Chebacco Lake Boat Ramp Set to Reopen for the Year

chebacco lake 2017The Chebacco Lake boat ramp is set to open for the year on Friday.

The ramp has been closed because of the high water, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes. The Hamilton Department of Public Works will be asked to move away the cement blocks from the ramp on Friday, he said.

As the boating season returns, here are a few reminders about boating safety and the rules on Chebacco Lake:

  • Boaters should be mindful of their wake and how close they are to the shoreline
  • Personal watercraft (jetskis) are banned on Chebacco Lake.
  • The suggested traffic pattern around the lake is counterclockwise to reduce the possibility of a collision.

State boating law requires a waterskiing spotter 12-year-old or older and requires boaters age 13 and under to wear a PFD. The complete Massachusetts boating laws are available on the state website.

The Chebacco Lake boat ramp is off Chebacco Lake in Hamilton, just past the former town beach near the town line with Manchester-by-the-Sea. In addition to a ramp, there is parking for 17 vehicles with trailers. It is managed by the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The lake is half in Hamilton and half in Essex. The lake is 209-acres in size and varies in depth from 9-22 feet. It is popular for boating, swimming, waterskiing and fishing.

In case of an emergency, always call 911. To reach the Hamilton harbormaster, call 978-468-4421. In Essex, to reach the harbormaster call 978-768-6628.

Gas Work in One Neighborhood Could Mean Detours, Delays

Howard Street work croppedResidents in the area of Naples Road and Howard Street should expect cause some minor detours and delays in their neighborhood during the next few weeks.

National Grid will be doing gas utility work in the area during the next two weeks, according to Hamilton police Lt. Scott Janes. Residents may be rerouted or experience minor traffic delays during the project, Janes said.

Section of Bridge Street Closed

img_0430A section of Bridge Street is closed on Thursday afternoon because a large tree limb fell and is leaning on a power line. The closure is between Miles River Road and Woodbury Street and started at about 12:30 p.m., according to Hamilton Police Officer Kent Richards.

A High Wind Warning issued by the National Weather Service is in effect until 7 p.m. on Thursday. A west wind is blowing at 15-25 miles per hour with gusts to 45-60 mph. The strong winds could blow down more trees and tree limbs and cause scattered power outages.

Report Power Outages Via Phone, Web or App

power-linesIf you lose power in Hamilton, residents are encouraged to report the outage directly to National Grid.

The company prefers that customers with power outages call National Grid directly so they can plot the addresses of outages and identify problems quicker, said Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

Power outages can be reported via phone by calling 1-800-465-1212, online at the National Grid website or via the National Grid mobile app for iOS or Android.

National Grid also has information available online about the areas affected by outages and estimates for power restoration.

If there is an incident involving power lines that threatens lives or property, call 911.

For further information about power outages, check National Grid’s “Outage Central.”

Police: Don’t Forget to Clear Snow from Car Roof

car-snow-on-roofHamilton police have issued a reminder to clear all of the snow off of your car before you hit the road following a snowstorm.

A clear car roof means snow won’t slide down on to your windows while driving or blow onto other cars, which could blind you or them.

After a snowstorm, drivers should take a few extra minutes to make sure that the windows, windshield, windshield wipers, headlights and brake lights are all clear on their vehicle.

Police: Watch Out for ‘Can you Hear Me Now?’ Scam

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The Hamilton Police Department and SeniorCare have issued a warning about the “Can You Hear Me?” scam.

When a scammer calls, answering in the affirmative is all they needs to execute the scam.

This scam has historically been directed toward businesses, but Better Business Bureau for Eastern Massachusetts  said consumers are now reporting it via the BBB Scam Tracker.

The scam started in October 2016 but recently reappeared and six different cases of the scam have been reported in the North Shore area in the past week.

“Reports of this scam are rapidly increasing in our service area,” said Paula Fleming, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer for the local BBB. “BBB is warning consumers to not respond and immediately hang up if they receive a call and the caller asks, “Can you hear me?”

The scam starts with a recorded call from someone who provides an introduction and identifies the business or agency they supposedly represent, such as a home security agency, a cruise line or the Social Security Administration.

After the introduction, the recording will ask if you can hear the caller clearly. If the answer is “yes” there’s a possibility that the scam artist behind the phone call has recorded it and will use it to sign up for a product or service and then demand payment. If you refuse, the caller may produce your recorded “yes” response to confirm your purchase agreement.

What to do if you get a suspicious call:

  • If you receive an unsolicited robocall from an organization or business,  just hang up. If you are on the Do Not Call List and a company calls out of the blue to ask questions, it’s likely a scam. Avoid responding with “yes, sure or ok.”
  • If you are asked a similar question in a phone call or are asked to press a button to be placed on the Do Not Call Registry, just hang up the phone. Saying anything or pressing buttons when prompted may help the scam artists identify that you have an active phone number. Remember that no government agency will ever solicit for the Do Not Call Registry.
  • Write down the phone number of callers violating the Do Not Call Registry and file a scam report with the BBB Scam Tracker and the FTC’s Do Not Call List.
  • The BBB recommends that you check account statements frequently if you do fall for the scam or provide personal information in an unsolicited phone call. The earlier you identify unauthorized charges on your accounts, the easier it will be to recover any lost money. For more tips on identifying scams and past scam alerts, visit the BBB website.

Hamilton Police Investigating After Person Struck, Killed by Train

Hamilton PoliceHamilton first responders were called to the railroad tracks near Cutler Road on Wednesday morning for the report that a pedestrian was struck.

The call first came in to Hamilton police from the MBTA at 7:15 a.m. saying that an outbound commuter rail train had struck a person. EMS personnel arrived to find the person deceased, according to Hamilton Police Lt. Scott Janes.

The case is under investigation by Hamilton Police, MBTA Police and the Essex County District Attorney’s Office.  Commuter rail service was halted for several hours while investigators were on scene.