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...

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World’s End Scheduled To Open On May 19th

The Trustees of Reservations just announced that World’s End is one of five properties that have a planned opening date of Tuesday, May 19th Here’s what you need to know: Parking lot capacity will be limited to 50% No transactions for parking will occur on-site...

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Additional $4M to improve roadway, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on Route 3A approved by State

At the Harbor Development Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Route 3A Task Force member Deirdre Anderson announced that the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a second round of funding for the Route 3A/Summer Street Rotary Project as part of its Transportation Improvement Plan for 2021-25. The new funding amounts to $4 million.

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Additional $4M to improve infrastructure on Route 3A approved by State

At the Harbor Development Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Route 3A Task Force member Deirdre Anderson announced that the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a second round of funding for the Route 3A/Summer Street Rotary Project as part of its Transportation Improvement Plan for 2021-25.

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4th of July Parade Committee Selects Jeanne Murphy As Grand Marshal

At Monday night’s meeting, the Fourth of July Parade Committee selected Crow Point resident Jeanne Murphy for the honor of this year’s Grand Marshal. “I was humbled and deeply honored and quite surprised,” said Jeanne, a 60-year resident who raised her 6 children in Hingham. “I thought it was overwhelming that they would select me. I’ve been loyal to this town and I love this town and am very grateful that they chose me.”

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Coronavirus Strikes Town-Owned Senior Housing

According to the Lincoln School Board of Directors, two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at the town-owned Lincoln School Apartments. Both have been hospitalized. Hingham Executive Health Officer Susan Sarni informed the Board of Directors of a second resident testing positive for the virus last week, said Chairman Dave Ellison.

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Officials urge residents to respond to potential cuts in MBTA train and ferry service to south shore towns

“The main event tonight is the next agenda item,” quipped Board of Selectmen Chair Mary Power at the start of last night’s meeting, “and that is the discussion of proposed MBTA Hingham, ferry and Greenbush rail service cuts.” Sen. Patrick O’Connor, Reps. Jamie Murphy and Joan Meschino, CEO of South Shore Chamber of Commerce Peter Forman and the town’s representative to the MBTA David Alschuler were all in…

World’s End Scheduled To Open On May 19th

The Trustees of Reservations just announced that World’s End is one of five properties that have a planned opening date of Tuesday, May 19th Here’s what you need to know: Parking lot capacity will be limited to 50% No transactions for parking will occur on-site…

Additional $4M to improve roadway, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on Route 3A approved by State

At the Harbor Development Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Route 3A Task Force member Deirdre Anderson announced that the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a second round of funding for the Route 3A/Summer Street Rotary Project as part of its Transportation Improvement Plan for 2021-25. The new funding amounts to $4 million.

Marwill Hopes To Bring Experience And Continuity

Submitted by Committee to Elect Laura Marwill

Laura English Marwill is a familiar face around town. You may see her at church, attending her children’s school or athletic events, running the July 4th Road Race, walking in Wompatuck State Park or grabbing a sandwich at South Shore Country Club. The Hingham native also announced her candidacy for Town Clerk. Eileen McCracken has faithfully served as Hingham’s Town Clerk for more than two decades and announced her retirement in December.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue to serve the residents of Hingham and all who enter our town,” Marwill said. “The office of the Town Clerk is considered the center of local government.  In addition to the vital role overseeing elections, the Town Clerk also serves as town record keeper, and plays an important role offering guidance and support to members of our community.  Those who come to the Town Clerk’s office should feel welcome, respected and confident that their concerns will be heard.  It’s a position I’ve given a lot of thought to pursuing once the time was right – and that time is now.”

Marwill has served Hingham and its civic organizations for many years, including as a poll worker and warden at four recent elections. She served Linden Ponds as a poll worker during the Presidential primary, and then as a warden at Hingham High School during the spring town elections. She was a warden again at HHS during the Massachusetts state primary and served as warden at Hingham Middle School during the 2020 Presidential election in November.

“While working as a warden at the polls during the elections this fall, I was struck by the similarities between election day and my days working on the trading floor. Once the markets opened and the phones started ringing, I was under pressure to be fast, accurate, friendly and organized, and to know and follow all the regulations and ethical standards related to my job.”

A graduate of the College of the Holy Cross with a B.A. in Spanish, Marwill went on to become a FINRA Series 7 and 63 licensed Registered Representative while employed at BankBoston in the Capital Markets Group. She earned her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2001.

“I had a daily seat on the bond market trading floor, working under high pressure in a highly regulated environment,” Marwill said. She went on to add she is comfortable working under strict government oversight while maintaining the highest ethical standards.

An appointee to the Advisory Committee during the difficult years following the 2008 financial crisis, Marwill later served on the Planning Board’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Study Committee. She has been a member of the League of Women Voters, served as Treasurer of the Bradley Park Association, Chair of the Hingham Republican Town Committee, and is a new member of the Lion’s Club’s volunteer initiative, “Hingham Harborworks,” to restore Hingham’s Fourth of July fireworks.

“I’ve personally experienced many of the reasons that bring people to the Town Clerk’s office,” shared Marwill. “I’ll draw on that experience along with my professional experience to continue to provide the same level of service and integrity without interruption.”

Marwill is currently the Treasurer of Sturtevant, Inc. Laura and her husband, Roger, who works for Teledoc Health, live in Bradley Park. She and their three children all attended Hingham Public Schools. Joe is a junior at Babson College, Evan is a freshman at Mass Maritime Academy, and Sam is a junior at Hingham High. In her spare time, she enjoys running and yoga, and ballroom dancing with her husband.

“No, you won’t see me on Dancing with the Stars, but I can do a lot backwards and in high heels,” she said with a wink.

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Joe Kelly Organizes Day Of Service Initiative In Hingham

HINGHAM RESIDENT AND ELECTORAL COLLEGE MEMBER COLLECTS TOILETRIES FOR FATHER BILL’S HOMELESS SHELTER

Submitted by Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly, Electoral College member, collected and distributed toiletries to Father Bill’s Homeless Shelter in Quincy as part of a national day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Kelly organized over one hundred local families to contribute hygiene and sanitary products to residents of Father Bill’s over the last week. 

“First and foremost, I’d like to thank the staff at Father Bill’s for all of the work you do,” Kelly said. “Homelessness and food insecurity are all around us, and I’m grateful that we have such a robust effort to help our friends and neighbors in the community.” 

“I’d also like to thank my friends and family in Hingham who stepped up to contribute when I put out the call. These are challenging times for all of us and I’m humbled that folks stepped up in such a big way to help with this cause. It really means so much to me.” 

Kelly is no stranger to community volunteerism. He organizes an annual care package drive for his union, IBEW Local 103, that has placed more than 5,000 packages directly in the hands of the deployed men & women of our armed forces. Additionally, he currently serves on Hingham’s Public Safety Building Committee and the Personnel Board. Kelly stated that bringing volunteerism to the forefront in the community is a priority. 

“I’d like to keep initiatives like these going into the future,” Kelly concluded. “There are people who need help in Hingham and beyond, and we will help them. There are people who can help in Hingham and beyond, and we’ll continue to work with them to provide relief. There’s plenty of work to be done ahead of us, and I’m determined to put in that work whether it’s addressing the needs of people who are homeless or ensuring our school district remains competitive. This day of service has shown me that our community is looking to do that work.”

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Klein Announces Bid For Selectman

Many people ask why I would choose this year to seek election. The easy answer is that I love Hingham and want to serve our community. But it’s more than that. The past year has been very difficult for most of us due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. It has exposed so many flaws in our systems. I am seeking the privilege of serving in a significant role in town government to address these flaws and to tackle the many challenges we face, from recovering from Covid-19 to the ongoing threat of climate change. One of our biggest issues will be balancing the level of services our citizens expect and deserve with the available funding sources, while at the same time maintaining our AAA bond rating. As part of Hingham’s Master Plan Committee, I have had direct exposure to the issues facing our town as well as the opportunities we can pursue over the next 10 to 15 years.

Since moving to Hingham fifteen years ago, I have been an active participant and leader in the community. My town experience includes service on the Hingham Master Plan Committee (Board of Selectmen Appointee), Hingham Downtown Association (Executive Director), Hingham’s 375th Anniversary Committee, the Hingham Women’s Club (President, Treasurer), South School PTO (Secretary, Fundraising Chair), School Council, Hingham Newcomers Board (Social Chair), and the Hingham Education Foundation (Communications Director). My other volunteer experience encompasses work with organizations such as South Shore Conservatory, Hingham Food Pantry, Friends of the Homeless of the South Shore, South Shore Stars, Hingham Youth Soccer, and Cradles to Crayons.  

As a member of the Hingham Master Plan Committee, I have had the honor of working with citizen leaders from the Recreation Commission, School Committee, Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, Affordable Housing Trust, Board of Health, Harbor Development Committee, Development and Industrial Committee, and the Historic Districts Commission. For the past 18 months, I have researched, discussed, and prioritized the goals and actions outlined in the Hingham Master Plan. The depth and breadth of this knowledge coupled with many hours spent eliciting feedback from Hingham citizens will enable me to hit the ground running as a member of the Board of Selectmen.

My extensive experience and collaborative leadership style will benefit both the Board of Selectmen and our town. While recovering from the pandemic is an immediate challenge, over the long term my children and their education have been and will continue to be my passion. I’m confident I can have a positive impact on the relationship between the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee. The Hingham Public Schools are one of our greatest assets, and we must sustain their excellence while also supporting our children academically, socially, and emotionally. I commit to approaching our town’s challenges with a focus on what is best for all of Hingham.

After graduating from the University of Richmond with a BSBA in Finance, my career began as a financial services consultant at Accenture working with Fortune 500 clients. Over the past 20 years, I have worked on projects of all sizes in strategic planning, corporate education, marketing strategy, and human resources. Throughout my volunteer and professional experience, I have a strong track record of working well with people who hold different perspectives to achieve common goals. 

Hingham is my family’s home. We feel fortunate to be part of this wonderful community. We also feel we should give back to a community that has opened its arms to us. My husband Scott and I are raising our two children, both students at Hingham Middle School, to understand that civic responsibility and active participation in the community are integral components of Hingham’s success. It is these deeply held values that motivate me to step up and seek election this year. I look forward to the opportunity to hear from all of you during this campaign and to earning your vote. Please contact me at liz@4hingham.com and follow my campaign on Facebook and Instagram for more details.

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Town Meeting Votes To Approve Public Safety Facility Land Purchase By 12 Votes

After three hours of discussion and debate on the chilly multipurpose field at Hingham High School, Town Meeting voted by a razor-thin margin to authorize the Board of Selectmen to purchase the property at 335 Lincoln Street next to Fresh Market. A 2/3-approval was required, and in the end it was achieved but only by 12 votes. Of the 453 people who voted, 69%, or 314, said yes. The remainder of 139 said no.

Promptly at noon, Town Moderator Michael Puzo welcomed everyone in attendance and opened the Meeting with some remarks about the manner in which Town Meeting is held. Members of the Board of Selectmen, Advisory Committee and Public Safety Facility Committee spoke, and the floor was opened up to members of the public.

A handful of board and committee members spoke in favor of the purchase from the audience; several people shared their thoughts; some asked questions; and some, like Susan Garland and Priya Howell, spoke in favor of the purchase but stressed the importance of “fully funding” the schools. Howell warned that parents would be back in the spring to make sure this happened.

Attendees were regularly reminded that the vote was for the purchase of the land only and any discussion about the price of the final project was not relevant. However, the Moderator did allow one question on the price to be answered. Bob Garrity of the Public Safety Facility Building Committee revealed that the consultants had estimated a final price of $35M – stressing that it was a very rough estimate.

Among those who spoke was Tom O’Reilly who proposed a Motion to Amend the Article. The language he suggested for insertion would have prohibited the construction of a Public Safety Facility and preserve the property for the schools until the issues with Foster School were addressed. “Buy the land, but don’t do anything until Foster School is finished,” he explained. That proposal was ruled out of scope by the Moderator who did not allow it to move forward.

Christine Smith who is chair of the South Shore Country Club Committee said that she has served on various boards and committees since moving to Hingham in 1998 and encouraged people to “trust the process” and suggested that “if you have a problem, you volunteer and help address the problem.” She also reminded Town Meeting attendees that $2.5M had been allocated to Foster School in 2006 to “breathe 10 years of life” into the building. After calling for consensus-building, she added, “You don’t want to pit anyone against anyone in this town.”

Another former School Committee member approached the issue from a different angle. Andy Shafter said that the annual interest on the loan alone would equal “one teacher.” He noted that the town owns quite a bit of property already and inquired as to whether or not the study committee had explored the option of a land swap. Advisory Committee member Nancy MacDonald said that several properties in the Fottler Road area had been considered but the owners were not amenable to selling.

Danielle Erdmann who said she moved to the Shipyard a year ago from South Boston expressed concerns about the impact a public safety facility would have on traffic in the area. She then addressed a second comment to the school crowd, whose remarks had made an impression on her, by saying, “The Board of Selectmen is not listening to you.”

That prompted a response from Selectman Mary Power who asserted that “all town boards and committees work very hard to listen to all of the needs of the town’s citizenry.” However, Power did concede that the pandemic had “exposed some funding deficiencies in town.”

At 2:00 PM, Jude Miller called the question. Based on the voice vote, the Moderator said he had no doubt the motion had carried; however, a motion for reconsideration then prompted a standing vote. After the count, the final tally was revealed to be 314 votes in favor of purchasing the land and 139 opposed.

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…

World’s End Scheduled To Open On May 19th

The Trustees of Reservations just announced that World’s End is one of five properties that have a planned opening date of Tuesday, May 19th Here’s what you need to know: Parking lot capacity will be limited to 50% No transactions for parking will occur on-site…

Additional $4M to improve roadway, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure on Route 3A approved by State

At the Harbor Development Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Route 3A Task Force member Deirdre Anderson announced that the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a second round of funding for the Route 3A/Summer Street Rotary Project as part of its Transportation Improvement Plan for 2021-25. The new funding amounts to $4 million.

Additional $4M to improve infrastructure on Route 3A approved by State

At the Harbor Development Committee meeting on Wednesday night, Route 3A Task Force member Deirdre Anderson announced that the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) approved a second round of funding for the Route 3A/Summer Street Rotary Project as part of its Transportation Improvement Plan for 2021-25.

4th of July Parade Committee Selects Jeanne Murphy As Grand Marshal

At Monday night’s meeting, the Fourth of July Parade Committee selected Crow Point resident Jeanne Murphy for the honor of this year’s Grand Marshal.

“I was humbled and deeply honored and quite surprised,” said Jeanne, a 60-year resident who raised her 6 children in Hingham. “I thought it was overwhelming that they would select me. I’ve been loyal to this town and I love this town and am very grateful that they chose me.”

Coronavirus Strikes Town-Owned Senior Housing

According to the Lincoln School Board of Directors, two residents have tested positive for COVID-19 at the town-owned Lincoln School Apartments. Both have been hospitalized.

Hingham Executive Health Officer Susan Sarni informed the Board of Directors of a second resident testing positive for the virus last week, said Chairman Dave Ellison.

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