Archive for December 2020

Marwill Announces Candidacy For Town Clerk

Submitted by Committee to Elect Laura Marwill

Laura English Marwill is proud to announce her candidacy for Hingham Town Clerk for the  election next spring. Her years of service on the Advisory Committee and other civic  organizations have honed the skills, experience and personal qualities necessary to deliver  timely, efficient, diligent and friendly execution of the Town Clerk’s duties. 

Marwill grew up in Hingham and graduated from Hingham High School. A graduate of the  College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Spanish, she went on to become a Chartered Financial  Analyst while employed at BankBoston in the Capital Markets Group.  

She settled in Hingham with her husband Roger, where they raised their three children, Joe, Evan  and Sam. Marwill developed a tremendous sense of volunteerism and civic engagement, but also  a deep appreciation for Hingham’s form of self-government.  

 “I recognize that it is the people and their commitment to serve Hingham that make it special.  My children have matured. I find I have the time and the desire to give back to the town that has  given so much to me and my family over the years, and to set the example for the next  generation,” Marwill said. 

Marwill has served Hingham and its civic organizations for many years. She was a member of  the Advisory Committee during the difficult years following the 2008 financial crisis. She later  served on the Accessory Dwelling Unit Study Committee formed by the Planning Board to help  inform Town Meeting recommendations, and many other civic groups.  

“I have had the pleasure of interacting with Eileen MacCracken many times over the years and  have always appreciated her warm and friendly attitude.” Marwill noted, “My years of  involvement in our town’s activities gives me confidence I am prepared and would be honored to  serve as Hingham’s next Town Clerk.” 

Hingham CARES Awarded Federal Drug-Free Communities Support Program Grant

Hingham CARES, the town’s substance misuse prevention coalition, received word today that they are recipients of the coveted federal Drug-Free Communities (DFC) grant. The DFC grant is offered annually through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). CARES, which stands for Community Action Resources Education and Support, applied for the DFC grant in 2019 when it was offered through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) but was unsuccessful. In 2020, the grant was offered through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

The deadline for the grant was extended by three months due to COVID, and, as a result, the award announcements were also delayed. “We have been on the edge of our seats waiting for the news,” said CARES Board member Libby Claypoole who wrote the budgetary component of the grant application. “This is a great way to close out a challenging year. We are so grateful.”

Awardees will receive $125,000 per year which they are required to match, and the funding will continue for the next five years. At the end of the five years, coalitions will have the opportunity to apply for a continuation grant which would provide another five years of funding. Two other local coalitions, Scituate FACTS and Safe Harbor Cohasset, are on their second round of DFC funding.

Around 200 coalitions nationwide are benefitting from this year’s award. Six other Massachusetts coalitions join Hingham in being accepted into the program. A full list of award recipients can be found here.