Wednesday, October 31, 2012
An announcement posted on the town website Wednesday evening outlines a few options for those whose electricity is out after Hurricane Sandy.
Needham residents still without electricity after Hurricane Sandy are being offered assistance by the town and by the Charles River YMCA. According to a message posted on the town website and sent out through the town's Swift Reach 9-1-1 system, local residents who are still in the dark are invited to come to the Needham Free Public Library to charge their cell phones and other electronic devices. Refreshments will be available at the library from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 and from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Regular library hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1-5 p.m. The Charles River YMCA is offering Needham residents the use of the …
More than 1,000 NSTAR customers in town were still without power as of Tuesday night.
Though crews throughout town worked Tuesday to clean up after Hurricane Sandy, more than 1,000 NSTAR customers in Needham were still without power as of 9 p.m. Among those without power for most of the day were several businesses along Highland Avenue near the Needham Heights Common—Starbucks, Café Fresh Bagel, CVS and Brookline Bank all were closed on Tuesday, and the traffic lights at West Street and Highland were out, with temporary stop signs set up to control traffic. Throughout the day, Needham residents posted on Facebook and Twitter about which areas were still without power, including businesses in the Crawford Street and Kearney Road area and homes on South Street at Livingston Circle and Elmwood Road. In many neighborhoods, …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Share your photos of the damage and work being done around town today following Monday's big storm.
[UPDATED Tuesday, 7 p.m.] Crews around town are working to clean up Needham after Hurricane Sandy blew through on Monday. See a road block or safety hazard? Got some great pictures from during the storm or of the aftermath? Click the "upload" button at the top or bottom of this image gallery to add your pictures. And be sure to share traffic alerts and other important information with your neighbors by tweeting @NeedhamPatch or adding it in the comments below.
NSTAR is working to restore electricity around the region following Hurricane Sandy.
More than 2,200 Needham residents remained without power at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning following Hurricane Sandy. About 18 percent of NSTAR's customer base in town are still experiencing outages after the storm brought down trees and limbs all over town, according to NSTAR's Outage Map. NSTAR's Outage Map does not go into detail about where outages are. Needham Public Schools closed for the day because there are still so many without power and there is still much cleanup to be done on local roadways. Residents are encouraged to report all weather-related issues to the town by calling 781-455-7550 and selection Option 2, then Option 1 to connect to the Department of Public Works administration. To report a power outage to NSTAR, call 800-…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Trees into houses, blown transformers and downed wires were among the calls local emergency crews responded to on Monday.
[UPDATE, Tuesday, 5:30 a.m.] The number of local homes without power as of early Tuesday morning was down to about 1,097, or 9 percent of the NSTAR customer base in Needham, according to the company's Outage Map. About 23 percent of NSTAR customers in Needham—about 2,814 households— were without power as of 9 p.m. Monday evening, as Hurricane Sandy continued to pound the region with strong winds and rain. That number had been steadily climbing since about 2 p.m., as tree limbs and, in some cases, entire trees, came down on homes and power lines around town—causing transformers to blow in several locations, according to Needham Fire Chief Paul Buckley. By about 7 p.m., Needham Police and Fire had received more than 100 calls related to the …
Follow the track of the storm as it blew through town on Monday as local residents provided updates, asked questions and shared news via social media.
More than 2,700 Needham residents lost power at some point on Monday, but that didn't stop many of them from taking to the Internet to talk about—what else—Hurricane Sandy. From Facebook status updates to Twitter pics to news reports to tons of teens tweeting late into the night about why school should be closed, there was lots to talk about in Needham on Monday. Check out much of the action in the Storify feature above, which offers a timestamped look at how locals reacted to Sandy. Got something to add to the conversation? Tweet your message or photos to @NeedhamPatch or leave a note on our Facebook wall. Want to know what was going on outside Needham? Check out Patch's Massachusetts-wide live blog, with updates from all over the …
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Monday, October 29, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy continues to cause outages around the region, according to NSTAR.
[UPDATED Monday, 10 p.m.] Power was slowly being stored to Needham residents late Monday night, as the number of households without electricity dropped to 2,482 by 10 p.m.—about 20 percent of the local customer base. [UPDATED Monday, 9 p.m.] About 23 percent of NSTAR customers in Needham—about 2,814 households— were without power as of 9 p.m. Monday evening. [UPDATED Monday, 6:40 p.m.] With Hurricane Sandy still making its way up the coast toward New England, about 22 percent of NSTAR customers in Needham were reporting power outages at around 6:40 p.m. A total of 2,687 customers in town were without electricity, according to the company's online Outage Map. Nearby towns with even higher percentages of outages at this time include: Dover …
If your electricity goes out, do the following things to your phone to keep it in operation for as long as possible.
At around 3:30 p.m. Monday, NSTAR was reporting that 119 Needham customers were without power because of downed limbs, wires and other problems related to Hurricane Sandy. With the storm still going strong and more power outages likely to come, some local residents may only have their cellular phones available for accessing information. Should this happen, here are a number of phone settings to change in order to prolong your battery for as long as possible. 1. Turn Off Unnecessary Connections For those with iPhones, Android or other smartphones, you can extend the battery by turning off WiFi, 4G and/or 3G connections if available, or even putting your phone into airplane mode and only taking it off when you want to use the phone. All of …
Share your images (safely) of downed tree limbs, high water and other sights around town during and after the storm.
As Hurricane Sandy makes its way through the Needham area, it is sure to cause some problems around town, similar to Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011. If you can safely capture the action, Needham Patch would love to see your storm pictures and video. See a tree or limbs down? High water or storm damage? Just amazed at the strong winds blowing through the trees in your backyard and got it on video? Share it on Patch! You can hit the big upload button at the top of the image gallery to add your images and video, or you can email to email@example.com, text to 781-217-4233 or tweet @NeedhamPatch.