Looking for a Way to Say "Thanks" After the Storm?

Who deserves your thanks? The road crews, the stranger who plowed the end of your driveway, your neighbor, or anyone else who helped you out during this historic snow storm? Thank them right here on Patch for everyone to see.


It's been a snow storm of epic proportions that everyone who lived in this part of Connecticut will remember for a lifetime.

"Where were you when the Blizzard of 2013 hit Branford?" will be asked over and over.

Patch is a great forum to use for community conversations. This time, let's all say a big "thanks" to any person or group who helped us out during this storm. It's easier than sending a thank you note!

The good Samaritan stories are making their way around the kitchen tables: a group of neighbors who all chipped in and got their road cleared using a team of their own snow-blowers; a resident stopping to help others in an accident; neighbors helping elderly neighbors clear their driveways.

Your story is out there.

Add your comments to the article to say a "big thanks!"


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Robert B. February 16, 2013 at 06:15 PM
I'm not going to thank Branford Department of Public Works until they drag their rear-ends to Granite Bay and widen the roads beyond just being single car goat-paths. It's been a week and still that way. Seriously, the town needs to get it's act together.
Maria Mattei Alfano February 16, 2013 at 08:56 PM
No thanks to RCI management for plowing our trailer park but, big thanks goes out to the town that got Cherry Hill construction to come out and help us out after being plowed in for almost 3 days. We have many people that are disabled, sick and elderly many in the park tried to help each other remove the snow but, if it wasn't for them coming out who knows how long it would of taken for us to get out. My husband was helping the men from Cherry Hill they were working nonstop for days and were very helpful. Just sorry we have some that didn't appreciate their help but know many of us did appreciate all your hard work!!! thank you, Maria & Paul
Robert B. February 17, 2013 at 04:40 AM
It's not that I'm not appreciative of the attempted effort. I'm just saying it's been a week and many of the roads in my neck of town are still "single car goat-paths". It's like the town doesn't care people are getting on and off shifts at different hours and trying to go up and down streets but can't do so because the streets are only wide enough for one vehicle to pass through safely.
Robert B. February 17, 2013 at 04:45 AM
To illustrate my point, I have to go on shift, and this is entirely fictional but may actually happen, at 5pm. Some other person, I'll just refer to this other party as John Doe, is scheduled to come home around the same time as I have to leave for work. John Doe and I, hypothetically, live on the same street and the snow is so piled up on either side that only one car can get through at any given time in a safe manner, on a road where usually 2 cars can pass safely going in opposite directions. That's pretty much the problem for most people living in Short Beach right now, and the majority of us would more than likely be thankful if the town, the gentlemen from Cherry Hill you mentioned, or even the national guard came through to make the roads more passable and able to safely fit 2 cars going in opposite directions instead of just 1.
Sue T February 21, 2013 at 04:02 AM
I had to drive back from Pittsburgh (7 hrs) that Sunday to attend a memorial service. Streets hadn't been plowed by the time I left and I couldn't reach anyone for an update as I drove. My backup sleeping arrangements were plowed out after dinner time so I left the service much after dark very carefully making my way to Bra nford. I decided to see how close I could get to my street/house. Maybe I could drag my suitcase thru the snow & get into my house, I had to work the next day. To my great surprise our road had been narrowly plowed but also someone had shoveled out my driveway! I just barely squeezed the car in, then had to deal with resetting the furnace that had turned off when the snow had covered the vent. (My wonderful neighbor Brad had already cleared the vent the day before.). And I discovered later that while Brad had been out helping others all day my friend Kitty and a friend of hers who "wanted some exercise" decided to shovel my driveway!...by hand! Her own street (many blocks away) hadn't yet been plowed so her snow blower couldn't be used. Eternal thanks to all those neighbors who so generously look out for each other. It is what makes community. And don't I have amazing friends!


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