Sen. Markey Addresses Opioid Crisis at Watertown Campaign Stop

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey speaks with Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan, right, and Town Council Vice President Vincent Piccirilli before an event in Watertown. Former State Rep. Rachel Kaprielian is standing next to Markey. Even as people face a pandemic, U.S. Sen. Edward Markey said another epidemic continues to threaten the health of people in Watertown, Massachusetts and across the nation: opioid addiction. The Democrat attracted to a few dozen supporters (and a couple detractors passing by on Main Street) to a campaign event at a balmy Saltonstall Park on Monday afternoon. Markey recalled how in 2014 he was in Taunton to address a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event and when he asked the Town Manager what the biggest problem in town was, he was told that they were having a rash over overdoses.

Middlesex DA Marian Ryan Visiting Senior Center to Warn About Winter Scams

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will speak at the Watertown Senior Center about avoiding scams.

Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan will spread awareness about winter scams when she visits the Watertown Senior Center this month. The event will be on Jan. 30, 2019, at 10 a.m. at the Senior Center, 31 Marshall St., Watertown. This forum will educate participants about common scams that target senior citizens during the winter months. Scam-related topics include:

Home HeatingSnow RemovalRoof ServiceChimney CleaningFurnace CleaningVehicle MaintenanceTree Service

Please call to register, 617-972-6490.

District Attorney Ryan Shares Tips for Seniors to Avoid Scams

Seniors should be wary of people targeting them for “crimes of opportunity, Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan said when she visited the Watertown Senior Center last week to talk about scams.

She warned seniors that scams come in all shapes and sizes, and the criminals can be quite clever and they target older people. “If you live in Massachusetts and you are a senior you are much less likely to be the victim of a crime. You are not out at 3 a.m. and I assume you do not have a lot of friends in a gang,” Ryan said. “But another thing is also true. You are as liable as anyone to be the victim of a crime of opportunity.”