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Partnership with Project Linus

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SOMERVILLE – Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan today announced a new partnership with Project Linus to provide blankets to children in Middlesex County who experience an opioid-related, or other trauma. 

Somerville is the first community to partner with District Attorney Ryan and Project Linus. As part of the two-part initiative, the Somerville Police Department will immediately begin handing out blankets to children and seniors from the Somerville Council on Aging will be volunteering their time to create new, handmade blankets that will be distributed both locally and across the Greater Boston area.

“This initiative is another way our office is partnering with police departments to provide early and informed care to high-risk children who have experienced trauma, specifically opioid related trauma,” said District Attorney Ryan. “Starting today we will be putting handmade blankets into the hands of first-responders across Middlesex County that will then be distributed to these children to provide a sense of security and help them cope after experiencing a traumatic event.”

Through this program Project Linus will also provide blankets to all children identified through Project C.A.R.E, a partnership involving the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, the Lowell Police Department, Lowell Fire Department, Trinity Ambulance and the Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell to provide a 24-hour, 7-day-a-week rapid response trauma-informed intervention for children who witness a parent or loved one suffer an overdose. 

Early and appropriate trauma-informed care can help children cope with trauma, build resiliency and help reduce the cyclical effects of substance misuse.

“The Greater Boston Chapter is so pleased to partner with Project C.A.R.E. to provide ‘handmade hugs’ to the children in our community.  We look forward to a successful partnership with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office,” added Lucy Maiullari, Greater Boston Chapter Coordinator, Project Linus.

Blankets will also be provided to Middlesex County Chiefs of Police and other first-responders across the County to distribute when children have experienced other types of trauma such as witnessing a violent crime, loss of a parent or sibling or displacement from their home. 

The announcement, made yesterday to over 100 seniors at the annual Valentine’s Day luncheon hosted by the Somerville Police Department, also marks the launch of an effort to recruit volunteers to help support and sustain this initiative. Some Somerville seniors arrived at yesterday’s luncheon ready to help with their knitting materials in hand, while others came with already-made blankets to be donated to the program.

After the announcement Somerville Chief of Police David Fallon took a supply of more than 100 blankets back to station, which officers will begin distributing immediately. 

“We are honored to partner with District Attorney Ryan and Project Linus on this initiative,” said Chief Fallon. “This is an important step in addressing the impact that the opioid crisis has on the entire community. Through this program we are providing early intervention to help some of the most vulnerable victims of the opioid epidemic, children.”

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to creating and delivering new handmade blankets to any child who may be in need of some extra comforting. Blankets can be knitted, crocheted, quilted or hand-tied by volunteers of all ages and abilities and are delivered to children in hospitals throughout the world or to any child in need of consolation. You can find more information about Project Linus and its Greater Boston Chapter at www.projectlinus.org.

 

Package Theft: Where's My Stuff?


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If you have been waiting for your package to arrive on your doorstep, and remain on your doorstep, you are mistaken. SPD Crime Statistics show that in 2013, there were a reported 75 package thefts from porches and doorsteps of Somerville residents.  Fast forward to 2016 that number for the past two years on average 19 package thefts were reported between Thanksgiving & Christmas holiday season in Somerville, MA. This is about 25% of our yearly reported total. Nevertheless, it is possible that many package thefts are never reported, so this average could be higher. Some arrests were made and some items were recovered. The goal is to reduce this type of theft from happening at all, and residents are the key to make this happen.

 

Although these statistics show an increase during the holiday season, there have been reported package thefts in our area throughout the year. If you haven't started taking steps to prevent your packages from being stolen, you may want to start now. With the steady increase in popularity of online shopping discounts and catalog services, the convenience of home shopping is nevertheless a necessity for some. There are many steps for home shoppers to use and therefore reduce the chance of stolen deliveries. Here are just a few helpful tips to get you started.

1. Have your package delivered to a location where someone can receive it in person. A neighbor or relative who is usually home.

2. If you have an understanding boss, your workplace is a good alternative.

3. Start a neighborhood watch for deliveries and agree to secure each other's packages. This includes being watchful for any stranger who is going onto porches for no reason or following delivery trucks.

4. Hold your package at the shipping facility, if the service is available.

5. Track your deliveries online. Most of you might already do this, an added bonus is allowing text notifications to your cell phone for when the package is delivered.

6. Request a signature confirmation of delivery

7. Provide delivery instructions. Set instructions to leave packages out-of-sight from the street.

Finally, we encourage residents to report package thefts to the SPD. Reports help track specific areas of related theft incidents and help the Somerville Police Department assign officers to those areas. 

 

IRS Phone Call Scams

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---The Somerville Police Department is receiving numerous reports from citizens regarding IRS Phone call scams. The calls indicate that there is a "lawsuit filed against you", and leaves a message for a return phone call number. Please do not call this number. Don't answer unknown phone numbers, since these might be robocalls. Do not speak or touch any buttons during the call, since this might enable more calls in the future. Lastly, report this incident to the IRS. Follow the link below provided by the IRS for more information. 


 

The following information is on the IRS.gov website:

The IRS will never:

  • Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  • Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.
  • Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

If you don’t owe taxes, or have no reason to think that you do:

  • Do not give out any information. Hang up immediately.
  • Contact TIGTA to report the call. Use their “IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting” web page. You can also call 800-366-4484.
  • Report it to the Federal Trade Commission. Use the “FTC Complaint Assistant” on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" in the notes.

If you know you owe, or think you may owe tax:

  • Call the IRS at 800-829-1040. IRS workers can help you.

 

You are not the only one receiving these Robocalls, please help spread the word this tax season. Share the important information about IRS Scams with your family, friends and elderly neighbors. Here is an example of an IRS Phone Scam call recorded by a citizen on the news.

IRS Phone Scam Videos

Report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS related function to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

If you've experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA)

Report to TIGTA

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File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators:

File a Complaint with the FTC

Stay alert to scams that use the IRS as a lure. Tax season is peak season for these scams, make sure you are not a victim. 

 

 
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