Monday, March 12, 2012

In Memory Of

Police Officer Geoffrey Breitkopf

Date of Appointment: December 3,1998
End of Watch: March 12, 2011
Age 40
Cause: Gunfire
Officer Breitkopf was on the force for twelve years

Friday, March 9, 2012

Project 21 Arrests


Beer and Beverage Depot
18:10 -
Officers were conducting Project 21/18 targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to minors. The defendant while working at the above business, did sell one 12 pack of Heineken beer to an under cover Police agent. The defendant was placed under arrest.

3/8/2012 1682 CENTRAL CT VALLEY STREAM 514
18:50 -
Officers were conducting Project 21/18 targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to minors. The defendant while working at the above business did sell 2 Black and Mild Cigars to an under cover Police agent. The defendant was placed under arrest.

3/8/2012 641 HEMPSTEAD TPKE ELMONT 505
Gas Stop
19:40 -
Officers were conducting Project 21/18 targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products to minors. The defendant while working at the above business did sell one plastic jar labeled Nugs Blueberry Potpourri to an under cover Police agent. The above listed substance is a tobacco product also known as K2 Spice and Synthetic Marihuana. The defendant was placed under arrest.

BP Gas Station
18:30 -
3/8/2012 244 LINDEN BLVD ELMONT 509
Sunoco Gas Station
19:10 -
3/8/2012 498 HEMPSTEAD TPKE ELMONT 502
Nazarino Deli
20:15 -

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Hempstead Town, Covanta Energy Providing Home Depot Gift Cards to Residents Who Recycle Mercury-Based ThermostatsHempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray reminds residents that they can still turn in their old mercury thermostats at town-sponsored S.T.O.P. events as part of a mercury recycling program organized by the Town of Hempstead and Covanta Energy. The benefit is two-fold: residents are helping to safely dispose of a potentially harmful toxin and they will receive a $5 gift card toward the purchase of a modern mercury-free thermostat at Home Depot.

“Partnering with Covanta Energy, the Town of Hempstead is providing a venue at which residents can safely dispose of old mercury thermostats and receive a $5 gift card to use toward their purchase of a digital thermostat,” said Murray. “I would like to thank Covanta Energy for providing these gift cards and helping the town implement this excellent program.

Now entering its fourth year, the mercury recycling program has resulted in over 67 pounds of mercury being collected at Town of Hempstead S.T.O.P. events. To put this in perspective, the mercury collected equates to the amount found in over 10 million fluorescent light bulbs.

“This program will help take potentially harmful toxins out of homes and prevent them from entering our waterways,” said Hempstead Town Councilman James Darcy. “I urge all residents with mercury-based thermostats to recycle them at one of our town S.T.O.P. events.”

Covanta Energy, a world-renowned waste-to-energy company with a facility in Westbury, is proud to significantly reduce the amount of mercury being disposed of in regular trash. Since the inception of the program in 2009, Covanta has provided over 1,100 gift cards to residents who turn in a mercury-based thermostat at Town of Hempstead S.T.O.P. events. There is a maximum of five gift cards given to a resident per event.

“Through Covanta’s Clean World Initiative, we are committed to removing potentially harmful materials from the waste stream and recycling them properly, so we are excited and grateful to be partnering with Hempstead Town on this important program,” said Covanta Hempstead Business Manager Tom Murphy. “By taking advantage of this program and replacing an old mercury-based thermostat with a new, digital non-mercury based one, residents are not only helping the environment but can save money on electricity costs as well – as much as 15-20%.”

The Town of Hempstead will be holding S.T.O.P. events beginning in March, including:

Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field 3) in East Meadow

Sunday, April 22, 2012 at the Long Beach City Hall Parking Lot (Centre Street, off Park Avenue) in Long Beach

Sunday, May 20, 2012 at Newbridge Road Park in Bellmore

Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Bay Park in East Rockaway

Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Town of Hempstead Parking Field L2 (Division Avenue) in Levittown

Sunday, August 19, 2012 at the Hempstead Village Department of Public Works (Milburn Avenue) in Hempstead

Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Valley Stream State Park (Fletcher Avenue) in Valley Stream

Sunday, October 21, 2012 at North Woodmere Park (Branch Boulevard) in North Woodmere

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Baldwin Park (Grand Avenue) in Baldwin

Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Eisenhower Park (Parking Field 3) in East Meadow

The mercury recycling and S.T.O.P. programs are among many examples of Hempstead Town’s green agenda when it comes to the environment. Town officials have worked to keep waterways clean, installing storm drain filters in over 600 storm basins that carry rainwater to local bays. Storm water runoff remains the greatest threat to clean water. Over the past year, Hempstead Town has worked tirelessly to restore eroded beach in Point Lookout and at the same time, eradicate foul-smelling seaweed that had become trapped as a result of the erosion. The town also has an impressive Renewable Energy Park in Point Lookout, comprised of a wind turbine, solar-powered buildings, and Long Island’s first and only hydrogen fueling station.

“I would like to thank Covanta Energy for its assistance in implementing this great mercury recycling program,” concluded Murray. “I encourage all our residents to recycle their old mercury-based thermostats and receive their $5 Home Depot gift card.”

For more information on the mercury recycling program or upcoming S.T.O.P. events, please contact the Hempstead Town Department of Sanitation at (516) 378-2200 or visit

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Project 21 Arrests POP and PEP


Acupuncture Oriental Bodywork 14:15 -
Vice Squad working with the POP office conducted an investigation into listed business. An undercover detective did receive an unlicensed massage from arrestee.

In response to community complaints, PEP /POP officers conducted a Project 21 detail targeting the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors. Listed defendants did sell alcoholic beverages to underage police agents without asking for identification. During the detail, a total of seven businesses were inspected with four arrests effected.

Mobil Gas Station 18:35

Elmont Deli Plus 19:10 –

Valero Gas Station

Gas Stop 20:05

Friday, February 10, 2012


Prescription medications such as pain relievers, central nervous system (CNS) depressants (tranquilizers and sedatives), and stimulants are highly beneficial treatments for a variety of health conditions. Pain relievers enable individuals with chronic pain to lead productive lives; tranquilizers can reduce anxiety and help patients with sleep disorders; and stimulants help people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) focus their attention. Most people who take prescription medications use them responsibly. But when abused—that is, taken by someone other than the patient for whom the medication was prescribed, or taken in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed—prescription medications can produce serious adverse health effects, including addiction.
Patients, health care professionals, and pharmacists all have roles in preventing the abuse of and addiction to prescription medications. For example, patients should follow the directions for use carefully; learn what effects and side effects the medication could have; and inform their doctor/pharmacist whether they are taking other medications [including over-the-counter (OTC) medications or health supplements], since these could potentially interact with the prescribed medication. The patient should read all information provided by the pharmacist. Physicians and other health care providers should screen for past or current substance abuse in the patient during routine examination, including asking questions about what other medications the patient is taking and why. Providers should note any rapid increases in the amount of a medication needed or frequent requests for refills before the quantity prescribed should have been finished, as these may be indicators of abuse.
Similarly, some OTC medications, such as cough and cold medicines containing dextromethorphan, have beneficial effects when taken as recommended; but they can also be abused and lead to serious adverse health consequences. Parents should be aware of the potential for abuse of these medications, especially when consumed in large quantities, which should signal concern and the possible need for intervention.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sign Up for Town Emergency Notifications

Emergency ServicesSwift911 Emergency Notification

The Swift911 Emergency Notification System provides the town with a mechanism to rapidly deliver a recorded notification via telephone, email or text message to targeted homes and businesses in the event that an emergency takes place within the town's jurisdiction. Such situations may include water main breaks, flooding, terrorist threats, hazardous materials emergencies, weather emergencies or natural disasters. Non-emergency contact may be made in the event of town Water Department pipe flushing, as temporary pressure variations and discoloration may occur.

Contact information in the Swift911 notification database is based on phone directories and other publicly available sources. If your telephone number is not published or if you wish to be contacted by alternate means (cell phone, email or text message), you can update your contact information using the form below. There are no fees for registration and those who do not wish to participate in this service may remove their number from the notification database at anytime by clicking "Remove" in the lower left corner of the form. Any calls you receive will have the Caller ID of "Town of Hempstead." The town's emergency notification system is NOT intended to inform residents of problems/emergencies related to other governmental jurisdictions (ie. independent water districts/companies, independent sanitary districts, village government operations, fire districts, county government, etc.).

For each entry (regardless if it is to add, change or remove a point of contact), you must enter your complete address, including house number, street name and suffix, town and zip code. Only include those telephone numbers (home, cell, business), text/SMS number and service provider and e-mail address at which you wish to be contacted should an emergency notification take place. The town will attempt to contact you at each of the contacts provided in the event of an emergency notification.

Click on Link Below to Sign Up:

Town of Hempstead Emergency Notifications Sign Up

Don't Let Your Child Become a Victim

New York State Assemblyman Ed Ra offers valuable information:

Dear Neighbor,

Our children’s lives are at stake.
It is unthinkable that in communities like ours it is necessary to protect our children from heroin and prescription drug abuse. Unfortunately, this is reality.
This guide and medicine tracker is designed to be taped in your medicine cabinet to use as a tool to keep a close watch on your prescription drugs. I have produced this to help you to protect your loved ones. It is one of many steps I am taking, including changing laws in Albany, to address the difficulties that parents are facing.

Together, we can maintain safer communities and protect our families from addiction and potentially life-threatening overdoses of these very dangerous drugs.

Please click on his website below and read this informative section.

State Assemblyman Edward-P-Ra

Senate Passes Three Major Vehicle Safety Bills

State Senator Kemp Hannon

Three new pieces of legislation were passed by the Senate which deal with motor vehicle safety and the unsafe operation of a vehicle.

We passed three new bills to crack down on wrong way and reckless drivers, added tougher DUI legislation, and legislation to curb illegal high-speed racing. We need to let those who might engage in unsafe and illegal activities that there will be severe consequences for their actions.

“Michelle and Jordan’s Law,” (S.2938) will increase penalties for unlawful high-speed car racing. The legislation is named for a 17-year-old girl and a 5-year-old boy whose deaths were caused by crashes stemming from suspected drag racing at excessive speeds. The bill will create stiffer penalties which should help prevent high-speed vehicle racing and raise awareness of the risks posed by this dangerous activity.

A second bill, S.3452, will create felony charges for wrong-way and other reckless drivers. This legislation is in response to a significant number of arrests and car crashes caused by individuals who drove under the influence and drove the wrong way on our streets and highways. The bill will give law enforcement and prosecutors a valuable tool to make our roads safer.

Finally, “Abbagail’s Law” (S.164), named for a young girl tragically killed when a ‘supervising driver’ was under the influence of alcohol, was passed by the Senate. This legislation will create the crime of aggravated supervising a driver while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and would be a Class E felony, and closes a loophole in the law by holding supervising drivers accountable for their irresponsible actions. A supervising driver is an adult who is not actually driving, but is accompanying a young, inexperienced driver.

All too often we read or see a news story of the death of a young person in a tragic accident. In most or all of those cases, the deaths could have been prevented. These bills will not only send a strong message that irresponsible and potentially deadly behavior will not be tolerated, but those who are guilty of such acts will be severely punished.

All three of these bills have been sent to the Assembly.

Eagle Scout

Franklin Square resident and Boy Scout Nick Ferreiro, of Troop 485, received the Eagle Scout Award — the highest honor of the Boy Scouts — on Jan. 8 at 3 p.m., at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in New Hyde Park.

Ferreiro, a student at Syracuse University, with an interest in broadcasting and sports reporting, began his Scout career as a member of Cub Scout Pack 485, based in Franklin Square, earning his Arrow of Light and then graduating to Troop 485 in February 2004. He then earned 35 merit badges as a Boy Scout, which includes 21 required Eagle Scout badges, and held several leadership positions within the troop, including Senior Patrol Leader. He is currently Troop 485’s Assistant Scoutmaster.

Ferreiro’s Eagle Scout project included a revamping and reorganization of his church youth group’s sports equipment. He also wrote programs on how to use all of the equipment and games that could be played.

Among various projects in 2011, Ferreiro participated with fellow Scouts on a clean-up project for the Tanglewood Preserve Science Center in Rockville Centre. Troop 485, which has been located in Franklin Square for nearly 40 years and is hosted by the Wesley United Methodist Church, includes members from Franklin Square and West Hempstead.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Daily Report

St Catherine of Sienna School
12:00 -
School officials reported observing a suspicious male, unknown race and age, on the second floor of above
listed location. School officials stated that the male was wearing a green bomber jacket, gray baggie pants,
white sneakers and gloves. School officials did run after suspicious male but lost sight of him and were unsure
if he was still in the building. Doors leading up to the roof were open which were not supposed to be. PO’s
Cardinale and Greenseich searched the roof area with negative results. School had been locked down prior to
police arrival by school officials. An extremely thorough search of the building was conducted by NCPD
officers and School officials with negative results. A Roll Call of teachers and their classes was also
conducted to account for all students and teachers. School then resumed normal operation

Silver Alert

Age  82
Sex M
Height 5'03''
Weight 280 LBS


LAST SEEN ON 2/6/2012 AT 13:00

Monday, February 6, 2012

In Remembrance

In Remembrance of those who served with pride,
giving their lives in the line of duty.
Police Memorial Park, located in front of police headquarters
in Mineola, honors the 29 members who gave their lives while protecting the residents of our County.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Deception Burglaries

212CR0007524 1/30/2012 13:25 - BUSCHER AVE VALLEY STREAM 517

Complainant reports a M/W in his late 20's, average build, with dark hair, wearing an orange vest asking her if she needed work done in her driveway. Complainant refused and closed her door. Complainant saw subject go to her neighbors house and then drive away in a gray pick up truck heading west. Complainant got a partial plate of ORD.

Analyst note: There have been similar incidents involving deception burglaries throughout the county.


Friday, January 27, 2012

Daily Report

While Complainant was walking home from school, listed vehicle did approach her and stop in the roadway.
Operator stated, “Come in, I’ll give you a ride.” Complainant became frightened and ran towards New Hyde
Park Road. Vehicle initially followed Complainant, but ultimately made a right turn and drove northbound on
New Hyde Park Road. Operator is described as a M/B, 40 years old, stocky build, with close-cropped short
dreadlocks, and wearing a black shirt.

212CR0006621 1/26/2012 18:40 - NASSAU BLVD WEST HEMPSTEAD 507
Listed Suspects knocked on the side door of Complainant’s home, asking her if she needed home
improvements done. Suspects were neatly dressed and advised Complainant that her windows were old and
asked if she wanted replacement windows installed. Complainant stated she was not interested, at which point
Suspects left scene in an unknown direction. Due to recent cases of burglaries committed by individuals under
the pretense of home improvement work, Complainant called police.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Crime Prevention Seminars

Hempstead Town Hosts Series of Senior Citizens' Crime Prevention Seminars, Free Brochure Available Senior citizens have been the main target of a recent spate of “distraction” burglaries and robberies in local communities. To prepare and educate our golden aged residents about protecting themselves from dangerous criminal activity, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the town’s Department of Public Safety kicked off a series of Senior Citizens’ Crime Prevention Seminars that began on January 6th at the East Meadow Senior Center.

Murray, along with members of the Hempstead Town Board, announced a schedule of dates and times for Hempstead Town’s Senior Citizens’ Crime Prevention Seminars. All seminars are free of charge, and open to all senior residents living in the Town of Hempstead.

“I urge all senior citizens to take advantage of this free educational safety seminar,” Murray said. “Simple prevention measures that will be discussed during the seminars can protect our residents and keep them out of harm’s way.”

“Distraction burglaries” typically involve multiple criminals targeting seniors at their homes. Usually, one person diverts the senior citizen’s attention at the front door with a bogus service or sales pitch, while another breaks into the home and steals money and/or valuable items. These valuable seminars educate seniors about what to watch for, what to avoid and how to protect themselves from these criminals.

A free senior citizen crime prevention brochure is also available for residents. It can be obtained by calling the Hempstead Town Department of Public Safety at (516) 538-1900. The brochure will also be distributed at the seminars.

In the case of inclement weather, check with individual senior centers on event dates by calling the phone numbers listed. The seminar schedule is as follows:

Senior Citizen Crime Prevention Schedule

Baldwin Senior Center, 1810 Grand Avenue, Baldwin, (516) 546-7110 - Monday, February 6: 11 a.m.

Bellmore Senior Center, 2000 Bellmore Avenue, Bellmore, (516) 221-9696 - Tuesday, February 28: 11 a.m.

Cedarhurst Senior Center, Village Hall, 200 Cedarhurst Avenue, Cedarhurst, (516) 295-1177 - Monday, February 6: 2 p.m.

Elmont Senior Center, 138 Elmont Road, Elmont, (516) 354-4777 - Monday, February 13: 11 a.m.

Franklin Square Senior Center, 1182 Martha Place, Franklin Square , (516) 328-3010 - Monday, February 13: 1 p.m.

Green Acres Senior Center, 400 Flower Road, Valley Stream, (516) 872-8810 - Tuesday, February 21: 11 a.m.

Hempstead Senior Center, 260 Clinton Street, Hempstead, (516) 489-8500 - Friday, February 10: 1 p.m.

Levittown Senior Center, 555 North Newbridge Road, Levittown, (516) 433-5454 - Tuesday, February 7: 1 p.m.

Merrick Senior Center, 2550 Clubhouse Road, Merrick, (516) 868-4777 - Tuesday, February 14: 1 p.m.

Oceanside Senior Center, 2900 Rockaway Avenue, Oceanside, (516) 766-8888 - Monday, January 23: 11 a.m.

Rosa Parks Senior Center, 2 Babylon Turnpike, Roosevelt, (516) 867-1612 - Friday, February 3, 11 a.m.

Salisbury Senior Center, 460 Salisbury Park Drive, Westbury, (516) 333-5440 - Tuesday, February 7: 11 a.m.

Uniondale-Hempstead Senior Center, 840 Uniondale Avenue, Uniondale, (516) 292-1313 - Friday, February 3: 1 p.m

Uniondale-Merrick Senior Center, 750 Jerusalem Avenue, Uniondale, (516) 538-5050 - Friday, February 10: 11 a.m.

Wantagh Senior Center, 1150 Seamans Neck Road, Wantagh, (516) 785-8505 - Friday, February 17: 11 a.m.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Project 21 Arrests

1/18/2012 450 MEECHAM AVE ELMONT 505

BRC Market
17:00 -
Officer observed the defendant sell alcohol to an underage agent working for the police department. Arrestee did not ask for any form of identification showing proof of age.

1/18/2012 103 GOTHAM AVE ELMONT 501
7 to 8 Deli/Grocery
17:40 -Officer observed the defendant sell alcohol to an underage agent working for the police department. Arrestee did not ask for any form of identification showing proof of age.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Pack the Jim Night

In early December, Franklin Square resident Jim McGrath, 41 yrs. old, attended his daughter Kimberly’s JV Basketball at Carey High School. After the game Jim went home and began to set up Christmas Lights for the house. Tragically and unexpectedly, Jim suffered a fatal heart attack and passed away. Jim left behind his wife Tracey and four young childr...en. In addition to Kimberly, are his other children KelliAnn, Patrick, and James.

The Carey Girls’ Basketball Teams wish to honor Jim McGrath’s memory via a “Pack the Jim Night.” Raffles and Prizes will be given out throughout the JV and Varsity Basketball games against Westbury High School on Friday, February 3rd. Donations will be accepted at the door. All proceeds from the evening will be given to the McGrath Family. The start times are 4:30pm for the JV and 6:15pm for the Varsity. The Varsity game will be televised by MSG Varsity.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Distraction Burglaries


Distraction burglary is a crime in which elderly persons are often the targets. The perpetrator seeks to draw a resident out of the house on a pretext. While the resident is occupied, an accomplice enters the home and picks up valuables such as money and jewelry. Thieves may also pick up papers with the intent of committing identity theft. In a variation, the accomplice enters the dwelling by a second door while the resident is occupied at the other door.

The following attachments and link below provide some helpful tips and suggestions to avoid you or a loved one from becoming victims of this crime trend. Feel free to share this information to all who may benefit from it.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Be Prepared and Not Scared

Murray, Hudes Help Senior Citizens Learn How to Safeguard Their Homes from “Distraction Burglary”Residential burglaries are invasions of privacy and are threats to the safety and quality of life enjoyed by Hempstead Town residents. Many burglars prey on our most vulnerable citizens, tending to target the senior citizens in our community. Indeed, there have been nine “distraction burglaries” and attempted robberies in our area since December 9th, whereby criminals used various methods of deception to distract homeowners to gain access to valuables inside.

In an effort to increase awareness and knowledge for concerned senior citizens, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman Gary Hudes and the Department of Public Safety hosted a burglary prevention safety seminar at the East Meadow Senior Center on Friday.

“Being cautious and alert can go a long way in safeguarding your home and your loved ones from criminals,” Murray said. “This seminar will be a valuable educational tool for our seniors so they can enjoy their golden years without fearing for their safety. Be prepared, not scared.”

The spate of “distraction burglaries” and robbery attempts are a disturbing trend with senior citizens as the main targets. The following are some tips for senior citizens to consider in an effort to avoid becoming victims:

Install and use a peephole
Never open the door to strangers and never let them know you’re alone.
Ask for identification. If someone rings your doorbell claiming to provide a service and/or represent a company, organization or group, ask them to present identification. Get their names.
Beware of phone scams: Don’t give personal or financial information over the phone. Hang up on nuisance callers and report them.
Protect yourself from common types of consumer crimes, including medical and insurance fraud, sweepstakes scams, business schemes and unlicensed home repairs.
If someone breaks into your home, do not confront the burglar. Lock the room you’re in and if you can get to a phone, quietly call law enforcement officials.
“If you don’t know someone at your door, don’t let them in,” Hudes said. “If you feel threatened or have been victimized by one of these crimes, immediately contact the authorities.”
"Awareness and education are keys to preventing unwelcome intruders from entering the home,” Murray said. “I encourage senior citizens, and all residents, to follow these important preventative tips. Remember, the best way to fight crime is to prevent it in the first place.”

Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Last Text

"The Last Text" a short documentary is a must see for all who own a cell phone and are tempted to use it while driving.  Please share this short video with family and friends.  It could save a life!

Using a cell phone while driving has been found to quadruple your risk of crashing.
Drivers spend more than half their time behind the wheel engaged in distracted behavior.

Eating, smoking, adjusting music or rubbernecking while driving can be just as dangerous as texting, emailing or talking on a cell phone.

Click on:    The Last Text   to play short documentary.
Please share with family and friends.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Outdoor Safety Tips

Dress for the Season
Winter has arrived and you should dress for the season.
Wear loose, lightweight, warm clothing in several layers. Trapped air between the layers acts as an insulator. Layers can be removed to avoid perspiration and subsequent chill.
Outer garments should be tightly woven, water repellent and hooded.
Always wear a hat or cap on your head since half of your body heat could be lost through an uncovered head.
Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs from extreme cold.
Mittens, snug at the wrist, are better than gloves because fingers maintain more warmth when they touch each other.

Physical Exertion

Winter storm conditions and cold waves are the deadliest types of weather.
Cold temperatures put an extra strain on your heart. Heavy exertion, such as shoveling snow, clearing debris or pushing a car, increase the risk of a heart attack.
To avoid problems, remember these tips:
Stay warm, dress warm and SLOW DOWN when working outdoors.
Take frequent rests to avoid over exertion.
If you feel chest pain -- STOP and seek help immediately.

Winter Sports Safety

New York State offers an abundance of sports activities during the winter season. From skiing and snowboarding to ice climbing, hiking and other outdoor pursuits, parents and children should follow the safety rules of the sport.
Most importantly, use the proper equipment and check to make sure everything is in proper working condition. A well-fitting ANSI/SNELL certified helmet will assure a safer, more enjoyable wintertime experience whether you are skiing, sledding, snowboarding or skating.
Dress in multiple, lightweight layers to stay warm and dry while enjoying the outdoors. Check the weather forecast but be prepared for anything.
If you are heading into the backcountry, never travel alone. Let someone know your route and estimated time of return.
Skiers and snowboarders should go on runs that are appropriate for their ability. Stay in control at all times and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects. Obey all posted signs and warnings.
No matter what sport you participate in, always focus 100 percent of your attention on the activity and the terrain you are on. Moreover, rest when you are tired.

Safe Sledding
Winter is a fun time for children, but it also may be dangerous. Parents should be aware of some simple safety tips for their children when they go sledding or tobogganing:
Children should never use streets or roads for sledding unless they are blocked off from traffic.
Children should sled only during daytime hours.
Do not sled on icy hills. Sledding hills should be only snow covered.
Avoid sledding over snow bumps or anything that may cause the sled to become airborne.
Never sled alone. An adult should always accompany small children.
Children should stay out of the paths of other sledders. In addition, if the slopes become busy, they should move off them quickly.
Parents, if you are sledding with your children, follow these rules yourselves.

Safe Skating
Winter is a fun time for children, but it also may be dangerous. Parents should be aware of some simple safety tips for their children when they go ice-skating:
If possible, skate at areas that have been approved and posted for ice-skating.
Never skate alone. Always have at least two people present.
Children should never be allowed to skate on a pond unsupervised.
Remember ice thickness is never consistent on lakes and ponds. Water currents, particularly around narrow spots, bridges, inlets and outlets are always suspect for thin ice.
Stay away from cracks, seams, pressure ridges, slushy areas and darker areas that signify thinner ice.
Never skate after dark.

Prolonged exposure to cold temperatures can cause hypothermia, especially in children and the elderly.
Watch for these symptoms:
Inability to concentrate
Poor coordination
Slurred speech
Uncontrollable shivering, followed by a sudden lack of shivering
If the person’s body temperature drops below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, get emergency medical assistance immediately! Remove wet clothing, wrap the victim in warm blankets and give warm, non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated liquids until help arrives.


People working or playing outdoors during the winter can develop frostbite and not even know it. There is no pain associated with the early stages of frostbite, so learn to watch for these danger signs:
First, the skin may feel numb and become flushed. Then it turns white or grayish-yellow. Frostbitten skin feels cold to the touch.
If frostbite is suspected, move the victim to a warm area. Cover the affected area with something warm and dry. Never rub it!
Then get to a doctor or hospital as quickly as possible.

Snow Blower Safety

Do you have a snow blower? Did you know that most snow blower injuries happen because the operator did not read the operating instructions?

So, read your owner’s manual and follow these tips:
Never leave your snow blower running and unattended.
Make sure the discharge chute is not aimed at passing motorists or pedestrians.
Never put your hands into the discharge chute or augers to clear stuck snow and ice.
Never add fuel when the engine is running and hot.
Make sure you know how to turn the machine off quickly.

P.O. Jesse Atchison