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2017 Annual Town Census

All Maynard households will receive an annual town census form by mail in late December, 2016.

The census form will list all residents at your address; this includes children (children’s information is held as confidential). Please look it over and update if needed. Sign your census form and return it as soon as possible. The form must be returned even if there are no changes.

Three things you may not accomplish on your annual town census form:

  1. Register to vote
  2. Change your name
  3. Change your party affiliation

You must fill out the voter registration form in order to achieve any of these actions

Maintaining resident count is important. State and federal funding may be based on population count. If the town’s population count is low, certain funding may be lost.

At the bottom of the annual town census form you will find a 2017 dog license renewal/request form. Please complete this form if you are a dog owner and be sure to include the following:

  • Dog(s) license fee: $10 for for neutered/spade, $15 for intact
  • Please make checks payable to the Town of Maynard
  • Current rabies vaccination form

Remember to license your dog(s) by February 28, 2017 or a late fee of $25 dollars will be applied.

Census forms and dog license renewal/request form and maybe mailed, dropped off at the Town Clerk’s Office or at the Maynard Public Library in the silver bins labeled “Annual Town Census”.

If you have any questions regarding the 2017 annual town census, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-897-1300.

MFD Grilling Safety Tips

grilling-exampleFire Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department would like to remind residents to follow the grilling safety tips outlined below as they begin cooking out this summer.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services (DFS), Massachusetts fire departments responded to 431 fires involving grills, hibachis and barbecues between 2011 and 2015. These fires caused 20 civilian injuries, three firefighter injuries and $3.5 million in property damage.

“Residents should be cautious and aware when it comes to outdoor grilling this summer,” Chief Stowers said. “We want residents to enjoy themselves and have fun, but we are advising everyone to follow grilling safety guidelines while they do so.”

In order to prevent grilling fires and keep residents safe while cooking outdoors, Chief Stowers recommends the following tips provided by DFS:

Safety First

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Place grills away from the house, deck railings and out from under eaves of overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area. Children should never play near grills or propane cylinders.
  • Never leave a burning grill unattended.

Gas Grill Safety

  • Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.
  • Check that all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
  • Clean the grease trap every time you grill.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, turn the grill off and move away from it. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.
  • Store propane cylinders upright in an outdoor, shaded area. Cylinders should not be used, stored or transported where they can be exposed to high temperatures.

Charcoal Grill Safety

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never used gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill and never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals.
  • Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
  • Properly dispose of grill ashes. Allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal. If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.

Anyone who has questions about grilling safety should contact the Maynard Fire Department at 978-897-1015.

Storm Updates

After the storm, avoid parking in the street.  Stay off roads to allow plowing operations to proceed smoothly.  Help dig out fire hydrants and storm drains in your neighborhood.  Be aware of children playing in the streets, particularly climbing on or running out from behind large snowdrifts. Parents should remind their children to be aware of plowing operations and traffic.  Clear exhaust vents from Direct Vent Gas Furnace Systems to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.  Use care around downed power lines. Assume a down wire is a live wire.  As always, be sure to check in frequently on neighbors, especially the elderly.

Town dedicates new Wall of Honor on Veterans Day

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Rainy weather forced the Veterans Day observance indoors as the community came together to honor its veterans and dedicate the Wall of Honor now on display in the Town Hall.  The wall has the portraits of the 46 servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country.  This memorial wall had been on display at the American Legion hall, but with its closure it now is on permanent exhibit in the lower level of the town building.

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New COA Van

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On Oct 27th the Council on Aging received a new van from the Lowell Regional Transit Authority (LRTA). Accepting the new van were Asst. Town Administrator Andrew Scribner-MacLean, COA Director Amy Loveless, Rep. Kate Hogan,  Van Driver Janine Parker, LRTA Administrator James Scanlan, Town Administrator Kevin Sweet, and Selectman Chris DiSilva.

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Open Table has moved to the Coolidge School

Open Table Maynard is On the MoveOpen Table, which has served the greater Maynard community for seven years, is moving to a new location. Beginning on Monday, November 9 they will be located on the first floor of the former Coolidge School at 12 Bancroft Street. The Town of Maynard, under the leadership of Andrew Scribner MacClean, Assistant Town Administrator, has been instrumental in assisting Open Table in finding a new location and in making the former school available to them.

Open Table pantry serves an average of 100 families each week, providing them with meat, eggs, dairy products, fresh produce and baked goods, in addition to package non-perishable food and household items. An all volunteer organization, Open Table welcomes all comers to both the food pantry and to their community dinner which is currently served at the Sudbury United Methodist Church on Route 27 on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m.

While Open Table continues to look for a permanent location in the Maynard area, where they can provide both the dinner and the food pantry, they are extremely grateful to both the Town of Maynard and the Sudbury United Methodist Church for providing them with temporary locations where they can continue to offer this critical service to our neighbors.

Announcing the BEEP program

Tdowntown-aerial-2013A-GPR-6353he Economic Development Committee and the Municipal Services Department are pleased to announce the Business Environment Enhancement Program (BEEP).

  • Does your business need a facelift?
  • Do you have a great idea for downtown Maynard?
  • Would you like to make a positive change in Maynard?

If so, check out BEEP, the Business Environment Enhancement Program.

Funds are available now for eligible projects.  BEEP provides funding for efforts conducive to enhancing Maynard’s business environment. Proposed projects/initiatives may include but are not limited to: aesthetic improvements, investment in infrastructure and promotional efforts. Recipients of funds may include business owners, boards/committees, community groups or property owners.

For more info about BEEP, contact Bill Nemser at Bnemser@townofmaynard.net or 978-897-1302.   You can also download this flyer and spread the word about BEEP.