Community 13-Year Old Electrocuted at Boathouse
It was a Sunday afternoon just over a week ago when 13-year-old Sarah Grace Tellifero was enjoying the last days of summer with three friends, swimming near a boathouse on a local lake. Sadly, when Sarah went to grab a boarding ladder on a pontoon boat to climb out of the water, she was electrocuted.
Sep 5, 2014 - 12:17:29 AM
Community The 'Grandparent Scam'
Marlborough, MA - This Sunday, September 7th, is Grandparents Day and as we begin to celebrate this day with the ones we love, it's important to take the time to educate seniors on the scams that also target them.
Sep 3, 2014 - 12:07:23 AM
Community Obama said he will stand with the Muslims in troubled times!
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been flat out lying when they told us illegal aliens couldn't fly into the U.S. without proper IDs. Now they admit that illegal aliens were allowed to board planes using Federal Immigration Court documents called a "Notice to Appear". These Notice to Appear forms are so easy to forge, a child could do it.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:20:38 AM
Community BBB warns of phone solicitations targeting children
Marlborough, MA - With children and young adolescents owning cell phones, receiving calls from scammers is definitely a risk. In this day and age, it's very important to be aware of the types of calls or texts children might receive. Better Business Bureau is warning parents and guardians of cell phone solicitations now targeting children.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:15:03 AM
Community The Dangers of Free Wi-Fi
Never connect to an unfamiliar ad-hoc network--even if the name sounds genuine. A hacker can change the name of his network to anything he wants, including the name of the legitimate Internet connection offered by the airport. Just because it has the same name as the Wi-Fi advertised in the airport or hotel, don't believe it.
Aug 27, 2014 - 1:05:40 AM
Community C&C is sole prescriber of Vivitrol for alcohol, drug abuse in Kennebec County
AUGUSTA -- The number of people looking for opiate abuse treatment in Maine has more than doubled over the past 10 years, according to the Maine Office of Substance Abuse. About 4,800 Mainers sought help for their opiate addictions in 2013, suggesting that many people want to quit using drugs -- but they may not know how. Crisis & Counseling Centers provides treatment in the form of counseling and a safe monthly medication that is changing lives: Vivitrol.
Aug 21, 2014 - 12:07:26 AM
Community BBB Warning: "Click Bait" Scams Exploit Robin Williams' Death
BBB National -- Whenever a major story dominates the news, scammers take advantage of the public's interest with online photos, stories and social media links that claim to offer sensational details. This tactic is called "click baiting." Unfortunately, the bait that is being used right now involves the death of Robin Williams. BBB warns consumers about clicking on links, downloading pictures or purchasing commemorative souvenirs, unless you are on an established website with built-in buyer protections.
Aug 20, 2014 - 12:07:48 AM
Community Security breaches and identity theft protection
At BBB, we talk extensively about security breaches, identity theft protection, and how to keep your personal information safe from scammers. As a consumer, there are a variety of options when it comes to protecting your identity. Today, we will explore two options that fit a variety of budgets.
Aug 15, 2014 - 12:07:11 AM
Community BBB Warns of Online Dog Breeder Scam
Marlborough, MA - Better Business Bureau is warning dog lovers to be cautious when responding to online or newspaper classifieds. Scammers posing as a breeder or dog owner will place an ad offering inexpensive puppies. Communicating solely through emails, the scammer may also claim they are moving to a foreign country and need to "re-home" the puppies.
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:07:29 AM
Community College Students, Be Aware of Apartment Rental Scams
Marlborough, MA - Better Business Bureau is warning college students to be on the lookout for scammers on Craigslist and other online classifieds when searching for an on or off-campus apartment to rent. Phony ads for rental properties are always popping up, and are specifically aimed at stealing money from unsuspecting students.
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:10:43 AM
Community Is it Drowning, or Electric Shock Drowning?
ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21, 2014 -- While standing at the end of your boat dock, you see a person struggling in the water. Do you recognize that the person is drowning, or is something else going on? And what should you do? Doing the right thing could help save someone else's life, and might keep you from losing yours.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:10:37 AM
Community BBB Warns of IRS Phone Threats
Marlborough, MA - Tax season may be over but that has not stopped scammers from continuing to pose as IRS officials and making calls threatening jail time and loss of property. Thousands of calls have been made to individuals across the country with total losses around one million dollars.
Jul 18, 2014 - 2:45:35 AM
Community Don't Be Swindled by a Solar Energy Scam this Summer
Marlborough, MA - Summer is almost here and homeowners looking for new ways to go green may find solar energy as a great alternative. Solar energy can help save the environment with the added benefit of saving homeowners a little money. Better Business Bureau advises consumers to be smart about investing in any home improvement project.
Jun 13, 2014 - 7:45:13 AM
Community 2014 Peter's Pence Collection: Be a Witness of Charity
WASHINGTON--The Peter's Pence Collection will be taken up in most U.S. dioceses on the weekend of June 28-29. This collection offers Catholics the opportunity to reach out to the poor and suffering by joining Pope Francis in his charitable works throughout the world.
Jun 4, 2014 - 7:12:26 AM
Community Beware the Memorial Day Scams
Marlborough, MA - Memorial Day is a time to honor those who serve and remember those who have. Unfortunately, it has also become an opportunity for scammers to target those who are serving or have served their nation, especially elderly veterans. As Memorial Day approaches, your Better Business Bureau urges consumers and donors to be aware of scammers that feed off the military.
May 22, 2014 - 12:05:33 AM
Community BBB Cautions Consumers of Fake Boston Marathon Charities
Marlborough, MA - Marathon Monday is right around the corner, falling on April 21 this year, and will be the 118th running with over 36,000 participants. Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI and VT (BBB) cautions consumers of illegitimate charities and scams surrounding the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Apr 11, 2014 - 7:03:07 AM
Community Don't Get Scammed by This Dozen
Usually the word "dozen" describes pleasant things like a dozen donuts or a dozen roses. However, this time of year, the IRS apparently does not think of the word "dozen" as a pleasant word as it has recently released the "Dirty Dozen" Tax Schemes for this year. With tax season in full swing and April 15 just around the corner, here is a sampling of what consumers should look out for:
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:07:23 AM
Community G.E.A.R. Parent Network "Lives in the Balance" event
Dr. Ross Greene presents on stage in TopshamTOPSHAM -- G.E.A.R. Parent Network, a program of Crisis & Counseling Centers, hosted a free presentation Wednesday by Dr. Ross Greene, a well-known educator and author who has devoted his life to helping children and teens with behavioral challenges and their caregivers. Those attending the Topsham Lives in the Balance event learned how Greene's Collaborative & Proactive Solutions approach is improving the way youths with behavioral challenges are being understood and treated in Maine.
Mar 21, 2014 - 8:15:30 AM
Community Crisis & Counseling Centers New Board of Directors Members
AUGUSTA -- Crisis & Counseling Centers' Board of Directors voted in three new members at a recent meeting. Susan Cover, Dale Lancaster and Dr. Kim Lane have varying professional interests, but they share a dedication to C&C's mission to deliver effective solutions to Mainers with behavioral health needs.
Mar 6, 2014 - 4:37:25 AM
Community One of Maine's few remaining all-female counseling programs
Crisis & Counseling Centers and Crossroads are the only behavioral health centers in Maine to offer intensive outpatient services specifically for females. The Women's IOP at C&C is designed to help clients recover from substance abuse, develop coping skills and learn to understand how past traumas might be affecting their behavior, according to C&C Substance Abuse Clinician Jodie Hart. Hart has been facilitating the IOP since 2008 and has seen it evolve to meet emerging needs in the community.
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:43:48 AM
Community A happy marriage starts from childhood education
In my book the "Matchmaker of the Century," I have talked about the lack of "relationship training" for men and women. Contrary to belief, the knowledge on how to get along well with the opposite sex does not come naturally as one grows up!
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:30:15 AM
Community Watch for Scams Following Target Data Breach
Scammers are taking advantage of the data breach that compromised Target customers' credit and debit card information. Watch for con artists using this highly public event to fool consumers into sharing their credit card and/or personal information.
Jan 10, 2014 - 12:13:32 AM
Community Rep. Michaud's address to 79 New U.S. Citizens
PORTLAND, Maine -- On Friday, Representative Mike Michaud was a guest speaker at a naturalization ceremony held at the Portland Public Library. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalized 79 candidates for citizenship during the ceremony.
Dec 22, 2013 - 5:05:34 AM
Community BBB Warning: Smart Phone Apps May Share Your Information
Dec 21, 2013 - 12:07:35 AM
Community A Guide to Surviving Fraud Attempts During the Holidays
Christmas carols herald the spirit of the holiday, and the Twelve days of Christmas does so in a unique way. Better Business Bureau offers its own version, to remind consumers to take extra special care to avoid having the holiday ruined by fraud and theft.
Dec 12, 2013 - 5:33:38 AM
Community IBHS Offers Freezing Weather Guidance to Reduce Risks
As a large portion of the U.S. from California to Kentucky is blanketed with snow and freezing temperatures, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a national research and communications organization, offers severe winter weather guidance for home and business owners in those areas. Find out how you can reduce damage to your property from freezing weather
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:47:14 AM
Community Be a Calculated Gift Giver this Holiday Season
With careful planning, consumers can make the most of their holidays without straining their budgets. Better Business Bureau and ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions are encouraging consumers to be "calculated gift givers" this holiday season. Here are five tips to help you be more calculated in your holiday planning:
Dec 4, 2013 - 5:13:15 AM
Community New IPhone app alerts Just in time for holiday travel and flu season
Sickweather, a Baltimore-based company that tracks illness, has launched their first mobile app for the iPhone to alert users in real-time when they enter sick zones: areas near reports of illness gathered from social media. This is the first app of it's kind to leverage big data from social media, along with Apple iOS's geofencing and notification technologies, to serve health alerts.
Nov 28, 2013 - 5:17:26 AM
Community Thriving in the Face of Cancer: You Are Not Alone
When you or someone you love hears the words, "you have cancer," it changes your whole life. It sweeps away not just the patient, but the entire family, leaving everyone feeling helpless, lonely and afraid. Then it dumps you onto a healthcare conveyer belt that adds to the confusion, disconnection and exhaustion. That's why Reimagine steps in: to make sure that you and your family are not alone. A revolutionary new wellness company, Reimagine is providing the "other half of care"--care for the person--by addressing the social and emotional challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Nov 15, 2013 - 5:37:52 AM
Community 8 Holiday Travel Tips That Will Help You Save Money
Marlborough, MA -- The holiday season is fast-approaching and if you haven't already booked your flight home, now is definitely the time to do it. When it comes to booking holiday flights; the earlier you book, the more you'll save. This may seem like a standard rule of thumb but Better Business Bureau has a few more travel tips to help you save time and money this holiday season:
Nov 10, 2013 - 1:05:33 AM
These watercolor paintings by Leo Trinkuns (1899-1948) who died while living at Insula. He was among the millions of refugees from Eastern and Central Europe who were left stranded in a Germany defeated and devastated by the end of World War II.
Nov 3, 2013 - 12:02:18 AM
Community BBB Recommends 4 Ways to Teach Your Child Cyber Awareness
Marlborough, MA -- As a parent, one of your top priorities is the safety of your children. You teach your child not to talk to strangers and to look both ways when crossing the road, but how often do you talk to your child about cyber security?
Oct 31, 2013 - 5:53:20 AM
Community Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money?
Standard pet insurance is similar to human health insurance in many ways. It is provided by a third party and can be used either at any vet or one within a participating network of providers. Pet insurance plans may include deductibles, co-payments and exclusions. Premiums typically vary depending on your pet's species, breed and age and the level of coverage you choose. If you are seriously considering pet insurance, keep in mind that not all plans are created equal. Make sure to ask questions regarding insurance policies, exclusions, co-payments, and coverage limits.
Oct 28, 2013 - 2:33:11 PM
Community Craigslist Mugging Prompts Private Sales Warnings
Wisconsin woman Emily Graham recently tried to sell her three-carat diamond ring through a listing on Craigslist. Someone posing as a buyer allegedly duped her into flying to St. Louis to meet him, then assaulted and robbed her.
Oct 20, 2013 - 12:25:36 AM
Community 4 Tips for Getting the Most "BOO" for Your Halloween Buck
Halloween is just around the corner and department stores have lined their aisles with ghostly costumes and spooky decorations. Halloween is known for being one of the biggest holiday shopping seasons of the year. The average American will spend $75.03 on Halloween items this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Total spending on candy, costumes and decorations is expected to reach a whopping $7 billion.
Oct 17, 2013 - 6:53:46 AM
Community Commissioners refuse to approve social studies textbooks in Tennessee
Yes, folks, you can fight city hall. It's not easy, but it can be done. You have to be informed, organized and strategic. Which is what we do at ACT! for America and what our Tennessee chapter leaders and members did. They did it smart. They did it right. And they're just the latest example of what ACT! for America is accomplishing and how our strategic and grassroots approach WORKS!
Oct 15, 2013 - 6:10:55 AM
Community Giving Real Opportunities to Thieves
These tidbits of information were forwarded in an email and are a stark reminder of how careful we must be in this technological age. With a little care and attention, we can save ourselves a lot of emotional and financial trouble. We can protect ourselves from home invaders.
Aug 14, 2013 - 1:00:17 AM