ABOUT TOWN: National Grid Leaving Stoughton in the Dark
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A belated Happy Birthday to Beth Ross, a self-employed social worker, who lives and works in Stoughton. Beth, a graduate of Simmons College and the mother of two, celebrated her birthday yesterday.
NOT DANCING IN THE DARK: Thanks to NATIONAL GRIDlock and COMCAST, many of us are still sitting in the dark, with no internet, TV or phone.
For those of us who tried to speak to people from either company, we were frequently sent to voice mail.
Behind the scenes yesterday, Town Manager Frank Crimmins went into action. After seeing the number of customers without power unchanged from the night before, he began a campaign to put intense pressure on National Grid.
“Monday we were given information and promises by them. Tuesday, we saw the information was different. We understand it was a storm that downed many trees and power lines.
"We were disagreeing with National Grid on their appointment of assets. We wanted our share. Luckily for us, someone very close to the Governor lives in Stoughton. He got the ball rolling.”
Police Chief Paul Shastany, Acting Fire Chief Mark Dolloff and DPW Superintendent John Batchelder were all superb among the mess left behind from Tropical Storm Irene.
Those of us without power won’t forget this week. Let’s hope the power is restored well before the estimate of September 4 at midnight announced by National Gridlock. I’ll have more on this when I actually get on my computer and get to write.
BUSINESSES IN THE DARK: Looks like lots of Stoughton dining establishments or convenient stores were without power (as of tuesday night) like Bob's Foodmart and the adjacent Dunkin Donuts, New Store on the Block, Zachary's and Stelios.
The owners of Chinatown, which has also been without power, wanted to pass along this message to their customers:
Cobbs Corner's Chinatown Restaurant is closed due to the power outage created by Tropical Storm Irene. Owners Lisa and William Wong wanted customers to know that when they re-open, they can asure you that they will once again be serving the HIGHEST QUALITY, FRESHEST foods around.
Chinatown has always been shiny clean (with an open kitchen so you can see for yourself!) They hope to be open soon to welcome you back.
Unfortunately, even their phones are down with the power outage. So, call before you try to go.