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2nd Edition: An Award for National Grid CEO? (And More…)

Welcome to "About Town with Mark Snyder," a column that will keep you up to the minute with what's what, who's who and what's going on around town. If you see or hear something we could use here, let us know by sending an e-mail to pmpco@aol.com.

NATIONAL GRIDLOCK CEO WINS AWARD?  I thought it was a joke. Massachusetts President Marcy Reed will receive an award for "Outstanding Achievement in the Workplace" from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. 

That's the equivalent to the Stoughton Chamber honoring the MBTA for shuttering our historic train station. 

Now, Marcy Reed was very polite to me when I grilled her after Tropical Storm Irene knocked out our electricity for close to a week. Her excuses were weak, and she was in Hawaii as the storm approached in August. 

I wrote many stories about ""-- enough that I was hissed and cursed by National Grid workers on the street.

Paul Gizzi and the Greater Boston Chamber should really be ashamed of themselves.  If the award was for women achieving heights in the business community, it would be deserved. 

But, what kind of "workplace" has Reed created?  She laid off so many workers that not enough help was available to restore power needed by the communities. So, people were left in the dark, and companies were forced to shut down, leaving employees without work and paychecks.

And, the workers that WERE out there, working off their tails, were fighting an ocean tide with a pail and shovel. 

Reed deserves no award, and the citizens of Stoughton--and Greater Boston--deserve better. 

As for some REAL awards, the will present THEIR awards on January 9th at their Annual Meeting at the . 

The event is hosted by Stoughton Town Manager . and will feature guest speaker former Patriots QB Steve Grogan.  I'll have an article on the award winners very shortly! 

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HAPPY CHANUKAH TONGHT!  Don't forget to drop off those gifts to About Town. 

Seriously, Tuesday is the .   Shaloh House Chabad will hold lighting ceremonies every night of Chanukah at 6 p.m. at the Eight Foot High Menorah at Cobb Corner located at the

This Menorah has become a holiday landmark along with the Menorah across the road.  Hosts of people stop by to join the lighting; even harsh weather conditions of wind or snow will not deter the passerby’s from participating.

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY to: Stoughton's favorite Private Investigator Jim Lindelof, a former owner of Stoughton Coffee House, with his wife Chu Li; To SHS Grad & Stoughton Resident Cheryl Murphy Walker; to Tricia Whiffin of Trillium Asset Management Corporation; and to Stoughton's Howard Harris.

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