Photo on front cover.. 1

IN MEMORIUM.. 2

INFORMATION and business hours.. 3

ELECTED AND APPOINTED TOWN OFFICIALS – 2001. 6

IN RECOGNITION.. 11

PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING A BUILDING PERMIT. 12

TOWN OF HAMPDEN PERMIT FEES.. 14

HAMPDEN TRANSFER STATION.. 16

ANIMAL INSPECTOR.. 18

BOARD OF APPEALS.. 19

BOARD OF HEALTH.. 20

BOARD OF REGISTRARS.. 22

BOARD OF SELECTMEN.. 23

BUILDING COMMISSIONER.. 24

CAPITAL PLANNING COMMITTEE.. 25

Cemetery Commissioners.. 27

CENTENNIAL COMMONS TENANTS ORGANIZATION.. 28

COMPUTER STUDY COMMITTEE.. 29

CONSERVATION COMMISSION.. 30

Hampden Council on Aging.. 31

HAMPDEN CULTURAL COUNCIL. 34

Dog officer.. 35

FIRE DEPARTMENT and forest fire warden.. 36

GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMITTEE.. 37

HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT. 39

HISTORICAL COMMISSION.. 40

HISTORICAL SOCIETY. 42

HAMPDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY. 43

Hampden Land Project. 44

HAMPDEn public LIBRARY. 45

PARKS & RECREATION.. 48

PERSONNEL REVIEW COMMITTEE.. 49

PLANNING BOARD.. 51

POLICE DEPARTMENT. 52

RIDGELINE AND HILLSIDE COMMITTEE.. 55

RECREATION ASSOCIATION OF HAMPDEN.. 56

SCANTIC VALLEY WATER DISTRICT. 57

HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT. 58

GREATER SPRINGFIELD SENIOR SERVICES, INC. (GSSI) 75

Tax Collector.. 76

Town Clerk.. 77

Town treasurer.. 78

TREE WARDEN.. 82

Department of Veterans’ Services.. 83

TOWN OFFICES WEBSITE AND EMAIL ADDRESSES.. 84

TOWN ACCOUNTANT. 85

TOWN OF HAMPDEN warrant. 108

Information and Emergency telephone numbers.. 119

ADVISORY COMMITTEE...See back of book

TOWN MAP...See back of book

 

Photo on front cover

Hampden Volunteer Fire Department, left to right

 

Back Row:  David Sutcliffe, Frederick Warren, Jason Broom, Joshua Ross, Joseph Grant, Scott Rumplik, Michael Hatch (5th generation volunteer of Hampden Fire Department), Derek Anti, R.J. Hatch, Albert Jones, Richard Hatch Sr. (Chief 1976-1987).

 

Middle Row:  Lawrence Hatch (Chief 1988-1997), William Patric, Thomas Poulin (Chief 1998-2001), David Markham, Arthur McCarthy.

 

Front Row:  Jason McCarthy, Richard Harris, Edward Poulin (Deputy Chief), Michael Gorski (Asst. Chief), Peter Hatch (Chief 2002), Matthew Loveling (Captain), Timothy Evans (Lieutenant), Michael Sicbaldi (Secretary), Harold House, Richard Thayer, Michael Maserati.

 

Missing from photo:  Charles Beaver, William Brown, James Burns Sr., James Burns Jr., Donald Dickinson, Daniel Isham, Richard Kelly, William Levakis, Henry Manegre, Andrew Netherwood, Gregory Sears.



IN MEMORIUM

 

Howard Cutting

Hampden Volunteer Fire Department

 

Richard Boynton

Hampden Volunteer Fire Department



INFORMATION and business hours

 

POPULATION OF HAMPDEN                                          Federal Census      1/1/91 4,709

                                                                                                State Census           1/1/85 4,762

                                                                                                Town Census          1/1/01 5,171

 

GEOGRAPHIC AREA                                                         19.64 square miles

 

COUNTY                                                                               Hampden County

 

TAX RATE                                                                            $19.81 for Fiscal Year 2002

 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING                                               Last Monday in April at 7:00pm

 

ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS                              First Monday in May, 8am-8pm

ACTING GOVERNOR                                                        CONGRESSMAN

Jane Swift                                                                              Richard E. Neal

Office of the Governor                                                          437 Cannon House Office Bldg

Boston, MA 02133                                                             Washington, DC 20515

Phone: 617-727-9173                                                          Phone: 202-225-5601

                                                                                                                        OR

U.S SENATORS                                                                  District Office

Edward M. Kennedy                                                 Federal Building, Room 309

U.S. Senate                                                                           1550 Main Street

Russell Senate Office Bldg. Room 315                              Springfield, MA 01103

Washington, DC 20510                                                       Phone: 413-785-0325

Phone: 202-224-4543

                        OR                                                                  STATE SENATOR

2400 JFK Building, Room 409                                            Brian P. Lees, Hampden District

Boston, MA 02203                                                                State House, Room 308

Phone: 617-565-3170                                                          Boston, MA 02133

                                                                                                Phone: 617-722-1291

                                                                                                                        OR

John F. Kerry                                                             District Office: 527 Main Street

U.S. Senate                                                                           Indian Orchard, MA 01151

Russell Senate Bldg. Room 421                                         Phone: 413-543-2167

Washington, DC 20510                                                      

                        OR                                                                  REPRESENTATIVE

145 State Street, Room 504                                               Mary S. Rogeness,              

Springfield, MA 01103                                                         2nd Hampden District

Phone: 413-785-4610                                                          State House, Room 237

                                                                                                Boston, MA 02133

                                                                                                Phone: 617-722-2800

                                                                                                Residence: 22 Warren Terrace,

                                                                                                Longmeadow, MA 01106

                                                                                                Phone: 413-567-5480

INFORMATION and business hours p. 2

BUSINESS HOURS OF TOWN OFFICES AND COMMITTEES

 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN                                     HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM

Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm                REGIONAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE

Meet every Monday at 7:00pm                                Meet 1st & 3rd Tuesday

Phone:              566-2151  566-2152                      Phone:  596-3884

 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE                                      CEMETERY COMMISSION

2nd & 4th Wednesday at 7pm each month  Meet 2nd Tuesday of January, April, July

                                                                                    & October at 7:30pm

TOWN CLERK – Eva Wiseman                           Phone:  3304, 3357, 3963

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am-1pm                               

Phone:  566-3214                                                     COUNCIL ON AGING

                                                                                    Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4pm

TOWN TREASURER – Donna Easton-Vicalvi            Meet 2nd Monday of month, at 9:00am

Office Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9am-1pm        Phone:  566-5588

Phone:  566-2401

                                                                                    HAMPDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY

TAX COLLECTOR – Eva Wiseman                    Meet 3rd Thurs each month, 8:30am at

Office Hours:  Monday – Thursday, 9am-1pm       Centennial Commons

Phone:  566-2206                                                     Phone:  566-8157

 

BOARD OF ASSESSORS                                     BUILDING INSPECTOR

Office Hours:  Monday- Thursday, 9am-3pm         Office Hours:  Every Wed 6-8pm

Meet 2nd Tuesday 7:30pm – 9pm                           Phone:  566-2204

Phone:  566-3223                                                    

                                                                                    HAMPDEN LIBRARY TRUSTEES

CONSERVATION COMMISSION                         Meet 3rd Wednesday each month

Meet 2nd Monday at 7:00pm                                    Phone:  566-3047

Phone:  566-2206

                                                                                    HAMPDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS

PLANNING BOARD                                               Monday –Wednesday 12am-8:00pm

Meet 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 7:00pm                    Thursday 12am-6:00pm

Phone:  566-2403, 566-8591 for appt                    Saturday 10am-3:00pm

                                                                                    CLOSED ON Saturdays during August 

WATER COMMISSION COMMITTEE                            

1st Thursday of every month                         HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

                                                                                    Monday-Friday,  7:30am-4:00pm  

RIDGELINE & HILLSIDE COMMITTEE              Phone:  566-8842

Meet 2nd Wednesday each month at 7:00pm

                                                                                    SANITARY LANDFILL

BOARD OF APPEALS                                           Saturday: 7am-5pm, Tuesday, 1pm-6pm

Meet 4th Tuesday at 7:30pm                                   

Applications available from Town Clerk


INFORMATION and business hours p. 3

BUSINESS HOURS OF TOWN OFFICES AND COMMITTEES CONT.

 

PARK COMMSSION                                               HISTORICAL COMMISSION

Meet 2nd & 4th Thursday at 7pm                              Meet 1st & 3rd Tues month at 7:00pm

Office Hours: Call 566-4950                                    Phone:  566-8327

 

Memorial Park Hours: 8am-9pm,Apr1-Oct31       HAMPDEN CULTURAL COUNCIL

                                                                                    Meet as posted

BOARD OF APPEALS      

Meet 4th Tuesday at 7:30pm                                    HISTORICAL SOCIETY    

Applications available from Town Clerk                 Meet 4th Tuesday at 7:30pm

                                                                                    at Academy Hall

VETERAN’S SERVICES- Arthur A. Booth Jr.

Phone: 267-4140


ELECTED AND APPOINTED TOWN OFFICIALS – 2001

ELECTED OFFICIALS

 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN/HEALTH                   TRUSTEES, HAMPDEN LIBRARY

Austin G. McKeon, Chairman          2002               Kathleen Hutchison, Chairman        2004   

James D. Smith, Chair Health         2003               Beth E. Burger                                   2002

Duane Mosier                                    2004               Elaine Kingsbury                               2003

 

Administrative Assistant to                                      HAMPDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY

Board of Selectmen/Health                                      William G. Joy, Chairman                2004

Karen Desmarais                                                     Miles Hapgood, Vice Chairman      2004

                                                                                    Aline Burt                                           2005

Secretary to Board of Selectmen/Health                Cecilia Melville                                  2008

Kelly O’Shea 

                                                                                    CONSTABLES       

MODERATOR                                                          George K. Stone, Jr.             2004

Richard Patullo                                  2002               Miles Hapgood, Jr.                           2002

                                                                                    Arthur A. Booth, Jr.                            2003

TOWN CLERK

Eva Wiseman                                    2004               CEMETERY COMMISSIONERS

                                                                                    Henry Dunwoody, Chairman            2004

TOWN TREASURER                                             Renate Oliver                         2003

Donna Easton-Viclavi                       2004               David Quill                                         2002

 

COLLECTOR OF TAXES                                      PLANNING BOARD

Eva Wiseman                                    2004               John D. Flynn, Chairman                  2004                                                                                       Joseph Kruzel, Vice Chairman        2005

                                                                                    Joseph A. Dolben                             2003

BOARD OF ASSESSORS                                     Joseph Mascaro                               2002

Stanley Witkop, Assessor                2004               Melissa Reeve                                  2006

Mary Lou Majkut, Chairperson        2003

Richard Jalbert, MAA                       2002               Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

                                                                                    Representative, Melissa Reeves

Clerk to the Assessors                                             Alternate, Joseph A. Dolben

Sara Gasparrini, Clerk                                             Clerk to the Planning Board

                                                                                    Judith Jackson

HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL

SCHOOL DISTRICT COMMITTEE                      PARK COMMISSIONERS

Ronald Thomson                               2003               James Morris, Chairman                 2004

Maryanne Morris                               2003               Kathleen Duquette                            2003

                                                                                    Thomas Crogan                                2003

                                                                                    Glennice Flynn                                   2002

                                                                                    Honor Takorian                                 2002

                                                                                    Jay Fenlason, Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

ELECTED AND APPOINTED TOWN OFFICIALS – 2001 p. 2

APPOINTED TOWN OFFICERS – 2001

 

TOWN ACCOUNTANT                                          BUILDING INSPECTOR

Clifford Bombard                                          2002   Mark Feeney             2002                          

 

DOG OFFICERS                                                      ELECTRICAL INSPECTOR

Thomas J. O’Connor Animal Control          2002   Robert Lague                        2002

 

FIRE CHIEF/FOREST FIRE WARDEN               PLUMBING INSPECTOR

Thomas Poulin                                              2001   Michael Ford                         2002

 

INSPECTOR OF ANIMALS                                   ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Shelly Sears                                                  2002   Elizabeth DeSousa, Chair  2002

                                                                                    Judith Mikkola                       2004

SUPT OF INSECT/PEST CONTROL      2002   Peter Nossal                          2002

Dana Pixley                                                   2002   Kathy Pessolano                   2003

                                                                                    David Lalonde                       2003

BOARD OF HEALTH AGENT                              Susan Rauscher, Clerk

Lorri McCool                                                  2002

                                                                                    BOARD OF APPEALS

VETERANS’ GRAVE OFFICER                           Richard Patullo, Chair          2002

 Richard Wiencek                                         2002   Mary Cesan, Vice Chair       2001

                                                                                    Kenneth Lefebvre                  2002

VETERANS’ BENEFITS AGENT                         L. Jed Berliner                       2003

Arthur A. Booth                                              2002   Francis Kotomski, Clerk     

 

ACTING CIVIL DEFENSE DIRECTOR               BOARD OF APPEALS ALTERNATES

Duane Mosier                                                2002   David Scott                            2003

                                                                                    Richard Jones                       2003

SUPT OF STREETS                                        

Dana Pixley                                                   2002   HAMPDEN CULTURAL COUNCIL

                                                                                    Heather Beattie, Chairman  2002 

TREE WARDEN                                                      Carol Smith                            2001

Dana Pixley                                                   2002   Hermine Weston                   2002

                                                                                    Barbara MacKenzie             2001

FENCE VIEWERS                                                  Judith Moriarty                       2002

John H. Field                                                 2002   Virginia Blake                        2002

William H. Patric                                           2002   Carolyn Siano                        2002

                                                                                    James McEwan                    2002

TOWN COUNCEL                                                   Carol Gauthier                       2002

David J. Martel                                              2002   Arlene Fisher                         2002

 

PARKING CLERK                                                  INSURANCE COMMITTEE

Eva Wiseman                                                2004   John Bethel                            2002

 

 ELECTED AND APPOINTED TOWN OFFICIALS – 2001 p. 3

APPOINTED TOWN OFFICERS – 2001 CONT.

 

ASSISTANT TREASURER                                   RIDGELINE & HILLSIDE COMMITTEE

Patricia Smith                                                2002   John D. Flynn, Chairman      2002

                                                                                    Jim Moriarty                           2002

COMPUTER STUDY PROGRAM                                    Robin Warner                        2002

John D. Flynn                                     2002

Richard Rediker                                            2002   BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONER

James Moriarty                                             2002   Robert E. Majkut                   2002

                                                                                    George Bouchard                 2004

CONSERVATION COMMISSION                         Michael Framarin, oper        2002

Bonnie Geromini, Co-Chair             2003   Richard DiSanti                     2002

Camilla Desmarais, Co-Chair                     2002

Richard Gouvan                                            2002   POLICE DEPARTMENT, CHIEF

Jack Matthews                                              2004   Philip J. Adams                     2002

Wayne Meisner                                             2002   SERGEANTS

Dean Perham                                                2004   Jeff Farnsworth                      2002

Patricia Clark, Clerk                                                 Joseph Henry                        2002

CONSERVATION, ASSOC MEMBERS               POLICE OFFICERS

Louanne Perham                                          2004   Scott Trombley                      2002

Patricia Smith                                                2003   Michael J. Cooney                2002

Sheila Thompson                                          2004   William Joy                            2002

Peter Choquette                                            2003   Todd Ely                                 2002

                                                                                    John DeMaio                         2002

COUNCIL ON AGING                                             Carl Mazzaferro                     2002

Brian MacLeod, Chairman                          2002   Tawrin Seega                        2002

Albert L. Ouimet, Vice Chair                        2003   DISPATCHERS (full time)

Virginia Schneider, Secretary                     2003   Laurie Ryder                          2002

William T. Olmstead                                     2003   Verna Caney                         2002

Patricia Clark                                                            2003   Radcliff Kenison                    2002

George Lavallee                                           2003   Damian Dewolf                     2002

Diane Hildreth                                               2003   POLICE MATRON  

Arlene Fisher                                                 2003   Verna Caney                         2002

Richard Boynton                                            2003   Laurie Ryder                          2002

George Ingle, Hampden Rep to Board       2004   Avery Church             2002  

of Directors, Greater Springfield                             RESERVE OFFICERS      

Senior Services, Inc.                                                 Avery Church             2002

                                                                                    Mark Galarneau                    2002

COUNCIL OF AGING DIRCTOR                          Christopher Eck                    2002

Carolyn Brennan                                           2003   Luke Lessard                        2001

                                                                                    Keith Timme                          2001

                                                                                    Harlan Cross                         2002

                                                                                    Laurie Ryder                           2001

                                                                                    Robert Robinson                   2002

                       

ELECTED AND APPOINTED TOWN OFFICIALS – 2001 p. 4

APPOINTED TOWN OFFICERS – 2001 CONT.

 

ELECTRIC COMMITTEE                                       RESERVE OFFICERS CON’T

George K. Stone, Jr.                         2002   Thomas Messier                   2001

Richard Hatch                                                2002   Gary Courtney                       2002

Raymond Shankel                                         2002   Thomas Cortis                       2002

Guy Bartolucci                                               2002   Brett Purchas             2002

                                                                                    Jason Sutherland                  2002

ENERGY COMMISSION                                        Gregory Skop                        2002

Walter Johnson                                             2002   Christopher Pandolfi 2002

Brian McQuillan                                             2002   DISPATCHERS (part-time)

Toi Graham                                                    2002   Stephen Matroni                    2001

Al Perusse                                                     2002   Brett Purchas             2002

                                                                                    Robert Robinson                   2002

BOARD OF REGISTRARS                                   Thomas Messier                   2001

Arthur A. Booth, Jr.                                        2003   Mark Galarneau                    2002

Elizabeth M. Wells                                        2003   Luke Lessard                        2001

Janet M. Redin                                              2003   Keith Timme                          2001

Eva Wiseman                                                            Thomas Cortis                       2002

                                                                                    Derek Anti                              2002

HISTORICAL COMMISSION                                 Christopher Eck                    2002

Connie Witt, Chairman                                 2003   Avery Church             2002

Dorothy Bradway Hill, Secretary                 2003   Jason Sutherland                  2002

Chrissy Cesan                                               2003   Gregory Skop                        2002

Noreen Couture                                             2002   Michael Lynch                        2002

Nancy Quill                                                     2004   Todd MacKecknie                2002

                                                                                    Christopher Pandolfi 2002

VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT                  

Thomas Poulin, Chief                                   2002   SECRETARY TO POLICE DEPT

Peter Hatch, Assist Chief                             2002   Kathy Zanetti                          2002

Michael Gorski, Deputy Chief                      2002              

Edward Poulin, Captain                               2002   HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

Matthew Loveling, Lieutenant                      2002   Dana Pixley,Superintendent 2002

                                                                                    Patrick Markham                     2002

William Brown                                               2002   Robert Richards                      2002

James Burns, Sr.                                          2002   Albert Rosarti                          2002

James Burns, Jr.                                           2002   Matthew Fredericks                2002

Donald Dickinson                                         2002   John Ouellette                          2002

Edwin Dunlea                                                2001

Timothy Evans                                               2002

Joseph Grant                                     2002

Richard Harris                                               2002

Lawrence Hatch                                            2002

Richard Hatch                                                2002

Richard Hatch, Jr.                                         2002

ELECTED AND APPOINTED TOWN OFFICIALS – 2001 p. 5

APPOINTED TOWN OFFICERS – 2001 CONT.

 

VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT CON’T

 

Harold House                                                2002

Daniel Isham, Sr.                                           2002

Keith Isham                                                    2001

Albert Jones                                                  2002

William Levakis                                             2002

Henry Managre                                              2002

Michael Maserati                                          2002

Arthur McCarthy                                            2002

William Patric                                                2002

Joshua Ross                                                  2002

Scott Rumplik                                                2002

Robert Sazama, Jr.                                       2001

Gregory Sears                                               2002

Michael Sicbaldi                                           2002

Thomas Smith                                               2001

David Sutcliffe                                               2002

Richard Thayer                                              2002

Frederick Warren                                          2002

Derek Anti                                                      2002

Charles Beaver                                             2002

Michael Hatch                                                2002

Rick Kelly                                                       2002

David Markham                                             2002

Jason McCarthy                                            2002

Andrew Netherwood                         2002

 

AUXILLIARY FIREMAN

Daniel Isham, Jr.

Jason Broom



IN RECOGNITION

 

FOR THEIR YEARS OF DEDICATED SERVICE TO THE TOWN OF HAMPDEN THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN WISH TO ACKNOWLEDGE THEIR APPRECIATION TO THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS

 

_______________________________________________________

 

 

Edwin Dunlea, Fire Department after 52 years of service

 

James E. Stone, Board of Appeals

 

Duane E. Mosier, Planning Board

 

Richard Fadus, Advisory Committee

 

David Lalonde, Advisory Committee

 

Carol Winter-Smith, Hampden Cultural Council

 

Barbara McKenzie, Hampden Cultural Council

 

Katherine Ashe, Board of Selectmen

 

Doreen Rauch, Board of Selectmen

 

Linda Ely, Dispatcher Police Department

 

Anna Mascaro, Sergeant Police Department

 

James Collins, Sergeant Police Department



PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING A BUILDING PERMIT

 

The following is an outline of the steps that must be taken in order to secure a building permit, including the necessary supplementary permits or approvals, as may be required.  The Board of Selectmen hopes that this procedure will eliminate confusion, which might otherwise arise.  Specific questions or a more in-depth review of a particular department’s requirements may be discussed with each inspector.

 

1.                  Application to Building Department:  Complete the building permit application and submit to the Building Inspector with 2 sets of site plans prepared by a Professional Engineer or Registered Land Surveyor, along with the application fee, in accordance with Zoning Bylaw 8.1.3.  If you have questions, contact Mark Feeney 566-2204

 

2.                  Planning Board:  The application and plat plan will be submitted to the Planning Board.  Petitioner will verify that this is a registered lot, with the proposed building meeting all zoning requirements (which may include application to the Ridgeline & Hillside Committee, Zoning Bylaw 7.12).  Contact the clerk to be placed on the agenda of the next meeting:  Judy Jackson:  566-8591 (home).

 

3.                  Highway Department:  If the driveway requires the crossing of an open ditch, contact the highway Superintendent for sizing and proper installation of the culvert.  When any new driveway is installed (entering off a pave roadway), the builder will be required to pave an apron for the edge of the pavement back to the front property line (usually 7 –10 feet) at the driveway entrance.  If you have questions, contact Dana Pixley at 566-8842.

 

4.                  Conservation Commission:  Verify with this Board if you are near or part of your property is in or near the Wetlands Area.  If you have questions contact the clerk, Pat Smith 566-2206.

 

5.                  Percolation Test:  Year round testing.  The owner. engineer arranges appointment for percolation with the Board of Health Agent and pays fee.  Percolation test is valid for two years form date of issue.

 

6.                  Well Permit:  Well installer submits to the Board of Health a permit and plan of property with well, septic system and house shown, at the time of application and with the permit fee.

 

7.                  Well Installation:  After the well is installed the installer must file a Well Water completion report with the Board of Health.  Property owner must then have the water tested with results sent to the Board of Health before a building permit will be issued.

 


PROCEDURE FOR OBTAINING A BUILDING PERMIT P. 2

 

8.                  Septic Application:  All septic design applications to the Board of Health, signed stamped and with the fee paid.  A septic permit, which is approved, shall expire three years for the date of issue unless construction of the approved system is begun before the expiration date.

 

9.                  Septic Installation:  Septic Installer must be licensed by the Town of Hampden and must advise Board of Health before installation starts.  Installation must be inspected by Board of Health agent and Design Engineer before system is covered.

 

10.             Septic Compliance:  Engineer and installer must sign Certificate of Compliance after the final inspection.

 

11.             Building Department:  Building plans must be submitted for review by the Building Inspector.  A building permit will not be issued until all prior steps have been successfully completed.  The permit is valid for three (3) years form date of issue.  Construction work must begin within six months of receiving building permit and work must be finished within three years.  If you have questions contact:  Mark Feeney 566-2204

 

12.             Electrical, Plumbing, Gas, Oil burner, Smoke Detector, and Wood Stove Permits:  Requests for the above permits are to be submitted to the Building Department, with the necessary Building Permit fee.  The applicant contacts the appropriate inspector with the inspection request.  An Occupancy Permit will be issued only after the Building Inspector checks with other inspectors to make sure all the above procedures have been completed as well as insuring that the house number is permanently found on the property and easily readable form the street.

 

If you have questions or if the Board of Selectmen may be of service, please contact us at the Town house 566-2151.  ALL FEES ARE PAYABLE TO THE TOWN OF HAMPDEN.


TOWN OF HAMPDEN PERMIT FEES

FOR BUILDING, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, GAS, FIRE, & HEALTH

 

BUILDING PERMITS – MARK FEENEY – 566-2204              

Application for Building Permit

$10

Commercial/Industrial Building ($100 minimum)

10-cents/sq ft

New house ($60 min)

If more than 1 unit per bldg an add fee of $4 per unit will be charged in addition to normal fee for new house

10-cents/sq ft

Alterations/Additions/Accessory Buildings ($25 min)

10-cents/sq ft

Swimming Pool

$20

Solid Fuel Stoves

$15

 

ELECTRICAL PERMITS - ROBERT LAGUE - 566-8472

Commercial/Industrial Building Additions

$60

New House
If more than 1unit per building an add fee of $4 per unit will be charged in addition to normal fee for new house

$40

Alterations, Rewiring Existing Structure

$40

Alterations, Change of Service, Temporary Service

$20

Additions-added rooms, breezeway, garage, etc

$20

Swimming Pools, appliance

$20

 

PLUMBING PERMITS - MICHAEL FORD - 566-5578

Commercial/Industrial Building

$75

New House
Add fee of $2 per fixture over 10 fixtures will be charged, in addition to the normal fee of $50 per bldg.

$50

Additions-additional charges as above

$30

Swimming Pool
Any swimming pool with a permanent plumbing

connection is subject to a permit fee.

$20

 

GAS PERMITS - MICHAEL FORD - 566-5578

All Gas Permits
If multi occupancy or multi-unit dwelling, the charge will be $20 per meter up to 5 fixtures; above that the fee will be $2 per fixture.

$20

 

SOLAR PERMIT

Permits for Solar installations will be based on

the categories.

Contained in the columns for Building, Electrical & Plumbing.


TOWN OF HAMPDEN PERMIT FEES p. 2

FOR BUILDING, ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, GAS, FIRE & HEALTH

 

FIRE PERMITS - PETER HATCH - 566-3314 

Smoke Detector Inspection (new house)

$15

Smoke Detector Inspection (real estate transfer)

$15

Oil Burner Inspection

$15

Blasting Permit – Fire Chief

$10

Renewal of Smokeless Powder (Fire Chief)

$5

LP Gas Storage Permits (Fire Chief)

$15

Underground Storage tank Installation (Fire Chief)

$10

Underground Storage tank Removal (Fire Chief)

$40

Tank and Burner Inspection

$15

 

CALL-BACK FEES

Call-back fees for Electrical, Plumbing, Building, and Fire Inspectors

$15

 

 

BOARD OF HEALTH – LORRI MCCOOL – 566-2151

Well Permit

$20

Percolation Test Permit

$100

Septic Tank Installation Permit (new or repair)

$100

includes one revision, each additional revision

$50

 



HAMPDEN TRANSFER STATION

DROP-OFF RECYCLING

2ND & 4TH SATURDAYS 7am-5pm

Text Box: 1 

 

 

 

 

 


1)       GOODWILL CLOTHING COLLECTION BOX

2)       STORAGE TRAILER

3)       NEWSPAPERS

In brown grocery bags or tied in 6” bundles

NO PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS.

4)       CLEAN METAL

SMALL: $10                  MEDIUM: $12                       LARGE: $25

5)       MIXED PAPER

YES                                                                 NO
Catalogs                                                                       Egg Cartons
Glossy Flyers                                                               Pizza Boxes
Junk Mail                                                                       Take-Out Containers
Magazines                                                                    Window Envelopes
Office Paper
Paperback/Phone Books
(Remove Covers)

6)       CARDBOARD

Corrugated, cereal boxes, detergents, etc.
NO WAXED (Frozen food) CONTAINERS OR PIZZA BOXES.

7)       MIXED RECYCLING-GLASS, PLASTIC & METAL

YES                                                                 NO
All plastic labeled #1-7                                               aerosol cans
Deli containers                                                            ceramics
Drink boxes                                                                  glassware or dishes
Glass bottles & jars                                                    hangers
Milk & juice cartons                                                     light bulbs
Yogurt containers                                                        paint cans
Tin cans                                                                        styrofoam
Aluminum products                                                    plastic bags
Any redeemable container                                        window glass

All containers must be rinsed clean.  Plastic and metal may be flattened.

8)       BULK PICK-UP AREA

Please see reverse side.

Tires will no longer be taken on recycling days.  They can be disposed of through the bulk pick-up.

 

NO HAZARDOUS WASTE ITEMS ARE ALLOWED

 

EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2002


HAMPDEN TRANSFER STATION p. 2

BULK PICK-UP DAYS

 

Beginning on March 2, 2002, the Town of Hampden will be offering the services of Bulk Disposal Inc. of Wilbraham to dispose of unwanted bulk items.  This service will be available on the 1st Saturday of the month from 8am-12pm at the Recycling Center.  Bulk Disposal Inc. will also be offering home pick-up of items on the 2nd Saturday of the month by appointment only.

The following are the prices for disposal supplied and set by BULK DISPOSAL INC.

                  ITEMS                                                DROP OFF               HOME PICK-UP

Refrigerators (with freon)                                   $30.00                        $40.00

Kitchen stove                                                       $17.00                        $20.00

Washing machine                                               $17.00                        $20.00

Dryer                                                                     $17.00                        $20.00

Sleeper sofa                                                        $22.00                        $25.00

Regular sofa                                                        $17.00                        $20.00

Living Room chair                                               $12.00                        $15.00

TV-Table or computer monitor                          $15.00                        $18.00

TV-Console                                                         $17.00                        $20.00

Mattress                                                               $9.00                          $10.00

Box Spring                                                           $9.00                          $10.00

King-sized mattress or box spring                    $13.00                        $15.00

Car tires (without rims)                                       $4.00                          $4.00
               (with rims)                                             $5.00                          $5.00

 

Tables, kitchen chairs, chests, end tables, etc. will depend on size and weight.
Truck, motorcycle, or tractor tires will depend on size and whether or not it has rim.

NOTE:  Greater quantities of items brought to the Recycling Center or for home pick-up at one time will receive a proportional discount off regular pricing.               ****To be determined by BULK DISPOSAL INC.****

 

For more information about the bulk pick-up or to schedule a home pick-up, please call the Board of Health at 566-2152.

To find out more information on pricing, please call Fred Heini of Bulk Disposal Inc. at 596-9276.


ANIMAL INSPECTOR

 

As the Animal Inspector for the Town of Hampden, I would like to report the following for 2001.

 

                                                                        Adult                                       Young

Cattle: (Adult = 2 years & over)

            Dairy                                                   2                                              1                     

            Beef                                                    33                                            14

            Steers/Oxen                                       0                                              0

 

Goats: (Adult = 1 yr & up)                             19                                            6

 

Sheep: (Adult = 1 yr & up)                            6                                              0

 

Swine:

Number of breeders                                     0                                              0

Number of feeders                                        2                                              0

 

Equines:

Number of horses                                         96                                            9

Number of ponies                                         26                                            2

 

Number of Llamas                                        11

 

Poultry            # of chickens 285      # of turkeys 0 # of ratites 0  

                        # of waterfowl 24       # of gamebirds 1

 

Number of rabbits     16

 

Other animals            1 Burro

 

There was one (1) domestic animal quarantined due to a wildlife encounter and one (1) dog bite to a human reported.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Shelley Sears,

Animal Inspector


BOARD OF APPEALS

 

Case – 2001-1          Special Permit to remove earth to improve land for agriculture.                                                 (Renewal) GRANTED

 

Case 2001-2             Special Permit under Section 4 “Continuance of Existing Uses” to                                            allow the rebuilding of a hours in the R-4 District on a 7 acre lot                                                 having 60 feet of frontage upon which a single family home                                                  previously existed.  DENIED (application was found moot after                                       review with Town Boards)

 

The following are members of the Board of Appeals:

 

Richard E. Patullo, Chair                              Francis Kotomski, Clerk

M. Chris Cesan, Vice Chair             Kenneth E. Lefevbre

L. Jed Berliner                                               Richard P. Jones, Alternate

David R. Scott, Alternate

 

Member James E. Stone resigned in June 2001 as he moved out of Town.  In his letter of resignation he noted that he had enjoyed his short tenure on the Board, and he will miss the people and the interesting topics the Board entertains.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Hampden Board of Appeals


BOARD OF HEALTH

 

 

 

2000

2001

Annual Flu Clinic

243

265

Pneumonia

N/A

75

Tetanus

N/A

75

Annual Rabies Clinic

69

40

Water Tests

79

40

Percolation Tests

57

58

Septic Systems Installed/Repaired

49

27

Installer Permits Granted

16

15

Septic Hauler Permits Granted

4

4

Well Permits

26

20

Health Complaints

10

6

Court Actions

0

1

Food Service Permits

31

20

Public Swimming Pool Permits

1

1

 

 

At the Annual Flu Clinic this year we introduced an option for both Pneumonia and Tetanus.  This was well received with 75 people each requesting either one or both of the vaccines. Due to the lack of early Flu vaccines we had to offer the Flu Shots in two sessions.  The first session was a priority clinic for those previously identified as having chronic health problems, and for those seniors age 80 or older; the second was for the general public age 50 or older.  If you have reason to believe that you, or someone you provide care for, should be on a potential priority list for next year, please contact the Council on Aging at 566-5588.  Our goal is to have only one clinic, but if the vaccines are again delivered over a period of time, we will offer the vaccines first to individuals with previously identified chronic health problems.

 

Transfer Station and recycle operations were given a thorough review in December and January.  Costs of trash disposal had increased, and revenues from the “pay as you throw” operations were consistently falling far short of actual expenses.  Consequentially, the Board of Health made the decision to convert the Transfer Station operations from a sticker system to a bag system.  This decision was made for two reasons – to bring revenues in lines with actual costs and to create a system that is easier to monitor and control. 

 

To control the cost side of the equation, the Board is in the process of seeking competitive bids for hauling and disposal.   Price reductions, if any, will be applied first towards reducing the operating deficit. 


BOARD OF HEALTH P 2

 

Recycle operations are also under review and changes will be implemented throughout the late winter and early spring.  Recycle contamination – the wrong materials being placed in bins – is causing unnecessary separation expenses.  To control this, emphasis will be placed on better education and enforcement. 

 

To make it easier to dispose of a wider variety of materials, a once-a-month bulk drop-off will be offered.  This bulk drop-off program will be administered through a private hauler and residents will pay fees directly to the hauler.  The hours of operation of this program may be limited depending on demand.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

James D. Smith

Austin G. McKeon

Duane E. Mosier


BOARD OF REGISTRARS

 

The number of registered voters on Jan. 1, 2001 was 3348. On Dec 31, 2001 it was 3325.

 

Voter attendance during 2001:

                        Republican Party Caucus, March 29, 2001             92

                        Democratic Party Caucus, March 30, 2001            10

                        Special Town Meeting, April 30, 2001                   275

                        Annual Town Meeting, April 30, 2001                     275

                        Annual Town Election, May 7, 2001                        1113

                        Special Town Meeting, October 29, 2001    87

 

Inspectors and Tellers:

Republican

Democratic

Unenrolled

Beth Burger

Brenda Ahlberg

Mary Lou Black

Edith Casey

Arthur Booth, Jr.

Carolyn Brennan

Andree Crowley

Ann Burian

Aline Burt

Irene  Cutting

Joan Cady

Mildred Davis

Beryl Doten

Mary Cesan

Robert Dieckmeyer

Gerald Doten

Carol Collins

Catherine Herchel

Mary Dunklee

Sophie Davenport

Diane Hildreth

Barbara Dunwoody

Nancy Downey

Nancy Joy

Kathleen Duquette

Kathleen Flynn

Deborah O’Brien

Beth Fatse

Sheila Flynn

Doris Ouimet

Rebecca Gibb

Richard Gouvan

Doreen Rauch

Mary Hamel

Shirley Gouvan

Susan Rauscher

Miles Hapgood

Sandra Gray

Donna Easton-Vicalvi

Dorothy Hill

Judith Jackson

Lynn Zanolli

Joyce Libby

Sally Kealy

William Zanolli

David Kingsbury

Dorothy Kibbe

 

Elaine Kingsbury

George Lavallee

 

Chesley Metcalf

Ronald Lech

 

Nancy Salerno

Gail Lefebvre

 

Philip Schneider, Jr

Janet Redin

 

Sheila Slawiak

Kathleen Rochford

 

Thomas Slawiak

Margaret Rochford

 

Patricia Smith

Evelyn Schmidt

 

Elizabeth Wells

Rita Southworth

 

Robert Wells

George Walsh

 

Carolyn Whipple       

 

 

Richard Willis

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by Board of Registrars:

Arthur Booth Jr., Janet Redin, Elizabeth Wells, Eva Wiseman, Clerk


BOARD OF SELECTMEN

 

To those who believe Town government doesn’t work:

“In 1958 our Highway Department Garage addition was built with oil heat and a flush toilet installed. These improvements have been greatly appreciated by the Department.”

-Report of the Superintendent of Streets; Town Report for the year ending December 31, 1958.

 

The Board of Selectmen has had an active meeting schedule this year and participated in numerous meetings with other Boards and Committees. We have set a high priority on communications and to that end we sent out a mid-year newsletter to residents; instituted monthly meetings of operating departments to exchange activities and discuss issues of mutual concern; have started the posting of minutes and upcoming meetings on the Town website: www.hampden.org.

 

We continue to hold available the period from 7-7:30 on our meeting nights available for residents to bring items of interest to the Board, without the need for an appointment.

 

In addition to assessing the items consistent in every Town Report: increased population effects, roadways, school buildings, improving by-laws, trying to stabilize the tax rate, the Board has instituted several initiatives:

  • Chartered a Town Government Study Committee;
  • Chartered and appointed a Personnel Practice Committee;
  • Chartered and appointed a Capital Planning Committee;
  • Set goals for the Police and Highway Departments through the Chief and Superintendent. Goals are reviewed quarterly and a performance report issued annually. We anticipate a similar process for all Town employees in the future;
  • The Board has been aggressive in looking at grants that may fit our needs and this will continue. 
  • Several efficiencies have been initiated in our office to better track spending and to improve the flow of information among Board members.

 

We have received notice that our revenues from the State are being greatly reduced in the current fiscal year and again next year. This will make the delivery of services and budget preparation a challenge for several years. By acting quickly, the Town was able to secure $76,000 in MEMA funding to repair the damage done by the June 17 storm.

 

As you read this, we will be close to the Special Town Meeting and Special Election for the Green Meadows expansion/renovation. The Board hopes that all residents have taken the opportunity to read the information and attend the presentations. The Board of Selectmen encourages any one wanting more information to contact a member of our Board or the School Building Committee.

 

The Board would like to thank the volunteer members of the numerous boards and committees for their cooperation and unselfish service to the Town.

 

Austin G. McKeon, James Smith, and Duane Mosier.


BUILDING COMMISSIONER

 

BUILDING PERMITS & INSPECTIONS             TOTAL PERMIT & INSPECTION

 

Dwelling:                    11                                                        Building                      80

Additions:                   17                                                        Electrical                    90

Alterations:                 10                                                        Plumbing & Gas        82

Shed:                          4

Barn:                           7

Garage:                      4

Swimming Pool:        13

Carport:                      2

Demolition:                2

Wood Stove:              4

Deck:                          3

Porch:                         2

Storage Facility:        1

 

Total:                           80

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mark J. Feeney, Building Commissioner  



CAPITAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

In fiscal year 2001, the Selectmen established a capital planning committee in order to assess the capital needs of the Town of Hampden.  This committee consists of 5 members, 2 from the advisory committee, 1 selectmen and 2 citizens.  Each town department was asked to submit anticipated capital projects to the committee for review and for inclusion in this report.  Capital projects have been defined as those having a useful life of at least five years and a cost greater than $10,000.  The Capital Planning Committee has not recommended favorable action on any of the projects presented.  All projects are under review.  The following is a compilation of the projects, the estimated cost and the desired time schedule:

 

Dept

Description

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Gen Gov

Town Hall Parking lot reconstruction

79,000

 

 

 

 

COA

Elderly Transportation (van)

 

 

45,000

 

 

Fire

Fire Truck

 

 

 

300,000

 

Library

Expansion

 

28,000

 

 

 

Highway

Road Paving

75,000

75,000

75,000

75,000

75,000

Highway

Bridge Maint Mill&/or Chapin Rd per

350,000

 

 

 

 

Highway

Drainage Maint Carmody Rd

18,000

 

 

 

 

Highway

Drainage Maint TWB

18,000

 

 

 

 

Highway

Drainage Replace Fernwood Rd

 

30,000

 

 

 

Highway

Drainage Replace Hickory & Walnut

35,000

 

 

 

 

Highway

Roof Replace Salt shed

 

 

16,000

 

 

Highway

New Equipment (J. Deere backhoe) *

75,000

 

 

 

 

Highway

Equip. Replacement (Dumptruck w/ plow)

 

40,000

 

 

 

Highway

Equipment Replacement (GVW Dumptruck w/ plow and sander)

 

 

 

 

95,000

Highway

Equip. Replacement (Pickup Truck)

 

 

 

 

27,000

School

TWB Repair & Renovation

1,000,000

1,000,000

 

 

 

Police

Weapons

12,500

 

 

 

 

School

TWB Fire Alarm & Intercom

47,000

 

 

 

 

Total

 

1,709,500

1,173,000

136,000

375,000

197,000

            * Lease would be $16,000 per year


CHARTER: CAPITAL PLANNING COMMITTEE

 

Section 1:

The Board of Selectmen shall establish and appoint a committee to be know as the Capital Improvement Planning Committee, composed of one member of the Board of Selectmen, two members of the Advisory Committee and two members at-large to be appointed (1) by the Board of Selectmen, (1) by the Moderator.  At-large members to be appointed to staggered three-year terms, other members to be appointed for one-year terms.  The Town Accountant and Treasurer shall be ex-officio members without the right to vote.  The Committee shall appoint its own officers and observe all requirements of the “open meeting law”.

 

Section2:

The Committee shall study proposed capital projects and improvements involving major non-recurring tangible assets and projects which:

 

  • Are purchased or undertaken at intervals of not less than five years;
  • Have a useful life of at least five years;
  • Cost over $10,000

 

Section 3:

All officers, boards and committees (including the Selectmen and the School Committee) shall by October 15 of each year, submit to the Committee, on forms provided by the Committee, information concerning all anticipated projects requiring Town Meeting action during the ensuing six years.  The Committee shall consider the relative need, impact, timing, cost and the effect each will have on the financial position of the Town.  No expenditure shall be voted for a capital outlay by the Committee which is not reflected in the Committee’s report unless the requestor shall first have submitted a report explaining the omission.

 

Section 4:

The Committee shall prepare an annual report recommending a Capitial Improvement Budget for the next fiscal year and a Capital Improvement Program including recommended capital improvements for the following five years.  The report shall be submitted to the Board of Selectmen for its consideration, approval, and inclusion in the annual Town Report no later than January 30 of each year.

 

Section 5:

Such capital program, after its adoption, shall permit the expenditure on projects included therein of sums from departmental budgets for surveys, architectural or engineering advise, options, or appraisals; but no such expenditure shall be incurred on projects which have not been so approved by the Town either by approval or through the appropriation of sums in the current year or in prior years



Cemetery Commissioners

 

The Commissioners have been active overseeing the maintenance of Prospect Hill and Old Cemetery. Arrangements were made for the excavation and refilling of graves at the time of internment. Twenty-one internments were made in 2001. Activities this year also included marking out several graves for the installation of monuments and the placement of corner markers on several lots.

 

Several lots were sold in Old Cemetery and space is still available there. We had anticipated opening up a new section of Old Cemetery in the spring to make more lots available but a survey of the land comprising the cemetery was not completed. A review of space usage is in progress in Prospect Hill Cemetery with the hope of making some lots available there. This is taking longer than anticipated but progress is being made. We explored the possibility of putting a water supply in both cemeteries but we determined the cost was too prohibitive for the gain derived.

 

The state has mandated that each lot have a permanent marker showing the number of the lot in each cemetery. We are in process of fulfilling this but this requires finishing the map showing the actual location of each lot. The space usage review mentioned before is part of this process as well as a redrawing of the maps. To keep costs down we are attempting to do as much of this as we can ourselves but this is time consuming and can only be done in good weather.

 

Notice has been received from the state veterans office, that it is the responsibility of each town to maintain the markers on each veteran’s grave, and to make sure that those responsible for the installation of flags on these graves have an updated list of each veteran in the cemetery with its location on an annual basis. Working with the Veteran Officer, and the Historical Society, the listing is nearing completion.  Much work still has to be done on repairing some of the markers, which have been damaged over the years. We are investigating what is to be done and how it can be done. Please note the display of the cemeteries put on by the Historical Society in the Library.

 

Please remember that the maintenance of anything planted in the gravesite is the responsibility of the owner. Plantings that exceed the boundaries of the gravesite should be removed. Please dispose of any trash in the barrels provided at the cemeteries. This is a country cemetery and does not have some of the amenities of more expensive sites. Please do your part to maintain the beauty of these spots.

 

Quarterly meetings of the Cemetery Commission are held at the Town House the second Tuesday of January, April, July and October at 7:30 PM. Commissioners may be contacted at this time or by calling an individual commissioners at the phone numbers listed below or calling 566-2204 and leaving a message.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Henry W. Dunwoody (566-3357),    Renate Oliver (566-8684),   David Quill (566-3552)



CENTENNIAL COMMONS TENANTS ORGANIZATION

 

We begin our twenty-fourth year here at Centennial Commons and there are still a few of the original tenants left who came early in the spring of 1978.

 

The tenants association was started in 1979 and has been active ever since.  The agenda is still the same as it was then.  We meet quarterly to enact new and old business with a well-rounded group of tenants.

 

Our community is very safe and a pleasant place to live, as attested by those who live here.  Tenants have enjoyed birthday parties, Thursday night cars, Crazy Whist, showers and a host of other activities, tag and bake sales, morning card games, our summer hot dog roast, and last but nor least our Christmas party and dinner.

 

Even though we try to keep busy with activities we still miss the companionship of town folks from the meal site even though it has been over a year since they moved to the new Senior Center.  However the shuttle bus that runs from the Commons to the Center every day is a blessing.

 

Respectfully,

 

Aline Burt, Secretary



COMPUTER STUDY COMMITTEE

 

The Computer Study Committee is an ongoing task committee organized by the Board of Selectmen in 1986.  Since that time, it has assisted the Town departments in purchasing, installing, and maintaining their computer systems.  We have stressed a practical and consistent approach to implementing these systems with an emphasis on productivity and good value.  The Committee provided assistance to several departments, such as the Assessors, Police, and Library, with research and recommendations for their technology needs.  Also, in the past year, the Town Hall and the Senior Center have been equipped with broadband cable access.

 

The Committee has a master plan that we feel represents a prudent, fiscally responsible path for the Town to follow.  In these tough economic times, it is sometimes difficult to recognize the advantages of capital investment in computers and software.  We are always available to respond to any questions or inquiries that residents may have.  We wholeheartedly welcome any suggestions and advice.

 

We would also like to remind the residents that the Town continues to expand its public communications through the Town’s Web page at http://www.hampden.orgw ww.hampden.org.  We would like to thank Springfield Public Access (www.the-spa.com) for their hosting of the Town web page and unlimited mailboxes for all Town departments.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

John D. Flynn, Chair

Jim Moriarty

Richard Rediker



CONSERVATION COMMISSION

 

The Hampden Conservation is comprised of seven full time members and three associate members. We meet the second Monday of the month. Our purpose is to protest the resource areas in town from abuse and development. The guidelines we use are the Massachusetts Wetland Protection Act and Regulations as well as the Town of Hampden Wetland By-Laws and Regulations.

 

This year we held twelve regular meetings as well as three special meetings. We received three Notices of Intent, seven Request for Determinations, and four requests for Certificates of Compliance. We also issued three violation notices.

 

We actively work on projects with both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Two projects came before the commission this year. The Girl Scouts were involved with the Minnechaug Mountain project and helped erect a sign denoting the area. There is a gravel parking lot connecting to the trails on the mountain. We are very fortunate to have these ninety-two acres preserved. This acquisition would not have happened without the diligent work of the Hampden Land Trust. Also Mark Hildreth, a local boy scout, came before the commission with plans to clean out debris and large objects from the Scantic River. The focus was between the Somers Road Bridge and Mill Bridge. He completed this project in one day and earned the rank of Eagle Scout.

 

The commission welcomes two new members, Dean Perham and Sheila Thompson.

 

We are always anxious to meet people interested in joining. Please contact our clerk, Pat Smith, at the Town House. We need pro-active people interested in preserving our town’s natural resources.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Bonnie Geromini, co-chair

Associate Members

Kim Desmarais, co-chair

Pat Smith, clerk

Dick Govan

Louanne Perham

Dean Perham

Peter Choquette

Sheila Thompson

Art Thibitot

Wayne Meisner

 

Jack Matthews

 



Hampden Council on Aging

 

A community has developed at the new senior center that is strong and diverse in age, health and financial status, work background and gender.  Adults of all ages are renewing old friendships and forming new ones.  Residents who have recently retired as well as those who have been retired for 15-20 years are eating together, playing together and learning together.

 

The Council on Aging endeavors to provide programs and services that will help seniors “charge” through their adult years instead of “enduring” them.  We do that by offering the following programs and services:

 

ü      Geriatric Care Management

ü      Health and Education

ü      Transportation

ü      Tax Assistance

ü      Monthly newsletter and outreach

ü      Monthly health screenings

ü      Insurance Counseling

ü      Daily congregate meals

ü      Prescription Assistance

ü      Home delivered meals

ü      Caregiver support

ü      Lock box program

ü      Fuel assistance/ emergency fuel assistance

ü      Entertainment/Social Club

ü      Recreation/hobbies/arts/crafts/game room

ü      Health and Education

 

The heartbeat of the senior center is the meal site, better known as the “lunch bunch”.  Managed by Janis DeGrandpre and funded by Greater Springfield Senior Services, the meal site provides a place for seniors and their friends to meet daily for a nutritious meal and most importantly socialization.  Socialization continues to be the most vital factor contributing to healthy and successful aging.

 

Home delivered meals are provided weekdays and through the gracious generosity of Mary Lyon Nursing Home, weekend and holiday home delivered meals are also provided.  Volunteers deliver the meals 365 days a year.

 

The COA and Mary Lyon Nursing home are expanding their collaboration this year by co-sponsoring a monthly educational forum for caregivers in the community.

 

The Friends of Hampden Seniors continue to provide invaluable financial support to the center.  This year we were able to complete the expanded paving, constructed a shed for storage and provided two shuffleboard courts adjacent to the patio. 

 

The center is open M-F, 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM and in response to the many requests for evening programs, we are open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights, 6 – 8 PM.


HAMPDEN COUNCIL ON AGING P. 2

 

As we endeavor to keep the center open 55+ hours each week, we are unfortunately exhausting our financial resources to adequately fund the staff needed to oversee the building.  This is why the COA Clerk position has become critical in the operations of the senior center.  The responsibilities of the only full-time staff position, the Executive Director, require work outside of the building.  For the safety of all of the participants, the senior center must provide a staff person’s presence while the building is open.  Our seniors need to be confident that when they are with us at the center they are safe.  The connection between adequate staffing and their confidence cannot be overstated.

 

That is why, this year, we are again asking the town for full funding of this position.  We are sensitive to the town’s financial position and very appreciative of all that has been done however a significant building with its many ongoing programs requires adequate staffing.

 

The COA is also requesting a favorable vote on an article submitted to enable any resident in the town to apply for a temporary Handicap Parking Permit when needed.  This permit would allow those residents who are temporarily handicapped to quickly be given a permit for accessible parking privileges.  Presently, the state issued permanent parking is lengthy and in many cases individuals recover before they can benefit from the permit.

 

The Senior Center could not function without the 130+ volunteers who tirelessly contribute their time to the COA.  In April of this year, all of these volunteers will be recognized at the COA’s and meal site’s 25th anniversary.

 

Finally, this year the Mass Association of Councils on Aging began the process of certifying Senior Center Directors.  After developing and submitting a portfolio that depicted the Director’s ability in distinct areas of programming and management, 11 Directors across the state proved their proficiency and were certified.  Executive Director, Carolyn Brennan was one of two Western Massachusetts Director’s who were certified.

 


HAMPDEN COUNCIL ON AGING P. 3

 

Whether it is socialization and recreation or choosing the best supplemental health insurance the COA is equipped to provide professional and accurate information to adults faced with the complexity of choices that can affect their overall health and well being.

 

Respectfully submitted by:  

                                   

Carolyn F. Brennan, Executive Director

Richard Boynton

Brian MacLeod, Chairman

Patricia Clark

Rita Vail, Vice Chairman

Arlene Fisher

Al Ouimet, Treasurer

Diane Hildreth

Virginia Schneider, Secretary

George Lavallee

 

Council on Aging Staff:

Admin. Clerks, Helena Nossal & Doreen Rauch

Senior Aide, Tiny Burt

Activities Coord/Meal Site Mgr Janis DeGrandpre

Outreach Coord., Lissa Fontaine

Senior Recourse Officer, Gary Courtney

Custodian, Rudie Voight

Affiliations: National Council on the Aging, Mass Association of Council on Aging & Senior Center Directors & Western Mass Assoc of Councils on Aging, Greater Springfield Senior Services.



HAMPDEN CULTURAL COUNCIL

 

The Hampden Cultural Council is responsible for distributing funds allocated by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  Applications for funds are submitted to the local council in October of each year.  The council then meets to consider those requests.  The applicants who are rejected are given time to appeal and under the new streamlined granting process; those who are approved are notified by the local council of their approval in December following a brief review by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  The actual funds to approved applicants are then available for distribution by the end of January pending budget passage by the state legislature.

 

Local groups or individuals who would like to request funds can get more information and the grant applications from the Selectman’s office.  It should be noted that the council gives preference to projects sponsored by town organizations or residents.  Due to limited funds, requests are rarely granted in full.

           

The Hampden Cultural Council again focused significant energy in local fundraising with a total of $625.70 profit from various activities.  The Hampden Cultural Council would like to publicly thank the many individual contributors and volunteers for their generosity in these efforts.  One such program/fund-raiser was a 3rd Grade Art Contest entitled ”What I Love Most About Hampden.” Seventy-five third grade children participated and the first prize drawing was stenciled onto t-shirts and sold at the Memorial Day Parade and throughout the summer at various locations in town.  The drawings were incredibly creative and demonstrated why most of us choose to live in Hampden.

 

The Massachusetts Cultural Council granted the Hampden Cultural Council our yearly allocation of $3,300.00.  The council has recently made decisions regarding the re-granting of these monies.

 

Projects and activities that have been awarded grants for 2002 include:

·        A trip to Symphony Hall for 3rd graders

·        A Music Matters program for grades 2 and 4

·        A hip-hop dance performance to delight the teens & others in town

·        Support for the Senior Woodworking Shop

·        Support to the Hampden Public Library summer reading program

·        An intergenerational performance for residents of Mary Lyon Nursing Home

·        A senior citizen concert

·        Two Blues Concert/Lectures at Minnechaug Regional High School

 

We have experienced great pleasure and satisfaction in being able support these cultural events and hope to continue to support cultural education and enjoyment of town residents of all ages.

 

Heather G. Beattie, Chairperson, Virginia Blake, Carolyn Siano, James McEwan,

Carol Gauthier, Judith Moriarty, Hermine Weston

 


Dog officer

 

Thomas J. O’Connor Regional Dog Control Center

701 Center Street

Chicopee, MA 01013

Tel. 781-1484

E- Mail animalcontrol1@rcn.com

 

In this past year we have continued the spay program with Tufts University and have had approximately 100 dogs spayed before being adopted.  In April we held our annual rabies clinic.  This year we offered parvo/distemper vaccines at a reduced rate in addition to the low cost rabies vaccine for dogs and cats. Additional preventative vaccines are administered to dogs impounded at our Center.

 

The year 2001, also brought a restructuring and increase of staff that includes, Michelle Downie: Director, Robert Larocque: Assistant Director, Dr. Gerald Cutting: Contractual Veterinarian, Felix Lisojo: Veterinarian Technician, Sarah Kiely: Kennel Assistant, Christine Higgins: Office Assistant, Pedro Cardona: Maintenance, Nick Dominik: Dog Officer, George Roberts: Dog Officer, Richard Hartnett: Dog Officer, William Day: Dog Officer, Mike Girard: Night Dog Officer.

 

The following list indicates duties conducted for the Town of Hampden by the staff of the Thomas J. O’Connor Regional Dog Control Center for the period of January 1, 2001 to December 31, 2001.

 

Investigation of loose dog complaints

12

 

Impounded dogs

16

Investigation of barking dog complaints

4

 

   Returned to owners

8

Stray dogs captured and impounded

8

 

   Adopted by Hampden residents

7

Dog bite investigations

4

 

   Euthanized

1

Vicious/loose dog complaints

3

 

   Transport, Rowley Animal Hosp.

1

Stray dogs brought from Hampden

0

 

Follow – up calls

2

Stray dog complaints

15

 

Hampden Dog Licenses sold

12

Sick and or injured dogs

1

 

Meetings due to dog problems

2

After-hour emergency calls

0

 

District Court appearances

0

 

The Town of Hampden has been a loyal participating member of the Regional Dog Control Program since June 1, 1994.  Our staff appreciates Hampden’s concern in canine matters and cooperation in canine law enforcement.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Michelle Downie, Director

 



FIRE DEPARTMENT and forest fire warden

 

In 2001 the Hampden Vol. Fire Department responded to 104 calls for assistance.  They broke down as follows: house fires 3, smoke in house 2, car/truck fires 2, car accidents 2, down/smoking power lines 8, Haz-Mat 1, arson 1, rubbish 3, smell of gas/propane 6, stove 1, oil burner 1, CO detector 5, housing for elderly 21, automatic/false alarms 28.  We also responded to the aid of neighboring towns twice in 2001.

 

The department would like to thank everyone who supported the purchase of the new fire truck, and donated to the Boot Drive.  The new truck, a 2001 International rescue/pumper, is scheduled to be in service by May 2002.  Through the Boot Drive and a donation by the fire department over $4,200 was sent to the New York City Firefighters Fund in response to the 9-11 tragedy.

 

We would also like to extend our thanks to the Hampden Police Department, and the Hampden Highway Department for their help and support in the past and years to come.

 

Any town resident 19 years of age or older interested in joining the Hampden Vol. Fire Dept. is encouraged to contact the department at 566-3314.

 

Respectfully submitted

 

Thomas Poulin, Chief, HVFD

 

FOREST FIRE WARDEN

 

The Hampden Vol. Fire Department responded to 18 brush fires in 2001.  Burning season begins January 15, 2002 and extends through May 1, 2002.  Permits are issued on a daily basis, weather permitting.  To obtain a permit call 566-3314 after 9:00 a.m., burning hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and no permits will be issued after 1:00 p.m.  All fires must be attended by the individual with the permit, and be extinguished promptly at 4:00 p.m.  Brush is identified as trimmings with a but-end smaller than 1 inch, and burning of grass, hay, leaves, stumps, and building materials is prohibited. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Thomas Poulin,

Forest Fire Warden



GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMITTEE

 

The Board of Selectmen voted to create a committee to study the structure of the government of the Town of Hampden with emphasis on the administrative functions.  The goal was to determine if changes in the government structure could make for a more efficient delivery of town services.

 

Due to other urgent issues coming before the Board in the fall and early winter and budget considerations the committee has not been formally formed.  It is the intention of the Board to convene this committee in the future and to set new target dates for results of the committee to be brought before the town.  



CHARTER: GOVERNMENT STUDY COMMITTEE

 

A 5 member ad-hoc committee for the purpose of examining the structure of town government related to the role of the Board of Selectmen in the administration of town services.  Such committee to review Massachusetts General Laws and the Town by-laws in conjunction with the current Town government structure and to make recommendations for any changes that may improve the efficiency in the delivery and/or administration of town services.

 

If the recommendations include changes to town by-laws then such recommendations shall include language appropriate for presentation at Town Meeting

 

The Committee shall be directed to make their recommendations by examining Hampden’s current administrative structure and procedures; by exploring administrative structures and procedures of demographically similar towns in the Commonwealth; by seeking input from a wide variety of elected and appointed officials, town workers and residents in the Town of Hampden; and by performing any other reasonable analysis that will enhance the objectivity, thoroughness and validity of their recommendation.

 

The Committee shall consist of five members.  No member shall have served the town as either an elected or appointed official within the previous 5 years and no member shall be directly related to a current elected or appointed official of the town.  Recommendations for members of the Committee shall by the Moderator based on nominations received by the Board.  The Board of Selectmen shall then make appointments to the Committee.

 

The Board of Selectmen shall also appoint a single Board member as a liaison to the Committee.  The liaison shall direct and monitor the activities of the Committee and make any necessary progress reports to the Board of Selectmen, but shall not participate significantly in the proceeding of the Committee.

 

The Board of Selectmen shall make legal counsel available to the Committee as warranted.

 

All meetings of the Committee shall be conducted in accordance with Massachusetts Open Meeting Laws.  All proceedings shall be duly recorded and such record shall be made available to the public.



HIGHWAY DEPARTMENT

 

In the year 2001, the Highway Department completed two road reconstruction projects, several maintenance projects and repaired the damage done from the severe rain event in June.  The reconstruction projects were funded with Chapter 90 Agreements through the Massachusetts Highway Department and a grant that was received for South Monson Road.  The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reimbursed all expenses associated with the June storm.

 

South Monson Road was reclaimed for the first 3,500 feet, graded and paved with both base and top courses.  Curbing was installed; shoulders were graded, loamed and seeded.  The balance of the road was resurfaced to the town line and all traffic markings were redone.  The second project was on North, Burleigh and a section of Hollow Roads.  They were cleaned and had shoulders cut.  Then they were entirely paved to level and re-profile the surface.  The top course will be completed in the spring, which will complete this project.

 

The June rain event dropped 5.8 inches in a short period of time.  This deluge caused several culverts to plug causing washouts on several roads.  Bennett Road, South Road, South Monson and Howlett Hill were among the hardest hit.  Repairs to those roads, along with the cleanup and minor repairs to several others, took over six weeks to complete and cost over $70,000.  Fortunately, the application for emergency reimbursement, which was sent to MEMA, was approved.  All funds expended were reimbursed to the town.

 

There were a total of 28 winter storms in 2001.  As always, the members of the Highway Department worked diligently to clear the roads for traffic. The members of the Highway Department are; Patrick Markham, Robert Richards, Albert Rosati, Matthew Frederick and John Ouellette.  Relief drivers who also often assist us include; Harold House, Ron Neilsen, David Hawley and Jason Walbridge.  I would like to thank them all for their services, support and cooperation.

 

I would also like to thank the many other employees and volunteers of the town, as well as the residents who have supported the Highway Department over the past year.

 

Dana S. Pixley

Highway Superintendent



HISTORICAL COMMISSION

 

The purpose of the Historical Commission is to plan and implement programs for identifying, evaluating and protecting our town’s historic resources.  We work with boards and commissions within the Town to achieve our goals.  We are responsible for commenting on environmental review issues at the local level.  We are also mandated to alert state and federal agencies to local preservation issues.

 

Cemeteries

The photo on the back cover of this Town Report is of the gravestone of Revolutionary War veteran, John Williams.  The Sons of the American Revolution placed the marker that holds his flag at the site c. 1907.  It is used on the Town Report to recognize our veterans and call attention to our cemeteries.  The Historical Commission, Cemetery Commission, Veteran’s Agent and Selectmen have been working together to assure that every veteran buried in our cemeteries is honored with a marker and an American flag as required by law.  To this end, Rita Vail has computerized and earlier list done by Henry Dunwoody of all veterans known to be buried in the Town cemeteries.  Over 70 veteran’s graves have been identified as missing a flag and/or a marker.  We found 78 broken, tipped over, leaning or sunken stones in Old Cemetery alone – an undetermined number of stones are completely covered over.

 

The Historical Society has joined in the effort to rejuvenate our cemeteries with an innovative project called, “Adopt a Plot”.  Won’t you join in tending the graves of those that created and defended the town we live in?  Call the Historical Society for more information on how you can help ensure that our cemeteries are dignified and beautiful places of peace. 

 

The Historical Commission and the Library are cooperating on an exhibit named, “Cemeteries: Stories in Stone”.  The Commission will present highlights of the cemeteries’ history and significance.  The Library will parallel this with an exhibit of related publications.

 

West Side Survey

Our West Side Survey has expanded!  The area survey of Somers Road, East Longmeadow Road, and Allen Street now includes the Woodland Park development.  Much of the information complied on this area has been via oral history given by residents who live/lived in this geographical area as well as photographs and architectural reports.  We hope to complete the survey this year and submit the documentation to the Massachusetts Historical Commission.

 

We were pleased to learn that the archeological report we submitted to the Massachusetts Historical Commission concerning Minnechaug Mountain earned the Town extra “points” in their application for a self help grant.  The purchase of the 93 acres has insured that at least part of out Town will maintain it’s rural character.

 

 

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We wish to thank all town officials and employees as well as the Townspeople for their interest, help and enthusiasm for our work.  The Massachusetts Historical Commission has also given us technical support, advise and encouragement.

 

Our meetings are held the first and third Tuesdays of each month.  We welcome your attendance and hope you will tell us of any preservation issues you wish us to address.

 

Our concerns are not just old buildings and archeological sites.  We are also concerned about maintaining our rural heritage through preservation of farmlands, scenic roads, and conservation protection and smart growth.  Member, Noreen Couture has been selected to represent the Historical Commission on the town Community Preservation Committee.

 

WE WORK IN THE PRESENT TO PRESERVE THE PAST FOR THE FUTURE

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Connie Chapin Witt, Chairman

Dorothy Bradway Hill, Secretary

Chrissy Cesan, Archeology Coordinator

Noreen Couture, Publicity/Computer Coordinator

Nancy Quill, Cemetery Coordinator



HISTORICAL SOCIETY

 

Just as in days gone by when Hampden’s people flocked to the town house, now Academy Hall, for entertainment so today the Historical Society of the Town of Hampden meets there to be entertained and the acquire knowledge at the same time.  A wide range of programs in 2001 have given members information about Shakers, antique furniture, the evolution of firearms, the Appalachian Trail, “Country Dreams” by Roger Hart, and much more.  At each meeting, too we indulge in a variety of goodies, along with coffee.

 

On Memorial Day, we again sold t-shirts with the word Hampden across the front of the red, white, and blue design, as well as small flags, and people seemed to enjoy them.  We have a few t-shirts on hand for purchase if anyone failed to get one.  Our museum was open that day, and many visitors toured both the downstairs displays and ones upstairs.

 

Our annual ice cream social in June gave taste treats to participants, with a show and tell program afterwards, when members brought intriguing items from their homes and told their history.

 

We were delighted this year to receive more donations to the museum, increasing our display of items relevant to the town.

 

More pleasurable programs are planned.  Everyone is welcome to join us.  You need not be a member of the society for the programs are free to anyone interested.  Please join us on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Academy Hall.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Linda Krawiec, President



HAMPDEN HOUSING AUTHORITY

 

The Hampden Housing Authority meets on the third Thursday of every month at the Community Building at 26 Springmeadow Lane.  Meetings are posted with the Town Clerk and are open to the public.

 

Elected members of the Authority are as follows:  William Joy, Miles Hapgood, Aline Burt, and Cecilia Melville.  In December 2001, Governor Swift appointed Benjamin Bump to the position of State Appointed member of the Hampden Housing Authority.  Our staff members are: Christine Evans - Executive Director, Carole Robert – Site Manager, Frank Hull – Maintenance.  In October 2001 Hampden Housing Authority joined forces with Wilbraham Housing Authority to hire a Resident Coordinator to serve the needs of the residents of Centennial Commons.  Catherine Sauter of Wilbraham serves in this position, which has been very well received and appreciated.

 

The mission of the Hampden Housing Authority continues to be focused on the provision for decent, safe and affordable housing at a rental rate that is based on 30% of net income.  Maximum contract rents will be adjusted effective April 1, 2002 as follows:  1 bedroom -  $469.00; 2 bedrooms – $536.00.  All eligibility and occupancy standards are in keeping with the Department of Housing and Community Development and HUD guidelines.  Our agency is subject to state audit every two years by the Office of the State Auditor.

 

Our sincere thanks goes out o the Hampden Police, Fire and Highway Departments for their continued dedication and service to our residents.

 

Applications for housing are available through the Hampden Housing Authority office at 26 Springmeadow Lane, or by calling 566-8157.  Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The office is closed on Friday.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Christine Evans

Executive Director





Hampden Land Project

 

Hampden Land Project, a 501(c) 3 non-profit land trust, is committed to permanently protecting critical areas of open space in Hampden.

 

2001 was a banner year for Hampden Land Project (HLP), with the successful completion of its first land acquisition project. An important 93-acre parcel on the north slope of Minnechaug Mountain was saved from development when HLP obtained an emergency loan and purchased the parcel. At the annual Town Meeting, we received enthusiastic voter support to apply existing town conservation funds towards this purchase, and ultimately turned this land over to the town, at no cost to the taxpayer. We then received major funding from state grants, private foundations and individual donors, and paid off our loan.

 

In September, 300 people attended a fundraising Barn Dance, and in October, 130 people enjoyed a Harvest Hike and Brunch, with local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts acting as trail guides, and Key Clubbers handing out trial maps.

 

As we enter 2002, our membership has grown, as more people value the scenic beauty and rural atmosphere of our town, and realize that we must work together to balance new development with conservation. With the recent passage of the Community Preservation Act, we have a new source of funding for land protection. We look forward to future conservation projects, including the protection of farms, forests, wetlands, and mountains.

 

Please contact us at HLP, P.O. Box 455, Hampden, MA 01036 or visit us online at our MassLive website: www.landproject@hampden.org.

                                                           

Respectfully submitted,

 

Sherry Himmelstein, President



HAMPDEn public LIBRARY

 

The mission of the Hampden Free Public Library is to provide materials of popular interest to our adult and juvenile patrons, and to provide materials and services to help local residents satisfy their informational, entertainment, and educational needs.

 

In an effort to fulfill this mission, we have created a welcoming and helpful atmosphere, providing materials and information in a variety of formats including traditional print, audio books, Internet, videos and CD’s.  In October 2001 we expanded our services to our patrons by participating in system-wide holds through CWMARS. Through this service the collections of over 140 libraries are available to our patrons, with delivery from libraries in Central and Western Massachusetts to the Hampden library within 2-3 days.  We have already seen a marked increase in circulation as a result of this service. 

 

Our outreach to the schools has resulted in expanded services as well.  We have assisted teachers with curriculum materials and supplemented the collections of TWB and Green Meadows media centers on special topics.  Homework alerts have allowed us to meet the needs of the students for homework and special projects.  The Center for Success, a homework center for Hampden children will open in January 2002.  This center was made possible by a federal Library Services and Technology Act grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, a bequest from Henry Chester Dickinson, and our annual state Municipal Equalization grant.  It will provide a supervised area, which is equipped with print resources and Internet access, where students can complete homework assignments, work on special projects, receive extra help in troubling subjects, or just study quietly.

 

Children’s programming has always been an important part of library services.  During fiscal year 2001, 131 children’s drawing attendance of over 4,000.  In addition, we had another successful summer reading program.  The theme this summer was “First of All, Read”.  A total of 157 children from preschool to entering grade 5 completed their reading goals.  Certificates of Completion were awarded at the end of summer party.  Each child was also given a paperback book of their choice from the Friends of the Library and prizes from local businesses.

 

As part of the summer programs, 19 students entering grades 6 through 9 continued to support the library by donating an hour of their time each week to assist on the circulation desk.  We also had 14 students participate in the summer reading, each of whom was awarded a Certificates of Completion and book from the Friends of the Library.  A pizza party was held to celebrate the end of the summer and prizes were awarded.


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For the first time, we also held an Adult Summer Reading program and had an overwhelming response from 52 participants.   Each adult had to read a library book and prepare a review.  A party was also held at the end of the program.  Peter Pan Bus Lines donated the grand prize of 2 round-trip tickets to New York City.  Hampden Nurseries, Graziano Brothers, Lands End, Eastfield Mall Merchants and McDonald’s also donated prizes. 

 

Our thanks go to the many local businesses who contributed to the Summer Reading Program: Monson Savings Bank, Charter One Bank, Village Food Mart, How Sweet It Is, Pop’s Pizza, Annie’s Place, Fenway Golf, Friendly’s Ice Cream, Adventureland, Dave’s Soda and Pet Shop, Eastfield Mall Merchants, McDonald’s.

 

Back by popular demand was the babysitting class, which is supported annually by the Hampden Lions Club.  This year 18 children were awarded their American Red Cross Certificates.

 

We have had 2 very active monthly book discussion groups; one groups meets at the Hampden Senior Center in the afternoons and the other at the library in the evening.  A wide variety of books of all genres have been read and enthusiastically discussed.

 

We would like to thank the Friends of the Hampden Public Library for their support in providing funds for children’s programs, and video and CD acquisitions.  Also, thanks to the Hampden Garden Club, whose members once again decked our walls and windows with beautiful seasonal decorations. 

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Volunteers are always welcome at the library.  This year we had the outstanding services of Steve Thomsen, Nora Guyer, Florence Joubert, and Dawn Gurski, whose faithfulness and enthusiasm is greatly appreciated.

 

None of the above activities could happen without our awesome staff:  Monica Tronsky, children’s librarian, Cindy Rowley, technical services librarian, Robyn Janczulewicz, library assistant, and Brandy Fagan, page.

 

LIBRARY STATISTICS

General Services FY 2001

Circulation

 

 

 

   Print Material - Adult

10,934

Volumes Added

1,461

   Print Material – Juvenile

15,821

Volumes Discarded

1,344

   Magazines

2,627

Total Collection

25,750

   Non-print Material

12,806

Magazine Subscriptions

57

   Inter-library Loan

533

 

 

Total

42,721

Registered borrowers

3,693

*Young Adult materials now recorded with Juvenile.


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Finances FY2001

Receipts

 

     Municipal Appropriation

$82,402

     State Aid

2,154

     Monetary gifts, trusts, endowments

2,411

TOTAL

$86,967

 

 

Expenditures

 

     Wages

59,604

     Books and Materials

20,002

     Maintenance Agreements

2,312

     Other Expenses

5,049

TOTAL

$86,967

 

(Note:  The status of the library’s trust funds is listed in the “Report of the Town Accountant.”)

 

TRUSTEES, HAMPDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY

Kathleen Hutchison, Chairperson

2004

Beth Burger

2002

Elaine Kingsbury

2003

 

HAMPDEN PUBLIC LIBRARY HOURS

Monday-Wednesday

Noon to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday

Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed Saturdays during August

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

                                   

Ellen C. Bump, Director



PARKS & RECREATION

 

The Parks Department has experienced yet another year of growth. The Summer Camp Program had a record number of attendees. A new Community Bulletin Board was put up to keep everyone updated on coming events and special happenings. Changes in the Sports Programs have been made, increasing participation and allowing for the programs to be run smoothly. Movie nights, as always, continue to be very successful.

 

New State regulations force us to re-evaluate the pool facility at Memorial Park. The Commission, along with consultants, is exploring various options that may require capital improvements. The pool is a central part of Memorial Park, and an asset to the Town and its’ programs.

 

We welcomed a new Director in August, Jay Fenlason. Jay brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the Parks Department.

 

The CARES Group’s fundraising for new playgrounds at Green Meadows School is nearing their goal of $40,000. They plan to break ground at GM in early spring.

 

The Fall Festival on September 29,2001, was a huge success. On a beautiful fall day, thousands of local residents bought crafts, enjoyed terrific food, and watched their children play games and go on the rides. We offer a heartfelt “Thank you” to all the businesses, civic organizations, and restaurants that participated. The Fall Festival Fun Run drew over 100 people to its 3rd anniversary.

 

The Commissioners would like to thank the wonderful staff from last year’s summer program. The dedication, enthusiasm, and hard work shown by over 25 of our town’s young people ensured that the program continued in spectacular fashion. We are looking forward to working with many of them again.

 

A large THANK YOU must go to Dana Pixley and his Highway Department Staff. They are always willing to work with us to eliminate any problems. The incredibly efficient, and highly organized, staff at the Town Hall also deserves our thanks and appreciation.

 

All of our town sports programs are run in conjunction with the Recreation Association of Hampden (RAH). RAH’s group of committed volunteers help to organize and monitor out the programs. Their contributions are vital to the growth of our programs.




PERSONNEL REVIEW COMMITTEE

 

The Board of Selectmen established a five member Personnel Review Committee on June 12, 2001.  Members of the Committee appointed by the Selectmen are Donald Collins, Chairman, Atty. Thomas Argenio, Richard Ayers, Atty. Ronald Kidd and William Gouzounis.  The purpose of the Committee is to provide recommendations to the Board of Selectmen relative to the present employee handbook and personnel policies.  The Committee has reviewed the present handbook of the Town of Hampden and handbooks of numerous other towns; in addition, it has considered new customary policies and legal requirements for personnel practices.  A revised proposed handbook for the town will be submitted to the Board of Selectmen for their review early in 2002.



CHARTER: PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

 

Establishing the Committee:

 

Motion made and approved that the Board of Selectmen appoint a Personnel Committee for the purpose of providing recommendations to the Board of Selectmen relative to the current employee handbook and personnel policy.

 

Committee Charter:

 

Motion made and approved that the Personnel Committee shall consist of five (5) members selected from the community, preferably with experience in personnel or management.  Said committee will conform to all aspects of the open meeting law.  The committee charge includes, but is not limited to, the review of:

 

  • Current personnel policy
  • Performance criteria
  • Performance evaluations
  • Performance implementation
  • Compensation administration
  • The need for a personnel board

 

The committee is to present their findings and make recommendations to the Board of Selectmen by October 1, 2001.



PLANNING BOARD

 

The Hampden Planning Board had a busy and productive 2001, due in no small part to the expansion of the Town Zoning Bylaws in late 2000.  We are very appreciative of the support and understanding of the residents during the public forums and Town meetings.

 

As always, the State is tirelessly working to implement new regulations and programs that affect our community; we continue to work with other towns and the Pioneer Valley Planning Cooperative to proactively review these programs, to ascertain how we can best be prepared and protected in our community.

 

We would like to thank Duane Mosier for his years of service to the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals.  We welcome Melissa Reeves to our Board.

 

The Board would also like to thank Mark Feeney, Building Inspector, and Judy Jackson, Planning Board Clerk, for their tireless efforts.

 

The Board meets every second and fourth Wednesday of each month and welcomes the input of Town residents.

 

Respectfully submitted

 

John D. Flynn, Chair

Joseph Mascaro, Vice-Chair

Joseph A. Dolben

Joseph Kruzel

Melissa Reeves



POLICE DEPARTMENT

 

2001 said goodbye to some experienced people and hello to young individuals.  After 18 years of service Sergeant James Collins has retired.  Sergeant Anna Mascaro served the community for 15 years receiving a medical retirement for an injury while on duty.  Dispatcher Linda Ely also served this community for 12 years and resigned to take another position in a neighboring community.  All three of the above individuals served this community faithfully and loyally throughout their careers.  I would like to thank them for all that they have done for this Police Department.

 

Officers Tawrin Seega and Carl Mazzaferro were new faces employed by the Police Department this past year.  Both Officers come with valuable experience and knowledge in law enforcement with a desire to serve this community.  Damian DeWolf was hired as a full time dispatcher and he is also a reserve officer.  A promotional examination for sergeant was given for the first time in the history of this police department with the promotion of Officer Joseph Henry to Sergeant.  Sergeant Joseph Henry will be the third shift Supervisor, with Sergeant J. Farnsworth being the second shift supervisor.  The Police Chief will be the first shift supervisor. 

 

A major goal, which was to maintain spending within the approved budget, has been accomplished this year.  Although we had to change our way of doing business by not always having the manpower we would like on all shifts, we were able to provide the type of police service the community has come to expect and deserve.  The Police Chief has taken on “calls for service tasks” as well as “administrative tasks” to assist in realizing this goal.  A team effort through positive communication between all members of this police department has benefited this community.

 

Our community policing advisory committee spent many hours in providing programs to the residents of this community. Activities throughout the community were targeted by this group, which touched everyone from the senior citizen to the teenagers of our community.  A survey on community policing was conducted seeking to devise strategies, which address crime, fear of crime, and issues that detract from overall quality of life.  The results will be examined for future programs by this police department.

 

As in the past, this police department has seen the addition of new reserve officers and dispatchers, as well as the loss of a few valued reserve officers.  New this year was Derek Anti and Todd Mackecknie as a dispatcher.  Michael Lynch, Gregory Skop and Jason Sutherland were appointed as Reserve Officer/dispatcher.  Leaving us this past year was Luke Lessard, Mark Porter, Charles Seder, and Keith Timme.

 

 

 

 


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In conclusion, I wish to thank the Board of Selectmen for their continued support and cooperation, all officers and civilian employees of the Police Department, the Fire Chief and members of his department, the Highway Superintendent and members of his department, all the elected and appointed town officials we have worked with and the citizens of the community for their continued support and cooperation throughout the year.

 

I submit herewith, the Annual Report for the police department for the year ending, December 31, 2001.

 

During the year, the Police Department received 8,883 calls for service.  Most of the calls received by this department were for assistance, complaints and for reporting crimes or accidents.  The following is a general breakdown of some of the types of complaints received and investigated by this department.

 

Accident (Property Damage)

93

 

Illegal Dumping

16

Accident (Personal Injury)

11

 

Larceny (Over $250)

24

Accident (Hit & Run)

8

 

Larceny (Under $250)

30

Alarm (Burglary)

273

 

Medical Assist

171

Alarm (Fire)

66

 

Missing Person

9

Alarm (Hold-Up)

4

 

M/V Stolen

1

Alarm (Other)

28

 

M/V Disabled

50

Alarm (Panic/Trouble)

13

 

M/V Stop

965

Animal Complaint (Domestic)

162

 

Officer Assistance

81

Animal Complaint (Wild)

41

 

Property (Lost)

9

Annoying/Obscene Phone Calls

14

 

Property (Found)

28

Assist Citizen

438

 

Property (Returned) 

19

Assist Motorist

14

 

Restraining Order Served

43

Assist other Agencies

151

 

Restraining Order Violation

3

Assist Other Police Departments

82

 

Runaway

3

Breaking & Entering/Burglary

11

 

Suicide Attempt/Threat

1

Breaking & Entering/MV

15

 

Summons Served

85

By Law Violation

17

 

Suspicious Automobile

142

Disturbance (General)

38

 

Suspicious (Other)

44

Disturbance (Domestic)

37

 

Suspicious Person(s)

63

General Services

420

 

Special Attention

106

House/Building Checks

144

 

Trespass Complaint

25

Hunting Violations

3

 

Vandalism

87

 


Police Department P. 3

 

During the year we had 641 total offenses committed, with 144 total arrests and 11 juvenile arrests.  Listed below are some of the complaints filed.

Assault

25

 

Larceny (All Other)   

67

Burg/Breaking & Entering

29

 

Liquor Law Violation

8

Destruction/Damage/Vandalism

72

 

Motor Vehicle Theft

7

Driving Under the Influence

11

 

Other Offenses

91

Drug/Narcotic Violations

12

 

Traffic By-Law Offenses

267

 

We had 116 motor vehicle accidents this year.  There were a total of 975 citations issued during the year with a total of $63,685.00 in fines.  The town has received $16,312.50 from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, which represents the town’s share of fines on tickets written.  53% of these citations were measured by radar.  The average speed is 51 mph.  Average mph over speed limit is 17 mph.

 

WARNING CITATIONS

Fail to yield at intersection

8

 

Seat Belt Violation

4

License/Reg not in possession

6

 

Speeding Violation

206

Plate Missing

287

 

Stop Sign Violation

30

Marked Lanes Violation

64

 

Unregistered M/V Trailer

18

No Inspection Sticker

30

 

Vehicle Violations

35

 

CIVIL CITATIONS

Children’s Seat Violation

23

 

Seat Belt Violation

12

Fail to yield at intersection

6

 

Speeding Violation

308

License/Reg not in possession

15

 

Stop Sign Violation

22

Marked Lanes Violation

4

 

Unregistered M/V Trailer

20

Number Plate Missing

10

 

Vehicle Violations

5

Oper. MV – License Restrictions

12

 

 

 

 

CRIMINAL CITATIONS

Fail to stop

2

 

Speeding

15

License/Reg not in possession

3

 

Uninsured Vehicle

16

No Inspection Sticker

8

 

Unlicensed Operation of M/V

26

Op. M/V with Revoked Lic/Reg

29

 

Unregistered M/V Trailer

13

OUI

5

 

Vehicle Violations

5

 

During the year $2,620.00 was turned over to the Town Treasurer for firearms identification cards, pistol permits, photographs, unregistered vehicle, and various report fees. 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Philip J. Adams, Chief of Police


RIDGELINE AND HILLSIDE COMMITTEE

 

The Ridgeline and Hillside Committee provide an advisory function to the Planning Board.  Applications for development in this overlay district are reviewed by the members; site visits and progress reviews are held; and a recommendation is then passed to the Building Inspector.

 

All residents are welcome at any meeting and any volunteer help is greatly appreciated.  We encourage all residents to make suggestions and comments.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Robin Warner

John D. Flynn

Jim Moriarty


RECREATION ASSOCIATION OF HAMPDEN

 

The Recreation Association of Hampden's primary focus is to provide a youth sports program which fosters participation, skill development, and most importantly fun for the youth of Hampden.  The youth sports program offered enrollment in the traditional sports of soccer, basketball, baseball, and softball.  We would like to thank those companies and individuals who, through their contributions to RAH, enable us to offer events such as Coach Training and Certification classes.

 

During the past year, RAH saw a continuing increase in the number of Hampden children involved in the Town-sponsored sports programs.  Baseball and Softball saw terrific growth with over 230 children participating in both Rec. and Travel leagues.  The Town Basketball program had excellent participation, with new teams being sponsored in the CYO league, giving children options for all levels of play.  The Soccer program was well represented, with ten teams in the PVJSL’s Fall league, as well as a strong showing in the 1st/2nd grade League and the Instructional program.

 

We would like to thank the Hampden Parks and Recreation Commission for their cooperation and assistance in providing the best programs possible.  We welcome Jay Fenlason as the new Recreation Director.  We would like to thank Claire Sibilia and Mary Kay Theoharides for their many years of serving on the RAH Board.  Their input will be sorely missed.

 

RAH meets monthly at the Hampden Town Hall and encourages all residents to attend our meetings.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

The RAH Board        

John Flynn, President

Chris McDonald, Vice Pres.

Rick DeSanti, Treasurer

Karen Hatch, Clerk

Directors   Dave Avery, Mark Dentzau, John Donaruma, Rick Green, Rick Kapinos, Joe Martins, Ed Pessolano, Steve Sugermeyer, Rick Willis


SCANTIC VALLEY WATER DISTRICT

 

During 2001, the Scantic Valley Water District (SVWD) pumped 589,440 gallons of water from two wells on the Massachusetts Audubon Society property, off Main Street, Hampden.  There are ten active water services in the SVWD, providing potable water to two Laughing Brook properties and eight homes.  The 2001 Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) sampling schedule for the SVWD was accomplished with twelve Coliform, five Lead, five Copper, two Nitrate and two Volatile Organic Compounds samples taken at various locations in the water system.  All sampling results were within the acceptable range for standards set by DEP for drinking water in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

 

Events that occurred during 2001 included; completion of the pump house telemetry alarms on January 5, a faulty air compressor component in the pump house was replaced on February 21, a water service line break was discovered and repaired on March 30 and a large leaning tree that had the potential to fall on the pump house was taken down on November 12, 2001.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Robert E. Majkut, Chairman

George Bouchard

Rick DiSanti

Michael S. Framarin, Operator



HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

621 Main Street

Wilbraham, Massachusetts

 

The 2000-2001 school year marked a time of continued growth and change for the school District.  As the new programs, such as full-day kindergarten, continued to grow, we also experienced a change in leadership at several levels. 

 

At Mile Tree Elementary School, long-time Principal Jane Leone retired and was replaced by Lynne Kimball from the Westfield Public Schools.  Mrs. Leone was a dedicated and well-respected administrator who made a positive impact on our schools.  She will be remembered fondly for her many accomplishments.  At Soule Road Elementary School, Rosemary Brosnan replaced John Cavanaugh.  Mrs. Brosnan came to the District from the Holyoke Public Schools.  In the Central Office, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Anne Towle left to become Superintendent of the Gardner Public Schools.  Donna Scanlon, formerly the Director of Curriculum for the Holyoke Public Schools, replaced Dr. Towle.  Finally, Superintendent Dr. Brenda Dietrich left to become Superintendent of the Auburn-Washburn School District in Topeka, Kansas.  Dr. Dietrich had served the District well since 1995.  Under her leadership the District experienced much progress.  She was instrumental in guiding the District in its early years of full regionalization and oversaw the reconfiguration of the elementary schools in Wilbraham.  Dr. Paul Gagliarducci, long-time Superintendent in Somers, Connecticut, replaced Dr. Dietrich.  Dr. Gagliarducci returned to Massachusetts, having served as a teacher and administrator in the West Springfield, Hampshire Regional and Tantasqua Regional school Districts.

 

The following reports from District administrators and principals detail the accomplishments of students and staff.  The District remains committed to its motto “Excellence First, Learning Always”.  The vision statement written in the District’s Strategic Plan speaks to the communities working collaboratively to develop an educational environment that promotes learning.  As we look to the future, we are focused on the development of this collaborative spirit that ultimately impacts the lives of the children who attend school in Hampden and Wilbraham.

 

Curriculum Update

Donna M. Scanlon

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction,

and Professional Development

 

The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District has a rich and rigorous core curriculum, as evidenced by students' excellent accomplishments. The District is currently renewing curriculum development processes in order to establish continuity in grades.


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K-12 and consistency across the schools. Strengthening the integration of technology into instruction to improve learning is also a high priority that is actively being addressed.  The goal is that the curriculum, instruction, and assessment meet the educational needs of all students and result in the steady improvement of student achievement.

 

Achieving this goal requires that:

 

ü      Effective short-term interventions, or, as appropriate, long-term support, will be provided to all students who need it.

ü      Consistent core materials are available in every classroom.

ü      Current research based instructional practices for diverse learners are implemented in every classroom.

ü      Systems that assist in the continuous monitoring of student progress toward meeting the State/District benchmarks are implemented.

ü      Released MCAS items are meaningfully incorporated into classroom tests and quizzes at appropriate levels.

ü      Systematic, long-term, intensive, professional development is provided along with in-classroom support as needed.

ü      Instructional technology is fully supported and consistently utilized.

ü      Written curriculum guides are revised in response to new State Frameworks.

 

The State learning standards are used to guide curricular and instructional decisions at the District, school, and classroom level. All teachers design powerful, standards-based learning opportunities that will actively engage students in the learning process and prepare them to perform well on tasks as rigorous as MCAS items.  Non-tested subject area teachers such as foreign language, family/consumer science, art, music, technology, health, and physical education also play an important role in ensuring that all children reach the learning standards in the tested as well as non-tested disciplines.  They help us to reach all children through addressing their unique strengths, multiple intelligences, and creative processes.  They demand creativity, critical thought and academic growth from all children in multi-dimensional ways and are valued for the contribution they make in helping students reach the promise of their potential.

 

MCAS Scores

Donna M. Scanlon

Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Development

 

The fourth annual administration of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System brought some changes.  The test results for MCAS 2001 are the first used to determine student eligibility for a high school diploma.  Members of the graduating class of 2003 are required to pass both the grade 10 MCAS English Language Arts and the grade 10 MCAS Mathematics tests as one condition for receiving a high school diploma.


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Students must also meet all local graduation requirements.  A scaled score of 220 (the lowest score in the Needs Improvement performance level) or higher will be considered a passing score on each test.  Students who fail either or both tests will be given multiple opportunities before the end of their senior year to retake the test(s) they did not pass. 

 

Table 1: The chart below compares The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District results for 2001 with the State:

 

 

Grade/Subject Tested

HWRSD Results:

Percent of Students Scoring Advanced/Proficient

State Results:

Percent of Students Scoring Advanced/Proficient

Grade 3 Reading

80%

62%

Grade 4 English Language Arts

66%

51%

Grade 4 Mathematics

49%

34%

Grade 6 Mathematics

58%

36%

Grade 7 English Language Arts

62%

55%

Grade 8 English Language Arts

81%

67%

Grade 8 Mathematics

49%

36%

Grade 10 English Language Arts

62%

50%

Grade 10 Mathematics

62%

45%

 

The District scores for 2001 have shown significant improvement.

¨      The percentage of 10th grade students who scored at the Failing level in English Language Arts has decreased from 23% to 8% since the spring of 2000.

¨      The percentage of 10th grade students who scored at the Failing level in Mathematics has decreased from 36% to 12% since the spring of 2000.

¨      The percentage of 10th grade students who scored at the Advanced/Proficient level in Mathematics has nearly doubled, from 34% to 62%, since the spring of 1998.

¨      The percentage of 8th grade students who scored at the Failing level in Mathematics has decreased from 31% to 14% since the spring of 1998.

¨      The percentage of 8th grade students who scored at the Failing level in English Language Arts has decreased from 5% to 2% since the spring of 1998.

 

The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District is committed to increasing the use of data to drive decisions. The recent influx of valuable information related to the high stakes MCAS tests has stimulated the administration to create a structure for analyzing the information systematically, and using it to set clear and concrete learning goals for continual improvement.


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SAT Accomplishments

Carolyn Lewis, MRHS Guidance Director

 

2000-2001 Comparison of SAT Average

 

VERBAL

 

MATH

519

Minnechaug

527

511

Massachusetts

515

506

National

514

 

Over 94% of the Class of 2001 graduates enrolled in college, with 70% of its members enrolling in four-year colleges. Our students continue to attend highly competitive colleges. The Class of 2001 sent graduates to Amherst College, Bates College, Boston College, Dartmouth College, Mount Holyoke College, Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Skidmore College, Syracuse University, University of Pennsylvania and the United States Military Academy at Annapolis. Over 23% of students attended two-year colleges.

 

SCHOOL BASED INITIATIVES

 

Mile Tree Elementary School

Lynne Kimball, Principal

 

Mile Tree Elementary School’s theme is “Everyone Reads”.  Activities, programs, assemblies, and school-wide spirit days have focused on improving the motivation and stressing the importance of having everyone read.

 

The Mile Tree Elementary School family participated in “Food For Kids From Kids” by collecting over 510 pounds of food for the Tri-County Survival Center.  Mile Tree Elementary School’s “Change for Children Turns Into Dollars For Disaster” was a post-September 11th tragedy fundraiser.  Staff and students in Preschool, Kindergarten, and Grade 1 decorated milk cartons in a patriotic red, white, and blue theme and brought them home as collection banks for the Red Cross.  The fundraiser resulted in a phenomenal amount of change--$2,545.51, which was donated to the Pioneer Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross.

 

Our new School Improvement Plan this year includes participation in the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation process and the creation of a learning environment that closely monitors students’ social and emotional well-being.

 


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Green Meadows Elementary School

T. Jeffrey Sullivan, Principal

 

Green Meadows Elementary School continues to focus on improving reading and language arts skills for its students.  “First Steps”, a comprehensive writing program, is fully implemented and proven to be very successful.  “The Meadows” Publishing Center opened for business earlier than any other year.  Volunteers, including our own Hampden Police Resource Officers help the children become published authors.  As a result of last year’s success, April has been designated “poetry month” once again. 

 

The tragic events of September 11th brought our school together to help in community service.  Green Meadows students collected hygiene products to send to the rescue workers at Ground Zero.  Students also collected money to send to the Red Cross and Salvation Army.  Volunteers in Public Schools (VIPS) continue to work with us on community service projects in addition to coordinating our Read Aloud program in November, February and April.  This program is again supported through the generosity of the Monson Savings Bank.

 

Green Meadows will soon offer an after-school program to help third graders prepare and develop skills for taking the spring MCAS.  Our MCAS committee has analyzed last spring’s scores.  This information will help us plan lessons and activities for success on this spring’s testing. 

 

“Study Buddies” has given third graders a chance to get support after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the year. We are pleased to have “Mad Science,” an after-school program, this fall and winter for interested children.  

 

Having successfully implemented Accelerated Reader, we will soon pilot Accelerated Math in our second grades.  Hopefully we will be able to expand the program for third grade next year.

 

Memorial Elementary School

Deborah Thompson, Principal

 

Memorial Elementary School opened for its 51st year in the fall.  We returned this year welcoming students in grades 2 – 6.  In addition, Memorial Elementary School also welcomed four new staff members in grades 4, 5, 6, and Instrumental Music. 

 

Memorial Elementary School continues to strive for excellence in academics through our School Improvement Goals of continuous improvement in reading, writing and math, as well as using technology to enhance teaching and learning.  This technology goal will be implemented through our new lab that will open in late February 2002, featuring 24 computers and a teaching station.

 

HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 6

 

In response to the changing social climate of our society and schools, Memorial Elementary School adopted the theme of “R.E.A.C.H. HIGHER!”  R.E.A.C.H. stands for Respect, Excellence, Achievement, Caring and Honesty.  Throughout the year Memorial Elementary School has been participating in several school-wide programs to reinforce our theme. In the fall, teachers concentrated on study and organizational skills to ensure excellence and achievement in academics.  After the September 11th tragedy, students organized a fundraiser for the American Red Cross to help survivors of the New York terrorist attacks.  During that time, $700 was donated.  During November and December students conducted a food drive for the Survival Center in Ludlow.  Approximately 800 pounds of food was collected.  A school-wide assembly was held in honor of Martin Luther King Day.  At that assembly students spoke of their hopes and dreams for the year 2002.  In addition, the entire school took the “Kindness and Justice Challenge Pledge.”  For the next few months students will be recognized for acts of kindness, justice and courage. 

 

Soule Road Elementary School

Rosemary Brosnan, Principal

 

Soule Road Elementary School’s Improvement Plan addresses academic achievement, school safety and security, technology and community involvement.  Each one of these goals will help to ensure a high quality education for the students of Soule Road Elementary School.

 

Students in grades 3-6 took the MCAS test in the spring of 2001.  The District results that arrived in November showed continued improvement.  Teachers were able to analyze and interpret the testing data provided by the State.  This information helped teachers to know where the curriculum was successful and where they needed to provide student support. Also, monthly grade level and bi-monthly leadership team meetings provided a time to discuss student work and share successful practices.

 

Several new student initiatives were introduced in September.  Soule Road Elementary School had its first Student Council.  Each of the grade 4, 5, and 6 homerooms elected a representative to serve on the council.  The purpose of this student leadership group is to plan community service events and to coordinate school spirit activities.  Some of their projects included “Trick or Treat” bags for the children at Shriner’s Hospital; canned food drive that netted over 500 pounds of food for the Survival Center; and a holiday candy cane sale, with proceeds going to the Springfield-Chicopee-Holyoke Head Start holiday fundraiser.  In addition, the Student Council organized a school mascot vote.  The penguin is now the official Soule Road Elementary School mascot. 

 

A grade 2 and 6 cross-grade partnership was formed.  This “Buddy Program” paired the oldest students in the building with the youngest students.  The sixth grades had a welcoming reception in September for their new friends and have followed it up with numerous activities.

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Also new this year is the “Caught Being Good” program.  Every month staff members nominated a student whom they observed doing a positive action or deed.  The student’s picture is displayed on a bulletin board in the main foyer for all to see.

 

The Soule Road Elementary School P.T.O. continued to provide support in the building.  They recently purchased a computer and printer for each grade six homeroom.  The purchase of these computers increased the technology access for students in their classroom.  This active and supportive P.T.O. brought many programs and funded numerous field trips throughout the school year.

 

Stony Hill Elementary School

Eleanor Fernands, Principal

 

Stony Hill Elementary School’s faculty established a goal for the 2001-2002 school year that promotes an environment where each person is a valued and respected member of the community.  The faculty formed committees to promote a bully-free environment.  The three committees are:

 

a)     Committee to promote reading and writing opportunities for students on prevention and procedure.

b)     Committee to provide training for students and faculty on bullying prevention and procedure.

c)      Committee to plan all school events where we will celebrate belonging to the Stony Hill community.

 

Highlights of our year have been Pride Assemblies, writing projects, speakers and activities for students and staff.  In addition to Officer Randy Wiler of the Kansas Bullying Prevention Program working with the staff and students, Dr. Rob Robinson worked with faculty on how to use class meetings to diffuse relationship issues.  Gina Kahn, Youth Risk Service Coordinator, did a series of workshops with students with the emphasis on getting along to get ahead.  Stony Hill has developed a fall and spring after-school enrichment program that promotes individual interests and talents.  Over 100 students participated in courses from art to computers.

 

To improve student achievement in math, the Accelerated Math Program has been extended to Grades 4 and 6.  An after-school Accelerated Math Club at Stony Hill that has 40 members has met weekly since October.  All students at Stony Hill took the Accelerated Math Star Assessment in the fall and will be tested again in the spring so that improvement can be tracked.  Stony Hill has a before and after school program to assist students with math and literacy skills.  Building a top-notch library continues to be a focus for Stony Hill.  Our plan is to double the number of volumes in the next three years.  The focus continues to be non-fiction and age appropriate reading books.  Stony Hill PTO has dedicated funds for purchases.  We have added Grade 3 to our Stony Hill

 

HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 8

 

Tiger Paws Publishing Center and each 2nd and 3rd grader will have a published book by the end of this school year.

 

Thornton W. Burgess Middle School

Noel Pixley, Principal

 

Thornton W. Burgess Middle School’s Improvement Plan has focused on three strategic goals for the 2001-2002 school year.  Improving academic growth in the areas of math and language arts continues to be a focus, along with promoting a positive school climate for staff and students, and refining the school safety plan.  Preparing students for the MCAS, and other such testing programs continues to be a focus for all staff members at all grade levels.  We are pleased to report that due to continued improvements in student performance demonstrated by our 2001 MCAS scores in English Language Arts and Mathematics, Thornton W. Burgess Middle School has been invited to apply to be a 2002 Commonwealth Compass School. Compass Schools help provide direction to other schools exploring, planning or implementing improvement strategies by sharing practical details of specific initiatives that they report have been key in their students’ improvement.  Teachers and administrators of Thornton Burgess School continue to be actively involved in various grade level student groups and are immersed in curriculum review, curriculum mapping and rubric development.

 

This year the staff of Thornton W. Burgess Middle School also made the unanimous commitment to become an active member of the “Foundation for Excellent Schools” (FES).  We learned that through membership in this group, FES would assist us in creating an educational environment that would produce measurable growth in academics and school climate.  The Foundation for Excellent Schools, a national non-profit organization located in Vermont, is committed to providing opportunities for all students to succeed in school and beyond.  Since 1991, the FES has helped more than 220 schools nationwide create measurable gains in graduation requirements, test scores, and parental and community involvement.  Through our involvement with the FES, the Thornton W. Burgess Middle School faculty will be better prepared in providing high quality educational opportunities for all students.

 

As in the past, the administration and faculty of Thornton W. Burgess Middle School would like to recognize the parents, PTO, and VIPS for their continued support of such programs as our annual magazine drive and Career Day.  Without their remarkable and continued support, we would not be able to offer the high quality field trip and in-school programs that we have.  Many thanks also to Sergeant Farnsworth and Officer Joy for their commitment to D.A.R.E. and the community policing program.  Their support and commitment to these programs have had a positive impact on the entire school community.

 


HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 9

 

Wilbraham Middle School

Robert Dionne, Principal

 

Wilbraham Middle School enhanced the transition activities for both 6th and 8th grade students. An informational video program was produced in cooperation with the Wilbraham Public Access Channel for incoming 7th grade families.  Eighth graders from both Wilbraham Middle School and Thornton W. Burgess Middle School had a chance to meet new classmates while participating in activities at Springfield College, Stony Brook Acres, and both school buildings.  The involvement of our parents through the work of the PTA continues to be a major asset and resource for our school.  The PTA funded the purchase of new computers for the Library and our Language Arts teachers.  Additionally, they sponsored a number of student activities and programs that enriched the curriculum in a number of academic areas.  A new computer laboratory was opened for the 2001-2002 school year.  The Homework Center continues to assist students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is made possible by funding from the Scantic Valley YMCA.  The Career Education program was funded for the second year through the Massachusetts Office for School-to-Work Transition.  This program provides our students access to the Bridges software program that will assist students with learning about career opportunities and how to develop their individual portfolios.  School Improvement goals focus on improving school climate, specifically in the areas of character education, increasing student voice, preventing bullying and harassment, and revisiting core values in the school’s mission statement.  Wilbraham Middle School has met the Department of Education’s MCAS improvement expectations in all three academic areas (Math, English Language Arts, and Science and Technology) and expects to receive State recognition for this achievement.

 

 

Minnechaug Regional High School

John K. Logan, Jr., Principal

 

Minnechaug Regional High School hosted a visit from an evaluation team of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in March of 2001.  We are pleased to announce that their Commission on Secondary Schools has chosen to continue our accreditation based on the findings of the evaluation committee.  The Commission

highlighted twenty-seven commendations that included:

 

·        The self-motivated, dedicated teaching staff committed to excellence.

·        The intellectually challenging and rigorous coursework and establishment of high expectations in all subject areas.

·        The respectful and appropriate behavior of our students.

·        The demonstrated parent participation in all aspects of the operation of the school.


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The Commission also highlighted a number of areas for us to focus on in support of our constant efforts to achieve excellence in education.  Our progress in these efforts will be reported to them in a special progress report in April 2002, as well as a two-year progress report in October 2003.

 

The Massachusetts Department of Education announced that 21 Minnechaug Regional High School students are 2001 Stanley Z. Koplik Certificate of Mastery Award Recipients.  In all, 1,859 students from 214 high schools across the State received these awards.  These certificates recognize the mastery of skills and knowledge as demonstrated through the students' accomplishments in mathematics, science, arts, and humanities.  To meet the award criteria, applicants received qualifying scores on the MCAS tests and demonstrated two additional qualifying accomplishments that included at least one Advanced Placement or SAT II test score.  In addition to the honor itself, recipients attending Massachusetts public colleges and universities are eligible for tuition waivers for up to four years, which are then contingent upon maintaining a 3.3 minimum grade point average.

 

The following are highlights from a number of the various departments at Minnechaug Regional High School:

Activities:  Minnechaug Regional High School continues to offer an extensive array of student activities.  The following are a few of the many accomplishments:

 

·        Chess Club, third place in league. 

·        Computer Club, first place at WNEC Programming competition.

·        EMERALDS won award of "Excellent" from National Council of Teachers of English.

·        Science Olympiad, first place in Western Massachusetts and eleventh place out of 40 teams at the State meet.

·        SMOKE SIGNAL, first place in Quill and Scroll and first place in American Scholastic Press Association.

·        MRHS students volunteered thousands of community service hours and they also raised over $23,000 for various organizations in the community.

 

Athletics:  With the addition of two new sports, boys' and girls' indoor track, our comprehensive program now totals 30 sports/activities.  Our teams continue to excel both in athletics and academics receiving MIAA Academic Excellence Awards.  Our athletic teams continue to place high in both league and Western Massachusetts competitions.  Girls' lacrosse qualified for the State semi-finals.


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English:  Teachers continued to study and revise curriculum in response to the needs of the State MCAS tests.  The EMERALDS magazine and our school newspaper, SMOKE SIGNAL, were recognized for their excellence by their respective national organizations.  Fifteen of our students' works were published in the anthology, YOUNG POETS SPEAK OUT.  Advanced writing students continued to receive national recognition for their work.  Our Classic Drama students presented the plays, "Dracula" and "A Midsummer's Night Dream."

 

Family and Consumer Science:  Expanded their use of guest speakers from schools such as Johnson and Wales and the American Culinary Institute; continued to offered catered brunches; and entered into a collaborative effort with the Fine Arts Department entitled, "A Musical Feast."

 

Fine Arts:  The Art Department is in the first year of using its newly renovated D1 art suite.  Students were involved in field trips to the Museum of Modern Art, Metropolitan Museum, and Whitney Museum in New York City.  The Music Department continued to present a Spring Music Festival, Jazz Show, and Winter Concert.  As usual, Minnechaug Regional High School was well represented at the Western District and All-State Music Festivals by both choral and instrumental students.  Rock and roll legend, Gene Pitney, visited the music department and shared with our students his career and involvement in the recording industry.

 

Foreign Language: Has expanded its language clubs offering activities in Spanish, French, and Latin.

 

Guidance:  In an attempt to be more proactive and better serve our students and parents, the Guidance Department has initiated "Coffee with Counselors," an informal morning program for parents; College Applications 101, a fall evening program for senior parents; evening hours for parents to meet with counselors; an expanded Tech Prep Program; a guidance-parent advisory council; and senior workshops with recent graduates.

 

History and Social Science:  Responding to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, teachers developed instructional units that addressed these events and, in particular, fostered a greater understanding of Islam and the Muslim world.

 

Math:  The Math Department has been working vigorously for the past two years implementing technology at all levels.  For those students at risk of failing MCAS, teachers have been given special training in order to implement the “Carnegie Cognitive Tutor”.  This software and curriculum was developed by Carnegie Learning, a division of Carnegie Mellon Institute, and has proven to be quite successful at increasing MCAS scores for these students.  In both the level 1 and intermediate level courses teachers have been trained in the use of the “Geometer Sketchpad”, and it has been incorporated in to the Geometry curriculum.  At the Advanced Placement level,

HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 12

 

Mathematica” has been implemented as a part of the Calculus curriculum.  In addition to the above-mentioned software, it should also be noted that the graphing calculator is used extensively at all levels of mathematics.

 

Science:  The Science Olympiad team is having the best season in over twelve years in the regional competitions and is looking forward to the State championships in March.   Individual members of the department have been involved in an innovative tenth-grade inclusion biology class created to meet the needs of diverse learners.

 

Tech Ed/Business/Computers:  The Business Department was shifted from Math to Tech Ed/Computers.  As we enter the new millennium, we find ever-increasing applications of technology, in particular computers, in this department. New computers updated our M8 computer lab, along with a television set-up.  Our students continue to be recognized at the Robotics Competition and the Western New England Programming Competition.  American Technology Honor Society students offered free classes for senior citizens, Internet courses at the Wilbraham Public Library, developed the computer program for our climate survey, worked on the high school computer inventory, and assisted students and staff throughout the building.

 

Adult Community Education and Recreation

Ned Doyle, Director

 

Adult Community Education and Recreation continues to serve the diverse needs of the Hampden-Wilbraham community and the District’s New Beginnings Program continues to flourish and expand.  The fall and spring offerings continue to target the adult population in the community, while the summer offerings are focused on the youth.  The New Beginnings Program continues to be the umbrella structure for the following entities:

·        Adult Community Education Program

·        MRHS Summer School Program

·        Elementary Summer Reading Program

·        “Summer Programs ‘R’ You” Program

·        Community Recreation Program

·        HWRSD-Scantic Valley YMCA Co-operative Programs

 

The New Beginnings Program just finished its fourth year with the completion of the fall offerings.  The program continues to effectively provide educational and recreational enrichment to both the youth and adult populations of the community.  Since classes were first offered in 1998, thousands of students have enjoyed the program offerings.  The popularity of the summer programs for school-age children is particularly noteworthy.  In all regards, the New Beginnings Program continues to be a tremendous success and to be extremely well received in the community.  This positive trend is sure to continue as it strives to meet the educational and recreational needs of our diverse constituency.

HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 13

 

Student Services Department

Thomas Philpott, Director

 

Student Services Department is comprised of special education, support for students whose primary home language is not English, and health care services.  Our special education programs are involved in exciting new initiatives such as developing and supporting innovative “inclusion” plans; promoting the concept of “the continuum of services” throughout the District; making the evaluation process more efficient and responsive to the needs of the District; emphasizing the importance of professional development by making available to staff several experts who are knowledgeable in such areas as reading acquisition, organizational strategies, and behavior management (areas often cited in referring students to special education); and expanding the inventory of technological resources while providing the opportunity to provide staff with the training necessary to effectively operate these resources in ways beneficial for our special education students. 

 

Thanks to the generous support of the District and the acquisition of a State public health grant, there is now a full-time nurse in every school building.  Through the grant, a data collection software program was purchased and all student health care information has been entered, thus allowing our nurses to maintain a current health record for all students.  Nurses are now available to become active members of child study, crises response, and special education teams.

 

Though the number of students in the District in need of English acquisition support is relatively small (38 students), the diversity of languages, in combination with the scattering of students throughout all eight of our schools, as well as the multiple grade levels, places a huge challenge on the staff assigned to helping limited English speaking students make academic progress.  The success of this program reflects the hard work of our ESL staff and the tremendous cooperation of dedicated classroom teachers. 


HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 14

 

FIVE-YEAR ENROLLMENT HISTORY

 

 

1997 – 1998

1998 – 1999

1999 – 2000

2000 - 2001

2001 - 2002

Grade

H

W

T

H

W

T

H

W

T

H

W

T

H

W

T

K

43

129

172

50

162

212

50

144

194

63

193

256

61

180

241

P-1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

92

179

271

58

149

207

67

177

244

59

176

235

65

210

275

2

71

188

259

86

196

282

57

175

232

66

179

245

62

189

251

3

73

216

289

73

194

267

91

213

304

64

185

249

63

184

247

4

80

203

283

67

224

291

72

204

276

96

217

313

64

195

259

5

83

201

284

82

204

286

72

240

312

75

210

285

95

229

324

6

67

203

270

84

205

289

82

213

295

80

244

324

80

216

296

7

75

207

282

65

204

269

84

216

300

88

221

309

76

251

327

8

83

199

282

78

219

297

64

217

281

88

219

307

88

227

315

9

66

210

276

80

220

300

89

245

334

60

192

252

87

243

330

10

72

183

255

68

202

270

73

209

282

77

200

277

66

222

288

11

62

160

222

66

173

239

63

190

253

82

231

313

72

218

290

12

64

156

220

62

158

220

69

182

251

68

229

313

79

208

287

9-12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

77

 

 

87

 

 

88

 

 

85

 

 

87

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

931

2434

3442

918

2508

3516

933

2625

3646

966

2696

3747

958

2772

3817

 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE

 

Paula R. Tingle, Chairperson

Pamela C. Burch, Vice Chairperson

Lois R. Megliola

Mary Anne Morris

Alan Neelans

Peter T. Salerno

Ronald E. Thomson

SCHOOL COUNCILS

 

The Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District wishes to acknowledge the effectiveness of the School Councils and to thank them for volunteering their personal time to pursue a commitment to the education of our young people.  We would also like the community to recognize the services rendered by these parents and citizens of the HWRSD.


HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 15

 

MILE TREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL    GREEN MEADOWS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Lynne Kimball, Principal                               T. Jeffrey Sullivan, Principal

Meg Cyr                                                         Donna Benoit

Bill Fraser                                                      Victoria Janeczek

Debbie Kelly                                                  Cathy Leslie

Dina LaMotte                                                 Ann Marie Mielke

Janet Libby                                                    Richard Moriarty

JoAnn Mack                                                   Jennifer Peloquin

Pam Pearson                                                Diane Scott

                                                                        Carolyn Webber

 

MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL  SOULE ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Deborah Thompson, Principal                    Rosemary Brosnan, Principal

Denise Cargill                                               Maureen Burke

Wayne Carpenter                                          Krista Hanson

Robin Clifford                                                Stephanie Harju

Lynne Leveillee                                             Betty Howarth

Darlene Maconi                                             Cathy Mahoney

Mary Marek                                                    Charity Marlatt

Sharon Tellier                                                Tom Moran

                                                                        Louise Pelletier

                                                                        Missy Taft

 

 

STONY HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL THORNTON W. BURGESS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Eleanor Fernands, Principal                        Noel Pixley, Principal

Michelle Axtmann                                          Cheryl Clarke

Jenn Bauduccio                                            Jean Godek

Gretchen Cardoso                                        Bonnie Howell

Andy Cohen                                                   Phyllis Hultstrom

Shawn Lawrence                                          Ken Peterson

Kim Leary                                                      Susan Raimer

Judy Maleckas                                              Lynn Schmitt

                                                                        Mary Ellen Shea

                                                                        Cheri Tanguay

 


HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 16

 

WILBRAHAM MIDDLE SCHOOL                       MINNECHAUG REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

Robert A. Dionne, Principal             John K. Logan, Principal

Carole Alderman                                           Susan Bunnell

Scott Berg                                                      Patricia Casey

Donna Berrouard                                          Elizabeth Contant

Linda Cooper                                                Kristen Fuss

Suzanne Laba                                               Patricia Gordon

Hans Mentzen                                                Lois Hedberg

Timothy Pelletier                                           Wilbur Jenkins

Jane Robinson                                              Clifton Johnson

Kyle St. Germain                                           Lorelei McCollum

Catherine Taft                                                Gary Petzold

Theresa Terbush                                           Gregory Schmutte

                                                                        Constance Shea

                                                                        Ryan Tougias

 

 

 

RETIREMENTS DURING 2001 WERE:

Dominick Anzalotti, Soule Road Elementary School

Milton Barnes, Soule Road Elementary School

Martin Barrett, Minnechaug Regional High School

Carol Davis, Student Services

Patricia Downes, Thornton W. Burgess Middle School

Elizabeth Ezold, Memorial Elementary School

John Farrell, Mile Tree Elementary School

Roger Farrell, Thornton W. Burgess Middle School

Victor Granaudo, Minnechaug Regional High School

Donna Hick, Minnechaug Regional High School

Ann Kane, Green Meadows Elementary School

Sharon Kelly, Memorial Elementary School

Patricia Krzesik, Wilbraham Middle School

Mary Jane Leone, Mile Tree Elementary School

Catherine Maleckas, Minnechaug Regional High School

Gail McFadden, Mile Tree

Linda Peck, Mile Tree

James Shea, Jr., Soule Road Elementary School


HAMPDEN-WILBRAHAM REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT P 17

 

DIRECTORY

 

Mile Tree Elementary School (Grades Pre K – 1)

Lynne Kimball, Principal

625 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095 – Telephone (413) 596-6921

School Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

 

Green Meadows Elementary School (Grades Pre K – 3)

T. Jeffrey Sullivan, Principal

38 North Road, Hampden, MA 01036 – Telephone (413) 566-3263

School Hours:  9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

 

Memorial Elementary School (Grades 2 – 6)

Deborah Thompson, Principal

310 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095 – Telephone (413) 596-6821

School Hours:  8:25 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

 

Stony Hill Elementary School (Grades 2 – 6)

Eleanor Fernands, Principal

675 Stony Hill Road, MA 01095 – Telephone (413) 599-1950

School Hours:  8:25 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

 

Thornton W. Burgess Middle School (Grades 4 – 8)

Noel Pixley, Principal

85 Wilbraham Road, Hampden, MA 01036 – Telephone (413) 566-8950

School Hours:  8:25 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

 

Wilbraham Middle School (Grades 7 – 8)

Robert Dionne, Principal

466 Stony Hill Road, Wilbraham, MA 01095 – Telephone ((413)) 596-9061

School Hours:  7:50 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.

 

Minnechaug Regional High School (Grades 9 –12)

John K. Logan, Jr., Principal

612 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095 – Telephone (413) 596-9011

School Hours:  7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Superintendent’s Office

Paul C. Gagliarducci, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools

621 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095 – Telephone (413) 596-3884

Office Hours:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.



GREATER SPRINGFIELD SENIOR SERVICES, INC. (GSSI)

 

In the past year, GSSSI’s accomplishments were many, including provision of state-funded home care services to over 2000 frail elders, some in Hampden.  In addition, more thousands of senior citizens were helped through delivery of congregate and home-delivered meals, protective services for seniors vulnerable to abuse, nursing home ombudsman to assist with problems and conflict resolution, and information and referral to other sources of assistance and elder-care questions.

 

As an area agency on aging, under the Federal Older Americans Law, elders’ need are assessed in the twelve-town Greater Springfield area, to guide forward planning.  Such need include in home foot care and rehabilitation, legal services, exercise classes, and various categories of health administration.

 

The year ahead will be difficult due to ever increasing elders’ needs especially of those over age eighty five, and the contraction of the states budget’s funding, which averages 75% of the total annual GSSSI budget of about ten million dollars.  We can be sure that GSSSI will continue its evident and impressive competence in delivering the most and best possible elder services under these restrictions

 

As my term approaches its end, I look back on a constructive learning and serving experience.  I look forward to a continuation of this contribution to Hampden’s seniors by my successor, John Shay.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

George W. Ingle

Hampden Representative on the GSSSI Board of Directors    




Tax Collector

 

Fortunately, the employee turn over in the Town Hall this past year has had little impact on the operations of the Tax Collector’s Office. This has been due, in a large part, to the efforts of Assistant Collector, Pat Smith and outgoing Collector, Rita Vail. By always making themselves available with advice and assistance, they have done their very best to insure a smooth transition.

 

The Community Preservation Act that was passed in the May election has resulted in some minor changes on our third quarter tax bill. However, because of the $100,000.00 exemption, there has been more curiosity than concern. The town expects to raise nearly $23,000.00 for the C.P.A. in FY 2002. Funds from the state are expected to match our first year total but increased statewide participation will probably mean only a percentage will be matched in following years.

 

If you have any questions about your tax bill, please call us at 566-2206 and we will be happy to assist you.

 

I would like to thank everyone for the support that I have had in my first months in office and assure you that I will try to make this change as smooth as possible.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Eva Wiseman, Tax Collector

 




Town Clerk

 

This has been a year of change in the Town Hall and all departments, including this one, have been affected. I feel very fortunate, however to have had the support that I have been given, especially that of Rita Vail, our outgoing Clerk, and Pat Smith. Pat has been the assistant in this office for 13 years and her experience and patience have made this adjustment much easier for everyone involved. She has gently pointed me in the right direction for these first seven months and continues to watch over me to make certain that all goes according to plan.

 

People like Pat make the job look easy and for that reason, it’s easy to overlook all that she does. Thank you, Pat!

 

Money collected in 2001 and submitted to the Treasurer is as follows:

Fish and Game

 

Gross

$ 5809.15

 

Town Fees

261.30

Dog Licenses

956.00

UCC Recordings

755.00

Certified Copies and Publications

2013.00

Trade Names and Marriages

450.00

Miscellaneous

485.00

TOTAL

4920.30

 

Available in the Town Clerk’s Office:

Subdivision Control Law

5.00

Zoning By-Law

7.00

Zoning Map

7.00

Certified Copies (vital statistics)

5.00

Marriage Licenses

15.00

Trade Name in Business (dba)             

20.00

Street List

10.00

Voter’s List

7.00

Voter’s List on diskette

20.00

Voter Registration Card

5.00

 

Vital Statistics recorded in Hampden are:

 

1999

2000

2001

Births

37

32

44

Deaths

61

64

73

Marriages

22

14

14

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Eva Wiseman, Town Clerk


Town treasurer

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Donna M. Easton-Vicalvi







TREE WARDEN

 

In the fall of 2001, Massachusetts Electric Company began trimming power lines in Hampden.  This activity provides for more reliable service to Hampden’s residents and also facilitates the removal of many dangerous trees along our roads.  Trimming on Main Street, Glendale Road and North Monson Road was completed, by the end of December.  They will continue trimming other roads, which will be listed in next years report.

 

Also in 2001, the members of the Highway Department, along with the occasional assistance of a local tree service, removed 64 trees that were dead, dying or diseased.  Below, I have listed the streets where trees were taken down and cleaned up by the Highway Department and trees that were felled by a professional tree service and then cleaned up by the Highway Department.  This continued maintenance of the trees within the town helps reduce our exposure to personal injury, power outages and in general improves the overall appearance of the town.

 

Trees removed by the Highway Department were as follows:

Allen Street – 1

Mill Road – 3

Bayberry Road – 1   

Mohawk Drive – 4

Carmody Road – 1

Sessions Drive – 1

East Longmeadow Road – 3

Somers Road – 5

Hickory Lane – 1

Stony Hill Road – 3

Howlett Hill – 1

Wilbraham Road – 6

 

Trees removed with the assistance of a professional tree service were as follows:

Allen Street – 2

North Road – 10

Ames Road – 3

North Monson Road – 1

Bennett Road – 1

Somers Road – 3

Glendale Road – 6

Stony Hill Road – 1

Main Street – 3

Wilbraham Road – 3

Mountain Road – 1

 

 

A total of 16 stumps were ground, loamed and seeded at several other locations throughout the town in an effort to keep our roads clean and neat.  They were located as follows:

Allen Street – 3

South Monson Road – 12

Main Street – 1

 

 

If anyone has any questions regarding a town tree or would like to report a tree that they feel is in poor condition, please feel free to contact me at the Highway Department office (566-8842).

 

 

Dana S. Pixley

Tree Warden



Department of Veterans’ Services

 

This year has been challenging because of State budget cuts and requirements to seek alternative sources of revenue, wherever and whenever possible to support our veterans.

 

During this report period the VSO has been involved in many cases that have required travel to the Agawam Veterans’ Cemetery, other Towns for the gathering of evidence during investigations for veterans’ benefits and home visits to assure veterans and their families were receiving support.

 

Your VSO worked diligently to reduce caseload by working with VA, Social Services and other area providers in order to assure no vet is left without the means to provide for themselves or their family.  Working with and through the VA for benefits requires time   and effort on behalf of the veteran, spouse and family members.  This effort requires travel to the Boston Regional Office and also to sit in on and defend veterans in appeals, requests for waivers and requests for re-consideration in the cases of denial.

 

Returns to Hampden for ancillary benefits provided to veterans through the VA continue to grow as we transition from local benefits to VA awards.  Your town veterans received $514.000.00 for the past reporting year.  This figure will continue to grow as more and more veterans are removed from local roles to receive VA benefits.

 

An important issue to watch this coming fiscal year is unemployment and the possibility of peacetime veterans being allowed to apply for veterans’ benefits at the local level.  These issues may increase disbursements from this office and your VSO has attempted to reflect this eventuality in the upcoming budget year.  It is still important to remember that for every dollar dispersed from the Veterans’ Benefits Line Item, 75% is returned to the General Fund from the Commonwealth.    

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Arthur A. Booth

Director/VSO









TOWN OF HAMPDEN warrant

Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

County of Hampden                                                                          Town of Hampden

 

TO:                  Either of the Constables of the said Town of Hampden in said County:

 

Greeting:        In the name of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, you are hereby required to notify and warn the inhabitants of the Town of Hampden qualified to vote in Town Affairs, to meet at Thornton W. Burgess Middle School, Wilbraham Road, Hampden, on Monday, April 29, 2002 at seven o’clock in the evening, then and there to act on the following articles:

 

 

REPORTS                             Article 1.         To hear the Annual Town Reports of all offices                                                     of the Town and any committee whose duty it may be to                                                             report at said meeting, and act thereon.

 

 

BUDGET                                Article 2.         To see if the Town will vote to fix the salary                                                            and compensation of all elective officers of the Town as                                                             provided for by Section 108 of Chapter 41, General Laws                                                          and to raise and appropriate the necessary sums to cover                                                         same, and to  raise money and make appropriations to defray                                                the expenses of the Town for the period July 1, 2002 to June                                      30, 2003.

 

 

PREVIOUS                            Article 3.         To see if the Town will vote to authorize the                                                           payment of any bills  departmental bills of the year FY-01 or                                                       previous years, and will vote to raise and appropriate a sum                                                      of money therefor.

 

 

REVOLVING                        Article 4.         To see if the Town will vote to accept Chapter ACCOUNTS                               44 Section 53E – ½, or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

HIGHWAYS                           Article 5.         To see if the Town will vote to accept a sum of STATE AID                                money form the Commonwealth of Massachusetts under the                                         provisions of local aid fund distribution, General Laws                                                                       Chapter 53, Acts of 1999, and be allowed to borrow in                                                  anticipation of reimbursement, or take any other action                                                    relative thereto.

 

CONSERVATION                 Article 6.         To see if the Town will vote to approve the COMMISSION                      Conservation Commission’s use and expenditure of fees

RESTRICTED                       received from the filing of Notices of Intent in order to defray

FUND                                     the expenses for the performance of the Conservation

                                                Commission duties as allowed under Section 54 of Chapter                                                     287 of the Acts of 1989 amending Chapter 131, Section 40,

                                                or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

CONSERVATION                 Article 7.         To see if the Town will vote to raise and    

FUND                                     appropriate a sum of money for the Conservation Fund, said

                                                fund to be used for the purpose of acquiring available land

                                                for the Town for conservation purposes, if said purchase is

                                                voted upon and approved at Annual or Special Town                                                                  Meeting prior to such purchase, or take any other action                                                             relative thereto.

 

 

LIBRARY                                Article 8.         To see if the Town will vote that in Fiscal Year ADDITIONAL                  2002, if state aid for the Library is received, this money will

STATE AID                            be made available for Library Trustees to use at their                                                                 discretion, or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

RESERVE                             Article 9.         To see if the Town will vote to raise and

FUND                                     appropriate a sum of money for the Reserve Fund, or take                                                         any other action relative thereto.    

 

 

STABILIZATION                    Article 10.       To see if the Town will vote to transfer a sum of FUND                                        money from the Overlay Reserve Fund, or take any other                                                            action relative thereto.

 

 

REDUCING                           Article 11.       To see if the Town will vote to transfer from

TAX RATE                             unappropriated available funds in the treasury a sum of                                                  money for the purpose of reducing that tax rate for Fiscal                                                           Year 2002, or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEMPORARY                       Article 12.       To see if the Town will vote to amend the PERMIT                                  General By-Law of the Town of Hampden by adding to                                                   Chapter VII PROTECTION OF PERSONS OR PROPERTY,                                                             Section 7, as follows:

 

                                               SECTION 7.  Temporary Permit

 

                                               If a physician certifies in writing that a person has a                                                                    temporary disability, the Board of Health has authority to                                                           issue to that person a temporary permit bearing the                                                                   international symbol for the handicapped.  The permit is                                                             limited to a duration of six (6) months but is renewable by the                                               Board, if necessary, with the written certification of the                                                    physician.

 

                                               The Board of Health shall revoke a temporary handicap                                                            permit issued by it if the vehicle to which the permit is affixed                                         is used for special handicapped parking privileges when the                                                           vehicle is not operated by or is not carrying as a passenger                                                          the person for whose handicap the permit was issued.  If the                                                     owner or operator of a vehicle for which a temporary                                                                        handicap permit has been issued stands or parks the vehicle                                        for handicapped persons when the vehicle is not being                                                 operated by or is not carrying as a passenger the person for                                                     whose handicap the permit was issued, he is subject to a                                                         fine and to the procedures established under General Laws                                                       Chapter 90, Section 20A ½; or take any other action relative                                                          thereto.

 

 

TRI ANNUAL                        Article 13.       To see if the Town will vote to raise and CERTIFICATION                     appropriate $23,000.00, or a greater or lesser sum, to                                                   contract for the Tri Annual evaluation of a real estate in the                                                    Town and certification of values to the Department of                                                                      Revenue, or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

LIBRARY                               Article 14.       To see if the Town will vote to accept REVOLVING                     the provisions of Chapter 44, Section 53E ½ of the

FUND                                    Massachusetts General Laws to create a revolving fund for                                                       the Hampden Free Public Library.  Such monies to be                                                    expended by the Library Director, without further                                                                   appropriation, or take any other action relative thereto. 

 

 

 

GENERAL                             Article15.        To see if the Town will vote to amend

BYLAW                                  Section XI, Section 2 of the general bylaw of the Town DISPOSITION              by deleting Section 2 as it now reads and substituting the                                                   following therefore:

                                               

                                                Section XI.     Non-Criminal Disposition of Certain Violations

 

                                                Section 2:  Amount of Penalty

 

                                               The penalties for the infractions set forth in Section 1 above                                                     shall be as specifically set forth in the respective order,                                                  bylaw, rule or regulation which is violated but, if no such                                                        penalty is provided, the penalty shall be as follows: $50.00                                                  for the first offense, $100.00 for the second offense, and                                                     $200.00 for the third offense.  Each day, or portion thereof,                                                       that such violation continues shall constitute a separate                                                 offense.  All fines shall be paid into the town treasury, or take                                         any other action relative thereto.

 

 

TOWN                                   Article 16.       To see if the Town will vote to raise and BOUNDARY                             appropriate a sum of money to locate, repair, replace, or                                                           install new town boundary markers, or take any other action                                                             relative thereto. 

 

 

ZONING                                  Article 17.       To see if the Town will vote to amend

BYLAW                                  the Zoning Bylaw as follows:

ENFORCEMENT

                                               In Section 2 “Definitions” under 2.125 travel or Camping                                                         Trailer, by Deleting the phrase: “But not exceeding 40 feet in                                                    length” in the first sentence so that as amended, it reads:                                                           “A vehicle similar to a mobile home and designed primarily                                                            for recreational purposes.  The term ‘travel’ or ‘camping                                                   trailer’ shall also be applied to any motor vehicle whose body                                      has been equipped for occupancy similar to that of a travel                                                            trailer or camping trailer.” or take any other action relative                                                         thereto.

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZONING                                 Article 18.       To see if the Town will vote to amend the BYLAW                                   Zoning Bylaw as follows:

ENFORCEMENT

                                               In Section 2 “Definitions” under 2.37 Common Driveway,                                                        by deleting the phrase:  “but no more than four (4) residential                                         units” so that as amended, it reads as follows: “A vehicular                                                           access from a road to more than one residential unit, built in                                                       accordance with the common driveway standards as stated                                                             in this bylaw, where allowed by special permit.” or take any                                                         other action relative thereto.

 

 

ZONING                                 Article19.        To see if the Town will vote to amend

BYLAW                                 the Zoning Bylaw as follows:

ENFORCEMENT

                                                In Table 7.2, in the Business District under the heading                                                  “Minimum side setback in feet”, add the words: “except 50                                                        where it abuts the residential district.”

          

                                                In the Flood Plain District in Table 7.2 under the heading                                                            “Minimum frontage (continuous) in feet amended 1993”, add                                                     the number “200.” or take any other action relative thereto.

 

 

ZONING                                 Article 20.       To see if the Town will vote to amend the BYLAW                                   Zoning Bylaw as follows:

ENFORCEMENT    

                                               In Section 3.1 Establishment of Districts:  Delete the                                                 sentence: “For purposes of  this bylaw, the Town of Hampden                                        is divided into the following types of districts.” And replace                                                   with the following: “For purposes of this bylaw, the Town of                                                    Hampden has established the following districts and overlay