Dumpster rental services in Massachusetts

There are a number of dumpster rental companies that operate in Warford. However, few have been in the game for as long as the Waste Dumpster Rental Company (http://wastedumpsterrental.net/). If you’re looking for an affordable and dependable service, the Mayor’s Office officially endorses this company as being one of the best in the field. So what should you know about renting a dumpster in Massachusetts?

The Office has put out a short guide to help you safely dispose of waste while keeping your neighbors, your fellow Warfordians and the environment happy.

Step 1. Choose to do business with an established company. The service industry is notorious for having dozens of fly-by-night operations that spring up today and disappear tomorrow (with your money no less). No matter the service, you want to make sure you’re dealing with a trusted company that has been operating for some time. This shows not only that they’re real and are trustworthy but that their business is thriving and gets repeat customers. There’s nothing worse than choosing a company that no body knows about and then finding out that you were charged ten times the normal price in addition to receiving lousy service. So our advice is to go with someone who is local and has been known for a while. Beware of services that try to go off as local when in fact they’re nothing more than a routing number to a call-center all over the country.

Step 2. Estimate how much debris you have / your project will generate. The second step is to get an estimate of how much debris you you need to dispose of. If your project hasn’t yet started and you aren’t sure about this, the dumpster rental company should be more than happy to talk to you and advise you on this point.

Step 3. Call the dumpster rental company and schedule a dumpster delivery. The next step is to pick up the phone and place your order. You will want to call them in advance as dumpster rental companies have most of their inventory rented out during the busy periods of the year. Call at least 1 week in advance prior to your project starting. If there are any special instructions that you want the dumpster company to follow when it comes to delivering the dumpster, make sure to explain thoroughly. For example, you may have a driveway that you’d like to keep intact (dumpsters are heavy!). Tell them about this and they should be able to come up with a solution (such as placing a couple of wooden boards to reduce direct contact with the tiles).

Step 4. Load up the dumpster and call for pick-up. A self-explanatory step, but you still need to call them if you haven’t scheduled a pick-up date. Once the dumpster truck gets to your destination, you will finally be free of any junk on your property and the dumpster will be delivered to the nearest landfill or transfer station.

Hopefully, this short guide will dispel any confusion you might have had about dumpster rental. As always, if you’re unsure about something, call the company and speak to their representatives. This way, you’ll be able to ascertain if it’s a real business with real support or if it’s just some Bubba & Joe who have decided to make a quick buck by placing an ad in the local newspaper.

Warford residents complain about locksmith services

lockDid you accidentally get yourself locked out of your car or home? If you did, you probably thought of calling the services of a locksmith – one you would find online or in a phonebook. But even if it’s an emergency, don’t be so quick to call without sniffing around first. A number of Warford residents have witnessed the so-called locksmith scam which consists of shady locksmiths promising low costs in their ads or over the phone, only to jack up the price when they arrive.

A number of official institutions like the Better Business Bureau have put out a warning about this scam and today we find ourselves joining them. While the scheme isn’t new by any means, it has become more prevalent in recent years and we thought that a warning was in order. To help consumers avoid such scams, we have put out a guide that will tell you what to look out for when you’re thinking of hiring the services of a locksmith.

In some cases, these unscrupulous companies use names that are similar to those of local companies, using local phone numbers and fake addresses. The FTC has warned that even though the phone number is local, the call gets routed to a call center situated in another city altogether. The locksmith, who might not have the proper training and certification often arrives in an unmarked car and gives you a significantly higher price than the one advertised. In emergency situations, customers have no other choice than to pay them. Payments are always made in cash so that credit card disputes cannot be initiated.

So how can you protect yourself?

Get informed. The best option is to find a reputable local locksmith and get their info beforehand. If you have a car and are worried about locking your keys inside then you can always pay for a roadside-assistance plan that provides such a service. If you already have a plan, inquire if a locksmith service is included. Another idea is to give a trusted family member a spare set of keys. Friends and neighbors could also fill in. Hiding your keys outside your home or car is not the best idea as you never know who might find them.

Research the company’s reputation. It’s a good idea to search online for the company’s name + “complaint” or “review” before you call them. Another way is to visit the Better Business Bureau and look there as well. If you’re not having an emergency then you can research your future locksmith by checking for complaints with the local or state consumer-protection agency.

Common-sense. If the locksmith arrives in an unmarked vehicle or doesn’t provide any kind of identification or even a business card then you have all reason to be suspicious. If something smells fishy, don’t be afraid to send him off. You are not obligated to use the service if you believe there is something wrong and you shouldn’t be intimidated into doing so.

Use a credit-card. When you call the locksmith service, ask if they accept credit-cards. If you pay with your card and the process doesn’t go as you expected it to, you can always dispute the charge with your bank. Make sure to get a receipt for services rendered. Never use cash – it cannot be traced.

Lastly, you can always file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, state attorney general or your local protection agency.

With this said, if you are looking for a reliable, professional locksmith, we recommend you visit http://automotivelocksmithatlanta.net/home-locksmith/. Mayor Adrian Wocken has used them in the past and he can vouch for their effective service and trustworthiness.

Warford recycling program grows

recycling bins

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A new Warford City Commission voted Monday to expand the city’s curbside recycling initiative to include more residential buildings and blocks. However, the new households won’t be able to opt out of the program as residents that signed up a year ago could.

In a 5-0 vote, the commissioners agreed to higher buildings such as three-unit blocks to the new program. The 800 buildings that are included will now have the garbage collected from  96-gallon bins or dumpsters from around the city. The recycling collection will start in September.

Larger residential buildings that already have dumpsters will be excluded. The initial program for single and two-family homes rolled out in February with 11,709 households paying the extra $5.95 per month for the curbside recycling haul.

Mayor John Conference said that the opt-out which was allowed in May last year proved too exhausting for the public works department. An estimate of 3250 households chose to opt out of the curbside recycling program.

Conference says that the commission made the opt-out possible for those who were experiencing “financial hardship or space limitations” only.

“The program grew more than we expected,” Conference added after the meeting. “If we’re going to have citywide curbside, we will eventually have to move toward citywide engagement. Those who choose to opt-out – if they relocate, the new owners will not be able to do so. We have to set clear limits.”

Mayor’s adviser

Commissioners have appointed Lorraine Bracco as the mayor’s new adviser on Native American Initiative Development. She is the head of the Warford-Selwick Native American Initiative Development Center. Conference said that the new position was congruent with the Warford-Selwick Development Association’s efforts to bring professionals into the community and fulfill much needed expert jobs. He also said that there are an estimate 5000 Native American in the area.

Arbor license

In a 5-0 vote, the commission denied an appeal by Chad Smith to reverse the revocation of his waste management license. Smith owns Fugassi Waste Management. City Sanitation Chief Andrew Pollock said he had received complaints from improper dumping of waste being done by the company in unauthorized spaces. An on-site inspection confirmed that. Pollock canceled Smith’s contract. Pollock said also that Smith wasn’t paying all the required fees to the city landfill.

He said a written letter had been sent Smith to notify him of the license revocation but that the letter came back. The police had to deliver the letter by hand to Smith.

Smith was not present at the meeting to appeal the decision.

New commission

Conference and two other city commissioners Friday took their oaths of office for the following four years as they bid farewell to Adrian Wocken, mayor for the past 4 years, and Brandon Quork, commissioner for two.

“One thing in particular stood out. That was your great attitude toward the staff and the way you praised everyone’s contribution, no matter how small. It is rare for a leader like you to have led this city. You will be missed,” said Commissioner Fred Soleman of Wocken.

Wocken thanked everybody, including janitor Piotr Kackzinsky before he announced his departure. “Fellow staff members, we are a team united – Team Warford. We had hard times and we had easy times, but we were always together, no matter what. Finally, the citizens of Warford, thank you for electing me and giving me the chance. It’s been an honor to serve the city and its residents,” he said.

City Attorney Mark Heilemann then swore in Mary Janeford as a new commissioner and Tolle to be reinstated in their positions as commissioners. Conference took his oath as mayor. The new commission took their seats. Soleman was named vice chairman.

Conference said he wishes that the commission will make a solution as to filling the departing fourth commission seat at its June 4th meeting. It remains to be seen who will step forward to assume the role as the previous two commissioners, Gary Neckroth and Jane Savage were both struck by lightning.

In related news, Mayor John Conference intends to start the famous “coffee sessions” of televised interviews beginning next week. The television show was a hit with the residents of Warford, Adrian Wocken having popularized the format in his previous run.

Survey shows pheasant numbers increase across MA

Pheasant in winter

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Warford, MA – Massachusetts’ summer pheasant population index is slightly up compared to last year as written in the state Game and Fish Department’s 2014 summer crowing count survey.

Steve Kohn, upland hunt management executive, said the number of roosters heard crowing this summer was up by 8 percent statewide from 2013, with increases seen as much as 12% for some regions.

Kohn said that this increase was a pleasant surprise.

He said that there weren’t a lot of juvenile roosters had last fall, which was usually a sign of low production that year.

But as we transitioned into uncommonly mild winter, Kohn said, with the exception of the farther southwestern part of the state, soil moisture was abundant throughout Massachusetts.

This meant that the pheasants had a better cover, which unlike last year’s unwelcoming spring, was a more suitable condition for nesting.

The recent spring was somewhat cold, but  this didn’t affect the pheasants at all. “They’re a bunch of resistant birds those ones,” Kohn said.

Another factor that did not explain the increase in pheasant population were the heavy rains. In some areas it even reached 4 to 6 inches of water and that surely could not have been good for newly-hatched birds.

He said that the chicks had to be no older than 7 or 8 days old when the rains plunged them into water.

The cold from last spring had delayed normal nesting patterns, but this spring, Krohn said, while it has been colder than usual, the hen pheasants seem to be more promiscuous than before.

Between 2012 and 2013, the number of pheasant hunters increased by 3 percent but harvest declined by 12 percent.

In 2006, when bird numbers were at their peak, the number of pheasant hunters in Massachusetts had grown to 50,000 – a new record for the state.

While the index is better this year, the 2014 index is still down from previous levels.

“Once Upon A Time” the musical drama

photo credit: Alan Cleaver

photo credit: Alan Cleaver

“Once Upon A Time” presented at Warford, July 25-29

Warford, M.A. – Iwojimba North Side Community Theater will perform its seventh season musical drama, “Once Upon A Time,” at the Warford High School Theather at 8:00 p.m. July 25-28 and at 4 p.m. July 29.

The play was written as a modern adaptation of Albert Camus’ The Plague novel, first performed off-Broadway in 1958, then later to the Broadway stage.

Iwojimba North Side Community Theater is a group of bohemians, musicians and actors from five different localities along the north shore of Lake Sakakawea. Performers from Briah, Center, Warford, Pick City and Cleveland  gather up for three months each summer to form their own theater community.

Conway Carter, a Warford High School and University of Massachusetts  graduate and Wartburg Theological Seminary student in Lebanon, Texas, returns for his third directorial assignment. Carter directed “Annie Hill” for the group in 2013 and was the lead role in “Once Upon A Time” when he was still a high school freshman.

“The first drama I was ever in high school was almost 10 years ago on this very same stage and it happened to be exactly this play,” Carter Said.

One of the entrancing aspects about the Iwojimba North Side Community Theater, Carter says, is that it blends all the unique abilities of the performers from different backgrounds and localities.

“The real gem of this community theater is that it’s more than a community theater. Five different towns come together to create a new one that is formed by people from all walks of life. The Master and Slave in the show are actually husband and wife, and their daughter is also seen take to the stage. This is a real community,” Carter says.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children and are available at the entrance. For more information on the Iwojimba North Side Community Theater, please visit their Facebook page.

Mayor Wocken will seek re-election

WARFORD, MA – Warford Mayor Adrian Wocken announced Thursday he will seek re-election for a second term. He will leave his current position as dean at the University of Shelby’s John Herald School of Business to focus fully on administration.

With his wife Alma, his son Patrick and other family members attending the announcement, Wocken said that he intends to keep the city in good shape economically.

“The sign is clear that I must remain,” he said during a press conference. “In June of 2014, I will stand for re-election.”

The university appointment, announced by Monsignor Derek Yu, the university president, drew a standing ovation from the roomful of community leaders, professors and students alike at the Quincy Hall at the campus business school.

Wocken has served as mayor since 2010 and his current term expires in June. He said he plans to focus one-hundred-percent on the administrative position, “[…] because the city needs this. Now more than ever.” he added emphatically.

On departing his current position as dean, Wocken says he wants business school graduates to have the integrity and courage of the Benedictine sisters who founded the university.

“Business should be a force that expands society in a beneficial way, by emphasizing to our students that ethics, community involvement, integrity, academic excellence and being responsible are not only words to be uttered but a way of life unto themselves.” he said.

Wocken said he is prepared to carry the city’s name to new heights, as he engages to become its ambassador , using his knowledge of business as a means to do this.

He said that as a business dean, he learned to work with local businesses that strengthened not only the school, but also the economic well-being of the city. He wants that all business school graduates become master problem-solvers who have the good of the community in mind. He said that he is going to meet with the current business school staff and students in the coming weeks.

“I look forward to being a hands-on-type of person that involves himself in every aspect of the city’s planning and execution process so that the entire city mission is moved forward,” he said.

“There have been some challenges that he has dealt with – the unprecedented expansion of the city and everything that goes along with it,” said City Administrator Paul Schrader in a talk show interview. “He has handled the position formidably.”

Schrader said that Wocken has been particularly effective in advancing the business climate of the university and everyone will miss him there.

“I enjoyed working [at the university] with him, but his duty to the city is the right calling” said Professor Emeritus of Business and Administration, John Constine.

“I enjoyed his lectures while at the faculty,” said former student Elliot Walsh, who has attended the news conference. “He is a thoughtful teacher. He listens to people and makes them really understand the issues. … He is a good communicator. That is an important skill.”

He said that during the 2009 and 2011 fires, Wocken was a confident and reassuring presence for the community at large.