...THE TORNADO WARNING FOR NORTHERN MIDDLESEX...
WESTERN ESSEX...NORTHEASTERN WORCESTER AND
SOUTHEASTERN HILLSBOROUGH COUNTIES IS
THE STORM WHICH PROMPTED THE WARNING HAS WEAKENED
BELOW SEVERE LIMITS...AND NO LONGER APPEARS
CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THEREFORE THE
WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED. HOWEVER HEAVY RAIN IS
STILL POSSIBLE WITH THIS THUNDERSTORM.
Hurricane season officially started on June 1st. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency has put together some very simple preparations that families can take so they are better able to face this type of emergency.
It is a warm summer day. A man knocks on your door and says he has extra asphalt and is willing to pave your driveway at a discounted price. His high pressure approach is designed to confuse and intimidate you into agreeing to the deal. You think you are getting a “deal”, but in reality, you are being scammed.
If you agree, here is what likely happens. Workers and equipment suddenly appear and begin “working” on your driveway. At some point, the conman claims a mistake was made and you owe thousands more than the original price. He threatens that if you refuse to pay, the “work” will cease.
You may be escorted to the bank, to withdraw money. When you realize the scam you try to cancel the check only to learn it was cashed within minutes of it being written.
Paving scams like this occur regularly in Massachusetts and increase during spring and summer. The perpetrators target senior citizens and are well known to police across the country. Criminal charges vary by state but are commonly filed.
Avoid victimization and consider the following suggestions:
Beware of unsolicited offers to do paving work. Do not let the solicitors inside your home. Calmly but firmly tell the solicitors you are not interested and tell them to leave your property. If they refuse your instructions call the police.
Educate yourself and your family. Search the internet for “paving scams.”
Ask to see proof of the solicitors’ insurance. Conmen rarely have worker’s compensation insurance and if one of them is injured at your home, the claim could be made against your homeowner’s insurance.
Call the police if they begin “working” without your consent for service.
Be a good neighbor. Paving scams target senior citizens.
Call your local police if you have questions, or if unfamiliar people or companies appear at your door or in your neighborhood.
Chief Dubois is recording a monthly 30 minute video, entitled “Maynard Police Report”, that is played on the Maynard local access channel. The goal of this effort is to open another avenue of communication with the residents of Maynard. The sessions may include:
A review of the previous months police call statistics
Highlighting of particular incidents that happened in the previous months
Any incidents where the police may be seeking additional information
Explanations of the tools and equipment that police officers use to do their jobs
The first session was recorded in February and is below. We will be adding additional sessions as they become available.
We would like to thank WAVM for their assistance in recording and producing these videos.
The Lincoln, MA police department put out the following scam alert on their FaceBook page. Please be aware this is happening in our area.
“Scam Alert- If you receive a call from someone stating that your relative has been arrested, hospitalized, involved in an accident, in a foreign country DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR PERSONAL INFO OR MONEY. We have several ongoing fraud cases. IT”S A SCAM!!!”
This is a common scam that has also been seen conducted via email.
On Monday, May 27th, the Maynard Veteran's Council will be holding it's annual Memorial Day Parade. The parade will kick-off at 10 AM at at the Maynard High School on Tiger Drive and follow the below route:
Start at Tiger Drive and turn right onto Great Road
Proceed to St. Bridgets Cemetary for the first service
Reform and proceed to Glendale Cemetary for a second service
Reform and continue on Great Road turning right onto Parker Street
Proceed to Walnut Street and turn left
Stop at Bridge for short service remembering those lost at sea
Continue to Main Street and take a right
Proceed to Summer Street and turn left
Stop at Memorial Park for Main Exercise
Reform and continue down Summer Street to the American Legion Vietnam Memorial for closing ceremonies
Please expect minor traffic delays in the parade area.
Thank you for your patience throughout this period while our office re-scheduled the postponed examination.
The 2013 Police & State Trooper exam will now be held on Saturday, June 15, 2013.
Due to the re-scheduling of the exam, if the new date poses a hardship, you must email the Civil Service Unit at firstname.lastname@example.org with an explanation and supporting documentation and our office will review the request.
We have made several changes to test locations and you should disregard any prior Notice to Appear that was emailed to you.
Please be advised that new Notices to Appear will be emailed two weeks prior to the exam date, which will include your exam location and time. It will also contain information on what items are allowed OR prohibited from the exam site.
For further updates please check our website www.mass.gov\hrd or the hotline at 617.878.9895. You may also follow us on Twitter@MACivilService
We would like to remind all Maynard residents to refrain from parking on sidewalks. This can create a dangerous situation when people, particularly children or parents with baby carriages, are forced into the street to get around an illegally parked vehicle.
There is a $15 fine for parking on the sidewalk and it will be strictly enforced.