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The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Project (DEP) monitors drinking water throughout the state through regular testing. Sometimes water testing finds E. coli/ fecal coliform bacteria in the drinking water supply. E. coli and fecal coliform bacteria indicate that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Drinking water with these wastes can cause short-term illness, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, and people with severely compromised immune systems. If this happens, the Town issues a boil water advisory. A boil water advisory lets people know that they should boil their water for at least one minute, or use bottled water, for drinking, cooking, food preparation, making ice, brushing teeth, bathing children, and washing dishes. In addition, infants and young children should not be bathed in this water because they may accidentally swallow it.
During a boil water advisory, the the Town and the State will need to investigate the cause of the contamination and fix the problem. Then they need to do a series of tests to ensure there are no more bacteria in the water. As soon as MassDEP is assured that the water is safe, we will lift the boil water advisory and the Town will issue a public notice.
Yes. If bottled water is available, that is the best option until officials say otherwise. If you do not have bottled water available, the next best option is to boil your tap water to make it safe to drink. Filters do not remove E.Coli fecal coliform bacteria.
To improve the taste of boiled water you can:
Disinfectant tablets obtained from a wilderness store or pharmacy may be used. In an emergency, liquid chlorine bleach such as Clorox© or Purex© can be used at a dose of 8 drops (or 1 teaspoon) of bleach to each gallon of water. (Careful measurement with a clean dropper or other accurate measuring device is required when using liquid chlorine bleach.) Let stand for at least 30 minutes before use. Read the label to see that the bleach has 5-6% available chlorine.
Breastfeeding is best. Continue to breastfeed. If breastfeeding is not an option:
Use disposable plates, cups, and utensils, if possible. If you do not have disposable dishes, follow the instructions below.
Almost everyone who drinks this water will be fine and will have no symptoms at all. Those people who do develop symptoms may suffer nausea, diarrhea, cramps, and possibly a mild fever. These symptoms are very much what you would expect from a case of food poisoning.
If you get these symptoms, you should wash your hands frequently and avoid dehydration. Call a doctor if an infant or elderly person develops these symptoms or if you have a weakened immune system. You should also call a doctor if you have diarrhea and any of the following symptoms:
The most important thing to do is avoid dehydration. Drink plenty of fluids and avoid drinks with caffeine, such as soda, coffee, and tea. If you are concerned about your health or the health of a family member, contact your healthcare provider.
Yes. Pets can get sick from the same contaminants as people. It is a good idea to give them bottled, boiled, or disinfected water. Boiled water should always be cooled before using.
Most germs that infect people do not infect reptiles or fish. If your water system is using more chlorine or changing disinfection, be cautious about changing the water in your fish tank or aquarium. Standard aquarium operations require removal of chlorine and chloramines, which can be toxic to fish and reptiles.
Contact your local pet store or veterinarian for more information.
Yes, you can use the tap water for household plants and gardens.
No. Due to the high chance that children will get water in their mouth while playing in a kiddie pool, we recommend that you avoid using your kiddie pool during the boil water advisory.
In many situations, you can use tap water and soap to wash your hands. Be sure to scrub your hands with soap and water (warm or cold) for 20 seconds and rinse them well under running water. It is important to dry hands completely with a towel or by letting them air dry. Hand sanitizer can be used after proper washing for an additional layer of protection.
No. Use bottled water or boiled water that has cooled to brush your teeth.
Yes, as long as you don't swallow the water. Infants and young children should not be bathed in this water because they might swallow some accidentally. To prevent this, bathe your children with pre-boiled or bottled water or give them sponge baths using only a small amount of water. There is no problem with bathing nursing home or elderly patients unless there is any possibility of them swallowing the water. Patients with open sores should not be bathed even under normal conditions. Don't use swimming pools as a substitute for bathing. Tap water is safer.
Yes, you can shave as usual.
Yes, it is safe to do laundry as usual.
Use pre-boiled water for all preparation of food. If food is to be cooked in water, boil the water first for more than one minute.
Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about opening a new business in a new building, opening a new business within an existing building, renovating an existing space or constructing a new commercial building in the Town of North Attleborough.
Those interested in investing in an Opportunity Zone must invest their funds through “Opportunity Funds,” which are currently being formed to permit investment in projects located in Opportunity Zones. Individuals may also form, fund, and manage an Opportunity Fund using the Department of Treasury's “self-certification” process. If you are interested in taking advantage of the Opportunity Zone program, we highly recommend consulting your tax advisor.
The Treasury Department permitted the governor of each state to nominate 25 percent of his or her state’s low-income census tracts as an Opportunity Zone. The Treasury Department certified Governor Baker’s nominations and designated 138 Opportunity Zone tracts in Massachusetts, two of which are in North Attleborough.
The policy allows for investment in operating businesses, equipment, and real property. Federal Treasury regulations provide additional detail about qualifying investments, however, generally:
Opportunity Zones are bipartisan provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. An Opportunity Zone is a designated geographic area in which individuals can gain favorable tax treatment on their capital gains. The goal of the Opportunity Zones provision is to incentivize investors to redeploy and invest capital into low-income communities.
An amount equal to 7.5% of your wages is contributed on a pre-tax basis (for income tax purposes) to a Plan account in your name. You will not have to pay Social Security taxes on your wages while you are eligible for and participating in the Plan.
Your employer establishes your Plan account for you. Once your account is created, you should log on to your account at www.bencorplans.com to:
The Plan offers different investment options in which you may choose to invest amounts contributed to your account. The options are listed and described on the website. If you do not choose investment options, your account will be invested automatically in your Plan’s default option, which may or may not be the best option for your circumstances. Therefore, it is important for you to log on to your account at www.bencorplans.com as soon as possible to obtain information about all the available investments and choose the options that are appropriate for your own objectives and preferences.
Your account is always 100% vested and belongs only to you. The balance of your account will be available after your termination of employment, retirement or total disability. In the case of your death, the beneficiary or beneficiaries you name under the Plan will be able to withdraw your account balance. Funds may be withdrawn as a lump sum cash distribution, which is taxable for the year of withdrawal, or as a direct rollover to an IRA or other eligible retirement plan, which defers your income tax obligation. To request a withdrawal, log on to your account at www.bencorplans.com and submit your request electronically. Additional information about income taxes and rollovers is provided online.
Your account is subject to the IRS Required Minimum Distribution rules after you reach age 72 or retire, whichever is later, or following your death, if earlier.
Annual statements showing your account activity, including beginning balance, contributions made, investment results and ending balance, are provided to you after the close of each calendar year. You may generate a statement on demand at any time by logging in to your account.
The only fee charged to your account is a monthly administrative fee. Currently, the administrative fee is $1.17 per month.
To log on to your account for Plan and account information, go to www.bencorplans.com. After creating your account and logging on, select Support from the menu to chat with a BENCOR Customer Service Representative, or dial a BENCOR Customer Service Representative at 866-296-9712. Representatives are available Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., Eastern Time
Try to determine what type of animal bit your pet. Put on gloves and wash your animal's wounds with warm soapy water for at least 10 minutes. Contact your veterinarian immediately. If the animal that bit your pet was a possible rabies carrier and your pet is up-to-date on its rabies vaccination, your pet will need to be confined for observation. If it exhibits signs of rabies, it will be humanely killed so its brain can be tested in a laboratory. If your pet is unvaccinated, it may have to be humanely killed or quarantined for six months. Remember: the best way to prevent rabies is to have your pets vaccinated! That is why it is the law in Massachusetts that all dogs and cats must be vaccinated against rabies.
Notify your local animal control official and your board of health. Don't let it stray or give it away, it should be confined for 10 days for observation to make sure it is not ill with rabies.
When registering for a Park and Recreation program, please make checks payable to the Town of North Attleboro.
The Park and Recreation Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm and on Fridays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm.
The Park opens at 7:30 am. Monday through Friday and 8 am on Saturdays and Sundays.
From April 1st to October 31st, the WWI Park and Zoo closes at 8 pm
From November 1st to March 31st, the WWI Park and Zoo closes at 4 pm
The Park is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and in inclement weather.
Call the Park and Recreation Office at 508-699-0145 or the WWI Park and Zoo at 508-699-0129 for more information.
The Park and Recreation Office is located in the Mason Fieldhouse at 446 Elm Street. This is where the office hours occur and where program registration takes place. After-hours drop-offs can also be made here in the drop slot in the front double doors of the office.
The mailing address for the Park and Recreation Department is 43 South Washington, North Attleborough, MA 02760.
The Park and Recreation Office is located in the Mason Fieldhouse at 446 Elm Street, North Attleborough, MA 02760
Registration and program payments can be made at the Park and Recreation Office. We accept cash and checks. Please make checks payable to the Town of North Attleboro.
Registration can be dropped off after-hours through the drop slot in the front double doors at the office.
While many of our programs are only available to residents of North Attleboro, some of our programs are offered to all area residents. Residency requirements are noted on program flyers and registration forms.
Please contact the Park and Recreation Office at 508-699-0145 if you have questions about a specific program.
Yes, you can. But you will need to bring it to the Recycling Center at 777 Mount Hope Street. Hours of operation are: Friday, Saturday, and Monday, 8 am to 2:30 pm Please ask the attendant where to put your bin.
To be eligible for a Recycling Center Sticker, your annual trash bill must be paid in full.
Recycling Center Stickers are available at the Solid Waste Department in Town Hall or by Mail.
If you are going to purchase a new vehicle and want the sticker to go on the new vehicle, you need to scrape your old sticker from the window and bring however much you can get off with your new registration to our Office in Town Hall and we will issue you a free replacement.
Without the scraped sticker, a replacement will cost $5.
Stickers for each additional vehicle or to replace a lost sticker will cost $5.
Participating residents may purchase a one Day Pass for the Recycling Center at the Solid Waste Department in Town Hall. The fee for a Day Pass is $5 and we only accept cash or checks.
A Day Pass would be used if you needed to borrow a vehicle or rent a U-Haul because you have larger items that don't fit in your vehicle that has the Recycling Center Sticker on it.
In order to be eligible for a Day Pass, you must have the following:
The Day Pass must be presented to the attendant at the Recycling Center and you may enter the Recycling Center as many times as you want for that day. The Pass must be turned in by the expiration date on the Pass.
Please call The Solid Waste Department at 508-699-0105 to schedule a repair or replacement.
Request Military Service Records
Each of the military services maintains a discharge review board with authority to change, correct or modify a discharge or dismissal that is not issued by a sentence of a general court-martial. The board has no authority to address medical discharges. The Veteran or his surviving spouse, next of kin, or legal representative may apply for a review of discharge by writing to the military department concerned, using Department of Defense Forms DD293 and DD149. You can obtain these forms from your local Veterans Services Office, VA regional office (call 800-827-1000, or from any Veterans Service Organization (VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, etc.).
The Veterans Identification Card Act 2015 (Public Law 114-31) was enacted on July 20, 2015. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is drafting regulations that will allow VA to implement and enforce the legislation. However, this is a lengthy process that requires time for a public comment period as well as approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The rule making process is expected to take 12 months or more. VA is also in the process of developing procedures and policies to implement the VA ID card program. VA currently estimates the program will be implemented in 2017.
In the meanwhile, the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to provide a Veterans Identification Card (VIC) for veterans to use at VA medical facilities. The VIC will be issued only to veterans who are eligible for VA medical benefits and only for the purpose of identification and check-in for VA medical appointments. The new card protects personal privacy by not showing Social Security Numbers or dates of birth on the front of the cards.
VA has Service Connected, POW and Purple Heart (PH) indicators on the new VIC. Veterans who have been awarded service-connected status after their VIC has been issued or SC status is not properly documented on their card, will need to present their letter showing their SC rating to the eligibility clerk at the local VA Medical Center where they obtain treatment. After verification, the eligibility clerk will submit a request to National Card Management Directory (NCMD) System for a new card to be issued to the veteran.
Once a veteran has his/her picture taken for the new card at the VA medical facility, the card will be mailed to the veteran at the address that has been provided. To ensure that a veteran receives the new VIC card, the veteran should please verify that VA has the correct address on file. If the U.S. Postal Service cannot deliver the card, it will be returned to the facility at which the card was requested. The card will then be held in a secure location at the facility for 90 days. If the card is not picked up within the 90-day period, the card will be destroyed.
With regard to the use of veteran ID cards for store discounts, please note: The VA identification card, once available will allow Veterans to demonstrate proof of service for discounts at private restaurants and businesses.
It should be noted that the identification card is different from a Veteran Health Identification card or a DoD Uniformed Services or retiree ID card. As such, the VA identification cards cannot be used as proof of eligibility to any federal benefits and does not grant access to military installations.
When available, Veterans will be able to request an ID card from VA for a fee. VA is currently making plans to implement the new law in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible while protecting Veterans' personal information. We estimate that VA will be able to implement the program in 2017. The cost of each card has not yet been determined.
In the meantime, Veterans who would like an identification card that displays their military service do not have to wait until VA implements the new law. You have several options:
You can access and print a free Veterans identification card through the joint VA/DoD web portal, eBenefits. This paper identification card serves as proof of honorable service in the Uniformed Services, as defined in laws about the Department of Defense (DoD). Veterans can get a free eBenefits account.
Your driver's license or state identification card can carry a Veteran designation. This option is currently available in 49 states, along with Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. We expect the 50th state, Washington, to offer this service in August 2017. Veterans wanting more information should contact their state department of motor vehicles or state department of Veterans affairs.
Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care can obtain a free Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC).
Veterans who have retired from military service can receive an identification card from DoD. For information on obtaining or renewing such a card, please contact your nearest DoD identification card facility.
Information about the services that the Veterans Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program provides to veterans with service-connected disabilities can be found at Veteran Readiness and Employment site.
The website provides information about vocational counseling available to active duty service members and veterans who have recently separated from active duty. You will also find information about vocational counseling and special rehabilitation services available to dependents of veterans who meet certain program eligibility requirements.
Did you know that Military Retirees must update their DEERS record and Retired Identification Card when becoming eligible for Medicare, normally at age 65? Once updated, your new Identification Card will never expire.
Additionally, the new Identification Cards no longer display your Social Security Number. There is a new DoD ID Number on the front and a DoD Benefits number printed on the back. If your Retiree Identification Card currently displays your Social Security Number, you may get a new one anytime.
To find the nearest ID Card Office and to schedule an appointment, go to the ID Card Office Online site.
Remember to bring 2 forms of government-issued identification.
The Veterans Benefits Administration has created a "survivors" website for spouses and dependents of military personnel who died on active duty and for the survivors and dependents of veterans who died after leaving the military. The website is organized into two broad categories - death in service and death after service. It provides website visitors with information about a wide range of benefits for the surviving spouse, dependent children, and dependent parents of deceased veterans and active-duty personnel. The site also has information from and provides links to other federal agencies and organizations that offer benefits and services to survivors and dependents. Visit the Veterans Benefits Administration site to learn about your benefits.
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