As summer approaches, Chief Anthony Stowers and the Maynard Fire Department would like to remind residents to be safe while swimming in both public and private pools, as well as participating in recreational activities on the Assabet River.
Rainy weather forced the Veterans Day observance indoors as the community came together to honor its veterans and dedicate the Wall of Honor now on display in the Town Hall. The wall has the portraits of the 46 servicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice to our country. This memorial wall had been on display at the American Legion hall, but with its closure it now is on permanent exhibit in the lower level of the town building.
- Does your business need a facelift?
- Do you have a great idea for downtown Maynard?
- Would you like to make a positive change in Maynard?
If so, check out BEEP, the Business Environment Enhancement Program.
Funds are available now for eligible projects. BEEP provides funding for efforts conducive to enhancing Maynard’s business environment. Proposed projects/initiatives may include but are not limited to: aesthetic improvements, investment in infrastructure and promotional efforts. Recipients of funds may include business owners, boards/committees, community groups or property owners.
For more info about BEEP, contact Bill Nemser at Bnemser@townofmaynard.net or 978-897-1302. You can also download this flyer and spread the word about BEEP.
Police Chief Mark Dubois would like to warn residents about an ongoing IRS scam in the community and advise them to never respond to threats.
The Maynard Police Department received multiple reports this morning from residents stating an “agent” from IRS called and informed them they owe money and must pay it immediately through a pre-paid debit card or wire transfer. The “agent” tells the victim that if they do not cooperate, they will be arrested, deported, or their business license or driver’s license would be suspended. The caller often intimidates the victim with hostility and insulting statements.
“These callers are professional scammers and will say anything to appear legitimate. Do not act under pressure. Instead, call police immediately after receiving a call to report the issue,” Chief Dubois said. “We do not want to see anyone become a victim of this fraudulence.”
If a victim gives away a pre-paid debit card number or makes a wire transfer, the money is gone and lost forever. There is usually no way to recover those funds.
“If someone calls unexpectedly claiming to be from the IRS with aggressive threats if you don’t pay immediately, it’s a scam artist calling,” said IRS Commissioner John Koskinen in a statement on the issue. “The first IRS contact with taxpayers is usually through the mail. Taxpayers have rights, and this is not how we do business.”
Police Chief Mark Dubois and Town Administrator Kevin Sweet are pleased to announce that the Maynard Police Department has achieved State Certification from the Massachusetts Police Accreditation Commission (MPAC) at an awards ceremony on Thursday, June 4 at the Connors Center in Dover.
Certification is a self-initiated evaluation process by which police departments strive to meet and maintain the highest standards of law enforcement, and is considered the best measure of a police department against the established best practices around the country and region.
“Receiving Certification acknowledges the Maynard Police Department is in line with the highest possible standards of law enforcement,” Chief Dubois said. “I am incredibly proud of our entire department and all of the hard work that has gone into this process, we are now one step closer to receiving the Commission’s highest award of Accreditation.”
Chief Dubois also singled out Lt. Michael Noble, the department’s Accreditation Manager.
“Lt. Noble did an incredible job,” Dubois said. “I am very proud of him, and he should be very proud of the results we saw this week.”
The Town of Maynard Public Safety Communications Department (Police and Fire Dispatch) has initiated a new program to assist seniors living in the Town of Maynard. Having seniors in our community that do not have family or friends checking up on them regularly has led the public safety department to develop a “Senior Citizen Emergency Database Program”.
This program allows the public safety communications department to document in a computer database the names of senior citizens, where they reside, and important contact information. In addition, information concerning current medications and potential special needs during an unusual inclement weather event or natural disaster will be on file.
Visit the Maynard Police Department website to learn more about (and sign up for) this program.
Maynard’s Veterans’ Services Officer would like you to know that if you are an unmarried veteran, or un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran there may be state services that apply to you.
You may be entitled to REIMBURSEMENT OF YOUR MEDICAL EXPENSES*
IF: You are an unmarried veteran, or un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran with an income of less than $1,951.00 per month and combined assets of less than $5000.00 (with no whole life insurance policy;)
OR: You are a married veteran, or are married to a veteran, and your combined household income is less than $2,585.00 per month, with combined household assets of less than $9800.00 (with no whole life insurance policy.)
You may also be entitled to FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE*
IF: You are an unmarried senior citizen veteran, or un-remarried widow or widower of a veteran, with a monthly income less than $1,632.00 and combined assets less than $5000.00 (with no whole life insurance policy;)
OR: You are a married senior citizen veteran with a combined household income of less than $2155.00 per month and combined household assets of less than $9800.00 (with no whole life insurance policy.)
On November 11th, Veterans Day, the town dedicated a chair in the memory of those in the armed services who have not returned from battle. There are two chairs. One holds a place of honor in the foyer of Town Hall. The other will travel to events such as the Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day observences. Each chair has the following inscription:
You Are Not Forgotten
Since World War I more than 91,000 Servicemen are unaccounted for.
This unoccupied seat is dedicated to the memory of those brave men and women and to the sacrifices each made serving this country.
Dedicated November 2014
We are all thankful.