Thursday, November 17, 2011
Town and Council on Aging to aid seniors with brush removal.
The Foxborough Selectmen’s meeting opened on Tuesday with an impromptu discussion on the town dealing with fallen trees and limbs from the October snowstorm. Foxborough resident Debbie Stewart began the discussion by asking if there is an update on National Grid’s plan for future snowstorms. Town Manager Kevin Paicos said, “I haven’t heard a word,” and added, “I’m not naïve enough to think I will." Paicos said the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities has begun their investigation into National Grid’s response to both Tropical Storm Irene and the October snowstorm. He believes the investigation is, “not gonna lead to anything all that dramatic." Paicos said he was told by National Grid in September that they will have a new program…
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Selectmen vote to petition the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to open an investigation into National Grid's actions during Tropical Storm Irene.
Following Tuesday night's board of selectmen and National Grid Q&A at Foxborough High School, which drew hundreds of Foxborough residents, was a vote taken by selectmen, 5-0, to petition the Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to open an investigation into National Grid's actions taken when the entire town lost power for multiple days after Tropical Storm Irene. Foxborough selectmen, Town Manager Kevin Paicos, Rep. Jay Barrows, R-Mansfield, and Sen. James Timilty, D-Walpole were unanimous in their criticism and expressed frustration equal to town residents Tuesday, who expressed serve dissatisfaction with National Grid services. Selectmen are asking DPU to investigate and bring down financial penalties on the company due to their lack of …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Take our poll on Tuesday night's selectmen meeting with National Grid.
*Work week updates: For real time traffic updates, click here. National Weather Service is predicting patchy fog before 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 66. 1. The Foxborough Board of Selectmen held a public question and answer session at Foxborough High School Tuesday to voice their extreme disappointment in National Grid’s lack of response to the power outage in town during the "Halloween" storm. Click here to read a short recap and to take our poll. 2. Want to make your voice heard on power restoration efforts? Contact your local state representative and tell them to pass bill 869. 3. On Wednesday, Nov. 9, FEMA, DHS and FCC will conduct the first national test of the Nationwide Emergency Alert System (EAS) test. This nationwide…
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Today's poll asks, "what is the first thing you did when the power came back on?"
A record breaking October snowstorm caused widespread power outages throughout Massachusetts, including Foxborough. At the peak of the storm, Foxborough saw 91 percent of the town without power. A mere two months before what has been dubbed by the media, "snowtober," Foxborough experienced another town-wide power outage during Tropical Storm Irene. What was the first thing you did when the power finally came back on? Take our poll!
A letter concerning National Grid, tree trimming and Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
*The following is a letter to the editor. I think the townspeople should know that late last week when National Grid was in town trimming trees around power lines, they left as many as 25 branches in my front yard. When I called National Grid to ask why they didn't pick up the branches, I was told it was not regular maintenance and the cleanup was at my own expense. Well, a number of branches further up the street, but still part of my property, had been taken away. So I called the Highway Department and found out that the Town of Foxbough had to clean up after National Grid. Of course, this is paid out of the Town's property taxes and is an absolute disgrace. Those branches were big enough telling me they didn't start growing in the …
Monday, November 7, 2011
Representatives from National Grid will attend Foxborough's Nov. 8 Board of Selectmen meeting.
Monday, November 7, 2011
The Foxborough Board of Selectmen are encouraging Foxborough residents and businesses to attend their meeting at the Foxborough High School Auditorium Tuesday Night, Nov. 8 at 7:00pm. Representatives from National Grid will be there to answer questions and listen to concerns. The latest town-wide power outage needs to be strongly addressed by the Foxborough community. An effective way to help assure that this does not happen for a third time is to participate. Following Hurricane Irene, Foxborough held a similar town meeting and unfortunately it was not well attended. Foxborough now has a second opportunity. Foxborough student leaders are providing free babysitting at the school to make it easier for parents to participate. Foxborough …
Saturday, November 5, 2011
Foxborough safety officials, residents and the business community stepped in to help out during the power outage.
The town of Foxborough continues to clean up from October's record-breaking snowstorm. At the peak of the storm, 91 percent of Foxborough was left powerless. "We've got elderly people and sick people who will die without power. Over 25% of our population is over 60. This is about safety. As winter closes in this is about survival. There needs to be real action by this State into evaluating options how to ensure this does not happen again," said resident Robert Gillis. With neighbors in mind, Foxborough safety officials, residents and the business community stepped in to help out. "Warm-up and recharge at Gillette Stadium for Foxborough residents who remain without power - Free hot drinks, soft drinks and light snacks will be available, as…
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Invensys in Foxborough is sponsoring a "Community Day of Caring" around town today.
*Work week updates: For real time traffic updates, click here. National Weather Service is predicting sunny skies with a high near 55. West wind between 3 and 10 mph. 1. Foxborough is closer than ever to 100 percent back with power, with National Grid reporting late Wednesday night that 38 customers are still without power. Thursday will be focused on individual outages. If you are a resident without power and the rest of your area has power, let the town know, as that is what they will be working today. (The number to Foxborough Fire Department's office 508-543-1238). A reminder that the town will only pick up tree limbs that originated in or near the town right of way. They will not pick up private property trees/limbs. Join the …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
90 percent of Foxborough is back up with power.
91 percent of the town was left without electric power from Saturday, Oct. 29 through Oct. 31. As of 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, 92 percent of Foxborough is back up and running. With the additional number of National Grid and tree crews in town, as of Tuesday morning the number of customers still without power in Foxborough was slashed dramatically - currently 475 customers out of 7,816 are without power. According to National Grid representative Steve Brady, most residents are expected to get their power back by Wednesday night, with a few areas of "isolated" issues that may take longer. National Grid encourages residents to continue to report their outages. Surrounding areas that are also waiting on power restoration from National Grid include…
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
State Rep. Jay Barrows says he is in constant contact with local officials and electric company management.
*The following is a statement from State Representative F. Jay Barrows (R-Mansfield). Foxboro and Noron residents affected by the power outage, please know that I am in constant contact with local officials and electric company management to help all I can towards resuming power as soon as possible. Spent yesterday at shelter at Burrell School in Foxboro and inspecting damaged areas. Thank you to the local volunteers helping with food and shelter and to the residents for your patience on this frustrating situation. For and information and to view his Facebook page, click here.