New Salem Town Notices

April 2014 New Salem News

Annual Town Election

The following town offices are up for election at this year’s annual town election in 2014:

Selectboard 3 year term

Board of Health 3 year term

Assessor 3 year term

Planning Board 5 year term

Planning Board 4 year term (to fill vacancy)

School Committee 3 year term

School Committee 3 year term

School Committee 2 year term (to fill vacancy)

Library Trustee 3 year term

Library Trustee 2 year term (to fill vacancy)

If you are seeking election, nomination papers are available from the Town Clerk's office, 24 S. Main St. The required number of signatures to be an official candidate included on the ballot is 20, however it’s always wise to have a few extras should there be difficulty verifying any signatures.

The important dates for this year’s annual election on Monday, May 5th are:

Last day to obtain nomination papers, Friday March 14th,

Last day to submit papers to registrars of voters for certification, Monday, March 17th,

Last day to file nomination papers with town clerk, Monday, March 31st, and

Last day to register to vote, Tuesday, April 15th.

My office hours are Mondays 6-9 PM and by appointment if necessary.

Please don’t hesitate to call at (978) 544-2731 or email me at newsalemsclerk@aol.com if you have any questions.

Stacy Senflug

Town Clerk

FY2014 Real Estate and Personal Property 4th Quarter Tax Bills Due

This is to remind you that FY2014 4th Quarter Real Estate and Personal Property taxes are now due and payable.  The due date for these bills is May 1, 2014.  Payments received after that date will be charged interest and fees.


NEW It is now possible to look up your bill information online at www.unitaxonline.com whether or not you plan to pay online.  

·       Enter www.unitaxonline.com in your web browser.

·       Select Town of New Salem from the drop down menu on the home screen and click Submit.

·       Select bill type under transactions (Motor Vehicle, Personal Property or Real Estate).

·       Then click on “Need help locating your bill?” on the transaction screen.

·       Fill in the requested information and your bill information will be provided


Alternatively, if you have trouble locating your bill(s)/information 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(s).  You may also email your request for this information to newsalemtax@aol.com.


Non-cash payments may be deposited in the black tax payment drop box located in front of the town hall at 15 S. Main Street 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 through the due date. 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.  

New Salem Police Office Hours
Beginning on Monday, March 3, 2014, and continuing every Monday evening until July, the New Salem Police Department will hold office hours from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  This is an opportunity for people to come in and discuss and police-related business or concerns.  Fire arm licensing will not be handled during these office hours, but will continue to happen on an appointment only basis

New Salem Town Democratic Committee News
Delegate Election
: The New Salem Town Democratic Committee held their annual caucus on Sunday, February 23rd at 10 a.m. to elect delegates to the State Democratic Convention being held in Worcester in June, 2014. Sharon Tracy was elected as a delegate and Lisa Finestone was elected as an alternate. John Ryan is a delegate automatically because he is the chair of the committee.
Presentations: Following the caucus the Committee heard presentations from Denise Andrews, incumbent and candidate for state representative; Jonathan Edwards and Steve Kerrigan, candidates for lieutenant governor; Matt Baron, representative for James Arena DeRosa, candidate for lieutenant governor; and Tyler, representative for Leland Cheung, candidate for lieutenant governor.
Dues Reminder: The committee also wants to remind New Salem Democrats to send in their dues of $10 to Treasurer Hugh Field, 124 Fay Rd., New Salem. Dues help to cover the cost of sending delegates to the convention.


Fresh Food Film Series Showing Cafeteria Man

At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 3rd, the Mount Grace Land Trust will host a screening of Cafeteria Man at the Central Congregational Church at 93 South Main Street in Orange. The film, which tells the story of an ambitious effort to “green” the public school diet serving 83,000 students in Baltimore, is free to the public, thanks to generous support by the Orange Oil Company (of New Salem) and Pease Orchard. Cafeteria Man is the second of five Fresh Food Films to be screened monthly in Athol and Orange. Mount Grace is hosting the series on behalf of the new Greater Quabbin Food Alliance, a network of food-related organizations and businesses. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with coffee and refreshments, and the film will run from 6:00-7:30 p.m. A discussion on local food and community action will follow. See the New Salem News for more details.

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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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.

New Transfer Station Attendant

A new Transfer Station Attendant has been hired. The new attendant is Robert Roy who likes to be called Bob. Bob is a 20-year Navy Retired Chief Engineer who worked on submarines. After he retired, he worked as a counselor in shelters for abused children in Florida. He is a native of Massachusetts and moved to New Salem three years ago. Please welcome Bob. We will miss Al, who was been offered a promotion at his other job and as a result, was no longer be able to work on Saturdays.

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