Protecting Your Kids on Social Media

Online social media services aren’t new, but many of us are still learning how to use them without getting into trouble – especially children and teens. Use these tips to help your kids safely use any social media service from networking to image posting sites.

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Veteran’s Day Thank You

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The Maynard Police Department would like to say thank you to all veteran’s and active duty military on this Veteran’s Day.

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What happens when you call 911 and have a medical emergency?

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In 2012 the Massachusetts State 911 Department issued an order to all 911 answering centers, mandating the implementation of EMD. EMD is emergency medical dispatching, it means the 911 operator must give the caller medical instructions prior to the ambulance’s arrival. This is done by following a pre-established protocol that is approved and signed by the medical coordinator responsible for that City/Town.

There is a set of questions that must be asked in order to determine whether the caller can help the patient until the ambulance arrives, as well as determining whether advanced life support services has to be dispatched. In the meantime the ambulance has been dispatched, so asking the questions and going through the instructions is not delaying the response. This means in some cases that if you’re calling 911 for a medical emergency you could speak to up to three (3) operators, depending on whether you’re calling from a cell phone, or a landline.

In Maynard we use a third party resource for EMD, it is done by PRO-EMS (our Advanced Life Support service provider). So once you’re connected to Maynard 911, the dispatcher will take down some information: your name, your call back number, address of the emergency, age of the patient and nature of the medical. Then we will dispatch police and fire units to your emergency, while connecting you with the PRO-EMS dispatcher who will ask you more questions and provide you with directions on what to do until the ambulance arrives.

We understand the frustration you may feel when calling 911 and being asked multiple times the same questions, many times we’re just confirming the information you gave us. The time it takes from when the initial 911 call comes into our center and when we connect you with the EMD is between 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Anne Camaro
Communications Supervisor
Maynard Public Safety

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Telephone and Email Fraud Alert

Recently, multiple Maynard residents are reporting telephone scams. The caller claims to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and demanding immediate payment for past taxes that are overdue. The caller will ask for payment to be made that day, either by mailing a money order, providing bank account information, or credit card information.

The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail. The IRS never asks for credit card, debit card, or prepaid card information over the telephone.

Posted on the IRS website are multiple advisories regarding a variety of scams. Some characteristics of a scam include:

  • Scammers use fake names and IRS badge numbers. They generally use common names to identify themselves
  • Scammers may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim’s Social Security number
  • Scammers spoof the IRS toll-free number on caller ID to make it appear that it’s the IRS calling
  • Scammers may send bogus IRS emails to a victim to support their bogus call
  • Victims hear background noise of other calls being conducted to mimic a call site
  • After threatening victims with jail time or driver’s license revocation, scammers hang up and others soon call back pretending to be from the local police or DMV, and the caller ID supports their claim.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, you should:

  • Call the IRS at 1-800-829-1040 and they can assist you with payment options, if you actually owe back taxes
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you owe any taxes, then call and report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at 1-800-366-4484.
  • Always contact the Maynard Police Department and an Officer will assist in determining if you are being   targeted in a scam.

Lastly, be aware there are a variety of similar scams, such as lottery sweepstakes that are also fraudulent. If you are unsure, contact the Maynard Police Department and we can assist with determining the validity of the solicitation.

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Support the Maynard Boy Scouts – Electronics Recycling and Bottle Drive

On October 25th from 9 AM to Noon, the Maynard Boy Scouts Troop 130 will be holding their annual Electronics Recycling and Bottle Drive.  Paper shredding will also be available. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Maynard Scouting program.

Drop off is on Sudbury Street at the end of the Mill parking lot.  Pick up is available.  This event is open to all towns, not just Maynard.

See the flyer for complete details including the cost schedule.

 

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Maynard Police Dispatch Log for 10/13/15 to 10/19/14

The Maynard Police Dispatch Log for 10/13/15 to 10/19/14 is now available.

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Free Flu Clinic

Today (Saturday, 10/18) the Town of Maynard through the Maynard Citizens Corps / Medical Reserve Corps will be offering a Free Flu Clinic at Fowler School.  The hours are from 10 AM to 12 PM.
 
Shots are provided at no cost just show your insurance card. If you do not have insurance you will not be turned away.
 
Shots are offered from age 9 and older.
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Maynard Police Department Dispatch Log – 10/06/14 to 10/12/14

The Maynard Police Department Dispatch Log for the dates of 10/06/14 – 10/12/14 is now available.

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Maynard Police Dispatch Log for 9/29/14 to 10/05/14

The Maynard Police dispatch log for 9/29/14 to 10/05/14 is now available.

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Paving of Parker Street (RT. 27)

The Town of Maynard, through its contractor Lazaro Paving Corp anticipates paving the above street beginning this Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:00am. The contract will post signs before the actual work is to commence on poles, cones or barrels to be stationed throughout the limits of the construction. Following the notifications/sign posting, the work may begin as early as 7:00am.

If weather does not permit or if there is a problem with equipment or scheduling, the work will commence on the following work day. Please remove all parked vehicles from street by 7:00am. Any parked vehicles that interfere with construction will be towed at the owner’s expense.

During the paving access to and from residence may be restricted or delayed. We urge everyone to seek alternate route during this construction period, if possible. Road will remain open to all emergency vehicles and school buses.

Should any damage to curbs or driveway aprons occur or if drainage problems evolve as a result of construction or should you have specific questions or concerns, please call the Department of Public Works at (978) 897-1317. The DPW wants to thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience.

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