Bulletins . . .

♦ Doane Cleanup Party: April 30;
Election Day is May 2 — polls open
11:45 am – 8:00 pm @ Town Office
Annual Town Meeting is May 9 → Download ’15 TOWN REPORT (2 MB);
Town Meeting WARRANT.
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Psssst . . .

REGISTRAR OF VOTERS AND TOWN CLERK Pam Shrimpton bake-salealerts all Hawley voters that there will be a bake sale at the polls, with the proceeds going to the Sons and Daughters of Hawley. 

The bake sale will go on all day (polls are open from 11:45 am – 8:00 pm on Monday, May 2), and contributions of baked goods would be appreciated as well.

Pam hopes to see all Hawleyites on election day when they come to vote for our local officials and enjoy the baked goods of our talented bakers.

Hawley Town Nurse . . .

WALK-IN CLINICS SCHEDULED FOR MAY AND JUNE — Regional nurse-haPublic Health Nurse Lisa White, RN, BS, has scheduled walk-in clinics at Charlemont Federated Church on May 10 and June 14 from 10:30 am until noon.  Services provided will include:

♦ Help with Self-Management of Medication / Health Issues
♦ Blood Pressure Screening
♦ Blood Glucose Screening
♦ Health Information
♦ Needle/Sharps disposal
♦ Mercury Thermometer disposal

These services are contracted on behalf of Hawley residents by the Hawley Board of Health, and are provided by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments.

Download a flier HERE.

New Development in Broadband . . .

MBI TO EXPLORE FIXED WIRELESS AS A GENERAL OPTION MBI Director of Technology Dave Charbonneau surprised at least pole-n-signalsome of the participants at the Hybrid-Wireless Working Group at the Hawley Town Office on Thursday evening, April 7 when he outlined plans to evaluate a number of wireless options as he works to get Broadband implementation “moving forward” in Western Massachusetts.

The Hybrid-Wireless Working Group (HWWG) is an ad hoc assemblage of representatives of Towns in Western MA which, like Hawley, have been exploring wireless Broadband because they Continue reading

Selectboard Seeks Halt to DCR Land Purchase . . .

IN A LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR penned by Fire Chief Greg Coxflaming-letter and signed by the Hawley Selectboard, the Town has criticized the pending purchase of privately-owed woodlands in the Dubuque State Forest by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) as an example of “backward” priorities. “Rather than buying . . . land it cannot afford to maintain, the state should concentrate on caring for the land it already owns,” the letter states.

The letter goes on. While Hawley has a long history of supporting conservation, our residents have become increasingly unhappy with the state continuing to buy land due to concerns about the loss of Continue reading

Interesting Aside . . .

The Selectboard Letter to Governor Baker (ABOVE) was straighforward in terms of the Board’s overall priorities:

Hawley’s most pressing concern is finding a way to get high speed (broadband) Internet in Hawley at a price the town and residents can afford.  Restoring Middle Road, while not unimportant, only affects some residents, while the lack of Internet or cell phone service affects residents and visitors alike.

And the Nominees Are . . .

THE PROCESS FOR CREATING THE OFFICIAL BALLOT for Hawley's May 2 election is now complete. Here are the affected offices and nominees:

Office Nominee* Nominee*
Selectboard Member Hussain Hamdan Courtney Ann Hoyt
Assessor Ed Brady <- Unupposed on Ballot
Non-Parent Member LEC (School Council) for the Hawlemont School District Suzanne Crawford <- Unupposed on Ballot
Town Moderator Kirby "Lark" Thwing <- Unupposed on Ballot
Hawlemont School Committee Hussain Hamdan <- Unupposed on Ballot
Town Auditor <- none ->
*Where more than one nominee is listed, nominees are listed in alpabetical order by last name.

Voters are reminded that they can also cast write-in votes for persons not listed on the ballot, provided that those persons are HawleyCLICK4SPECIMENBALLOT2 residents and eighteen years of age or older, and that the write-in votes are placed in the correct spot on the ballot. Likewise, individuals who did not file nomination petitions but want to be considered can still make their willingness to serve known through means other than the Official Ballot, requesting that voters "write them in" on election day.

So while the field of nominees has narrowed somewhat, Hawleyites still have multiple options as they approach our Town's May 2 elections.

Amnesty for Commonwealth Tax Penalties . . .

WHILE IT DOES NOT AFFECT LOCAL TOWN TAXES, the2016TaxAmnestyPoster1 Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has put a tax amnesty program in place for the months of April and May that encompasses a number of other types of Mass. tax revenues.  These could be relevant to individuals or business owners who want to get out from under late fees and interest charges on unpaid back taxes, in these categories:

Business Taxes — 33 types (access full list HERE); and,
Personal Taxes — 5 types, including Estate Tax, Fiduciary Income Tax, Personal Income Tax, Personal Use Tax and Cigarette Excise for Individuals.

For more information about this amnesty program, including various forms and how to apply, click HERE.

MBI: To the Drawing Boards Once Again . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS BROADBAND INSTITUTE (MBI) and the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development have issued a joint “need-for-further-study” letter regarding Broadband spending for Western Massachusetts.mbi-letter-to-the-towns This comes after a pause of several weeks in new MBI funding activity while the Baker Administration conducted an operational review in the wake of the resignation of former MBI Director Eric Nakajima.

The current letter is signed jointly by Katie Stebbins, Assistant Secretary, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and Elizabeth Copeland, Interim Director, MBI.

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New Email Destinations . . .

HERE ARE TWO EMAIL ADDRESSES that have been around for a while, but now have new destinations:

emaildestinationsymbolinfo@townofhawley.com now goes to our new Administrative Assitant, Cass Nawrocki; and,
treasurer@townofhawley.com now goes to our Financial Administrator, Virginia Gabert.

Please make note.