March Home Sales Range from $450K to $2.2 Million

Real Estate Home SalesSeven properties sold in Hamilton during March as part of an arms-length transaction, according to data from the Board of Assessors.

The home sales ranged from a Cape Cod-style home on Chestnut Street that sold for $450,000 to a Colonial-style home on Highland Street that sold for $2.245 million.

The average sale price was $791,571.

See a complete list of the addresses and sale prices in March here.

Gas Work in One Neighborhood Could Mean Detours, Delays

Howard Street work croppedResidents in the area of Naples Road and Howard Street should expect cause some minor detours and delays in their neighborhood during the next few weeks.

National Grid will be doing gas utility work in the area during the next two weeks, according to Hamilton police Lt. Scott Janes. Residents may be rerouted or experience minor traffic delays during the project, Janes said.

Elevated Ozone Levels Mean No Open Burning on Tuesday

Open BurningOpen burning permits will not be issued on Tuesday in Hamilton, per order of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

The DEP said there were elevated ozone levels to start the day on Tuesday, April 11 and are expected to stay elevated for most of the day. Open burning can create smoke and odor nuisances plus unhealthy conditions for nearby residents, according to the DEP.

A warm airmass in place combined with south-to-southwest wind will help transport ozone into southern New England on Tuesday. The predicted weather will not allow for smoke to be dispersed and open burning could cause or contribute to air pollution, according to the DEP.

Open burning season runs through May 1. It is likely that open burning will be allowed again on Wednesday, according to the DEP, which said that a cold front will move through the area and bring showers and thunderstorms with a cooler west wind.

For additional information, call the MassDEP Open Burning Hotline at 617-556-1021.

Compost Available Starting Tuesday

compostCompost will be available for Hamilton residents starting on Tuesday, April 11.

The compost will be behind Hamilton Town Hall on the right side before the gate into the DPW yard.

There will be a limit of two five gallon buckets per person.

Additional loads are expected later this year but the exact amount is unknown right now. Further updates will be posted as new information is available.

Clark, Boroff Take Planning Board Seats with 10% Turnout

votedThe two contested races for seats on the Hamilton Planning Board were won by Peter Clark and Richard Boroff, according to unofficial results from Thursday’s Hamilton town election.

Voters turnout was 10.2%, according to Town Clerk Andrea Carlson. There are 5,990 registered voters in Hamilton and 608 went to the polls on Thursday.

Stacey Metternick and Joshua Liebow were also both elected to a one-year term on the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Committee in a contested race.

Other races on the ballot were uncontested, including a seat on the Hamilton Board of Selectmen, Moderator, Town Clerk, Board of Assessors, Housing Authority and Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees. The race for two three-year terms on the School Committee was also uncontested.

The complete unofficial election results are available on the town of Hamilton website.

Town Election Thursday at Rec Center, See the Ballot Before You Vote

4447694983_28198664f6_oThe Hamilton Annual Town Election happens on Thursday, April 6 at the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Center at 16 Union St. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

This is a new location for the town election, which has been held at Winthrop Elementary School in recent years.

The ballot includes contested races for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District Committee and Planning Board, plus uncontested races for Board of Selectmen, Moderator, Board of Assessors, Town Clerk, Housing Authority and Hamilton-Wenham Library Trustees. Take a look at the specimen ballot for the election, supplied by Hamilton Town Clerk Andrea Carlson.

Rec Department Adds Extra Hours to Take Pool Registrations

pool-newThe Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department will have extended hours during the next two weeks to take sign-ups for passes to the new Veterans Memorial Pool at Patton Park.

The extended hours start on Election Day on Thursday, April 6, when the Rec office (which is right next to the polling spot) will be open from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The additional hours continue on Saturday, April 8 when the Rec office will be open from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Next week, there will be extra hours on Tuesday, April 11 and Thursday, April 13, when the Rec office will be open from 4:30-7:30 p.m. each evening.

Pool registration is also available during regular hours at the Recreation Department office, which is next to Hamilton-Wenham Public library at 16 Union St. in Hamilton.

Already, Recreation Director Sean Timmons said that 70 memberships of all types have been sold, including family, youth, adult and senior memberships.

Membership prices range from $55 for an individual senior membership to $180 for a family membership.

The pool is scheduled to open on June 10 and will host swimming lessons and the Hurricanes swim team. Complete information about pool fee, hours, programs and other details is available on the town website.