[Eastontowncrier] Town Crier Friday August 9, 2019
Easton Town Crier
eastontowncrier at list.easton.ma.us
Fri Aug 9 12:48:11 UTC 2019
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS AND NOTICES
Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) have announced that aerial spraying for mosquitoes will take place in specific areas of southeastern Massachusetts, including portions of Easton, beginning tonight, Thursday, August 8, 2019, due to the high risk for the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. We are encouraging residents to visit DPH's website<https://www.mass.gov/guides/aerial-mosquito-control-summer-2019> for the latest updates on spraying, DPH's press release<https://eastontownma.documents-on-demand.com/document/326b39ea-37b9-e911-a2d2-000c29a59557/2019-08-06%20DPH%20EEE%20press%20annoucement> for more information on the chemical the state has chosen and the precautions they are recommending, and the aerial spraying map<https://massnrc.org/spray-map/>. Please also visit the Easton Board of Health's mosquito control webpage<https://www.easton.ma.us/departments/board_of_health/hot_topic_-_mosquito_control.php> for additional information and ways to stay safe from mosquito-borne diseases.
Board of Health Votes to Restrict Outdoor Activities from Dusk through Dawn
On Wednesday, August, 7, 2019, in response to the high risk threat of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), the Easton Board of Health, pursuant to the Code of the Town of Easton, Chapter 332<https://www.ecode360.com/32676006>, voted to restrict outdoor activities on all public property and all private property that is used for locally sponsored youth activities, including but not limited to youth sports leagues, from dusk to dawn, in accordance with the times listed in the Massachusetts Arbovirus Response Plan<https://eastontownma.documents-on-demand.com/document/c631f657-ceb7-e911-a2d2-000c29a59557/2019%20Recommended%20Activity%20Cancellation%20Time>, effective immediately and until further notice. For more information please visit the Easton Board of Health's mosquito control webpage<https://www.easton.ma.us/departments/board_of_health/hot_topic_-_mosquito_control.php>.
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.
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, September 3 (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 12 through August 16
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>
August 15: Easton Early Elementary School Project - Community Forums Thursday August 15 at 3:00 & 6:30 PM
The efforts to construct a new early elementary school for Easton's Pk-2 students will come to a critical point this fall as residents will decide whether or not to approve funding for the project. Please stay engaged and informed by attending one of our upcoming Community Forums. CLICK Here * This postcard has been sent to the home of all Easton residents and announces our August 15 Forums at 3:00 and 6:30 PM<http://track.spe.schoolmessenger.com/f/a/1D4a4tZj8EdhjrFUYBg6JA~~/AAAAAQA~/RgRfKsmbP0R1aHR0cHM6Ly9tc2cuc2Nob29sbWVzc2VuZ2VyLmNvbS9tLz9zPWtvQTYxdXEzNVh3Jm1hbD1kNDYxNGJkYWRmNWIzYTliMzEwNjM0MGZiNTk3ZDUyYzU5NTIyNmQ5ZWZjMWQyMmRhNDFlMTA5Yjg2MGJkODYwVwdzY2hvb2xtQgoAABuWSV0wlkTcUhJjcmVhZEBlYXN0b24ubWEudXNYBAAAAAE~>. The forums will be as follows: Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Frothingham Hall, 15 Barrows Street and Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 6:30 PM - Oliver Ames High School Cafeteria, 100 Lothrop Street.
More information about the project is available at www.eastoneesproject.com<http://www.eastoneesproject.com> . Additional Community Forums will be scheduled for September and October and posted to the project website. You can also send comments or questions to infoeesproject at easton.k12.ma.us<mailto:infoeesproject at easton.k12.ma.us>
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 10: Original Easton Farmer's Market is on the Depot Street S-Curve from 10AM-2PM
The Original Easton Farmer's Market (OEFM), the 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. Our vendors on Saturday, August 10, are Oakdale Farms (fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, jam, jellies, oils, and vinegars), Rosie Bud Farm (raw honey; soaps and lotions made from raw honey), Fresh Catch Seafood, Butcher Shops & Restaurants (fresh seafood), Bridgewater Village Bakery (sourdough bread, sourdough pastries, and sourdough-crusted chicken pot pies), Beachouse Baking Company (handmade bagged vegan and gluten-free baking mixes, and oatmeal bars), Say Cheese (artisan cheeses), Sarah's Tasty Treats Vegan Bakery (vegan cookies, breads, and squares; bottled vegan baking mixes), E.L. Silvia Farms.(fresh produce), Garden of Easton (microgreens and herbs), 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), and Cotley Brook Flowers (fresh cut flowers). Please click here<https://www.facebook.com/EastonOriginalFarmersMarket/> to be taken to the OEFM Facebook page.
August 11: Open House of the Historical Society
Sunday the Open House of the Historical Society will be from 1-5PM and featuring amazing historical documents. View John Pool's appointment to be Justice of the Peace for Bristol County for 7 years as long as his behavior was appropriate-signed by Governor L. Lincoln October 19, 1829. Check what movies were playing in the Easton theatre almost seventy years ago. Refreshments 238-7774.
August 12: Jeannie Mack Kids' Music
6-7 PM. Presenting... (drum roll please)... A lively, witty, cheerful, bounce-around, sing-along, get-out-of-your-seat, dance-like-no-one's-watching, wiggly, giggly, oh-so-entertaining musical experience! Great for 1-8 years old. Event Location: Queset Garden (In case of rain, this event will be held next door in the Oakes Ames Hall at 3 Barrows St.).
August 13: Historical Society - Ed Hands Walk through Swedevill
Tuesday, August 13, at 9:30 Ed Hands will lead an hour's walk through Swedeville. Meet at the Historical Society.
August 14: Galaxy Painting for Kids
11 AM - 12 PM. Use different materials to create your own galaxy painting! Following the style of Jackson Pollock, Ms. Sandy Churchill will instruct students in "movement" methods for spreading paint, such as dropping and spattering. You will use marbles, yarn, toothbrushes, and more. Ms. Churchill will bring all materials necessary for your masterpiece, but remember to dress for a mess! Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Sign up online or call 508-238-2000, x4 to register. This program is for students entering grades 1 through 5. Event Location: Queset House, 2nd Floor Conference Room.
August 14: Galaxy Paint Night for Teens
3-4 PM. Use different materials to create your own galaxy painting! Following the style of Jackson Pollock, Ms. Sandy Churchill will instruct students in "movement" methods for spreading paint, such as dropping and spattering. You will use marbles, yarn, toothbrushes, and more. Ms. Churchill will bring all materials necessary for your masterpiece, but remember to dress for a mess! Space is limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! Sign up online or call 508-238-2000, x4 to register. This program is for students entering grades 6 through 12. Event Location: Queset House, 2nd Floor Conference Room.
August 15: Urban Lunchmeat, Garden Concert
7-8 PM. Urban Lunchmeat is a teen rock band from Easton specializing in classic and alternative rock. Musical inspirations include Green Day, Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pearl Jam. Brought together through Mockingbird School of Music in 2016, the band now plays at local music venues, events, fundraisers, and private parties. Urban Lunchmeat is excited about their next adventure: writing and performing new original music. Event Location: Queset Garden.
August 16: Family Movie Matinee: Detective Pikachu
1-3 PM. "In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective." IMDB. Rated PG; 95-120 minutes. Event Location: Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons.
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 23: Children's Shabbat in the Park with the "Prince of Color" at Borderland State Park
All families are invited to enjoy an interactive variety performance for children at Borderland State Park, 259 Massapoag Ave, Easton on Friday, August 23 at 5:30 pm. The "Prince of Color" will entertain children with dancing, singing, magic, parades, juggling, stories and more. The event is perfect for families with children nine years old and younger. After lighting Shabbat candles, families will enjoy the show and then cool down with a Hoodsie ice treat. The event is free and takes place near Borderland visitor center. Parking is $5/car. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place at Temple Chayai Shalom, 239 Depot St, Easton. RSVP not required but recommended for updates on weather and outdoor advisories: admin at templechayaishalom.org<mailto:admin at templechayaishalom.org>.
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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