Power Outage Planned for Some Neighborhood for Evening of Aug. 8

national gridAn eight hour long overnight power outage is scheduled in one Hamilton neighborhood in early August, National Grid has informed the town of Hamilton.

The outage will allow National Grid crews to safely make improvements to its electrical distribution system.

The outage is scheduled to start on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 11 p.m. and last until 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 9 and affect upper Asbury Street and a portion of Asbury Grove.

Specifically, power will be cut to 353-656 Asbury Street, 13-21 Essex Ave., 20 Hedding Ave., 464 Highland St. and 3-4 Sharon Road.

More than one week’s notice is being provided so that residents in the area can plan ahead and “make any necessary provisions to minimize discomfort” from the outage, according to National Grid.

The work could be rescheduled if there is inclement or extreme weather that day. If it is rescheduled, it would happen the next day at the same time.

Anyone with questions should contact National Grid directly at 1-800-322-3223.

Last Minute Reminder: Route 1A Closed at Railroad Crossing This Weekend

IMG_20170719_120758A major road through the center of Hamilton will be closed for most of this weekend.

Bay Road (Route 1A) will be closed at the railroad crossing starting Friday, July 28 at 8 p.m. and stay closed through Sunday, July 30 at about 4 p.m.

All northbound traffic will be detoured down Linden Street or Railroad Avenue to Willow Street, according to Hamilton police. To get to the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing, Cumberland Farms or Hamilton Convenience Store, drivers will need to go around and drive south on Bay Road or use Walnut Road from Wenham.

The MBTA will work on improvement stop the crossing during the closure.

Hamilton police detail officers will be in place during the work and police ask that drivers allow for extra time and expect delays in the area.

Power Outage Caused by Tree Growth

power poleThe power outage in Hamilton on Monday night was caused by a feeder lock out at National Grid’s east Beverly substation.

In all, about 4,500 customers were affected, according to a community manager at National Grid. Town officials received several inquiries about the cause of the outage.

Tree growth into primary lines on Foster Street in Beverly was the culprit and many customers got their power back pretty quickly by switching to another source. The remaining electric customers were restored once the tree growth was removed by National Grid’s forestry group, according to the company.

Recreational Marijuana Ban to Go Before Planning Board Tuesday Night

Foliage Nature Lush Plants Cannabis MarijuanaA proposed town bylaw that would ban the sale or distribution of recreational marijuana in Hamilton will go before the Planning Board for the first time on Tuesday night.

If later approved by Town Meeting voters, it would mean that a marijuana cultivator, marijuana testing facility, marijuana product manufacturer, marijuana retailer or any other type of marijuana-related business would not be allowed in Hamilton.

The proposed bylaw would not apply to medical marijuana facilities. It has been reviewed by Town Counsel Donna Brewer.

If the proposal moves forward, the Planning Board will hold a public hearing and then later vote on whether to support the bylaw change or not. It would then go to Town Meeting, where it would take a two-third vote to approve.

“We would be effectively zoning it out of the community to the extent that zoning can control such things,” said Planning Director Patrick Reffett.

Police Chief Russell Stevens is scheduled to appear before the Planning Board to discuss the proposed bylaw. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Room at Town Hall on Tuesday, July 25.

Driver Alert: Weekend Road Closures Planned at Railroad Crossings

IMG_20170719_120517The two railroad crossings in downtown Hamilton will be separately closed to vehicles during the next two weekends for track work.

During the closures, the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority will repair and replace the train tracks at the crossings.

The work will start at the Asbury Street crossing near Bay Road, which will be closed to vehicles at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 21. The closure will continue through Saturday, July 22 at 9 p.m.

The work will then shift to the crossing at Bay and Walnut roads the following weekend. Work will start at 9 p.m. on Friday, July 28 and will continue through Saturday, July 29 and is scheduled to be complete by 9 p.m.

The work is required in order to maintain the safe travel of trains and pedestrians through the area and to re-establish full service as soon as possible, according to the T.

Each street will be closed in both directions at the railroad crossings in order to complete the work, but access to all businesses will be maintained during the work. The municipal parking lot on Asbury Street will also be accessible from the Bay Road end of Asbury Street.

Hamilton police officers will be posted throughout the detour to assist with traffic flow and message boards have been put up to alert commuters.

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Hamilton Senior Honored at Fenway, Forgoes Red Sox-Yankees Event at Senior Center

fenway veteransA Vietnam War veteran from Hamilton was among 1,300 veterans recently recognized at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

Thomas Hever, former chairman of the Hamilton Council on Aging, was one of 1,300 veterans recognized before the Yankee-Red Sox game on Saturday, July 15.

He was invited to attend in the spring and decided to bring his daughter. Red Sox officials said it was the largest recognition ceremony of its’ kind ever held in the United States.

Gov. Charlie Baker joined veterans at the ceremony, which included a flyover by four F-15 fighter jets and the display of a display outside Fenway Park of a half-size replica of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.

Fans at the game were asked to stand and hold up placards that said “I salute” to recognize loved ones who are veterans.

After getting the invitation to Fenway Park, Hever had to cancel a Red Sox-Yankees game get-together at the Hamilton Senior Center, according to Hamilton Council on Aging Director Mary Beth Lawton.

“I know he wanted to be at the Senior Center hosting our seniors, cooking hot dogs and making hot fudge sundaes for this game, but getting that call from the Red Sox was a once-in-a-lifetime event,” Lawton said, adding that the COA is proud of his service to the United States.

Four Straight Weeks of Replacement Shuttle Bus Service Starts for Commuter Rail on Saturday

IMG_20170714_145451A four week long complete shutdown of MBTA commuter rail service to Hamilton-Wenham station starts on Saturday, July 15.

There will be replacement shuttle bus service for every day that the train isn’t running and the T has set up temporary shuttle bus stops along Route 1A (Bay Road) near the intersection of Railroad Avenue.

During weekdays, train service north of Salem station will be halted until Aug. 13 for work on the Beverly drawbridge across the Danvers River.

The weekday shuttle bus service will be free. A zone 3 monthly pass will be accepted at all stations north of Salem for the months of July and August. The shuttle buses will be ADA accessible with Wi-Fi service and restrooms. Bicycles, including folding bikes, will be prohibited on all shuttle buses.

Parking will be free at Hamilton-Wenham station during the weekday shutdown. Commuter rail riders are encouraged to not drive to Salem station and park because parking there is very constrained. Parking regulations will be strictly enforced in downtown Salem and neighborhood areas to the station, according to the T.

The weekday shutdown for commuter rail service north of Salem is scheduled to run from Monday, July 17 through Sunday, Aug. 13.

Separate from the drawbridge work that will shut down train service north of Salem, weekend replacement shuttle bus service will last into September for the entire length of the Newburyport train line. The weekend shut down is for a safety improvement project.

The closure will allow the MBTA to install a federally mandated Positive Train Control (PTC) system along the tracks. PTC will improve safety by reducing train collisions and derailments.

A shuttle bus will stop at Hamilton-Wenham station on weekends until Sunday, Sept. 30. Just as is the case during the weekday shutdown, the weekend replacement shuttle bus service is ADA accessible with Wi-Fi service and restrooms.

The special weekend fare for the shuttle bus service is $10 roundtrip to North Station in Boston. Zone 3 or higher monthly passes will also be accepted and parking will be free at Hamilton-Wenham station during the weekend shutdown.

Detailed shuttle bus times and schedules are available on the MBTA website.