Around the Hamptons: Harvest Festival returns to Nonotuck Park on Sunday; Easthampton Police land traffic improvement safety grants; flu, COVID booster clinics on tap

  • A health care worker fills a syringe with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. AP

Staff Writer
Published: 10/6/2022 12:12:17 PM

EASTHAMPTON — The annual Harvest Festival is returning to the Nonotuck Park this Sunday, from 1 to 6 p.m.

The family-friendly event will feature face painting, a dog show, horse-drawn carriage rides and a pumpkin carving contest. The craft fair will be open from 1 to 5 p.m.

New City Brewery will be serving up beverages at pavilion 4 starting at 1 p.m. Food will be offered by Crazy Arepas, The Grill, Wake the Dead Donuts, The Saucy Mama, and Sun Kim Bop.

The festival will also feature a classic car show hosted by the Central New England Chapter of BCA-Buick Club of America.

The yearly event will come to a close with a bonfire.

Police awarded $30K to improve traffic safety  

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton Police intend to use $30,000 in federal funding it recently received to assist the department’s traffic division, according to Police Chief Robert Alberti.

The state office of Grants and Research announced in September $10.9 million from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that will provide equipment, training and enforcement resources for more than 180 municipal and state agencies. Funding for Easthampton Police is administered from the Municipal Road Safety Grant Program.

Grants are available to police departments to provide flexibility in addressing local traffic safety issues, allowing funding beyond enforcement to include equipment options and developing novel traffic safety programs.

“These grant funds will be utilized to enforce a variety of Easthampton traffic concerns, including distracted driving, driving under the influence, speeding, and pedestrian safety,” Alberti said in a statement. “This competitive grant will assist EPD’s Traffic Division in our continual efforts in keeping our roadways and community safe.” 

Flu, COVID-19 booster clinic

This month, the Easthampton Health Department is hosting two clinics to safeguard against the flu and COVID-19.

On Saturday, Oct. 15, the department is hosting a drive-thru flu clinic at the Fire Department for ages 5 and up from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To sign up, visit https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/northampton, and select the Flu (influenza) vaccine option and choose the clinic name: Flu 2022 Easthampton Fire Department.

The COVID-19 booster clinic will be held at Mountain View School on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. Bivalent boosters of Pfizer will be available for those ages 12 and Moderna for those over the age of 18.

Those that are eligible for the bivalent boosters will have had their most recent dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago.

To sign up, visit https://home.color.com/vaccine/register/northampton, and select the COVID-19 vaccine option and choose the clinic name: COVID 2022 Easthampton Mountain View School.

Those interested in attending both clinics will need to register for both clinics.

For more information, contact the Health Department at 413-529-1400, ext. 430.

Emily Thurlow can be reached at ethurlow@gazettenet.com.
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