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— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) November 20, 2018
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS AND NOTICES
Town Offices Closed for Thanksgiving
In observance of Thanksgiving, the Town Offices will close at 12:30pm Wednesday, November 21st and closed Thursday, November 22nd and Friday November 23rd. Town Office hours for the week of November 20th are as follows: Monday – 8:30am to 7:30pm; Tuesday 8:30am – 4:30pm; Wednesday 8:30am – 12:30pm; Thursday & Friday – Closed.
Queset Sewer Project – Detours and Weekend Work
Northbound traffic on Washington Street (Route 138) between Plymouth Drive and Belmont Street will continue to be detoured through the Easton Industrial Park and onto Belmont Street until crews reach the intersection of Belmont Street. The contractor is expected to reach Belmont Street on Sunday November 11th. Southbound traffic on Washington Street will not be impacted. Also, 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. Working hours for the project are 6:00 AM to 4:30 PM and will continue 7 days a week for the next two weeks. The contractor will also be resurfacing the existing trenches during this time to improve the ridability for the winter. Following a winter shutdown which will begin in approximately two weeks, the contractor will resume construction in the spring of 2019 to complete any outstanding work including permanent paving. Thank you for your patience as we complete this important infrastructure project. For additional information on the project, please see the project webpage webpage.
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, December 4 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
- Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, December 13 (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 19 through November 23
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.
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.
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 23: What’s Happening at the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Art Coop/Gallery
Friday, November 23rd from 10AM-4PM kicks off our Holiday Season with a 10% discount available for our Black Friday Sale. Extended Holiday Hours are Saturdays and Sundays 10AM-4PM through December 23rd. This event is located at 50 Main Street, North Easton (in the midst of the Ames Shovel Works Project). If you are looking for a unique gift for that special someone… this is the place! Fine art in paint and photography, jewelry, cement art… including vases and interesting indoor & outdoor décor, wood items (all kitchen safe) including vases, platters, bowls, and unusual artistic pieces. Also our newest artist presents some amazing stained glass work.
November 29: Free Information and Questions & Answers Session with Easton Veterans’ Services Officer
Please join us on Thursday, November 29 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at The Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons for a free information and Q&A session with Easton Veterans’ Services Officer Cory Ahonen, and Council on Aging Outreach Coordinator Kathleen Gouveia. Coffee and light refreshments will be provided. Topics to be discussed will include: Veterans’ benefits, Senior/Veteran Tax Work-Off Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Fuel assistance, and Volunteer opportunities. Free and open to all.
December 1: The Easton Garden Club’s Annual Holiday Greens and Wreath Sale
Please join us on Saturday, December 1st from 9AM-1PM at the Easton Historical Society and Museum, 80 Mechanic Street, North Easton. The Easton Garden Club will be selling fresh designer decorated balsam wreaths, boxwood wreaths, door swags, garlands, holiday arrangements, bunches of fresh greens & berries, amaryllis pots, and all kinds of holiday décor. Each year we have stunning raffle prizes and this year will not disappoint! Sponsored by the Easton Garden Club — this is our largest annual fundraising event. We depend on, and very much appreciate, the generous support of the residents of the Town of Easton.
December 1 through 8: Ames Free Library is Hosting a Food for Fines
The Ames Free Library is once again hosting Food for Fines, which will run from Saturday, December 1st through Saturday, December 8th. Patrons may bring ONE non-perishable food item for each $1.00 in fines. This does not apply to lost or damaged items, only the overdue fines accrued on an account. The food items will be given to the Easton Food Pantry.
December 4, 5, 10, and 11: Easton Wings of Hope – Youth Substance Use Prevention Coalition Volunteer Committee Meetings
Easton Wings of Hope, the official youth substance use prevention coalition of the town of Easton, will be hosting its next round of volunteer committee meetings at the beginning of December. Each meeting will run from 6:30-7:30PM at the Old Colony YMCA, Easton branch. The meetings will take place in the Family Resource Center. They are scheduled as follows: Tuesday, Dec 4th: Policy; Wednesday, Dec 5th: Youth Involvement; Monday, Dec 10th: Events; Tuesday, Dec 11th: Communications/Outreach. If you are interested in attending any of these meetings or volunteering your time to Easton Wings of Hope please contact Larissa Swenson, Substance Abuse Prevention Program Manager, at 781-341-2016 x252 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the information in plain text as you wish it to appear. For 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.
November 16, 2018 – Last night a group of Easton senior citizen residents turned out at the Community Preservation Act Committee (CPA) meeting to hear the initial discussions concerning a CPA request to build 6 new dedicated pickleball courts at the Union Villa field area under the “Recreation use” provision of CPA. This is the first time in town history tha a senior has requested outdoor recreation construction.
Pickleball, a sport sweeping the nation and popular with seniors, is a low impact aerobic competitive paddle sport that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis and is an official Town of Easton Recreation Department program with more than 100 players participating. Most of the players are seniors who have been playing on cracked uneven town tennis courts with hand drawn lines and 35 pound portable nets.
Stay tuned for future developments…
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