Press Release

Jan 3, 2017

Sheriff Evangelidis to be sworn in Jan. 5

By: Telegram.com/Worcester 12/30/2016

SHREWSBURY – Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis will be sworn into office for his second six-year term Jan. 5.

The inaugural ceremony, which is open to the public, will be held at St. John’s High School, 378 Main St., beginning at 6 p.m.

The oath of office will be administered by Lt. Gov. Karyn E. Polito. A reception with light refreshments will follow. Space is limited. RSVP is required at 508-796-2638 or at dostiguy@worcestercountysheriff.org.

The 55-year-old Rutland resident was first elected to the office on Nov. 2, 2010, after serving in the Legislature eight years. He was unopposed in the November 2016 election. Mr. Evangelidis also practiced law for over 20 years and served as an assistant state attorney in Miami-Dade County in Florida, and assistant district attorney for Suffolk County in Boston.

 

Oct 18, 2016

Sheriff’s Office K9 Maya received Gift of Protective Vest

Press Release from the Office of

Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis

​Sheriff’s Office K9 Maya Receives Gift of Protective Vest

West Boylston – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office announced today its K9 Maya, a two year old single purpose trailing bloodhound, has received her bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from the non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Maya’s vest was sponsored by the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2015 “Santa Paws and Grinch” fundraiser hosted by Especially for Pets in Medway, MA and is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of K9’s Molly and Adam”.

Officer Peter Campo has been Maya’s handler since January 2015. Together they work out of the Worcester County Sheriff’s Department where they are trained to conduct missing persons searches, criminal apprehensions and routinely assists local communities in active searches.

“Maya is now safer on the job, thanks to her bullet and stab resistant vest donated by Vested Interest. We’re grateful to Vested Interest in K9s for facilitating this donation for Maya, as well as the community members that attended the fundraising event that made the donation possible.” said WCSO Officer Peter Campo.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Thenon-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 2,000 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a cost of over 1.7 million dollars. All vests are custom made in the USA by Armor Express in Central Lake, MI.

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

The donation to provide one protective vest for a-law enforcement K9 is $1,050.00. Each vest has a value between $1,795 – $2,234 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000-law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

“The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office is very appreciative of the Vested Interest in K9s Organization for their generous donation of a bullet and stab protective vest for our K9 Maya. Our K9’s work very hard each day facing challenging situations and keeping us safe, it’s extremely important we do all we can to help keep them safe in the line of duty.” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis.

Oct 15, 2016

Sheriff & Ski Mountain Team Up for Annual Winter Coat Drive

​Over 3,000 New & Lightly Used Winter Coats, Scarfs & Mittens to be Distributed

Princeton – On a beautiful Fall day while standing at the base of Wachusett Mountain along side many community partners, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis announced the kickoff of the 2016 Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive for Worcester County. The Sheriff’s Coat Drive is annual event that provides new or lightly used winter coats to families in need throughout Worcester County and is a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office of Community Corrections, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association, Warmer Winters of Leominster, Rutland Women’s Knitting Club, Twin City Cleaners of Dudley & Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg.

“Last year the Sheriff’s Winter Coat Drive was a great success, providing over 3,000 new and lightly used winter jackets to families in need throughout Worcester County. Today with the kickoff of the 2016 Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive and with the help of our tremendous community partners, we are determined to surpass that goal.” Evangelidis continued “As many families continue to struggle, coat donations are needed more than ever. It is very important to do all we can to help those who may be less fortunate and providing an adequate winter jacket can be of great help during the cold winter months.” said the Sheriff.

This year’s winter coat drive received a huge boost during the kickoff announcement with a donation from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area of over 1,500 winter coats. “With today’s donation of over 1,500 winter jackets from Wachusett Mountain Ski Area & the Crowley Family, we are well on our way to having a very successful coat drive that will be able to help so many families. We cannot thank them them enough for their overwhelming generosity.” said Evangelidis.

“It’s an honor for us to be part of the Sheriff’s Coat Drive each year. The families who come to our ski swap are so happy to see the ski jackets and coats they no longer use go to such a wonderful cause, it’s great to help out.” said Carolyn Crowley Stimpson, Vice President Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

This year winter coat donations will be provided to the Gardner Community Action Center, Our Father’s House of Fitchburg, Cleghorn & Spanish American Centers of Leominster, St. John’s Food Program for the Poor, The Friendly House & Veteran’s Inc of Worcester, Also scheduled to receive coats are Rutland Food Pantry, Saint Anne’s Food Pantry of Shrewsbury, Tradewinds, Catholic Charities and the Arc of Hope of Southbridge as well as many other charitable organizations throughout the region.

The Sheriff’s Coat Drive will be ongoing now through the end of November, donations of new or lightly used winter jackets may be dropped off at the Fitchburg Office of Community Corrections at 19 Fairmont Place – Fitchburg, the Gardner Museum, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, Hannaford Supermarkets of Lunenburg & Leominster, Lundgren Honda of Auburn, Planet Fitness of Leominster, Hearing & Balance Center of New England, Holden Senior Center, Oriol Healthcare, The Overlook, Care One, Herlihy Insurance, Unum Insurance, Austin Liquors of Shrewsbury, Chick-Fil-A of Westborough, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Regional Resource Center at 562 Main St – Webster, Twin City Cleaners of Dudley & Independent Cleaners of Fitchburg or scheduled for pick up by calling 508-796-2638.

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Sheriff & Ski Mountain Team Up for Annual Winter Coat Drive.
The Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive kicked off at the base of Wachusett Mountain on Friday, October 14th along with Sheriff Evangelidis were representatives of Wachusett Mountain, coat drive volunteers & community partners. Wachusett Mountain Ski Area donated the first 1,500 coats to the Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive which will go on to distribute over 3,000 winter jackets to families in need during the first week of December.


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Sheriff & Ski Mountain Team Up for Annual Winter Coat Drive. Pictured from left to right Reserve Deputy Ellen Savickas of Paxton, Carolyn Crowley Stimpson Vice President Wachusett Mountain Ski Area and Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. Wachsett Mountain Ski Area donated the first 1,500 coats to the Sheriff’s Annual Winter Coat Drive which will go on to distribute over 3,000 winter jackets to families in need during the first week of December.

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Sep 19, 2016

Doing thyme, inmate farming program harvests food for the community Sheriff makes special delivery to Webster-Dudley Food Share

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Pictured left to right are WCSO Officer Bryan Almstrom, Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis, volunteer Luke Dery, Webster Dudley Food Share Vice President Mary Jane Sullivan, Board Member Vincent Silvestre & President James Alkire. A special delivery of fresh vegetables were recently donated by Sheriff Evangelidis to the food share program that were grown by sheriff’s inmate farming program located at the Worcester County Jail & House of Correction

Webster – The Worcester County Sheriff’s Office announced its 5th Organic Farming Season is well under way. Tended to by inmate labor and located on a 12 acre parcel of jail land, the farm is maintained and sustained all for under a thousand dollars. Recently, Sheriff Evangelidis stopped by the Webster Dudley Foodshare to deliver fresh organic produce grown by the inmate farming program including green beans, summer squash, zucchini & potatoes. In addition to the Webster delivery, over 5,000 pounds of fresh prison produce have already been distributed to dozens of local food banks, veteran groups and food pantries throughout Worcester County. “It’s a tremendous program that teaches inmates skills and feeds the community.” said Evangelidis.

Staff from the Webster Dudley Food Share were happy to receive the Sheriff’s donation as well. “Our mission is to do whatever it takes to ensure members of our community don’t go hungry. We are open 52 weeks a year, twice a week to help feed all that need it and today’s delivery of fresh vegetables is a tremendous help. We can’t thank the Sheriff and his team enough for this generous produce donation.” said Webster Dudley Food Share President James Alkire.

“For us, jail farming is a growing trend that helps so many. Inmates learn new skills and a sense of self-worth and dignity that comes from a day of farming work at the same time local food banks and those in need in our community benefit as well.” said the Sheriff.

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