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National Grid Urges Safety In High Winds, Blizzard Conditions

Having just finished up power restoration from Friday’s storm event, hundreds of crews stand ready to respond as winter storm Mars bears down on Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Forecasts are calling for high winds and snow–especially in coastal areas and Nantucket—that have already caused small service interruptions.

“National Grid will continuously monitor the storm and communicate with local officials, first responders and life support customers,” said Dan Bunzell, National Grid vice president of New England Operations. “Safety is National Grid’s number one priority, and the company urges customers to watch out for their own wellbeing and the safety of utility crews working during the storm.”
National Grid provides a number of channels for customers to learn about service issues and interruptions during storms. Customers can follow the storm on their mobile devices by using the National Grid mobile app or texting the word STORM to NGRID (64743). The company provides real time outage information on its Outage Central web site. National Grid also provides storm and restoration updates through Facebook and Twitter.
National Grid advises customers to be prepared for service interruptions. It’s a good idea to have a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home. National Grid offers the following tips for customers to minimize inconvenience and maximize safety in the event that storm-related power interruptions do occur.
  • National Grid customers who experience outages should call National Grid’s outage line at 1-800-465-1212 immediately to expedite restoration.
  • Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
  • If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of line crews and the public.
  • If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored
  • Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
  • People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
  • Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
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Snow Emergency, Public Schools Closed Monday

A snow emergency was declared Monday morning at 9 a.m. and Quincy Public Schools were closed as the city braced for the second significant snow storm in four days.

Snow emergency parking rules will be in place beginning at 9 a.m. on Monday, February 8, 2016 and continuing until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9.

Residents may park on the ODD numbered side of non-emergency neighborhood streets, but should always park in driveways if available.

Parking is prohibited on all designated emergency arteries. Click here for a complete list of emergency arteries.

Residents on side-streets posted permanently as one-side parking should park on the side always allowed.

Cars parked in violation of emergency rules or impeding snow plow operations pose a public safety risk, and WILL BE TOWED.

For assistance, residents can use the City’s snow request application at http://www.quincyma.gov/Utilities/alert.cfm?alert_id=785 or call the DPW’s snow operation hotline at 617-376-1927.

Quincy Public Schools were closed on Monday. All buildings were closed and all extracurricular activities were cancelled.

The forecast calls for high winds, which creates the potential for downed tree limbs and power lines. If you lose power, call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212.

For updates and emergency notices, please tune to Quincy Access Television; follow the City of Quincy’s Facebook page or via Twitter @CityofQuincy.

Residents are encouraged to sign-up for e-mail and text alerts via CityLink on the City’s website, www.quincyma.gov.

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Feb. 10th Last Day To Register To Vote, Change Party Status For Presidential Primary

Quincy residents are reminded that Wednesday, Feb. 10th is the last day to register to vote (or change political party) to participate in the Massachusetts Presidential Primary Tuesday, March 1.

Unenrolled voters or voters enrolled in political designations can ask for any party ballot on Primary Day, but someone registered in a party can only vote on that party’s ballot. A registered Democrat cannot take a Republican ballot, and a registered Republican cannot take a Democratic ballot.

Quincy City Hall will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p. m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10th for voters who wish to change their party registration status or for persons wishing to register for the first time. Registration and change of party status takes place at the City Clerk’s Office, second floor, 1305 Hancock St., in the glass annex building.

The City Clerk’s office is also open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on regular business days.

Persons who are U.S. citizens, residents of Massachusetts, and who will be at least 18 years old on or before March 1st are eligible to register. Those meeting these qualifications who have a Massachusettts driver’s license can submit their resignation online at www.RegisterToVoteMA.com. Those registering by mail shold have their form hand-canceled to ensure it is postmarked before the deadline.

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Demolition Begins At Landmark Woolworth’s Building

Demolition of the former Woolworth's Building at the corner of Hancock and Cliveden Street began this week to make room for the second major redevelopment project in Quincy Center. Galvcon Development will be constructing 56 condominium units and 7,500 square-feet of ground floor retail space at 1545-1563 Hancock St. and 64 Ross Way. This view is from Ross Way. Demolition will continue towards the front of the building on Hancock Street in the coming days. The bottom shows the inside of the building at the Ross Way and Cliveden Street entrance. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

Demolition of the former Woolworth’s Building at the corner of Hancock and Cliveden Streets began this week to make room for the second major redevelopment project in Quincy Center. Galvcon Development will be constructing 56 condominium units and 7,500 square-feet of ground floor retail space at 1545-1563 Hancock St. and 64 Ross Way. This view is from Ross Way. Demolition will continue towards the front of the building on Hancock Street in the coming days. The bottom shows the inside of the building at the Ross Way and Cliveden Street entrance. Quincy Sun Photos/Robert Bosworth

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16 Mount Wollaston Headstones Overturned

Sixteen gravestones at Mount Wollaston Cemetery were overturned Tuesday night. Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect or suspects. Quincy police photo.

Sixteen gravestones at Mount Wollaston Cemetery were overturned Tuesday night. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects. Quincy police photo.

By SCOTT JACKSON

The Quincy Police Department is looking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect or suspects who desecrated 16 headstones at Mount Wollaston Cemetery Tuesday night.

A groundskeeper reported the 16 gravestones had been knocked over when he reported for work Wednesday morning. Some of the headstones desecrated date back to the 1800s.

This is the third such instance of headstones in the historic cemetery being knocked over in recent months. On Nov. 9, a similar incident took place when nine headstones were tipped over. A separate instance was not reported to police.

Park Department Executive Director Chris Cassani believes the person or persons who knocked over the headstones in November also did so Tuesday night. He hopes the public can identify those responsible so it doesn’t happen again.

“Hopefully we find out who did this and we don’t have to deal with it again. This is not a victimless crime,” Cassani said. “It’s disrespectful and disgraceful.”

The headstones knocked over Tuesday night where near the cemetery’s Willow Avenue in the vicinity of the Sea Street entrance, according to Cassani. Cemetery workers were in the process Wednesday of putting the head back up. Cassani said a couple of them were chipped but cemetery workers would be able to make the necessary repairs.

“The damage does not appear to be at the level we couldn’t handle,” he said.

Anyone with information related to this incident is asked to contact the Police Department at 617-479-1212 or the Park Department at 617-376-1253.

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