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.

Clesson Brook Road Closure in Effect . . .

PLEASE NOTE THAT CLESSON BROOK ROAD in Bucklandroadclosed-anim below Shepard Road is now closed to through traffic between Route 112 and Hawley — due to replacement of a bridge —  until later this fall.


East Hawley residents (and Sidehill Farm) going to Shelburne Falls or Greenfield should be prepared to: 
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Opportunity for the Specially Challenged . . .

IF YOU ARE LIVING WITH A DISABILITY IN HAWLEY, and have wheelchair-rampedreason to travel back and forth to Greenfield and vicinity from time to time, then the FRTA has an opportunity you might find interesting. FRTA is the Franklin Regional Transit Authority, a state-supported public transportation agency that runs regular bus/van routes fanning out from the Olver Transport Center in Greenfield to: Continue reading

Ad Hoc Group Members Sought . . .

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE FORMED — In the 1990s, Hawley had a committee whose charge was to address sustainable-energyenergy shortages.   Every town had an energy committee.   In time, this committee merged with the Conservation Commission and  eventually, energy slipped off the radar as a major public issue and the committee lost its relevance.
Climate change and  the present interest in establishing Green Communities across Massachusetts  has revived the desire to offer information and help with citizen research; Continue reading

Proactive, Flexible Stance . . .

THE MASSACHUSETTS BROADBAND INSTITUTE (MBI) HAS SET a fast pace in the weeks since it first announced a new direction and level of flexibility. For a Town like Hawley, this is the first time that Town officials and committee members have felt like they’re really “in the game,” as critical criteria have changed and a new attitude of cooperation has become apparent. Here’s a six-point analysis of actions MBI has taken to keep things moving since May 10:

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