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Remember To Shovel Out Your Gas Meter

   Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Shovled-out gas meterThe changing weather in New England has caused a lot of trouble this winter, from dangerous roads to collapsing roofs. The energy company National Grid would like to remind homeowners of another potential danger: snow-bound natural gas meters.

With all the snow this winter, many residents had no choice but to pile up snow where ever they could - including covering up the gas meter on their house. The recent melting and refreezing has caused some gas meters to become so encased in ice and snow that they're not able to vent properly, thus causing a dangerous presence of natural gas near or inside homes. This could also happen if snow and ice falling from roofs and damages the equipment.

To prevent this situation, carefully shovel out around your gas meter. If you smell or suspect natural gas or carbon monoxide in your home, National Grid recommends that you go outside immediately and breathe deeply; if symptoms are severe, call 911 immediately.

Also, report this gas smell using National Grid emergency contact number 800-233-5325. A service technician will be dispatched within an hour of your call to investigate the smell.

For more information on natural gas, additional information and safety tips, and read a recent Westford Eagle article.

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Changes to Tax Forms at the Library

   Friday, December 17th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

This year's tax season will be different from past years, due to cost-cutting measures at the IRS and the Massachusetts Department of Revenue. These changes are:

  • The IRS is NOT sending paper forms or instructions to peoples' homes. You can request the IRS send forms to your house by calling 800-829-3676 after January 1st.
  • The state tax booklets this year will only include one copy of the forms - they will NOT include any instructions. The booklets WILL be send to peoples' homes

The library will have reference copies of forms and instructions for patrons to photocopy. Also, all of these forms and instructions will be available online. You can visit the websites below for reference or to print your own copies:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Revenue - Tax Forms

Internal Revenue Service - Tax Forms

The library will still have a (limited) supply, and we'll do our best to fill everyone's tax form needs.

We do plan on offering the AARP Tax-Aide Volunteer again this year, and will begin taking appointments in mid- to late-January. Please contact the Reference Desk with question, and we, try to help you find the resource you need - but remember, library staff is not qualified to offer tax advice.

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Election Primaries, September 14, 2010

   Monday, September 13th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Vote!The primary elections for the November 2010 mid-term elections are Tuesday, September 14, 2010.

Polls will be open 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sample Primary Ballots:

The Town of Chelmsford's voter information webpage has the list of polling locations [pdf] and the precinct list by street [pdf]. For more information, residents should contact the Town Clerk's office.

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Winterfest: Feb 5-7, 2010

   Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Winterfest 2010 LogoCome out and celebrate Wintefest with the rest of the Chelmsford this weekend!

Events are scheduled all over town, starting Friday night with snowshoeing at Russell Mill Forest and ending with a winter nature walk at the Archer Meadowbrook Reservation, with all sorts of fun indoor and outdoor activities for the entire family in between.

Check out the Wintefest Schedule of Events for complete details, and a map to each event location.

And if you go snowshoeing Friday night, be sure to stop by the library afterward to warm up with our "Sweet Suspense and Lethal Libations" event - lots of desserts, books and conversation.

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2010 WinterFest Photo Contest Applications

   Monday, January 25th, 2010 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Winterfest 2009 Winning PhotosLike taking photographs? Submit your favorites to the Chelmsford's 2010 Winterfest Photo Contest!

The Chelmsford Cultural Council's 14th Annual Chelmsford Photography Contest at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (CCA) will be on display during Winterfest, Saturday & Sunday, February 6-7, 2010.

Applications are due by Friday, Jan 29th, 2010, and can be dropped off at the library. Application forms are available at the Reference Desk and also on the Cultural Council's website in both pdf format [pdf] and as a Word document [doc].

Contest Rules:

  • Three categories: Professional, Amateur, Student (through High School)
  • Each person limited to three (3) entries
  • Black & white or color photos accepted
  • Each photograph (excluding the mat board frame), must have one dimension of at least 8 inches (ex: 6x9, 8X10, etc.)
  • All prints should be framed with a paper mat frame or dry mounted onto a mat board. No wood or metal frames!
  • Only photos taken after January 1, 2009 are eligible
  • Photos will be judged on composition, general appeal, and technical merit
  • All entries must be received by Friday, January 29, 2010
  • No late entries will be accepted, no exceptions
  • Limit of one prize per contestant
  • Entrants must be residents of Chelmsford
  • All entries will be displayed at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts (CCA) during Winterfest on Saturday and Sunday (February 6-7, 2010) and will remain up through February 13th. Photos may be picked up after February 18th at the Community Services Office of the Chelmsford
    Public Library
  • Winning photos may be published in the local newspaper and/or displayed at the library
  • Cash Prizes awarded in each category: $100, $75 & $50

Brought to you by the Chelmsford Cultural Council, your local chapter of the Massachusetts Cultural Council. For more information, visit ChelmsfordCulturalCouncil.com or contact Bruce Magnuson at bmagphoto@yahoo.com or 978-251-1229.

The winning photos from the 2009 contest are picture above - see the complete list of winners.

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