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Wayne Alarm: Danger of carbon monoxide

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SPONSORED BY WAYNE ALARM AND HONEYWELL.

Home Security ranges from having a burglar system to proper smoke and carbon monoxide systems. Wayne Alarm system wants to make sure that people not only have the correct carbon monoxide alarms set up in their homes but that they are also informed about the dangers that it can create.

Once carbon monoxide (CO) is breathed in, it actually replaces the oxygen in your blood, killing cells and starving vital organs. One of the biggest problems with CO is that it has no taste, smell and as humans our bodily senses cannot detect it. Without sufficient CO detectors installed in your home, you place you and your family in very serious danger.

CO gets produced whenever a material in your home starts to burn. Particularly homes that have fuel-burning appliances or attached garages are apt to have more CO issues. Some of the more frequent sources in which CO gets produced in our homes is from:

  • Furnaces/boilers
  • Ovens/gas stoves
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Fireplaces
  • Clothes dryers
  • And much more

It is estimated that around 500 people each year in the U.S. die from unintended CO exposure. The good news comes from the fact that carbon monoxide poisoning can be prevented with installing CO alarms in your home and having them professionally monitored by Wayne Alarm Systems.

For more information about Carbon Monoxide systems, please feel free to contact us. We can be reached over the phone at 781-595-0000 or through our online contact form at www.waynealarm.com.

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Wayne Alarm: Best of GPS vehicle tracking

SAFETY TIP OF THE DAY

SPONSORED BY WAYNE ALARM AND HONEYWELL.

Ever wondered if you can get somewhere faster by taking a different route, using shortcuts? Ever wanted to have a device that helps you get to your destination without all the terrible traffic? Having a real-time GPS to provide you with that information is much easier and let’s you drive without the stress.

GPS technology has advanced  more in the past few years to GPS on your phone, to having a GPS on your dog’s collar, to being able to use it in your car. It’s unsafe to constantly look down on your phone while driving to make sure you’re heading to the right place. As a bonus, GPS systems usually have a wider range of coverage which gives you accurate representations. Several other benefits include a decrease fuel consumption and a reduction in speeding. It’s almost essential now, and whether you’re worried about burglaries or want to keep an eye on who uses your car, Wayne Alarm’s GPS tracking ensures you know what’s going on at all times.

So how does it inform you at all times?

With specifically customized notifications that are made with your preferences, the total connect app gives you the ability to stay in complete control. For example, say your teenager wants to take the car for a night out with friends? You’re more than willing to, but then you begin to worry. With the app you’re to get alerts whenever your vehicle exceed speed limits or predetermined geographic boundaries. The notifications all identify where your car is, how fast it’s going, or even if it’s outside your predetermined boundaries. You’ll know what’s going on in your car, at all times.

Have anymore questions on the GPS vehicle? Feel free to give us a call at (781) 595-0000 for more information, or fill out our online contact form.

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Riding the idea circuit

Judges once “rode the circuit” from courthouse to courthouse to dispense justice. The practice has largely gone the way of the horse-drawn plow, but Massachusetts legislators and state officials continue to see the merit of crisscrossing the state to hear constituents’ ideas.

That practice will bring legislators to Melrose on May 15 to hear residents’ concerns about climate change, global warming and clean energy. The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change’s mandate is to do more listening than talking. The comments the committee receives will give legislators an opportunity to work on enhancing Massachusetts’ status as a leader in energy efficiency.

The key question legislators will put before Melrose residents is, “Do you think the state legislature should monitor or regulate energy use and related issues to help keep Massachusetts healthy, sustainable and strong?”

State Sen. Thomas M. McGee and legislative colleagues hit the road this year and asked residents across the state to define their concerns about transportation and other topics. Commonwealth Conversations traveled to Lynn and Peabody in April.  Previous Commonwealth Conversation tours helped build legislative consensus on expanding the state’s earned income tax credit and on crafting a college savings plan.

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Legislators are elected by constituents who expect results from them. But crafting and passing legislation on Beacon Hill also means striking a balance between interests stretching from the Berkshires to Southeastern Massachusetts to Cape Ann.

McGee has consistently advocated for a clear vision that equates transportation improvements across Massachusetts and the United States with long-term economic improvements. His vision received reinforcement Tuesday night when state transportation officials brought their own road show to Lynn to hear residents’ views about increased pedestrian and bicycle access across the city.

A first glance at local roads suggests motorized vehicles have won the battle for supremacy, leaving little or no room for bicyclists and pedestrians. But streets laid out a century, in some cases, two centuries ago cannot sustain increased vehicle traffic forever. Increasing safe opportunities to move on two feet and two wheels may shift the transportation balance to a variety of modes including increased public transportation.

The greatest benefit of putting legislators and state officials out on the road to hear what people have to say is not the new law or programs that are the product of listening tours. The real lasting benefit is the opportunity to have Massachusetts residents use legislators as a sounding board for how each and every person in the state can help improve its quality of life.

 

What’s next for Revere carnival after shooting?

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

REVERE Following a shooting Sunday night in the parking lot of Showcase Cinema where the 30th annual Fiesta Shows Revere Carnival was being held, Mayor Brian M. Arrigo is questioning whether it’s a good idea to bring the festival back.

“The investigation into this is ongoing,” Arrigo said in a statement. “We are currently evaluating the situation and will determine whether an event like the carnival can take place in Revere moving forward. As always, the safety of our residents is my first priority.

“Thank you to the first responders from Revere and surrounding communities who rushed to the scene, and thank you to the guests at the carnival and those at the movie theater for their patience and cooperation during a hectic and confusing situation.”

Police responded to a report of shots fired at about 8:40 p.m. No victims have been reported but three vehicles were damaged, according to Police Lt. Amy O’Hara. There was a report that a suspect may have fled into the cinema, which was evacuated.

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Since police have not determined whether the shooter was visiting the cinema or the carnival, City Councilors Anthony Zambuto and Arthur Guinasso said they weren’t comfortable commenting on what the shooting meant for the future of the carnival.

“I’m not certain if it’s attributed to the carnival or to Showcase Cinema,” said Guinasso. “There was obviously some incident of gun play and that’s completely unacceptable, no matter what. Once the police department makes a determination about the cause, we can pass judgement.”

E.J. Dean, vice president of operations of Dean & Flynn, Inc., also called Fiesta Shows, said he was deeply saddened by the incident.

“For generations, we have prided ourselves in creating a family-friendly environment and the safety of our guests is our top priority,” Dean said in a statement. “We maintain a large police and fire presence on site as part of our normal security procedures to ensure that our patrons are safe at all times.

“We are pleased that none of our guests or employees were injured in this incident, which took place outside the confines of our carnival event, but we are nonetheless providing any assistance we can to the Revere Police and Showcase Theaters regarding this matter. We feel bad for the good citizens and families of Revere that were enjoying their time at the carnival when this occurred.”


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte

Peabody man suspected in trafficking operation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. A Peabody man is one of 15 people suspected in a major heroin and cocaine trafficking operation that stretched across three New England states.

Vladimir Arias, 31, is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and unlawful use of communication facilities in committing or facilitating the commission of felony controlled substance offenses.

The arrests of Arias and the members of the Valdez Drug Trafficking Organization were based on information developed by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force in an operation dubbed “Operation Triple Play,” a reference to the three Valdez brothers.

The Valdez Drug Trafficking Organization is supposedly run by three brothers, Hector Valdez, 47 and Claudio Valdez, 44, Dominican nationals living in Woonsocket, R.I., and Juan Valdez, 50, a Dominican national living in Milton.

The three brothers, who allegedly re-entered the country after previous convictions of felony drug crimes and deportation, arranged for several shipments of multi-kilograms of heroin and cocaine to be brought from Mexico to stash houses in Cranston and Woonsocket, R.I., according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The drugs were then distributed to mid-level drug dealers and street dealers in the greater Providence and greater Boston areas and in Hartford, Conn., authorities say.

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Immigration detainers have been lodged against nine of the defendants charged in the matter, identified as Dominican nationals, most living in the United States with what are alleged to be stolen identities.

During the course of the investigation that began in September 2016 and as a result of search warrants executed this week — authorities seized nearly 4 kilograms of heroin, 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl, 2 kilograms of cocaine, 155 grams of crack cocaine, more than 100 pounds of cutting agents, approximately 12 kilograms of powdery substances that have been sent for laboratory analysis, approximately $95,000 in cash and nine vehicles.

Lynn talks transportation

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Ideas about transportation are shared at a public forum in Lynn.

LYNN — Input from North Shore residents at a public forum on Tuesday at the Lynn Museum will help legislators and MassMoves create a statewide transportation vision.

As part of the state Senate’s 2017 Commonwealth Conversations, MassMoves, funded by the Barr Foundation, is facilitating nine public workshops across the state. Lynn was the eighth forum, according to a description of the event. MassMoves is an initiative to engage citizens across the state about their ideas for a 21st century transportation system.

Participants in the workshop were asked to weigh in on potential goals of a 21st century transportation, polling on their importance. Some of the goals were: It should be easier and faster to get around, whether by car, public transportation, walking or biking; transportation should be cleaner, producing far fewer greenhouse gases and other types of pollution than it does today; the transportation network should be resilient, meaning it can bounce back from severe weather; and transportation should use the latest technology to manage traffic and provide real-time information to help residents plan their trips.

“What we do, each event during lunchtime, is what we call MassMoves transportation event, where we talk to people about the current state of transportation in Massachusetts and in their region and then we have workshops where we invite people to tell us what they think about the policy issues and the values that they have,” said Jim Aloisi, former secretary of transportation and a consultant with MassMoves.

“What we hope will happen at the end of this is that there will be a report that will say here’s what we found across the state,” he continued. “What we’re hoping will come out of this is a way to inform the legislature to say here’s how you can advance improving transportation, based on the shared values people have and make those connections.”

Aloisi said preliminary poll data from the previous forums has showed that people have the same values in wanting to focus more on public transportation and a cleaner system. He said decision makers can know the information and then may be able to use that data when they decide to make changes or adopt new policies.

Sen. Thomas McGee (D-Lynn) said the forums are important for people to see the broader issues faced in transportation and have a wide range of discussion.

“I think what’s really important is getting the input from the people that came here that were interested enough in transportation to be at the forum at lunch and get their point of view and what they see as important, so it’s going to allow us to shape policy decisions we make, as we look towards creating legislation and a comprehensive plan to address transportation, both this region and around the state,” McGee said.

“When this is completed, we’ll have a complete report of all of input we got around the commonwealth, and then we’ll have a chance to really take a look at it and see where the common pieces are from different districts.”

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Stanley Rosenberg, Massachusetts Senate President, said right now, transportation is fossil fuel driven in terms of vehicles.

“But if we’re going to attack climate change the way we need to in Massachusetts, we have to think about how to move people in goods and other ways that are less impactful on the environment,” Rosenberg said.

Rosenberg said transportation is changing. For about 100 years, he said taxis were the standard for the demand response transportation system in the state and across the country. Recently, because of the vast amount of people carrying phones, people on the West Coast decided there was a better way, which created a new structure for demand response transportation. That would be Uber and Lyft, in which passengers  are picked up after they use an app on their smartphones.

Another transportation innovation is autonomous or driverless cars. In the future, Rosenberg said those Ubers might be autonomous.

“The 21st century transportation system has got to be a system that responds … to the changing demographics, to the fact that we have both an aging population and a younger population that has a very different opinion about how they want to get around, so we have to be responsive to both,” Aloisi said. “We need to embrace technology, because like technology or not, it’s here to stay. We also need to do so smartly and strategically so that we understand the implications of technology and we use it to our benefit, and that’s a work in progress because the technology is changing so quickly that it’s hard for people to keep up.

“And it’s only very recently that we’ve had legislation to have some regulation over companies like Uber and Lyft, which are quickly displacing the taxi industry,” he said. “So, we need to act quickly, but we also need to act thoughtfully when it comes to how we regulate and how we manage technology when it intersects with transportation.”

Steve Galante, 56, a Beverly resident who works in Lynn, said the forum was interesting.

“I think we need to improve our current system and then build upon it,” he said. “I don’t think the current one is terrible, but it can definitely use improvement.”

Gayla Cawley can be reached at gcawley@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @GaylaCawley.

 

Bridging a danger

The state’s decision to give Saugus $500,000 to start the Water Street bridge’s replacement is a positive step in the right direction to eliminating dangers above area roadways.

The bridge is more than a century old and the state money will initially pay for what will probably be an expensive and time-consuming process to replace the bridge on the town’s border with Wakefield. It is hoped the Water Street bridge project is a hint at an accelerated state and federal effort to get aging and decaying bridges across the nation fixed or replaced.

Bridges in Massachusetts and other states were built, in many cases, to accommodate traffic from a simpler time when fewer vehicles moved across bridges and mega-trucks carrying enormous loads had yet to be invented.

New England weather and proximity in the case of coastal communities has hastened the demise of many bridges to the point where they have become dangerous potential disasters.

Bridges are never an easy fix. Anyone familiar with town bridges spanning the Saugus River knows the amount of time and traffic detouring required to get those bridges replaced and the work continues.

Bridge projects require detouring drivers or shutting down lanes and contributing to traffic tie-ups on already-overcrowded roads. They involve engineering and structural work that takes time and money to accomplish.

But bridge repairs cannot be ignored. News reports periodically highlight horror stories about concrete chunks or metal falling from elderly bridges onto vehicles. More than one bridge in the state has been closed down or posted with state warning signs prohibiting truck traffic.

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Ironically, the same strategy that set the stage for bridge construction across the nation 80 years ago makes sense today. The Great Depression spawned federal project agencies that built bridges and put the unemployed to work.

A new national commitment funded by federal dollars to fix up thousands of bridges needs to be entertained and launched. More exciting transportation projects or alternate energy endeavors should be put on hold in order to channel money into bridge building.

Municipal spending, even state dollars, don’t come close to covering costs for pricey bridge projects — even ones as relatively small as the Water Street bridge. Failure to repair and replace bridges will lead to an economic injury caused by detours and traffic tie-ups around closed bridges.

Saugus Rotary up to speed

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Gina Fiandaca, commissioner of the Boston Transportation Department, talks to members of the Saugus and Melrose Rotaries.

By BRIDGET TURCOTTE

SAUGUS — Rotarians from Saugus and Melrose gathered at Prince Pizzeria to hear about the future of transportation.

Gina Fiandaca, commissioner of the City of Boston Transportation Department, talked about the city’s initiatives to bring transportation into the 21st Century. Fiandaca oversees a staff of more than 400 people who work to improve the safety and efficiency of access to all 850 miles of roadway in Boston’s street system.

Dan Pranka, president of the Saugus Rotary Club, said that although Fiandaca oversees the city of Boston, the issues are relevant across the state.

“Transportation is an important thing for these towns leading into Boston,” he said. “I’ve learned some stuff today. I wasn’t aware of the technology that’s being used in so many different areas.”

Pranka said he hoped to see local improvements develop down the pipeline.

“Something needs to be done about Route 1,” Pranka said. “From 4 (p.m.) to 6 (p.m.), it’s bumper to bumper. It’s a standstill.”

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Fiandaca, who was appointed in January 2015 by Mayor Marty Walsh, is responsible for the launch of Park Boston, a smartphone app that allows drivers to pay their parking meter from their phone. She also helped add a credit card payment option to meter parking in Boston and other Massachusetts communities, including Lynn. She spearheaded a partnership with TicketZen that allows users to pay parking tickets from their phone.

As part of Vision Zero Boston, the department’s commitment to focus the city’s resources on proven strategies to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in the city by the year 2030, the default speed limit was lowered from 30 miles per hour to 25 in Boston. Other Massachusetts communities have the option to follow suit. Melrose has already jumped on the bandwagon, said Melrose Board of Alderman member Mary Beth Mcateer-Margolis, who is also a member of the Melrose Rotary Club. She questioned how Boston enforces the law and noted that, unless it’s enforced, it really means nothing.

Fiandaca said a campaign was launched before the change to make drivers aware of the change, additional signage and speed radar boards contribute to ensuring the law is obeyed. In the future, the roadways will be designed to encourage drivers to slow down, she said.

Fiandaca said she hopes to see autonomous vehicles, which do not need a driver, contribute to safer streets. The cars would be powered by electricity and supervised by an operator, she said.

“A fair amount of socialization needs to take place,” she said. “We’re preparing ourselves for how this fits into our current landscape. We don’t want zombie cars driving around.”

Susan Nadworny, president of the Melrose Rotary Club, said the conversation was relevant because of both towns’ proximity to Boston.


Bridget Turcotte can be reached at bturcotte@itemlive.com. Follow her on Twitter @BridgetTurcotte.

Winter parking ban in Nahant

NAHANT — Nahant’s winter parking ban will go into effect Wednesday.

From Dec. 21 until March 20, 2017, all vehicles must be parked off the street between 12 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Residents with inadequate off-street parking can apply for a parking waiver at the Nahant Police Station. Applicants will be notified whether their application has been approved once it has been reviewed by the Police Department.

A $30 nonrefundable application fee is required to process each request for a waiver, paid by check or money order only and made payable to the “Town of Nahant” prior to review of the application. All vehicles at the residence must be registered to the address.

All residents, with or without a parking waiver, must find off street parking when it snows or when a snow emergency has been declared due to a forecasted snowfall.

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The Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Public Works must approve the parking location selected by the applicant. Should any of the departments reject the location selected, the application will be returned to the applicant so they can find a suitable area to park.

Cars left on the street during snow emergencies will be towed at the owner’s expense. The owner will also be fined $50. Violations will result in a review and possible revocation of the parking waiver.