Around the Hamptons: Southampton eyes vehicle storage bylaw; Easthampton School Committee candidates forum; flu clinics in Easthampton, Westhampton

Southampton Town Hall

Southampton Town Hall

By MADDIE FABIAN

Staff Writer

Published: 10-16-2023 12:04 PM

SOUTHAMPTON — A proposed new bylaw would prohibit property owners from storing more than one unregistered vehicle or trailer on their property, with certain exceptions.

The bylaw aims to regulate the storage of unregistered vehicles and “simultaneously protects and preserves the residential atmosphere of the Town,” according to bylaw language.

The regulations would not apply to registered vehicles, operable farm vehicles, or a single operable recreational vehicle or a single camping, boat or utility trailer that is registered seasonally.

In addition, the bylaw does not apply to vehicles stored in a garage or covered with a vehicle cover, or to owners with a permit or license to store more than one unregistered vehicle.

Under the bylaw, a building inspector/commissioner would be able to grant special permits if, after inspection, they find the vehicle “will not be a nuisance” and “will not adversely affect the neighborhood.”

The bylaw is open for public comment on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Select Board room, and the Bylaw Review Advisory Committee is also accepting email comments to bylawreview@townofsouthampton.org. All comments received by Oct. 20 will be read at the public meeting.

Easthampton School Committee to hold candidates’ forum

EASTHAMPTON — A School Committee candidates’ forum will take place in the Cafe Commons at Easthampton High School, 70 Williston Ave., on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

Voters will elect six out of 10 School Committee candidates who filed papers to run in the Nov. 7 election.

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Sitting School Committee members include incumbents Megan W. Harvey and Benjamin R. Hersey, along with Laura N. Scott and Sam Hunter, who filled vacant seats and were appointed by the City Council last spring.

Those four members face off against newcomers Patricia E. Covalli, Eric R. Guyette, Lynda A. Broadhurst, Linda Sue Markee, Timothy M. St. John and Raymond W. Sliz.

The candidates’ forum is hosted by the Easthampton Democratic City Committee and the Easthampton Education Association.

The event will kick off with each candidate briefly explaining why they chose to run for school committee. Following this introduction, the event will use a “speed networking” format, where candidates rotate through tables of participants so that community members will have the opportunity to ask questions of the individual candidates in a smaller setting.

Candidates will be able to further introduce themselves to the table and get to meet constituents. Each round will last 8-10 minutes, at which point all candidates will be asked to move on to the next table, until they have cycled through all of the tables. E-Media will host a table with a remote option so that participants who are not able to join in person will be able to meet with candidates using the same format.

E-Media is also supporting the event by providing a hybrid opportunity so that residents can participate remotely. The media group will also record the session for availability following the forum.

The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 28, 10 days before the election. Online voter registration is at https://www.sec.state.ma.us/OVR/.

Southampton Council on Aging to hold Medicare presentation

SOUTHAMPTON — The Council on Aging will hold a Medicare Open Enrollment and Medicare Savings Program (MSP) presentation on Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The presentation, in partnership with the state SHINE (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) Program, will take place at the Southampton Senior Center at 210 College Highway.

Information on the Medicare Open Enrollment period will be provided, and SHINE appointments will be available following the presentation.

Attendees are asked to RSVP at the Council on Aging front desk, or call at 413-529-2105.

Westhampton, Easthampton flu clinics

WESTHAMPTON — A free COVID-19 and flu vaccination clinic will be held on Oct. 23 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Town Hall at One South Road.

Those who fill out the statewide Health Equity Survey, which aims to gather data to improve programming and provide funding to rural communities, at the clinic will receive a box of assorted food items from the Hilltown Mobile Market.

Appointments are not required but encouraged online at https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/cataldo?site=westhampton-town-hall.

Attendees are asked to bring their insurance card.

Another flu vaccine clinic will be held at the Easthampton Council On Aging & Enrichment Center at 19 Union St. on Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. To register, call 413-587-1314 or sign up online at https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/northampton.

Maddie Fabian can be reached at mfabian@gazettenet.com.