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Next Steps for Pool to Be Decided Wednesday Night

A daily look at five things to know to get the day started from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.

The American Legion Memorial Pool in Patton Park, as shown in a file photo. Credit: Bobby Gates
The American Legion Memorial Pool in Patton Park, as shown in a file photo. Credit: Bobby Gates

It is Wednesday, Dec. 4. Here are five things you need to know in Hamilton and Wenham:

1. Sun: Wednesday’s weather forecast sounds great – partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-40s and a light northwest wind.

2. Breakfast: The North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s executive breakfast on Wednesday will focus on college success. The breakfast, which starts at 7:15 a.m. at the Peabody Marriott, includes presentations from William H. Guenther, the CEO and founder of Mass Insight Education and state Rep. John Keenan, D-Salem, talking about "Salem High's AP Success." Mass Insight Education is an organization that is working on “College Success 2020,” a community program that sets goals, tracks student performance by community and engages civic leaders to increase the number of students finishing college in four years.

3. Entertaining: The Appleton Cooks! program continues on Wednesday evening with “From the Farm Kitchen: Entertaining with Friends,” which gives participants ideas to “keep it simple in the kitchen” with casual appetizers, small plates and quick bites for a tapas-style menu. It runs 6-9 p.m. at Appleton Farms. The cost is $75 for Trustees of the Reservations members and $85 for nonmembers and you can register by sending an e-mail to appletoncooks@ttor.org or calling 978.356.5728 x12.

4. Signatures: Wednesday is the deadline for groups to submit the required 68,911 certified signatures to get a question on next fall’s ballot. There were a total of 28 petitions, including  25 proposed laws and three proposed constitutional amendments, that were certified by the state attorney general’s office earlier this fall. The questions range from raising the minimum wage and banning casino gambling to updating the bottle bill and repealing an increase in the gas tax indexed to inflation.

5. Pool: A new pool planned for Patton Park will be the focus on Wednesday night when the Hamilton Board of Selectmen meet jointly with the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Board in a 7 p.m. meeting at Hamilton Town Hall. Both boards are expected to discuss the next steps for a pool project after a proposal to use $2.5 million in Community Preservation Act money for a new pool failed by two votes at a Special Town Meeting last month.

To find out what is going on today in Hamilton and Wenham, check out our events listings

Bob Gray December 04, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Too bad Wenham was not invited to the joint Hamilton selectmen/Rec Dept meeting. It would be a great opportunity to start this new dialog as a joint venture....
Jay Burnham December 04, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Nearly everyone has an opinion on what the next steps should be regarding replacement of the Patton Park/American Legion Pool. Locally, a grass roots Blue Ribbon Committee has formed that is working on a compromise concept plan that will likely be delivered for consideration early next year. Stay tuned.
richard boroff December 04, 2013 at 08:14 AM
"Grass Roots Committee"? Who are the members? And officers?
Jennifer Scuteri December 04, 2013 at 09:31 AM
If we are to move forward, hopefully in a collaborative manner, I imagine we will continue to have differences of opinion - but hope these differences will be expressed respectfully and be fact-based. The Wenham BoS was invited to join the meeting tonight but was unable to do so. We have been told at least one member will attend. Please, if you have a question or want a clarification from the Town of Hamilton, ask a BoS member or the Town Manager first, before posting. Thanks.

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