[Eastontowncrier] Town Crier Friday, August 2, 2019
Easton Town Crier
eastontowncrier at list.easton.ma.us
Fri Aug 2 14:23:23 UTC 2019
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS AND NOTICES
Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Risk Level for the Town of Easton has been Raised from Low to High
On July 31, 2019 the Easton Board of Health was notified that the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) risk level for the Town of Easton has been raised from "Low" to "High" due to a high volume of mosquitoes testing positive for EEE. The recommendation at this time from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Easton Board of Health is to postpone or cancel all outdoor actives from dusk to dawn. Please click here<https://www.easton.ma.us/departments/board_of_health/hot_topic_-_mosquito_control.php> to review the full press release and to review information on protecting against mosquito-borne diseases.
Bristol County Mosquito Control
Bristol County Mosquito Control is now accepting spray requests. Email: requestbristolmcp at comcast.net<mailto:requestbristolmcp at comcast.net> or call (508) 823-5253. Please include your first name, last name, full address, including zip code. For more information, visit https://www.mass.gov/service-details/adulticiding - you may also access the spraying schedule on this web page. To make a residential exclusion request, please visit: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/how-to-request-exclusion-from-wide-area-pesticides-application .
Week of August 19: Bulky Item Pick-up
The week of August 19, 2019 will be the next "FREE BULK ITEM" pickup week for Waste Management customers. If you are enrolled in our Waste Management trash 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.
Notice to Property Owners in Queset Sewer District
At this time the Queset Sewer District construction is substantially complete and ready for connections. Property owners in the Queset Sewer District that are part of the sewer project that would like to connect should contact a Licensed Drain Layer or contact a contractor who is eligible to become licensed to begin the process of connecting to sewer. The cost to connect to the sewer lines installed by the Town is the responsibility of the property owner. We recommend getting as many quotes as possible for the work and to be clear on what is or is not included in the scope of work (i.e. restoration of lawns, driveways, walkways, removal of trees, internal plumbing changes, abandonment of septic or cesspool, pumping of the old system, cost of permits, etc.). Only Licensed Drain Layers (or those applying to be licensed) may apply for a sewer permit. The Town of Easton will license contractors that have experience installing municipal sanitary sewer, possess the required insurance, and have posted a $5,000 performance bond. For more information visit the DPW Permit page at https://www.easton.ma.us/departments/dpw/permits.php.
Five Corners Sewer Construction Project: Phase II
Phase II of the Five Corners Sewer Project includes installation of a sanitary sewer collection system from Roberts Drive along Route 106 down Foundry Street to the Five Corners area and will result in one-way traffic along Route 106 during most of the construction. The greatest amount of traffic is anticipated to occur during morning commuting hours. To stay connected during construction, please visit www.fivecornerssewer.com<http://www.fivecornerssewer.com> for project information and to sign up for construction updates and traffic alerts. If you have any questions or concerns about this project, you may email us at fivecorners at easton.ma.us<mailto:fivecorners at easton.ma.us> or call us at (888) 527-6797.
Town of Easton Employment Opportunities
The Town of Easton has the following employment opportunities open:
- Wiring Inspector - 24 hours per week
For more information, and full job posting, please visit Town of Easton Employment Opportunities<http://www.easton.ma.us/easton_residents/employment_opportunities.php>
Fiscal Year 2020 Budget for the Town of Easton and Easton Public Schools
The Town Administrator's Balanced Budget is available in a comprehensive document that contains both the operating and capital budgets for Fiscal Year 2020. The budget information is presented in a helpful and user friendly format that includes a citizen's guide to the budget, a budget summary for each department, and a glossary of common municipal finance terminology. A full copy of the Town's Fiscal Year 2020 Budget is available here<https://eastontownma.documents-on-demand.com/document/77304f96-3770-e911-a2cd-000c29a59557/Annual%20Budget%20for%20Fiscal%20Year%20Starting%20July%2001,%202019>.
Town of Easton Email
Gmail is currently treating Easton's email domain (@easton.ma.us) as spam. As a result, emails from the Town of Easton are being automatically identified as spam and sent to the spam folder. If you are contacting or conducting business with the town online or via email, please be sure to check your junk folder for email notices and replies. We have contacted Google and hope to have the situation resolved as soon as possible. In the meantime, please visit Gmail's help page<https://support.google.com/mail/answer/1366858?hl=en&co=GENIE.Platform=Desktop> for information on how to stop an email from being sent to spam and delivered to your inbox in the future.
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.
Waste Management Guide
Waste Management has published a guide for homeowners to explain what is recyclable at home and most common contaminants https://recycleoftenrecycleright.com/resources/for-home/.
South Coast Rail Project
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is transitioning all project websites into the newly designed, statewide www.mass.gov<http://www.mass.gov> website. The South Coast Rail's new project website can be found at: www.mass.gov/south-coast-rail<http://www.mass.gov/south-coast-rail>.
The Public Health Nurse will be available for Blood Pressure readings for Easton residents on a walk in basis (no appointment needed) according to the following Tuesday schedule. Please note the Public Health nurse will be able to do blood pressure readings, not Blood Sugar.
* Parker Terrace Community Rm - Tuesday, August 6 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
* Frothingham Hall - COA (15 Barrows St) Tuesday, August 13 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
* Elise Circle Community Rm - Tuesday, August 20 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
* Town Hall (136 Elm St., 2nd Floor Conference Rm) - Tuesday, August 27 (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<https://eastontownma.documents-on-demand.com/document/5e357e0f-16a4-e911-a2d0-000c29a59557/Public%20Nurse%20Schedule%204%20locations%202019%20rev%207%2012%202019>
Meetings Next Week: August 5 through August 9
See time, date, location, and agenda details on our helpful calendar app: Town of Easton Calendar<https://eastontownma.documents-on-demand.com/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.<http://eastontownma.minutesondemand.com/EmailNotifications/Login>
Now through End of August: Fire Station #2 at 87 Depot Street - Under Construction - Closed
Fire Station #2 on Depot Street will be closed from May 6 through the end of August while construction happens, to add an addition and renovate the existing station. Fire Personnel and apparatus will be housed during the period of construction at Fire Station #3; on Bay road. Please remember to call 911 immediately in the event of an emergency.
Now through September 22: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey
Please be aware that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is conducting a national health study and Bristol County has been randomly selected as one of the survey locations. Starting July 19, 2019 through September 22, 2019, study personnel will be conducting a confidential phone survey of residents in Bristol County. The CDC has asked the Town of Easton to share this information so that residents are aware this is taking place, and should you receive a phone call and are willing to participate, "that this legitimate survey is a federally funded national effort with significant influence on health policy across the nation." More information can be found at www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm<http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm>.
Now through September 30: Phase II Water Restrictions in Place in Easton
Mandatory outside water restrictions are in place from May 1st to September 30th. This action is necessary to be in compliance with the Town's Water Management Act Permit. For more information on the web, please go to water restrictions<http://www.easton.ma.us/departments/dpw/water_division/water_restriction.php>. Phase II restricts water on an even/odd basis as follows:
* Customers at even-numbered addresses will be restricted to allow lawn watering only on Monday and Thursday between the hours of 5:00 AM-8:00 AM and 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
* Customers at odd-numbered addresses will be restricted to allow lawn watering only on Tuesday and Friday between the hours of 5:00 AM-8:00 AM and 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
Handheld hoses will be allowed anytime.
Now through October 11: Department of Public Works Summer Hours
Beginning Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - October 11, 2019 the DPW summer office hours are as follows:
DPW: (Monday - Thursday) 7:00AM-3:30PM and (Fridays) 7:00AM-10:00AM
Building & Grounds: (Monday - Thursday) 6:00AM-3:00PM and (Fridays) 6:00AM-10:00AM
Highway Division: (Monday - Thursday) 6:30AM-3:30PM and (Fridays) 6:30AM-10:30AM
Now through April 1, 2020: Real Estate Exemption Applications for FY2020 Now Available
Applications for real estate property tax exemptions for FY2020 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, persons over 70 or minor surviving child with asset limit;
* Disabled veterans, blind, tax deferral; and
* Community Preservation Act with income limits
Those interested in further information or applications should visit the Assessors' section of the town's website at Easton Real Estate Property Tax Exemptions<https://eastontownma.documents-on-demand.com/document/e418076f-f698-e911-a2cd-000c29a59557/2020%20RE%20Exemption%20info%20for%20web%20site.pdf&fromFrame=1>. If you would prefer to avoid long lines and believe that you may need assistance, call the Assessors' Office (508) 230-0520 to schedule an appointment to review your application. You may drop off the application at the Assessors' office or mail the completed application.
COMMUNITY NEWS AND EVENTS
Easton Recreation Full Day Summer Program - Sessions Are Still Open - Register Now!
This program is for children ages 6-13 (14-15 for the Workreation Program). The program is held at the Easton Middle School. The new extended hours are 8:30am-4:00pm. There are 6 one-week sessions starting July 8th running through August 16th that include fun filled activities throughout the day. Each session includes one field trip, a day of swimming, sports, arts and crafts and much more. Register now for your child to take part in some summer fun! Click here for more information http://www.easton.ma.us/departments/recreation_department/recreation_programs.php
Now through October: The Original Easton Farmer's Market are Recruiting Vendors
To sell farm produce, seafood, bakery items, and other locally sourced products. For those who have questions, are looking for more information about the OEFM, or are interested in becoming an OEFM vendor, please contact OEFM Market Manager Ross A. Muscato. Ross's email is farmersmarket at easton.ma.us<mailto:farmersmarket at easton.ma.us>; the number at which to call or text Ross at 774-219-4168. Please click here<https://www.facebook.com/EastonOriginalFarmersMarket/> to be taken to the OEFM Facebook page
August 2: Pathfinder RPG 2e Group
>From 11AM - 4PM the 2nd edition of Pathfinder role playing game will be released on August 1st, but that doesn't mean you have to wait to get in on the fun. Join us as we explore the 2e Playtest Scenarios in preparation for the full release. The Playtest Scenarios will allow us to learn the game and create new characters together, and can even earn bonuses with the Pathfinder Society when they start up with the new edition. There are currently 4 free Playtest Scenarios<https://paizo.com/store/pathfinder/pathfinderSociety/pfsrpg/scenarios/pathfinderPlaytest> and pre-generated characters available for use at paizo.com<https://paizo.com/pathfinderplaytest#downloads>. Free & Open to adventurous Teens & Adults! No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided. Event Location: Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons
August 2: Kids' Karaoke
>From 2-3PM. You pick the song and sing along! Choose from our selection of pop music or a variety of familiar Disney tunes. You can follow the words on the big screen and sing along on the library's karaoke machine. Bring a friend or two to join in on the fun! Drop in anytime between 2-3 PM. Event Location: Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons
August 3: Original Easton Farmer's Market is on the Depot Street S-Curve from 10AM-2PM
The Original Easton Farmer's Market (OEFM), the 2019 summer and outdoor version, is held every Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm at 591 Depot Street/Route 123 in Easton, along the "S" curve in the road. For Saturday, August 3, our vendors of locally grown, locally raised, and locally crafted are Oakdale Farms (fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, jam, jellies, oils, and vinegars), Daddy's Home Grown (humanely and free-range raised beef, chicken, and pork), Bridgewater Village Bakery (sourdough bread, sourdough pastries, and sourdough-crusted chicken pot pies), HomeWorks Energy (green and energy-efficient home cooling and heating solutions), Say Cheese (artisan cheeses), Garden of Easton (microgreens and herbs), E.L. Silvia Farms (fresh produce), Beachouse Baking Company (handmade bagged vegan and gluten-free baking mixes, and oatmeal bars), Debbie's Soaps (soaps made from glycerin and goat's milk, and detergent free). Angry Beaver Woodworks (handmade products from reclaimed wood, and tree limbs that are harvested in an environmentally friendly manner), The Blooming Basket (handmade container gardens), and Cobb Street Quilts (handmade quilts). Please click here<https://www.facebook.com/EastonOriginalFarmersMarket/> to be taken to the OEFM Facebook page.
August 3: The Pieces of Our Planet.
>From 11AM-12PM. During this Planet Discovery program from the Museum of American Bird Art, participants will begin to understand their role in the universe and in our environment. We will listen to a story about the science of planet Earth and examine some geological features of our world! This program will feature a digital microscope to look closely at the pieces of our planet. Participants will then get to create their own clay mosaic Earth using air dry clay and recycled materials. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here or call Youth Services at 508-238-2000, x4. Please register only for the number of children who will attend. Adults accompanying the children to not need to register. Event Location: Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons
August 6: Walk of the Frothingham Park with Ed Hands
On Tuesday, August 6th at 9:30AM join Ed Hands at the Easton Historical Society for a walk of the Frothingham Park area. Meet at the Society at 9:30AM. Call 508-238-7774 for more information.
August 7: Purple Heart Day
The Town of Easton was proclaimed a Purple Heart Community in 2015. Please help us reaffirm that commitment by attending our National Purple Heart Day ceremony on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 at the Easton Town Offices flag pole at 9am. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Please come out and support your Easton Purple Heart veterans. Light refreshments will be available following the ceremony.
August 14: Ames Free Library - Galaxy Paint Night Teen Program at the Queset House
Mark your calendar for just a FEW of the many teen programs at the Ames Free Library this summer. All will be held in Queset House. On Wednesday, August 14th at 3PM there will be a Galaxy Paint Night, and our teens get to use different materials to create your own galaxy painting in the style of Jackson Pollock! Details at www.AmesFreeLibrary.org<http://www.amesfreelibrary.org/?fbclid=IwAR3ivlGpx7ZFlQD_842I4iiAEu_EDDMJt44J4hgwqUxZH6m26vE_PlVk22A>
August 23: Mini Resource Fair / Ice Cream Social - Easton Council On Aging
The Easton Council On Aging is happy to bring you a Mini-Safety Resource Fair at Frothingham Hall (15 Barrows Street North Easton, MA) on Friday, August 23 from 12:30-2:30pm. Some of the emergency response system companies in attendance include Phillips Lifeline, Alert Sentry, and Be Safe at Home. The Sherriff's Department will be here as well. This fair will also double as an ice cream social! Serving up your ice cream will be Easton's finest: Police, Fire and Paramedics! In addition to the fair and the ice cream, there will be giveaways and raffles! We are hoping for a well-attended fair, so please consider joining us. Please call the COA (508-230-0690) by Monday, August 19 to sign up.
August 24: Teen Genre Book Club - Teen Den - Main Library
The Teen Genre Book Club will meet the 4th Saturday of each month from 11AM - 12PM, in the Teen Den at the Main Library. Read a book that falls into the monthly genre and come prepared to discuss your thoughts with your fellow teens. This is a great way to meet other book lovers and discover new books. We hope to see you there! Event Location: Teen Den
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