Thursday, August 9, 2012
Some Stoneham customers were without power for days following these weather events in 2011. Does a potential $9.7 million fine for NStar ease the pain?
Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office is seeking a $9.7 million fine after an investigation revealed NStar "failed to adequately prepare, respond, and communicate during Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm." The recommended fine breaks down to slightly more than $4 million for NStar’s response to the October 2011 snowstorm and $5.7 million for Tropical Storm Irene, according to a press release. The AGO filed a brief Aug. 7, with the state's Department of Public Utilities, which has the authority to levy the fine. After the Halloween weekend snowstorm knocked out power to thousands of Stoneham households, power was restored to almost all homes by the following Tuesday morning. After Tropical Storm Irene, the Stoneham …
Friday, May 11, 2012
The accident occurred at around 2:30 p.m. Friday
A truck struck a pole in front of Stone Zoo Friday afternoon, according to State Police. The accident reportedly occurred shortly after 2:30 p.m. It appears the truck hit a green light post in the median located near the zoo and Greenwood Park. Two state troopers and cruisers were on scene, as well as a NSTAR truck and employee. A man in a blue truck with emergency lights also was parked along Pond Street near the park. The NSTAR employee was going to find out who the light post's owner to tend to the damaged pole, according to a State Trooper. Small shards of glass could also be seen on the roadway near the park. It's unclear if anyone was injured and State Police couldn't readily provide additional details.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Wires down and power outages were reported over the weekend.
Some power outages and wires down were reported over the weekend in Stoneham, according to emergency officials. NSTAR Customers Lose Power "Three Stoneham residents lost power this weekend as a result of the wind," wrote Michael Durand, a spokesperson for NSTAR, in an email Monday to Stoneham Patch. "All had power restored in under two hours." Branches, Wires Down The Stoneham Fire Department tended to a handful of reports of wires in the road over the weekend, according to Fire Chief Joseph Rolli. "We had some wires down, but not like we did with the storm in October," Rolli said, referring to the snowstorm that hit the region during Halloween weekend in 2011. "We had some wires down and low-hanging wires from falling branches. Nothing …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Cummings Properties recently announced the completion of a major energy efficiency project that will save 5.5 million kilowatt hours annually; enough electricity to power 550 homes for a year.
[Editor's note: The information below derives from a Cummings Properties press statement.] One of the most extensive efforts of its kind in the region, the project involved the replacement of nearly 15,000 light fixtures throughout 40 buildings in Burlington, Stoneham, Sudbury and Woburn, according to a press statement issued by Cummings Properties. It is expected to save tenants an estimated $900,000 in utility charges annually. The Woburn-based firm recently completed a similar-sized lighting retrofit project at the two million-square-foot Cummings Center in Beverly. “The environmental benefits cannot be overemphasized, and our clients will realize savings while enjoying upgraded lighting quality,” said Gary Gresh, Cummings Properties’ …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
NSTAR announced Monday that if a proposal is approved by the state, gas customers could see a 16 percent drop in heating prices by Feb. 1.
NSTAR Gas customers may see some relief in their winter heating costs. According to a recent press statement issued by the utility company, NSTAR customer can expect a mid-winter price cut thanks to a "continued steady decline in natural gas prices." "NSTAR’s current supply price, which is already significantly less than last winter, will drop by 16 percent on February 1 if the company’s proposal is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities," reads the statement. What this means for customers, NSTAR says, is that on average, the new lower supply price will save NSTAR customers who heat with natural gas about $15 per month compared with current rates and a total of about $30 per month compared to last winter. “Along with …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen's authorized an issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) bid for the Comcast license renewal and handled other minor issues at its Tuesday night session at Town Hall.
The Stoneham Board of Selectmen authorized the issuance of a request for proposal (RFP) bid for the Comcast license renewal at Tuesday night's meeting at Town Hall. The bid comes after the Selectmen held several public hearings to discuss Comcast's service over the past decade. Overall, the Selectmen and public were more than satisfied with Comcast's performance throughout the years. Town Counsel William Solomon took the reigns concerning renewing Comcast's license agreement with the town and stated at an October Selectmen's meeting, “we would expect, and require, capital funding from Comcast (to be) set aside for new equipment and updating Stoneham TV's facility.” The RFP will now go through town counsel for a final review process before …
Check out the "Patch Facts" column for Nov. 2.
1. Getting back to normal: As of midnight Tuesday, only two of the 10,571 NSTAR customers in Stoneham were still without power and the company reports that service is back to "normal operations." Let us know what you think of the job NSTAR did to restore power to households in the community by posting a comment and taking our poll. 2. In case you missed it: Stoneham Patch captured dozens of images of trick-or-treaters making the rounds in search of candy Monday night on Halloween. 3. Love magic? Jason the magician is scheduled to do a magic show for kids from 5-8 p.m. at the Dockside Restaurant, 1099 Main St., Wakefield. 4. Keeping tabs: Looking to keep up to speed on things happening in the Stoneham community beyond what the Stoneham …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Let us know by taking our poll and posting a comment below.
With just 54 of the 10,000-plus NSTAR customers in Stoneham without power as of noon Tuesday, we want to know: Do you think NSTAR did a good job restoring power to the community? Let us know by taking our poll and posting a comment below.
Monday, October 31, 2011
About 60 NSTAR customers are reportedly without power in town as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the Department of Public Works hopes to have the storm debris cleaned up this week.
After the Halloween weekend snowstorm knocked out power to thousands of Stoneham households, power is expected to be restored by Tuesday morning, according to an NSTAR power outage report. Updated at 4:50 p.m. Tuesday As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, 59 NSTAR customers in Stoneham were without power, but they are expected to have it restored before the end of the day. ------ NSTAR Update As of midnight Monday, 813 of the 10,571 (7.7 percent) NSTAR customers in town were still without power, according to the report. "All of NSTAR’s (3,000) employees along with extra utility and tree crews are fully engaged in the restoration effort and will work around the clock until all customers are restored," according to the NSTAR media hotline. "Crews from as …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Let us know by taking our poll.
There are reported power outages in the Stoneham area Wednesday afternoon, but we want to know: Have you lost power in Stoneham? Take our poll and, if you have lost power, leave a comment letting us know what street(s) are without or if your street has had the power restored.