Notice is hereby given that a Public Hearing by Petition of the Tree Warden of the Town of Berlin Concerning the Removal of marked Tree(s) from attached list will be given at Town Hall, 23 Linden St., Berlin on:
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 1 p.m. in Selectmen’s Office Room 206
Signed Keith Clemmer TREE WARDEN OF BERLIN, MASS
The list of affected trees subject to the February 21, 2018 (@ 1 PM) Tree Warden Public Hearing is as follows:
Linden St. 2 Oak Leaders @ the conservation parking entrance 1 Poplar Pole # 65 Ball Hill Rd. 1 oak @ the Town Line 1 oak near Pole # 23 South St. 1 oak Pole # 28 2 maple @ the 1st Bridge 1 dead Pole # 66 Crosby Rd. 1 maple Pole #33 1 beech house #92 1 maple @ Morse Rd. 1 oak Jones & Crosby 1 maple Pole #29-75 1maple Pole #24 3 oak leaders house #173 1 oak leader house # 117 1 maple house #189 1 maple Pole # 10 broken tree Pole # 10 maple Pole # 9 @ the culvert Lyman Rd 2 white oak house #49 Jones Rd. 2 white oak Pole # 6 Randall Rd. 1 maple between Pole # 22&23 1 oak across from house #183 Lancaster Rd. 1 maple lot line of house # 16 & 20 River Rd. West Canopy @ Gillis -end- ... See MoreSee Less
Burning Permits can only be activated between Jan 15th and May 1st of every year and must be properly activated on days approved by the Berlin Fire Department. When weather conditions or other factors make the outdoor burning of brush dangerous, the fire department will restrict or prohibit all activities that involve outdoor fires. This year the fee for a burning permit was eliminated. Pulling a permit and activating the permit (when conditions permit) are all done online.
2018 Census Forms have been mailed to all households in Berlin. Please return your Census form within 10 days of receipt.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
By Massachusetts General Law, all Massachusetts households receive an Annual Street Listing (Census) form in the mail in January of each year. Residents are urged to check the information contained on the form, make any necessary corrections, sign and return it to the Town Clerk’s Office in the enclosed envelope as soon as possible. The information should be current as of January 1st. Please return your census form even if there are no changes or if you will be moving after January 1st.
Below are a few of the reasons why it is so important to return census forms:
1. It is the law 2. It is used to create the annual street list 3. It is used to assist public safety and emergency responders 4. It is used to apply for grants 5. It is used to assist the Town and State in calculating state and federal aid 6. It is used to project future school enrollment and costs 7. It is used to create the voter list - if you are a voter and do not respond, you will be made inactive on the voting list 8. It serves as proof of residency which residents need to qualify for veteran’s benefits, health care and in-state tuition at state schools 9. Failure of residents to fill out and return census could lead to the state’s losing a representative in Congress as well as Federal funds.
The Federal Census is taken every ten years and includes more detailed information. For more information on this topic, please visit the 2010 Federal Census webpage at www.census.gov/2010census/. ... See MoreSee Less
WHEAT Community Cafe Weekly Menu 1/22/2018 thru 1/26/2018 All Welcome • Meals are Free (Donations Accepted) Monday thru Friday from 4:45PM to 6PM (meals are served from 5PM-6PM and the menu is subject to change) Meals served at 272 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 508-370-4943 ***** Monday, January 22nd – (United Church of Clinton) - Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza, Caesar Salad, and Ice Cream
Tuesday, January 23rd (Feeding Souls) - Chicken Meatballs Sub, Chips, Romaine Garden Salad, Pickle, and Fruit Cocktail
Wednesday, January 24th (Wheat Community Connections/Elaine) - Sloppy Joe on a Wheat Roll, Corn Chips, Kosher Pickles, Soup, and Cantaloupe
Thursday, January 25th (Clinton Rotary Club) - Turkey, Potatoes, Green Beans, Stuffing, Cranberry Sauce, and Mixed Fruit
Friday, January 26th (North Middlesex School) - Spaghetti and Meatballs, Romaine Garden Salad, Garlic Bread, and Dessert ******* If you have any allergies, please alert the staff immediately. ... See MoreSee Less
With snow in tomorrow's forecast, please call first to ensure the Town office you want to visit is open on Wednesday, Jan. 17th. To our essential and emergency personnel: THANK YOU for keeping the Town safe (Highway, Police, and Fire/EMS)! ... See MoreSee Less
January 11, 2018 - 9:30 AM Multi-Impact Rain/Flooding/Icing Event Friday/Saturday
Situation The NWS has forecasted a multi-impact rain event Friday into Saturday. Heavy rain is expected to overspread the region Friday afternoon and evening and continuing into Saturday morning.
Storm total rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches, and up to 4" in some areas are forecast over the entire region. Heavy rain combined with rapid snow melt will result in the possibility of some river and stream flooding along with the potential for isolated ice jam flooding on rivers (except Cape Cod & the Islands).
The heavy rainfall combined with snow clogged storm drains may also result in significant urban/street flooding and flooding of low-lying/poor drainage areas. The heavy rain and associated flooding has the potential to impact the Friday evening commute.
Strong 45-55 mph wind gusts late Friday into early Saturday could lead to a few downed limbs or small trees; isolated power outages are possible. There may be periods of dense fog on Saturday morning as well.
As the heavier rain ends Saturday morning, temperatures will begin to drop from west to east, and they will rapidly dip below freezing during the afternoon and evening on Saturday, potentially resulting in flash-freezing. As the temperatures fall across the region, black ice may develop and any ice jams on rivers may freeze Saturday night and Sunday. This may cause hazardous travel conditions as well as extended river flooding.
Timing Friday through Saturday: rain and flooding Saturday into Sunday: cold temperatures, refreezing and icing
Threats Elevated Flooding Risk (rivers, streams, low-lying and poor drainage areas) Freezing rain and/or flash freeze Dense fog Strong and Potentially Damaging Winds
* Elevate items stored in the basement and other low-lying flood prone areas of homes and businesses to minimize damage from flooding. If you have a sump pump, check that it is functioning properly.
* Clear snow and ice from street catch basins and storm drains to prevent or reduce street flooding.
* Avoid parking vehicles in low-lying areas or areas prone to flooding during heavy rainfall.
* Don't drive through flooded roads. Remember the phrase "Turn Around, Don't Drown!"
* Safely remove any remaining piles of deep snow from flat and low-pitched roofs. If safe to do so, clear ice and snow from drains on flat roofs.
Stay Informed! Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.
Utilize MEMA's real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: mema.mapsonline.net/public.html
The Board of Selectmen seeks one (1) applicant for consideration to fill a vacancy on the Cable Access Committee.
The Cable Access Committee operates mainly as an all-volunteer department of the town which oversees the PEG [Public, Education, Government] Channels. There are also part time staff members who serve the cable access committee’s mission.
If you are interested, please complete a Volunteer Application form, available by clicking the link below, and submitting same to the Board of Selectmen’s Office at:
or by US Mail to:
Board of Selectmen 23 Linden Street Berlin, MA 01503
WHEAT Community Cafe Weekly Menu 1/15/2018 thru 1/19/2018 All Welcome • Meals are Free (Donations Accepted) Monday thru Friday from 4:45PM to 6PM (meals are served from 5PM-6PM and the menu is subject to change) Meals served at 272 High Street, Clinton, MA 01510 508-370-4943 ***** Monday, January 15th - CLOSED: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 16th (Clinton Hospital) - Meatloaf, Potatoes, Green Beans, Gravy, and Fruit Cup
Wednesday, January 17th (Wheat Community Connections/Elaine Luzzetti) - Sloppy Joes on a Roll, Chips, Pickles, Salad, and Dessert
Thursday, January 18th (Clinton Spanish SDA Church) - Stew Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Mixed Vegetables, and Fruit Cup
Friday, January 19th: (Wheat Community Connections) - Fish Sandwich on a Wheat Roll, French Fries, Salad, and Fruit Cup ******* If you have any allergies, please alert the staff immediately. ... See MoreSee Less
Hope everyone's home warm and safe in light of this potent Nor'easter. School's been cancelled again for the Berlin-Boylston schools for Friday to allow everyone to dig out.
Before attempting a visit to the Berlin Town Offices on Friday, please call first to confirm the office you seek is open in light of the continuing snow clean up effort and the effect that has on our employees.
While the snow tapers off, the cold blast continues. Be safe. And continued thanks and appreciation to Berlin Highway, Berlin Police, and Berlin Fire/EMS for all they do to keep the town safe.
Due to the impending snow storm and severe weather conditions, several Town offices anticipate being closed Thursday, January 4, 2018. Before attempting a visit to the Town Offices, please call first to confirm the department you seek will be open. Also watch postings on www.MyTownGovernment.org to see if public meetings are being cancelled due to snow. School for Berlin and Boylston has already been cancelled for Thursday, January 4th. Many thanks to Berlin Police, Fire/EMS, and Highway personnel who will be in full force. Please stay off the roads so crews can keep up with snow removal efforts. ... See MoreSee Less
The Town Management Study Committee seeks your feedback as they complete their study into the workings of Berlin Town government. Please take a moment to complete this online survey by January 22nd. Thank you!
Please see this December 11th announcement from the Berlin-Boylston Schools:
Karen Molnar, Interim Superintendent of the Berlin-Boylston Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of January 16 – 19, 2018. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.
The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights and English Learner Education. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee [or charter school leader and board of trustees], with detailed findings for each program.
Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district [or charter school] must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district [or charter school] will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/>.
Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent's office at 508-869-2837 ext 1107 no later than January 8th, 2018 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3738. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.