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Superintendent message: Schools resume Wed Nov 2

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Tuesday, 01 November 2011 13:49

[Received 1-Nov-2011 at 2:31 pm from ConnectED - webmaster]

All Westborough Public Schools will be open on Wednesday, November 2, 2011. At the moment Mill Pond School is experiencing phone difficulties. We hope to have the problem resolved by tomorrow morning, if not sooner.
Thank you for your patience and support throughout the past few days.

Marianne O'Connor
Superintendent of Schools

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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

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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



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.



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.




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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