Outdoor watering is allowed for Southwick DPW water customers on designated days only (one day a week -- varying by location) BEFORE 9 A.M. and AFTER 5 P.M. Last week's newspaper had the times correct at the end of the story, but transposed the numbers at the top of the story on page 1. ... See MoreSee Less
In case you missed this message from the police last week, or our story in The Southwick News on Friday (still available free on newsstands) ... a reminder to everyone that the Nationals are back this weekend and heavy traffic is expected Saturday on Powder Mill Road and main roads in and out of town. We'll have more motocross preview coverage in the July 8 edition of The Southwick News. ... See MoreSee Less
On Saturday July 9, 2016 the Southwick Moto-X 338 on Powder Mill Road is once again hosting the AMA Lucas Oil National Motocross event. This is very large event that has the potential of attracting more than 10, 000 spectators.
Chief of Police David Ricardi and other town officials have been working diligently with the Moto-X promoters to make this event go as smoothly as possible. Chief Ricardi has overseen many National events throughout the years and has devised the best possible plan of action in regards to traffic and other problems that may arise with event of this magnitude.
The day of the event there will be numerous police officers and medical services on and around the grounds of the Moto-X. Additional officers will be brought in to assist our department with traffic and other safety concerns. Along with police officers, traffic signs will be posted at intersections directing spectators to and from the event including the different parking areas. Once the event is over, Powder Mill Road will be split in the middle, designating one way traffic north and one way traffic south to move traffic in a quick but safe manner. Once again, traffic signs and police officers will be clearly posted at several intersections along each and every route.
The event itself will be on Saturday July 9, 2016 and this is the day the town will be experiencing heavy traffic issues. If you can avoid this area, please do so. There will be extra activity in the area both the day before and after the Saturday event. As some are very excited about the return of the National to Southwick, there are others that are not. Chief Ricardi is respectfully asking the community’s patience and cooperation throughout the weekend. Regular police, fire and medical services will NOT be interrupted during this event. Regular everyday staffing is in place to cover the town before, during and after this event.
SPECTATORS: If you are planning on attending this event please, EXPECT TRAFFIC DELAYS! Make sure you allow yourself enough time to get to the event. The Southwick Police Department is asking you to please obey all traffic laws, signs and police officers while trying to reach your destination. The traffic plans that are being implemented have been proven to the best possible course of action in getting you both in and out quickly and as safely as possible, however, your patience and cooperation is imperative to make the plan work. Please be respectful to the homes and residence in and around the area of this event.
Due to Massachusetts State Laws and Regulations, alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed to be brought onto the grounds. Security personnel will be at entry checkpoints checking coolers and all alcoholic beverages will be confiscated or you will not be allowed on the grounds; NO EXCEPTIONS!!! Alcoholic beverages will be sold at different concession stands along with food and other beverages throughout the grounds of the Moto-X. Coolers with food, water and other non-alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Weather conditions are not known at this time, however, in past years and being July, temperatures are most likely going to be on the warm/hot side. Please prepare for all weather conditions. DOGS/PETS Ladies and gentlemen, although there is no rule that does not permit dogs/pets, please leave your dogs and other pets at home. The Moto-X grounds will be extremely crowded and it is not the best place for your pets. In the past, police officers have located dogs locked in hot cars while parked in the fields and other locations. This treatment of the dog is cruel and inhumane. If a dog or other pets is located in a parked vehicle, your vehicle will be entered and the animal will be taken out of the vehicle and transported to a safe location; the owner will be responsible for all fees and fines. Rolling all the windows down a few inches DOES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! Temperatures inside a vehicle with the windows down on an 85 degree day can exceed 130+ degrees in a matter of 10-15 minutes. PLEASE LEAVE YOUR DOGS/PETS HOME!!!
Once again, your patience and cooperation is imperative to make this day go as smoothly and safely as possible.
Please help the Southwick Police Department welcome the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross circuit to our town. Have a safe and enjoyable time.
UPDATE: We've been informed by track officials that dogs and pets are NOT allowed this year, so again, please leave your dogs and other pets at home where they will be safe and sound........Thank you, see ya next weekend!!!!
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