Hurricane and Flood Safety Tips

For Immediate Release


MAYNARD — As Hurricane Joaquin is now rated a category four storm, with the chance that it may impact New England, Police Chief Mark W. Dubois and Fire Chief Anthony Stowers recommend that residents take the necessary safety precautions to prepare themselves for potentially serious weather.

We are in the middle of the annual hurricane season. The state is at risk of receiving a hurricane or tropical storm until November 30. Heavy rain and strong winds can cause a multitude of problems like power outages, fallen debris and floods that often block roads and emergency vehicles, prolonging damage.

“We could potentially see the effects of a very serious tropical storm this weekend,” Chief Dubois said. “It is important to make sure you are prepared for this type of weather to best ensure your safety.”

Maynard Police and Fire suggest that all residents follow tips outlined by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) — a state-run organization tasked with preparing the commonwealth for natural and man-made disasters — in the event of a flood watch or warning alert.

• Don’t attempt to drive through large puddles or on flooded roads, which that could threaten your safety. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

• If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.

• If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

• Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

“Heavy rain can make roads dangerous to travel on and navigate,” Chief Stowers said. “Be cautious of the weather this weekend and remain indoors if conditions become serious.”

MEMA also recommends purchasing a generator to maintain electricity despite an outage. Generators should always be kept outside since they emit carbon monoxide fumes that can quickly accumulate if indoors.

• Check flashlights and portable radios to confirm they’re working.

• Fully charge your cell phone, laptop and any other devices before the storm.

• If you own a car, make sure its gas tank is at least half full in the event you need to travel.  Purchase a car phone charger so that you can charge your device if you lose power at your home.

• Ensure that you have an emergency kit that has basic medicine and bandages.

• Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings (remember to reset them back to normal once power is restored). During an outage, minimize the number of times you open the refrigerator or freezer door.

Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to include needed medications and any valuable personal belongings.

Maynard Police Department
Mark W. Dubois, Chief of Police
197 Main St.
Maynard, MA 01754

Maynard Fire Department
Anthony Stowers, Fire Chief, EFO/CFO
1 Summer St.
Maynard, MA 01754

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 978-841-9948

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Florida Rd. Bridge Construction

PSA - Florida Road Bridge Emergency Sewer Repair

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DISPATCH LOG FOR 9/7/15 TO 9/13/15

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DISPATCH LOG FOR 8/31/15 TO 9/6/15

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Maynard Police Provide Child Seat Safety Tips


Monday, Sept. 21, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 978-841-9948 Email:

Contact: Jessica Sacco Phone: 617-993-0003


MAYNARD — Police Chief Mark W. Dubois and the Maynard Police Department are working to ensure children stay safe while in the car with family or friends by reminding the community about correctly securing young passengers in car seats or boosters.

The Massachusetts Child Passenger Safety Law requires that all children sit in a federally approved car seat or booster, which must be properly fastened and secured, until they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. It is recommended that children under the age of 13 ride in the back seat.

All infants and toddlers should be in rear-facing car seats until they reach the age of 2 years old, or the weight and height limit issued by the manufacturer. Toddlers and preschoolers should be placed in convertible and forward-facing seats equipped with a harness. Once school-aged children outgrow their forward-facing seats, they should sit in a booster until they are old enough to wear a seat belt.

“It is imperative that residents take the time to properly install a car seat or booster to ensure their children remain safe while in the car,” Chief Dubois said. “Please also remember that the safest place for your children is the back seat of a vehicle.”

According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, 75 percent of child safety seats are installed incorrectly, and motor vehicle crashes are one of the leading causes of death and injury for all children. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that 638 children 12 years old and younger were killed in motor vehicle accidents in 2013, and that more than 127,250 were injured.

Properly securing your child in an age and size appropriate car seat greatly lowers the risk of serious and fatal injuries. The CDC reports that:

  • Car seats reduce the risk of death to infants by 71 percent, and to toddlers between ages 1 to 4 by 54 percent.
  • Booster seatsdecrease the risk for serious injury by 45 percent for children 4 to 8 years old when compared with solely seat belt use.

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For more information on child car seat safety or need help with installation please contact the Maynard Police Department at 978-897-1011 or to find a checkup event, visit

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DISPATCH LOG FOR 8/24/15 TO 8/30/15

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Job Posting – Communications

The Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department is currently accepting applications for the position of full-time Public Safety Telecommunicators. Applicants should be able to communicate well, have a solid knowledge of computers and word processing, and the ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks in a busy, noisy, and stressful environment. Applicants holding CJIS, APCO, E-911 and EMD certifications and with previous public safety experience preferred, but not required. Applicants should be willing to work weekends, holidays, evenings and nights, on a rotating schedule. Starting Salary is $19.00 per hour with shift differential. Employment offers will be dependent upon successfully passing a thorough background investigation. Application deadline is September 18th , 2015. Interested candidates should forward a resume and interest letter to:

Anne Camaro

Maynard Police Department

197 Main St

Maynard MA 01754

Or Via e-mail:

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Maynard Police vs Maynard Fire Charity Softball Game

Maynard Police vs Maynard Fire Charity Softball Game
Saturday, September 12th
Crow Park, rt. 117, Maynard
Admission: $5/ages 13+ (Children under 12 – free)
All proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley.  

Come down and watch your Maynard Police Officers and Firefighters play each other in a friendly game of softball for public safety bragging rights! Food and drink for sale by Mary’s Catering. 50/50 raffle, contests & more!!!!

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Coalition of Middlesex Police Departments Secures Grant for Mental Health and Jail Diversion Program


Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015

Contact: John Guilfoil Phone: 781-533-9398 Email:

Contact: Jessica Sacco Phone: 978-769-5193 Email:

BEDFORD — Police Chiefs in eight Middlesex County communities, which have joined together to share resources and better manage cases for mental health and a Regional Jail Diversion Program, secured a three-year $135,000 Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) grant to fund the continuation and expansion of their initiatives.

The police partnership, developed through the Concord District Court and the Regional Jail Diversion Program, is managed by departments in Bedford, Lincoln, Stow, Concord, Lexington, Acton, Carlisle, Maynard and Hanscom Air Force Base. They are committed to assisting people with mental health difficulties and diverting them from the criminal justice system.

“This partnership is imperative to our communities to improve the way we handle mental health and substance abuse issues,” Chief Bongiorno said. “We are committed to assisting residents throughout the coalition find the assistance they need to live a healthy life.” “The Department of Mental Health is pleased to be working with these communities in creating this innovative local collaboration among police departments,” said Department of Mental Health Commissioner Joan Mikula. “Crisis Intervention Team training and development, along with police-based jail diversion programs are effective community based interventions for individuals experiencing a psychiatric crisis and provide treatment rather than incarceration. This training will give police officers the skills to appropriately handle these emergencies.”

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services’ Department of Mental Health awarded the coalition the grant, which will be broken up over the next three fiscal years. The coalition will receive $45,000 in fiscal 2016, 2017 and 2018. There is potential for renewal for fiscal years 2019 through 2023.

As part of the coalition’s innovative model, police departments will work with a Clinical Coordinator, who will manage the Jail Diversion Program across all communities. The primary role of the Clinical Coordinator will be to train officers in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) and to serve on the Crisis Intervention Team (CIT). The coordinator will also work with each department to create a diversion strategy that is appropriate for any individual who comes in contact with police.

“We believe that the Clinical Coordinator will equip us with the necessary tools to provide mental health and diversion services that will help put citizens into treatment as opposed to behind bars,” Chief Dubois said. “This is a huge step in the right direction for the coalition.” As part of the program, 30 percent of officers (dispatch included) across the region, and all lieutenants and sergeants, will be trained in MHFA. Following the completion of MHFA, 20 percent of all officers throughout the coalition will be educated to be part of the CIT. Officers in all eight communities report that the vast majority of their property crimes, assaults and larcenies involve individuals with mental health issues and/or substance abuse problems.

“The issue for the majority of our coalition communities centers on the lack of resources needed to connect individuals with the necessary services and support to help them find and stay in treatment,” Chief Fisher said. “At times, officers must make an arrest to get individuals into a safer situation. Now, we are be able to offer services and treatment for their underlying mental health problem or addiction issues.”

The coalition partnered with Eliot Community Human Services, which will provide MHFA and CIT training on an annual basis.

“Eliot is looking forward to continuing to collaborate with the Coalition of Police Departments in diverting people with mental illnesses away from the criminal justice system and into services,” said Aaron Katz, Director of Mental Health Services at Eliot. “The population we serve in these town has truly benefited from the increase in services, training, and commitment provided by these police departments and partners.

The initiative has the complete support of the police departments in the region: “We are committed to supporting those with mental illnesses and ensuring that they are diverted from the criminal justice system and placed into the appropriate services whenever possible,” Chief O’Connor said. “We are grateful for the funding from the state to continue the success of our endeavors.”

Added Stow Police Chief William Bosworth: “This is a very important program, and it is made possible thanks to the unprecedented level of cooperation and teamwork that exists among our police departments. I am very proud of the work we are all doing together.”

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services issued a total of $1.9 million in grants to police departments to allow existing programs to continue. Funding was also provided to expand the number of law enforcement agencies developing jail diversion programs that strive to provide treatment instead of incarceration for those experiencing a behavioral health crisis.

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**This is a SCAM Email** “NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT” A Child Predator Moved Into Your Town

Anyone receiving the below email should not open it is a phishing scam and viruses or malware may be attached!

From:NEIGHBORHOOD ALERT” (email address removed)

Subject: Fwd: UPDATE: A Child Predator Moved Into Your Town. Location Identified. Alert #9202-AS9JD



Any citizen over 18 years of age may apply to receive information on any sex offenders residing in Maynard from the Maynard Police Department by filling out the request form. Do not feel that you are imposing on us. This is our job and we recommend using this list.  You will need to respond in person to the Maynard Police Department located at 197 Main St. and bring a picture ID with you.   You may fill out the form when you come to the station and there is also a link to the form below:

Call or email Lt. Michael A. Noble to make an appointment (978) 897-1011 ext. 2006,


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