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Looking Back at Last Week's Top 5 Stories

The "Week in Review" wraps of some of the major stories from Hamilton and Wenham from the past week, including the opening of a new home for Acord Food Pantry and continued work on combined the finance departments of both towns.

Looking back at the past week in Hamilton and Wenham, here are the top stories. 

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The plan to change the way trash, recycling and organics are collected in Hamilton will not be revoted, two members of the Board of Selectmen who support the plan said last week.

Town officials are developing educational materials that will be distributed late this year, in advance of the program rollout, likely in March.

The plan calls for weekly collection of recyclable material and organics and biweekly collection of trash. The plan is designed to save the town money by increaising recycling and decreasing trash disposal costs while also reducing trash pickup costs.

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For years, was concerned about the future of its building and whether it would be sold. And in recent years the physical condition became a concern too. Then enter Harborlight Community Partners, which worked to join various financing sources, including Hamilton Community Preservation Act money, to rebuild the former fire station and create four units for low and middle-income residents. It opened with great fanfare on Monday afternoon.

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Both Hamilton and Wenham have been working in recent weeks to pin down the details of a plan to combine the finance departments of both towns. Since Wenham Finance Director Nichole Hagstrom to take a job with the Salem school systems, the issue took on more urgency for Wenham.

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There’s been one open retail space in downtown Hamilton since last spring, when Giggles closed. And this week a Manchester-by-the-Sea woman said she plans to open a flower and gift shop in the space.

The store, The Singing Flower, plans to open for next month's evening holiday event on Dec. 8.

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The high school team has received a lot of attention this fall for , but a team of middle schoolers had a similar impressive season that ended last weekend in North Reading with a Super Bowl win.

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