Chief Fitzgerald has been in communication with representatives from National Grid throughout the morning in regards to the ongoing power outages in town. Main trunk lines in Beverly that feed much of the affected areas in Manchester are currently being repaired to hopefully restore power fully. National Grid has pulled additional manpower from upstate New York to assist in this area, as Cape Ann is one of the hardest hit and most affected areas of the state. The latest estimates from National Grid are that they are hoping to restore power sometime this evening. If this does not happen, the town is currently working on a contingency plan in regards to a possible overnight shelter for those who are still affected by power loss. Please stay tuned and we will have further updates as soon as they are available. We ask residents to please refrain from calling the station to report an outage or to ask for an update.
Storm Update October 17, 2019:
Most of the town roads have been cleared of debris and are passable, except for Lincoln Street near the Memorial School and Ocean Street. These roads are currently blocked by downed trees and live power lines. A significant area of town continues to remain without power. At this time we have no estimate when power will be restored. National Grid is aware of the problems and assures us that they are working on restoring the power as soon as possible. Residents of Manchester by-the Sea should be prepared to be without power for the rest of today and into tomorrow. Remember to check on your neighbors and to run portable generators in a well ventilated area away from your home.
Please follow our website www.manchestermapd.com and our Facebook and Twitter Accounts for future updates.
Manchester Police in conjunction with Manchester Fire and business owners throughout Downtown are thrilled to announce a coloring contest for Children in Town. Parents or Children, please visit one of the following businesses in Town to pick up an information packet & the pages to color:
- Dunkin Donuts
- Allen’s Pharmacy
- Bravo Pizza
- Stock Exchange
- Allies Beach St. Cafe
- Manchester Barber Shop
- Manchester Public Library
- 4 Beach Shop
- Black Arrow
- Antique Table
- J. Mclaughlin
- Manchester by the Book
- North Coast Too
- Michelle James Salon
Go home, choose a photo to color and submit them to the Police or Fire Department by October 27, 2019. ALL submissions will be entered into a drawing to win gift certificates and other goodies donated by local businesses. Also, a ride to School by the Police and the Fire Department will be awarded to two submissions!!
MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Interim Chief Todd Fitzgerald reports that the Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department arrested a woman in connection with multiple instances of fraud related to a rental property in New Hampshire.
CARRIE KELLEHER, AGE 44, OF MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA was arrested and charged with 13 counts of Larceny Over $250 by False Pretenses.
KELLEHER allegedly engaged in a scheme in which she would rent out a home in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which belonged to a former business partner and was in foreclosure during the time that the scam was ongoing in 2015 and 2016. In most instances, KELLEHER would rent the home to individuals from all around the country, cancel the reservation days prior to guests’ planned arrival and then failed to deliver promised refunds.
The investigation was conducted as a joint effort by the Manchester-by-the-Sea Police Department and U.S. Postal Inspectors. KELLEHER was arrested this morning and subsequently arraigned in Salem District Court.
“This was a great example of federal and local agencies working together to bring this suspect to justice,” Chief Fitzgerald said. “She victimized numerous people by misrepresenting herself and tricking those victims into paying for a service she could not deliver. I’m grateful for the work of Detective Chris Locke and Sgt. Mark McCoy on this investigation.”
KELLEHER was released on $3,000 bail following her arraignment today. She is due back in court on Nov. 19 for a pre-trial hearing.
These are allegations. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Board of Health
town hall – 10 Central Street
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts 01944-1399
Telephone (978) 526-7385 FAX (978) 526-2009
Mosquito Spraying Follow-up Thursday, September 26, 2019
On Wednesday 9/25/19, the Mosquito Control District completed a town wide spraying for mosquitoes. The following morning, 9/26/19, there was a follow up discussion of the operation. Four trucks were utilized and at the end of the spraying the team met to review their routes to ensure the entire town was covered. They utilized a GPS system to verify that the entire town, including both public and private roads, was, indeed covered.
It is important to remember that we remain at a Moderate risk level as defined by the Department of Public Health. Over the past year we have tested some 10,000 mosquitoes with one positive result. The positive mosquito was found weeks after the Manchester resident became sick, thus the Department of Public Health continues to express the opinion that he most likely contracted EEE in another town.
Town wide spraying reduces our risk for EEE infections but it does not eliminate the risk. Only a two night hard frost will accomplish the eradication of mosquitoes and the risk of EEE. The mosquitoes come out at dusk. As the sun starts to set they come out to feed. To reiterate, this is the reason that the Board of Health voted to end all outdoor Town activities at 6pm. As the days get shorter the time may change. It remains important to wear appropriate clothing and use bug repellant anytime you are outdoors as your personal protection and responsibility to prevent bites.
If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to the Board of Health office or Colleen Burns Brown RN, BSN the Town’s Public Health Nurse. We will be happy to discuss any issues or concerns you may have regarding mosquitoes.
Again, a reminder of educational material:
What is Eastern Equine Encephalitis?
Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) is a rare but serious disease caused by a virus. The virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
What are the symptoms of EEE?
The first symptoms of EEE are fever (often 103º to 106ºF), stiff neck, headache, and lack of energy. These symptoms show up three to ten days after a bite from an infected mosquito. Inflammation and swelling of the brain, called encephalitis, is the most dangerous and frequent serious complication. The disease gets worse quickly and some patients may go into a coma within a week. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms contact their MD.
What can you do to protect yourself from EEE?
Since the virus that causes EEE is spread by mosquitoes, here are some things you can do to reduce your chances of being bitten:
- When you are outdoors, wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and socks. This may be difficult to do when the weather is hot, but it will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
- If you are outdoors at dusk (now starting at 6pm) apply repellent. **** The risk remains until the first hard frost.
Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 (3-[N-butyl-N-acetyl]-aminopropionic acid) or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-
menthane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions given on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
What can you do at home?
- Keep mosquitoes out of your house by repairing any holes in your screens and making sure they are tightly attached to all your doors and windows.
- Remove areas of standing water around your home.
Here are some suggestions:
- Look around outside your house for containers and other things that might collect water and turn them over, regularly empty them, or dispose of them.
- Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers that are left outdoors so that water can drain out.
- Clean clogged roof gutters; remove leaves and debris that may prevent drainage of rainwater.
- Turn over plastic wading pools and wheelbarrows when not in use.
- Change the water in birdbaths every few days; aerate ornamental ponds or stock them with fish.
- Keep swimming pools clean and properly chlorinated; remove standing water from pool covers.
- Use landscaping to eliminate standing water that collects on your property.
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