Easton Mass. news and information, November 2, 2018

Date: Fri, 2 Nov 2018 14:39:44 +0000
Subject: [Eastontowncrier] Town Crier November 2, 2018


Friday, November 2: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM – EARLY VOTING ENDS TODAY

Today is the last day to vote early for the November 6th State Election. Early voting will be available at Town Hall, 136 Elm Street, from 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM today. Residents who want to vote may either vote early or vote on Election Day without completing an application. Absentee ballots are available by mail or in person (ballots cannot be picked up and brought home) to those who qualify and complete the application before 12noon on Monday, November 5th.

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 InformationEarly Voting.


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.

Assessor’s Office

The Easton Assessors’ Office is in the process of doing cyclical inspections of Personal Property throughout the town. The inspections are being done over the next few weeks with the inspector going door-to-door to businesses to do inspections of both the interior and exterior of commercial and industrial properties. The Department of Revenue requires that every community re-inspect its personal property periodically. As a result, the Easton Board of Assessors inspects some of its property every year. In addition to meeting state requirements, the objective of this project is to assure the accuracy of the Town’s assessing data. The inspector, Renee Holloran, will have a letter of identification on town letterhead and will be driving a Volkswagen Jetta. For further information, contact the Assessors’ Office at 508-230-0520.

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.
  • Principal Clerk – Department of Planning & Economic Development, 35 hours per week

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: November 5 through November 9

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.

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 11: Easton Historical Society

The Easton Historical Society will have a special display of memorabilia about Easton Veterans who served in World War I on November 11th from 1PM to 5PM. Refreshments 508.238.7774.


Easton’s Veterans Day Parade and Ceremonies will take place Monday, November 12th. Parade participants will form at 10:30 AM at Washington Plaza. The Parade will kick off right at 11:00 AM. All groups, clubs, organizations, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Brownies, Daisy’s and Cub Scouts are welcomed to walk the route. All veterans will form at the Post Office. The parade will include the Oliver Ames High School Marching Band and the Canton American Legion Band along with fire, police and marchers. Our Parade Marshal this year will be Edwin Stedman, a Vietnam Veteran and an Army and Air Force Veteran. The parade will march up Main Street to the World War I Memorial where it will stop for short ceremony with speakers. After the ceremony, the parade will reform and march to Veterans Memorial Park where another ceremony will take place and where it will end. This is also the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Please come out and help to honor our men and women who proudly worn the uniform and bravely defended our Nation. Anyone with questions should contact Alvin Smart, Commander VFW at 508-238-7143.

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.

November 14: Frothingham Hall – Closing at 3:00 PM

Please be advised that Frothingham Hall located at 15 Barrows Street will close at 3:00 PM for the remainder of the day on Wednesday, November 14th, so that employees can participate in a training session.


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.

November 1: First Day Indoors 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.

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.

November 14: Youth Substance Abuse – Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Senior Club and Wings of Hope

At 10:30 AM Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Senior Club welcomes the public to an hour presentation in the church’s Fellowship Hall with a luncheon to follow. Larissa Swenson, the coalition coordinator for Easton Wings of Hope, will speak about what seniors can do to help address youth substance abuse. Please RSVP by November 12th to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 508-238-6666 or email Judy Carlson at carbops2@comcast.net in order for us to plan for your attendance at the presentation & luncheon. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 143 Lincoln Street, North Easton.

Now through December 15: Photography Competition & Preservation Awards

The Easton Historical Commission is accepting photographs through December 15, 2018 for the 19th Annual Photography Competition, Sunday January 13, 2019 from 3PM-5PM at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Recipients of the Chaffin Award (for an individual making a significant contribution to historic preservation in Easton), the Briggs Award (for a building or landscape project significant to Easton’s historical integrity) and the Boston Post Cane (for Easton’s oldest resident) will be announced at the event. Photographs should be taken in Easton and should be on the themes of historic places, historic landscapes, people, or pets. Important details about the categories and submission requirements can be found on the Town website at: http://www.easton.ma.us/boards_and_committees/historical_commission/news.php. Photographs may be dropped off for or mailed to John Ventresco at 475 Depot St, S Easton, MA 02375. For more information regarding the photo competition and Preservation Achievement Awards Program, please contact John Ventresco at 508-238-6950, jventresco@comcast.net.

About the Town Crier

The Town Crier is typically sent on Fridays informing subscribers of local government news, notices and community events. To request an event be added to a future newsletter, please send an email to lflorio@easton.ma.us with the information in plain text as you wish it to appearFor consideration, please include event information, the name of the group/event, date, time, location, contact information and website if applicable. Please list all dates that you want to run the notice. The Town reserves the right to reject requests deemed not to be in the public interest or those promoting private benefits and is not responsible for typographical errors. Requests for inclusion must be received no later than Thursday 12:30PM in order to be considered for inclusion in that Friday’s newsletter.Requests in the form of PDFs, JPEGs, press releases, etc. will not be accepted. Have a great weekend.