Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Trick-or-treating is still on in Norton.
Despite damage caused by Hurricane Sandy, Norton officials have deemed it safe enough to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. “I think Halloween is a go,” said Norton Fire Chief Paul Schleicher. “Parents should remind the children to stay away from any lines that might still be down,” he added. As of Tuesday afternoon, all roads in Norton are open. However, approximately 1,200 customers are still without power. National Grid has been working on transmission and public safety issues and will be restoring electricity as soon as possible. Schleicher has hopes that power will be restored to some areas during the day tomorrow.
Your Patch Facts for the day.
Five Things You Need to Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section. 1. Halloween Happenings EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton will welcome back longtime historical presenter Pat Perry for a Halloween show at 2:30 p.m. Perry is a historical interpreter and re-enactor from Sneak Peek Productions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 508-285-3355. Halloween is the theme of today’s second-chance story time at Norton Public Library 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Stories, songs and fun for all ages! 2. Junior Volunteers awarded Sturdy Memorial Hospital recently honored …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Monday, October 29, 2012
As predicted earlier, Sandy's most severe wind-lashing is expected this evening, as the hurricane makes landfall in New Jersey.
After a day where thousands of New Englanders have lost power, roads and buildings have been flooded and winds-and-rain have lashed everyone, we're just on the verge of the worst of it. Forecasters have been warning that Monday evening would be New England's moment of most severe intensity for Sandy. That prediction seems to be right on-target. "Like a large nor'easter on steroids" According to Accuweather forecasters, Hurricane Sandy is poised for a New Jersey landfall any moment now. Those same Accuweather forecasters are calling Sandy a "Northeast catastrophe unfolding." "Conditions will deteriorate through the day Monday with the worst of the storm spreading inland Monday night into Tuesday," says Accuweather. That means the driving …
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Norton Public Schools closed Monday, Oct. 29.
Due to the arrival of Hurricane Sandy, many municipal and commercial buildings in Norton will be closing up shop. Here is a list of what's closed, cancelled and other important information for Monday. Know of any other openings or closings? Leave a comment below. Cancelled Town Meeting- Postponed for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1 Mega Business Expo- Originally scheduled for Oct. 30, this event has been postponed to Nov. 14, 3 to 7 p.m. Trunk or Treat: Originally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 31 at New Testament Christian School, this event has been rescheduled for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Closed Town Hall- Will close at noon Monday. Attleboro District Court- Will close at noon today and reopen at noon tomorrow. MBTA- Will shut down at…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The governor said Hurricane Sandy could hit Sunday night and linger into Wednesday.
Gov. Deval Patrick has declared a state of emergency and held a press conference Saturday afternoon to update to the public about how the state is preparing for the impact of Hurricane Sandy. Sandy is currently a category 1 hurricane rolling up the Atlantic and is expected to turn northwest Sunday afternoon. Impact on New England from the storm is expected by Sunday night and could linger until Wednesday. "While we continue to hope for the best, we are planning for the worst," Patrick said. There may be coastal flooding, severe beach erosion, damaging winds, widespread power outages, and possibly 5 inches or more of rain. "This afternoon I declared a state of emergency commonwealth-wide," Patrick said. "This enables us to cut through some…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Norton prepares for hurricane, sets storm date for Town Meeting to Nov. 1.
Town Meeting, weather permitting, is still set for Monday night at 7 p.m. at the Norton Middle School. The latest track of Hurricane Sandy has the storm pushing farther west according to this morning’s meteorologist reports. The National Hurricane Center has the center of the storm going either into Southern New Jersey or Delaware. If it moves north before going inland, it would bring wind and rain Monday afternoon through Tuesday with wind gusts of 40-60 mph with up to 5 inches of rain. Power outages would be likely. In the event of a bad storm that knocks out power, it will be rescheduled to Thursday. “If it’s just rainy and we have some wind, but we still have power, we will still have Town Meeting,” said Kimball. Town Meeting …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Emergency Management Agency urges residents to make survival kits, gives tips on preparing for storms.
As townspeople wade through the last weeks of the long hot summer, it’s easy to forget the discomfort and frustration of last year’s storm season, where a freak snowstorm in October and the wrath of Hurricane Irene combined to create mountains of debris, closed roads, and days without power for almost everyone in the area. Fire Chief Paul Schleicher and Raymond Cord of the Emergency Management Agency urged residents at Thursday’s selectmen’s meeting to be aware that the hurricane season has in fact begun. Schleicher recalled selectwoman Mary Steele’s recommendation at the “after-action meeting” following the Hurricane Irene debacle that residents need to take more responsibility for their own welfare. He noted FEMA (the federal emergency…
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Sharing in neighboring municipal light plants not as "bright" an idea as might first appear.
Norton selectmen recently expressed interest in possibly joining with neighboring communities to share in their municipal electric utilities. Both Mansfield and Taunton have their own municipal light plants, and several selectmen have wondered if this might be an area where some cost-savings and better service might be found. Kudos to the board for thinking in the regionalization vein, even though they recently dumped all over the concept of regional public safety dispatching for reasons that were more parochial than practical. It certainly hurts nothing and no one to look into the possibility of buying power from one of these communities, or even becoming something of a “partner” in the utility. But honestly, the power regionalization …