Friday, January 20, 2012
Now that snow has arrived – and more expected Saturday – we want to know … are you ready for it?
Medfield saw its second overnight snowfall this week when the white stuff coated the area Thursday night into Friday morning. But wait, there’s more …. the National Weather Service is calling for more snow in the area on Saturday. After what has been a uniquely mild winter to date – with the exception of October’s Nor’easter – the snow and colder temperatures are starting to make a consistent appearance in town midway through January. So Medfield, after the mild winter we have endured thus far, we want to know … Are you ready for winter? Have you stocked up on bread and milk from Shaw’s? Are you digging out the inflatable tubes and snow pants for a weekend of fun at Hospital Hill? Or are you bundling up and grabbing a shovel … asking for …
Sunday, November 6, 2011
A recap of this week's headlines.
It's finally the weekend, meaning you can sit back and catch up on some Patch. Here's a recap of the week that was in case you missed any headlines: This week’s most-read story was about three Medfield students who exercised their Civil Rights in the form of an “Occupy Protest” outside Medfield’s Town Hall after town officials “postponed” Halloween until Friday, Nov. 4 due to the unsafe conditions and power outages in the aftermath of October’s Nor’easter. Click, “PHOTOS: Protesters Occupy Medfield Over Halloween Postponement,” to read the story. Sunday, Oct. 30: Monday, Oct. 31: Tuesday, Nov. 1: Wednesday, Nov. 2: Thursday, Nov. 3: Friday, Nov. 4: Saturday Nov. 5:
Thursday, November 3, 2011
U.S. Senator Scott Brown has endorsed Medfield's State Rep. Dan Winslow's power outage rebate bill.
Medfield's State Rep. Daniel Winslow (R-Norfolk) is getting attention for a bill he proposed that would require utility companies to provide rebates for long power outages. Winslow said he proposed the bill after the outages caused by Tropical Storm Irene. "It would require the utilities to rebate customers two days for every one day where they went more than eight hours without power," he said. "The utilities are a monopoly — they're not subject to competitive pressures." He said this bill would incentivize companies to aggressively trim tree limbs and upgrade their power stations. Winslow pointed to the town of Princeton, Mass. as an example. He said Princeton's municipal electrical department worked aggressively after Irene devastated …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
As of 7 p.m. Wednesday, NSTAR has lowered the number of power outages in Medfield to 11 customers. Full restoration is still expected by Wednesday evening.
UPDATE (8:20 p.m.): NSTAR is reporting on its website as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, 11 Medfield customers are without power. UPDATE (4 p.m.): NSTAR is reporting on its website that only 15 Medfield customers remain without power as of 4 p.m. UPDATE (12:30 p.m.): As day four without power approaches for many in Medfield without power, NSTAR is reporting on its website at noon the numbers of customers in town still without power has been lowered to 73 or 1.5 percent. "[Medfield] Fire Chief Bill Kingsbury requested help with issues from Barry Salvucci of NSTAR," Medfield Chief of Police Robert E. Meaney Jr. said. "He is our representative [with NSTAR]. Since then, we have had progress in the Winter Street and Forest Street areas. I do not have …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
NSTAR's estimation for full restoration in Medfield remains Wednesday evening but number of customers in town without power is down to 2 percent.
NSTAR crews continue to work around the clock in an effort to restore power to 100 percent in Medfield and on Tuesday night, only two percent of the utility's customers in town remained powerless. According to NSTAR's website, 129 of 4,772 Medfield customers remained without power as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. Medfield Chief of Police Robert Meaney Jr. told the Medfield Board of Selectmen he was told NSTAR "there was a strong possibility" power would be fully restored across town by Tuesday night but as of 8 p.m. that hadn't been the case. While significant progress has been made over the last 24 hours, it is the opinion of many that NSTAR is still lacking in both communication and response to power outages as a result of storms. According to a …
Monday, October 31, 2011
Medfield Police Chief Robert E. Meaney Jr. provided Medfield Patch with a 6 p.m. update Monday of the town's condition in the aftermath of October's Nor'easter.
Power outages remained Medfield's biggest issue Monday in the aftermath of October's Nor'Easter that left three inches of snow, downed wire and trees and 1,000s without power across town. According to NSTAR, 1,077 or 22.6 percent of Medfield customers remained without power as of 4 p.m. Monday. Medfield Chief of Police Robert Meaney Jr. said trucks and crews of the utility company will be working through the night. "As of [Monday] afternoon, NSTAR has power crews and tree crews in town working on clearing the trees and branches from the wires and repairing the wires," Meaney said. "They hope to have power restored to many more residents [Monday night] but are saying that it may be Wednesday evening before the work is done." In addition to …
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday's Nor'Easter has caused power outages across the state and across Medfield as 49 percent of NSTAR customers in town are without power, according to the utility's website.
The three inches of snow that fell on Medfield Saturday night, according to Medfield Weather, has caused power outages and downed limbs throughout town, according to NSTAR. The utility's website said heavy, wet snow and high winds have taken down wires and tree limbs, causing power outages across the state. In Medfield, 49 percent (2,349 out of 4,772) of NSTAR customers are without power as of Sunday morning. Across the state, 114,000 customers remain without power. NSTAR said it has restored 70,000 customers as of Sunday morning. "Most of the outages are concentrated in the company's Western service territory around the communities of Framingham, Waltham and Walpole, and in the south on Cape Cod," NSTAR said. "While many customers will …
Scenes from around Medfield after Saturday's snowstorm left 1.25 inches of the white stuff and 49 percent of the town without power as of Sunday morning, according to NSTAR.
There were lines of people at Dunkin Donuts and Blue Moon Cafe in Medfield the morning after October's Nor'Easter hit town. Downed tree libms and power outages are leaving some intersections without working street lights, but the OPEN flag was flying in front of Lord's Department Store and many businesses along Main Street were open and functioning with power. Are you without power? Tell us in the comments in the section! Have photos of Medfield's first snow of the season? Upload them to our gallery!