Saturday, April 8, the Plympton Police Station became a stop on the Easter Bunny’s route to deliver eggs all around. Hundreds of eggs were hidden around the station and outside in the yard. Eggs, prizes, raffles, donuts, games and goodies were enjoyed by all.
Kingston Town Election is Saturday, April 22
Kingston’s Annual Town Election will be Saturday, April 22, at the Kingston Elementary School, 150 Main St,, off Route 3A. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
There are still positions open with no candidates. They are: Housing Authority, 1 seat available for a 5-year term and Library Trustee – two seats available for 3-year terms Check the Town Clerk’s website to see if you qualify for an absentee ballot. See www.kingstonma.gov for additional information under Election News. If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Kingston Town Clerk’s office at 781-585-0502.
PayT begins in Plympton
It was no April Fool’s Day trick at the Plympton Transfer Station. PayT, where Plympton residents using the transfer station are required to purchase special bags for their rubbish to help cover the ever-increasing cost of trash disposal.
Chief attendant Art Morin said that he only had to turn away three residents, two who didn’t have their sticker and one who didn’t have the new bright orange Plympton PayT bags.
As of Tuesday noon, Colleen Morin, Highway Dept. Admin., said she has sold 583 transfer station stickers. Last year at this time she had sold 637 stickers
Residents can purchase their PayT bags at the Highway Department on Palmer Road, Aubuchon Hardware on Rte. 58 in Carver, Plympton Convenience and Liquors, and Market Basket in Plymouth. As other stores join, they will be added to the list.
All in all, Colleen Morin said that people have been very pleasant and most seem to feel this is a good way to go. “I have had a handful of people (two farm people) who have been disgruntled over the charge.
It was an ‘eggcellent’ egg hunt in Halifax!
Saturday, April 1, the Halifax Elementary School gymnasium hosted hundreds of children all hoping to fill their baskets and have fun at the 22nd Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Halifax Youth and Recreation Dept.
Once again, Dick Steele, Director, led the activities, with the help of a large white furry flop-eared rabbit. Throughout the morning and afternoon, children enjoyed music, tattoos, balloon creations, face painting, bouncy houses, pizza, and hot dogs.
Children were separated by age groups to give everyone a chance to bring home a basketful of eggs.
Hundreds of area children enjoyed the day.
Open Space survey wants to hear from you!
Special to the Express
Plympton residents have an exciting opportunity to participate in a survey that seeks to gather their opinions on the future quality of life for their town. Starting now – and running throughout the month of April – townspeople can make their voices heard by completing a survey from the Plympton Open Space Committee. The survey will be available in hardcopy at the Library and at the Town Clerk’s office at the Town House. It is also posted electronically on the Town of Plympton website. A similar survey was conducted in 2016, and the responses to that iteration can be seen on the Town of Plympton Open Space Committee website.
For quite some time, when Plympton residents responded to surveys from the Open Space Committee, two primary areas of concern came through loud and clear: a) they want the Town’s rural character to be preserved, and b) they want to see continuing efforts to protect the purity of the aquifer on which all households depend for their water. Protecting our well water has been gaining in importance in the minds of respondents in recent years, as development pressures steadily increase. The current survey consists of 14 questions and takes only a few minutes to fill out.
This new survey also contains questions relating to recreational opportunities in Plympton, and the Plympton Recreation Commission participated in the development of the questions. Overall, respondents will find opportunities to express their opinions in writing in the survey, as well as filling out multiple choice questions that pertain to strategies for preserving land, how they and their families utilize our protected areas, how long they have lived in Plympton, and other areas.
Conducting these surveys plays a vital role in maintaining the Town’s ability to apply for grants that go towards land conservation. A recent – and vivid! – example of this is the half-million-dollar grant that Plympton was awarded by the state to help preserve Turkey Swamp. It was the largest land conservation grant in the town’s history and allowed us to permanently protect 300 acres of critically important white cedar swamp – some of the most ecologically important lands in southeastern Massachusetts. If Plympton had not been up to date with its Open Space Plan and survey, the town would have not been eligible for this critically important grant.
Please look for the Open Space Committee’s survey in April – the Committee is hoping for a large number of responses!
Sen. Brady honors Jo Schofield with citation
Special to the Express
Halifax seniors were treated to a delicious corned beef and cabbage lunch at Nonnie’s Restaurant in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Even though it was a week after the holiday, the seniors donned green. The luncheon was sponsored by the Halifax Council on Aging. Nonnie’s generously hosted the event at their restaurant serving up generous portions of the traditional St. Patrick’s Day fixings. A grant approved by the the Halifax and Massachusetts Culture Councils funded popular entertainer Matt York.
The highlight of the luncheon was honoring Jo Schofield for her two decades of dedicated volunteer service to the Halifax COA. Jo has served on the COA Board and continues to volunteer for the COA. Jo was surprised by the tributes. Citations from the State House of Representative arranged by Representative Josh Cutler and a State Senate Citation presented by Senator Mike Brady, were presented to Jo. Senator Brady also honored Jo Schofield with a song.
State Rep.Kathy LaNatra co-chairs Joint Committee on Ways and Means budget hearing
Boston – On Tuesday, March 21, State Representative Kathleen LaNatra (D – Kingston) co-chaired a hearing of the Massachusetts General Court Joint Committee on Ways and Means. Along with her colleague and co-chair, State Senator John Cronin (D – Lunenberg), the Joint Committee on Ways and Means heard from health and human services-related agencies across the State as the Massachusetts Legislature begins to work on their FY’24 budget.
“I was honored to be given the opportunity to chair a hearing of the Committee on Ways and Means, examining the Governor’s FY’24 budget,” said LaNatra (D – Kingston). “The budget is critical in determining the legislature’s priorities for the upcoming fiscal year, and I am proud to be able to play a role in creating the House budget. I am grateful to Chairman Michlewitz for instilling in me the confidence to lead this hearing.”
Tuesday’s hearing was the second of two hearings regarding the Governor’s budget proposals for health and human services. The Committee met in Fitchburg at the town’s Legislative Building. The Committee heard from the Executive Office of Veterans’ Services and Soldiers Homes, the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Department of Youth Services, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission and the Office of Refugees and Immigrants.
Representative LaNatra’s district includes all residents of Kingston, Plympton, Plymouth (Precincts 1,2,3,5 and 13) Middleboro (Precincts 1 & 5A), Halifax (Precincts 1 & 2A) and Pembroke (Precinct 3)..
To reach her, email Kathleen.LaNatra@mahouse.gov or her Chief of Staff, Chris Jean, at Christopher.Jean@MAhouse.gov. The phone number for the office is 617-722-2575. For updates and announcements, please visit Representative LaNatra’s Facebook page, or her website, https://www.kathylanatra.com.
Seed Swap at The Mercantile
It was a beautiful Spring Saturday last weekend – perfect weather to stop in at the Mayflower Mercantile shop at 4 Mayflower Rd., Plympton, and partake of their Seed Swap, and learn more about the Plympton Garden Club and the efforts to bring it back to its former vibrant presence in the town.
It’s almost time to get a head start on your garden and start some seeds inside – about 4-6 weeks ahead of the last frost is what gardeners advise.
The Plympton Garden Club has a long history in Plympton and has undertaken many beautification projects, not the least of which is the annual holiday tree decoration at the Gazebo on the Town Green. The Garden Club has also spearheaded the Plympton Town-wide Cleanup Day, with the support of the Highway Dept.
Watch for announcements of Clean-up Day and the annual Garden Club Plant Sale.
A hot cup of coffee on a bright spring morning is just the thing. Lady Sunshine coffee brewers brought their trademark yellow VW Vanagon with all the coffee brewing paraphernalia inside to the Seed Swap where customers could buy a hot cuppa coffee. Elizabeth dreamed of building her own coffee shop and the stars aligned for her to bring the world a coffee community on wheels. You can’t help but smile when you see the bright yellow van coming down the road. That’s what it’s all about with Lady Sunshine – bringing a bit more sunshine into the world – one cup at a time.
Mayflower Mercantile, a wonderful old-fashioned store with everything you didn’t know you couldn’t live without, has more events scheduled for Spring:
Wednesday, April 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. Mayflower Mercantile will host an Easter Cookie Workshop put on by Le Sucre Bake Shop. Kacey will teach the ins and outs of decorating five different cookies using Royal Icing. This is a perfect workshop for beginners! Cost is $70 per person.
Stephanie of Gate & Garden Herbal Apothecary in Weymouth, will showcase her items the use of regional flora, using mainly personally foraged or home-grown botanicals. This is a special opportunity to acquaint yourselves with their herbal apothecary on Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kingston Public Library to hold poetry contest for National Poetry Month
The Kingston Public Library will hold a poetry contest from Wednesday, March 22 through Wednesday, April 12, for National Poetry Month in April. The contest is open to all residents of the Town of Kingston and neighboring communities.
Individuals may submit one original poem in any form, but it must be about the theme, “Connecting with Nature,” and suitable for a general audience. The poem may not exceed 35 lines, including line breaks and title. Poems will be judged on creativity, style, and adhering to the theme. Judges from the Greater Kingston area will pick winners in each age category.
The age categories for the contest will be children (ages 5 to 11), teens (ages 12 to 17), and adults (ages 18+). Winners will be announced on Thursday, April 20 or Friday, April 21.
In each age category, top prize winners are eligible to win a $50 Amazon gift card, second-place finishers can earn a $25 Amazon gift card, and the third-place winners will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. The prizes have been generously provided by the Friends of the Kingston Public Library.
The winning poems will be published on the Library website. Patrons must be able to pick up their prize at the Kingston Public Library.
To submit your poem, please submit two pages. The first page should be the title of the poem and the poem. The second page should be the submitters name, title of poem, entry category (children, teen, adult), grade (if applicable), address, phone number, and e-mail address (if available). Please do not put any identifying information on the first page, so judges only see the title and poem.
Submit your typed entry as a Microsoft Word, Google Doc, or PDF attachment by e-mail to email@example.com (Please use subject line – Poetry Contest). Typed entries can be also dropped off at the Reference or Children’s desk of the Kingston Public Library. Poems must be in size 12 font. Fancy fonts, colors, or illustrations are not permitted.
A full list of rules and guidelines is available at kingstonpubliclibrary.org. For more information, please contact Steven Miller, Reference Librarian at (781) 585-0517 x6272 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who’s on the Kingston ballot?
Kingston Town Clerk Paul Gallagher has announced the following candidates will be on the ballot for the Town of Kingston’s Annual Town Election, Saturday, April 22. Registered voters may cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Kingston Elementary School’s cafeteria.
Incumbent Sean O’Brien is unopposed in his race to remain Kingston’s Town Moderator. The position is for three years.
Two residents are on the ballot for two three-year terms as selectmen. Don Alcombright, incumbent, and Eric Crone are unopposed.
The race for Treasurer is one of two contested races on the ballot. Kenneth G. Maolli and Jessica M. Kramer will oppose each other for the three-year term.
Stephen J. Dunn is running unopposed for the three-year term as Assessor.
Paul M. Gallagher, incumbent, is running unopposed for Town Clerk.
The Planning Board 5-year seat has David Gavigan as its contestant.
Mark Guidoboni is running for the one-year term on the Silver Lake School Committee.
Joanne Coleman is seeking election to the three-year term on the Silver Lake School Committee.
Tricia Arieta, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term, and Jeanne Coleman, incumbent, seek three-year terms on the Kingston Elementary School Committee.
Robert Kostka, incumbent, seeks re-election to the three-year term as Water Commissioner.
There is no candidate for the five-year term on the Housing Authority. Write in your choice.
Two board of Health incumbents, Dennis Randall and Heidi Whipple, will be challenged by Lauren Hache for one of the two three-year terms.
There are no candidates for the two three-year terms as Library Trustee. Write in your choice.
Incumbent Patrick Rooney and Suzanne Haggerty, appointed to fill an unexpired term, will seek re-election to the Recreation Commission’s two three-year terms.
Eileen Moynihan, who was appointed to fill an unexpired term, is seeking election to the one-year term available.
These candidates have been certified for the 2023 Town of Kingston Annual Election ballot. Candidates have until March 21, 2023 to withdraw their name from the ballot.
April 1 is the last day to register to vote in Kingston’s Annual Town Election.
Check the Town Clerk’s website to see if you qualify for an absentee ballot.
See www.kingstonma.gov for additional information under Election News. If you have any questions or please feel free to contact the Kingston Town Clerk’s office at 781-585-0502.
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