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September 18, 2011

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The Board of Selectmen and Board of Public Works have sent a letter to NStar criticizing the power company’s response to Tropical Storm Irene and requesting a meeting to discuss how NStar will assure Marshfield of a faster and more visible response to future storms. The letter, dated Sept. 8, said NStar’s emergency services were completely inadequate, and that the company appeared to provide no service for nearly the entire first day of the storm. The boards asked for the meeting “to gain some assurance that this incident will become a lesson learned and will never be repeated again.’’ NStar spokesman Michael Durand said the company would be happy to meet with Marshfield officials. During and after the storm, NStar responded to about 2,800 incidents of tree-related damage, he said. - Jennette Barnes