From the Town Clerk
September is here and the inevitable transition to fall reminds us of how fleeting summer is. Students are back to school and it’s time for fall festivals, apple picking and all things flavored “Pumpkin Spice”.
In the Clerk’s office fall will be a busy one. We have two elections to run, along with the annual fall town meeting. We have been working hard on updating the census. Thanks to everyone who has mailed back the postcards. These are important as they help keep the town census and voters list up to date. If you received a postcard from us and have not sent it back, please remember to do so. We are already working on getting the new census information sheets out for January 2018. Please remember to send those back, even if you feel like you just did it, we will need to update it again for 2018.
I would like to take this opportunity to say in last month’s article I inadvertently forgot to list the phone number for the Animal Shelter /Animal Control - it is 508 -336-6663. The Animal Control Officer and the Shelter help the animals of our town in so many ways. If you have any questions, or concerns about domestic, farm, or wild animals, please give them a call.
SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 Special State Primary - Bristol & Norfolk Senatorial District (to fill vacancy caused by the resignation of Senator James Timilty)
All voting from 7am - 8pm at the Seekonk Senior High School located at: 261 Arcade Ave.
The last day to register for the State Primary was August 30.
OCTOBER 17, 2017 State Election
All voting from 7am - 8pm at the Seekonk Senior High School 261 Arcade Ave.
The last day to register to vote for this election is September 27. If you want to register to vote online please visit this website. www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr, or you can come into Town Hall and register to vote at the Town Clerks Office.
TOWN MEETING NEWS
November 13, 2017 – Annual Fall Town Meeting
The Town Meeting has been scheduled and will be held at 7pm, November 13, 2017 in the Seekonk High School auditorium located at 261 Arcade Ave.
The last day to register to vote, before the town meeting, is October 24. If you want to register to vote online please visit www.sec.state.ma.us/ovr, or come into Town Hall and register to vote at the Town Clerks Office.
September 9, 2017 - The annual Craft & Vendor Fair – Hosted by Seekonk Save A Pet Society, Inc. 9am-3pm. This is held at the Dr. Kevin M. Hurley Middle School, 650 Newman Ave. The Rain date is Saturday, September 16. This is a well-attended fair and the money raised goes to benefit homeless dogs and cats at the Seekonk Animal Shelter. The Pet Runway Show starts at 1:30pm for more information on this event you can go to www.seekonksaveapet.org
October 25, 2017 Annual Pasta Festival – October 25, 2017 Hosted by the Seekonk Human Services 4:30pm- 7:00pm. This is held at Seekonk High School, 261 Arcade Ave. This is for a good cause as the proceeds go to help families in Seekonk that need heating assistance. There will be lots of delicious pasta and a raffle – please try and attend this worthy cause.
The Friends of Friends and the Kiwanis are asking if you receive one too many 2018 calendars in the mail and don’t know what to do with them, please don’t throw them out. Kindly drop them off at the Sr. Center as there are many seniors in town that could use a calendar. Thank you.
April 2018 ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION INFORMATION
The Annual Seekonk Town Election is held on the first Monday in April. Nomination papers for offices that are up for election are available December 15, 2017 in the Town Clerk’s office. Nomination papers must be returned to the Town Clerk no later than 35 days before the election at, 5:00pm. Candidates must obtain 50 signatures of registered voters in the Town of Seekonk to be eligible to appear on the ballot.
POSITIONS THAT ARE UP FOR RE-ELECTION:
Two seats for Board of Selectmen (3-year term)
One seat for the Board of Assessors (3-year term)
Two seats for The Library Board of Trustees (3-year term)
One seat for the Planning Board (5-year term)
Two Seats for the School Committee (3-year term)
One Seat for Water Commission (3-year term)
Have wonderful September. Remember the Town Clerk’s office is here to help and assist with notary services, birth, marriage and death records or a simple yard sale permit. Call or stop by.