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Emergency Spraying for Mosquitos in Chelmsford

   Thursday, August 15th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

mosquitoThe Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) confirmed that a collection of mosquitoes from a surveillance site in the Carlisle side off town off Proctor Rd has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

Spraying in the area is planned after 8:00 pm for Thursday evening, August 15th to reduce populations of mosquitoes. A map and street listing is available on the CMMCP website.

This is the same type of spraying in targeted areas using the pesticide sumithrin that has been done in the town for resident’s requests. Residents can call CMMCP at 508-393-3055 with any questions or concerns or the Chelmsford Board of Health at 978-250-5241. Followup spraying may occur if conditions warrant it. The Central Massachusetts Mosquito Control Project will continue to test surveillance traps in the area the virus was found.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. Otherwise, take extra care to use repellent and protective clothing.
  • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when it’s hot, wearing longsleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.

Mosquito-Proof Your Home

  • Drain StandingWater - Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.

While Chelmsford Board of Health continues to work closely with the MDPH and the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project, locally there will be spraying in the targeted area tonight and continue testing, larviciding and all other necessary actions until the problem is resolved.

Information about WNV and reports of WNV activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website. Recorded information about WNV is also available by calling the MDPH Public Health Information Line at 1-866-MASS-WNV (1-866-627-7968).

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Chelmsford Cultural Districts Presentation and Public Input Sessions

   Friday, July 19th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

cultural districts photosSave the date for two upcoming sessions on the development of two proposed Cultural Districts in Chelmsford - one in the Center and one in Vinal Square!

Thursday, July 25, 2013
7:00 PM

North Village (Vinal Square)
Chelmsford Community Center
31 Princeton Street
Thursday, August 1, 2013
7:00 PM

Center Village (Central Square)
Chelmsford Center for the Arts
1A North Road

The goal of the Cultural Districts is to benefit residents, businesses, and property owner by emphasizing and showcasing all the activities, events, and opportunities these areas offer.

The presentation and public input will explore:

  • What is a Cultural District?
  • What benefits will the Cultural Districts create?
  • What types of culture currently exist?
  • What types of new culture are planned?
  • How will the District be managed?
  • How will businesses be affected?

Help spread the word with the public invitation flyer [pdf]! For more information contact Evan Belansky at ebelansky@townofchelmsford.us or call 978-244-3341.

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Public Session on Installing Solar Panels

   Thursday, June 6th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

solar panelsThe Town of Chelmsford is participating in Solarize Massachusetts, a program sponsored by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) that will allow residents and organizations to install solar panels to generate electricity at reduced prices.

A public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Chelmsford Center for the Arts, at 7-9 pm, that will include presentations by MassCEC, local volunteers, and the installer selected by the Town and State, SolarFlair Energy.

This is an opportunity to ask questions about whether solar electric systems will work for a home or business. For more info contact Marc Grant at Solarize@TownofChelmsford.us, or 978-656-1353.

More information is also available on the Town's Solarize Chelmsford webpage.

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Chelmsford Water District Report Available Online

   Monday, May 6th, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

Chelmsford Water District Customer Confidence Report 2012The Chelmsford Water District recently published their Annual Customer Confidence Report for 2012, and it is available online as a PDF.

The report contains useful information concerning the water quality of Chelmsford, the makeup of public drinking water, health information, water and plumbing facts, and questions and answers about the Chelmsford Water District and Chelmsford drinking water. For instance:

Where Does My Water Come From?

The Chelmsford Water District customers are fortunate because we enjoy an abundant water supply from 19 sources. The Chelmsford Water District draws water from the Merrimack and Concord river basins. Our reservoirs hold one of the state’s largest capacities: 15 million gallons of water. Combined, our facilities provide roughly 1 billion gallons of clean drinking water each year.

The online version of the report is available on their website [pdf]. If you'd like a printed version, copies are available at the library or you can request one by contacting tmelanson@chelmsfordwater.com or 978-256-2381.

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Chelmsford Town-Wide Cleanup: Sunday, April 28th, 2013

   Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 - by: Brian Herzog, Head of Reference

EarthJoin in and help clean up our town!

When: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Who: YOU, your family, friends, co-workers, church, school or scouting group, etc.
Where: Your neighborhood, schoolyard, playground, and other public spaces where there is litter

Bags & gloves are available from the recycling office while supplies last - they can be picked up during regular office hours of 9am-1pm. For more information contact nparlee@TownofChelmsford.us or 978-250-5203.

The Town-wide Cleanup this year is sponsored by Allied Waste.

For more information, contact the Office of Recycling and Solid Waste. You can also visit ChelmsfordRecycles.org for more information on recycling in Chelmsford.

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