Monday, February 11, 2013
Mayor Kevin Dumas says opening the schools would be a public safety hazard.
Attleboro public school students will have another day off Tuesday. The district will remain closed "to allow for snow removal," according to the website. "It has been declared a public safety issue for students to walk to school due to the large amount of snow at intersections," said Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas, according to a press release. "The city will continue to perform the required work to clear sidewalks and lower snow piles appropriately." He continued, "Our students' safety is paramount and should be everyone's priority. These are the reasons for the closure at this time. I ask for your continued patience during the proper clean-up of Blizzard Nemo." Local students have not been to class since Thursday and they have next week …
Some are praising the work, others have less-than-kind words to say.
Monday, February 11
We are nearly two full days removed from the winter storm (tentatively known as the Blizzard of '13, we're not going to use that fish name), but the cleanup effort is not finished. Although there are several features of the recovery, the one that gets the most attention is snowplowing. Residents' opinions on how that is going, at least of those who post on Attleboro Patch's comments section and Facebook page, are mostly negative, although there are some defenders. "Pretty sad surrounding towns where residents pay much lower tax rates have impeccable roads," wrote Jen Crowder on Patch's Facebook page. "'Epic fail' is too nice to say about Attleboro's response." Never miss a good Attleboro story. Get all your information, including breaking …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
He asks that people stay off the roads so the city's cleanup crew can do its work.
Mayor Kevin Dumas released the following statement this morning: As of 9:10 a.m., there remain 765 customers without power out of the 19,000 National Grid customers in Attleboro. The largest area without power encompasses the following area: Peckham, Pike, Wilmarth and Slater Streets. All streets located off of these streets are without power. It is expected that this area be restored by this evening per National Grid. Please make sure that you have reported your power outage to National Grid at 800-322-3223. However, residents may come to the emergency shelter at Attleboro High School through the Principal's Lobby to warm themselves. This shelter remains open, has food, and is pet friendly as long as animals are brought with cage or …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Do you agree with the governor's decision or was it too drastic?
All non-emergency drivers were ordered off the roads on Friday when Gov. Deval Patrick issued an executive order banning travel during the blizzard. (Editor's note: The ban is lifted statewide as of 4 p.m. Saturday.) Patrick's executive order is being praised by some and bashed by others, reported The Boston Globe. While former Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis, who was in charge of the commonwealth during the Blizzard of ’78, praised the governor’s move, others called the order “tyrannical” and say the strict ban and hefty fines were too much, according to The Globe. Those caught violating the ban would face up to a year in jail and a $500 fine. What do you think? Do you agree with the governor’s decision or do you think the travel ban …
Friday, February 8, 2013
Let's measure the blizzard through lawn ornaments!
We at Patch like to have fun – even when we’re covering a story as big as the Blizzard of ’13! So when the biggest storm in years (potentially in the history of Boston weather) is headed our way, we get into battle mode – and even get a little silly. That’s what this idea is about – and we want you to take part too! A fun way we want to track the storm across Massachusetts is through lawn ornaments. They serve a purpose in the spring and summer, but often feel left out in the cold of winter. Not anymore. We are posting photos of lawn ornaments throughout Massachusetts to highlight snowfall across the commonwealth during and after the storm. All you need to do is hit the Upload Photos and Videos button and upload your own. If we’re stuck at…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
He says residents should stay home and off city streets unless they have an extreme emergency.
Thursday, February 7
With what the National Weather Service is calling "a potential historic winter storm" expected to strike Attleboro Friday and Saturday, Mayor Kevin Dumas is urging residents to stay home. He has declared a "citywide snow emergency" for Attleboro that will go into effect Friday at 7 a.m. and last until further notice. As much as two feet of snow could fall on Attleboro from Friday morning through Saturday afternoon, the NWS' forecast says. A blizzard warning has been issued for the city, as well the rest of Eastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. "Conditions are expected to deteriorate rapidly with travel likely to become virtually impossible at times," a city press release states. "Therefore, Mayor Dumas is asking that residents stay home …
Some choose to call the pending winter storm Nemo. Others aren't interested.
Whether this pending winter storm is a Storm of the Century or at least something we'll be talking about for the next several days, weeks, months or years—that won't be determined until it finally arrives and after it leaves and we can assess the impact. But when we do talk about it, what will we call it? The Weather Channel says you should call the storm Nemo, a name that makes most people think of a talking fish or a submarine captain. The cable station that some people consider to be the ultimate authority on all things weather decided that it would name all "noteworthy" winter storms in 2012-13 and every season going forward, just like what is done for hurricanes. Athena was the first Weather Channel-named winter storm. Then came …