Thursday, April 11, 2013
The following is an excerpt from the Wenham Police log. Where charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
The following activity for the Wenham Police and Fire Department comes from the Hamilton-Wenham Emergency Center for Monday, April 1 through Thursday, April 4. Monday, April 1 Tuesday, April 2 Wednesday, April 3 Thursday, April 4 For any questions on this blotter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Three new call firefighters were appointed to the Wenham Fire Department this week.
The Wenham Fire Department has three new firefighters, bringing its call firefighter ranks back to full staff. The new firefighters are Michael Allain, Zachary Ingraham and David Marsh. Marsh is already a full-time Wenham police officer. The Fire Department has a full-time fire prevention officer and three-quarter time chief, but the bulk of Wenham's firefighters are call firefighters who are paid for the time they spend training and responding to calls but all have other jobs. The department had 27 firefighters as the Fire Study Group underwent its work last year. Now that the study is complete, Chief Bob Blanchard told the Board of Selectmen on Monday that three new call firefighters were hired as provisional firefighters. "We are …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
The tower in Beverly is one of 149 regional airport control towers to close starting next month due to budget cuts.
It's one of the only signs local of the so-called sequestration cuts earlier this month - the control tower at Beverly Airport will close. It is one of the 149 regional airport control towers that will close starting in April, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced. The northern end of the airport extends into Wenham and the main entrance is off Route 97 in Beverly, just south of the Wenham town line. Wenham fire responders can be notified of an emergency of the field and have taken part in emergency drills in recent years. The closures are a result of budget cuts. The FAA was forced to cut nearly $600 million dollars from its $48 billion budget, according to CNN.com. The FAA plans to begin shutting down control towers …
Sunday, March 17, 2013
The Wenham Fire Department was awarded money on Friday from the Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program.
The Wenham Fire Department has been awarded a grant as part of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Volunteer Fire Assistance grant program. The award of $988.50 came on Friday in the first of five events to award the grants in a ceremony at the Bolton Fire Department. The grants go to cities and towns in Massachusetts with populations of less than 10,000 that have “a non-profit rural call or volunteer fire department,” according to an announcement of the grant. To be eligible, fire departments must be made up of at least 80 percent call or volunteer firefighters and be recognized as a department under state law. This year, the grants will total $70,000. The maximum amount a community is eligible to receive is $2,000 and …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Wenham has a proposal to hire a full-time firefighter for the fire department, but the study group that came up with the proposal said any of its recommendations would work if a merger with Hamilton ever occurred.
The recommendations of the Wenham Fire Study Group to add a full-time firefighter would be compatible with any future decisions, including regionalization or a merger with the Hamilton Fire Department, according to the study group. But does a merger with Hamilton make sense? The idea has been discussed before and on Tuesday study group member Michael Lucy suggested that even though it is a “perennial subject” it should not keep it from being talked about again. “Things change and it is good to look at it,” he said. Molly Martins, chairman of the Wenham Board of Selectmen, said there have been no recent conversations about a merger of the two departments. The report was presented on Tuesday to the Wenham Board of Selectmen. In addition to …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
A study of the Wenham Fire Department undertaken after last year's Town Meeting recommends that a new full-time firefighter should be hired, among other changes.
The Wenham Fire Department should hire a full-time firefighter and make the chief a full-time position, according to an eight-month long study of the department. The results of the study were presented in an hour-long presentation to the Wenham Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night at Wenham Town Hall. A complete copy of the study is posted to the town of Wenham website and attached to this story as a PDF. Currently, the fire department is made up of 25 “call” members, who work part-time are paid for their time when they respond, plus a full-time fire prevention officer and a 30-hour a week chief position. The study recommended hiring a full-time firefighter to help cover during the day and also come up with a schedule for the call …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The open burning season began on Monday. Find out how to get a permit.
Open burning season started on Monday and runs through May 1. In Hamilton, permits are available in person at the fire station. In Wenham, there are two ways to get a burning permit. Residents can stop by the Wenham fire station between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday or on Saturdays from 8-10 a.m. to get a permit. Permits are now available online, too, on the Fire Department’s website. To get a permit online, a valid credit card and email address are needed and applicants need to agree to the terms and conditions of the open burning regulations. A permit costs $20 or $10 for seniors and is good for the entire burning season. At the station, checks or money orders are payable to the town of Wenham. Online, an additional…
Saturday, January 12, 2013
A Wenham family has received gift cards and other donations after their home was damaged in a fire on Thursday morning.
Donations are coming in to help a Wenham family whose house was damaged in a fire on Thursday. A fire damaged a home next to Wenham Country Club on Thursday morning. The fire started in the kitchen, where the damage was the worst, and there was smoke damage throughout the house. “There have been people bringing in donations for them,” Wenham Fire Chief Bob Blanchard said. The family has two young boys, a 4-year-old and a younger boy. The husband works at Wenham Country Club and the wife works as a special education teacher in the Beverly schools, where co-workers at Ayers Elementary School have collected some donations for the family. Some Wenham firefighters gave the family gift cards to Target on Friday morning too, Blanchard said. “They…
Friday, January 11, 2013
A fire damaged a Wenham home on Thursday morning.
A fire that damaged a Wenham home on Thursday morning started in the home’s kitchen, according to Fire Chief Bob Blanchard. It remains undetermined exactly how the fire started, but it is not considered suspicious, he said. Nobody was hurt. The fire at 92 Main St. was discovered at about 8:40 a.m. when the male homeowner returned home and discovered the smoke detectors going off and the home filled with smoke. He called the Fire Department. “There was heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen,” Blanchard said when firefighters first arrived. It was unknown how long the fire may have been burning before it was discovered, Blanchard said. “We had it under control pretty quickly,” he said. It took firefighters about a half hour to bring the fire …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
A single family home next to Wenham Country Club on Main Street was damaged in a fire on Friday morning.
A house at 92 Main St., next to Wenham Country Club, caught fire on Thursday morning. Firefighters from Wenham Fire Department and an engine from Hamilton Fire Department knocked down the fire in about a half hour. It badly damaged the single story, ranch style home that sits along the driveway leading to the golf course, which is closed for the winter. There were no immediate reports of any injuries. A crew from Lyons Ambulance stood by at the fire. The home appeared to have sufferred significant damage but was not a total loss. A female resident was being consoled by Beverly Police Officer April Clarizia and a civilian man outside the home as firefighter worked. She appeared physically OK but was visibly distraught. Route 1A was closed …