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Virtual Public Meeting about Coyotes with Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Representative

Please join us tonight, Wednesday, July 6th 2022, for a public meeting held via ZOOM and local community channels on Comcast (Channel 8), and Verizon (Channel 45). As we welcome a representative from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife to discuss the coyote population in town. We urge residents to join the meeting via ZOOM, if you would like to participate in the meeting and ask questions, or address concerns regarding the coyote population. ZOOM information can be found below to join the meeting:

Town Hall is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Coyote Discussion with Mass Wildlife
Time: Jul 6, 2022 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Virtual Public Meeting about Coyotes with Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Representative

Please join us on Wednesday July 6, 2022 at 6:30pm for a Virtual Public Meeting regarding the Coyote population in Town. A representative from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will join the meeting to answer any questions, address concerns and educate the public on the coyote population in town. The ZOOM link is below to join the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84927295069?pwd=WTdJcnVLeTNPLzhlTXV3T2FtZll4UT09

Meeting ID: 849 2729 5069
Passcode: 297074
One tap mobile
+19292056099,,84927295069#,,,,297074# US (New York) +13017158592,,84927295069#,,,,297074# US (Washington DC)

Dial by your location
+1 929 205 6099 US (New York)
+1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)
+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
+1 646 931 3860 US
+1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)
+1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
+1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
+1 669 444 9171 US
Meeting ID: 849 2729 5069
Passcode: 297074
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kcRFJm4KWw

Town Meeting Info Sessions with the Town Administrator

NAHANT: The first of two Town Meeting Information Sessions will be tonight, Wednesday May 11, 2022 at 6:30pm. These sessions will be a hybrid style meeting via ZOOM and in person in the downstairs conference room at the Nahant Town Hall.

These sessions are a great way for residents to prepare for Town Meeting and learn about the articles on the warrant they will be voting for. We urge residents to join and ask any questions they may have.

The Report and Recommendations of the Advisory and Finance Committee book has been mailed out to residents and you can also view the report here: Report and Recommendations of the Advisory and Finance Committee Town Meeting 2022

Another great resource for Town Meeting is our Annual Town Meeting page at nahant.org. Here you will find the process for Town Meeting, Community Preservation Committee info, Budget, Warrant, and much more.

We hope residents take advantage of these informational sessions and the Annual Town Meeting page ahead of Town Meeting. However if you are unable to attend we will post the recording of both sessions to the Annual Town Meeting page.

Below you will find the ZOOM links for both of the information sessions.

Wednesday May 11, 2022: 6:30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82385466091?pwd=Z09BSWRla2tpK3VLdlgzQVIwbks3dz09

Monday May 16, 2022: 6:30pm: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84043866089?pwd=dHk0bzU4YmloYmhsejVrRC9xbElaZz09

As always if you have any questions please call the Town Hall at 781-581-0088.

Nahant-Council on Aging Tiffany Room Closes due to an increase in COVID cases.

NAHANT- On Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Director of the Council on Aging, Mary Miner, announced that the Tiffany Room would be temporarily closed due to a recent increase in COVID positive cases. Over the last week, a few seniors that attend lunches and programs offered by the Council on Aging have tested positive. Further, over the past few weeks, positive cases in Nahant and in the Commonwealth are generally on the rise. The official date of the reopening of the Tiffany Room is anticipated for next Tuesday, May 17, 2022 however the Council on Aging will provide an update announcement early next week on their website, www.nahantcouncilonaging.org.

According to Nahant’s Health Nurse, Deborah Murphy, as of May 10, 2022, there have been 17 positive cases in the month of May based on PCR testing. At home test results are not automatically reported to the State or the Town health departments. Over the last two weeks dating into April, 258 PCR tests were performed on Nahant residents and 24 have returned positive. Nahant’s positivity rate for the 14 day period is 10.47% compared to the Commonwealth’s at 6.77%.

The Johnson School encourages parents to have their children wear a mask to school, however it is not required.

If you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate at home for 5 days. If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house and continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days. Please visit mass.gov for additional information.

Vaccine clinics and booster clinics are available at Lynn City Hall on Mondays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Please register online by visiting the City of Lynn’s Vaccine Website. The Town of Nahant continues to offer free take-home COVID test kits at the Town Hall during normal business hours. The On-Go at-home test kits that have an expiration date of April 2022 printed on the box, were recently announced to have their expiration date extended by 3 months. New expiration date is now July 2022.    

Town of Nahant Responds to Proposed Changes to Multi-Family Housing Guidelines for MBTA Communities

The Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator Antonio Barletta wish to share their response to the State of Massachusetts regarding proposed guidelines for multi-family housing required of MBTA Communities.

The draft guidelines under consideration are:

  • Define the minimum reasonable size of a multi-family zoning district as 50 acres, with at least 25 acres contiguous.
  • The district may not be more than ½-mile from commuter rail, ferry, subway, or train station.

While supportive of the need for communities to provide multi-family housing, the Board and Town Administrator Barletta have written to Michael Kennealy, Secretary of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

The letter states that Nahant, as one of the smallest communities in the state and one with significant wetlands, will be impacted by the new regulations far more than any other MBTA Community. The Town also requests an explanation of the decision-making process, and flexibility rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

Town of Nahant Lifts Indoor Masking Mandate

NAHANT – Town Administrator Antonio Barletta and the Town of Nahant announce that the Town’s indoor mask mandate has been lifted effective immediately.

Town officials reached that decision based on a number of factors: a significant decrease in the rate of positive COVID-19 cases; increased rates of residents who are fully vaccinated and/or have received booster shots; and neighboring communities that also have lifted indoor mask mandates.

The lifting of the mandate does not include Johnson Elementary School. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has determined that school districts may decide to make masking optional after Feb. 28. The Town will remain in communication with the school administration and School Committee about masking in the coming weeks.

The Town also reminds residents that it will distribute COVID-19 tests on Thursday, Feb. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Johnson Elementary School.

“With February school vacation coming up, it’s a timely opportunity to provide people the chance to test at home,” Town Administrator Barletta said.

Baker-Polito Administration Launches Tool for Residents to Access COVID-19 Digital Vaccine Card

“My Vax Records” Provides New Option to Access Vaccine History and QR Code to Verify COVID-19 Vaccination

BOSTON – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced a tool that gives residents a new way to access their COVID-19 digital vaccine card and vaccination history. The new tool, called My Vax Records, allows people who received their vaccination in Massachusetts to access their own vaccination history and generate a COVID-19 digital vaccine card, which would contain similar vaccination information to a paper CDC card. The COVID-19 digital vaccine cards produced by the system utilize the SMART Health Card platform and generate a QR code that can be used to verify vaccination.  The Administration is not requiring residents to show proof of vaccination to enter any venue, but this tool will help residents who would like to access and produce a digital copy of their record.

Access the new tool at MyVaxRecords.Mass.Gov.

How It Works: The new tool is easy to use: a person enters their name, date of birth, and mobile phone number or email associated with their vaccine record. After creating a 4-digit PIN, the user receives a link to their vaccine record that will open upon re-entry of the PIN.

The electronic record shows the same information as a paper CDC vaccine card: name, date of birth, date of vaccinations, and vaccine manufacturer. It also includes a QR code that makes these same details readable by a QR scanner, including smartphone apps. Once the SMART Health Card is received, users are able to save the QR code to their phone, such as the Apple Wallet, screenshot the information and save it to their phone’s photos, or print out a copy for a paper record. The system follows national standards for security and privacy.

This system provides an optional way that residents can access their vaccination information and a COVID-19 digital vaccine card. This will provide residents with another tool to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, should it be requested by businesses, local governments, or other entities.

The system leverages the Massachusetts Immunization Information System (MIIS), the official database used by health care providers across the state to record vaccination information. The system relies on hundreds of providers inputting demographic and health information. Some users may not be able to immediately find their record, or may find an incomplete record. Residents whose record cannot be found or is incomplete can either contact their health care provider or contact the MIIS team to update their records. Learn more about the tool and view frequently-asked-questions atwww.mass.gov/myvaxrecord.

Massachusetts has worked with VCI,™ a voluntary coalition of public and private organizations which developed the open-source SMART Health Card Framework in use by other states. The VCI coalition is dedicated to improving privacy and security of patient information, making medical records portable and reducing healthcare fraud.

My Vax Records is just one way residents can obtain their COVID vaccination record. Pharmacies that administered the COVID vaccine and many health care providers also are making SMART Health Cards available, or are providing additional options. Learn more.

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