Upton BOH: “No further action will be taken with respect to regulating noise resulting from the Railroad operations”

Upton Board of Health Press Release Grafton-Upton Railroad The recent decision of the Surface Transportation Board in the matter of the Grafton Upton Railroad concluded that the railroad operation is pre-empted from local regulation. This decision confirms that local regulation of the Railroad and its operations is prohibited. Therefore, the Board of Health has determined that no further action will be taken with respect to regulating noise resulting from the Railroad operations. We are … [Read more...]

FLU VACCINE IS STILL THE BEST WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT

from the Upton Board of Health Many of you may have heard that this year’s flu vaccine is not a good match for the flu viruses that are out there.  Well, that is partially true.  The most prominent flu virus circulating right now is the H3N2 Influenza  A virus.  The virus has changed just enough so that the flu vaccine that was made to fight it is not as effective as in years past.  That being said, it still provides some protection and there are three other flu strains that are covered in … [Read more...]

Railroad protests closed door meeting with litigants

press release Upton - The Grafton and Upton Railroad is protesting a meeting that state officials have scheduled with litigants who are trying to halt portions of the railroad’s West Upton yard operations, a meeting railroad officials have been told they cannot attend. Set up by state Sen. Michael O. Moore, who represents Upton, the meeting is with a group of Upton residents who have filed a petition with the federal Surface Transportation Board (STB), which governs railroad operations, … [Read more...]

Letter to the Editor – Where is the Board of Health Transparency?

submitted by Verna KosibaWhere is the Board of Health Transparency?As a decades long resident of Upton living in the Railroad Ave - Depot Street neighborhood, I have contacted the Upton Board of Health on several occasions regarding the middle-of-the-night excessive noise levels of the pellet factory on the railroad property on Maple Avenue.  I was told by the Board of Health that the noise levels of the pellet factory were within acceptable DEP levels; which have to do with the difference … [Read more...]

RECYCLING BARRELS AVAILABLE AGAIN FOR PURCHASE

from the Upton Board of Health The Upton Board of Health wishes to announce that we will once again be ordering wheeled recycling barrels  for residential use.   These barrels are similar to the durable   Upton trash barrels but will  hold  64 gallons vs. the 96 gallon trash barrels. The  barrels have the capacity to hold four times as much as the original issued recycling bins and will have a lid to prevent recycling from blowing onto our streets. The cost for residents to purchase the  … [Read more...]

Upton Board of Health and Upton Police Partner in MedReturn Kiosk at Upton Police Headquarters

Upton Police Chief Michael Bradley (left) with Upton Board of Health Member Richard Robinson The Upton Board of Health has partnered with the Upton Police Department by providing funding to install a MedReturn Kiosk in the Lobby of Upton Police Headquarters. On April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Upton Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially … [Read more...]

Scituate raises legal age to purchase smokes to 21

In a unanimous vote, the Scituate Board of Health on Monday night raised the legal age for buying cigarettes, tobacco products and nicotine delivery devices from the state minimum of 18 to 21, effective May 1.  Scituate is just one of the growing number of towns to join in the effort  to crack down on teen smoking. Last week Upton teen Lindsay Doyle met with the Upton Board of Health and requested they consider raising the cigarette sales age to 19 or older. Some board members expressed … [Read more...]