By Carol Meyer
The Selectmen declared a state of emergency for Hingham on Tuesday in response to the coronavirus threat.
At the same time, there were high praises for town officials and town department staff for their extraordinary efforts to maintain essential services during this challenging time.
Many Hingham government offices are now closed or their operations altered in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus and to help keep residents and town employees safe.
Town officials say this state of emergency declaration, backdated to March 13, is a practical measure to ensure the town is in the best position "to take all actions necessary to protect the public health, safety, or general welfare of its residents, businesses, and employees" and to further ensure that the town "may fully coordinate with and obtain any available assistance and resources from the state and local government" as needed.
"During Hingham's nearly 400 years of existence, this town has always cared for our neighbors and friends. We look out for each other," the selectmen said in a statement about the state of emergency declaration. "Our social bonds and cultural awareness set us apart."
Accordingly, the Selectmen are asking all citizens to take the state and federal guidelines surrounding social distancing seriously, and to avoid even small gatherings to help prevent the inadvertent spread of COVID-19.
What do you consider to be the biggest challenge(s) that the town and you as a citizen are facing during this crisis?
By Carol Meyer
Some people love lots of snow, but I'm not one of them! A light coating that looks pretty sparkling in the sunshine would be the exception.
I used to dread the coming winter months -- and the accompanying heavy clothing and seemingly-endless shoveling -- once fall arrived but realized at some point that I should be focusing my energy on more positive thoughts.
That said, this has been an easy winter so far -- with 50 degree days woven in among colder ones -- and whether we end up getting a snowstorm or two in the near future, I am grateful for the "free ride" we had for most of this winter.
So here's to the arrival of spring on March 20. Let's enjoy every minute of it!
Do you like the winter or spring season the most? or both?!!
"Everyone has been made for some particular work, and the desire for that work has been put in every heart.” – Rumi
After two amazing years as Executive Director of Harbor Media, I have made the difficult decision to transition out for an opportunity as VP of Marketing at a healthcare company in Boston. My last day will be Friday March 20th.
I am so grateful for what we have accomplished at Harbor Media.
In two years:
we went from 25 members to 150,
won two awards,
got international recognition,
increased hyper-local videos,
built a podcast room,
expanded our editing capabilities,
added the town of Norwell to our services,
created an internship program for students with special needs,
opened up post-production internship program on Newbury Street in Boston,
increased our revenue,
and much more …
We changed the way Public Access thinks and operates with innovative approach and entrepreneurial mindset. I know that Harbor Media will continue to do phenomenal work as it has a stellar team, forward thinking board of directors, all capable of serving this great community, and setting high standards for Public Access.
This has been an incredible experience and a great honor supporting the South Shore communities. I'm thankful for the support of our board, partners, members, team, and volunteers for helping make Harbor Media a great hyper-local institution.
If you wish to stay in touch with me, do not hesitate to reach out. My contact info and Social Media links are on my personal website: http://www.farzadwafapoor.com
I look forward to celebrating all of Harbor Media's future successes together.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” - A.A. Milne
By: Carol Meyer
Mark your calendar for the May 2 town election, which will feature two races -- for selectman and school committee. All five candidates returned their completed nomination papers by the March 5 deadline. It's always more exciting when there are races!
The most recent candidate to step forward is Rita Da Silva, who is running unopposed for William Ramsey's planning board seat, which expires this year.
Ramsey and Kirk Shilts are candidates for the selectman seat currently occupied by Karen Johnson, who is not running for another term. Shilts now serves on the board of health, the water supply committee, and the sewer commission.
There's also a three-way race for two school committee seats among incumbent Michelle Ayer, Stephanie Gertz, and Jennifer Benham. Edward Schreier is not running for another term.
The following incumbents, who are running unopposed, also returned their papers: Town Moderator Michael Puzo, board of assessors member Greg Hall, Elizabeth Eldredge of the board of health, Hingham Municipal Light Board member John Ryan, Sewer Commissioner Stephen Harold, Housing Authority member Megan Buhr, and Recreation Commissioner Adrienne Ramsey.
Be sure to exercise your right to vote!
By Carol Meyer
When you think of the Hingham Farmers Market, the word "spring" will likely come to mind -- when the regular market opens for the season -- but as in the past several years, HFM is also holding a winter market to help us all get through the long winter months!
This year's winter market is based at the Wompatuck State Park Visitor Center, 204 Union St., in Hingham, for the first time. The Visitor Center is easily reached just inside the park’s Union St. entrance near the high school, with plenty of room to spread out inside, plus ample parking.
Market hours are Saturdays through March from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The new location came about through a cooperative effort with the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.
This is the fifth year the HFM has offered a winter market, but the first featuring weekly sessions. Offerings include fresh eggs, poultry, pork, beef, seafood, Mediterranean food, coffee, bone broth, yogurt-based desserts, cookies, and Italian pestos.
For updates and further information, visit the HFM’s website, www.hinghamfarmersmarket.org, or the HFM's Facebook page. HFMarket Matters, the market’s weekly newsletter -- published every Thursday during the market seasons -- offers the most current info. Be sure to sign up on the website or Facebook so you'll be in the loop.
Have you been to the winter market? If so, what are your favorite offerings?