TIDS ‘n BITS: Pond out, election ballot update, Town Meeting warrant is available, and more

POND NOT SEEKING RE-ELECTION

Board of Health Member Melissa Pond confirmed yesterday that she is not seeking re-election.

Pond ran last year for one of the two available seats, finishing third. She was later appointed to finish the term of Alex Hagerty, who was elected to the Board of Selectmen.

Pond, a principal planner with the City of Quincy, said she was looking forward to spending more time with her family.

Her decision confirms that the Board of Health will look much different in May. Board members Christina Fifer and Andrew King resigned last month, both saying they were moving out of town. Current Board Chairman Aaron Christian is up for re-election.

Which brings us to…

ELECTION BALLOT TAKES SHAPE

Ongoing personnel changes on the Board of Health means there’s 3 flavors of seats of seats up for election this year.

Two seats are on the ballot as part of the normal election cycle. These are both for 3-year terms. Aaron Christian currently holds one of them; he is running for re-election.  Melissa Pond holds the other; she is not seeking re-election.

There is also a 2-year board seat up for election. This was the seat Chris Schultz held before he left to take a job in the Health Department. Andrew King was appointed to fill it; he has since resigned and won’t be on the ballot.

Finally, there is a 1-year seat on the ballot. This is to fill the unexpired term of Christina Fifer, who resigned last month and won’t be on the ballot.

According to the Town Clerk’s Office, Christian, Jaimi Pinola, Niccole Emery, and Katie VanNest have indicated they will seek the pair of 3-year seats. Clay Kelly has indicated he will seek the 2-year seat.

Nobody yet has indicated interest in the 1-year seat.

Interested candidates can still take out nomination papers. They must be returned by Monday, March 14, at 5 p.m.

TOWN MEETING WARRANT AVAILABLE

We don’t know why it’s still called a warrant. It’s basically a meeting agenda. The etymology probably is rooted in Colonial law. 

But anyway, the warrants for the Special and Annual Town Meetings are now available for your perusal. 

The Special Town Meeting handles issues that need to be resolved this fiscal year, which ends June 30, such as unpaid bills and budget transfers. The Annual Town Meeting handles issues, generally, for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts July 1.

For those interested in the proposed zoning changes, the Planning Board is holding a public hearing Monday night at 6 p.m.

The Finance Committee is also finishing its review of the budget and will be making recommendations for the articles.

EARLY EDUCATION PROGRAM SIGNUPS UNDERWAY

Registration for the Abington Early Education Program (AEEP) is currently open for children born between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2019. Children turning 3 attend the morning session, children turning 4 attend the afternoon session. Forms and additional information are available here.

GREEN WAVE BASKETBALL/HOCKEY PLAYOFF GAMES FRIDAY, SATURDAY

After a preliminary round bye, the #9 Green Wave boys basketball team will host #29 Fairhaven in the first round of the D3 MIAA state tourney. The game is scheduled for Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

Also, the #29 Green Wave hockey team plays #4 Sandwich in the first round of the MIAA D3 hockey tourney on Saturday at 7 p.m., at Gallo Arena. Our expectation is that the game ends the same way the Abington/Sandwich football playoff game went.

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