Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Dept. of Public Utilities has rescheduled its public hearing in Attleboro to Thursday, Dec.1.
The Massachusetts Dept. of Public Utilities has rescheduled its public hearing on the performance of the power companies following Tropical Storm Irene for tonight. The hearing, which was to be held in November, was cancelled because of power outages from the October Nor'easter. It has been rescheduled to Thursday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Attleboro High School. Along with comments or complaints about Tropical Storm Irene, the DPU will also accept comments about the October snow storm. The hearing comes after representatives from National Grid spoke with Norton selectmen and Fire Chief Paul Schleicher at Town Hall to discuss communication issues between the electric company and municipal officials during Irene. In addition, the DPU has …
Friday, September 30, 2011
Norton officials criticize National Grid response to tropical storm.
Selectmen and public safety officials are looking uneasily into the face of winter, hoping for no repeats of the power outages and near disasters tropical storm Irene brought to the town. Thursday, they told National Grid representatives in no uncertain terms they are expecting great improvements in both service and response time should another storm hit the Norton area. With more than 20 poles snapped or felled on N. Washington Street alone, wires in the road all over town and both Comcast and internet service wiped out along with the local cable access station, town residents and public safety were literally in the dark about what was going on. They couldn’t tell which wires were live and which were dead, and how long the power losses …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This is an abbreviated version of the Norton Fire Department log.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 4:12 p.m.: Harvey Street/John Scott Boulevard, EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 4:45 p.m.: 190 Mansfield Ave., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 5:24 p.m.: 50 Lincoln St., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 6:43 p.m.: 250 Mansfield Ave., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. Thursday, Aug. 18 8:45 a.m.: 7 J.F. Kennedy Drive, EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 9:55 a.m.: 46 Pleasant St., municipal alarm sounded. 10:11 a.m.: 55 Newland St., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 3:52 p.m.: 17 W. Main St., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 4:50 p.m.: Route 495 North, EMS call excluding …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Emergency preparation weaknesses to be studied.
Selectmen acknowledged last week that although Norton staff did everything possible to cope with Hurricane Irene, prolonged power outages and a lack of communication made life miserable for many. Perhaps the most distressing aspect of Norton's response to the storm was that power was out for days for the dozens of elderly citizens in the town's West Main Street senior citizen housing complex, and no backup plan was in evidence. "The people on our end did everything they could," said veteran board member Bob Kimball. He noted National Grid workers came in from all over the country to help get Norton's power back up, and said he knew they too had made sacrifices to be there. Pointing out 1,700 Wheaton students were also without electricity, …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Document all claims, and review policies, he suggests.
This weekend’s storm – Hurricane Irene – may not have been the epic weather event some experts predicted. But the combination of high winds and heavy rain did cause property damage from downed tree limbs and water. If your home or automobile sustained damage as a result of the storm, you may have a right to make a claim either against your homeowner’s or automobile insurance policy. If you have flood insurance, that may be applicable as well. If the damage was caused by a tree on someone else’s property, you may have a right to bring a claim against the neighbor. There are some basic things you should do when pursuing an insurance claim. First, make sure that you document carefully all items that are going to be the subject of a claim. …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Several roads blocked off by trees.
Thursday, Sept. 1 Rep. Barrows along with Town Officials have been talking at length about the problems with Cross Street, Johnson and Eisnor Drive areas of town. National Grid assures that this area is being addressed as quickly as possible. Wednesday, Aug. 31 10:26 p.m.: If you are without power in Norton or know someone who is call 508-285-3300. Over 95% of Norton has been restored. A brush dump has been opened on Harvey Street at the Water Department. It is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 10:51 a.m.: Wheaton College will start classes Thursday. 10:43 a.m.: 1,260 National Grid customers remain without power. For specific areas or problems, call 800-465-1212. 9:21 a.m.: Approximately 1700 National Grid customers remain without power. …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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Monday, August 29, 2011
Guidelines from the USDA.
For those Norton residents who lost their power on Sunday as the result of Tropical Storm Irene passing through town, and still remain without power, how long is the food stored in your refrigerator or freezer still safe to eat before you have to discard it? The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But, the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA …
All events will go on as scheduled, starting with Tuesday’s Red Sox Legends and & Friends Pro-Am.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Officials from the Deutsche Bank Championship, TPC Boston and the PGA TOUR announced today that the impact of Hurricane Irene on the golf course was minimal, and all events during Championship Week are expected to go on as scheduled. The Deutsche Bank Championship will be played Friday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 5 (Labor Day), with the Red Sox Legends & Friends Pro-Am scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 30 and the official Championship pro-am scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1. Damage to TPC Boston and temporary structures in place for the Championship was limited to a number of fallen trees and downed power lines. In advance of the storm, large temporary structures were reinforced and smaller temporary structures, as well as some signage and …