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From Columbia Gas

If you lived, owned property or owned a business in Lawrence, Andover or North Andover on September 13, 2018, you could receive payment from a Class Action Settlement.

  • The Settlement creates a $143 million Settlement Fund. After Court-approved costs and fees, including attorneys’ fees, the remainder of the Settlement Fund will be used to compensate people and businesses covered by the Settlement, called “Class Members.”

  • You are a Class Member if you lived, owned property or owned a business in the Class Area on September 13, 2018.

  • As a Class Member, you may be entitled to compensation from the Settlement Fund. The terms of the Settlement are described more fully on this website.

 

***** Your legal rights are affected whether you act or not.

Please read this website carefully. *****

  • File a Claim for Payment by January 9, 2020 = Filing the Claim Form available on this website will allow you to receive money under the Settlement if it is approved by the Court.

  • Object to the Settlement by December 10, 2019 = If you do not think the Settlement is fair you may write to the Settlement Administrator to Object.

  • Do Nothing = Get no payment, give up rights. If you do nothing, you will be bound by the terms of the Settlement, but will not receive any payment from the Settlement.

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Social Media Contest


SHOP. SHARE. WIN $100.
November 27-December 28


Shopping local? Shout it out on Facebook or Instagram for a chance to win a $100 gift card. Here’s how it works:

  • Follow @ROCKTHEREGISTER on Instagram or Facebook.

  • Visit a business in Andover, North Andover or Lawrence.

  • Snap a photo and share it out with #RockTheRegister.

 

A new winner will be selected at random each week. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. No purchase necessary.

Nift Gift
Cards

Our communities have so much to offer and we want to celebrate that in a way that drives spending and generates lots of positive buzz about our shops, restaurants and service providers.

So, in an exciting new program aimed at helping businesses and households in the areas affected by last year’s Columbia Gas explosions city and town officials are mailing $30 Rock the Register Nift cards to 8,000 residences in the impacted areas of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. The cards can be used at participating local businesses. It’s a win-win for residents and businesses.

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City of Lawrence
Alert Center

Alert Center allows you to view all alerts and emergencies in your area. If there are alerts or emergencies, they will be listed below by category. To be instantly notified of alerts and emergencies subscribe to

Typical alerts that you can expect to receive are:

  • Community Alerts

  • Construction Alerts

  • Road Closures

  • Lawrence Police Department

 

You may subscribe via email, visit the site, or sign up for their RSS.

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CodeRed Alert System

Sign up to receive important messages directly to your phone either by voice call or by text message to your cell phone.

 

Typical alerts that you can expect to receive are:

  • snow emergencies;

  • city-wide announcements, such as the start/stop of a parking restriction season;

  • public health alerts such as boil water orders;

  • public safety alerts;

  • and, utility alerts such as a water service interruption.

 

If you would like to sign on, click on the Emergency Alert Signup button below and you will be brought to a short form at CodeRedWeb.com (the City of Lawrence's Emergency Alert Vendor).  

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Save these numbers now for when the alerts come in:

866-419-5000 - EMERGENCY CALLS
855-969-4636 - GENERAL CALLS

Related Events
Community Projects

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow

by LHS ENLACE Program

In Lawrence, Massachusetts, a high school team of English-language learners new to the community were driven to help their new neighbors after a series of gas explosions in rocked their town and environs, a tragedy that destroyed dozens of homes and claimed the life of a teenager. Using a 3D printer, the students designed a safety valve to help prevent future gas line blasts due to high pressure – and earned themselves the National Finalist title in the contest.

Team teacher Shaddai Vargas, an art teacher in Lawrence High School’s ENLACE (Engaging Newcomers in Language & Content Education) program, said that their efforts to address the threat garnered much media attention, as well as interest from the gas company responsible.

 

“They looked at our prototype and were amazed because it had a lot in common with a safety device they were planning on buying,” Vargas said. “That let us know that we were going in the right direction, and students felt really proud of their work.”

Vargas’s students have faced an added challenge in the contest to overcome language barriers while learning the STEM skills critical to designing the prototype, but said the results have been worth it.

 

“Students realize that all their efforts will serve as scaffolding for upcoming students’ efforts, which has given them even more purpose,” said Vargas. “It’s an honor for us to be able to raise awareness among schools about implementing STEM and show how it can align with community needs.”

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Lawrence Made Resiliency

by Groundwork Lawrence's Green Team

When applying for a grant with the MCC (Mass Cultural Council), The Green Team at Groundwork Lawrence decided to pay a tribute to everyone effected by the Gas explosions by creating an art piece.

 

For this project, our team has decided to carve the words, "Lawrence Made" into a pipe and place pictures inside of the pipe that go from left to right to make a visual timeline of the tragedy and of the work that citizens put in to help others. These pictures are going to be illuminated by lights that wrap around the inside of the pipe, so that the pictures are easier to see.

 

This project is meant to show the resilience of the Lawrence community and the people who were effected by the explosions. This shows that no matter what the circumstance, our community comes together to help each other. This piece shows that we are LAWRENCE MADE AND LAWRENCE STRONG.

The Boiler Project

by Elevated Thought

To honor and recognize the experiences of Lawrencians on the first anniversary of the Gas Crisis, The Boiler Project, directed and edited by Wilfred Acosta, Michael T., and Adriel Jimenez.

This is a story of resilience from members of the Lawrence community.

"We want to take the time to thank everyone who came and supported. Thank you as well to everyone involved in the process, especially the residents of Lawrence who shared their stories for the film."