Report of the Fluoride Study Group

The report of the Fluoride Study Group has been delivered to the Town and is available here.

Upcoming Council on Aging Events

Wednesday, May 6th at noon at the Clubhouse - "Are you a Hospital Inpatient or Outpatient? If you have Medicare-Ask?"

Wednesday, May 27th at noon at the Clubhouse - Attorney Margo Birke will speak on veterans' benefits for veterans and their spouses.

Town Hall Presentation

Two warrant articles regarding Town Hall appear on the warrant for this year's Town Meeting. The Town Hall Building Committee invites you to watch a Power Point presentation, "Topsfield Town Hall - Past, Present and Future," to learn the reasons for these warrant articles.

Topsfield Town Hall - Past, Present and Future

Candidates' Night

The annual League of Women Voters Candidates' Night will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Proctor School Library.

This event offers candidates the opportunity to present themselves and the public the opportunity to ask questions. A not-to-be-missed event for all concerned about our town's government.

Important Notice to Taxpayers

THE FORTH QUARTER REAL ESTATE AND PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX BILLS HAVE BEEN MAILED AND WILL BE DUE MAY 1ST.

New Headlight Law

A new law requires drivers to turn on their headlights when visibility is poor or wipers are on.

The new law requires drivers to turn on their headlights when visibility is less than 500 feet or when the use of windshield wipers is necessary. These requirements are in addition to an existing law that mandates the use of headlights during the period from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise. Any violation is a surchargeable offense that could result in higher auto insurance rates for the offenders.

Topsfield Household Metal/White Goods Collection

The Household Metals and White Goods pick-up will be on Wednesday, May 20, Thursday, May 21, and Friday, May 22, 2015. This is a free collection; items must be curbside by 7AM the same day your trash is picked up. No trash stickers are required. Metal items include anything that contains at least 80% or more of metal.

Household white goods allowable include stoves, washers, dryers, micro-waves, dishwashers and, dehumidifiers. Refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners containing Freon need to be registered with the Board of Selectmen prior to the pick up date. Please call (978) 887-1500, extension 100, and leave your name, address and type of item you have.

Composting Center Opens

The Town's Composting Center will open for the season on April 11, 2015. There is a fee to drop-off leaves and yard waste. Residents can go to the Selectmen's Office in Town Hall and purchase a Compost Access Ticket for $5.00. Each ticket will allow the disposal of up to 2 cubic yards (a standard body pick-up truck) of material per visit. Each visit will require a separate access ticket. Seasonal stickers can be purchased at Town Hall for $45 per year. The Compost Center is open and staffed on Saturdays from 9AM to 1PM only. No weekday drop-off is permitted unless prior arrangements have been made. Any additional information can be obtained by calling the Highway Department at (978) 887-1542.

Topsfield Public Schools Preschool Screenings

The Steward School's Integrated Preschool Program will be conducting Preschool Screenings during the month of May for children ages 3 to 5 years old who live in Topsfield. If you have any specific concerns with your child's development, you may contact Jenny Churchill, Special Education Services Coordinator, at the Steward School (978) 887-1538 x 401 or jchurchill@topsfieldps.org to discuss and/or schedule an appointment with the evaluation team.

Boy Scout Annual Plant and Rummage Sale

The annual Boy Scout Plant and Yard Sale will be held on May 9th on the Common. In addition to the usual items, this year a special appeal is for cloth of all types.

Detailed Information

Bike Topsfield 2015 - A Community Bike Ride & Safety Event

Join the Topsfield Educational Foundation along with the Topsfield RailTrail Committee and Bradley Palmer State Park for a community bike ride on April 25th from 9-11am at Bradley Palmer State Park. The first 100 registered receive a Bike Topsfield T-shirt. Come celebrate spring with fun and games. And, don't forget to participate in the "Best Decorated Helmet" contest! To register and for more information please visit www.tefschools.org.

Meals-On-Wheels Drivers Needed

The Council on Aging is soliciting volunteer drivers to deliver Meals-on-Wheels. Stipends are offered to cover expenses. Please contact the Council on Aging, 978-887-1523 if you are interested.

Mosquito Control No-Spray Notices

According to the MA 333 CMR13.03, paragraphs 1b and 1c, all requests for mosquito spray exclusion must be delivered to the Town Clerk's office via certified mail by March 1, 2015.

The Mosquito Spray Exclusion Request Template may be found on the Board of Health Mosquito page, or in a folder on the Board of Health Office door.

Voter Registation

The last day to register to vote for Town Meeting and Town Election Election is Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Clerk's office will have extended hours until 8pm that day.

Town Census and Dog Licenses

Town Census and Dog License Applications have been mailed! Please return to the Clerk's office as soon as possible for processing. Should you have any questions, please contact the Town Clerk's office at 1-978-887-1505.

Volunteer Opportunity at the Library

The Friends are seeking a volunteer to oversee the Drop In Club for 4th through 6th graders. The program meets every Monday from 3:15 to 4:00 PM, except on holidays or when school is not in session. Responsibilities include overseeing snack time while the children do their homework. Please email Jane Johnson at jjohnson@mvlc.org if you are interested in this position. If multiple parties are interested, a rotating schedule can be accommodated.

Greenscapes

The Town of Topsfield has partnered with Greenscapes to spread the word about reducing stormwater pollution. For more information about "Keeping Water Clean," please visit www.greenscapes.org or Greenscapes: Reducing Stormwater Runoff.

Watch the Stormwater Rubber Duckies! Video on Vimeo - Stormwater Problems

Further Information

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

The Topsfield-Boxford-Middleton Rotary Club will sponsor up to 5 youth from the Tri-Town to attend RYLA - A FUN LEADERSHIP & LEARNING weekend (5/29-5/31) for SOPHOMORES & JUNIORS to be held at Camp Rotary, Boxford. This is a great opportunity to explore and expand your leadership style and skills and having fun doing it!

To apply, please contact TBM Rotary President-Elect Dan Weir via email at DWeir@eds.edu before April 11th. Space is limited.

Further Information

Friends of the Library Newsletter

The Friends of the Library Aptil Newsletter is now available with news of events and activities at the Library for all ages. Browse below to learn about the exciting programs that are planned for the month. Full Schedule of Events for April.

2015 Town Election

Nomination Papers will be available at the Town Clerk's office beginning Monday, February 2, 2015 for the 2015 Town Election.

Please click on the link below to see available positions.

Positions to be elected

Two Great Tri-Town Council Programs

Author/Educator Stephanie Meegan will offer two great programs sponsored by the Tri-Town Council.

Your Child can be a Friendship Detective! A dynamic program of designed for parents, guardians and educators interested in expanding children's social competence and confidence on Tuesday April 14, Flint Library, Middleton 7pm-9pm

AND

Boy-Sense: Decoding the Developmental Needs & Nurturing the Resiliency of Boys at Home & School on Thursday May 7th, Topsfield Library, 7-9pm

Space is limited - pre-register at www.tritowncouncil.org or call (978) 887-6512 to reserve your spot

Program Information

Cable TV Announcements

Topsfield Cable TV accepts announcements for its Community Bulletin Board. Please submit text announcements of fewer than 600 characters for best results. Alternatively, send a pre-formatted image that will show exactly as-is when aired. The image file must be 720x540 pixels and in .jpg or .ppt format. Please e-mail announcements to cbb@topsfieldcable.com Tuesday-Friday before 5 PM for immediate posting.

Topsfield Education Foundation Seeks Board Member

The Topsfield Education Foundation seeks a new board member to fill the position of secretary. All community members are welcome! The board meets quarterly, so the time commitment is minimal. Please contact Kimberly Johnston at 3kbrjohnston@gmail.com if interested.

Senior Scoop On-Line

The March edition of the Senior Scoop is available here with the Council on Aging's Calendar of Events and information about upcoming programs.

Town Calendar

Monday, April 27
8:30 am : Essex Regional Retirement System
10:00 am : TRIAD
5:30 pm : Elementary School Committee
7:00 pm : Finance Committee
7:30 pm : Board of Selectmen
7:30 pm : Agricultural Committee
Tuesday, April 28
10:00 am : Personnel Advisory Committee
8:00 pm : Zoning Board of Appeals Cancelled
8:00 pm : Planning Board
Wednesday, April 29
9:00 am : Town Hall Building Committee
10:00 am : Town Clerk-Voting Machine Test
7:00 pm : Memorial Day Planning Committee
7:30 pm : Parks and Cemeteries Commission
7:30 pm : Open Spaces Committee
Thursday, April 30
4:00 pm : Masco High School Council
7:30 pm : Tri-Town Union Meeting
Friday, May 1
8:30 am : CREST - Board of Directors
Monday, May 4
7:00 pm : Friends of the Topsfield COA
Tuesday, May 5
6:00 pm : Board of Selectmen joint meeting with Finance Comm
Wednesday, May 6
9:00 am : Town Hall Building Committee
6:00 pm : Masconomet Regional Scholarship Foundation
Thursday, May 7
3:00 pm : Masco Middle School Council
Friday, May 8
8:45 am : Board of Assessors

Recycling Calendar

Wednesday, April 29
7:00 am : Zone 1 | Details
Thursday, April 30
7:00 am : Zone 2 | Details
Friday, May 1
7:00 am : Zone 3 | Details

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