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Easton Government News and Notices, Vol 20, Issue 5

February 1: Representative Cronin to Hold Office Hours in Easton

Representative Claire Cronin will be holding office hours on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM at Parker Terrace at the Easton Housing Authority. Constituents are welcome to come and voice their concerns, share their views, or discuss any constituent service matter with Representative Cronin. Representative Claire Cronin can be contacted at 617-722-2396 or by email at Claire.Cronin@mahouse.gov.

February 1: Frothingham Hall will be CLOSED All Day Friday, February 1st

Frothingham Hall will be closed to the public all day on Friday, February 1st, due to renovations, and will reopen to the public on Monday, February 4th at Noon.

Town of Easton Employment Opportunities

The Town of Easton has the following employment opportunities open:

  • Market Manager – part time

For more information and full job posting, please visit Town of Easton Employment Opportunities

Annual Town Census

Residents should have already received an Annual Town Census Form in the mail the week of January 14th. The Annual census forms must be signed and returned to the Town Clerk’s Office within 10 days of receipt. Residents are reminded that census forms need to be returned even when no changes are necessary to their census information. In accordance with MGL Ch 51, Sec 4c, failure to respond to the annual census shall result in removal from the active voting list and may result in removal from the voter registration rolls. If necessary, residents may obtain a new form in person at the Office of the Town Clerk.

Easton Fire Department Introduces New Online Burning Permit System

In an effort to streamline the burning permit process for residents, the Town of Easton has moved from our in-person, paper permits, to an online application system. The improvements to the system for a burning permit, as well as requests to burn each day, we believe will greatly benefit our residents. Now permits can be applied for from a home computer, a laptop or even your smart phone. The steps to apply for a 2019 burning permit are very easy and the can be done in minutes Click Here or apply directly at https://permiteyes.net/easton/burning/homepage.asp all you need to submit the application is your name, street address and phone number.

The new online burning permit system will be in use for the upcoming 2019 burning permit season (which commences on January 15th). This will be the only method for applying for a burning permit moving forward, including agricultural permits. If you have any questions or need assistance, call 508-230-0750. A kiosk will be available at 413 Bay Rd. (Fire Station #3) during normal business hours, for those without access to a computer. We appreciate your patience during our transition to the new online service, and we hope that you find the process more efficient and user-friendly than methods used in the past. The Burning Season runs from January. For more information, please visit Easton Fire Department.

Now through February 28: 2019 Dog Licensing

Dog licenses for 2019 are now available and must be completed BEFORE March 1st to avoid late fees. A current rabies certificate must be on file with the Town Clerk’s Office in order to license your dog. To update your rabies on file please email a copy to townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us.

You may license your dog in one of the following ways:

  • License ONLINE (.25 bank convenience fee with electronic check) and your licenses and tags will be mailed directly to you ($1.00 postage & handling fee).
  • License in Person – You may stop by the Town Clerks Office during normal business hours. (Mondays 8:30AM – 7:30PM, Tues/Wed/Thur 8:30AM – 4:30PM, Fri 8:30AM-12:30P
  • License by Mail – Click here for additional information on how to license your dog by mail. Licensing forms will be inserted in with your annual census forms, expected to be in mail boxes the week of January 14th, and are ONLY required when registering your dog by mail.

Now through January 31: Real Estate and Personal Property Tax Bills

Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills were mailed at the end of December and include remittance coupons for the February 1, 2019 and May 1, 2019 installments. Payment will be given a date of credit when we receive it, and interest will accrue effective the day after the due date. Please note, tax is due even if the bill is not received in the mail. Please call the office if we can confirm amounts due 508-230-0610 or 508-230-0600.

Waste Management Guide

Waste Management has published a guide for homeowners to explain what is recyclable at home and most common contaminantshttps://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/resources/for-home/.

Old Colony Planning Council – Long Range Transportation Plan

Old Colony Planning Council, the regional planning agency is in the process of updating the Regional Transportation Plan. Every four years the OCPC embarks upon an update to the region’s Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The LRTP helps to determine how federal and state funding will be spent on transportation infrastructure and services in the next 20 years. This survey will solicit community initiatives including mobility needs, quality-of-life and environmental issues. By filling out this survey, you are making a statement about your community’s needs. Click here to participate in the survey. Or Click here to learn more. for more information and how to get involved.

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.

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, January 28 (3PM-4PM)
  • Parker Terrace Community Room – Tuesday, February 5 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, February 14 (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Elise Circle Community Room – Tuesday, February 19 (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

Local Alert System

Easton uses Plymouth County Sheriff’s CodeRED call system to inform residents and businesses during an emergency. To add a cell phone number, email address, or your landline number, find the link to CodeRED Notification Enrollment atwww.pcsdma.org/codered.html. Don’t assume you’re already listed.

Meetings Next Week: January 28 through February 1

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 March 1: Deadline to Obtain Nomination Papers for Annual Town Election

Nomination papers for the Annual Town Election are available beginning Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at the Town Clerk’s Office. The last day to obtain nomination papers is Friday, March 1, 2019 at 5:00 PM. The Election Calendar with candidate deadlines, the positions on the ballot and a complete Candidate Packet are available on the Town’s website. Interested candidates are invited to call 508-230-0530 or email townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us with questions.

April 23: 7AM – 8:00 PM – Annual Town Election

The Annual Town Election for the Town of Easton will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 from 7:00AM – 8:00 PM at Oliver Ames High School.  Use this link for additional Election Information.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

February 1: Frothingham Hall will be CLOSED All Day    

Frothingham Hall will be closed to the public all day on Friday, February 1st, due to renovations, and will reopen to the public on Monday, February 4th at Noon.

Furloughed Federal Government Employees – Food Panty Assistance

The Easton Food Pantry are inviting furloughed federal government employees impacted by the government shutdown, to reach out to the Food Pantry for assistance. The Food Pantry is located at the Town Offices (lower level/side entrance), 136 Elm Street, North Easton. Please contact them at 508-230-0670 for further information. Click Here for Food Pantry Website

Easton Restaurants Offering Free Meals to Furloughed Federal Government Employees – The Farmer’s Daughter and Towneship

Two Easton restaurants are offering free meals to federal government employees on furlough due to the shutdown. The Farmer’s Daughter and Towneship, located on Main Street, North Easton would like support our local federal workers and their families. The Farmer’s Daughter is offering a free farmer’s choice meal (two eggs, toast, smashed potatoes, and choice of side) and Towneship is offering a chicken pot pie (served with sweet potato cornbread and winter green salad).

Ames Free Library

The Ames Free Library will be rolling out a host of family events and new things to try in 2019. Check out our website!www.AmesFreeLibrary.org

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.

South Coast Rail Project

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

Recreation Department Programs

The Recreation Department is accepting registrations for March Madness Basketball. Click here for more information: http://www.easton.ma.us/departments/recreation_department/recreation_programs.php

Now through June: Queset House from Bach to Auerbach – Violin Solos with Michael Korn

For more information on Michael Korn, visit http://www.michaelkornviolinist.com.

January 26: Original Easton Farmer’s Winter Market Weekly Vendors

This weekend we look forward to the return of Keegan Kreations (French sweet treats) and Garden of Easton (micro-greens). They join our regulars selling farm goods and locally sourced products, who are: Langwater Farm (produce); Jordan Seafood (seafood); All Hands In (personal care products for a cause); Daddy’s Homegrown (beef); Oakdale Farm (produce); Rosie Bud (honey and honey-based products); and Young Living Essential Oils (nature-based cleaning product). The Original Easton Farmer’s Market will be at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 143 Lincoln Street in North Easton, for the rest of the winter season – every Saturday from 10AM-2PM until Memorial Day. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

January 28: Living Well – Tools for Cultivation Well-Being and Living One’s Fullest Life at Queset House

Join Dr. Beth Kurland Monday, January 28th from 6-7:30PM, as she discusses strategies from her newest book “Dancing on the Tightrope” – Transcending the Habits of Your Mind and Awakening to Your Fullest Life. Beth will teach you how to overcome common inner obstacles, and how mindfulness and other tools can help you cultivate resilience, reduce stress, and create well-being in your daily life.

February 1: The Easton Music Parents Organization Presents EMPO’S Annual Dessert Show Fundraiser

Friday, February 1st at 6PM at Oliver Ames High School Cafeteria & Auditorium, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA. We will kick off the evening with a tantalizing dessert buffet, followed by fine musical entertainment: Coffee, tea, desserts, & jazz music 6-7PM in the cafeteria. More musical entertainment starts at 7pm in the Dalrymple Auditorium. Performers Include: EMS Image, Jazz bands & Chamber Orchestra OAHS Panache, Jazz Combo, Jazz Band, & Chamber Orchestra. Tickets: $15-Adults, $10-Students/Seniors/Staff, Free-Children under 5, $40-Immediate Household Family.

February 3 through February 7: Eat with Strangers – A Unique Dining Experience

Eat with Strangers! Are you looking to connect with other Easton folks? Do you want to try a unique dining experience? How about meeting up at a local restaurant and sharing a meal with other Eastonites? Easton’s Human Rights Committee is sponsoring an Eat with Strangers event on February 3-7, 2019. A great way to make new friends and strengthen the community! For more information and to sign up, visit:https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aaa623a2fb6-eatwith

Now through March 30: Ames Free Library – Learn to Navigate Google and Create a Website

Have you been wondering how to create a web page? Join Burt Lewis, an Easton tech expert, trainer, and local social media pioneer, and learn to navigate Google and create your own web page. To learn more or to sign up for a one-on-one session, CLICK HERE or visit our website www.AmesFreeLibrary.org. These sessions are free and open to the public.

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.

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