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How can you help Tyngsborough?

Many people have reached out and asked how they can help our community.  Please take a look at the document below, the town’s emergency management team has put together a list of suggestions on how you can help.  Thank you for anything you are able to do, and please stay safe and healthy.

 

 

 

Title Description Contact/Location
Stay at home, per Governor’s recommendation Practice social distancing; go out only as needed for food/medicine; use good hygiene. Learn more here.
Purchase gift cards/ certificates from restaurants and local businesses Local businesses have been hit hard. Support them by purchasing gift cards/ certificates for later use. The Town has prepared this list of businesses. If you see one missing, please let us know.
Donate money to the school’s Adopt-a-Family program  This program provides meal assistance to children and families in Tyngsborough. Mail a check to “Tyngsborough Public Schools” (50 Norris Rd) with “Adopt-a-Family” in the memo.
Donate gloves, masks, face shields, gowns or other unused PPE If you have significant quantities, please reach out to the Fire Department, who can coordinate a good home for it. Call the Fire Department at (978) 649-7671 to describe what material you have.
Donate to the Town’s elderly/disabled tax fund Every dollar goes toward reducing the tax burden for Tyngsborough’s elderly and disabled population. Visit this site and click “Contribution Elderly/ Disabled Taxation Fund”
Donate to Meals on Wheels During this time, MOW is still operating out of the Senior Center, and is busy providing meals daily for Tyngsborough Seniors. Visit https://www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org/ and click to support the COVID-19 fund.
Give blood You are advised to make an appointment instead of showing up at a blood drive. https://www.redcrossblood.org/
Donate to a food bank The best way to help is a monetary donation to protect against contamination of food items. The Merrimack Valley Food Bank is based in Lowell and supports our area. https://mvfb.org/

 

Remember to check the following reputable website for information:

NEW IRS SCAM!! Do not give out your banking information!

There is a new IRS scam; calls are being received from people claiming they are from the IRS and need your bank account number to deposit the $1,200 stimulus checks being issued by the Federal Government.  The IRS WILL NOT CALL YOU!  You should never give your banking information over the phone, please pass this information forward, especially to those who may be more vulnerable to these types of scams.

Thank you,

Chief Richard Howe

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Resources / mental health & substance abuse

The Tyngsborough Police Department is part of a collaborative with Chelmsford, Tewksbury, Billerica & Dracut Police Department’s which form the “Front Line Initiative”.   This initiative provides Tyngsborough residents with access to mental health professionals,  counselors for those struggling with substance abuse, as well as case management and referral services.    Please forward this information to anyone you know who may be in need.  Please click on the link or refer to the brochure below.

Thank you and stay safe,

Chief Howe

Community Resources

 

 

Thank you to A-Z Restoration Services

Thank you to Chris Baldwin, owner of A-Z Restoration services located in Tyngsborough, for his very generous donation to the Police Department of concentrated disinfectant and a tutorial on the proper way to mix it with our staff.  This is just another example of the positive partnerships we have and the generosity of our businesses and residents.

Stay safe everyone!

All schools closed through May 4th

Governor Baker has ordered all schools (except emergency day care) in Massachusetts closed through May 4th

Massachusetts text notification system for Covid-19 updates

Please click on the link to access the Massachusetts text notification system for Covid-19 updates

https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-launches-a-covid-19-text-message-notification-system-text-covidma-to-888-777-for?fbclid=IwAR0YQptr-6_URHdPPkjbVt0KUdbH-P1g1zId44sXAzQPuadqymf9RCje2ec

First confirmed Covid-19 case in Tyngsborough

Tyngsborough Resident Tests Positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Tyngsborough Board of Health was notified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) that a resident tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19), marking the first positive case for Tyngsborough. The case is being handled according to protocols recommended by DPH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Residents are urged to exercise vigilance in adhering to recommended practices aimed at reducing transmission including social distancing and washing your hands often and thoroughly.

Please visit Tyngsboroughma.govmass.gov, and cdc.gov for the latest information and guidance on how to protect yourself.

Domestic Violence, Restraining order resources

There have been numerous changes with the process of applying for abuse prevention orders because courts have closed due to Covid-19.  We have provided a website link below which provides information for probate and family courts during this state of emergency.  For emergency restraining orders we have included applications on our website, those can be brought directly to our station or emailed to us. 

We have also provided a Domestic Violence & abuse link below.  Please do not hesitate to contact our department, if you are a victim of domestic abuse please contact us immediately.  If it’s not safe to use the phone please use our website (tyngsboropolice.com) or contact us directly via email (pdchief@tyngsboroughma.gov)

Domestic violence resource

https://www.domesticshelters.org/articles/in-the-news/the-danger-of-being-quarantined-with-an-abuser

Court resource

https://www.mass.gov/probate-and-family-court-rules/probate-and-family-court-standing-order-2-20-court-operations-under

Emergency protection orders

BOSTON, MA — In accordance with the Order issued by the Supreme Judicial Court on March 17, 2020, and the departmental Trial Court Standing Orders<https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19#-court-orders-> issued on the same date, Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey has issued Trial Court Emergency Administrative Order 20-5: Modified Procedures Concerning Protection Orders as a Result of COVID-19<https://www.mass.gov/trial-court-rules/trial-court-emergency-administrative-order-20-5-modified-procedures-concerning>.

This emergency order will permit judges serving on after-hours judicial response to issue emergency restraining orders, harassment prevention orders, and extreme risk protection orders for ten (10) days, rather than making the orders returnable to court the day following issuance.

As provided in the departmental standing orders, all hearings on protective orders will be conducted by telephone (or videoconference where available). Parties scheduled for a hearing on an emergency protection order will be instructed to call the court at 9:00 a.m. on the scheduled hearing date, at which point the hearing will be held, or will be scheduled to be held later that day by telephone.  Parties will be provided with the phone number for the courthouse, or they can find the number on the Court Locator<https://www.mass.gov/guides/find-a-courthouse-serving-you> page.

Individuals against whom orders are issued will be provided notice that they may seek an in-person hearing on the issuance of the order once courts have resumed normal operations.
Updates regarding the court’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic are available on the court’s website: https://www.mass.gov/guides/court-system-response-to-covid-19

Message from town regarding Governor’s closure of non-essential businesses

Today, the governor ordered all non-essential businesses closed effective Tuesday, 3/24 at 12 pm.  Please see the attached message from the town.

3/23/2020- Press Release re: COVID-19 Response & Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

Message from U.S. Attorney Lelling regarding Covid-19 scams

U.S. ATTORNEY ANDREW E. LELLING ISSUES STERN WARNING REGARDING SCAMS AND OTHER CRIMES RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

 

BOSTON – “As our communities take extraordinary measures to confront the coronavirus outbreak, some may view this as an opportunity to prey on the public’s fears and anxieties.  The Department of Justice is now focused on cybercrime, sale of counterfeit goods, treatment scams and other healthcare and investment scams arising from the pandemic.  My office will aggressively prosecute anyone engaged in this kind of activity,” said U.S. Attorney Lelling.

 

“With the outbreak of COVID-19, scammers have found a platform that preys on people’s fears and could make them more likely to be victimized,” said Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Boston Division. “We want you to avoid falling prey to these scams and help us stop them by reporting it at ic3.gov.”

 

Massachusetts residents who believe they are victims of fraud or other criminal activity related to the pandemic should contact the United States Attorney’s Office at USAMA.victimassistance@usdoj.gov or  call 1-888-221-6023 and leave a message.  Members of the public can also contact the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) by visiting www.IC3.gov.  If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, please call 911.