New Salem Town Notices

Halloween Events in New Salem
Trick-or-Treating: Trick-or-treating will be held in New Salem from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 31st.
Trick-or-Treating on the Common:  In addition to the traditional trick-or-treating, the Town will continue to have trick-or-treating on the Common. Residents who do not live along the traditional trick-or-treat route are invited to bring their candy to distribute from tables that they will set up on the Common along the Old Main Street (west) side. In addition to their candy we ask that people setting up on the Common to bring some form of lantern or light to help trick-or-treaters find their table and the treats.

Selectboard News
Selectboard Member Sought: The Selectboard is seeking another member to fill a vacancy.  An election is required but possible candidates should express their interests as soon as possible to the two remaining Selectmen.

FY15 Preliminary Real Estate & Personal Property 2nd Quarter Tax Bills Due
This is to remind you that FY2015 2nd Quarter Preliminary Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable.  The due date for this quarter’s bills is November 1, 2014.  Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.

Payment stubs for this bill were included with the 1st quarter bill.  If you have trouble locating the stub and wish to find out the amount due you may call (978) 544-5775 and leave a message stating your name, phone number and the address of your property.  The Tax Collector will call you with the amount of your bill.  You may also email your request for this information to newsalemtax@aol.com.

Non-cash payments may be deposited in the tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall or mailed to the Tax Collector’s office at 24 S. Main St., New Salem, MA 01355. Bills may also be paid online at www.unitaxonline.com (be sure to enter 2014 for Tax Year). Cash payments may be made during the Tax Collector’s office hours at 24 S. Main Street on Tuesdays 5-7pm and Thursdays 10am-Noon.  Please note that the office will be closed on Thursday, October 23rd.  If necessary, arrangements can be made to meet at another time by calling (978) 544-5775.


Town Hall Scheduling

The Town Hall is open for the summer. Please contact Nancy Aldrich, the Town Coordinator, for information on how to reserve the space for events. She can be reached at 978-544-6437 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:00-4:00 p.m.


New Salem Planning Board Seeks Part-time Clerk
The New Salem Planning Board is seeking a part-time clerk to provide administrative support, assistance, and handle correspondence for the New Salem Planning Board. Requirements: personal computer or access to one, access to email, knowledge of office procedures and equipment, including word processing, scanning, and filing, and good communication skills. Work will be performed mostly at home at your own convenience, and occasionally at town offices. Some Thursday evening meetings required. Approximately 10 hours per month as needed. $12 per hour. One year position, with probability of extension. To apply: Please send resume and cover letter to hughtfield@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Board of Health Hours Changed
The Board of Health Clerks Hours will now be on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Board of Health Raffle Winner Announced
Congratulations to Michelle Duga for winning the raffle for the month of April at the Transfer Station. Michelle brought in a bag of trash that she picked up on the side of the road. We will continue to have the drawing each month so continue bringing in the
trash from the side of the road and put your name in the basket and you might win a bag of 10 bags. That will save you $15.00. Thank you for keeping New Salem clean.
New Salem Transfer Station’s Compost Program
The New Salem Transfer Station accepts compostable waste. All food wastes are acceptable, including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, cheese, eggs, eggshells, fruits, vegetables, bread, grains, and small amounts of bones. Also acceptable are non-recyclable paper wastes such as paper towels and napkins, paper egg cartons, paper plates, and soiled paper and cardboard such as pizza boxes. (Clean pizza boxes may be recycled with mixed paper recycling.) Before depositing in the compost barrels, dirty pizza boxes must be ripped into quarters. It is very important to keep the following items out of the compost collection barrels: plastic bags, wrappers or films; liquids; pet wastes or bedding; Styrofoam; plastic; metal; glass; or anything else that is not biodegradable. Do not deposit food in plastic bags! For a yes/no compost guide, ask the transfer station attendant or email: info@franklincountywastedistrict.org. Compostable buckets are available at the New Salem Transfer Station. Questions? Please contact the Franklin County Solid Waste Management District at 413-772-2438 or info@franklincountywastedistrict.org. Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014 for a great guide on how to dispose of anything from A to Z (this was the guide printed in the Greenfield Recorder).

Bat Exposure Information
If you have questions about potential rabies exposures or how to submit a bat to MDPH for rabies testing, please call the MDPH, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800. Detailed information is attached. For additional information on rabies, you may also visit the website at www.mass.gov/dph/rabies.


Recycling Information
Check out the Springfield MRF Advisory Board's 2014 Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Guide, online at: www.tinyurl.com/RRR2014


Money Available for Recreation Activities

The New Salem Recreation Committee has money available to sponsor recreation activities for New Salem residents, in addition to its traditional events. If you would like to organize a recreational activity or event, please contact Karen Duplissie at 544-8614, Jeanne Clayton at 544-7924 or Jane Clukay at 544-2660.

Town of New Salem Municipal Offices         


Stowell Building

19 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355


Town Coordinator



Town Hall Annex

24 S. Main Street

New Salem, MA 01355

Town Clerk

Tax Collector



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State Passes IT Bond Bill with Support Funding For Last Mile Broadband

Joint Statement on Last Mile Broadband

WiredWest Town Fee Information

New Kitchen Compost Pails Available at Transfer Station!

The Franklin County Solid Waste District recently purchased a large number of “Sure-Close” kitchen compost pails. These 1.9-gallon pails are meant to collect food waste in the kitchen, and the materials then emptied into backyard or municipal compost bins. The lid latches securely and can be made to stay open for ease of use. The vented lid has pinholes that act as a filter (but with no expensive or hard-to-find filter); moisture can pass through the lid, which reduces odors.


New Salem was among 15 district towns received varying amounts of pails: Bernardston, Colrain, Conway, Erving, Gill, Hawley, Heath, Orange, Montague, New Salem, Rowe, Shelburne, Sunderland, Wendell, and Whately. They are available free at our transfer station while supplies last.  The kitchen pails are also offered for sale to District residents for $5 at the District Office, 50 Miles St., Greenfield; call 413-772-2438 for hours or more info. Earth Machine outdoor compost bins are also for sale for $45 at the District office


These municipal compost programs are available free to permit holders at the transfer stations in Leverett, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, and Whately. The majority of this purchase was funded by Mass DEP’s Sustainable Materials Recovery Program  (SMRP) small-scale initiatives grant. The grant requires that funded items contain 35% recycled content; therefore these pails are an avocado green color to mask any color variations in the recycled product. The District previously offered a beige version of the same pail. District Towns also received a total of 44 Earth Machine compost bins, funded by the SMRP grant. For more information, please call (413) 772-2438.

Hazardous Waste Disposal Day

Hazardous Waste Disposal Day pre-registration is mid-August to September 12th.


Bulky Waste Day

Bulky Waste day is October 18th


Board of Health Litter Drawing Awards
In the month of April, Jeffrey Duga and children walked the sides of the roads in New Salem  and picked up 15 bags of rubbish. They won the drawing for the free bags for that month. Hugh MacKay won the May drawing for the free bags for his part in keeping New Salem clean. Thanks to all of you from the Board of Health and the Town of New Salem for helping to keep New Salem clean. If anyone is interested in participating in the drawing for the free trash.

Representative Needed for Franklin County Technical School District Committee
The Town of New Salem is looking for someone to represent the Town on the Franklin County Technical School District Committee.  If you are interested in serving your town in this capacity, please call the Town Moderator, Calvin Layton at 978-544-7892 or e-mail him at clavin.layton@gmail.com.

Recycling Information

The Franklin County Solid Waste District has made available information on recycling options in the county. Please see attached flyers.

Recycling in Franklin County Flyer

Why Recycle Flyer

Transfer Station Hours

The Transfer Station is open on Saturdays from 8:00am-4:00pm

New Electronic Waste Collection Program

The Solid Waste District has partnered with MRM and Electronic Recyclers to offer towns a new electronic waste program.  New Salem has an agreement with the Wendell Transfer Station allowing us to bring TVs to their landfill for a fee depending on the size of the TV. However, Wendell can NOT charge you for the following brands of electronics, so you can dispose of them FREE!  Mitsubishi,  Panasonic, Quasar, Sharp, Toshiba, Technics, and Vizio.

District, 413-772-2438, ), or the Springfield Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) Recycling Hotline at 888-888-0784 ext. 2293.


Personnel Board Looking for New Member
The New Salem Personnel Board is looking for a new member. Personnel Board Search

Board/Committee Vacancies

The Selectboard is looking for people to fill the following Board/Committee vacancies.  Please contact the Town Coordinator, Nancy Aldrich, at 978-544-6437 if you are interested in serving:

Energy Committee - 1 vacancy
Website Committee - 2 vacancies
Cultural Council - 1 vacancy