Category Archives: Hawley News

Hawley Now Has a New, Secure, Outdoor Ballot Drop

Hawley now has a Ballot Box on the left side of the Town Office building for ballots only.

Voters who choose to cast their ballots by mail can consider this a safe and fast way to get their ballots to the Town Clerk. Pamela Shrimpton is the only person who has access to this box, and she will check it at least daily.

Special Town Meeting Report

TOWN CLERK PAMELA SHRIMPTON REPORTS that the Special Town Meeting held outside the Town Office due to COVID on 10/19 ran smoothly, thanks to Moderator Lark Thwing and the 17 registered voters who participated. The voters agreed on all seven articles unanimously, from a vocational tuition reduction to joining the Woodlands Partnership Program. The meeting lasted about 16 minutes.

At the conclusion of the meeting, Hussain Hamdan led the group in a moment of silence for Margaret Eggert, who passed away recently. She had been an active and important member of Hawley, working for years as an Election Clerk and active in the Sons & Daughters of Hawley historical group. Margaret’s smiling face and always kind words will be surely missed.

Wanted: Hawleyites to Contribute to the COVID-19 Community Impact Survey

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health wants to hear from communities so that it can better help people through the COVID-19 crisis.  By taking this survey, you can help find new solutions to community problems, and give DPH the information they need to take action and support the communities that need it most.  DPH is committed to sharing information back in ways that will help us all take collective action –  it is very important that western MA residents be counted in this survey.  We believe this effort will help us better understand the impact of COVID-19 on our communities.   If you are 14 years old or older, please consider participating using this link:
www.mass.gov/COVIDsurvey

Beth’s Election Day Quiche Masterpiece Ramps up for Early Orders

Hi All Hawleyites,

As part of the Election Day Bake Sale on November 3, (and because this is a such a controversial presidential election), Beth Thwing is taking advance orders for her Spinach, Feta, Cheddar Quiche. You can call 339-0124 or email Beth at beththwing@gmail.com to order yours.

Between now and the election, she’ll be baking many more than the usual number of quiches  and will fill your requests in the order in which she receives them. Beth will then notify you when your order is ready.  Where do you pick up your quiche? By arrangement: either at the Town Office, or at her 15 Pond Road home.
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Who Was that Masked Election Worker?

Hawley Town Clerk Pam Shrimpton was recently contacted by AIS, a Leominster manufacturer of office furniture, that is working with town election officials throughout the state to provide free face masks to election workers. Initially skeptical, Pam eventually ordered and received 25 masks the day after she requested them. In doing so, Pam joined over 200 towns throughout the Commonwealth who are benefiting from AIS’ largess.

Click to download the Springfield Republican article that resulted.

Presidential Election News From Pam Shrimpton

WE’RE REACHING THE HOME STRETCH 

Hello fellow Hawleyites!

The purpose of this message is to review the procedures for voting on Tuesday November 3, 2020 in the Presidential Election.

I have been receiving many inquiries regarding when residents can expect to receive their November 3 ballots.  I expect ballots to arrive from the State Elections Division on or around October 5th.  At that point, I will mail out the Early Voting/Absentee ballots to those who sent in application cards/papers prior to the September Primary and checked off the box to receive the 11/3 ballot by mail and to those who I am presently receiving request cards from.
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Broadband — the Latest for Hawley

By Lark Thwing
As of 9/2/20

The short version is that we plan to complete the infrastructure (i.e., poles) by year end, but customer connections and service improvements will continue well into 2021 due to limited staffing. In Hawley, by late September, poles will be installed on Stetson Road, West Hawley Road near Savoy Road, and East Hawley Road near Sisum’s. Poles will be installed in other towns as well. Continue reading

September One Primary Election Results

Here are the State Primary Election Results for the Town of Hawley:

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Baker Administration, MBI Extend Free HotSpot Program through 12/31/2020

WESTBOROUGH – The Baker-Polito Administration has officially extended the free wireless hotspot program that has delivered public high-speed internet connections to residents and students in unserved Massachusetts towns, in response to the COVID-19 public health pandemic. The program, originally slated to end September 1st, will be extended through the end of 2020.

Click to download Press Release.

Special Notice about Reaching the Tax Collector

The Collector’s office is currently closed due to Covid-19. You can reach the Collector at 413-337-6665. Office hours are Monday 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm. People needing to see the collector in person can call to schedule an appointment. The collector will NOT be at the town office on Thursday afternoons except by appointment.