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The LPD will be hosting the annual Student Summer Police Academy for students in grades 5-8 this Summer. The Academy is free. The first camp will be held 6/24-7/12 for students entering 7th and 8th grade in September 2013, while the second camp will be held 7/22-8/9 for students entering 5th and 6th grade in September. It is a three week camp. All parents must attend a mandatory meeting at the Lowell High School cafeteria on May 8th from 5-7 p.m. to receive additional information. Please see the links below for a flyer on the Academy, medical information and the 2013 application (please note: this application must be submitted at the meeting on the 8th).
As a result of the popularity of the LPD’s Women’s Self Defense classes, the department will be offering a third self-defense course. Please note, this is a 2 night commitment – you must attend both evenings. The first class will be held on April 4th and the second class will be held on April 11th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lowell High School cafe. The class will be limited to the first 20 participants that sign up. Participants must be 18 and older. Instructors will be Sgt. Tom Fleming and Officer Marisol Nobrega. Participants are asked to wear athletic clothing. To register, please contact Sharon Callery at 978-674-1969 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Sandy Collins, RN
Town of Westford Health Director
Telephone: 978-399-2531 (w)
Lowell MA (February 21, 2013) :
Note: This press release is issued jointly by the City of Lowell Police Department, Animal Control Officer, Health Department, the region’s UMV (Upper Merrimack Valley) Medical Reserve Corps and UMV Public Health Coalition.
FEMA Grant Funds Regional Pet Preparedness Initiative
Free public education events available, starting 2/28/13
When Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast, knocking out power and destroying whole communities, the first priority was to protect those who had to be evacuated. But what about their pets?
This issue has a surprisingly major impact on humans. Consider that 44% of those who could have evacuated in Hurricane Katrina refused, purely because they had no accommodations for their animals. Their choice to stay home jeopardized the well-being of not only the families and their pets, but also their neighbors and potential rescuers.
Even across our region today, not all emergency shelters will accept animals. Furthermore, not all pet owners know about basic preparations they can make to minimize the risks to their WHOLE families in case of disaster.
Fortunately, a $15,361.90 FEMA grant was recently awarded to the Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps to collaborate with municipal agencies and response partners across the region to promote pet preparedness. Upcoming activities include public and MRC member education events, supplies for adding pet care capabilities to emergency shelters, and a regional drill to test pet sheltering and response.
“Over the past ten years, we’ve had quite a few emergencies that required evacuations, right here in the Upper Merrimack Valley,” said Sandy Collins, Director of Health Care Services for the Town of Westford. “Floods, fires, ice storms, blizzards, and even tornadoes have threatened our area. Many of our towns have been getting a lot of practice setting up and staffing emergency shelters.” FEMA now requires communities to make accommodations for pets, in order to qualify for reimbursement of sheltering expenses.
Darleen Wood, Animal Control Officer for the City of Lowell, is eager to raise awareness of these activities. “This FEMA grant can empower local communities seeking to add the capacity for emergency care of animals in disaster to many of our shelters, said Wood. “Our towns are striving to give pet owners better options to care for their animals.”
“We know how much pets can mean to a family, and how attached people can be to their animals,” said Richard Day, Health Director for the Town of Chelmsford. “That’s why we’re working with other agencies to build in the capacity for animal care at our town’s emergency shelter. In a disaster, it’s a great comfort to know that the WHOLE family is protected.”
Area residents are invited to attend one of four free one-hour public education events to learn more. Each is from 6 to 7 p.m:
Feb. 28 (Thurs.) – Senior Center, 175 Chandler St, Tewksbury 01876
Mar. 4 (Mon.) – Trinity EMS Training Center, 10 Jean Ave. (behind Hannaford and Taylor Rental at Drum Hill; not to be confused with nearby Trinity Headquarters on Drum Hill Rd.), Chelmsford 01824
Mar. 18 (Mon.) – Senior Center, 75 Groton Rd/Rt. 40, N. Chelmsford 01863
Mar. 20 (Weds.) – Blanchard Middle School, 14 West St, Westford 01886
Pre-registration is encouraged though not required. Call 978-399-2549 or send e-mail to email@example.com to sign up. See www.UMVMRC.org for complete details.
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The Upper Merrimack Valley Medical Reserve Corps, based at the Westford Health Department, has been actively recruiting, training, and deploying both medical and non-medical volunteers in case of disaster for nine years. The local MRC has 550 members and covers Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford. There are 980 MRC units nationwide, with over 208,000 members, reporting to the U.S. Surgeon General.
A group of local organizations and individual volunteers have set forth an initiative to help control the feral cat population in Lowell.
Please note, this organization is in no way affiliated with the Lowell Police Department or Lowell Animal Control.
The Lowell Trap Neuter Return Collaborative will be trapping cats on 1/26 and 1/27. They will be trapping on Floyd Street (near Kinsman end), Shaw Street (down near Rt 110 end), Sayles St, Wood Street near Tulip, Middlesex Street (intersection of Middlesex and Wilder). Please refer to the flyer above for additional details.
LOWELL, MA (December 10, 2012) – In a ceremony held on December 7th three Lowell Police Dispatches graduated from the Massachusetts Public Safety Communications Academy in Maynard Massachusetts. The 5 week course that consist of (40) classroom hours per week teach Advanced Law Enforcement Dispatch, Advanced Fire Dispatch, CPR, Emergency Medical Dispatch, E911 Equipment Training, NIMS/ICS, Handling Calls for Missing/Exploited Children, Call Simulation and Domestic Violence calls.
18 Police Departments from across the state participated. TheLowelldispatchers that graduated are Clifford Dunning, Barry Gannon and Sernelle Williams. All three dispatchers are working full time in our communications center.
Superintendent of Police Kenneth Lavallee, Captain James McPadden and Chuck Ouellette who oversee the communications center were on hand for the graduation.
St. Margaret School will be holding their 13th Annual “TOUCH A TRUCK & CHILD SAFETY FAIR” Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm on their school grounds at 486 Stevens Street, Lowell.
This will be a fun-filled and hands-on experience for children to “touch, climb and explore” vehicles from Lowell Fire Department, including the Smoke House, Lowell Police Department, Chunky’s Green Mobile, Bursey Excavating Dump Truck, Trinity Ambulance, The UPS Flame Truck, LRTA, Scott’s Towing, National Guard, Harris Limousine, and best of all, a Monster Truck!
This event will also include a demonstration of the Lowell Fire Department’s Jaws of Life, Child Fingerprinting and Dental Impressions. Additional activities will include: getting a picture with Sparky the Dog, the UMass Lowell River Hawk & the Lowell Spinners Canaligator; face painting, temporary tattoos, good food and much more!
Admission: Children $4.00 Adults: FREE!!
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LOWELL, MA ( September 27, 2012)–On the 6th, 14th and 20th of September 2012, Lowell Police Detectives assigned to the Special Investigation Unit conducted alcohol compliance checks throughout the City. Public notification of these periodic compliance checks are dispersed through our local media outlets. On the above listed dates detectives cited four local liquor establishments for selling alcohol to underage buyers. The liquor establishments found to be in violation are Ward Eight onCentral Street,Lowell Sports Club onBack Central Street, Reservations onCentral Street and Majors Pub onMarket Street. Two liquor stores were also cited. Turcotte’s liquors onLawrence Street and Jerry’s Food Store on University Ave. Findings on all six establishments found in violation have been forwarded to the Lowell License Commission for further action.
Lowell Police Superintendent Kenneth Lavallee stated: We will continue with these compliance checks city wide and continue to utilize them as a means to safeguard individuals less than 21 years of age from the dangers of underage drinking and will ensure that license holders obey the law and comply with the regulations set forth in their liquor license.
Regulatory compliance checks of licensed establishments and local retail stores will continue throughout the year.
The Greater Lowell Ex-Offender Reentry Partnership (GLERP) would like to invite you to the Community Forum & Resource Fair on September 21, 2012 from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Middlesex Community College, 33 Kearney Square.
The GLERP is a partnership between local and regional organizations and agencies working to bridge resources for ex-offenders reentering the community. The goal is to provide each ex-offender with opportunities for success and reduce recidivism in the region.
- Community Forum – 9:00 am -12:00 pm
- Resource Fair – 12:00 pm -1:00 pm
Participating organizations will include the Career Center of Lowell, Center for Hope and Healing, CTI YouthBuild, Lowell General Hospital, Lowell Health Department, Lowell House, Lowell Police Department, Lowell Transitional Living Center, Middlesex Community College and UTEC.