Are you new to the area? Below are some tips for navigating your new neighborhood. Welcome!
trash & Recycling
TRASH & RECYLING are picked up weekly curbside. The easiest thing to do is ask your neighbors when trash day is. Trash is limited to two 45-gallon barrels (or three 30-gallon) (90 gallons total) a week per household, while recycling is unlimited. Your recycling must be out on the curb or your trash will not be picked up (so don't bring in your recycle bin if the trash truck hasn't come yet!) You can also have a small bulk item (under 50 pounds). Over that size, you'll need to arrange a special curbside pickup with the trash company for a fee. Call Casella Waste at 1-800-950-9293 – or visit their website at www.casella.com. If you live in a larger condo or apartment complex, it likely has separate trash pickup.
LEAVES & YARD WASTE are picked up curbside on 3-5 weeks in the spring and 3-5 weeks in the fall. This will be the same day as your normal trash day. Otherwise, you can take yard waste to the Stevens Street Yard on Wednesdays & Saturdays (and some Mondays) -- See the DPW site for full details and hours. You will need a sticker on your vehicle to enter, which can be picked up at the DPW office (16 Pine Street) on weekdays (7:30-3 pm). You'll need to bring your vehicle registration. There's also usually a Christmas tree pickup, typically the first or second week of January.
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Overnight on-street parking is banned from December 1 to April 1 each year. In addition, the town sometimes bans all street parking during major snowstorms, which are usually announced using a reverse-911 call.
In Stoneham Square and the parking lots just around it, parking is free but limited to two hours from 7 am to 6 pm.
You can buy a permit from the town to park in lots overnight or longer than two hours. See the town website for full details.
You can register to vote at the Clerk's office in Town Hall (35 Central Street). Voting for all Stoneham precincts takes place in the Auditorium at Town Hall, as does Town Meeting. Municipal elections are the first Tuesday of April and the Annual Town Meeting is the first Monday in May. There is an additional Town meeting in October, usually the third or fourth week. All Stoneham residents who are registered voters can vote at Town Meeting.
The Town Clerk's Office also issues marriage licenses, business licenses, dog licenses, birth certificates, raffle/bazaar permits and can even process your passport application,
HOW DO I...
ENROLL MY KIDS FOR SCHOOL?
Stoneham has three elementary schools (Robin Hood, South and Colonial Park), one middle school and one high school. You can check the Stoneham Schools website for a current registration packet or to see which elementary district you live in. For a fee, the district offers preschool and after school care programs (up to grade 6).
GET A DOG LICENSE?
All dogs are required to have a license, which is available at the Town Clerk's office (1st Floor, Town Hall, 35 Central Street). Stoneham also has a pooper scooper law, with fines for violations, so pick up after your buddy! Good places to dog walk include around Spot Pond at the south end of Town, or you can bring your dog to the Sheepfold at the Middlesex Fells (Entrance off Rt. 28), where there is a large field so dogs can run off leash.
find a playground
Stoneham has an abundance of parkland, but if you want playground equipment, you can visit a number of playgrounds in town. Check out our playgrounds page for a list. You can visit our Recreation pages for more activities to do in Stoneham, and the Recreation Dept for a fuller list of town parks and Rec. Department activities.