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IT WAS ANNOUNCED WEDNESDAY EVENING THAT AXIA had withdrawn its proposal to build a regional Broadband network to help complete MBI’s “last mile” project, and that the meetings that had been scheduled at Berkshire East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

Bulletins . . .

◊ Hawley Garners Green Communities Award.
Rabies Clinic Set for Saturday, March 25, 10am-12pm.
◊ Highway Superintendent Posting.

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.

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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IN A PROCESS THAT TOOK 2+ MONTHS TO BE COMPLETED, the Town of Hawley has withdrawn its membership from the WiredWest Cooperative (WW).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. 

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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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Admin. Action Still Pending Re: WiredWest . . .

UPDATE (8/21/16) — The Hawley Selectboard will again be considering disaffiliation with WiredWest at its meeting on Tuesday, August 23.  Download Selectboard Agenda HERE.

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UPDATE (8/5/16) — At the July 27 Selectboard meeting, it was decided to delay action on WiredWest’s request for Hawley to Continue reading

If the IRS Contacts You by Phone, it’s a SCAM!

AREA HOUSEHOLDS HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED FRAUDULENTspam-alert-anim telephone calls impersonating the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).  An automated voice tells the recipient that the IRS is filing a lawsuit against them and asks that they call an 800 number for more information.

THIS IS A SCAM, run by thieves trying to get personal/financial information and/or money from you.  As a rule, the IRS will NEVER initiate contact with you by phone or e-mail.  The IRS only initiates contact by postal mail or rarely, a physical visit by agents.  Any phone calls or e-mails purporting to be from the IRS are false.

If you receive such a call or e-mail, DO NOT respond to the call-back number, click on any links, give out any personal/financial information, or send any money.

New Email Address for Assessors . . .

IF YOU WANT TO SED AN EMAIL to the Hawley Board of Assessors, you’ll have to use the new email address.  The old one — HawleyAssessors@crocker.com  — doesn’t work any more.  Use this instead:

assessor@townofhawley.com

It still goes to the same place — multi-talented Virginia Gabert will receive your message in her continuing role as Clerk to the Board of Assessors — and she’ll make sure it gets the focus it deserves.

Email Switchbackeroo . . .

CATHLEEN BUNTIN, SHELBURNE SENIOR Center Director, writes that her “. . . new email address (Director@sfseniorcenter) did not work out” — so she has resumed using her original email address, sfsrctr@crocker.com.   Any mail sent to her from July 31 on was not received and should be redirected.

“Please list my email as sfsrctr@crocker.com for any [future]communications,” she adds.