Bulletins . . .

 New Town Office Hours: 

Assessors Meeting was October 26; none on November 2.
Hawley has a 1 ton 2005 GMC Sierra K3500 Truck for Bid.
◊ Early Voting by mail:  APPLICATION, EXPLANATION.

How to Avoid the Election Day Crush . . .


by Pamela Shrimpton, Hawley Town Clerk

All registered voters will be able to vote before Election Day, November 8th, for the first time ever in Massachusetts. Early voting will begin on October 24th and continue through November 4th, 2016. Prior to the enactment of this new law, the only way a registered voter was allowed to vote prior to Election Day was through absentee voting. Although absentee voting will still be available for registered voters who qualify, only those who will be absent from their city or town on Election Day, or have a disability that prevents them from going to the polls, or have a religious belief preventing the same, are legally allowed to vote by absentee ballot.

Unlike absentee voting, early voting is for every registered voter. Registered voters do not need an excuse or reason to vote early. To be eligible to vote in the November 8th State Election, you must register to vote or make any necessary changes to your voter registration by October 19th, 2016.

Early Voting Options

Early voting can be done in person or by mail. In Hawley, early voting can be done in person at the Town Office, 8 Pudding Hollow Road, during the following dates and times: Wednesdays from October 24th through Wednesday, November 4th between 9 and 12, or by appointment (call the Town Clerk at 413-339-4091). For public convenience, Hawley has also decided to offer weekend hours on Saturday, October 29th between 9 and 12.

If you are unable to come to the Town Office for early voting on the dates listed in the Calendar — which are Wed 10/26 (9 – 12), Sat 10/29 (9 – 12 – extended hours) and Wed 11/2 (9 – 12) — then you can fill out an application and mail it to the Town Office at 8 Pudding Hollow Road.

Once the application is received by the Town Clerk, you will be mailed an early voting ballot which you can mail back or drop off at the Town Office. You can download an early voting ballot application HERE.

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Flu Shot Clinics Expanded . . .

THE SECOND IN THE FLU SHOT CLINIC SERIES for October is to be held this Saturday at Hawlemont School:


Click for FRCOG full schedule..

  Saturday, October 29 @ 9 – 11AM @ Hawlemont School (includes a Regional Emergency Dispensing Site drill)

For some additional information about the Flu Shot clinics, click HERE to download a poster with the particulars for Hawley. 

New MBI Policy Includes Major Providers . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS BROADBAND INSTITUTE (MBI) has sent out a letter to Western MA Selectboards announcing its intention to initiate a new Request For Proposal (RFP) process that is part of a policy change that, for the first time, would allow private-sector Internet companies to receive direct buildout monies from MBI for the “last mile”.

The communication from MBI Board Chairman Peter Larkin outlines a change in policy that allows companies like Comcast and Charter Communications to receive MBI funds under “stringent eligibility criteria.” The objective of the new focus by MBI is . . .

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Axia Cancels Broadband Meeting, Proposal . . .

IT WAS ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY EVENING THAT AXIA had withdrawn its proposal to build a regional Broadband network to help complete MBI’s “last mile” project, and that the meetings that had been scheduled at Berkshire East and the Town of Becket for the next day — Thursday, October 13 — had been cancelled. 

Axia is the Canadian-based company that built MBI’s “middle mile” network — the one that allowed the Hawley Town Office (among many others) to access high-speed Internet. According to Jordan Allred, Axia’s Director of Business Development for Enterprise & Continue reading

MEMA Issues Drought Bulletin . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS EMERGENCY Management Agency (MEMA) has issued a bulletin regarding drought conditions throughout the Commonwealth.  Included in the bulletin are internet links to several references where more detailed information can be found  as well as explanations of various status levels and required water conservation actions for each.


Hawley’s current status is indicated at the “Warning” level, like most of the rest of the Commonwealth to the East of the Town. Towns just to the West of Harley are indicated at the “Watch” level.

The “Warning” level carries with it a very strong request to “eliminate outside water use.”  For more information on the drought situation and what to do about it, click HERE.

New Police Chief, Hours . . .

THE HAWLEY SELECTBOARD HAS APPOINTED Jared Bellows, who also serves as Charlemont’s Chief, to be the Town’s temporary policechiefhatPolice Chief.  Jared will be holding office hours at the Hawley Town Office on the second Wednesday of each month from 5-7 pm.

Jared’s first session will be on Wednesday, October 12.   Come in and say ‘Hello” to Jared, apply for or renew your Firearms license, etc.  The Town will be setting up an online FID licensing facility within the Town Office in the near future.  Call Jared at (413) 339-5518 (leave a message) or go
HERE for his Charlemont contact information.

{ Click HERE for an important clarification. }

WiredWest — It’s Final . . .

IN A PROCESS THAT TOOK 2+ MONTHS TO BE COMPLETED, the Town of Hawley has withdrawn its membership from the WiredWest Cooperative (WW).  The letter from the Hawley Selectboard to WW which takes that action that can be downloaded HERE.

Ostensibly, the withdrawal came in response to WW’s request. In recent months, that organization has had trouble meeting quorum requirements because a number of Western Massachusetts towns have developed direct relationships with MBI and thus have seemed less interested than previously in attending WW functions. 

[What do you do to get your $49.00 deposit back?
HERE to download the attached document
then go to the second page.]
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For the Charlemont Selectboard . . .

THE VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE (VEAC) has penned a detailed and definitive letter to the Charlemont Selectboard explaining the purposes and priorities of the organization in monitoring an educational enterprise that costs the four towns which comprise it “. . . almost $700,000 per year.”  The four affected towns are Hawley, Charlemont, Ashfield and Plainfield, and the expenditures are for vocational school “. . . tuition and transportation services.”

The letter is signed by Hawley’s John Sears, VEAC Chair, and Ashfield’s David Newell, VEAC Clerk.  Download a .pdf copy of it HERE

DOH Launches Know-Plan-Prepare Campaign . . .

FOLLOWING UP ON ITS WORK IN PRIOR YEARS, the Massachusetts Department of Health Office of Preparedness andprep-check Emergency Management is again sponsoring a statewide campaign to “. . . encourage Massachusetts residents, families and communities to make plans and prepare for public health and medical emergencies, threats and disasters.

This year’s campaign will include TV spots with themes like:

Build an emergency kit
Create a family communication plan
Plan for your medical needs
Safe and well
Include your pets in planning

As part of the 2016 program, the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management will be publishing a preparedness checklist and distributing the following materials:

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