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Boxford




AROUND TOWN

Town government: Incorporated in 1685, Boxford has an open Town Meeting form of government with five selectmen. Town Hall, 978-887-6000, and the Selectmen's office, 978-887-0806, are both located at 7A Spofford Road.

To register to vote, to register a dog, buy a hunting license: Residents may register to vote in the town clerk's office on Spofford Road, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Town Hall is closed on Friday except for appointments. A combination hunting and fishing license is available. Dog licenses are $20 for a neutered or spayed animal until January; $25 late fee after Feb. 1. Information, 978-887-0806.

Paying taxes: The fiscal 2006 tax rate is $10.17 per $1,000 valuation. Tax collector, 978-887-6000, ext. 505.

Green space: Boxford State Forest, off Middleton Road; fields and trails at Witch Hollow Farm, corner of Main Street and Ipswich Road; Stiles Pond town beach, Main Street; and playgrounds at Cole and Spofford Pond schools.

Library:

East Boxford Village, 10 Elm St., 978-887-7323. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Closed Saturday during the summer.

West Boxford Branch, 188 Washington St., 978-352-7323. Monday through Friday, noon to 6 p.m.

In emergencies:

Police: 911 (emergencies) or alternate emergency number, 978-887-8133. Police business: 978-887-8135. Police Chief Gordon A. Russell Jr.

Fire: 911 (emergencies) or 978-887-5725 (business). Fire Chief Peter C. Perkins.

To volunteer: Contact Selectmen, Town Hall, 7-A Spofford Road, 978-887-6000.

Trash and Recycling: Recycling Center at the landfill, 978-353-6555. Open Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Glass, plastics, newspapers, magazines, tin cans, scrap metal, appliances, corrugated cardboard, tires, LP tanks from gas grills and car batteries are accepted. Recycling fees may be paid in cash or by check at the center. Waste motor oil disposal behind the DPW garage first Saturday of each month, 8 a.m. to noon.

Curbside pickup of trash and recyclables is Monday and Tuesday Sticker for $2 for each 30-gallon container used are available in the Treasurer's office at Town Hall, either library, or the two village stores.

Trash pickup: Trash pickup is Monday and Tuesday.

For senior citizens: Council on Aging, corner of Middleton Road and Elm Street, 978-887-3591. More than 30 programs throughout the year, including Meals on Wheels; advocate for health, economic, social and cultural needs to encourage maximum independence and improve the quality of life.

Veterans: For veterans' services, call Veterans Service Officer Edward V. Mitchell at North Andover Town Hall, 120 Main St., 978-682-6378, weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Service Organizations: Boxford Village Garden Club, Boxford Cultural Arts Council, Boxford Trails Association/Boxford Open Land Trust, The West Boxford Grange No. 140, James L. Melvin Post American Legion.

Historical Society: Holyoke-French House, Elm St., Boxford Village, 978-887-5078.

Recreation: Stiles Pond, overseen by the Boxford Athletic Association; resident family membership, $100. Organized youth sports leagues for hockey, soccer, baseball, basketball, football and softball.

Animal control: Helen Phillips, 978-887-8135.

Inspectors: All are at 7A Spofford Road.

Health agent: Kendell Longo 978-887-6000, ext. 507.

Building inspector: 978-887-6000, ext. 161.

Conservation, 978-887-6000, ext. 506.

Planning, 978-887-6000, ext. 191.

Youth services: Tri-Town Council on Youth and Family Services, 5 Main St., Topsfield, 978-887-6512. Crisis intervention and counseling.

To report a pothole: Department of Public Works, 978-352-6555. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SCHOOLS

Public: Harry Lee Cole Elementary School, 26 Middleton Road, kindergarten through second grade, Principal Kathryn Nikas 978-887-2856. Spofford Pond Elementary School, 31 Spofford Road, grades three through six, Principal Kevin Soraghan, 978-352-8616. Tri-Town School Union Elementary Superintendent Dr. Bernard Creeden, 978-887-0771.

Masconomet Regional Middle and Senior High, Endicott Road, Topsfield, 978-887-2323. Grades seven through 12. Senior High Principal Pamela G. Culver; Middle School Principal Catherine Cullinane. Masconomet Regional School District Superintendent Dr. Claire Sheff Kohn, 978-887-2323. Middleton and Topsfield also are part of the district.

Private: The Village School, for preschoolers ages 3 to 5, is located at the Second Congregational Church of Boxford, 175 Washington St., 978-887-6033.

HOUSES OF WORSHIP

Congregational: First Church Congregational, East Boxford Village, 978-887-5841. Rev. Douglas Stuart, Pastor Richard Norwood, Summer Sunday service, 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.

Second Congregational Church, 173 Washington St., West Boxford, 978-352-2127. Rev. Dr. Jeanne Marechal, Fall and winter Sunday service and Sunday school, 10 a.m. Sept. 19, Rally Day, when all fall and winter activities begin.

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