Flow Test Tuesday Morning Could Cause Discolored Water

flow testA required annual flow test of the sprinkler system at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School and Miles River Middle next week could cause discolored water for some Hamilton residents on the public water system.

The test will be conducted on Tuesday, Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. School officials hope to get out the word that the test may cause discolored water throughout Hamilton. If water is discolored, residents are asked to run cold water until the water is clear.


Hamilton Town Hall Closed Monday

Hamilton Town HallHamilton Town Hall and other non-emergency Hamilton municipal buildings will be closed on Monday, Feb. 13.

The decision to close is because of the weather and road conditions, said Police Chief and Acting Town Manager Russell Stevens.

Hamilton-Wenham Regional District schools are also closed on Monday, according to Superintendent Dr. Michael Harvey.

Open Houses Scheduled for Integrated Preschool

integrated-preschoolThe Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Preschool at Winthrop School will have two open houses in early February for parents that are interested in enrolling their children for the 2017-2018 school year.

The open houses are scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 1 and Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 9-10 a.m. at Winthrop Elementary School, 325 Bay Road in Hamilton.

Parents can meet teachers, visit the classrooms and take part in a short parent-directed questionnaire about their child’s development.

Hamilton-Wenham Integrated Preschool is a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, social, emotional, speech/language and pre-academic development of 3 and 4-year-olds.

For more information or to register for an open house, contact Preschool Coordinator Lisa Cheney by phone at 978-468-5489 or by email at preschool@hwschools.net or visit the integrated preschool’s website.


Police: Drive Carefully as Students Head Back to School This Week

AAA school's openThe first day of school for all Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District is Wednesday and Hamilton police want to remind drivers to be alert for students headed to and from school – whether they are walking, riding their bicycle, driving or riding the school bus.

Some students – including sixth graders at Miles River Middle School and ninth graders at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School – go back to school on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Most  HWRSD students return on Wednesday, Aug. 31.

While mornings can be busy, drivers are reminded that the afternoon hours are the most dangerous. During the last decade, nearly one in four child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. And as the school years progresses, the afternoons get shorter and shorter as the sunset time gets earlier and earlier.

Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes said some of the safety tips and reminders from AAA’s School’s Open – Drive Carefully awareness campaign are important to remember.

  • Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 miles per hour is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
  • Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
  • Eliminate distractions. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. And children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars. Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.
  • Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicles.
  • Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips online.
  • Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3-7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips online.

Winter Catalog Now Available from Rec Department, Registration is Open

Hamilton-Hands-LogoFloor hockey, pickleball, karate and hands-on science – those are just a few of the dozens of programs available from the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department this winter.

The Rec Department’s winter catalog is now available online. Registration is open, according to Director Sean Timmons.

The 18-page brochure is online and will also be available in print next week at many locations around Hamilton and Wenham, including at the Hamilton-Wenham Public Library or at the Recreation office, next to the library on Union Street in Hamilton.

The brochures will also distributed to students at the three elementary schools in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District.