Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:03 +0000
SPECIAL TOWN MEETING AND ELECTION NEWS
Through Friday, 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. Click for full EARLY VOTING DETAILS on locations and hours.
Saturday, October 27: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Early Voting
Registered voters in Easton will be able to participate in Early Voting for the November 6th State Election on Saturday, October 27th from 9AM-1:00 PM at Town Hall. Click for full EARLY VOTING DETAILS on locations and hours.
Tuesday, October 30: Special Town Meeting
There will be a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Oliver Ames High School Auditorium on Lothrop Street. The final warrant for Special Town Meeting is available online by clicking here. Hard copies of the warrant are available at the Town Offices.
Monday, November 5 at 1:00 PM through Wednesday, November 7 at 8:30 AM: Town Clerk’s Office Closing
The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed for election preparation on Monday, November 5th beginning at 1:00 PM through closing at 7:30 PM. The Office will not be available to the public on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.
Tuesday, November 6: State Election 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM
The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM 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 Information, Early Voting.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS AND NOTICES
Queset Sewer Project – Detours
Beginning Monday October 29th, Northbound traffic on Washington Street (Route 138) between Plymouth Drive and Belmont Street will be detoured through the Easton Industrial Park and onto Belmont Street. Southbound traffic on Washington Street will not be impacted. Also, due to the location of the work zone, northbound traffic on Central Street approaching Washington Street will be detoured onto Depot Street. Southbound traffic on Central Street will not be impacted. Central Street will be open to local traffic at all times. Access to businesses and properties on Washington between Plymouth Drive and Belmont Street will be available at all times through the southbound lanes. Detour signs and police details will be present to guide motorists through the work zone. The detours will be in place for the remainder of the construction season. Working hours for the project are 6:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Thank you for your patience as we complete this important infrastructure project. For additional information on the project, please see the project webpage.
Town of Easton Employment Opportunities
The Town of Easton has the following employment opportunities open: Communications Dispatchers – 40 hours per week, 32 hours per week and per diem. For more information and full job posting, please visit Town of Easton Employment Opportunities.
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.
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, November 26 (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, November 20 (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 29 through November 2
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 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 information. Click 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 14: Easton Town Offices – Closing at 3:30 PM
Please be advised that the Easton Town Offices located at 136 Elm Street will close at 3:30 PM for the remainder of the day on Wednesday, November 14th, so that the Town Hall employees can participate in a training session.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
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.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers
We are looking for a few people to volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels to Easton residents. This would be on a weekly basis and would be a 2-3 hour route. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Outreach Coordinator, Kathleen Gouveia, at 508-230-0692.
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 26: Boos and Brews at Queset House
Friday, October 26 from 7 – 11 p.m., join the Ames Free Library for an adult Halloween celebration at our very own haunted and apparitional Queset House! During this event you can enjoy a DJ and delirious dancing, feast on disturbing appetizers, win a prize for best costume, mingle with mysterious guests, enter for a chance at a psychic reading, and – if you dare – encounter Queset ghosts during a harrowing haunted experience! Cash bar featuring Shovel Town Brewery, seasonal wines, and poisonous potions! This is a 21+ event. Tickets can be purchased at the Library Circulation desk for $35 per person, or online for $36.50 per person, which includes a small processing fee. For more information, please visit www.amesfreelibrary.org.
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: Last Day Outdoors for The Original Easton Farmer’s Market
From 10AM-2PM come enjoy the bounty from our locally sourced products and farm fare on the last Saturday at our outdoor location on the Depot Street S-Curve near Shaw’s Grocery Store. Next week the market moves indoors to the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton village (3 Barrows Street). Vendors this week: Bridgewater Village Bakery (breads & sweet treats); 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 perhaps our newest vendor – Red Wagon Refreshments. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.
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.
November 1: First Day Indoors for The Original Easton Farmer’s Market
From 10AM-2PM many of our regular vendors and a few new-to-Easton vendors will share their bounty of locally sourced products and farm fare at the indoor location of the market at the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton village (3 Barrows Street). Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.
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