September 2008

Monthly Archive

Come see us at the Fair!

Posted by admin on 23 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general

Ptl. Carpenter & RALPH giving a demo at Florence Savings Bank recently

The Police Department will have a table set up at the Arts and Crafts Festival this Saturday, September 27. Ptl. Kurt Carpenter and his narcotic detection dog RALPH will be giving periodic demonstrations on Ralph’s ability to sniff out drugs. In addition, they will be showing off the re-furbished police cruiser which has been outfitted for Ralph. The cruiser was retrofitted as a k-9 vehicle through the generous donations of Waste Management, Florence Savings Bank, an Pleasant Street Auto body.( more to come on this donation later)

Also, The Auxiliary Police Department will have information on the “IS YOUR NUMBER UP?” program, which provides low cost house numbers which are easily located by emergency responders. For a nominal donation members of the SALT Council will make and install these numbers. If you are interested in having your house number posted or if  your number needs to be repaired, stop by and sign up at the  Festival.

At 2 PM Ptl. Gary Poehler, in conjunction with the PEAK PERFORMANCE bIke shop and the EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF PUBLIC SAFETY  will be inspecting bicycles for safety and will be distributing free bike helmets to all youth.  Stop by, get your bike checked for safety and get a free bike helmet.

There will also be a sign-up sheet for a  forthcoming RAD KIDS class given by Detective Fenn.

Jason Richards named Department Court Liason

Posted by admin on 22 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general


Due to the recent promotion of Sergeant Kevin O’Grady,  Officer JASON RICHARDS has been named the Department’s new Court Liaison. Officer Richards has been with the Department since 1998. The last three years he has been a full-time officer. In addition to his duties here, Officer Richard is a member of the Army Reserve and has served a tour of duty in Iraq. The Departments Court officer is responsible to preparing all cases for court , evidence keeping, record keeping, representing the Department at  hearings, acting as the liaison between the Police Department and the District Attorney’s office, defense attorneys, probation, and members of the Clerk of Courts office,  . When not in Court the Court Officer assists the Detective in follow-up investigations,  conducts routine patrols, and performs other duties. Jason grew up in Granby and resides here in Town with his wife Carrie.

Fire Lanes - NO Parking

Posted by chief on 20 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general

Those of you who have been to the schools this Fall may have noticed the additon of  fire lanes at each of the schools. These areas were designated by the Fire Chief as NO PARKING areas, and are in effect whether or not school is in session. There have been times in the past when it would have been impossible for a fire truck to reach the school if needed due to the way vehicles were parked. This is particularly true during the winter when snowbanks tend to “shrink” the available parking. Vehicles may  pick-up/discharge passengers, PROVIDED they do not leave their vehicles.  Vehicles left unattended are subject to a $100 fine AND their vehicles may be towed. These regulations will be enforced this year, during school hours and after school event such as basketball games, parents meetings etc. PLEASE help us keep the children and other building occupants safe by parking elsewhere.

part-time dispatcher opening

Posted by admin on 18 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general


The Police Department is currently seeking a reliable individual to fill a Midnight to 8am Saturday and Sunday morning Dispatch position. The individual will be responsible for answering emergency and business telephone calls as well as radio dispatch of police/fire/ambulance, as well as other duties. Complete job description and applications are available at the Granby Police Department.

Road Closing- Pleasant Street

Posted by admin on 17 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general


During the storm from the remnants of Hurricane Hanna the culvert under Pleasant street collapsed. Emergency repairs were made by the Highway Department, but the pipe must be replaced.

Monday, September 22,  Pleasant Street will be closed to through traffic from the Rte 202 intersection to the High Street/Cold Hill intersection. Residents  who live between the Rte 202 intersection to house number 47, including Hilltop Acres and Pleasant Valley Condo’s, will be allowed access via the Rte 202 side. Residents from the High street intersection to house number 40 (including Children First Day Care) will be able to access their residences from the High Street end.

The Florence Savings Bank and Dunkin Donuts Pleasant Street  exits will be CLOSED. The Highway Department hopes to complete the project in one day. 

Kevin O’Grady promoted to Sergeant

Posted by admin on 15 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general

Based on the recommendation of the Police Advisory Board, Ptl. Kevin O’Grady has been promoted to the rank of Sergeant with the Granby Police Department.  He was selected from a field of 4 candidates for the position. Sgt O’Grady joined the Department in 1998 as a part-time officer and was hired full-time in 2003. For the past three he has been the Department’s court officer. He has a Bachelors Degree from Westfield State College, and is currently enrolled in the Master’s Degree Program. He resides in Granby with his wife Kim, and two daughters.

Road Washout

Posted by admin on 07 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general


Pleasant Street, in the vicinity of Hilltop Acres, washed out due to the heavy rain  Saturday night.  A partially blocked culvert apparently could not handle the deluge causing  a sink hole. Highway Department workers were on the scene most of the night and expect to have the road re-opened for traffic early Sunday.  The roadway will be narrowed until it can be repaired so please use caution.

Air Show at Westover this weekend

Posted by admin on 02 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general


On Saturday September 6th and Sunday September 7th Westover Air Force Reserve Base will again  host the Great New England Air show. Over 300,000 people usually attend this event.  Westbound Mass Turnpike Show traffic will be diverted off the Pike at the Ludlow Exit and will be directed  to enter the Base via the South Street Gate in Granby. Expect heavier than usual traffic on East Street, South Street, New Ludlow Road, and other area roadways, particularly Memorial Drive. Additonal Officers have been asigned to traffic duty, paid for by the Air Show.

Drive Carefully- School is opening

Posted by admin on 01 Sep 2008 | Tagged as: general


On Thursday, September 4th,  Granby Schools will re-open for the 2008-2009 school year . This means that children will be walking along and standing on the side of the road waiting for their school bus during the early morning commute time and after school. PLEASE DRIVE CAREFULLY! Also ,remember that that the speed limit in a school zone is 20 MPH. We will be running radar at these locations.