May 2009

Monthly Archive

Ground Breaking Date Set

Posted by chief on 27 May 2009 | Tagged as: general


The Public Safety Building Committee has set the official “ground breaking” for the new Public Safety Facility at 10 AM on Friday June 5th. Fontaine Brothers Inc ( General Contractor) anticipates a 12 month construction timetable. The Select Board Members  have voted a NO TRESPASS order on the Aldrich Field site due to safety and security concerns.

Two accidents mar Memorial Day

Posted by chief on 26 May 2009 | Tagged as: general


Two serious accidents marred the Memorial Day Holiday.  At 6:07 PM a vehicle travelling south on Pleasant Street, operated by Brandon Guyott of 1409 Pleasant Street crossed the center line , left the roadway, struck a utility pole and rolled over.Guyott was transported to the hospital with serious injuries. The car, pictured above, was severely damaged.



The second accident occurred at 7:38 PM at the intersection of  Amherst and West Streets. A vehicle operated by Norm Bergeron turned left on West Street. A motorcycle travelling South on Amherst Street struck the van. The operator of the M/C, Kevin Haczynski was taken to the hospital with leg injuries. The M/C (pictured above) was extensively damaged. The accident is still under investigation.

Recreation Vehicle Rules

Posted by chief on 22 May 2009 | Tagged as: general


The Department has recently received reports of damage at the Town Landfill from recreational vehicles. Although it may appear as if there is nothing under the surface, the Landfill is lined by a very expensive liner, which is then covered with material. Operation of a recreational mvehicle on this area can cause VERY EXPENSIVE damage to the liner.

Recreational Vehicle operators are reminded that WRITTEN PERMISSION must be obtained prior to operting on Land owned by another ( see 323  CMR 3) and MGL Ch 90 B S 26.

In addtion, recreational vehicles are not to be operated within 150 of an occupied residence. without permission of the owner- even if on your OWN property, except when leaving or returning.

For more information of applicable recreation vehicle laws see Ch 90B or the above CMR’s

20 Years of Granby DARE

Posted by chief on 15 May 2009 | Tagged as: general


On Thursday May 14th, the East Meadow  School celebrated 20 years of DARE  at it’s annual Graduation.  Well over 100 parents and friends attended the event .  Also attending were former DARE officers  Chris Pronovost ( now a Lt. with the Amherst PD), Mike Kotowski ( now with Chicopee PD), Dan Menard ( now with Wilbraham PD), and Granby Officers  Lt. Alan Wishart and Sgt. Mark Smith,  Former Dare officers Larry Carmen ( Chicopee PD) and Carlos Alcaide were unable to attend. The current DARE Officer, Ptl. Kurt Carpenter, gave out  awards to the essay contest winners ( Jonathan DiPino, Caitlin Chapdelaine, Mihaela Sousa, and Jillian Harrington) and presented the DARE diplomas.  Colonel Rober R. Swain JR , Wing Commander at Westover AirForce Reserve Base ,was the keynote speaker. Also speaking were Superintendent Patricia Stevens, and Police Chief Louis M. Barry.  East Meadow Principal Jim Pietras acted as master of ceremony. The School was presented with a plaque commemerating 20 years of DARE. All guests were presented with 20 year anniversaary DARE T shirts.

Suspect arrested in House Break

Posted by chief on 08 May 2009 | Tagged as: general


ON Friday at approximately 11 am a 21 year old female from Truby Street alerted Police to a male suspect who was apparently trying to gain entry into her home. While Officers were responding the suspect gained entrance. The victims grandmother stopped by the residence and the suspect fled, banging on her car windows. Det. Barbara Fenn and Ptl Tom Yvon arrested the suspect  as he tried to flee the scene. Suspect was armed with a knife and burglarious tools. See Press Release

White Ribbon Day

Posted by chief on 07 May 2009 | Tagged as: general


In honor of Mother’ s Day, Granby prepares its own White Ribbon Campaign for Tuesday, May 12th.

The White Ribbon Campaign (WRC) is the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women. Since 1991, Men in over 55 different countries have worn white ribbons on a specific day as a symbol of men’s opposition to violence against women.

Wearing a white ribbon is a personal pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. Next Tuesday, May 12th, the Granby PD in collaboration with our Junior/Senior High School will invite all men in our community to wear a white ribbon and to take the WRC pledge. At 1:45pm, male students and faculty will be invited to take a public pledge in the high school cafeteria, led by Officer Kurt Carpenter and Charlene Korza, School Social Worker.

Brush fire near Forge Pond

Posted by chief on 01 May 2009 | Tagged as: general



The Fire department responded to the intersection of Batchelor and School, in the vicinity of Forge Pond, for a brush fire at  5: 44 PM. The were on the scene until approximately 8:30 PM.  DCR, Belchertown and South Hadley Fire Departments also responded to the scene. Chicopee Fire Department sent a truck to man the Granby  Fire Station. BURNING SEASON IS CLOSED as of today.