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.

Easton Government News and Notices, Vol 20, Issue 5

February 1: Representative Cronin to Hold Office Hours in Easton

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

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

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

Town of Easton Employment Opportunities

The Town of Easton has the following employment opportunities open:

  • Market Manager – part time

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

Annual Town Census

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

Easton Fire Department Introduces New Online Burning Permit System

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

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

Now through February 28: 2019 Dog Licensing

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

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

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

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

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

Waste Management Guide

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

Old Colony Planning Council – Long Range Transportation Plan

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

Assessor’s Office

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

Columbia Gas Main Replacement

Due to the recent events in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas has temporarily suspended construction operations on Pine Street and Hill Street. We will notify residents when construction will begin again. Columbia Gas anticipates that they have an additional 4 weeks of work to complete the project.

Property Viewer – Geographic Information System Now Available

Easton now has a Property Viewer or GIS (Geographic Information System). One can do a search by address, and pull up detail on a property by then clicking on the top menu “layers” and select additional overlays, such as Aquifer Protection District, Zoning, etc. By clicking on the black dot that shows on the property, after doing a search, one will be able to access the property card. This link can also be accessed from the Town’s website, the lower bottom left sidebar: “Licenses/Permits/Property information.”

Real Estate Property Tax Exemptions FY2019 Now Available – Assessors Office

Applications for Real Estate property tax exemptions for FY 2019 are now available through the Easton Assessors’ Office. The town offers many exemptions designed to reduce property tax for qualifying seniors and disabled residents. Exemptions include: elderly, for those age 65 and older who qualify by income and assets; widow, widower, and persons over 70 or minor surviving child with asset limit; disabled veterans, blind, tax deferral and CPA. Those interested in further information or applications should visit the town’s website, stop by the Assessors’ Office or call the office at 508-230-0520.

The Public Health Nurse will be available for Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar screening for Easton Residents (on a walk in basis, no appointment needed) according to the following schedule:

  • Town Hall (136 Elm St., Mary Connolly Room, 2nd Floor) – Monday, January 28 (3PM-4PM)
  • Parker Terrace Community Room – Tuesday, February 5 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, February 14 (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Elise Circle Community Room – Tuesday, February 19 (9:30AM-10:30AM)

To view the Easton Board of Health Public Health Nurse schedule for the entire year, please refer to Public Nurse Schedule

Local Alert System

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

Meetings Next Week: January 28 through February 1

See time, date, location, and agenda details on our helpful calendar app:  Town of Easton Calendar. Questions relating to public meetings should be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 230-0530. Stay informed of all town board and committee business by signing up for email notifications with our Minutes on Demand service! Sign up here.

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

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

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

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

COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

February 1: Frothingham Hall will be CLOSED All Day    

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

Furloughed Federal Government Employees – Food Panty Assistance

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

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

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

Ames Free Library

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

Free Town of Easton Community Calendar

The free town of Easton Community Calendar from September 2018 through August 2019, prepared and published by the North Easton Savings Bank, is now available. In addition to listing town, school and organizational events, it included information about civic and religious groups, community activities, and a brief history of the 135 years of the Ames Free Library. Assisted by the Easton Country Club, Morse Insurance, and Scoreboard Enterprises, the calendar is a valuable resource for all residents. Calendars are available at the Ames Free Library, Easton Historical Society, Town Offices, and all Easton branches of the North Easton Savings Bank.

Year 2025 Easton will Celebrate 300th Birthday – Fund for Donating

Easton has a great 300th Birthday Celebration in the year 2025. A fund has been established by the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust to which donations may be made. This fund already has over $13,000.00 in it. To make such donation just send your check payable to the Town of Easton at the Town Treasurer’s office, 136 Elm Street, North Easton, MA 02356 – be certain to put the words “300th Celebration Fund” on the miscellaneous line.

South Coast Rail Project

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

Recreation Department Programs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Town Crier

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

Mass. home prices hit record high for November

BOSTON – More single-family homes were sold in Massachusetts last month than in any previous November and the homes sold for a higher median price than in any November before, according to real estate market analysts.

The Warren Group reported Thursday that there were 5,231 single-family home sales last month, a 2.2 percent increase over November 2017. The median home sale price rose by 4.5 percent to $385,000, also an all-time high…

https://www.newburyportnews.com/news/regional_news/mass-home-prices-hit-record-high-for-november/article_6f705f1a-42a0-5ff0-88f5-78b7c6f97a1f.html

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.

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.

‘Racist’ poster causing controversy at Mansfield candy store

MANSFIELD, MASS. (WHDH) – A 19th-century poster hanging inside a Mansfield candy store is causing a stir among residents who say it’s racist and want it taken down.

Hundreds of people have signed an online petition calling for the removal of a Bull Durham tobacco poster inside the Old Country Store that depicts three generations of black characters with enlarged lips. The tobacco, which was made in North Carolina, was popular after the Civil War…

‘Racist’ poster causing controversy at Mansfield candy store

Town of Easton – Weekly News and Information, Fri, 26 Oct 2018

Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2018 12:00:03 +0000

SPECIAL TOWN MEETING AND ELECTION NEWS

Through Friday, November 2: Early Voting

All registered voters will be able to participate in Early Voting for the November 6th State Election between October 22nd and November 2nd. Early voting can be done at the Easton Town Hall, 136 Elm Street, during Town Hall’s normal business hours. Click for full EARLY VOTING DETAILS on locations and hours.

 Saturday, October 27:  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Early Voting

Registered voters in Easton will be able to participate in Early Voting for the November 6th State Election on Saturday, October 27th from 9AM-1:00 PM at Town Hall.  Click for full EARLY VOTING DETAILS on locations and hours.

Tuesday, October 30: Special Town Meeting

There will be a Special Town Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 7:00 PM in the Oliver Ames High School Auditorium on Lothrop Street. The final warrant for Special Town Meeting is available online by clicking here. Hard copies of the warrant are available at the Town Offices.

Monday, November 5 at 1:00 PM through Wednesday, November 7 at 8:30 AM: Town Clerk’s Office Closing

The Town Clerk’s Office will be closed for election preparation on Monday, November 5th beginning at 1:00 PM through closing at 7:30 PM.  The Office will not be available to the public on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6th.

Tuesday, November 6: State Election 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

The State Election will be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM at Oliver Ames High School. Voters are encouraged to educate themselves on the many races and questions that will appear on their ballot PRIOR to arriving at the polls. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO TO THE POLLS to obtain your voter information, view the Voter Information “Red Book” and a Sample Ballot. Additional information can be found at these links:  Election InformationEarly Voting.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS AND NOTICES

Queset Sewer Project – Detours

Beginning Monday October 29th, Northbound traffic on Washington Street (Route 138) between Plymouth Drive and Belmont Street will be detoured through the Easton Industrial Park and onto Belmont Street.  Southbound traffic on Washington Street will not be impacted.  Also, due to the location of the work zone, northbound traffic on Central Street approaching Washington Street will be detoured onto Depot Street.   Southbound traffic on Central Street will not be impacted.  Central Street will be open to local traffic at all times.  Access to businesses and properties on Washington between Plymouth Drive and Belmont Street will be available at all times through the southbound lanes.  Detour signs and police details will be present to guide motorists through the work zone.  The detours will be in place for the remainder of the construction season.  Working hours for the project are 6:00 AM to 4:30 PM.  Thank you for your patience as we complete this important infrastructure project.  For additional information on the project, please see the project webpage.

Town of Easton Employment Opportunities

The Town of Easton has the following employment opportunities open: Communications Dispatchers – 40 hours per week, 32 hours per week and per diem. For more information and full job posting, please visit Town of Easton Employment Opportunities.

Columbia Gas Main Replacement

Due to the recent events in the Merrimack Valley, Columbia Gas has temporarily suspended construction operations on Pine Street and Hill Street. We will notify residents when construction will begin again. Columbia Gas anticipates that they have an additional 4 weeks of work to complete the project.

Property Viewer – Geographic Information System Now Available

Easton now has a Property Viewer or GIS (Geographic Information System). One can do a search by address, and pull up detail on a property by then clicking on the top menu “layers” and select additional overlays, such as Aquifer Protection District, Zoning, etc. By clicking on the black dot that shows on the property, after doing a search, one will be able to access the property card. This link can also be accessed from the Town’s website, the lower bottom left sidebar: “Licenses/Permits/Property information.”

Real Estate Property Tax Exemptions FY2019 Now Available – Assessors Office

Applications for Real Estate property tax exemptions for FY 2019 are now available through the Easton Assessors’ Office. The town offers many exemptions designed to reduce property tax for qualifying seniors and disabled residents. Exemptions include: elderly, for those age 65 and older who qualify by income and assets; widow, widower, and persons over 70 or minor surviving child with asset limit; disabled veterans, blind, tax deferral and CPA. Those interested in further information or applications should visit the town’s website, stop by the Assessors’ Office or call the office at 508-230-0520.

The Public Health Nurse will be available for Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar screening for Easton Residents (on a walk in basis, no appointment needed) according to the following schedule:

  • Town Hall (136 Elm St., Mary Connolly Room, 2nd Floor) – Monday, November 26 (3PM-4PM)
  • Parker Terrace Community Room – Tuesday, November 6 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
  • Frothingham Hall – COA (15 Barrows St) Thursday, November 8 (10:30AM-11:30AM)
  • Elise Circle Community Room – Tuesday, November 20 (9:30AM-10:30AM)

To view the Easton Board of Health Public Health Nurse schedule for the entire year, please refer to Public Nurse Schedule.

Meetings Next Week: October 29 through November 2

See time, date, location, and agenda details on our helpful calendar app:  Town of Easton Calendar. Questions relating to public meetings should be directed to the Town Clerk’s Office at (508) 230-0530. Stay informed of all town board and committee business by signing up for email notifications with our Minutes on Demand service! Sign up here.

October 27: Drug Take Back Day – Easton Police Station

Drug Take Back Day: Saturday October 27th from 10AM to 2PM at the Police Station on Lothrop Street. Bring your prescription medications for disposal to the Easton Police Station. Over-the-counter and pet medications will also be accepted. You can drive right into the parking lot and pass the meds directly to the volunteers. Sharps (needles, syringes) WILL be accepted but must be contained in a hard plastic container. Thermometers, IV bags, medical devices, and personal care products will NOT be accepted. BAMSI will be providing education and Narcan demonstrations at this event.

Now through November 2: CPA Project Eligibility Applications Available

Applicants seeking FY20 CPA funding for potential projects must submit Eligibility Applications to the Community Preservation Committee by noon on Friday, November 2, 2018. Click here for more informationClick here to watch a short video about CPA in Easton and the application process.

November 6: Free Seasonal Flu Clinic “Vote & Vax” at Oliver Ames High School

Seasonal Flu Clinic a “Vote & Vax” flu clinic for Easton residents will be held on Tuesday, November 6th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm at Oliver Ames High School, in the Atrium, 100 Lothrop Street. Injectable only vaccine will be available for individuals three years of age and older. Health insurance information will be collected, please bring your cards. Shots will be given regardless of insurance status for no fee. Please wear short sleeves. Please call the Board of Health (508) 230-0620 with any questions.

 

November 14:  Easton Town Offices – Closing at 3:30 PM

Please be advised that the Easton Town Offices located at 136 Elm Street will close at 3:30 PM for the remainder of the day on Wednesday, November 14th, so that the Town Hall employees can participate in a training session.

COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS

Free Town of Easton Community Calendar

The free town of Easton Community Calendar from September 2018 through August 2019, prepared and published by the North Easton Savings Bank, is now available. In addition to listing town, school and organizational events, it included information about civic and religious groups, community activities, and a brief history of the 135 years of the Ames Free Library. Assisted by the Easton Country Club, Morse Insurance, and Scoreboard Enterprises, the calendar is a valuable resource for all residents. Calendars are available at the Ames Free Library, Easton Historical Society, Town Offices, and all Easton branches of the North Easton Savings Bank.

Year 2025 Easton will Celebrate 300th Birthday – Fund for Donating

Easton has a great 300th Birthday Celebration in the year 2025. A fund has been established by the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust to which donations may be made. This fund already has over $13,000.00 in it. To make such donation just send your check payable to the Town of Easton at the Town Treasurer’s office, 136 Elm Street, North Easton, MA 02356 – be certain to put the words “300th Celebration Fund” on the miscellaneous line.

 

Meals on Wheels Volunteers

We are looking for a few people to volunteer to deliver Meals on Wheels to Easton residents. This would be on a weekly basis and would be a 2-3 hour route. If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity, please contact Outreach Coordinator, Kathleen Gouveia, at 508-230-0692.

Recreation Department Programs

The Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Adult Line Dancing, Adult Gentle Yoga, Creative Writing and Crafting Workshops, First Aid and CPR and Tennis. Click here for more information:  http://www.easton.ma.us/departments/recreation_department/recreation_programs.php

Historic Map of Easton

The 2018 Historic Map of Easton, prepared by the Easton Historical Society, and funded by The Ames Family, North Easton Savings Bank, MacKenzie and Jeannine Smith, and Stonehill College, are available in the Ames Free Library, Easton Historical Society, Easton Town Offices, and all Easton branches of the North Easton Savings Bank.

South Coast Rail Project

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

October 26: Boos and Brews at Queset House

Friday, October 26 from 7 – 11 p.m., join the Ames Free Library for an adult Halloween celebration at our very own haunted and apparitional Queset House! During this event you can enjoy a DJ and delirious dancing, feast on disturbing appetizers, win a prize for best costume, mingle with mysterious guests, enter for a chance at a psychic reading, and – if you dare – encounter Queset ghosts during a harrowing haunted experience! Cash bar featuring Shovel Town Brewery, seasonal wines, and poisonous potions! This is a 21+ event. Tickets can be purchased at the Library Circulation desk for $35 per person, or online for $36.50 per person, which includes a small processing fee. For more information, please visit www.amesfreelibrary.org.

October 27: Drug Take Back Day

Saturday October 27th from 10AM to 2PM at the Police Station on Lothrop Street. Bring your prescription medications for disposal to the Easton Police Station. Over-the-counter and pet medications will also be accepted. You can drive right into the parking lot and pass the meds directly to the volunteers. Sharps (needles, syringes) WILL be accepted but must be contained in a hard plastic container. Thermometers, IV bags, medical devices, and personal care products will NOT be accepted. BAMSI will be providing education and Narcan demonstrations at this event.

 

October 27: Last Day Outdoors for The Original Easton Farmer’s Market

From 10AM-2PM come enjoy the bounty from our locally sourced products and farm fare on the last Saturday at our outdoor location on the Depot Street S-Curve near Shaw’s Grocery Store. Next week the market moves indoors to the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton village (3 Barrows Street). Vendors this week: Bridgewater Village Bakery (breads & sweet treats); Daddy’s Homegrown (beef); Garden of Easton (produce); Jammed with Love (jams and sauces); Oakdale Farms (produce), Rosie Bud Farm (honey & honey-based products) and perhaps our newest vendor – Red Wagon Refreshments. Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

October 27: Sheep Pasture’s SPOOKTACULAR

Join us on Saturday, October 27, 2018 for Sheep Pasture’s SPOOKTACULAR from 3:30-6:30 pm! The Spooktacular is a great family-friendly event that will have special fall activities for visitors of all ages! Activities scheduled for 2018 include:  family hayrides throughout the event, a fire pit, nature hikes, face painting, skull sorting, pumpkin decorating, and arts and crafts! Location for the event is 307 Main Street, North Easton, MA 02356. For pricing and more information about Sheep Pasture’s SPOOKTACULAR, please visit our event page here:  https://www.nrtofeaston.org/sheep-pasture-spooktacular.html.

October 27: ECAT Presents the 100-Second Film Festival

Easton community Access Television presents the brand new 100-Second Film Festival. Join us for a delightful and inspiring night of films. Celebrate a number of films from Easton residents and sample films from over 30 countries. The event takes place October 27, 7p.m. at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton. Take a sneak peek at our newest trailer for the festival here https://youtu.be/KrtrvKcK3Io. For more information visit www.eastoncat.org/100seconds.

October 30: Poe Night

Oakes Ames Memorial Hall – Shovel Town Cultural District Performance & Event Center – The Gallery, 1st floor at 7PM. Beer, wine and refreshments available for purchase. Handicapped accessible. Edgar Allan Poe comes alive in a portrayal of his famous poems and writings. Poe’s works will be performed by local poet, Rich Berg, in the intimate Gallery Room on the first floor. Berg is a poet, writer, artist and public speaker, who enjoys regular performances of his work in and around Massachusetts. He will be fully costumed in authentic garb as he brings Poe’s works to life!  Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809. He is best known for his works of Gothic fiction including “The Raven”, “The Tell-Tale Heart”, “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” and many more. “Mr. Berg’s dramatic flair brought Edgar Allan Poe back to life” – G. Reynolds. “Rich made me feel that I was sitting in Poe’s parlor experiencing his mysterious and somewhat disturbed demeanor” – C. Cole. Be prepared for a wonderfully scary, literary event!  Tickets $7 per person (online or at the door)www.oakesameshall.org.

 

November 1: First Day Indoors for The Original Easton Farmer’s Market

From 10AM-2PM many of our regular vendors and a few new-to-Easton vendors will share their bounty of locally sourced products and farm fare at the indoor location of the market at the Oakes Ames Memorial Hall in North Easton village (3 Barrows Street). Check out our Facebook page for the latest information.

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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