Substitute Bus Service to Be Available from Hamilton MBTA Station during Track Work This Summer

mbta commuter railEvery commuter rail station north of Boston – including Hamilton-Wenham station – will be served with substitute bus service later this summer during a construction project that will shut down train service for about a month, according to a recent message from the MBTA to Hamilton town leaders.

The MBTA calls it “enhanced mitigation” for the effect that the work will have on commuters. The Beverly drawbridge over the Danvers River between Beverly and Salem will be reconstructed  from July 17 to Aug. 13. That will mean no train service north of Salem, and the MBTA will provide bus shuttle service to all stations north of Salem, including Hamilton-Wenham station.

A separate project to install Positive Train Control is also scheduled for this summer along the Newburyport/Rockport train line. It is planned for weekend work starting July 8 and running until Sept. 30. The MBTA will also provide bus shuttle service from North Station to all stations on the Newburyport line during that time.

Revised schedules will be issued but are not yet available for weekend or weekday service, according to the T. The schedules are under development and will be released this week.

The T also urges riders to not to park in Salem because station parking there is limited and reminds customers that parking regulations will be strictly enforced in downtown Salem and neighborhood areas.

Free Bicycle Mechanics Workshop on Saturday Still Has Open Seats

bicycle mecahnicThere are still open spots in the bicycle mechanics workshop on Saturday at the library.

The open seats are in the 1:30 p.m. workshop on Saturday, June 24 at Hamilton-Wenham Public Library. The earlier session at 10:30 a.m. is full, according to Rebecca Shea, the adult service librarian.

The workshop will be a great way to get ready for summer riding. Participants should bring their bicycle because it is a hands-on bicycle workshop where attendees will learn simple tricks to keep their bike in tip-top shape.

It will go over how to fix a flat tire and the best ways to avoid a flat tire in the first place. The workshop will be led by science educator and bicycle repairer Jeffrey Walsh.

It is designed for ages 11 and up, including adults. Registration is required and anyone can sign up at the Hamilton-Wenham Library reference desk or call 978-468-5577.

Pool and Parking Lot to Be Closed Sunday for Fireworks Safety

patton park pool complete hamilton1-800x430The Veterans Memorial Pool at Patton Park will be closed on Sunday, June 25 during the Community Block Party and Two Town Patriotic Celebration.

The pool is in the safety setback area required when the fireworks are being set up, according to Recreation Director Sean Timmons.

Also, anyone headed to the event, which starts at 4 p.m., is reminded that parking won’t be allowed in the pool parking lot at Patton Park off Route 1A (Bay Road) and also won’t be allowed on the dirt road along the side of the park near the railroad tracks.

Sprinkler Use Prohibited After Water Supply Conservation Vote

rush-780859_1920The Hamilton Board of Selectmen have declared the town in a state of water supply conservation, meaning that outdoor sprinkler use is prohibited.

The decision came in a vote at the Board of Selectmen meeting this week. Hand watering will still be allowed.


A complete copy of the decision is below:

Pursuant to Chapter XXV, Section 5 of the Town of Hamilton By-Laws, the Hamilton Board of Selectmen has determined that there exists or impends a shortage of water, and that conservation measures are appropriate to ensure that an adequate supply of water is available to all users, including firefighting operations and that water withdrawal volumes remain within permitted and registration limits; and that any conditions set forth in the town’s water withdrawal permit are satisfied. As a result, the board hereby declares a State of Water Supply Conservation. The following restrictions, conditions, or requirements are hereby imposed on all users of the town water system and to users of private water sources that draw from the same water sources and will remain in effect until termination of the State of Water Supply Conservation by vote of the Board:

H. Outdoor Sprinkler Use: The use of lawn and garden sprinklers of all types, including the use of drip irrigation hoses or other devices that use subsurface application is prohibited. Hand watering is permitted.

Patton Park Concerts Get Started on Father’s Day

patton park concertIt is going to be a great summer of evening concerts at the Patton Park bandstand on Sundays, starting on Father’s Day, June 18.

The Sundays in Patton Park concert series gets started with 73 Duster from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday.

The concert is free and open to all. It is recommended that audience members bring a chair or blanket to sit on. It is also a great chance to enjoy a picnic dinner on a beautiful summer evening in the park. If case of rain, the concert will be moved to the tabernacle at Asbury Grove.

The concert series, in part, is supported by the town of Hamilton.

The full summer concert schedule:

June 25: Jim Coyle and Friends – Bluegrass and Americana

July 2: Quintessential Brass – Patriotic and American Songbook

July 9: Blind Drive – Hits from the 60s, 70s and more

July 16: Dan Monaco Trio and Sandi Bedrosian – Smooth Jazz

July 23: Grupo Fantasia- Latin music, salsa, merengue and more

July 30: Country Mile – Toe-tapping country

Aug 6: Studio Two – Beatles Tribute Band

Brown Water Caused by High Demand

sink_tap_plumbing_water_runningThe discolored water that some residents experienced on Thursday evening was likely due to the town water plant trying to meet higher demand, said Hamilton DPW Director Tim Olson.

The higher demand means that the efficiency of the plant filter media decreases, which is what led to the voluntary water restrictions issued earlier this month, he said.

Firefighters Help Dry Out Playground in Time for Weekend

IMG_20170611_140219297The Patton Park playground should be dry soon thanks to the work of several members of the Hamilton Fire Department in recent days.

Fire Capt. Ray Brunet, firefighter Bob Wallace and firefighter Jared Dolan pumped out the excessive water in the park last Friday to help it dry out faster, according to Police Chief Russell Stevens.

They did it on Friday so that the entire playground was available for children during the weekend.