[Eastontowncrier] Town Crier Friday, August 30, 2019
Easton Town Crier
eastontowncrier at list.easton.ma.us
Fri Aug 30 13:25:50 UTC 2019
LOCAL GOVERNMENT NEWS AND NOTICES
Town Offices Closed for Labor Day
The Town Offices will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2019 in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Queset Sewer Paving
Final paving of the Queset Sewer Project began this week and will continue for approximately 4 weeks until completed. The work includes excavation of the temporary trench pavement and installation of permanent trench paving along with the milling and overlay of all impacted areas.
Aerial Spraying for Mosquitoes
On August 26th State officials announced the completion of the second round of aerial spraying in Bristol/Plymouth Counties. Easton remains at "Critical" risk for EEE virus. Samples collected and tested this week continue to be positive for EEE. As expected the spraying has reduced the number of mosquitoes infected with EEE, but it has not eliminated them. As you prepare for the upcoming holiday weekend, we urge you to make personal protection of yourself and loved ones a priority by avoiding exposure to mosquitoes. Please visit the Easton Board of Health's webpage<https://www.easton.ma.us/departments/board_of_health/index.php>, then see the left blue sidebar "Mosquito Information" for press releases and additional ways to protect yourself 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, effective immediately and until further notice. For this updated calendar, please click here<https://eastontownma.documents-on-demand.com/document/d615a834-99ca-e911-a2d2-000c29a59557/EEE%202019_%20Dusk_Dawn%20Table> or visit the visit the Easton Board of Health's webpage<https://www.easton.ma.us/departments/board_of_health/index.php>, then see the left blue sidebar "Mosquito Information."
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.
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 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>. There is now a South Coast Rail Interactive Corridor Map, which is available on the Corridor Maps<http://links.govdelivery.com:80/track?type=click&enid=ZWFzPTEmbXNpZD0mYXVpZD0mbWFpbGluZ2lkPTIwMTkwODEyLjkwMzIwMzEmbWVzc2FnZWlkPU1EQi1QUkQtQlVMLTIwMTkwODEyLjkwMzIwMzEmZGF0YWJhc2VpZD0xMDAxJnNlcmlhbD0xNzEyOTA3OCZlbWFpbGlkPWFsYW5naGF1c2VyQGVhc3Rvbi5tYS51cyZ1c2VyaWQ9YWxhbmdoYXVzZXJAZWFzdG9uLm1hLnVzJnRhcmdldGlkPSZmbD0mZXh0cmE9TXVsdGl2YXJpYXRlSWQ9JiYm&&&101&&&https://www.mass.gov/service-details/south-coast-rail-project-corridor-maps> page of the project website. It provides a detailed, street-by-street view of the entire Phase 1 and Full Build corridors, including each station and layover facility. You can enter a property's street address to locate where a property is in relation to the tracks.
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, September 10 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
* Elise Circle Community Rm - Tuesday, September 17 (9:30AM-10:30AM)
* Town Hall (136 Elm St., 2nd Floor Conference Rm) - Tuesday, September 24 (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: September 2 through September 6
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 through the end of August during construction 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
Free ABE/GED/HSED Preparation and ESOL Classes Start in September!
Training Resources of America - Brockton (TRA) is enrolling new adults to their free ABE/GED/HSED Preparation and ESOL classes for the 2019-2020 school year. TRA - Brockton is located in 231 Main Street, Suite 302, Brockton. Classes are funded by Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Please call Ruth to schedule an appointment at 508-587-6115. For more information, please visit: http://www.tra-inc.org/node/862
Recreation Department Programs
The Recreation Department is accepting registrations for Adult Gentle Yoga and Adult Line Dancing. Click here for more information: http://www.easton.ma.us/departments/recreation_department/recreation_programs.php
Wednesdays and Saturdays: Easton Lions Thrift Store
Easton Lions Thrift Store https://eastonlions.org/thriftstore/ call 508-230-5466 (LION). Open Wednesdays from 9-2 and Saturdays from 9-3. Drop-off Donations accepted until 1:00 pm only at rear of Grange. Located at 192 Washington Street Rte. 138 next to Buddy's Union Villa Pizza. We have many new items large and small arriving each week! There are 3 floors full of ready-to-move treasures! Follow us on Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/EastonThriftStore>
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 31: 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 10am-2PM located at 591 Depot Street/Route 123 in Easton, along the "S" curve in the road. For Saturday, August 31st, our vendors of locally grown, locally raised, and locally crafted are Oakdale Farms (fresh produce, farm fresh eggs, potted plants, jam, jellies, oils, and vinegars), Rosie Bud Farm (raw honey; soaps and lotions made from raw honey), Daddy's Home Grown (humanely and free-range raised beef, pork, and chicken), Bridgewater Village Bakery (sourdough bread, sourdough pastries, and sourdough-crusted chicken pot pies), Say Cheese (artisan cheeses), E.L. Silvia Farms (fresh produce), Beachouse Baking Company (handmade bagged vegan and gluten-free baking mixes, and oatmeal bars), Debbie's Soaps (detergent-free soaps made from glycerin and goat's milk), Cotley Brook Flowers (fresh cut flowers), and HomeWorks Energy (green and energy-efficient home cooling and heating solutions). Please click here<https://www.facebook.com/EastonOriginalFarmersMarket/> to be taken to the OEFM Facebook page.
August 31: Tai Chi in the Garden
9-10 AM. Come join us on the last Saturday of every month to practice and learn the 24 Posture Yang Style Tai Chi Chuan Form. Tai Chi is an excellent, low impact exercise to promote decreased stress and better health. No previous experience required. Event Location: Queset Garden.
September 3: Fall String Class
6:30 -7:30 PM. Harris Shilakowsky, Violinist, Music Educator & owner of MusicStoreUSA.com will be teaching a hands-on class on playing bowed string instruments: violin, viola & cello. This is for beginners of any age. 3rd & 4th graders and their parents get a head start learning musical skills needed in school next semester. Please register online or by calling 508-238-2000, ext. 3. Event Location: Queset House, 1st Floor Presentation Commons.
September 4: A Cappella Concert: Fall into Harmony with NoteAble Blend
7-8 PM. This entertaining concert will consist of a variety of songs including ballads, up tunes, patriotic songs and perhaps some sing-a-longs too! NoteAble Blend is a women's barbershop chorus located in South Easton, MA. They sing a wide variety of familiar songs in four part harmony a cappella style (without instruments). They welcome new members as well as additional opportunities to spread their barbershop style! To learn more, visit NoteAble Blend online at www.noteableblend.org<http://www.noteableblend.org>. Free and open to all. This program is supported by a grant from the Easton Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. Event Location: Unity Church, 9 Main Street.
September 5: Your Life, Your Story: Obituary Writing Workshop
10:30 - 11:30 AM. Author-in-Residence, Kate Klise, is back! Drop in for any or all of the one-of-a-kind writing workshops being offered by beloved epistolary novelist, Kate Klise. If obituary writing is not your cup of tea, work on a memoir instead! Free and open to all over the age of 16 years. Event Location: Queset House, 2nd Floor Conference Room.
September 5 and 12: Author-in-Residence Kate Klise is back! YOUR LIFE, YOUR STORY
>From 10:30 - 11:30 am Queset House, 51 Main Street, Easton, MA. Author-in-Residence, Kate Klise, is back! YOUR LIFE, YOUR STORY. Obituary writing workshops with KATE KLISE. Drop in for any or all of the one-of-a-kind writing workshops being offered by beloved epistolary novelist, Kate Klise. If obituary writing is not your cup of tea, work on a memoir instead! Kate Klise has written well over 30 books. She divides her time between a farmhouse set on 40 acres in the Missouri Ozarks, a brick bungalow in St. Louis, and a tiny apartment in Lisbon, Portugal. Free and open to all over the age of 16 years.
September 6 through 8: Easton Food Pantry "Stuff the Truck" - Roche Bros. Plaza Easton
The Easton Food Pantry will be helping with food donations "Stuff the Truck" September 6-8, 2019 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) located at Roche Bros. Supermarket, Roche Bros. Way, Easton. Non-Perishable food only. Suggested Donations: cereal, vegetables, pasta, fruit, pasta sauce, baked beans, tuna, soups, etc. No damaged packages, dented cans, or outdated items please.
September 8: Easton Historical Society Open House
The September 8th Open House of the Easton Historical Society from 1-5PM will feature Janice Narsasian at 2PM. Having been a kindergarten teacher in Easton for 24 years first at Moreau Hall and then Center School, she will discuss how the responsibilities of a kindergarten teacher changed drastically during that time period. Event Location: Easton Historical Society, 80 Mechanic Street, North Easton.
September 14: Ken Martin Memorial Bottle Drive
The semiannual Ken Martin Memorial Bottle Drive will be held September 14th from 9AM-1PM located at the Easton Historical Society, 80 Mechanic Street, North Easton.
September 21: The 2019 Easton Out of the Darkness Walk at Borderland State Park
Join the walk! The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention leads the fight against suicide. Funds raised from The Out of the Darkness Walks allow us to fund research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. Walk Location: Borderland State Park - North Easton, MA. Parking will be available at Oliver Ames High School and buses will be running from Oliver Ames to Borderland State Park. Check-in and Registration Time: September 21, 2019 at 9AM. Walk Begins at 10AM and Ends at 12PM. For more information, please contact Michele Lee at 508-450-3309 or Email: mlee at afsp.org<mailto:mlee at afsp.org> or American Foundation for Suicide Prevention<http://www.afsp.org/boston>.
September 21: Oakes Ames Symposium at Stonehill College
On Saturday, September 21st at Stonehill College, organizers Fred L. Ames and Maury Klein will present 'The Enigma of Oakes Ames'. It is a story of perseverance and courage. Starting at 8:30 in the Martin Institute there will be a full schedule of speakers and discussions and a closing reception at Oakes Ames Memorial Hall. Speakers include Edmund Hands (Easton historian re the early years of Oakes Ames), Chris Milford and Jay Wickersham (Cambridge based historians re Oakes Ames and the Ames Shovel Company), Maury Klein (author of the History of the Union Pacific re Oakes Ames and the Credit Mobilier), and two time Pulitzer Prize winner T. J. Stiles ('The Last Days of Oakes Ames, the First Days of a New Era'). A light breakfast and lunch is included. Cost: Adults: $20.00 Seniors: $10.00 Students: Free. To register visit https://www.stonehill.edu/offices-services/archives/oakes-ames-symposium/. Questions Email: Nicole Casper at Stonehill College, ncasper at stonehill.edu<mailto:ncasper at stonehill.edu>
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