Lunch or dinner plans?

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

“Around Town on the Web” used to have a long-standing (16 year old!) policy
of not advertising for for-profits. In these unprecedented times, we’re
pulling out all the stops and offering up some ideas for your lunch or
dinner plans, as follows…thanks to the Hanover Chamber of Commerce for
this (surely not complete, but a great start!) list!

Restaurants in Hanover offering takeout and curbside pickup:

Buffalo Wild Wings
781-826-2614

Rocco’s Italian Pizzeria
781-826-5637

Hanover House of Pizza
781-826-4700

Papa Gino’s
781-826-2371

Imperial Garden
781-826-3842

Old Railroad Cafe
781-829-0666

Crossroads Cafe & Deli
781-826-9921

Starbucks
781-681-9170

Panera
781-829-9900

Quan’s Kitchen
781-826-8868

Jersey Mike’s
781-924-0094

Tsang’s Village Cafe
781-826-0202

West Hanover Pizzeria
781-878-4403

Mamma Mia’s
781-826-1600

Lucky Finn Cafe
781-347-3100

Five Guys
781-829-6770

McDonald’s
781-826-2081

Wendy’s
781-826-6754

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Urgent need for hospital masks – do you sew?

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

I have received and read communications from several different
individuals/groups who are trying to support our local health care workers
by sewing hospital masks at home. As you have probably heard, there is a
nationwide shortage…or will be shortly…of hospital masks. I’ve asked a
few questions, and have the following information to share.

Long-time Hanover resident and seamstress Valerie Romano-Osborne is making
and collecting masks as fast as she can. She’s a full-time essential
worker, though, so her time is limited, too. She would love some
assistance from anyone with a sewing machine and a few minutes. Please
leave your masks in the bin on her front porch at 1558 Broadway. She’s
working with the folks at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and will get them
there.

Mercy Sews, the Holy Mother’s Collaborative ministry, is also currently
sewing hospital masks to help in the effort to keep hospital nurses and
workers safe in this coronavirus pandemic. Patterns for sewing are
available at their website, which is found at www.MercySew.org. Those who
sew are encouraged to take reasonable health precautions while making the
masks, and the folks at the hospital will “wash and check all masks for
permeability” before they get used. They presently have arrangements at
Brigham and Women’s and Mass General to accept them and the volunteers to
get them there. You may drop off any finished masks at 308 Dillingham Way,
Hanover between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. Please drive down the driveway
and place masks in available totes located in the garage, or contact Clare
Noonan at MercySews@comcast.net .

Both of these folks are coordinating their efforts, so just drop your masks
in whichever bin is closest to you – in the northeast or southwest corners
of town!

Again, for more information, contact mercysews@comcast.net .

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Virtual services

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

As the post-COVID-19-in-Hanover days started to roll into weeks here in
Hanover, Hanover residents turned to technology in order to worship this
Sunday. I thought I would share links to a few services that I am aware
of:

St. Mary’s did a Facebook Live service today, which may be found on their
Facebook page, here:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=yicZAua1tC2XoOrWTJJpJ5405qVGFMVxmg0H4fZu7TFoqLt7nDNoRqoN783ZLADJ
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The Lutheran did a similar Facebook Live service, which may also be found
on their Facebook page, here:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=ZZSx6aPYrry3qmGlnk88yZ405qVGFGVxmg0H4fZu7TFoqLt7nDPoRqoN783ZLADJ
.

St. Andrew’s Facebook Live service may be found here:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=HE+IqmO41C+92wB38oWZj5405qVGFCVxmg0H4fZu7TFoqLt7nDOIRqoN783ZLADJ
.

The good folks at the First Congregational Church sent along this message
for everyone:

“Although First Congregational Church of Hanover is closed due to the
threat of the COVID-19 virus, Reverend John Terry has recorded a sermon
available to all. The title of the March 22 message is Blame Game. The
sermon is available at www.fcchanover.org all week. Anyone with concerns
about the pandemic is invited to email Reverend Terry at
johnterry@fcchanover.org.

The First Congregational Church is associated with the United Church of
Christ. We have been located in the center of Hanover since the founding of
the town in 1727. We are open and affirming and welcome all in need. No
matter where you are on life’s journey, you are welcome here. The church
will be closed through March, but callers can reach the minister or office
administrator by calling 781-826-4762.”

The Fellowship Baptist Church on Summer Street is doing conference calls.
More information may be found here:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=q6d6hO16NO2OT9BaiAL/Vp405qVGFMVxmg0H4fZu7TFoqLt7nDMYRqoN783ZLADJ

First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Norwell is doing Zoom meeting
virtual worship services. The link changes weekly and may be found on
their website:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=dlvzycvn3ymSjfrCQhB4Kp405qVGFPVxmg0H4fZu7TFoqLt7nDOYRqoN783ZLADJ

I am sad that my dear neighbor’s Bar Mitzvah festivities at Sha’aray Shalom
in Hingham have been cancelled, but they are working on virtual services.
More information about their regular virtual services may be found at:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=rrwtYofxvj6np0YiLdNEZp405qVGFDVxmg0H4fZu7TFoqLt7nDMoRqoN783ZLADJ
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Let’s continue to find creative ways to come together, Hanover. I love
receiving your suggestions for posts and information. Keep it coming.

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Small Business Saturday

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

As the daughter of a small business owner, I could not let this week go by
without the following…

Let’s face it. Small businesses will struggle during these times of
COVID-19. So, instead of once a year after Thanksgiving, let’s make every
Saturday “Small Business Saturday”.

I stopped in to a small, locally owned restaurant on Thursday and picked up
my lunch. It was weird, not normal. There were two people behind the
register and one in the kitchen. Normally there’s close to twice that back
there. There was a guy waiting for his take-out order who stepped back the
requisite 6 feet as I walked in, and no one was seated. Normally the place
is packed with diners and there are several in line. I had called ahead,
and so my food was ready, and I paid with cash. I left the money on the
counter so the cashier could take it after she put her plastic gloves back
on. The whole thing was weird. How will they pay the rent?

I heard from a friend whose husband works at an oil delivery company who
was concerned about the fact that he had to keep delivering oil and making
house calls. He’s an essential service, so of course he’s still working,
but how do you stop that worry? You can’t. He’s a small business, and if
I know him, he’s proud to do his job despite the risks. How can I support
my friends?

I read Facebook posts from my now-closed local gym, and wondered if the
trainers were being paid to post the new on-line workouts, and did I need
to send them money anyway despite being closed? What about the local
Hanover-based people who weren’t posting the on-line workouts; how were
they being paid…or were they? How can I make a contribution?

And then there was the passing of George, an icon at the register at the
Hanover Shaw’s. I am heartbroken; he’s not going to thank me for putting
in my phone number any longer. Granted, Shaw’s isn’t a small business, but
please tell me they are taking care to mark his passing? He was a beloved
fixture and will be missed. How can I pay my respects?

C’mon Hanover. Join me in supporting our small businesses (and the large
ones who employ our beloved neighbors). Shop local. Keep six feet away,
sure. Find a way to support your local small businesses this Saturday (and
every day) despite the weirdness of COVID-19. Together we can do this!

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License your dog today! Late fees kick in 4/1

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier reminded residents that 2020
Town of Hanover dog licenses are still available on-line, by mail, or at
Hanover Town Hall. The licensing period is January 1 – March 31, and a
$10 late fee applies beginning April 1. All dogs over the age of 6 months
are required by law to be licensed. The license is good for one year, and
costs $10 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $15 for intact dogs. Residents
over the age of 70 will be given a free license for their vaccinated dog
upon proof of the owner’s age.

In an effort to make this process easy for residents, there are several
ways to license your dog.
• The easiest way is on-line via a link on the Town Clerk’s section of
the Town of Hanover’s website, which is also here:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=SjV3T0vdw7yDaX4N60eDaL/FckTlNCHzg2GpF0q2QedoqLt7nDO4RqoN783ZLADJ
. Pay on-line without leaving the comfort of your home! Almost one-third
of Hanover residents now license their dogs on-line, and more folks surely
will given social distancing and COVID-19.
• Residents may also fill out the dog license application that is found
on the Town Clerk’s section of the Town of Hanover’s website at:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=ex3LmxUsCsCvXhrXoK/RWb/FckTlNNHzg2GpF0q2QedoqLt7nDPoRqoN783ZLADJ
. This is the same application that was included in the census this year.
Completed forms may be mailed in with your payment, proof of current rabies
vaccination and proof of spaying or neutering (if you have not submitted
that information previously) to: Town Clerk’s Office, 550 Hanover Street,
Hanover, MA 02339, and your tag will be mailed back to you.
• As has always been the case, dog licenses may also be obtained at the
Town Clerk’s Office, but given COVID-19, the process is a little
different. Please bring the same paperwork – current rabies vaccination,
proof of spaying/neutering if you have not submitted that information
previously, and your money order or check payable to the Town of Hanover.
Put it all in an envelope addressed to the Town Clerk’s Office and
deposit it in the front door mail slot. We’ll mail your tag back to you.

Unlicensed dogs are subject to a minimum of a $25 fine, with an additional
$25 fine if unleashed and another fine of $50 if unvaccinated for rabies.
Don’t delay; get your dog’s license today! Late fees begin April 1st!

If you have questions or need more information about the licensing of your
dog in Hanover, please call the Town Clerk’s Office at (781) 826-5000
x1079 or e-mail catherine.harderbernier@hanover-ma.gov or
meg.pallotta@hanover-ma.gov . Kennel owners are encouraged to call or
e-mail, as their licensing process requires an inspection and other
additional reviews and paperwork.

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What can you do? What do you need?

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

I love how we’re coming together despite social distancing. :) I love how
reasonable you are when you call and ask for services at Town Hall. I love
that we’re supporting our first responders publicly and even just honking
and waving as they go by. I love the Facebook posts with schedule
suggestions for folks with kids at home instead of school. I love that the
IT folks in town have figured out remote access for Salmond School staff
and virtual/conference call Selectmen’s meetings. We can make this work,
Hanover. Wait, let’s be clear, we ARE making this work, Hanover! So proud
to be among you.

Today’s missive is regarding volunteers. There was an NPR broadcast over
the weekend that highlighted the fact that those who volunteer in times of
crisis and anxiety end up solving their own internal battles. So, let’s do
this. Go to this page
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=B09a1N5VqFyh4eoIwT7NS0G/r/2iEeSPiNRQAuqvmWdoqLt7nDOYRqoN783ZLADJ
for more details about how to sign up and volunteer to help your
neighbors.

Need a volunteer? Need help in Hanover? Go to:
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to request some help.

Let’s do this, Hanover!

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COVID-19 comes to Hanover

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Town of Hanover COVID-19 Update 3/15/20

POSTED ON: MARCH 15, 2020 – 2:41 p.m.

The Town of Hanover was informed Sunday afternoon of the first resident
case testing presumptive positive (not yet verified by the CDC) for
COVID-19. The case appears to be the result of travel and it was not
contracted within the community. Based on what the Town currently knows,
the individual is doing well and took every responsible precaution to
self-isolate and mitigate exposure.

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Town Hall closed to the public, but staff will be available by phone and e-mail

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Town Hall Closure Information 3/15/20
POSTED ON: MARCH 15, 2020 – 9:42 a.m.
Effective immediately, March 15, 2020, Hanover Town Hall will be closed to
the public during regular business hours. While Town Hall is closed, staff
will be available via phone, email, and limited in-person interactions.
Plans to hold virtual committee and board meetings using remote technology
are being developed.

For more information, please go to www.hanover-ma.gov . The main phone
number page is here:
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. Keep clicking and you can get to e-mail contact pages, too.

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Hanover updates – COVID-19 impact

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

I have hesitated to weigh in with updates regarding the impact of COVID-19
on our town because they seem to change daily, and sometimes within hours.
And, “Around Town on the Web”, while beloved, is older technology – that
takes 12 hours for one e-blast to be sent. That being said, I thought you
might appreciate an overview of some of the precautions that have been
taken and the related impacts to your daily schedule.

The Town of Hanover and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have declared a
state of emergency, and gatherings of over 250 people have been banned.

Hanover Schools announced Thursday that they would be closed on Friday, and
then Friday they announced that they would be closed for two weeks – up
through and including March 27th. I am sad for the HHS Hockey team
regarding their quest for the Garden that has been cancelled, but I hope
they hold their heads high as they wear the “Co-champion” crown. They
earned it! Spring sports have been pushed back to March 30th, at least.

The Hanover Senior Center closed Friday for an indefinite period of time.
In a statement, the good folks at the Council on Aging stated: “We are
100% committed to serving our senior population during this time of crisis;
to that end, the entire Community Services staff will be providing
transportation, delivering Meals on Wheels, making home visits, phone
calls, and house checks, and will hold appointments as needed at the COA
building.”

The Hanover John Curtis Library has also been closed as of 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, also for an indefinite period of time. The Library has
downloadable options available here:
http://atotw.com/maillist/lt.php?tid=09xLu3NHtt2df2BtQf152CJnqENWHbGhsgoqrBIcjdVoqLt7nDNIRqoN783ZLADJ
, and is assessing how to make at least some services available beginning
next week.

As of this writing (Saturday at 3:45 p.m.), Town Hall will be open on
Monday. As your Town Clerk, I look forward to continuing to serve you by
phone, e-mail and in-person. I know my colleagues feel the same. We are
here for you. Please don’t mind if we practice “social distancing” – and
stay 6 feet away from you rather than shake your hand. You should do the
same when you are out in public. The rabies vaccination clinic, previously
scheduled for 3/21, has been postponed. We are assessing the situation and
our options regarding Town Meeting on May 4th and the Town Election on May
9th.

Be safe, be smart, and take care of your loved ones, Hanover. Check on
your neighbors; who’s home, who’s not well? Who should you reach out to
after reading this e-mail? Not sure? Donate to the Hanover Food Pantry –
there are people staying home and losing wages who will need extra support.
Together we will get through this!

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Brownies to run clothing collection for homeless

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Brownie Troop 82281 members are working on earning their
Philanthropist badge. They will be partnering up with Hanover resident
Kathy Hassey who runs the Friday Night Supper program and Clothing Closet
for the homeless in Boston. The girls will be collecting new men’s
socks, underwear and tee shirts. There will be a collection box at the John
Curtis Library starting on Friday, March 6th and they will collect
donations for the month of March.

Thank you in advance for all donations!

For more information, please contact: Kim Hardy and Kate Fitzgerald (co
leaders Troop 82281), at Kah722@yahoo.com .

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