Matthew Westfield Blood Drive

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Please join residents of Hanover at the MGH Matthew Westfield Blood Drive.
It will be held next Wednesday, May 12th in the parking lot of the Town
Hall. This is the 34th year that MGH has traveled to Hanover in Matthew’s
memory. The blood drive began at the Sylvester School in 1987. Peggy
Westfield, retired Hanover teacher, was teaching at Sylvester that year.
The blood drive followed Peggy to Cedar School when she was transferred
there. When she became the reading specialist and then 5th grade teacher at
Hanover Middle School, the bloodmobile traveled with her. Last year during
our difficult pandemic, the bloodmobile relocated to the Town Hall parking
lot. The response was so great that MGH brought in two bloodmobiles to
socially distance and accommodate the donors. Please consider giving, if
you are able.

For more information including the link to sign up, please see the attached
flyer.

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Town Meeting concludes; on to the Town Election

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover’s Annual Town Meeting wrapped up its business this evening,
Tuesday, May 4th at Hanover High School. After almost an hour’s discussion
regarding the lack of timely fire and EMS response to North Hanover, and
after 30 years of review of this concern, Hanover voters finally chose to
support the initial design phase of a new fire sub-station on Webster
Street. Additionally, we supported the first phase of a Rail Trail
project, and $250,000 toward the Wildlands Trust preservation of Sylvester
field in the Four Corners area.

We move on to the Annual Town Election on Saturday, May 8th from 8:00 a.m.
– 6:00 p.m. at Hanover High School. There are three contested races on the
ballot for School Committee, Board of Health and Board of Selectmen. Don’t
miss out on your chance to weigh in! See you there!

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Town Meeting update – see you Tuesday!

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Town Meeting adjourned this evening, Monday the 3rd of May, after
dispensing with the four articles on the Special Town Meeting warrant and
the first 19 articles of the Annual Town Meeting. We will pick it up again
with Article 20 at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th, at Hanover High School.
Remember to come early, expect to be socially distant, and wear a mask!

The warrant and a great new page on the Town’s website pulled together by
our very own Steve Ryerson is found here:
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See you Tuesday night!

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Zoom yoga classes for children

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

The John Curtis Library will be sponsoring Zoom yoga classes for children
on Mondays at 11:00 a.m. from May 3—June 14. Christine Walker, who has
taught extremely popular classes at the library in the last few years, is
the instructor. The class is geared toward children ages three to six
years, but all ages are welcome to participate. Please register from the
Calendar of Events section of the library’s website,
johncurtislibrary.com.

A message from the instructor and description of the class:
“Miss Christine from Little Bee Yoga Co. is so excited to be able to share
the magic of yoga with her John Curtis Library families again!! Partner
with your little yogi in super fun poses, games, music, stories, breathing
exercises, meditation, and guided relaxations that help to strengthen their
bodies, minds and souls… We’ll bark in downward dog, meow in cat pose and
roar in lion pose while we take a yoga journey that you and your child will
never forget! This fun class provides a beautiful bonding experience
between the adult and child. Each class is 45 minutes.”

The classes are funded by the Friends of the Library.

For more information call 781-826-2972, extension 4 or email
lcampbell@ocln.org.

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How to cast your ballot in the Annual Town Election

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Hanover Annual Town Elections will be held at Hanover High School,
Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Massachusetts Legislature extended some of
the mandated voting provisions from 2020 into the 2021 Spring Election
season. Hanover residents who are taking precautions due to COVID-19 are
encouraged to vote by mail and avoid in-person contact on Election Day.
This action will help to protect the health of all voters as well as the
health of election staff. Regardless of COVID-19, all residents will be
able to vote using one of four methods in the May Annual Town Election as
follows:

1. Vote by Mail – applications for a Vote by Mail ballot must be received
in the office of the Town Clerk before 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4.
Ballots are currently available to be mailed. Voters may track the status
of their vote-by-mail ballot at
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2. Vote Absentee In-person – applications for an in-person ballot must be
received in the office of the Town Clerk before 12 noon on Friday, May 7.
Expect long lines, and plan to social distance and wear a mask. Voters may
track the status of their mail-in absentee or in-person absentee ballot at
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3. Vote by Emergency Absentee Ballot – allowable for anyone instructed to
self-quarantine beginning after 12 noon on Saturday, May 1.

4. Vote on Election Day – polls will be open at Hanover High School, 287
Cedar Street, from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Please download the Vote by Mail Application at
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and mail it to the Town Clerk’s Office, 550 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA
02339, email it to the Town Clerk’s Office, or drop it in the front door
mail slot of Town Hall. Applications can also be picked up outside the
Town Clerk’s Office during Town Hall business hours. The application MUST
include your signature; typed requests or e-mails requesting early ballots
without your signature cannot be accepted. After we confirm that you are a
registered voter in Hanover, we will process your request and your ballot
will be mailed to you. Instructions will be enclosed. Ballots may be
returned either by mail or by depositing them in the new secure drop box in
front of Town Hall. Ballots must be returned by the close of polls on
Election Day.

For more information, please contact Town Clerk Catherine Harder-Bernier at
781-826-5000 ext. 1079.

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Town Meeting starts next Monday, May 3

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

It’s Town Meeting time! Hanover’s Annual Town Meeting will be held at the
pre-pandemic usual location of Hanover High School, 287 Cedar Street, this
coming Monday, May 3rd. A Special Town Meeting to close out Fiscal 2021
will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m., and then the Annual Town Meeting will
begin at 7:30 p.m.

Residents are advised to park in the front of the building as the only
entrance into the building will be through the front doors. Check in will
be held in the hallway to the left of the main office (down by the art and
engineering rooms), and then residents will be directed around to seating
in both the auditorium and the gymnasium. Keep your “YES/NO” slip in order
to get in! Family groups and residents in agreed-upon pods will be allowed
to sit together in the same row if they arrive together. Masks will be
expected at all times.

The warrants for the two meetings are found here:
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. I just noticed that the 2020 Annual Town Report is on the same page –
hot off the press!

See you there!

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Candidate for Board of Health – Delshaune Flipp

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Attached please find Delshaune Flipp’s Candidate Information Sheet for her
re-election bid to the Board of Health.

Remember to tune in to Candidate’s Night – Tuesday night, 4/13 at 7:00 p.m.
on Zoom! If you missed the Zoom details, just go to the previous post from
about a week ago in the Around Town on the Web archives here:
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Candidate for School Committee – John Geary

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Below please find John Geary’s Candidate Information Sheet!

Candidate Information Sheet
Town of Hanover, 2021
John Geary
Candidate for Re-Election: School Committee
248 Manns Dr. Hanover, MA
(c)215-651-3989
jgeary@hanoverschools.org
Resident for 14 years

Please list relevant experience (education, vocation, etc.) you feel will
be useful in the office you are seeking.
• I have served on the Hanover Public Schools, School Committee for three
consecutive terms, including three years as Chairperson, two years as
vice-chairperson, five years on the finance sub-committee, responsible for
contract negotiations with the Hanover Teachers Association, and three
years implementing HPS safety policies with the Hanover Police Dept.,
related to A.L.I.C.E. training and active intruders. In 2013, I was
directly responsible for the hiring of Hanover’s current superintendent.
I also served for two years on the town of Hanover’s MPIC (Master Plan
Implementation Committee). I am a ten year member of the HYAA (Hanover
Youth Athletic Association) serving as the Vice Chairperson for over 5
years.
What are the major issues confronting the town which involve your office?
Please express your opinion on these issues and how you propose to deal
with them.
• In my experience serving the district and our community over the years,
when “issues” arise, we address them as a district leadership team head
on. We leverage the individual skill sets within the district to find quick
and effective solutions, or quickly implement a plan for a longer term
solution. There is no evidence that we have failed as a district for
problem solving or providing solutions to students and families. I would
rather discuss the success stories from our district so that we can
identify opportunities for future achievement. If we can expand individual
successes, then the district reaches a higher achievement collectively for
all students. “Issues” has become the default word that our town and
our society always want to discuss and call attention to, but in my
experience they are typically isolated situations to an individual’s
personal agenda, and are not reflective of the district or the community as
a whole. We need to do a better job of celebrating our successes and using
them as a foundation for future achievement. This should be the goal of
our community to change the narrative from “issues” to “successes.”
Why are you running for this office?
• I am seeking re-election for School Committee, because I am committed
to the Town of Hanover and dedicated to establishing high expectations
specifically for our leadership team and also for the district as a whole,
so we can always strive for excellence collectively. I will continue to
work hard to professionally and respectfully challenge our administration
team, without bias or a personal agenda, to ensure that the district is
providing students and families of Hanover the best education experience
possible.

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Candidate for Planning Board – Bernie Campbell

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Please see Bernie Campbell’s candidate profile, below:

Candidate information sheet

Name: Bernie Campbell
Office Seeking: Planning Board
Address: 17 Summersweet Ct
Ph: 617-347-8714
Length of Residency: 36 Years

Relevant Experience:
• Graduated from Boston State College.
• Worked for 37 years in property management with the Flatley Company,
Braintree, MA

What are the major issues confronting the town which involve your office?
Please express your opinion on these issues and how you propose to deal
with them.
Town and Business Growth – This is a good problem to have but requires
planning. As a long time resident of the town, I am committed to managing
that growth in a way that maintains the character of the town. I will
achieve this by utilizing the master plan and staying true to our bylaws.
Bylaw Updates – Many of the town’s bylaws were put in place as guard
rails to plan for and prevent over development. Many of the bylaws are
foundational and solid which allows our community to maintain its unique
appeal and charm. However, we also need to acknowledge that things change
over time. Thus, it is critical that the Planning Board listens to the
needs of residents and local businesses alike to adapt the bylaws to best
serve all parties. For example, this year the Planning Board is proposing a
yearlong moratorium on the Village Planned Unit Development (VPUD) bylaw.
This bylaw was created and utilized to promote development along Route 53.
Given the increase of recent developments and projects that fall under the
VPUD bylaw, the proposed moratorium will give the Planning Board time to
review this bylaw and ensure that all future developments are in the best
interest of the town. It is vital that the Planning Board remain vigilant
with both enforcing our current bylaws and ensuring they work for and make
sense for our residents and the town.
Why Are You Running For Office:
The Town of Hanover has always been very important to me. I believe that
all the boards and committees in town have a direct impact on our community
in different ways. I have the utmost respect for those who volunteer their
time to be a part of making this town better on a daily basis. It truly
does take a village. The Planning Board affords me the opportunity to
impact current and future development to ensure it is beneficial and
fitting to the community we all call home.

Working with the planning board to encourage more participation with
long-term planning (master plan). Continue to work with the board to create
more reasonable price housing for seniors in first time homeowners.

I’ve been on the planning board for over 15 years as an associate member.
Last year I was appointed to an unfilled position and would like to
continue as an elected member of the board.

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Candidate for School Committee – Ryan Hall

Dear fellow Hanoverians:

Below please find Ryan Hall’s candidate profile:

Candidate Information Sheet

Name: Ryan Hall

Office Seeking: School Committee

Address: 131 Dillingham Way

Telephone Number: 781-985-9885

Length of Residency: 11 years

Please list relevant experience (education, vocation, etc) you feel will be
useful in the office you are seeking

I have devoted the past 17 years to contributing to the development of the
education model: teaching mathematics in inclusive classrooms, writing
grants, implementing technology, planning and participating with local and
regional educational committees, developing and implementing a rigorous,
standards-based curriculum. Currently, I am teaching both middle and high
school in neighboring Duxbury. During this past year I’ve taught within a
synchronous hybrid model, using Zoom to connect students at home to the
classroom every day.

My experience in education has a broad reach and has allowed me to have
worked in many districts as well as in many different classroom models,
from a Wellesley elementary school, to a high school in Roxbury and then to
Plymouth South High School. Now, in my current role as a middle and high
school math educator in Duxbury, a 1:1 district, I am able to build on my
use of teaching with technology to support a co-teaching and inclusion
model. In addition to my time working in education, I am a parent of three
children entering grades 6, 5 and 1 in the fall, which has provided me with
the perspective of how collaboration between parents and schools feels from
both sides of the table. Our family has so enjoyed meeting our town
neighbors through the Food Pantry collections, sports programs, and our
experiences at Cedar, Center, and the Middle School.

What are the major issues confronting the town which involve your office.
Please express your opinion on these issues and how you propose to deal
with them.

As Hanover emerges from the hybrid model we have worked within this year,
our schools need to acknowledge the impact that the pandemic has had on the
mental health of our student body and implement effective policies and
programs to address the social/emotional needs of all of our children.

Though our district was able to provide access to remote learning for every
student, it was a more effective tool for some children than for others. We
need to recognize the individual academic needs of all students, meet them
where they are as they return to full in-classroom learning, and provide
them with the support needed to meet the state standards. It will be even
more important to continue to use data-driven analysis, in partnership with
the faculty and administration, to be able to conduct meaningful curriculum
and program reviews to ensure progress. My current experience with writing
and implementing curriculum at the Middle and High School levels, would
provide needed insight to this process.

Through it all, we need to encourage open communication and positive
working relationships with families. Together, we can stay proactive as we
focus on solutions that work for everyone.

Why are you running for this office?

As a taxpayer, a homeowner, a teacher, and a full-time working parent to
three children in the Hanover school system (middle, elementary and the
youngest receiving special education services), I bring a broad and
intentional viewpoint to the position. As a currently active educator, I
look forward to bringing a fresh perspective to the ongoing issues facing
the district. I believe that through open, and ongoing communication and a
strong partnership among the community, the families, the administration,
the educators, and the committee, we will continue to build a strong and
responsive district for all.

After a difficult year of living, learning, and teaching through a
pandemic, we all want to help our community. Over my last eleven years in
Hanover, I have met many children and families and teachers that have
shared their own stories with me. Those stories, as well as my own, fuel my
desire to run for this office. I believe my years of experience in
education, my current role in the classroom, as well as my demonstrated
dedication to ensuring all students reach their full potential, will
benefit the School Committee and the Hanover community. I am excited to be
on the ballot and running again for School Committee so that I might bring
the breadth of my experience and passion to Hanover.

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