10/12/18, Town Crier – Town of Easton


Notice of Vacancy – Finance Committee
The Board of Selectmen are accepting applications from interested volunteers seeking to fulfill the unexpired term of a Finance Committee member. If appointed, the volunteer will serve on the Finance Committee until the Town Election in April 2019 at which point they may run for election to the Finance Committee. Interested applicants may apply for the vacancy by completing a volunteer form online at http://easton.ma.us/easton_residents/employment_volunteer_opportunities/index.php by October 23, 2018. Interviews will be scheduled for the evening of October 29, 2018. Please contact Michael Blanchard, Assistant Town Administrator, at mblanchard@easton.ma.us or 508-230-0513 with any questions.


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.

Columbia Gas Main Replacement

Due to the recent events in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas has temporarily suspended construction operations on Pine Street and Hill Street. We will notify residents when construction will begin again. Columbia Gas anticipates that they have an additional 4 weeks of work to complete the project.

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.

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)
  • Parker Terrace Community Room – Tuesday, November 6 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, November 8 (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 15 through October 19

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 13:  Easton Fire & Rescue Open House

Saturday, October 13th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at 48 Lothrop Street. Free Papa Gino’s pizza slices, coffee, juice, cookies, popcorn, fire helmets, coloring books, safety brochures and information. Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand and there will be a Jaws of Life demonstration.  Many interactive activities for everyone to enjoy!

October 15:  Water Division Fall System Flushing Program

The Water Division will be conducting its annual fall system flushing program during the week of October 15th to ensure the continued quality of our drinking water. The water may become discolored due to the heavy use so please check before using.  If you have any questions, call 508-230-0850.

October 17:  Voter Registration Deadline – State Election

Wednesday, October 17th is the deadline to register to vote for the upcoming State Election that will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 7AM – 8PM. The Easton Town Clerks Office, located on the first floor of Town Hall, 136 Elm Street, will be open from 8:30AM to 8PM on Wednesday, October 17th for voter registrations. Use these links to check to see if you are a registered voter and check your voter status or to register to vote online.


October 22 through November 2:  EARLY VOTING

All registered voters will be able to participate in Early Voting for the November 6th State Election between October 22nd and November 2nd. Early voting can be done at the Easton Town Hall, 136 Elm Street, during Town Hall’s normal business hours. For public convenience, the Town of Easton will also be offering weekend hours on Saturday, October 27th from 9AM – 1PM. Additional early voting opportunities are available at Frothingham Hall, the Housing Authority and The Residence at Five Corners, with convenient hours for morning commuters on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the early voting period. Click for full EARLY VOTING DETAILS on locations and hours.

October 24:  Community Forum on Vision and Goals for the MSBA School Building Project

The Easton Early Elementary School Project would like to invite you to join us for a Community Forum on Vision and Goals.  This two hour interactive forum will be centered on the current MSBA School Building Project in Easton.   This forum is open to all members of the community and will be held on October 24, 2018 from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM in the Oliver Ames High School Cafeteria.  No sign up is required for this event. We hope to see you there! For more information, please visit the project website eastoneesproject.com.

October 27:  Drug Take Back Day – Easton Police Station

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.

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 informationClick here to watch a short video about CPA in Easton and the application process.

November 6:  Free Seasonal Flu Clinic “Vote & Vax” at Oliver Ames High School

Seasonal Flu Clinic a “Vote & Vax” flu clinic for Easton residents will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Oliver Ames High School, in the Atrium, 100 Lothrop Street. Injectable only vaccine will be available for individuals three years of age and older. Health insurance information will be collected, please bring your cards. Shots will be given regardless of insurance status for no fee. Please wear short sleeves. Please call the Board of Health (508) 230-0620 with any questions.

November 8:  State Election 7AM – 8PM

The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7AM – 8PM at Oliver Ames High School. Voters are encouraged to educate themselves on the many races and questions that will appear on their ballot PRIOR to arriving at the polls. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS to obtain your voter information, view the Voter Information “Red Book” and a Sample Ballot. Additional information can be found at these links:  Election InformationEarly Voting.


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.

Year 2025 Easton will Celebrate 300th Birthday – Fund for Donating

Easton has a great 300th Birthday Celebration in the year 2025. A fund has been established by the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust to which donations may be made. This fund already has over $13,000.00 in it. To make such donation just send your check payable to the Town of Easton at the Town Treasurer’s office, 136 Elm Street, North Easton, MA 02356 – be certain to put the words “300th Celebration Fund” on the miscellaneous line.

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 13:  Who’s at The Original Easton Farmer’s Market

From 10AM-2PM come enjoy the bounty from our locally sourced products and farm fare. Vendors this week: Bridgewater Village Bakery (breads & sweet treats); Cotley Brook (Flowers!); Daddy’s Homegrown (beef); Garden of Easton (produce); Jammed with Love (jams and sauces); Oakdale Farms (produce), Rosie Bud Farm (honey & honey-based products) and All Hands In (non-profit organization). The year-round Original Easton Farmer’s Market is at its outdoor location on the Depot Street S-Curve near Shaw’s Grocery Store. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

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 13:  Easton Fire & Rescue Open House

Saturday, October 13th from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at 48 Lothrop Street. Free Papa Gino’s pizza slices, coffee, juice, cookies, popcorn, fire helmets, coloring books, safety brochures and information. Sparky the Fire Dog will be on hand and there will be a Jaws of Life demonstration.  Many interactive activities for everyone to enjoy!

October 14:  OAHS’s 1968 Excellent Football Team

Plan to visit the Easton Historical Society Sunday, October 14th, to meet the team members of the 50th anniversary of the OA 1968 football team between 1 and 5. A special program will begin at 2PM. Some coaches, players, cheerleaders, color guard, majorettes, marching band and pep squad members will be attending and discussing their Hockomock League Tri-Championship, action packed and fun-filled season. The team will display many pictures and newspaper articles along with a video production of that season, including two digitized game films from their key victories against Mansfield and Foxboro.

October 21:  First Responder Sunday – Liberty Baptist Church

Liberty Baptist Church in Easton will be holding a “First Responder Sunday” honoring local police, fire, and EMT’s on Sunday, October 21 at 11AM. The entire community is encouraged to attend this special service. During the service, both the Easton Police Department and the Easton Fire Department will be specifically recognized for their service to the town. Additionally, first responders from other communities are encouraged to attend as well so the church can acknowledge and thank them. Selectman David Mills will be speaking on behalf of the Board of Selectmen and the town of Easton. Liberty Baptist Church is located at 800 Washington Street in Easton (across from Easton Pool and Spa). The congregation began meeting in 2013 at Parkview School before moving to their current location. You can find more information about the church by visitingwww.mylibertybaptist.org or info@mylibertybaptist.org by calling (508) 565-8281.

October 23:  American Legion Post 7 Easton Meeting

The American Legion Post 7 Easton, Ma invites any interested veterans to their next meeting on Tuesday October 23, 2018. The Meeting begins at 7PM and normally runs until 8PM at the VFW Hall 61 Rockland Street on the corner of Allen Road Easton, Ma.

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.

October 30:  Poe Night

Oakes Ames Memorial Hall – Shovel Town Cultural District Performance & Event Center – The Gallery, 1st floor at 7PM. Beer, wine and refreshments available for purchase. Handicapped accessible. 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. “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. Be prepared for a wonderfully scary, literary event!  Tickets $7 per person (online or at the door) www.oakesameshall.org.

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