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The food pantry only serves the residents of Ashland, a proof of residency is needed. In addition, an initial interview and discussion of financial need will be held at first visit.
We may request proof of residence in Ashland by asking for the following either by self-report or encourages pantries to allow clients to self-report this information. Where verification is required, we will request rent receipts, health insurance cards, school records, letters from a landlord, or any documentation from a state or federal benefits program, or from a school, doctor, social worker or community based organization
No appointment is needed. Just come in during our regular hours, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. An appointment to speak with someone on any other issues is helpful to ensure someone will be in the office and time for meeting.
The food pantry accepts donations of any non-perishable food, paper products, toiletries, diapers, feminine products, household cleaners. We do have a freezer and refrigerator for perishable goods. We do not take food that has passed the expiration or opened. We also cannot distribute any over the counter medications or ointments.
Office hours are Monday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m
Friday - Closed
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
A maximum of 150 items may be checked out on your Minuteman library card. The only items we limit are DVDs with a “New” sticker on the binding and holiday and school assignment books in the Children’s Room.
Yes. There is no charge for scanning..
To renew and request items go to Minuteman Library Network and click on “My Account”. Enter your library card number (14 digits with no spaces) and PIN. If you do not have a PIN, follow the directions to set one. Your PIN can be between 3 and 30 characters.
All PINs are encrypted so we cannot tell you what you selected. Please call the library at 508-881-0134 to ask about resetting your PIN.
There is a 50 item limit per Minuteman library card.
Yes. Please go to Minuteman Library Network and click on “My Account”. Please have your library card number and PIN available.
You can reserve a museum pass via Reserve a Museum Pass. You will need your library card number and PIN to complete the reservation. You can also reserve by calling the front desk at 508-881-0134.
Yes. The library has three rooms available for use by non-profit community groups and associations holding public meetings that are free of charge and open to the public. The large meeting room seats no more than 90 people, the Children’s program room seats no more than 25 people, and the Cheever Conference Room seats no more than 15 people.
Library meeting rooms are primarily for the use of the library, library related organizations, and library sponsored programs and are not available for social gatherings, for the benefit of private individuals, for commercial enterprises, or any closed meeting.
Yes. Visit the parcel search.
Look over our Volunteer Opportunities to see what positions are open. If you are interested in any of the available positions, complete and submit a Talent Bank form. For more information, contact Susan Robie at 508-881-0100 then press option 5.
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If you have a suggestion for a class you would like to see offered please let us know and we will attempt to find a teacher! Recreation Department
State Senate President Karen Spilka from Ashland represents the Middlesex & Norfolk District as of January 4, 2023.
State Representative Jack Patrick Lewis from Framingham represents the Seventh Middlesex District. This was not changed.
Six Precincts as of December 31, 2021
Due to the 2020 Federal Census, changes were made to accommodate an additional precinct. The precincts must be equal; it is based on population. Please remember to fill out your census form each year. It is mailed to each household. Please include all children on the census form. I don’t want any information from my census form to be distributed to anyone without my prior consent. I actually want it on file with the Town Clerk only.
Town Meeting and Town Elections are held at the Ashland High School, 65 East Union St. The first Night of the Annual Town Meeting begins at 7:00 PM sharp on Wednesday May 4, 2022. The Annual Town Election will be held on Tuesday May 17, 2022 - Polls open from 7:00 AM until 8:00 PM. Unless otherwise noted.
The Law states that the census information is a public record unless you are a Public Safety Official or under the age of 17.
Yes. M.G.L. Chapter 110 states that anyone doing business under a name other than their own is required to file a DBA (doing business as) certificate in the Town the business is in. If you were incorporated, you would file with the Secretary of State in Boston. You will find the forms on the website. Please note that the Building Inspector must sign off on all business certificates are home-based businesses prior to filing with the Town Clerk.
Massachusetts General Law Chapter 140 Sections 137 and 137A states that you must license a dog. You must license the dog beginning at 6 months of age. Please include an updated rabies certificate and if the dog is spayed/neutered we will need that certificate as well. All paperwork that you submit will be returned with the license. If licensing the dog by mail, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope. Currently the fees are $15 for spayed/neutered dogs and $20 for intact dogs. Licensing begins January and you must license your dog by April 15th. If a dog is not licensed by April 15th you will be subject to a late fee of $50 per dog plus the license fee per the town bylaw.
We are open until 7:00 PM Wednesday evenings or you may send us a self-addressed stamped envelope; we will be pleased to accommodate you via the mail. With the exception of a marriage intention.
It depends on the documents. The law has changed and the Town Clerk’s Office is prevented from notarizing certain documents. We are unable to notarize wills, Power of Attorney, Real Estate, etc. Please contact the office ahead of time to ask us if your particular document falls under this new rule. The current fee to notarize a document is $1.25 per signature. Please bring a valid ID you when you come. Do not sign the documents prior to your visit. There are notaries in the Town of Ashland that are listed on the website who are able to assist you outside of Town Hall.
The Town Clerk’s Office are Commissioners to Qualify. You will need to make an appointment to take your oath as two people must be present. There is no charge for this service at this time.