Safe Bicyclists to be Again Awarded with Free Froyo

bicycle helmet safetyFree frozen yogurt will again be coming to kids in Hamilton that are wearing a bicycle helmet or otherwise demonstrating bicycle safety this summer.

The summer safety helmet program is being organized by the Hamilton Police Department and Chris Lee, the town’s public health nurse, along with local business Café Shishco in the Shoppes at Hamilton Crossing.

The community policing initiative is designed to promote bicycle safety and helmet use in Hamilton and each Hamilton police officer has been given a stack of ”free frozen yogurt” gift cards for Café Shishco.

“The cards are to be given to kids in the community who are observed wearing bike/skateboard helmets or are proactively demonstrating other means of bicycle safety,” Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes said in a memo to all of the department’s officers.

In addition to wearing bicycle helmets, kids may also be rewarded for using a designated crosswalk, using a crossing signal, riding their bicycle on the correct side of the road or skateboarding while using safety precautions.

Kids that get a gift cards must be present it to a cashier at Café Shishco for the free frozen yogurt.


Reminder From Police: Hide Valuables in Vehicles at Trailheads

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHamilton police want to remind residents as summer approaches – and there’s more activity on local hiking trails – to take simple sense steps to prevent crime when parking at trailheads.

There have been a few car break-ins already this spring at the Bradley Palmer State Park parking lot and the Appleton Farms Grass Rides parking lot, both located on Highland Street.

It is important to not leave any valuables visible inside your vehicle when you park it, police said. Purses, wallets, laptop bags or anything else that looks like it could be expensive shouldn’t be left in the car or should be put out of sight.

Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes recommends that hikers, even before they get to the parking lot, should put things away in the glove box or center console or cover it up under a jacket or blanket. The best bet is to put it in a locked trunk. And always make sure your vehicle is locked when you leave it.

All three car break-ins this spring in Hamilton have occurred when the thief smashed a rear window to gain access to the vehicle. Typically, thieves are only looking for small items which can easily be pawned for cash, police said.

In summary, be cautious when heading out to enjoy the outdoors this summer because police don’t want your adventure ruined at the end.

Little League Parade to March Through Downtown Saturday Morning

little league hamilton wenhamGet ready – youth baseball players will be marching through the downtown this weekend as part of the Hamilton-Wenham Little League season-opening parade.

It is planned for Saturday morning, April 29 at 9 a.m. and drivers in the area should expect short road closures and minor delays.

The parade will start at Buker Elementary School in Wenham and head up Perkins Street to Route 1A (Main Street in Wenham) and head north into Hamilton.

In the center of Hamilton the parade will turn left from Bay Road (Route 1A) onto Railroad Avenue, then left on to Union Street and end at Cheeseman Field at Pingree Park, across the street from Hamilton-Wenham Public Library.

Hamilton police have assigned additional officers to assist with traffic, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes, but residents should anticipate detours and minor traffic delays.

Wenham police will lead the parade and this year’s route is the same as it has been for many years. Wenham police have a map from past years that shows the route.

The Little League parade is a great community tradition and family members are encouraged to line the streets of Hamilton-Wenham and cheer on the players, according to Hamilton-Wenham Little League.

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.