By Ron O’Clair
This past winter will go down in the history books for total snowfall accumulation in the Worcester area. I know because I am responsible as the building and property manager to remove the snow from the sidewalks bordering the various properties that I have been tasked to take care of.
This year I got smart, and paid other people to do the shoveling while I used my truck to plow and make the money to pay the people who shoveled for me, rather than break my back doing all the shoveling myself as I had done for many of the previous winters. It was not my intention to do this, I got flagged down during the February 8th Blizzard by a few people who saw my plow, and asked if I would plow them out. I agreed, and with the next blizzard they wanted me to do them again, so I guess they are now my clients, and I have a route to plow. As they are on the way to the properties I am responsible to shovel, it works for all concerned.
While on the subject of snow removal, I want to thank Mr. Bill Spellane of Spellane Auto Body on Wellington Street for having had his employee operating the bobcat clear the snow in front of the 703-711 Main Street property after the first blizzard, and for doing it for free as part of a “good neighbor” policy. I don’t think I made it clear that he did that at no cost to me or the owner of this property, and he deserves the recognition because there are not many people like Bill Spellane left, once again, thank you Mr. Spellane. I’ve seen the good work his shop puts out, so if you need body work, take it to Bill Spellane.
As some of my readers know, I did a story on identity theft a while back, and I recently came across a couple of places where you can report if you have been the victim of identity theft or a “phishing” scam. If you were the victim of identity theft and someone used your information to get a credit card in your name you can contact the government at: www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov to file a complaint. You can also contact the government to report a “Phishing” scam at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I did not have these places to report what happened to me when my hotmail account got hijacked or when someone opened a credit card account in my name and I had a hell of a time getting all that straightened out, but I forwarded the suspicious E-mails that I have gotten supposedly from reliable sources that ask for sensitive information and threaten to cancel your account if you do not reply to them. Do not fall for this scam. Legitimate sources do not ask for your sensitive information such as passwords or social security numbers. Never give them out, or you are just asking for trouble. I found this stuff out when I filled out the Walmart survey and found these Internet addresses listed there.
If you have already given out your information, change your passwords on your E-mail accounts right away for your own protection, it makes sense to change them periodically anyway as I found out the hard way.
I see the foot patrol officers walking their beat around my neighborhood, and hope that they continue doing that for the foreseeable future in the neighborhood surrounding the PIP Shelter which still suffers from having the shelter located here. I have noticed that I have to kick out people from the private property who are engaged in illegal drug usage. Some things never change, or it takes a long time to see any change at any rate. Some progress has been made towards cleaning up this neighborhood, and I would hate to see it erode back into what it once was, which was intolerable. The warm weather is coming and with it generally comes trouble in the neighborhood with people using the sidewalks for everything other than walking.
I have to give the Worcester Police credit for making people move along and stop loitering all over the place as should have been done right along. There was a time a few years back when people made a habit of camping out on the public sidewalks, and the police would drive right by without doing anything about it, which led to an intolerable situation for those who live in the area and who had to go into the street to navigate the area due to people sprawled out intoxicated and obstructing the sidewalks. They still do on occasion, but not nearly as bad as before.