Absentee ballots and ballot applications are now available!

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Absentee ballots and ballot applications are available now in the Hanover
Town Clerk’s Office for all voters living in Hanover wishing to vote by
absentee ballot in the Presidential Primary. The election will be held
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, and Early Voting will be held February 24 – 28,
2020.

Absentee ballot applications are for use by registered voters who are
unable to vote at the polls on Election Day due to:
1) Absence from the Town of Hanover during normal polling hours (7:00 a.m.
– 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3rd); (but remember you can vote early!) or
2) Physical disability preventing you from going to the polling place; or
3) Religious belief;

OR they are for use by

Non-registered voters who are:
1) A Massachusetts citizen absent from the state; or
2) An active member of the armed forces or merchant marines, their spouse
or dependent; or
3) A person confined in a correctional facility or a jail, except if by
reason of felony conviction.

Applications for absentee ballots must be received by noon on the day
before the election, in this case, by noon on Monday, March 2nd. For more
information about the absentee ballot application process, please call the
Hanover Town Clerk’s Office at (781) 826-5000, x1079 or e-mail
catherine.harderbernier@hanover-ma.gov or meg.pallotta@hanover-ma.gov .

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Park and Rec Committee volunteers sought

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The Moderator is looking for volunteers interesting in serving on the Parks
and Recreation Committee. These are the folks that manage all of our
ballfields and many of our recreation programs in town. If you would like
to be considered, please send an email to moderator@hanover-ma.gov.

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Nomination papers are available for local elected office

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier announced yesterday that
nomination papers are now available in her office for the Annual Town
Election scheduled to be held May 9th, 2020.

“Election Day is set for May 9th and signed nomination papers are due
March 20th, 2020. At this point in the year, there are a total of ten
anticipated open seats. On the ballot this spring will be elections for
two members of the Board of Selectmen for a three year term, two members of
the School Committee for a three year term, one member of the Board of
Assessors for a three year term, one member of the Planning Board for a
five year term and one for a one year term, one Board of Health member for
a three year term, one Trustee of the Public Library for a three year term,
and one Moderator for a one year term”, said Harder-Bernier.

Interested residents are encouraged to contact the Town Clerk’s Office,
any of the related departments, or sitting members of the board or
committee they are interested in becoming a part of in order to gain more
information about an open position.

To run for office, candidates only need to obtain 50 signatures of
registered Hanover voters in order to be placed on the ballot. Candidates
for office have until Friday, March 20th to submit the signed nomination
papers to the Registrar’s Office for signature certification. Attached
please find the Spring Election Calendar for more information.

For more information about the election process and related deadlines,
please contact Hanover Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier or Assistant
Town Clerk Meg Pallotta at (781) 826-5000 x1079 or by e-mail at
catherine.harderbernier@hanover-ma.gov or meg.pallotta@hanover-ma.gov .

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Permanently physically disabled voters – want us to send you an application?

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier today reminded registered
Hanover voters and caregivers of registered Hanover voters that the
Massachusetts legislature passed a bill in 2013 that amended election laws
pertaining to physically disabled voters. Massachusetts General Laws
Chapter 54, Section 86 reads in part, “A voter who will be unable by
reason of permanent disability to cast his vote in person at the polling
place may file once with the city or town clerk a certificate executed by a
registered physician who is personally acquainted with the voter and aware
of his permanent disability, stating that it is reasonably certain because
of permanent physical disability that the voter will be unable to cast his
vote in person at the polling place on the day of the election.”

Once that letter from the physician has been received by the Hanover Town
Clerk’s Office, the voter will once a year automatically receive an
application for an absentee ballot by mail. The application may then be
filled out and returned to the Hanover Town Clerk’s Office, and will be
good for the calendar year if the voter so designates. Absentee ballots,
as they become available prior to an election, will then be automatically
mailed to the permanently disabled voter.
“This is a relatively simple way to save time and ease the load of a
permanently disabled voter or caregiver. Just send us a letter from your
family physician and we will take it from there. We are pleased to be able
to continue to offer this service to Hanover residents”, said Town Clerk
Harder-Bernier.

For more information about this process, please contact Hanover Town Clerk
Catherine Harder-Bernier at Catherine.harderbernier@hanover-ma.gov or
Assistant Town Clerk Meg Pallotta at meg.pallotta@hanover-ma.gov or (781)
826-5000 x1079. Letters from physicians regarding a patient’s permanent
disability may be sent to Catherine Harder-Bernier, Hanover Town Clerk, 550
Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339.

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Check your party status or simply register to vote!

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier announced that Wednesday,
February 12th is the last day to register to vote or change your party
status for the upcoming Presidential Primary. Town Hall will be open from
8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the 12th.

Any Hanover citizen over the age of 16 is encouraged to register to vote.
Once registered, individuals ages 18 and up will be eligible to vote in the
Presidential Primary scheduled to be held on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, and
in all elections thereafter. Any resident who is unsure of their party
affiliation, or who would like to change their party status, is also
encouraged to act immediately and before the February 12th deadline.

Citizens of Hanover may conveniently register to vote or change their party
status on-line, by mail or in person. The link for on-line registration is
here:
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. If residents choose to register by mail they should download the
“Massachusetts Mail-In Voter Registration Form” found here :
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and mail the completed form to the Hanover Town Clerk’s Office.
If voters wish to register to vote in person, they may do so at two
convenient locations: Hanover Town Hall or the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

“With four political parties and therefore four ballots at the polls,
residents are strongly encouraged to check their party status before
February 12th,” said Town Clerk Harder-Bernier. According to Secretary
of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, “When you register to vote,
you may choose to enroll in a political party or political designation or
may choose to remain ‘unenrolled,’ which is commonly referred to as
independent…if you enroll in any of (the) four parties you may only vote
in that party’s primary.”

Questions may be directed to Hanover Town Clerk Cathy Harder-Bernier at
(781) 826-5000 x1079 or by e-mail at catherine.harderbernier@hanover-ma.gov
, or Carol Mattes at carol.mattes@hanover-ma.gov or (781) 826-5000 x1028.

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“Summon the Heroes” Winter Gala for Friends of Hanover Music and Theater

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Friends of Hanover Music and Theater
“Summon The Heroes” Winter Gala
January 24, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
at Laura’s Center for the Arts
97 Mill Street, Hanover

To register and to purchase tickets:

**Please note that student performers are admitted for free.
However, due to limited space, all other attendees must register and
purchase a $25 ticket.**

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Proceeds from the Gala go directly back to the music/drama programs at all
levels. The funds provide scholarships for private lessons and scholarships
for college. In previous years, the music/drama teachers have used the
funds for choral risers, microphones, speakers, instruments, and instrument
repairs.

For more information, please contact fhmthanover@gmail.com .

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Craft Night

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Parks and Recreation presents Craft Nights with Claire

Do-it-yourself crafts, clothing, accessories, signs, home décor and more!

The January projects you will be creating are a book stack and dry erase
frame.

Who: Adults
When: Thursday, January 30th
Where: Hanover COA (665 Center Street)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Cost: $25
Registration:
www.hanover-ma.gov/parks-and-recreation/pages/generalprogramsandtrips
(Please register by 1/28)

Please dress appropriately, this is a hands on class where you will be
painting, using a glue gun, staple gun and heat press. Crafts are subject
to slight changes due to materials.

Please email recreation@hanover-ma.gov or call 781-826-5000 ext. 1057 with
any questions.

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What do you want to do in Hanover next year?

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The Hanover Cultural Council wants to hear from you!

Each year, the Hanover Cultural Council provides financial support to
activities that bring us together as a community and highlight what makes
Hanover special. Through their grant program, the Cultural Council sponsors
projects, performances, and programs in the arts, sciences, humanities,
history, cultural awareness, dramatic arts, and music.

Using a combination of funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and
money raised at Hanover Day, the Council was able to award just over
$20,000 to local organizations for activities in the coming year, including
historical programs, theatrical performances, concerts, school field trips,
gardening-related programs, kids’ activities, and discounted passes to
area museums.

The Cultural Council is gathering feedback and ideas from Hanover residents
as they set their priorities for future grant cycles. Please take a few
minutes to answer this anonymous, seven-question survey:

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And, Hanover Day 2020 will be here before you know it! If you would like to
get involved in planning this year’s festival, please contact Cultural
Council Chairman Chris Haraden at chrisharaden@hanoverday.com.

Thank you for your opinions, ideas, and continued support!

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2020 dog licenses are now available on-line, by mail, or in the Town Clerk’s Office

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier announced today that 2020 Town
of Hanover dog licenses are now available on-line, by mail, or in the
Hanover Town Clerk’s Office. The licensing period is January 1, 2020 –
March 31, 2020, and a $10 late fee applies beginning April 1, 2020. 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.

• Most folks who have licensed their dogs in the past won’t yet have a
GoPetie (Hanover’s new dog license software) account, but it’s easy to
visit
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and retrieve your pet’s information and establish your account. Enter
your first and last names, house number, and select a street name from the
drop down menu. The answers must match with what you already have in the
system so that you don’t create a duplicate record or have to re-enter
the existing dog information. When matched, the system will show your
pet(s) name(s) and will ask you to confirm. After confirmation, you will
be asked to enter an email address, create a password, and then you will be
taken to your account where you can update any info needed, pay the fee(s)
and submit the license application for review.

• 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=ex3LmxUs+sCvXhrXoK/RWXj9+cO/jjcytMGuj7xWATRoqLt7nDMoRqoN783ZLADJ
. This is the same application that was included in the census mailing
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 in
person at the Town Clerk’s Office during normal business hours. Please
bring the same paperwork – current rabies vaccination, proof of
spaying/neutering if you have not submitted that information previously,
and your cash or check payable to the Town of Hanover.

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!

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 stop
in also, as their licensing process requires an inspection and other
additional paperwork.

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HANOVER TOWN CENSUS MAILED – NO CHANGES THIS YEAR? NE

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The annual town census has been mailed to all Hanover households. New again
this year – if you do not have any changes to your town census, you may
submit your response on-line! All residents should review the information
on the form, make any changes if necessary, and sign and return the form as
soon as possible. If there are no changes to your town census, go to:
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and fill out the on-line form. Household members who are temporarily
living away from home, such as college students, members of the military
services, etc., should not be removed from the census if they plan to use
Hanover as their voting address.

Also included in the census mailing are a Hanover School Information Sheet
and a Dog License Application. If applicable to your household, these forms
should also be completed and may be returned in the enclosed addressed
envelope or dropped through the mail slot with your census in the front
door of the Hanover Town Hall.
If you did not receive a town census form or are new to the Town of
Hanover, you can download one on-line here:
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.
Completion of the annual census is important for a number of reasons. It
assists in accurate municipal planning, it assists the police and fire
departments in case of an emergency in your home, and it allows Hanover to
receive the proper allocation of state and federal funds and grants. Filing
a census can provide proof of residency for a number of legal requirements
such as in-state tuition at state colleges, housing benefits, veterans’
benefits, and insurance benefits. Also, any registered voters in a
household that fails to complete an annual census will lose their
“active” voter status, which is an important consideration in this busy
election year.

For more information, please contact Carol Mattes at
carol.mattes@hanover-ma.gov or (781) 826-5000 x1028, Town Clerk Catherine
Harder-Bernier at catherine.harderbernier@hanover-ma.gov or Assistant Town
Clerk Meg Pallotta at meg.pallotta@hanover-ma.gov or (781) 826-5000 x1079 .

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