Easton Town News and Announcements, February 1, 2019

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.

Week of February 18: Free Bulky Item Pick Up Week

The week of February 18th will be the next “FREE BULK ITEM” pickup week for Waste Management customers. If you are in our Waste Management program, you can put One (1) large item curbside on your regular trash day to be picked up at no charge to you. No need to call the office, just have your item out at 7:00 a.m. You can find the list of acceptable items on the Town’s website. Any questions call the DPW @ 508-230-0800. CLICK HERE for accepted bulky items

National Grid Pole Replacement

National Grid has started replacing poles and equipment along Center Street from Depot Street to Main Street. The project is expected to take between 4 and 6 weeks. Please be patient with the construction in this area for the foreseeable future.

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.

February 7: Community Preservation Act Committee – CPA Application Review Meeting

The CPC is reviewing CPA applications at their meeting on Thursday, February 7th at 7:00 PM in the Corona Room at Town Hall. The Committee invites and encourages the public to attend and learn about the current applications for CPA funding that will likely be voted on at Town Meeting in May.

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-12:30PM
  • 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.

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, February 25 (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: February 4 through February 8

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

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 2: Original Easton Farmer’s Winter Market Weekly Vendors

This weekend Kave Rock Farms will be selling warm alpaca products. Stop by the table of information on community events (Easton Human Rights Commission, Food Coop, and Regional Traffic Study. Shop for other farm goods and locally sourced products from our regular vendors, who are: Langwater Farm (produce); Jordan Seafood (seafood); All Hands In (personal care products for a cause); Daddy’s Homegrown (beef); Oakdale Farm (produce); and Rosie Bud (honey and honey-based products). 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.

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

February 9: Personal Leadership Workshop & Book Signing – Create Your Best Year One Day at a Time

Saturday, February 9th from 10:30AM-12PM. Get ready for the New Year with author and life coach Clara Angelina Diaz! This free workshop will include: How to self-coach and motivate yourself, setting goals that you actually stick with and are happy to work towards, defining, planning, and attracting what you want the most in your life & more! Queset House

February 23: Cinderella Character Meet & Greet at Oliver Ames Music Department

Saturday, February 23rd from 11AM – 1PM located at Oliver Ames High School-100 Lothrop Street North Easton, MA. OAHS cordially invites you to our Meet Cinderella, The Prince, The Evil Stepmother, The Fairy Godmother and more! Bring your cameras for photos with the characters! There will be light snacks, crafts, & story time with the characters. Admission $5.

March 28: Easton Women of Today Ladies Night Out & Style Swap Fundraiser

The Easton Women of Today, Inc. are hosting our 8th Annual Ladies Night Out & Style Swap Fundraiser with Trust in Tricia. The event will be held on Thursday, March 28th from 7PM-11PM at the Easton Country Club. Come enjoy a night out with to swap your gently used clothing, shoes, accessories and home decor, visit with Exclusive Vendors and to have fun with friends! For tickets and more information please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/easton-women-of-today-8th-annual-ladies-night-out-style-swap-charity-fundraiser-tickets-52670466784?ref=estw

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.

Eat with Strangers Event – Sponsored by: Easton’s Human Rights Committee

Try a unique dining experience. Meet up at a local restaurant and share a meal with other Eastonites. A great way to make new friends and strengthen the community!

How it works:

  • Select from participating restaurants’ day and time slots. Sign up online.
  • Show up at the restaurant and let the host know you are attending the “Eat With Strangers Event”.
  • Chat, eat and meet new friends.
  • Pay for own meal/ drinks.

NOTE:

  • This event is intended for high school age or older.
  • This event requires minimum of 4 attendees (maximum of 8 attendees) at each restaurant.
  • Feel free to sign up with a friend (aka. wingman), but please keep in mind that the purpose is to meet new people.
  • Each attendee pays for his/ her own meals and drinks.

For questions, please contact Human Rights Committee (humanrights@easton.ma.us).

Signup here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e48aaa623a2fb6-eatwith

 

Massachusetts state committee says pot bars should be allowed

…The Public Safety and Community Mitigation subcommittee of the Cannabis Advisory Board, which makes recommendations to the Cannabis Control Commission, voted 5-2 at a meeting on Wednesday to recommend allowing social consumption. It will be up to the commission whether to accept that recommendation and write regulations for social consumption…

https://www.masslive.com/news/2019/01/social-consumption-of-marijuana-should-be-allowed-in-massachusetts-state-committee-says.html

Easton Government News and Notices – December 14, 2018

Town Crier December 14, 2018

LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS AND NOTICES

ONLINE Dog Licensing Now Available

2019 Dog licenses are now available ONLINE. To license online, search by Dog ID# (can be found on a previous years license) or enter your last name, street name and/or dog name. Residents will only be able to use the online dog licensing service if the rabies certificate that is on file in the Town Clerks Office is current at the time of licensing. To update your rabies on file please email a copy to townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us and allow time for internal processing before attempting to license online. Please note that the bank charges .25 to pay by electronic check and a $1.00 postage & handling fee will be charged for each online license issued. Dog licenses and tags will be mailed directly to you. You may also license your dog in person at the Town Clerks Office beginning December 17th. If you have a problem with the payment link above, please try https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=22364

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 survey or Visit www.ocprpa.org 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, December 17 (3PM-4PM)
  • Parker Terrace Community Room – Wednesday, January 2 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, January 10 (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Elise Circle Community Room – Tuesday, December 18 (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 at www.pcsdma.org/codered.html. Don’t assume you’re already listed.

Meetings Next Week: December 17 through December 21

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.

Jan 2 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

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, statewide www.mass.gov website. The South Coast Rail’s new project website can be found at:  www.mass.gov/south-coast-rail.

December 15: Original Easton Farmer’s Winter Market at the Lutheran Church

The Original Easton Farmer’s Market has moved to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church for the rest of the winter season– every Saturday from 10AM-2PM until Memorial Day. This week’s vendors selling farm goods and locally sourced products are: Kave Rock Farm (alpaca products); All Hands In (personal care products for a cause); Daddy’s Homegrown (beef); Keegan Kreations (sweet baked goods); Oakdale Farm (produce) Rosie Bud Farm (honey and bee based product) Say Cheese (local cheeses); Young Living Essential Oils (nature-based cleaning product); and Garden of Easton (microgreens). Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

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.

December 15 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.

December 20: OAHS Music Department Proudly Presents The 43nd Annual Sing-a-long

Of Handel’s Messiah! Thursday, December 20th at 8PM located at the Immaculate Conception Church, 193 Main Street, Easton. Featuring: Oliver Ames Concert Choir and Oliver Ames Chamber Orchestra. Also: Charlene Dalrymple- Soprano, Roselin Osser- Mezzo-Soprano, Michael Calmes-Tenor, Mark Anderson-Bass, Michael Korn- Orchestra Director & Conductor, and Murray Kidd-Choir Director. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted for the OAHS Music Department.

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.

12/7/2018 – Town of Easton News and Notices

ONLINE Dog Licensing Now Available

2018 Dog licenses are now available ONLINE. To license online, search by Dog ID# (can be found on a previous years license) or enter your last name, street name and/or dog name. Residents will only be able to use the online dog licensing service if the rabies certificate that is on file in the Town Clerks Office is current at the time of licensing. To update your rabies on file please email a copy to townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us and allow time for internal processing before attempting to license online. Please note that the bank charges .25 to pay by electronic check and a $1.00 postage & handling fee will be charged for each online license issued. Dog licenses and tags will be mailed directly to you. You may also license your dog in person at the Town Clerks Office beginning December 17th. If you have a problem with the payment link above, please try https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=22364

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. Visit www.ocprpa.org 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, December 17 (3PM-4PM)
  • Parker Terrace Community Room – Wednesday, January 2 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, December 13 (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Elise Circle Community Room – Tuesday, December 18 (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 at www.pcsdma.org/codered.html. Don’t assume you’re already listed.

December 7: Public Workshop on Climate Change Impacts for Easton

Friday, December 7th from 9AM-1PM at the Easton Town Hall, Colleen Corona Conference Room. Join the Easton Planning Department to discuss Easton’s strengths and vulnerabilities to hazards like flooding, changing seasonality, and extreme temperatures as part of Easton’s award from the State Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This 2-part discussion will produce a holistic plan that combines local expertise from across sectors and represent priorities of the town’s other major planning documents. All input from participants will be recorded and short term priorities identified by the group will be highlighted. For more information, contact Andrea Langhauser, Environmental Planner at 508-230-0630 orAlanghauser@easton.ma.us

Meetings Next Week: December 10 through December 14

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.

December 10 through December 14: Free Bulk Item PickUp

The week of December 10, 2018 will be the next “FREE BULK ITEM” pickup week for Waste Management customers. If you are in our Waste Management program, you can put one (1) large item curbside on your regular trash day to be picked up at no charge to you. No need to call the office, just have your item out at 7AM. You can find the list of acceptable items on the Town’s website. Any questions call the DPW @ 508-230-0800.

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.

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.

Now through December 9:  “Be the Light” with Easton’s Human Rights Committee

Join Easton’s Human Rights Committee in creating “Be the Light”—a community art project designed to help bring our community together. You’re invited to share a good intention, light a candle to represent the good inside you, and add your light to the display, helping to illuminate our town. The lights remind us that we all have unique and positive qualities within ourselves that can help bring our community together. The project is happening outside Oakes Ames Hall. The lights will be on display for several nights after the festival. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please email humanrights@easton.ma.us.

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 7: Veterans Appreciation Day: Games, Entertainment, and Lunch!

Please join Easton Veterans Services and the Council on Aging on Friday, December 7th 11AM-3PM for an afternoon of fun and games! A light lunch will be provided and all games are open to the public free of charge. We will have a pool table, ping pong table, cornhole, checkers, card tables, and more. This event will be held at Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street in Easton. Please call 508-230-0690 if you have any questions or would like to attend.

December 7: AARP Age-Friendly Communities Kick Off Event

Please join us at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 7th prior to the start of Veterans Appreciation Day for our AARP Age-Friendly Communities kickoff event and certificate presentation.  This event will be held at Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street.  A light lunch will be served following the program as we begin an afternoon honoring our veterans.  Please call 508-230-0690 if you have any questions or would like to attend.

December 8: Original Easton Farmer’s Market Moves to Lutheran Church

The Original Easton Farmer’s Market is moving to the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at 143 Lincoln Street for the rest of the winter season– still in North Easton with many of the same local farmers and locally sourced products.  Saturday, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

December 8: The 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Oliver Ames Marching Band Proudly Presents our 3nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair. Come enjoy music and holiday cheer as crafters and vendors from all over the state help you with your Holiday Shopping Needs! There will also be a 50/50 Raffle and a Bake Sale! Saturday, December 8th from 9AM-3PM at the Oliver Ames High School Cafeteria, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA  02356. *Admission for this event is FREE

DECEMBER 8: ARTISANS FAIRE AND HOLIDAY TEA at QUESET HOUSE

From 10AM – 4PM Artisans Faire and Holiday Tea at Queset House. Looking for an unusual holiday gift to surprise that special someone? Or a magical event to start off the Holidays with a bang? We feature juried local artisans in paint, photography, textiles, wood, jewelry, pottery, hand-dyed silk scarves, body wraps, handbags, gifts for the home, chocolate, live music all day, and raffles. FREE ADMISSION TO THIS EVENT! Traditional High Tea/luncheon: Seating times are 10:30/11:30/12:30/1:30. Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for children ten and under. Reserve seats atfairewind7@aol.com or Call 508 230 5874. TICKETS also available at the DOOR. More Info: Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Facebook page.

December 9: Holiday Show – Oliver Ames Show Choir and Pit Band Panache

Oliver Ames Show Choir and Pit Band Panache proudly presents our Holiday Show with Sing-A-Long and Cookie Walk Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4PM located at Oliver Ames High School Auditorium, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA. Admission: Adults $10, Students, Children, Senior Citizens $5, Children 5 and under Free. Cookie Walk: 5 per box to mix and match 5 bags of cookies.

December 9: OAHS 1968 Graduate to Speak at The Easton Historical Society

The Easton Historical Society will be open this Sunday, December 9th from 1PM to 5PM. At 2PM, James Thomson will discuss the Boston Light, a topic that his wife Dr. Susan Snowman and he have written two books. The Boston Light was the first established lighthouse in colonial America in 1716 and is now the last manned Coast Guard Light Station in the country. After graduating from Northeastern, he was the Junior Engineer for the Easton Department of Public Works before joining the Town of Plymouth’s Engineering Department for more than thirty years. On sale will be Mary Bodio prints including the one of Stonehill College. Refreshments.

December 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 lswenson@oldcolonyymca.org.

December 13: Winter Concert – Oliver Ames Music Department

Thursday, December 13th at 7PM located at Oliver Ames High School Auditorium, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA. The Oliver Ames Music Department proudly presents their Winter Concert featuring the Oliver Ames High School Concert Band, Orchestra, and Concert Choir.

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.

December 20: OAHS Music Department Proudly Presents The 43nd Annual Sing-a-long

Of Handel’s Messiah! Thursday, December 20th at 8PM located at the Immaculate Conception Church, 193 Main Street, Easton. Featuring: Oliver Ames Concert Choir and Oliver Ames Chamber Orchestra. Also: Charlene Dalrymple- Soprano, Roselin Osser- Mezzo-Soprano, Michael Calmes-Tenor, Mark Anderson-Bass, Michael Korn- Orchestra Director & Conductor, and Murray Kidd-Choir Director. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted for the OAHS Music Department.

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.

Easton Veterans Appreciation Day – Fri 12/7 – 11am-3pm , Frothingham Hall

Easton Veterans Appreciation Day:

When: Fri 12/7 – 11am-3pm
Where: Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street, Easton
What: Easton VSO along with the COA invite community members to come out in celebration of our veterans.  We will have a pool table, ping pong table, cornhole, checkers and card tables set up.  A light lunch will also be served.  This is open to anyone and everyone, not just veterans.

I can be reached at 508-230-0690 (press 3) if you have any questions.  I have also included the flyers attached to this email.

Thank you,
Cory

Cory R. Ahonen
Veterans’ Services Officer
15 Barrows Street
Easton, MA 02356
Office: 508-230-0690
Cell: 774-273-1991

Easton Town Government News and Announcements

ONLINE Dog Licensing Now Available

2018 Dog licenses are now available ONLINE. To license online, search by Dog ID# (can be found on a previous years license) or enter your last name, street name and/or dog name. Residents will only be able to use the online dog licensing service if the rabies certificate that is on file in the Town Clerks Office is current at the time of licensing. To update your rabies on file please email a copy to townclerksoffice@easton.ma.us and allow time for internal processing before attempting to license online. Please note that the bank charges .25 to pay by electronic check and a $1.00 postage & handling fee will be charged for each online license issued. Dog licenses and tags will be mailed directly to you. You may also license your dog in person at the Town Clerks Office beginning December 17th. If you have a problem with the payment link above, please try https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx?TID=22364

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.

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.

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, December 17 (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, December 18 (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.

November 30 and December 7: Public Workshops on Climate Change Impacts for Easton

Friday, November 30th and Friday, December 7th from 9AM-1PM at the Easton Town Hall, Colleen Corona Conference Room. Join the Easton Planning Department to discuss Easton’s strengths and vulnerabilities to hazards like flooding, changing seasonality, and extreme temperatures as part of Easton’s award from the State Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This 2-part discussion will produce a holistic plan that combines local expertise from across sectors and represent priorities of the town’s other major planning documents. All input from participants will be recorded and short term priorities identified by the group will be highlighted. For more information, contact Andrea Langhauser, Environmental Planner at 508-230-0630 or Alanghauser@easton.ma.us

Meetings Next Week: December 3 through December 7

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.

December 10 through December 14: Free Bulk Item Pick-Up

The week of December 10, 2018 will be the next “FREE BULK ITEM” pickup week for Waste Management customers. If you are in our Waste Management program, you can put one (1) large item curbside on your regular trash day to be picked up at no charge to you. No need to call the office, just have your item out at 7AM. You can find the list of acceptable items on the Town’s website. Any questions call the DPW @ 508-230-0800.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

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.

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.

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.

December 1: No Original Easton Farmer’s Market Scheduled – Stay Tuned for New Indoor Location in North Easton

The Original Easton Farmer’s Market is taking 2 weeks off while we move our market to our new location – still in North Easton with many of the same local farmers and locally sourced products. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

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: Easton Wings of Hope – Hidden in Plain Sight Exhibit

Saturday, December 1st from 10AM – 12PM at the Old Colony YMCA, Easton branch, 25 Elm Street, North Easton. This exhibit enables adult participants to explore and find ways that their teen may be engaging in risky behaviors such as drug use. The intention for this display is not to scare guardians but to provide knowledge, awareness, and support during the teenage years. For more information, please contactinfo@eastonwingsofhope.org or lswenson@oldcolonyymca.org

December 1 through 2: 32nd Annual Easton Holiday Festival – Easton Lions Club

Join the folks of Easton on DECEMBER 1st (Saturday) and 2nd (Sunday) to celebrate the holidays and start of winter. This year’s theme is “Kindness Matters”. All FREE events occur in and around the Historic District of North Easton, MA at the Rockery and Oakes Ames Memorial Hall on corners of Main, Lincoln, and Barrows Streets. We have our annual CRAFT SHOW in the Hall and come dance with TOO MUCH FUN Saturday night (tickets available atwww.eastonlions.org/dance, at Shovel Town Brewery, and Easton Lions Thrift Store.

Saturday, December 1st at 5PM Santa arrives in Easton’s finest Big Red Firetruck and he’s in the Parade Sunday. Checkout some of last year’s photo albums from the Festival and Parades in our Facebook Photo Albums Let us know if you’ll join us on our Facebook Events page. FaceBook.com/EastonLions. Website information is www.eastonlions.org. The program booklet is posted at https://eastonlions.org/…/…/2018-Program-Booklet-28pg-sm.pdf

Sunday, December 2nd at 1PM we have the huge Holiday Parades, the REINDOG Parade (approximately 1:30PM) sponsored by ZESTEY Pet Services, the Greatest Kids Show ever, and live entertainment both days in the Entertainment Tent on the Rockery.

December 1 and December 2: Annual Green Sale – Easton Historical Society and Easton Garden Club

The Easton Historical Society will be open Saturday, December 1st and Sunday, December 2nd from 9AM to 5PM with the Easton Garden Club, and conducting its Annual Green Sale in the morning. Sunday the Society will be open from 1PM to 5PM with Mary Bodio prints and Easton memorabilia available both days. Refreshments!

December 1 & 2: “Be the Light” with Easton’s Human Rights Committee

Join Easton’s Human Rights Committee in creating “Be the Light”—a community art project designed to help bring our community together. You’re invited to share a good intention, light a candle to represent the good inside you, and add your light to the display, helping to illuminate our town. The lights remind us that we all have unique and positive qualities within ourselves that can help bring our community together. The project is happening outside Oakes Ames Hall during the Easton Lion’s Holiday Festival from 12PM to 5PM on December 1st & 2nd. The lights will be on display for several nights after the festival. If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please email humanrights@easton.ma.us.

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 lswenson@oldcolonyymca.org.

December 7: Veterans Appreciation Day: Games, Entertainment, and Lunch!

Please join Easton Veterans Services and the Council on Aging on Friday, December 7th 11AM-3PM for an afternoon of fun and games! A light lunch will be provided and all games are open to the public free of charge. We will have a pool table, ping pong table, cornhole, checkers, card tables, and more. This event will be held at Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street in Easton. Please call 508-230-0690 if you have any questions or would like to attend.

December 7: AARP Age-Friendly Communities Kick Off Event

Please join us at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 7th prior to the start of Veterans Appreciation Day for our AARP Age-Friendly Communities kickoff event and certificate presentation.  This event will be held at Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street.  A light lunch will be served following the program as we begin an afternoon honoring our veterans.  Please call 508-230-0690 if you have any questions or would like to attend.

December 8: The 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Oliver Ames Marching Band Proudly Presents our 3nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair. Come enjoy music and holiday cheer as crafters and vendors from all over the state help you with your Holiday Shopping Needs! There will also be a 50/50 Raffle and a Bake Sale! Saturday, December 8th from 9AM-3PM at the Oliver Ames High School Cafeteria, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA  02356. *Admission for this event is FREE

December 9: Holiday Show – Oliver Ames Show Choir and Pit Band Panache

Oliver Ames Show Choir and Pit Band Panache proudly presents our Holiday Show with Sing-A-Long and Cookie Walk Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4PM located at Oliver Ames High School Auditorium, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA. Admission: Adults $10, Students, Children, Senior Citizens $5, Children 5 and under Free. Cookie Walk: 5 per box to mix and match 5 bags of cookies.

December 13: Winter Concert – Oliver Ames Music Department

Thursday, December 13th at 7PM located at Oliver Ames High School Auditorium, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA. The Oliver Ames Music Department proudly presents their Winter Concert featuring the Oliver Ames High School Concert Band, Orchestra, and Concert Choir.

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.

December 20: OAHS Music Department Proudly Presents The 43nd Annual Sing-a-long

Of Handel’s Messiah! Thursday, December 20th at 8PM located at the Immaculate Conception Church, 193 Main Street, Easton. Featuring: Oliver Ames Concert Choir and Oliver Ames Chamber Orchestra. Also: Charlene Dalrymple- Soprano, Roselin Osser- Mezzo-Soprano, Michael Calmes-Tenor, Mark Anderson-Bass, Michael Korn- Orchestra Director & Conductor, and Murray Kidd-Choir Director. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted for the OAHS Music Department.

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.

11/21/2018 – Easton Town Government News and Notices

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.

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.

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, December 18 (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 26 through November 30

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.

November 30 and December 7: Public Workshops on Climate Change Impacts for Easton

Friday, November 30th and Friday, December 7th from 9AM-1PM at the Easton Town Hall, Colleen Corona Conference Room. Join the Easton Planning Department to discuss Easton’s strengths and vulnerabilities to hazards like flooding, changing seasonality, and extreme temperatures as part of Easton’s award from the State Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. This 2-part discussion will produce a holistic plan that combines local expertise from across sectors and represent priorities of the town’s other major planning documents. All input from participants will be recorded and short term priorities identified by the group will be highlighted. For more information, contact Andrea Langhauser, Environmental Planner at 508-230-0630 or Alanghauser@easton.ma.us

December 10 through December 14: Free Bulk Item PickUp

The week of December 10, 2018 will be the next “FREE BULK ITEM” pickup week for Waste Management customers. If you are in our Waste Management program, you can put one (1) large item curbside on your regular trash day to be picked up at no charge to you. No need to call the office, just have your item out at 7AM. You can find the list of acceptable items on the Town’s website. Any questions call the DPW @ 508-230-0800.

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 24 and December 1: No Original Easton Farmer’s Market Scheduled – Stay Tuned for New Indoor Location in North Easton

The Original Easton Farmer’s Market is taking 2 weeks off while we move our market to our new location – still in North Easton with many of the same local farmers and locally sourced products. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

November 25: Shop Locally Small Business

Saturday, November 25th support Easton’s Owner Operated Businesses this holiday season. Shop for locally grown produce and beverages, hand-crafted candies, toys, women’s clothing, fitness, spa, fine and casual dining, crafts, antiques, primitives, specialty gifts, jewelry, art, and more.

November 27: American Legion Post 7 Meeting

Tuesday November 27th the American Legion Post 7 invites any interested Veterans to their next meeting on November 27th at 7-8PM at the VFW Hall, 61 Rockland Street on the corner of Allen Road Easton, MA.

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 1: Easton Wings of Hope – Hidden in Plain Sight Exhibit

Saturday, December 1st from 10AM – 12PM at the Old Colony YMCA, Easton branch, 25 Elm Street, North Easton. This exhibit enables adult participants to explore and find ways that their teen may be engaging in risky behaviors such as drug use. The intention for this display is not to scare guardians but to provide knowledge, awareness, and support during the teenage years. For more information, please contactinfo@eastonwingsofhope.org or lswenson@oldcolonyymca.org

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 lswenson@oldcolonyymca.org.

December 8: The 3rd Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Oliver Ames Marching Band Proudly Presents our 3nd Annual Holiday Craft Fair. Come enjoy music and holiday cheer as crafters and vendors from all over the state help you with your Holiday Shopping Needs! There will also be a 50/50 Raffle and a Bake Sale! Saturday, December 8th from 9AM-3PM at the Oliver Ames High School Cafeteria, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA  02356. *Admission for this event is FREE

December 9: Holiday Show – Oliver Ames Show Choir and Pit Band Panache

Oliver Ames Show Choir and Pit Band Panache proudly presents our Holiday Show with Sing-A-Long and Cookie Walk Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4PM located at Oliver Ames High School Auditorium, 100 Lothrop Street, North Easton, MA. Admission: Adults $10, Students, Children, Senior Citizens $5, Children 5 and under Free. Cookie Walk: 5 per box to mix and match 5 bags of cookies.

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.

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Easton Town Government news and notices

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.

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, 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 lswenson@oldcolonyymca.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, 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.