East Bridgewater Police Remind Residents of Social Host Law

East Bridgewater Police Department
Scott Allen, Chief of Police
153 Central St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Friday, May 18, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Police Remind Residents of Social Host Law

EAST BRIDGEWATER — With senior prom approaching, Chief Scott Allen would like to remind East Bridgewater residents about the state’s social host law.

Parents and adults can face fines, jail time, or both if they provide alcohol to individuals under the age of 21. Minors can also face punishment for hosting parties at their parent’s homes without their knowledge.

“While some parents may think that hosting a prom party in their home and confiscating car keys from guests is a good idea, if the guests are drinking alcohol underage it is against the law and ultimately still unsafe,” Chief Allen said.

State law says that anyone who provides alcohol to a person under 21 years old can be fined up to $2,000 and face up to a year in prison.

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East Bridgewater Police Accepting Applications for Civilian Dispatcher Positions

East Bridgewater Police Department
Scott Allen, Chief of Police
153 Central St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Police Accepting Applications for Civilian Dispatcher Positions

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Chief Scott C. Allen is pleased to announce that the East Bridgewater Police Department is currently accepting applications for full-time and part-time civilian dispatcher positions.

“We realize that providing excellent service to the community is directly linked to hiring exceptional and experienced candidates,” Chief Allen said. “Individuals interested and qualified for this position are encouraged to apply.”

The department seeks candidates with backgrounds or training in law enforcement who aspire to become full-time police officers. Those with college degrees in criminal justice or related fields are preferred.

Full-time dispatchers work 40-hour weeks and receive benefits, including health insurance and paid time off in accordance with the town’s policies. There may be scheduling flexibility for both full-time and part-time positions.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume. Please indicate whether you are interested in a full-time or part-time position.

Applications should be sent to Deputy Chief Paul O’Brien at pobrien@ebmass.com.

For more information about the position, click here.  

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East Bridgewater DPW Continues Improvement Projects at Youth Sports Complex

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater DPW Continues Improvement Projects at Youth Sports Complex

EAST BRIDGEWATER — Department of Public Works Director John B. Haines is pleased to announce that the East Bridgewater DPW recently completed a project to replace a retaining wall at the John L. Silva Athletic Complex and is continuing to make improvements to the snack stand.

The project replaced a rotting wooden retaining wall with an aesthetically pleasing concrete block wall between the snack bar and Brewster Fuller Field.

Atop the retaining wall is a new chain-link fence and area where parents can watch their children play baseball and softball.

“Our Highway and Grounds Division installed 70-feet of concrete blocks and built the wall up six-feet high,” Director Haines said. “On top of the wall we replaced the old wooden railing with a fence that allows parents to be up higher and closer to the field. It will provide a much better view of the games.”

Funding for the project was appropriated at the Annual Town Meeting last year through the Recreation Commission. The project was a joint-venture between the DPW, Recreation Commission and East Bridgewater Little League.

Demolition of the old wall began at the end of August last year and the project was completed at the end of November. A new deck was added onto the snack stand over the past few months.

The next step will be to build a handicap ramp that will lead from the parking lot up to the snack stand and bathrooms.

The project is one of many that have been undertaken by the DPW in recent years to refurbish the fields at the complex. The town helps to maintain the fields, which sit between Church and Hobart streets. The complex consists of four youth baseball/softball fields, two basketball courts, a soccer field and an outdoor street hockey rink.

“Now that springtime has arrived, parents and players will notice a completely new look at the snack bar,” Director Haines said. “Once the ramp is done, we’re proud to say the snack bar will be completely handicap accessible.”

Director Haines would like to give special thanks to local contractor G. Lincoln & Sons, who built the snack bar deck originally 30 years ago and reconstructed it this time, and also Tom Williams, owner of Superior Pool Services, who donated labor and equipment to assist with site work and wall construction.

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East Bridgewater Fire Chief Provides Grilling Safety Tips

East Bridgewater Fire Department
Timothy Harhen, Fire Chief
268 Bedford St.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Monday, May 7, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Fire Chief Provides Grilling Safety Tips

EAST BRIDGEWATER — With the warmer weather now here, Chief Timothy Harhen would like to provide residents with grilling safety tips and also remind homeowners that the open burning period in town ended on May 1.

“Now that the warm weather is here and people are taking their grills out, it is important that residents take a few precautions to ensure everyone’s safety,” Chief Harhen said. “As a reminder, all grills must be at least 10 feet away from all buildings and structures, even when they are not in use.”

In order to prevent grilling fires and keep residents safe while cooking outdoors, East Bridgewater Fire recommends the following tips provided by the Department of Fire Services:

Safety First

  • Propane and charcoal grills should only be used outdoors.
  • Place grills away from the house, siding, and deck railings and out from under leaves of overhanging branches.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the grilling area.
  • Never leave a burning grill unattended.

Gas Grills

  • Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it. Propane can build up inside and when ignited, the lid may blow off.
  • Check that all connections are tight before turning on the gas.
  • Clean the grease trap every time you grill.
  • If you smell gas while cooking, turn the grill off and move away from it. Call 911 from a safe location. Do not move the grill.
  • Store propane cylinders upright in an outdoor, shaded area. Cylinders should not be used, stored or transported where they can be exposed to high temperatures.

Charcoal Grills

  • Use only charcoal starter fluid. Never use gasoline or kerosene to start a fire in a grill and never add lighter fluid to burning briquettes or hot coals.
  • Always use charcoal grills in a well-ventilated area. Charcoal briquettes give off carbon monoxide, which can be deadly.
  • Properly dispose of grill ashes. Allow the coals to burn out completely and then cool for 48 hours before disposal. If you must dispose of ashes before they are completely cooled, thoroughly soak them in water before putting them in a metal container.

As a reminder to residents, open burning ended on May 1 and is no longer permitted.

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