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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.

kk August 31, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Well, it didn't seem to stop you from partying hard @ Ernie Boch, Jr's Summer Fling party, did it? yeah, National Grid is not the finest or the fastest, but we're stuck with them so complaining in light of Irene's enormous scope is like p*ssing in the wind, Mark. Inconvenienced, aggravated, disappointed, impatient and more, National Grid has Stoughton by the *@#& and there isn't any solution short of venting hot air.
Mitchell Koffman August 31, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Maybe this incident will get the discussion started as to having Stoughton manage its own power, like Braintree or Mansfield. There are probably other towns as well. This is not something crazy and we can learn what they did to minimize any missteps.
Jeanne August 31, 2011 at 02:03 PM
one more reason to move out of town, there was looting in my neighborhood during the storm or should I say "the hood"
Keri August 31, 2011 at 03:08 PM
All of you people should just stop your complaining because National grid workers have been working their asses off to get your power back. My husband works for Natioanl Grid and has not been home since Friday!!!! While you all get to sit home on your couches in the dark they are working 24 hours a day! Be patient!!!
Mitchell Koffman August 31, 2011 at 03:25 PM
I do not believe that people are upset with the field crews, its the calamity of errors by the central admin in both getting information to customers and most likely lack of coordination with the crews. If this storm truly caused outages worse than Hurricane Bob as the Nat Grid CEO claims, the response should have been greater and more planning ( ie having crews from outside of the region on the standby earlier so that they'ed be ready to go Monday instead of Wednesday). If power was out to all of Stoughon I would feel differently, but since the start, the center has had power as had the top of my street. So it feels strange as to why so much of the town is dark.
Jon August 31, 2011 at 04:09 PM
The CEO needs to step down so they can place a poop slinging monkey is his place so we can so power on !!!
Longtime Resident August 31, 2011 at 08:04 PM
Well National Grid told me 6pm today. NG guy in a non-working truck just told my neigbor not today. Do any of these people know what they are doing? I am not upet by the line workers but I am upset by the lack of communication on many levels. I checked out the town website earlier - no useful info there. I hope people are checking on their elderly neigbors.
RueCler August 31, 2011 at 08:34 PM
The lack of clear communication is maddening. What will Stoughton do to avoid this from happening again - this fall in another storm or this winter? Please don't put the town in this situation again. Can we mandate tree branch trimming so they aren't so close to the wires? Or SOME preventive measures rather than just waiting to react, slowly, again next time a bad storm hits? Let's please learn something from this unpleasant week in Stoughton.
JO August 31, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Where are they working Keri? Not in Stoughton...haven't seen a national grid truck at all. There too busy over at Patriot Place making sure Kraft can have his f@$ing football game...No one was attacking your husband personally so why don't you sit on your couch and chill.
DJ August 31, 2011 at 09:41 PM
This is not to make you all feel worse, but I have National Grid, live in Stoughton and had restored power by 6 on Sunday. I still receive nightly status messages and I consider myself lucky. Friends in Walpole, Medway, Dover, Sherborn, Foxboro all still out. So, though I may be one of the lucky few, Stoughton is not alone nor special.
DJ August 31, 2011 at 09:42 PM
Natick, Wrentham, Reading...........there all over.
Keri September 01, 2011 at 12:07 AM
Jo, sounds like you are the one who needs to chill. And actually I am pretty psyched because I have tickets for the patriots game! So I will be having a great time! Thanks! I was just trying to say be appreciative for the hardworking men and women of National Grid!
Fiscal Conservative September 01, 2011 at 12:32 AM
Go Pats!!!!!!!!!!
lowertaxes September 01, 2011 at 12:38 AM
Keri, while you are off enjoying the game I hope you take a minute to think about all the poor people in Foxboro who are without power and are worrying about 70000 people coming into a town with no working traffic lights, no lights in their homes and no police to patrol they they are all directing traffic at Gillette. So be pretty psyched at other people's misery.
Keri September 01, 2011 at 01:00 AM
Wow! How did this become a personal attack against me. I am also out of power so I feel other people's misery. I certainly sympathize with people who are in the same boat!!!!
tina September 01, 2011 at 02:57 AM
WOW...why don't you all check this little link out and stop your bellyaching about how other people do a job that YOU HAVE HAD NO TRAINING IN. There is protocol, there are priorities, there is also the safety of the men working with ELECTRICITY. http://www.nationalgridus.com/masselectric/storm/faq.asp ....all you people complaining are UNBELIEVABLE. Im sure you have all gotten in your cars and driven down EVERY street, to EVERY building and made a visit to EVERY home in EVERY corner of Stoughton....that must be the reason why you KNOW for a fact that NO National Grid trucks have been seen ANYWHERE in Stoughton? HMMmmmm. Sounds ridiculous. I have seen A MANY National Grid trucks working in SEVERAL locations in Stoughton and I had lost my power from Sunday morning until 4pm Tuesday...Might I ADD that I have 3 young children who NEVER ONCE compained about not having electricity the way some of these people are. NOT TO MENTION My husband is IN AFGHANISTAN and I have been a wreck worrying about not hearing from him because the ONLY way we communicate is through internet...SO ALL YOU people who feel you have LEGITIMATE reasons to complain or harrass other people take a look in the mirror. I hear nothing but whiney spoiled little brats who can't get access to tweet or update their status on Fb. Say what you will about my post-make your snide little remarks about everyone in the comfort of you homes...you can't change the fact that the complaining sounds juvenile. It is what it is.
Jon September 01, 2011 at 12:31 PM
Protocall that's what you call 4 trucks pulling in my carling lot within one houre and telling me 6 pm some time tonight ,I thought u where already on and te best one your not a priority I have to go put the traffic lights on before the game so it's safe for them. You think we are just belleyeacking we are just sick of being lied to 3 times. in one houre. I'm not that bitter of a person I just hate morons . On a lighter note
Jon September 01, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Thank your husband for everything he is doing. And the reason I want power so ba is so I can warm up my infant daughters bottles !!:/
Jeffrey Pickette (Editor) 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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