Welcome to Halifax
The Town of Halifax is located in the center of Plymouth County in Massachusetts. It has a population of approximately 7,500 people and a mix of rural, agricultural (including cranberry bogs) and residential development. Founded in 1734, its history spans from colonial times to the present day. Please explore the Town's web site and if you need more information, please contact us.
information about delays, postponements and changes in schedules will be posted here:
Non-Emergency Assistance/Transportation/Information - The Town will be providing some assistance to residents who need it including transportation (such as to the warming center in Halifax or to the long-term shelter in Kingston). Residents should call the Halifax Police Department business lines: 781-293-3511, 781-293-3533, 781-293-5761 for assistance and information. Please do not call "911" unless it is an emergency.
Warming Center/Shelter - The Halifax Elementary School will open on Monday, January 25 at 8pm to serve as a warming center. The Silver Lake High School in Kingston will open at 8am on Tuesday, January 26 to provide shelter on a long-term basis. Pets are not allowed at the Elementary School. Pets are allowed at Silver Lake High School, but owners must bring all items and supplies for their pets. Pets should be caged or heavily restrained at all times.
Recycling/Trash - All curbside pickups of trash and recyclables scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 will take place on Thursday, January 29. All curbside pickups of trash and recyclables scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 will take place on Friday, January 30. The Recycling Center will be open on Monday night, January 26 from 5pm to 8pm. It is tentative whether the Center will be open on Wednesday, January 28 from 10am to 1pm.
Town Hall - Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. Tentatively, the Town Hall will be open during normal hours on Wednesday, January 28.
Board of Selectmen - The Board of Selectmen's meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 28 at 7:30pm.
Finance Committee - The Finance Committee's meeting with the Finance Committees in Plympton and Kingston scheduled for Monday, January 26 has been canceled.
Library - Due to the blizzard forecast, the Holmes Public Library will close at 6 p.m. today, Monday, January 26, and will be closed all day, Tuesday, January 27. If the roads, walkways, and parking lot are clear and power has not gone out, the library plans to be open regular hours, noon-8pm, on Wednesday, January 28. However, it may be advisable to call ahead (781-293-2271) to confirm that the library is open before heading out.
Council on Aging - The Council on Aging/Pope's Tavern will be closed on Tuesday, January 27 and there will be no van service available on Tuesday, January 27 or Wednesday, January 28. The volunteer luncheon for all Salvation Army ringers scheduled for Tuesday, January 27 at the Council on Aging has been postponed until this Friday, January 30 at noon. Please call the Council at 781-293-7313 if you can make it this Friday! Thank you again and hope to see you all there!
Silver Lake Regional School District/Halifax Elemenetary School - All schools in the school district, including Silver Lake Middle School and Silver Lake High School, along with Halifax Elementary School, will be closed on Tuesday, January 27. All afternoon activities scheduled for Monday, January 26 at the Silver Lake Middle School and Silver Lake High School have been canceled; this includes all late buses.
MBTA/Commuter Rail - There will be no commuter rail or MBTA service on Tuesday, January 27.
Central Plymouth County Water District Commission - The Central Plymouth County Water District Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, January 28 has been canceled.
Because the recycling truck broke down, the recycling for Thursday, January 22 (which was the normal "Wednesday" recycling route) will be delayed until Friday, January 23 and will be picked up by Howland Disposal. The recycling schedule for Monday, January 26 will be the normal schedule, but will be picked up by Howland Disposal.
Local Cable Broadcasts
As the Town of Halifax transitions from having a public access studio run by Comcast to the joint public access corporation (PAC for Carver and Halifax), the broadcast of some Halifax events via the "government" channel on Comcast will be delayed. The PAC has been able to upload videos of these events, including Board of Selectmen meetings and Elementary School Committee meetings to YouTube. You can find this videos on the "CHCAM Channel".
Child Care Subsidy Program
The Towns of Carver and Halifax have recently received grant funding, to provide assistance with childcare costs, up to $3,000 per child, with a maximum of $9,000 per family, to qualifying families. Information and applications are available in the Halifax Board of Selectmen's Office or you can download the information and application that comes with this notice.
The deadline to apply is 4pm on Monday, January 26, 2015.
There will be informational Sessions on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5 PM in the Halifax Town Hall and on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5 PM in the Carver Town Hall. If you have questions, you can contact the program at 508.866.3400 x.1011.
Childcare providers can submit an application for services, also.
The Town of Halifax is searching for volunteers to serve on the following boards and committees: Beautification Committee, Cable TV Advisory Committee, Finance Committee, Halifax Cultural Council, Halifax in Lights, Historic District Commission, Holmes Public Library Trustees, Youth and Recreation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals (alternates). Many of the Town's departments are run by volunteers. The commitment needed ranges from a few hours a year to several hours a month. If volunteers are unavailable, the activities and programs run by those departments cease and the Town cannot function as it should. Any resident interested in serving should contact the Board of Selectmen's Office at 781-294-1316 or download a copy of the Talent Bank form - look for "Volunteer Opportunities" just to the left of this notice.