Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Meeting old friends, and a big thanks to the CPW.
Hello, and welcome to the first post-Labor Day Wednesday. September is here and children are returning to school. For many that is welcome news, but for those of you that are already missing your "little baby," I will try to offset that with this happy note. Keep on Trekking On Friday, my post mentioned that a portion of the Battle Road Trail was closed due to damage from Hurricane Irene. The folks at Minute Man National Historic Park predicted that the trails will open by Sept. 14, but I added that I will not be surprised if the trails are opened sooner. Well, guess what!? Good news and I am happy to be right. I received an e-mail on Monday from Roger Fuller of the MMNHP, who said the trails have been cleared and are now ready to be …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Biking after Irene is challenging here in town.
Welcome to September! Or, as I like to call it, “the end of summer.” Thank you, Maureen, for pointing that out. However, since summer doesn’t truly end until after Labor Day, I’m going to do my best to savor these last beautiful days before the fall really begins. I’m a huge fan of fall: the chilly nights, the dry, cool days, the amazing foliage. I just don’t like the frozen season that follows it. Oh, and I’d like to send out a birthday wish to my good friend Michele, who’s birthday is today, this very first day of September. And now, to business: I know that there are a lot of groups that go on hiatus over the summer, then take up business again in the fall. Not so for the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library — the group of …
Monday, August 29, 2011
A video roundup of the area's latest developments for Monday, Aug. 29.
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Cambridge Turnpike to open for evening commute.
You'd hardly know a hurricane ripped through the area yesterday by looking at Main Street today. People are out and about around the shops and Concord Academy is buzzing with activity. The only reminder of yesterday's weather is the Cambridge Turnpike, which is still closed from Crosby's Corner to Lexington Road, due to flooding. Millbrook Farm on the Cambridge Turnpike is open, and accessible, though the road remained closed to through traffic as of early afternoon. Lt. Thomas Mulcahy of the Concord Police Department said the road will be open for the evening commute today. A few minor issues officials had to deal with, including downed trees in Sleepy Hollow, and scattered power outages, were all taken care of by late morning today. Jay …
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While there were no cars floating down the streets of Concord yesterday, there was definitely enough rain to cause some flooding and enough wind to snap tree limbs. Some may have to spend hours putting their yard back together while others may only have some leaves and twigs to rake up. Our Question of the Day today is: Do you have a lot to clean up after Irene? Share your storm pictures with us by e-mailing Chris.Tanguay@Patch.com.
A little wind and rain couldn't stop Concordians from enjoying their weekend.
We were very lucky yesterday that the impact of Hurricane-turned-Tropical Storm Irene was not as devastating to this area as some forecasts suggested it could have been. There was wind and rain, some broken tree limbs and scattered power outages — but nothing that was going to stop Concordians from enjoying their weekend. Columnist Janet Beyer took these photos of people enjoying their Sunday afternoon after the worst of the storm had subsided. Do you have any pictures from — or after — yesterday's storm you'd like to share with us? E-mail them to Chris.Tanguay@Patch.com.
Out-of-pocket costs often higher for hurricanes than other kinds of damage.
Massachusetts residents whose property is damaged by Hurricane Irene may discover they’ll be paying more for repairs than expected. The Associated Press reports that most homeowner insurance policies include a deductible that’s typically $500 to $1,000, but out-of-pocket expenses for hurricane damages can be much higher. “In 18 states on the East and Gulf coasts, insurers are allowed to include hurricane deductibles in homeowners policies," the AP reported. "These amounts apply only to hurricane-caused damage, and typically range from 1 percent to 5 percent of the insured value of a home. Deductibles may be higher in some coastal areas. For example, a policyholder whose home is insured for $200,000 with a 2 percent hurricane deductible …
Highlighting and helping Concordians.
Good morning! Is everyone dry yet? First good workout for that new brolly you bought for the daily drizzle in London, or wherever your travels took you this summer. On Friday, I posted a fun piece on a sampling of our summer vacations. We Concordians have popped up everywhere, from soaking in the thermal pools of Iceland, to gasping at breathtaking views of Victoria Falls, to sitting for 6½ hours in traffic outside London — fortunately, it wasn’t raining that day. No matter which continent or hemisphere we land on, we always enjoy ourselves. I am thrilled that so many of you have been amenable to sharing your stories with me here on Patch. Keep those stories coming! It is fun to live vicariously through you all. Hiking Mountain Trails …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Photos from around town taken in today's storm.
Although the area is still under a Tropical Storm Warning and Flood Watch through late tonight, according to the National Weather Service, it seems as though the worst of Tropical Storm Irene — downgraded from hurricane status earlier today — has passed. Concordians Rob Beyer and Maria Tinglof each braved the storm with their cameras today, and captured these pictures of the impact the storm has had around town. Did you take any interesting photos today? Share them with us by e-mailing Chris.Tanguay@Patch.com, or upload them directly to Patch's Live Blog.
Post your storm pictures to Patch's Live Blog.
There have been scattered reports of road flooding and downed trees all day, and with wind gusts expected up to 80 mph today, there's sure to be some clean up tomorrow. Have you taken any pictures today when looking out the window at the storm outside? If you have, you can share them with us, by e-mailing Chris.Tanguay@Patch.com, or by uploading them directly to Patch's Live Blog. Let us know what's going on your neighborhood with some images of Irene's impact around your home.