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Historic Occurrences – The Great Molasses Flood Boston Disaster of 1919

Boston, MA: - Cylinder Stress Failure - The Great Molasses Flood, also known as the Boston Molasses Disaster or the Great Boston Molasses Flood, occurred on January 15, 1919 in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. A large molasses storage tank burst and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event entered local folklore and for decades afterwards residents claimed that on hot summer days the area still smelled of molasses. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. On…
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Harvard Law School Professor Judge Kavanaugh Appointed to Supreme Court of the United States

Boston, MA: - Judge Kavanaugh was sworn in as a Supreme Court Judge during a private ceremony in Washington DC. US Supreme Court Washington released the following information - The Honorable Brett M. Kavanaugh will be sworn in as the 102nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on October 6, 2018. Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., will administer the Constitutional Oath and retired Associate Justice Anthony M. Kennedy will administer the Judicial Oath in a private ceremony later today in…
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Gas Explosion Disaster – Residents Allowed Back Home

Eversource and Columbia Gas crews worked through the night to shut off gas meters and make sure buildings were clear of natural gas. As of 6:00 , Sunday all residences/buildings have been cleared. Residents are allowed back into their homes as of 7:00 Most residents in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover will be allowed to return to their homes. National Grid and Eversource have restored power to all but about 4,000 customers in the area and expect to have all…
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GAS DISASTER – 80+- Homes Explode / Burn in New England Valley – New Jersey Strong PSE&G Sends 50 Employees to Aid Columbia Gas

via New Jersey Strong. com NEWS (NEWARK, – September 14, 2018) Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), New Jersey’s largest utility, is sending 45 gas service technicians and 6 gas supervisors to assist Columbia Gas of Massachusetts as they work to ensure the continued safety of area residents in the wake of yesterday’s fires. “Our hearts and thoughts are with the families who are suffering and with all those affected by this tragedy,” said Joe Forline, PSE&G vice president…
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PSE&G Becomes First Utility to Meet Department of Homeland Security Anti-Terrorism Standards

New Jersey Strong. com NEWS – (Aug. 20, 2018 ─ Newark, ) ─ PSE&G is the first public utility in the United States to obtain SAFETY Act liability protections from the Department of Homeland Security for the deployment of physical security measures that are designed to detect, deter and recover from acts of terrorism. The protections cover the PSEG Holistic Security Model, a customized anti-terrorism program that is designed to identify and reduce risks based on comprehensive planning processes and…
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AG Healey Offers Resources and Advice to Residents in the Aftermath of Gas Explosions and Fires

BOSTON, MA: via mass. gov  - As communities in the Merrimack Valley cope with the aftermath of the devastating fires and explosions yesterday, Attorney General Maura Healey is offering resources and advice to residents in need of support. “The state’s first priority is to ensure the safety of the Merrimack Valley, assist fire victims, and restore power and gas to residents,” AG Healey said. “While state and federal safety regulators determine the cause of these explosions, my office will serve as…
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FLU EPIDEMIC BEGINS IN BOSTON

Boston, MA: - On this day, in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston’s Commonwealth Pier reported to the sickbay with the flu. These two men were the first Americans reported ill with the Spanish Influenza. By the end of the week, 100 new cases a day were being reported among the sailors at the pier. By the beginning of September, the flu had spread to Boston’s civilian population. The below excerpt from Boston’s Health Department describes the beginning of the flu…
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Historic Occurrences – Hurricane Season Opens. Are you prepared ?

The Great Colonial Hurricane of 1635 - August 25, 1635. This was the first historical record of an intense hurricane striking New England, and is often considered to be “America’s first recorded natural disaster”. The highest winds have been estimated at Category 3 or greater at landfall, reaching over 115 mph. The storm’s eye is believed to have passed between Boston and Plymouth, causing at least 46 casualties. The tide in Narragansett Bay was reported to be 14’ above normal,…
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President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Born May 29 1917

And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country. As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John Fitzgerald Kennedy, born May 29, 1917, Brookline, MA, commonly referred to by his…
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Historic Occurrences – Media Innovation Website Facebook facebook . com Launches 2004

Philadelphia, PA: Facebook innovator Mark Zuckerberg orders Philly cheesesteaks at Pat's King of Steaks September 2017. Boston, MA: The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website's membership to Harvard students; however, later they expanded it to higher education institutions in the Boston area, the Ivy League schools, and Stanford University. Facebook gradually added support for students at various other universities, and eventually to…
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US STRONG – Shooter attacks outdoor Concert from Vegas Highrise, at least 58 Killed, 515 injured. BLOOD DONATIONS follow the Deadliest Shooting in US History

Statement by President Trump on the Shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada Diplomatic Room 10:50 EDT THE PRESIDENT: My fellow Americans, we are joined together today in sadness, shock, and grief. Last night, a gunman opened fire on a large crowd at a country music concert in Las Vegas, Nevada. He brutally murdered more than 50 people, and wounded hundreds more. It was an act of pure evil. The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are working closely with local…
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Preparedness Tips – New England Hurricane Emergencies

 Appalachian Highland Thrust and Lower Atlantic - Having an emergency supply kit is an essential component of personal and family preparedness Emergency kits should include essentials items that will help sustain you and your family for up to three days in the event you are isolated in your home without power during disaster. First, think about essential items you will need for basic survival: water, food, warmth, clean air, and necessary medications, or medical equipment. Additionally, utilities and basic services…
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NATURAL DISASTERS – The Hurricane is the Easy Part – Cyclone Destroys Puerto Rico, Relief Supplies Stuck on Trucks, Humanitarian Disaster Expands, 59+ Killed, 100s Rescued

Puerto Rico - The Hurricanes are the easy part. One week after the cyclone - Survival following the season's second hurricane, Maria, which destroyed or damaged most structures, electric, and water supply, has been slowed by the inland distribution of relief supplies. According to Puerto Rico's Governor, there are not enough licensed truck drivers to move supplies. Navy deploys hospital ship "Comfort" to Puerto Rico. Historic Atlantic Cyclone Symbol - circa 1920s Asbury Park via wiki - As of September…
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Hurricane Maria Devastates Puerto Rico – Coast Guard crews deploy communications convoy to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrews load relief supplies for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Sept. 22, 2017. The Coast Guard's primary missions in Puerto Rico are search and rescue and port reconstitution. ( Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Dickinson) Coast Guard Air Station Miami aircrews load relief supplies for Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, Sept. 22, 2017. The Coast Guard's primary missions in Puerto Rico are search and rescue and port reconstitution. ( Coast Guard…
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IRMA NATION – Coast Guard sets port condition Yankee

Hurricane Irma Update - Florida Evacuating. Coast Guard sets port condition Yankee for South Florida Ports  MIAMI – Effective 12 Friday, the Coast Guard captain of the port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for Port Miami, Miami River, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Port of Fort Pierce and all other South Florida terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of 25 mph and gusts up to 40 mph generated by Hurricane Irma that may arrive within 24 hours.…
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GRAND ARMY of the REPUBLIC – UNION Civil War Statue to Be Erected on Town Green by Ludlow Patriots

from affiliate VT Strong - LUDLOW, VT: Okemo Valley – Before a large crowd of strong American citizens, the Board of Selectmen met Monday August 7, 2017 at Town Hall on Depot Street in the Village of Ludlow. The Selectmen heard the Paul Barton proposal to erect a monument to the Grand Army of the Republic. The proposal was moved, seconded and passed. This will be Ludlow’s first monument statue in Honor of the Civil War ancestors. Share More:  
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