Wednesday, December 12, 2012
National Grid was fined nearly $19 million, the highest fine levied against utilities in Massachusetts.
The state on Tuesday ordered a total of $24.8 million in penalties to utility companies for their response to storms in 2011. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan joined Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Chairman Ann Berwick and DPU commissioners today to announce the findings of the DPU’s investigation into responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm. Provided the penalties hold up, customers should see a reduction in their bill, though it is unclear how much, officials said. National Grid faces the steepest penalty, at $18.725 million. NSTAR has been ordered to pay $4.075 million, while the Western Massachusetts Electric Company faces a $2 million penalty. National Grid told the …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
A year ago today Norwood was in the midst of Tropical Storm Irene - what do you remember most about the storm?
One year ago today, Tropical Storm Irene swept through the area - striking Norwood and the surrounding towns with strong rain and winds. Unlike some nearby towns, the storm damage in Norwood was limited to minor power outages, downed tree limbs and power lines, and some flooding. Police and fire rescued stranded motorists from their vehicles during the heavy rain the morning of August 29 under the Nahatan Street Bridge between Lenox Street and Broadway and on Pleasant Street between Sumner and Union streets. Other major flood locations were Hoyle Street near the Norwood Hospital Emergency entrance, Guild Street near Broadway, Central near East Vernon and Route 1 between Pleasant and Neponset streets. The other major hazard of the storm was…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
In time for the winter storms, DPW workers participated in a training designed to teach participants proper chainsaw usage and safety techniques.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Severe storms and the downed trees left in their wake this summer and fall have increased the need for professional training on one of the most formidable power tools used by municipal employees: chainsaws. In time for the winter storm season, municipal workers in Norwood participated in a chainsaw training seminar in October presented free of charge as a membership benefit by the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA), the town’s property and casualty insurance provider. This chainsaw training program, conducted by Tim Ard of Forest Applications Training Inc., is designed to teach participants proper chainsaw usage and safety techniques to help reduce preventable chainsaw accidents and injuries. It included chainsaw use …
Friday, October 21, 2011
Federal aid expands to Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Norfolk & Plymouth counties, according to a press release by Gov. Patrick's office.
Friday, October 21, 2011
Governor Deval Patrick announced Thursday that President Obama’s Administration has approved his request to expand the Major Disaster Declaration for Tropical Storm Irene to include Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Norfolk and Plymouth Counties in Massachusetts. Norwood is part of Norfolk County. This action makes assistance available to local communities, eligible private non-profit organizations and state agencies in the five additional counties impacted by the damaging winds and significant rainfall from Tropical Storm Irene. “I would like to thank President Obama and his team at FEMA for expanding disaster assistance here in the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. "This additional aid will help our communities recover from the damages …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Monday, August 29, 2011
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Breathing a little easier thanks to Norwood Light, fire and police.
“It’s a Norwood thing.” I’ll admit I was not quite as prepared for the arrival of Irene as I thought. Yes I made a quick trip to the grocery store Friday afternoon to pick up a few necessities. I made sure Joey’s pitch-back, his bicycle and scooter were safely put in the cellar Saturday morning and the soccer balls and wiffle ball bats that took up residence on our back deck all summer were placed back in their respective bins in the back hall so as to not become an airborne arsenal - potentially breaking an innocent neighbor's window. Patio chairs were folded and tucked away and the hanging plants on our front porch were placed in the back corner, safely on the ground. No one wants to see bright clusters of pink and white flowers in large…
Guidelines from the USDA.
For those Norwood 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…
Police, fire, public works and electric departments worked closely together to keep the town in one piece after the tropical storm hit Monday.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Irene as it was classified when it hit Norwood, the town's agencies have been working to keep residents safe and clear up any residual damage. Police spokesman Kevin Grasso said the Norwood Public Works, Light Department, Fire Department and Police Department worked very closely during the storm yesterday. "All agencies did an outstanding job to answer and respond to the numerous calls for service during the height of this storm," Grasso said in an email Monday morning. Police and fire rescued stranded motorists from their vehicles during the heavy rain Monday morning under the Nahatan Street Bridge between Lenox Street and Broadway and on Pleasant Street between Sumner and Union …
How many of you are still without power? How do you think the town and other agencies handled yesterday's storm?
We ask Norwood Patch readers a different question every weekday at noon. Questions could range from local decisions made by officials, to state issues, to national politics and entertainment. Whatever it is, we want to know what NORWOOD thinks! To answer, use our comments section below. The storm has come and gone, but not without leaving at least mild destruction in its wake. How do you think Norwood weathered the storm? Are you still waiting on repairs or clean up?