By Carol Meyer
There are three races for the Saturday, April 27, town election -- Town Moderator, a three-way race for four School Committee seats, and Housing Authority. Be sure to exercise your right to vote!
Voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., allowing everyone time throughout the day to vote their choices. Town Clerk Eileen McCracken is predicting about a 20 percent turnout.
The races are:
* Town Moderator (one-year term) -- Incumbent Michael J. Puzo and Megan M. Buhr.
* School Committee (three-year term) -- Four candidates for three seats: Incumbents Carlos A. F. DaSilva and Elizabeth "Liza" Reed O'Reilly and Joshua Ross and Nancy "Nes" Correnti.
* Housing Authority (five-year term) -- Incumbent Robert D. Keyes and Janine A. Suchecki.
Several candidates are running unopposed.
Here are the polling locations:
* Precincts 1-4 - Hingham High School, 17 Union St.
* Precincts 5-6 - Hingham Middle School, 1103 Main St.
* Precinct 5A - The Oakleaf Clubhouse Building, 300 Linden Ponds Way
Do you plan to vote in this town election and if so, why do you think it's important to vote?
See you at the polls!
By Carol Meyer
Due for the most part to the controversial water company acquisition warrant article on the April 22 Town Meeting agenda, larger-than-usual crowds are expected.
Plans are in place to accommodate nearly 4,000 voters -- first at the High School, 17 Union St., and if necessary in the Middle School Auditorium, 1103 Main St., which has 700 seats. The usual attendance is fewer than 800 per session.
Town Meeting is set to begin on Monday, April 22, at 7 p.m. at the High School. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. (an hour earlier than usual) to allow participants to check in early and to find a seat.
In addition to the business carried on at Town Meeting, there's the social aspect of connecting with neighbors and friends you may not have seen for awhile before the meeting is called to order.
"We will use multiple venues within the high school, including one room for guests of the meeting. "Hingham’s commitment to open town meeting is an essential element of our community’s character," Town Moderator Michael Puzo said. Please read the warrant carefully before the meeting and be ready to take part in the decision-making process that is open town meeting."
A copy of the warrant -- you can't miss the bright lime-green cover! -- was mailed to every household in Hingham. Be sure to review it carefully so you can attend Town Meeting as an informed voter. Every vote counts!
Are you a seasoned Town Meeting attendee? Or will this be your first Town Meeting? Are you looking forward to the experience?
By Carol Meyer
The snow has melted, the birds are singing, the sun is shining, the days are longer, and crocuses are pushing their way through the earth. Spring has arrived!
Following a long winter -- although it really wasn't that "bad" -- let's get outside and enjoy all that Hingham has to offer -- its parks, picnics at the bathing beach with a bathhouse and concession stand in the works, and the many spring offerings that make life fun -- from the Old Ship May Breakfast and Second Parish Arts Festival to the Taste of Hingham celebration and other fun events -- all coming up soon. In the meantime we can breathe a sign of relief and welcome spring with open arms!
What is your favorite springtime activity or favorite place to go to just relax?
The April 22 Town Meeting is fast approaching! Among the many warrant articles for voters to decide are eight related to Community Preservation Act proposals, ranging from affordable housing opportunities to improvements to the Plymouth River School Playground. CPA funding comes from a tax surcharge approved by Hingham voters in the early 2000s and may only be used for affordable housing, open space acquisition, historic preservation, and certain recreational projects.
This year's proposals -- recommended by the Hingham Community Preservation Committee -- total $725,546 million. Town Meeting has the final say.
* $300,000 toward potential affordable housing opportunities;
* $29,921 to stabilize the Old Ordinary Museum and the Annex at 21 Lincoln Street;
* $60,000 for the Rec Commission to conduct a comprehensive study of the town's athletic fields and tennis and basketball courts;
* $11,651 to restore the mechanisms of six bells in the Memorial Bell Tower;
* $120,000 for additional funding to complete the Bathing Beach bathhouse/concession stand;
* $24,445 to be used by the School Committee to rehabilitate/restore the Plymouth River School Playground;
* $19,528 to continue restoration and conservation of veterans' markers and monuments in the Liberty Plain Cemetery;
* $50,000 for the CPC's administrative fund.
Which of these projects will you support at Town Meeting, or do you think all of them are worthy of funding? Every vote counts, so mark your calendars for April 22!