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ABOUT TOWN: National Grid Leaving Stoughton in the Dark

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.

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 , 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 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 and the adjacent , , and .

The owners of Chinatown, which has also been without power, wanted to pass along this message to their customers:

Cobbs Corner's 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.

Jeffrey Pickette September 01, 2011 at 02:06 PM
Mark Snyder told me Stelios and Elite Fitness are now open again and have power.
stacey September 02, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Yay 4 u Keri! People don't get it!!!! All you people should be grateful to not have ben injured or have died in the storm! They're are alot of people still out of power and I have nstar- have ben out for 5 days. Light a few candles and relax! Its not life threatening! The workers are doing the best they can and my boyfriend also has ben working around the clock for national grid and has been coming home to no power! It is not the end of the world!!!! Stop bitchin!
Fiscal Conservative September 02, 2011 at 11:39 AM
As bad as this situation may seem to be, it just goes to show how soft WE have all become. For some, they cannot survive w/o the technological advances of the last 30 - 40 yrs. Some seem to forget that until the turn of the last century, none of these existed & people survived very well, even prospered. Complaining seems to be a way of life for many when they can have their "stuff". For the first 150 yrs our country flourished because we were "self reliant" & did for ourselves. I'm willing to guess that most couldn't survive what our grandparents did in the 30's. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves, there are many who have life much worse than you have experienced over the last week. Many lost homes, possessions or family members.Get over your anger, self pity & selfishness.
Fiscal Conservative September 02, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Tina: Nice comment on your behalf. After my last post, I went back & read the comments. People have a right to complain, if they choose, but when they do it in an uncivil way by disguising 4 letter words or profanity, it goes goes to show how classless, WE, as a culture have become. Sorry to say, our society has fallen a long way when we allow this type of communication in all forms of media. I have never, and never will, lower myself to comment in this way. I have too much respect for myself to "speak" in this fashion. All credibility is lost when a person resorts to this type of language. A much stronger case, for their point of view can be made w/o foul language, whether spoken or written. So, to those who feel the need to speak/write this way. Your arguement has no validity once you lower yourself to this level. Again Tina, good post.
tina September 03, 2011 at 01:05 AM
Thank you, I appreciate your gratitude Jon; and I hope by now you have recieved power-I know very well how stressed your family must be. I hope your daughter didn't give you too much of a problem drinking cold formula/milk. Like I said, I have 3 young ones so I'm no stranger to what these inconvienances feel like. My youngest just turned 1. Where it would be ideal if NG had some sort of plan of action for residents who are disabled, have children under the age of one, who have medical conditions etc...the list could go on forever really with people who feel "they are a priority" I have seen it working in the ER...everyone feels "They should be treated differently". But when it comes down to it...even people who would be considered a "priority" would still have to wait in the end. We have all been spoiled really with instant gratifications...how people handle these minor inconvienances is what will stand out the most.(and this truly was minor-sometimes we have to think outside the box to continue on with daily living) I agree that perhaps NG or Nstar need to rethink their plan of actions-but I wouldn't say that going without power, for a week even, would constitute true devastation. As put by Fiscal Conservative-there are always others who have it far worse. We should all consider ourselves lucky if we didn't lose family members or our entire home. Smile. Life is only as bad you make it out to be. And Jon I agree...sometimes poop slinging monkeys could do a better job.

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