Council on Aging Writing Contest

March 26, 2019 GMT

DRACUT -- The Dracut Council on Aging is holding a writing contest for all seniors. Those interested in entering need not be a Dracut resident to submit works of prose or poetry. The list of categories is open and entries could be something written in the past.

Please email your work to bloveless@dracutma.gov . You may also drop it off or mail it to “Legacies Contest,” Dracut Council on Aging, 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut, MA 01826. Anyone who would like help in getting started or typing it over may contact Legacies editor Mike Langlois at 978-957-4127. Entry deadline is April 26 with an award ceremony on June 5.



Road closed after SUV hits pole

DRACUT -- Mammoth Road was closed on the Dracut and Pelham line early Saturday after a vehicle driven by a Pelham woman struck a utility pole.

Despite the Mercedes sport utility vehicle ending up on its roof in the 12:30 a.m. accident, there were no injuries or entrapment, according to Dracut police Sgt. Gregg Byam. He said the woman declined medical attention. The vehicle was towed from the scene and the damaged pole was replaced. There were no charges in the incident.


Sheriff warns of jury-duty scam

BILLERICA -- The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office is warning residents to be alert about a new round of jury-duty scam calls. As part of the scam, callers are posing as members of the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, and are telling residents they need to resolve matters related to missed court matters and jury duty.

In multiple instances in March, scammers identified themselves as a Sgt. Cooper and provided 781-819-5610 as a call back number.

On Friday, a resident was told he needed to pay $900 or would be arrested. On Saturday, a woman was told she needed to respond to a specific location to clear up three warrants. That specific location houses actual sheriff offices, but was closed at the time.

In all three cases, those who were contacted called the sheriff’s office before paying any money or traveling to a location. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a jury duty scam, you are encouraged to immediately notify your local police department.


Police: Nails in objects in road

PELHAM, N.H. -- Police are trying to find out who stuck nails in oranges and other objects, then left them in the middle of the road Sunday. “Someone must have thought it would be funny to stick nails in various objects and leave them in the middle of Nashua Road,” Pelham Police wrote on social media. If you have info on this, call police at 603-635-2411.



Flower-arranging presentation

CHELMSFORD -- Judy Burke of A Floral Moment will lead a flower arranging presentation at the Chelmsford Garden Club’s April 2 meeting at All Saints Church.

The meeting will begin with a tea luncheon and club business at 11:30 a.m., followed by Burke’s presentation at 12:45 p.m. For more information, email chelmsfordmagardenclub@gmail.com or call 978-256-8646.