Town Government &
Committees: Beautification Commission
2014 Annual Report
The Hingham Beautification Commission completed its tenth year of helping to maintain the beauty of Hingham!
Commission members spent about 200 hours this past year in planning, designing, and maintaining traffic islands and containers throughout town. The Commission began formal meetings in April. This was a fun year with the planning of the new large traffic island known as Thaxter St. island located on Thaxter St. in West Hingham. This was quite a project as the old plantings first needed to be removed. The soil was then amended, new plantings carefully chosen which are drought tolerant and could coexist with some of the plants we were able to save, and finally planting the "new" empty space. The DPW was extremely helpful in helping us complete this project. The Thaxter St. island then needed watering every other day during the very dry spring and summer. The owners of Tedeschi's convenience store were generous to let us use their water! There are now eleven garden sites throughout Hingham maintained by the HBC as well as several container "gardens" designed, decorated, and maintained throughout the various seasons.
The Commission formally meets once a month at the Town Hall from April to November. Our physical labor keeps us busy throughout the spring, summer, and fall. There is a Gift Account to which donations can be made by local businesses and individuals who wish to support the Hingham Beautification Commission.
Three board members, Jerry Elsden, Alyce Nobis, and Margaret Taylor, stepped down at the conclusion of 2014 although they continue to serve the HBC as volunteers.
Laura Spaziani, Chair