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5 Things, August 29: Stoughton's Town Hall Elevator Out of Service

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Stoughton's Town Hall Elevator Out of Service; Meet and Greet Scheduled with New Stoughton High Principal; Lessons Learned from Tropical Storm Irene; and more...

"Five Things you Need to Know Today" is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance.

1. Stoughton's Town Hall Elevator Out of Service

The elevator at Town Hall is out of service, Interim Town Manager Joseph Feaster said at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting. As a result, Tuesday's meeting was held in the community room of the Police Station.

The Town Hall is still open for business, however.

The damage is more significant than initially thought, Feaster said. It's not just fixing a few buttons or a pulley, he said - there is an oil leak which needs to be addressed.

An environmental company is coming to deal with the oil leak on Wednesday before a repair company can come to fix the elevator.

Because of the Town Hall roof project, residents are being asked to enter through the rear of the building in the basement, so patrons will not have access to an elevator for the time being to reach the first floor or any other floor, and will have to use the stairwell.

2. Meet and Greet Scheduled with New Stoughton High Principal

Parents, students, faculty and staff are invited to join the administration for a meet & greet Wednesday, August 29 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the SHS Media Center. It will be a chance to meet new principal Ms. Juliette Miller before the start of the school year.

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3. The 2012-2013 Stoughton Public Schools Calendar

The first day of the 2012-2013 school year in Stoughton for students in grades 1-12 is Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - just one weeks from today! Teachers (Unit A) and nurses report the day before, September 4. Kindergarten starts September 7.

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4. Lessons Learned from Tropical Storm Irene

In a recent press release, National Grid says it has implemented lessons learned from Tropical Storm Irene, which hit Massachusetts on August 28, 2011, knocking out power to hundreds of thousands of National Grid customers across the state, including almost 10,000 in Stoughton.

It took almost a week for all of Stoughton's power to be restored.

In the press release, National Grid said it has made service restoration improvements and has better communications in place at the one year anniversary of Irene.

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5. Chat Live with Congressional Candidates on Stoughton Patch

Republicans Matt Temperley and Joseph Selvaggi will face off in the September 6 primary election to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, a Democrat, in the 8th Congressional District.

Prior to the September 6 primary, take the chance to chat live with Temperley and Selvaggi right here on Stoughton Patch.

Temperley will be chatting on Thursday, August 30 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m.,  while Selvaggi will be chatting on Tuesday, September 4 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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