Massachusetts state troopers return from New Jersey with Sandy stories

More than two dozen troopers accepted commendations yesterday for helping out New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy.

After being recognized for lending a hand to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey, Lt. Michael Habel recalled the nine days he spent on the coast of the Garden State earlier this month; memories that were covered in sand.

“There were two older women who shared a house, and basically were asking us to try to find something, anything, in the sand,” Habel said. “It was sad. They wanted any memento that would help them remember their house.”

Habel was one of 25 state troopers to receive commendations Monday at State Police Headquarters in Framingham.

“When I reached out to ask if the state police would be willing to field a group of 25 people, I already knew the answer,” Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Director of MEMA, Kurt Schwartz said Monday. “The answer was a resounding yes.”

“We were basically trying to keep the peace,” Habel said. “The whole area had been evacuated, so we wanted a high visibility to ensure there was no looting.”

Trooper Andrew Fox said he witnessed first hand how desperate people were to salvage what little they could find from their ravaged homes.

“One man came to see his house, his whole cellar was filled with sand, and he had a little plastic shovel that he was using to try to dig out a safe that had all his valuables in it. It was a sad picture.”

Sgt. George Hamilton, who was stationed in Ortley Beach, said he couldn’t be more proud of his fellow officers.

“Without being asked, without being told to, they just jumped right in to help people,” said Hamilton. “They crawled through windows, into people’s houses – what was left of them – and put themselves in dangerous situations to make things a little more manageable for people.”


Pennsylvania police shooter manhunt near home of suspect's…

A police manhunt intensified on Friday for the gunman who killed an officer and wounded another in an ambush at a Pennsylvania police barracks a week ago.


MAP: New York City street closures, September 19,…

The Department of Transportation and NYPD said there may be residual delays near all of the street closures on September 19, 20 and 21. There will be many streets and…


MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…


NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…


'Outlander' Season 1, Episode 7: 'The Wedding'

Claire and Jamie are man and wife!!! Like, ALL THE WAY, if you know what we mean. (Twice.)


Kevin Smith makes peace with the Internet

I was thinking about Ain't It Cool News and Harry Knowles last night, wondering if anyone from Ain't It Cool had reviewed my new movie…


Art imitates life in 'Swim Little Fish Swim'

There's a certain comfort to be taken in finding that young artists are still moving to New York and trying to make it — and…


Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.


Oday Aboushi ready for increased role, and to…

Oday Aboushi might feel comfortable enough to engage in some trash talk the next time he is on the field.


Giants vs. Texans: 3 things to watch

The Giants host the surprising Texans (2-0) in what may already be a must-win game for Big Blue.


Eric Decker misses practice again, could miss Monday

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker missed practice Thursday as he continues to rehab a hamstring injury suffered last Sunday.


Derek Jeter still focused on baseball as final…

Derek Jeter has effectively hid his emotions for 20 years in the Bronx.


A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.


3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.


Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…


Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…