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Five Things You Need to Know Today: April 4

An essential get-me-going daily morning column from Hamilton-Wenham Patch.

Today is Wednesday, April 4. Here are five things you need to know:

1. Trash: The kickoff of the new trash program moves to Hamilton on Wednesday. For the rest of the week, recycling and organics collection will happen on the regular day in Hamilton but there will be no trash pickup in the new black bins. Instead, only trash placed out in a blue bag will be picked up. Next week trash in the black bins, organics in the green bins and recycling in a labeled container will all be collected in Hamilton. A complete list of pickup days, listed street-by-street, is attached to this story as a PDF.

2. Agawam Hockey: Last summer, Agawam’s Learn to Play Hockey Program moved to Governor’s Academy while the rink at . This summer, the program returns to Hamilton . The program runs 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Monday nights from July 16 to Aug. 20. You can signup online at www.agawamhockey.com by clicking on “Home” and “Register Online.”

3. MBTA Budget: The MBTA Board of Directors is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to vote on the fiscal 2013 budget for the transit agency. The budget on the table staves off earlier cuts to service to and from . But it will hike a one-way trip to Boston .

4. Wenham Candidates: Wednesday is the final day for candidates on the Wenham ballot to withdraw their name before it goes to print. The exact deadline is 5 p.m. The only contested race on the ballot is for a three-year term on the Board of Selectmen, where Kenneth Whittaker will face incumbent John Clemenzi. There are uncontested races for Town Clerk, Moderator, Tree Warden, Board of Health, Cemetery Commission, Housing Authority, Planning Board and Water Commission.

5. Prism Concert: The Instrumental Department at takes the stage in the Ferrini Dramatics Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for the Prism Concert. “Just as a prism breaks light into its component parts, the Prism concert breaks our instrumental music department into its varied components,” according to an announcement of the concert from Fine Arts Director Kirsten Losee. The concert will feature individuals and small ensembles connecting their performances for about an hour. A $5 donation at the door will go to the instrumental department at the high school.

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

Ron Powell April 07, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Perhaps the single-stream automated truck, a truck for the separate blue bags, and the recycling/organic truck? Town Hall can blame it on whomever it likes, but this was a communication failure on several levels, and ultimately the Town Manager has to step up here and fix it.
MJ Brown April 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The 3 trucks that picked up here were the usual organics truck, the old trash truck (not the new automated one), and a recycling truck with 2 bays in the back, only one of which was used (perhaps the other will eventually be used for organics).
Allison Jenkins April 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
For those of you who would prefer the calendar outlining the official trash barrel weeks, a new calendar can be found on the Town Website: http://www.hamiltonma.gov/Pages/HamiltonMA_PublicWorks/trashinfo/barrelweeks
Allison Jenkins April 10, 2012 at 08:45 PM
If any of the bloggers have a specific question, please email me at a.jenkins@hamiltonma.gov. Let me know what media you would like the answer posted to and I will try to accomodate you.
Allison Jenkins April 10, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Michelle, notification that compost would now be picked up on your regular trash day was in local newspapers, the flyer that came with the compost container, the Hamilton Wenham Trash directory, the 2012 trash, recycling and organics calendar delivered to your home, announced at Board of Selectman meetings, explained at the Q&A sessions on trash held at the library and posting were sent to our local public access channels. What other means of media did we miss?

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