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Superintendent message - no school 1-Nov-2011

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Monday, 31 October 2011 16:05

[Received at 5:02 pm from ConnectED - webmaster]

Westborough Public Schools will be closed, Tuesday, November 1, 2011 due to the number of families (more than 50%) in the community still without power. We still have schools without power. The Senior Center is open as a shelter and the community is welcome to shower at the high school from 4-8 PM tonight. An update will be provided tomorrow as soon as we have additional information. Please be safe.

Marianne O'Connor
Superintendent



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Last Updated on Monday, 31 October 2011 16:12
 
 

October 2011 Storm Update from Police Chief Gordon

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Monday, 31 October 2011 14:37

[The following received via the School's "ConnectED" automated messaging system at 2:24 pm Mon Oct 31, 2011 -- webmaster]

Police Department
Westborough, Massachusetts

Alan R. Gordon
Police Chief

508-366-3060

STORM  UPDATE

National Grid is working on getting the power back on for our residents. We currently have 4,575 customers without power. The Fales and Mill Pond Schools are included in this outage. All town roads are open for traffic thanks to the efforts of the Department of Public Works. The DPW will be picking up debris from town streets and town owned trees. They will not be removing debris from private property. Homeowners are responsible for the removal from their own property.

The Westborough Senior Center will now be the emergency shelter. Any person needing shelter should bring their own pillow and blanket if they wish to remain overnight. Cots will be provided.

National Grid estimates that it may take until this Thursday to get all customers back in full service.

Please note that Westborough High School is open today from 4-8 PM for community members to take showers.

Another ConnectED message will be coming from the Superintendent of Schools at a later time with an update regarding school closings.

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Hurricane Preparedness note from Congressman McGovern

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Friday, 26 August 2011 14:57

(The following received via email at 3:51 PM EDT from Congressman Jim McGovern's mailing list; see http://mcgovern.house.gov/ to subscribe -- webmaster)

Dear Friend,

This weekend, as we prepare in Massachusetts and all along the East Coast for Hurricane Irene to hit land, there are some excellent resources to ensure you are ready for whatever comes our way.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has declared a State of Emergency for the Commonwealth; more information is available at Mass.gov.

Be sure to print this article and information from the following resources, in the event you cannot access it after the storm.

 

WHAT TO DO BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER THE STORM:

Track the Storm: Track Hurricane Irene on NOAA's website, or follow them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/usnoaagov) or Twitter (@usnoaagov) to get updates.

Hurricane Checklist: Review the American Red Cross' Hurricane Safety Checklist to prepare for the next several days.

Create an Emergency Kit: Use this Ready.gov checklist to ensure you have all of the needed supplies at hand.

Stay informed: Keep up-to-date with local authorities by listening to your local broadcast media, or by visiting Mass.gov and Ready.gov.

Mobile FEMA: FEMA's Mobile site (http://m.fema.gov/) is an excellent way to stay up-to-date if you are away from home or unable to connect to the internet through your computer.

Be prepared for power outages during and after the storm:

The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has the following tips for dealing with a possible power outage:

  • Check flashlights and portable radios to ensure that they are working, and you have extra batteries on hand.  A radio is an important source of critical weather and emergency information during a storm.
  • If your water supply could be affected by a power outage (a well-water pump system), fill your bathtub and spare containers with water.  Water in the bathtub should be used for sanitation purposes only, not as drinking water.  Pouring a pail of water from the tub directly into the bowl can flush a toilet.
  • Set your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings (remember to reset them back to normal once power is restored).  During an outage, do not open the refrigerator or freezer door unnecessarily.  Food can stay cold in a full refrigerator for up to 24 hours, and in a well-packed freezer for 48 hours (24 hours if it is half-packed).
  • If you have medication that requires refrigeration, check with your pharmacist for guidance on proper storage during an extended outage.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidelines when using a generator.  Always use outdoors, away from windows and doors. Carbon Monoxide fumes are odorless and can quickly accumulate indoors. Never try to power your house by plugging the generator directly into household wiring, a practice known as “backfeeding.” This is extremely dangerous and presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses some of the built-in household circuit protection devices.
  • In order to protect against possible voltage irregularities that can occur when power is restored, you should unplug all sensitive electronic equipment, including TVs, computers, stereo, DVR, VCR, microwave oven, cordless telephone, answering machine and garage door opener. (Review the process for manually operating your electric garage door.)
  • Be extra cautious when you go outside to inspect for damage after a storm.  Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden by trees or debris, and could be live.  Never attempt to touch or move downed lines, and keep children and pets away from them.  Do not touch anything power lines are touching, such as tree branches or fences.  Always assume a downed line is a live line.  Call your utility company to report any outage-related problem.

 

Be safe this weekend, and if you have neighbors who may need help getting prepared, please take a few minutes to check on them or help them with their efforts as well.

 

Sincerely,

http://mcgovern.congressnewsletter.net/mail/util.cfm?mailaction=clickthru&gpiv=2100076967.66662.127&gen=1&mailing_linkid=2867

Congressman Jim McGovern

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Last Updated on Friday, 26 August 2011 15:10
 
   

Happy Memorial Day 2011!

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Friday, 17 June 2011 03:08
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Tornado watch issued for our area (Wed June 1 2011)

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Wednesday, 01 June 2011 12:50

From the National Weather Service for Westborough, MA link:

Tornado Watch
Special Weather Statement
Hazardous Weather Outlook

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
1051 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>021-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>007-012100-
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-
EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-
NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-
EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...HARTFORD...WINDSOR LOCKS...UNION...
VERNON...PUTNAM...WILLIMANTIC...CHARLEMONT...GREENFIELD...
ORANGE...BARRE...FITCHBURG...FRAMINGHAM...LOWELL...LAWRENCE...
GLOUCESTER...CHESTERFIELD...BLANDFORD...AMHERST...NORTHAMPTON...
SPRINGFIELD...MILFORD...WORCESTER...FOXBORO...NORWOOD...
CAMBRIDGE...BOSTON...QUINCY...TAUNTON...BROCKTON...PLYMOUTH...
FALL RIVER...NEW BEDFORD...MATTAPOISETT...AYER...JAFFREY...
KEENE...MANCHESTER...NASHUA...PETERBOROUGH...WEARE...FOSTER...
SMITHFIELD...PROVIDENCE...WEST GREENWICH...WARWICK...BRISTOL...
NARRAGANSETT...WESTERLY...NEWPORT
1051 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

...THREAT OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS MOST OF THE REGION THIS
AFTERNOON AND EVENING

A COLD FRONT WILL APPROACH FROM NEW YORK STATE THIS AFTERNOON. THERE
WILL BE A LOW PROBABILITY OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING
ACROSS THE REGION EXCEPT FOR CAPE COD AND THE ISLANDS.
THUNDERSTORMS WILL APPROACH SOUTHWEST NEW HAMPSHIRE AND WESTERN
MASSACHUSETTS BY 1 TO 2 PM...THEN WILL PUSH EASTWARD THROUGH THE
REST OF THE AFTERNOON...REACHING THE BOSTON TO PROVIDENCE CORRIDOR
BY 4 TO 5 PM.

THE MAIN THREATS FROM ANY POSSIBLE SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE
DAMAGING WINDS AND LARGE HAIL. TRAINED WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE
REQUESTED TO WATCH OUT FOR CONDITIONS THAT REACH REPORTABLE
CRITERIA AND CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

$$

EVT








Tornado Watch

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 411
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
100 PM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

TORNADO WATCH 411 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 800 PM EDT FOR THE
FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

MAC009-011-013-015-017-021-025-027-020000-
/O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0411.110601T1700Z-110602T0000Z/

MA
. MASSACHUSETTS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

ESSEX FRANKLIN HAMPDEN
HAMPSHIRE MIDDLESEX NORFOLK
SUFFOLK WORCESTER
$$




Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
410 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

CTZ002>004-MAZ002>024-026-NHZ011-012-015-RIZ001>008-020815-
HARTFORD CT-TOLLAND CT-WINDHAM CT-WESTERN FRANKLIN MA-
EASTERN FRANKLIN MA-NORTHERN WORCESTER MA-CENTRAL MIDDLESEX MA-
WESTERN ESSEX MA-EASTERN ESSEX MA-WESTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-
WESTERN HAMPDEN MA-EASTERN HAMPSHIRE MA-EASTERN HAMPDEN MA-
SOUTHERN WORCESTER MA-WESTERN NORFOLK MA-SOUTHEAST MIDDLESEX MA-
SUFFOLK MA-EASTERN NORFOLK MA-NORTHERN BRISTOL MA-
WESTERN PLYMOUTH MA-EASTERN PLYMOUTH MA-SOUTHERN BRISTOL MA-
SOUTHERN PLYMOUTH MA-BARNSTABLE MA-DUKES MA-NANTUCKET MA-
NORTHERN MIDDLESEX MA-CHESHIRE NH-EASTERN HILLSBOROUGH NH-
WESTERN AND CENTRAL HILLSBOROUGH NH-NORTHWEST PROVIDENCE RI-
SOUTHEAST PROVIDENCE RI-WESTERN KENT RI-EASTERN KENT RI-BRISTOL RI-
WASHINGTON RI-NEWPORT RI-BLOCK ISLAND RI-
410 AM EDT WED JUN 1 2011

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR NORTHERN
CONNECTICUT...CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS...EASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...NORTHEASTERN MASSACHUSETTS...SOUTHEASTERN
MASSACHUSETTS...WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS...SOUTHERN NEW
HAMPSHIRE...NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND AND SOUTHERN RHODE ISLAND.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT.

THERE IS A LOW PROBABILITY OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON AND
EARLY EVENING. THE MAIN THREATS ARE STRONG TO DAMAGING WINDS AND
LARGE HAIL. THE BEST CHANCE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE ACROSS
INTERIOR SECTIONS.

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN...THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER EXPECTED.

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT...

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SIGNIFICANT WEATHER
CONDITIONS ACCORDING TO STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES.

$$

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