*MEDIA ADVISORY* Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

 

Fairhaven Police Department
Kevin W. Kobza, Sergeant/PIO
1 Bryant St.
Fairhaven, MA 02719

For Immediate Release

Monday, Dec. 4, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

*MEDIA ADVISORY*

Fairhaven Police to Participate in 7th Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive”

FAIRHAVEN — Fairhaven Police Sgt. Kevin Kobza would like to invite residents throughout the South Coast to participate in the seventh Annual “Fill the Bus Toy Drive” hosted by the non-profit group Safe Zones.

WHEN:

Saturday, Dec. 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:

Walmart, 42 Fairhaven Commons Way, Fairhaven

WHAT:

The Fairhaven Police Department will once again be teaming up with the local anti-bullying group Safe Zones for their annual toy drive. They will be collecting toys, loading them onto school buses and distributing them to children throughout the South Coast this holiday season.

“We look forward to this event every year. Having so many people in the community come out and support this fantastic cause is really great to see,” Sgt. Kobza said. “No child should go without during the holidays and this is our way of making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Those who would like to participate can drop off new, unwrapped toys to the Fairhaven Walmart parking lot on Saturday. Toys for boys and girls of all age groups will be accepted. Please, no toys that simulate weapons, such as toy guns.

“Last year we filled seven school buses with hundreds of toys. It’s certainly a labor of love,” said Safe Zones Founder Jerry Pinto said. “We encourage everyone to come out and drop off toys. Every single one of them will help put a smile on a child’s face this holiday season.”

In addition to Fairhaven, toys will also be collected on Saturday at:

  • Target, 479 State Road, Dartmouth, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Acushnet Police Department, 64 Middle Road, Acushnet, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • New Bedford Police Headquarters, 871 Rockdale Ave., New Bedford, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Toys can also be donated at police stations in Fairhaven, Dartmouth, Acushnet and New Bedford until Dec. 24.

For more information or for a pickup of five or more items, email safezonekids@gmail.com.

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Dartmouth Police Provide Update on Progress Toward New Police Station

Dartmouth Police Department
Robert W. Szala, Police Chief
249 Russells Mills Road
South Dartmouth, MA 02748

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Dartmouth Police Provide Update on Progress Toward New Police Station

DARTMOUTH — The Dartmouth Police Station project is on schedule, and the feasibility study is underway.

The goal of the project is to construct the Town of Dartmouth’s first standalone police station, at a reasonable cost, with room for growth. If approved and built, the police station is expected to serve the town’s needs for the most of the remaining century and beyond.

The Carell Group (TCG) met with the Police Chief’s Advisory Group on Dec. 14 and presented preliminary design proposals and floorplans. The project calls for a 21,500 sq. ft. two-story facility that is designed to meet the town’s aesthetic and functionality needs.

The Advisory Group voted, after a thorough review of the plans, to accept the concept for the purposes of generating a cost estimate of the project. The architect was authorized to proceed with an estimate. In addition to the physical plant, other project costs are currently being estimated, including: communications equipment, professional fees, technology, office equipment, and testing services. The goal is to complete the project budget with all research, estimating, and quotations simultaneously with the building/site cost estimate. This would give the town a realistic and complete picture of the cost of the police station project.

A draft budget is anticipated at the end of January. The draft feasibility study will be given to the town on Feb. 15, and the final version is expected to be ready March 1.

Ballfields
TCG will be meeting with the Park Board on Jan. 17 to begin discussions on the existing ball fields at the Gidley School and options for alternative locations, including the possibility of building new ballfields on the former police station site.

Gidley Demolition
Approval was received in December to demolish the Gidley School. Key elements of the building will be salvaged for use in the new police station.

The bidding process for the demolition of the Gidley School began on Jan. 4 with pre-bid briefing and a walk-through held on Jan. 10. Formal bids are due on Jan. 25 and demolition could begin as early as February or March.

Public Presentations
A public update to the Dartmouth Select Board is scheduled for Feb. 6, and a Joint Select Board/FinCom Presentation is scheduled for March 6.

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Dartmouth Police Announce Progress Toward New Police Station

Dartmouth Police Department
Robert W. Szala, Police Chief
249 Russells Mills Road
South Dartmouth, MA 02748

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Dartmouth Police Announce Progress Toward New Police Station

DARTMOUTH — Plans for the new Dartmouth Police Station are currently underway.

The police department signed a contract with The Carell Group (TCG) on Oct. 21 to conduct a feasibility study for the new station. TCG thoroughly reviewed the department’s operations and staffing, as well as the current and future needs of the station and the projected growth of the town.

The Dartmouth Site Selection Committee (SSC) reviewed several sites. In response to the Request for Proposals, issued by the town, one private parcel proposal was considered for a location behind the Walmart property, on Route 6 and Cross Road.

The SSC also reviewed an available town-owned parcel where the abandoned Gidley School site, located at 1390 Tucker Road. A selection matrix was used to compare the two proposed parcels. The SSC unanimously agreed that 1390 Tucker Road was the most beneficial location for the new station. TCG’s design team is now in the process of evaluating the Tucker Road property. Evaluation of the site includes a topographical and boundary survey, existing conditions and structures verification, a utility study, review of zoning and regulatory issues and a views and exposure assessment.

An additional contract was signed with The Carell Group on Nov. 1 to prepare for bidding and to administer the hazardous material abatement and demolition of the former Gidley School. A partially completed building permit for the demolition of the school has been submitted to the Building Department to start the process. The design team met with the Historic Commission on Dec. 5, and an agreement was reached among commission members, Police Chief Robert Szala, and Town Administrator David Cressman to incorporate some portion of the Gidley School building into the new police station, which will create an architecturally prudent design for Dartmouth.

The site and building investigations are in progress and the bidding is expected to begin by Jan. 1. Demolition could begin in February or March.

The design team and project manager are working on finalizing the overall budget which will include the hard construction costs, along with development costs such as, equipment and furnishings, consultant fees, utility company fees and material testing. Design decisions are on track to be completed by the first week of January, and the draft of the study will follow in the early spring.

The goal of the project is to produce the town’s first standalone police station, at a reasonable cost, with room for growth. If approved and built, the police station is expected to serve the town’s needs for the most of the remaining century and beyond.

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