On Sept. 8, 1978, 15 year old Mary Lou Arruda was abducted from our town and murdered. We will never forget her.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) would like to advise residents of the attached forecast bulletins from the National Weather Service offices in Albany, New York and Norton concerning the high temperatures and heat indices today and the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening.
From the National Weather Service in Norton:
Hot and humid conditions are on tap today with our first taste of excessive heat this summer season as heat indices will range from 95-103°F for interior areas of S New England.
- HEAT ADVISORIES posted which have been expanded to include the city of Boston and surrounding metro-area, as well as the mid CT River Valley.
This in addition to the potential for strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon into evening with embedded threats of cloud to ground lightning, strong to damaging winds, and/or brief heavy rain.
- There is presently a MARGINAL to SLIGHT RISK for scattered strong to severe thunderstorms, mainly over northern and western areas of MA and CT.
- There is also a MARGINAL RISK for excessive rainfall over northern and western areas of MA.
Watches, Warnings and Advisories
Areas affected: Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Suffolk; Western Norfolk
Issued: June 18 at 4:17AM EDT
Expiring: June 18 at 6:00PM EDT
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Hampden; Southeast Middlesex; Western Essex
Areas affected: Central Middlesex County; Eastern Essex; Eastern Franklin; Eastern Hampden; Eastern Hampshire; Eastern Norfolk; Northern Worcester; Northwest Middlesex County; Southeast Middlesex; Southern Worcester; Suffolk; Western Essex; Western Hampden; Western Norfolk
Areas affected: Barnstable; Dukes; Nantucket; Southern Bristol; Southern Plymouth
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) at MEMA Headquarters in Framingham is currently operating at Level 1 (Steady State Monitoring). MEMA will continue to monitor the forecast and will disseminate Situational Awareness Statements as necessary.
Preparedness and Safety Information
Thunderstorm and Lightning Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/thunderstorm-and-lightning-safety-tips
Extreme Heat Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/extreme-heat-safety-tips
Tornado Safety Tips: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/tornado-safety-tips
Utilize Massachusetts Alerts to receive emergency notifications and information from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the National Weather Service. Massachusetts Alerts is a free app that is available for Android and iPhones. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: http://www.mass.gov/service-details/massachusetts-alerts-smartphone-app.
Utilize MEMA’s real-time power outage viewer to stay informed about current power outages in your community and region, and across the state, including information from utility companies about restoration times: http://mema.mapsonline.net/public.html
Utilize MEMA’s live weather radar and forecasting tools: http://www.mass.gov/map-resources
Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency at www.mass.gov/mema
MEMA’s Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA
MEMA Twitter: @MassEMA
Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.fema.gov
National Weather Service/Norton at www.weather.gov/boston
National Weather Service/Albany, NY at www.weather.gov/albany
National Weather Service Weather Prediction Center: http://www.wpc.ncep.noaa.gov
National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center: http://www.spc.noaa.gov/
Mass211 at www.mass211.org
Chief James Donovan
53 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Raynham Police Release Video of Armed Robbery at Gas Station
RAYNHAM — Chief James Donovan reports that the Raynham Police Department is investigating an armed robbery at a gas station early Tuesday morning.
At approximately 3:46 a.m., Raynham Police received a report of two men who brandished knives and robbed the Seasons Corner Market, 442 New State Highway. The gas station convenience store, which is open 24-hours-a-day, is at the corner of Route 44 and South Street.
The suspects are described as two white males, who were wearing masks, as well as dark-colored sweatshirts and dark-colored pants.
The suspects demanded money from the clerks and escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash, fleeing down the eastbound side of Rt. 44, toward Middleboro, possibly in a black Dodge Charger.
No one was injured in the incident.
Police will be reviewing video surveillance footage from the store to assist in the investigation.
Anyone with information about the incident, or who may have seen something suspicious in the area, is asked to call the Raynham Police Department at 508-824-2716.
BRIDGEWATER and RAYNHAM — As prom season is upon us, the Bridgewater and Raynham Police Departments are providing the following safety tips and guidance for students and parents to ensure a positive and safe experience for all.
The 2017 Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School Junior Prom is Fridy, May 19 at the Lantana in Randolph. The Senior Prom is May 26 at Lombardi’s in Randolph.
Prom can be among the most memorable and exciting events of a student’s high school career, but for parents, it is often a stressful time that is full of worry. Students should remember their decisions can have long-term consequences not just for themselves but for their friends and family as well.
Bridgewater Police Chief Christopher D. Delmonte and Raynham Police Chief James W. Donovan ask that parents reinforce the importance of good decision making with their children and facilitate conversations often and regularly about potentially destructive choices.
“Prom season is a fun and exciting him for our kids, but part of having fun and creating positive lasting memories involves making good decisions,” Chief Delmonte said.
“That starts with safe travel and transportation to and from the prom,” said Chief Donovan. “If you are driving, leave your phone alone. And never get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking or using marijuana or other drugs. A smart move, even a split-second decision, could make all the difference.”
Students — Stay safe before, during, and after the prom:
- Think responsibly: Don’t feel pressured to take part in inappropriate behavior — prior, during, or after the dance. It’s OK to say no, even if others are participating.
- Travel safely: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teenagers. Always buckle up, no matter how short the trip. It’s the law.
- Don’t text and drive. Texting and cellphone use while driving is illegal for Massachusetts teens under 18 years old.
- Don’t drink and drive, and don’t get in a car with a driver who has been drinking
- Be alert: Dating violence is an issue that can affect anybody — those in a long-term relationship, or people who just met. Abuse can be verbal, emotional, physical, or sexual. Know beforehand what your boundaries are and communicate those to your partner. Where ever you go after prom, don’t be afraid to tell a family member, friend, or call 911 if you or someone you know is abused or in danger.
- Possession, Use, Purchase, or Distribution of Alcohol and Marijuana is Illegal for Minors.
- Students found to be under the influence will be barred from attending the prom, and their parents or guardians will be called to pick their children up.
Parents — You play a major role in helping children have a safe, yet memorable evening:
- Communicate: Have a pre-prom talk to set guidelines for students during prom and remind them of the consequences for breaking the rules. Reinforce that you will not tolerate underage drinking, and that’s it’s illegal. Get students’ itineraries for the evening, including whom they will be with, where they’ll be going before and after the prom, and the phone numbers of where you can contact them. Come to a fair decision on a curfew and express any concerns about their health and safety.
- If students are not coming home right after prom, set up check-in times throughout the night and following morning.
- Plan ahead: After prom parties should be adult supervised. Students are recommended to always go with a buddy and notify parents or guardians where they’ll be and how to reach them.
- Adults should not let teens drink at home, even if no one plans to drive and keys are confiscated. Keep alcohol and prescription drugs in a locked cabinet.
- Under the Social Host law, parents are criminally and civilly liable if they allow underage drinking to occur in their houses.
- Be understanding: Let students know they can call you at any time for help, advice or a ride with the promise to not shame or embarrass them in front of others.
- Establish a code word your teen can say to let you know if they are in trouble or need your help.
The Bridgewater and Raynham Police Departments wish everyone a safe and enjoyable prom season!
James W. Donovan
Chief of Police
53 Orchard St.
Raynham, MA 02767
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Raynham Police Department Issues Warning about Worldwide Malware Outbreaks
RAYNHAM — Chief James W. Donovan and the Raynham Police Department are today alerting residents and local business owners about the threat of malicious software, or malware, that may compromise computer systems or hold files hostage for ransom.
The latter, called ransomware, is the focus of a worldwide criminal investigation after hundreds of thousands of systems running Microsoft Windows were compromised on Friday, May 12, including hospitals, transit stations, and private computers. The attack, named “WannaCry” encrypted files on victimized systems and demanded a $300 to $600 payment to unlock the files. The attack was stopped, but the threat of randomware and similar attacks continues.
The Raynham Police Department offers the following tips to help prevent infection on your computers and devices:
• Restart your Computer. This sounds like Technical Support 101, but it’s an extremely important step. Restarting a Windows PC often allows it to install the latest security patches and updates. Be sure to select the “Update and Restart Option” if possible.
• Do not Open Suspicious Attachments or Click Suspicious Links. Attacks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and if someone you know falls victim to an attack, the malware may use their computer and email address book to send you a malicious file or link. Often, people think they are receiving an email from a friend or relative, and their computers get infected.
• Change Your Passwords. If you have been using the same password for years, it’s time for an update. “Strong” passwords use a mix of capital and lowercase letters with numbers and symbols thrown in. Never use a single word as your password.
• Use Reputable Antivirus Programs. While no security software can absolutely prevent all attacks on its own, there are reputable free and paid software programs out there that can help you, and there are some that may make problems worse. Do your research and use a program that will help you. PC Magazine offers advice on the best free and paid antivirus programs, and the well-regarded tech news source Tom’s Guide offers its own advice.
• Got Popups? Learn the Keyboard Shortcut. Malicious software often makes its way onto a computer when a user clicks on a popup window. These windows are often designed to be difficult to close or to trick you into clicking the wrong place. The solution is not to click anywhere. If you have a popup, hold the ALT key and press F4 on your computer keyboard to close the active window. Repeat as necessary.
The current strain of malware attacks is so vicious that Microsoft has even released updates for older versions of the Windows operating system, including Windows XP, which it stopped issuing updates for in 2014. For more information on older versions of Windows, click here.
If you become infected, the Raynham Police Department does not recommend that you pay the criminals responsible for the cyber attack. Instead, download the correct patch or contact a reputable information technology provider for assistance.
There are no indications that any Raynham residents have been caught up in the WannaCry attacks. These are general guidelines meant to improve overall computer security.