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).

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Masks To Benefit 4th Of July Parade In 2021

This year, they will be donating a portion of the sales of their 4th of July masks to Hingham’s 4th of July Parade Committee in order to support a “bigger and brighter celebration” in 2021. “My wife grew up in Hingham, and as a family we have been bringing our children to the 4th of July parade since they were infants,” said Abi. “Last year we finally made the decision to move to Hingham and become a part of the community here.”

After a question was raised by Parade Committee Chair, Jim Murphy, Hingham’s Veteran’s Services Agent Keith Jermyn confirmed that the masks adhere to the “Flag Code,” which designates appropriate and inappropriate uses for the American flag. The Code states that unless the item of clothing is made out of an actual flag, it is not illegal.

The first shipment of masks has been received, and orders are being taken online. The word “Hingham” has been activated as a coupon code which allows residents to get free shipping and enables the company to track sales that are going toward the parade fundraiser.

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Planning Board Approves Function Space At The Range

On Monday night, The Planning Board approved a request that was made by the owners of The Range Bar & Grille to convert 1200 sq. ft. of existing storage space into a function room.  This is part of an overall development plan for the restaurant.

There were two conditions that went along with the approval.  The first pertained to flexing the maximum seating between the tavern space and the function area.  When an event is taking place within the 55-seat function space, an equal number of seats would need to be removed from the inside and outdoor tavern area in order to maintain the 136-seat maximum for the building.  That number was arrived at through calculations for Title V.  The seats would then need to be set aside and clearly marked as unusable.  The second was that the restaurant would be required to provide a list of dates and times of planned functions to the Building Department and the Board of Health on the Monday of each week any functions were scheduled.

Jeff Tocchio of Drohan, Tocchio and Morgan was on hand to represent the owners, Old Derby Nominee Trust.  He assured the Board that barriers would be set up to separate the tavern space from the function area, and he noted that parking had been deemed sufficient by a traffic expert.  In fact, it “exceeded peak calculations,” and there were “plenty of overflow spaces.”​

Since all the work will be conducted on the interior, the Board granted the request to waive a site plan review.  “We should be encouraging all of our businesses to think about developing new spaces,” said Kevin Ellis who approved of the renovations.

“I think it’s going to be a good use of space,” said Gordon Carr. “Hopefully it will provide (The Range) some flexibility in the next 6 months to use this as restaurant space, and it will be useful space for graduation parties next spring.”

“Or maybe later this year,” quipped Jeff.

Planning Board members:

William C. Ramsey, Chairman

Gary Tondorf-Dick, Clerk

Gordon M. Carr

Judith Sneath

Kevin M. Ellis

The Planning Board can be reached at PlanningBoard@hingham-ma.gov.

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BREAKING NEWS: State Enters Phase 1 Of Reopening

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito​ announced this morning that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is now entering Phase 1 of a 4-phase plan to reopen the state’s economy.

“We said from the beginning we were going to follow best practices and data,” said Gov. Baker.  “The data we have collected has been used to incorporate and build this plan.  The process associated with these phases is a function of how we do.”

“People need to do their part,” added Lt. Gov. Polito, “and are key to unlocking the next phases of activity.”

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BREAKING NEWS: State Enters Phase 1 Of Reopening

BREAKING NEWS: Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito​ announced this morning that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is now entering Phase 1 of a 4-phase plan to reopen the state’s economy.

“We said from the beginning we were going to follow best practices and data,” said Gov. Baker.  “The data we have collected has been used to incorporate and build this plan.  The process associated with these phases is a function of how we do.”

“People need to do their part,” added Lt. Gov. Polito, “and are key to unlocking the next phases of activity.”

South Hingham water system flushing begins May 17

Starting on Sunday, May 17th, Aquarion Water Company will begin flushing water mains and hydrants in sections of South Hingham.  Flushing activities will take place overnight, between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., in order to minimize any disruption to customers.

Essential Water System Maintenance

As a water provider, Aquarion provides an essential service.  Water utilities are part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s “critical infrastructure sectors,” as safe drinking water is critical to protecting public health.  This program is being undertaken to ensure customers continue to receive safe, reliable drinking water.  The federal government recognizes that safe, clean reliable provision of water is essential, especially now as towns are dealing with a public health emergency.

According to the company website, it is currently operating under an emergency pandemic plan. As part of  that plan, the company asks customers to recognize the essential work being done by its employees, and reminds them to adhere to social distancing rules for everyone’s safety.  If a customer sees a crew performing work in their area, and wishes to ask a question about it, they are encouraged to visit www.aquarionwater.com or the company’s Facebook page, or call Customer Service at 1-800-732-9678.

Helpful Water System Flushing Program Information

Flushing can potentially result in episodes of decreased water pressure or discoloration.  Discoloration results from temporary disturbances of the normal water flow within the piping network which can stir up naturally-occurring minerals and sediment that settle within the water mains.  The objective of the water main and hydrant flushing program is to remove these accumulated sediments from the pipes, and this is accomplished by flushing water out of the fire hydrants.

If you live in or near the target flushing areas listed below, Aquarion recommends that you store water in your refrigerator for drinking and cooking in case you experience any disruptions in service.  Also, if you notice any water discoloration, they suggest that you refrain from using hot water and run cold water until the water is clear again. For any other questions, customers can explore the company’s Discolored Water FAQ or call Aquarion’s Customer Service Department at 1-800-732-9678.

A “Code Red” will be issued each day to customers living on streets that will be flushed later that night.  To keep customers informed about scheduled/unscheduled work, Aquarion utilizes a CodeRED notification system to call affected customers.  Aquarion encourages customers to sign up for this free service at www.aquarionwater.com/alerts-and-outages.

FLUSHING SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF MAY 17th

Sunday, May 17th

Colonial Road, Constitution Road, Hancock Road, Independence Lane

Liberty Pole Road, Loring Hill Road, Main Street, Pioneer Road

Monday, May 18th

Brewster Road, Colonial Road, Highfield Road, Pilgrim Road, Puritan Road, Westmoreland Street, Winthrop Road

Tuesday, May 19th

Colonial Road, Cushing Street, Flintlock Circle, Hancock Road, Hitching Post Lane, Liberty Pole Road, Minuteman Road, Patriots Way, Pioneer Road, Puritan Road, Stagecoach Road, Volunteer Road

Wednesday, May 20th

Colonial Road, Cushing Street, Flintlock Circle, Hancock Road, Hitching Post Lane, Liberty Pole Road, Minuteman Road, Patriots Way, Pioneer Road, Puritan Road, Stagecoach Road, Volunteer Road.

Thursday, May 21st

Apple Tree Lane, Cushing Street, First Lane, Leclair Drive, Plymouth River Road, Sunset Lane

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