Chebacco Lake Boat Ramp Set to Reopen for the Year

chebacco lake 2017The Chebacco Lake boat ramp is set to open for the year on Friday.

The ramp has been closed because of the high water, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes. The Hamilton Department of Public Works will be asked to move away the cement blocks from the ramp on Friday, he said.

As the boating season returns, here are a few reminders about boating safety and the rules on Chebacco Lake:

  • Boaters should be mindful of their wake and how close they are to the shoreline
  • Personal watercraft (jetskis) are banned on Chebacco Lake.
  • The suggested traffic pattern around the lake is counterclockwise to reduce the possibility of a collision.

State boating law requires a waterskiing spotter 12-year-old or older and requires boaters age 13 and under to wear a PFD. The complete Massachusetts boating laws are available on the state website.

The Chebacco Lake boat ramp is off Chebacco Lake in Hamilton, just past the former town beach near the town line with Manchester-by-the-Sea. In addition to a ramp, there is parking for 17 vehicles with trailers. It is managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The lake is half in Hamilton and half in Essex. The lake is 209-acres in size and varies in depth from 9-22 feet. It is popular for boating, swimming, waterskiing and fishing.

In case of an emergency, always call 911. To reach the Hamilton harbormaster, call 978-468-4421. In Essex, to reach the harbormaster call 978-768-6628.

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.

Report Power Outages Via Phone, Web or App

power-linesIf you lose power in Hamilton, residents are encouraged to report the outage directly to National Grid.

The company prefers that customers with power outages call National Grid directly so they can plot the addresses of outages and identify problems quicker, said Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

Power outages can be reported via phone by calling 1-800-465-1212, online at the National Grid website or via the National Grid mobile app for iOS or Android.

National Grid also has information available online about the areas affected by outages and estimates for power restoration.

If there is an incident involving power lines that threatens lives or property, call 911.

For further information about power outages, check National Grid’s “Outage Central.”

Snow Parking Ban to Last 24 Hours from Thursday into Friday

snow-plow-cropA winter storm parking ban in Hamilton will start at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9 and last until 6 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 10.

During the parking ban, no on street parking is allowed on town streets so that snow cleanup will be safer and easier, said Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

Any vehicle violating the winter storm parking ban can be issued a $20 ticket and towed. Typically, a parking ban is declared when 4 inches or more of snow is predicted. The decision to enact a winter storm parking ban is made by the police chief and DPW director and typically is issued with at least four hours advance notice.

To learn more about snow and ice removal in Hamilton, check the snow and ice page on the town website.

Hamilton Police Investigating After Person Struck, Killed by Train

Hamilton PoliceHamilton first responders were called to the railroad tracks near Cutler Road on Wednesday morning for the report that a pedestrian was struck.

The call first came in to Hamilton police from the MBTA at 7:15 a.m. saying that an outbound commuter rail train had struck a person. EMS personnel arrived to find the person deceased, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

The case is under investigation by Hamilton Police, MBTA Police and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.  Commuter rail service was halted for several hours while investigators were on scene.

Drivers Taken to Hospital After Head-on Crash

Hamilton PoliceTwo people were taken to the hospital Thursday afternoon, Dec. 15, after a head-on crash on Moulton Street.

The Hamilton Police Department responded along with the Hamilton Fire Department and Beauport EMS.

Both vehicles involved in the crash had one occupant and both drivers were taken by ambulance to Beverly Hospital, according to Hamilton police Lt. Scott Janes.

Hamilton Fire Department Capt. Ray Brunet had command of the crash scene and the crash is under investigation by Hamilton Police Officer Kent Richards.

Hamilton Officer Receives State Police Commendation for Work Solving Kidnapping Case

img_0469A Hamilton police officer has been commended by the Massachusetts State Police for his efforts assisting in the arrest and conviction of a woman who kidnapped a toddler from a Hamilton home last fall.

Hamilton Police Officer Kent Richards received the “Superintendent’s Commendation” at State Police Headquarters in Framingham on Nov. 10. He was recognized for his contribution to the State Police joint investigation, arrest and ultimate conviction of Abigail Hanna.

In receiving the commendation, Richards was joined by his wife Rachel, mother Shireen, father Jim and Hamilton Police Chief Russ Stevens, Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes and Hamilton Police Sgt. Stephen Trepanier.

“The Hamilton police have always enjoyed a positive working relationship with the Massachusetts State Police and the results of this investigation are a testament to that fact,” Stevens said in announcing the commendation this week. “I am extremely proud of Officer Richards and all of the good work that the Hamilton Police do on a daily basis.”