Time combines literacy with hands-on STEM activities for pre-schoolers.  This approach deepens their understanding and improves their retention by encouraging them to learn by doing! Free with admission.

The Children’s Museum in Easton is located in the Old Fire Station at 9 Sullivan Avenue in North Easton, MA. For more information, please feel free to call, (508) 230-3789, or check out our website: www.childrensmuseumineaston.org

Poe Night

Tuesday, October 30,2018
7:00 pm
Edgar Allan Poe comes alive in a portrayal of his famous poems and writings.

Poe’s works will be performed by local poet, Rich Berg, in the intimate Gallery Room on the first floor. Berg is a poet, writer, artist and public speaker, who enjoys regular performances of his work in and around Massachusetts. He will be fully costumed in authentic garb as he brings Poe’s works to life!

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809. He is best known for his works of Gothic fiction including “The Raven”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and many more. Be prepared for a wonderfully scary, literary event!

Tickets $7 per person   (online or at the door)

www.oakesameshall.org

Oakes Ames Memorial Hall
Shovel Town Cultural District Performance & Event Center
The Gallery, 1st floor,
Handicapped accessible
Beer, wine and refreshments available for purchase

“Mr. Berg’s dramatic flair brought Edgar Allan Poe back to life” – G. Reynolds

“Rich made me feel that I was sitting in Poe’s parlor experiencing his mysterious and somewhat disturbed demeanor” – C. Cole

From: Leah Serafin [mailto:LSerafin@oldcolonyymca.org]
Sent: September 11, 2018 2:45 PM
Subject: Healthy Easton Bike Rodeo

Good Afternoon,

Join us for Healthy Easton’s 2nd Annual Bike Rodeo on Saturday, October 13th! This family-friendly bike safety event will be held from 12pm-2pm at the Old Colony YMCA-Easton Branch, 25 Elm St. A flyer is attached.

The Bike Rodeo will feature health and wellness vendors, music, snacks, giveaways, and more! Safe Routes to School will lead children through stations to learn the rules of the road and bike skills, with a limited number helmets available to children who do have one. Make sure to bring your bicycles!

If you would like to be a vendor or volunteer at this event, please feel free to reach out to me.

We hope to see you then!

Leah

Leah Serafin

Healthy Living Community Outreach Director

Old Colony YMCA

445 Central St.

Stoughton, MA 02072

781.341.2016 x227

The Y: We’re for youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility

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From: Edmund Hands [mailto:edh1620@gmail.com]
Subject: Hockomock Film Club Begins September 21st

Hi,

The Hockomock Film Club will begin its 2018-19 season next Friday, September 21st. Once again the club will meet at Queset House behind the Ames Free Library. Doors open at 6:30 and the movie will start at 7. We were scheduled to begin the season on the 14th, but a library event is being held that night so we will start on the 21st with another film on the 28th.

The first film this year will be Dunkirk. A list of this year’s films is attached below.

Hope to See You on the 21st,

Ed

2018-19 Hockomock Film Club Schedule

October 12, 2018La La Land*    8.1-Comedy, Drama, Musical

October 26, 2018– A Separation   8.3-Foreign, Crime, Drama, Family

November 9, 2018– Phantom Tread*         7.6-Drama, Romance

November 23, 2018Gran Torino*  8.1-Drama

December 7, 2018– Being There*  8.0-Comedy, Drama

December 21, 2018Stardust*       7.7-Adventure, Family, Fantasy

January 4, 2019Moonrise Kingdom        7.8-Adventure, Comedy, Drama

January 18, 2019Lion*                  8.1-Biography, Drama

February 1, 2019Zootopia                8.0-Animation, Adventure, Comedy

February 15, 2019Manchester by the Sea  7.8-Drama

March 1, 2019– Silver Linings Playbook* 7.7-Comedy, Drama, Romance

March 15, 2019 City of God      8.6-Foreign, Crime, Drama

March 29, 2019The Departed     8.5-Crime, Drama, Thriller

April 12, 2019– Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri* 8.2 Comedy, Crime, Drama

April 26, 2019Hud*                             7.9-Drama

May 10, 2019Gol Maal                    8.6 Foreign, Comedy, Romance

May 24, 2019 Eye in the Sky*    7.3 Drama, Thriller, War

June 7, 2019– The Greatest Showman*  7.7-Biography, Drama, Musical

June 21, 2019Darkest Hour *            7.4 Biography, Drama, History

Titles with an asterisk were proposed by a member. The numbers and genres following the titles come from the Internet movie database.

I believe that each member that proposed a film has at least one on this year’s list. Many films suggested by members fell below the IMDB rating of 7.0 that we have always used as our base criterion for selection. To fill in the spaces I chose eight films myself including our only three foreign films, and, despite my love of all films grim and gloomy, three with a genre label of comedy. A foreign film chosen by a member was not available on DVD. My choices average an IMDB  rating of 8.2 (member’s choices 7.8). The best member film not to make the list was Lady Bird with an IMDB rating of 7.5, but mixed reviews. It was replaced by another member’s choice Silver Linings Playbook.

Choices are subject to change for a variety of reasons.

Preview YouTube video 100-Second Film Festival 2018 Trailer

100-Second Film Festival 2018 Trailer

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