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5 Things You Need to Know Today: Aug. 29

Take a deep breath before reading NStar's statement on power restoration.

1. Misery loves company. If you woke without power, you were far from alone. Though NStar didn't have specific numbers for Holliston, more than 200,000 of its customers were without power early Monday. "NStar is warning customers that it could be several days" before all service is restored, spokesman Michael Durand said.  

2. The show goes on. The full parking lot at Holliston High School Monday morning was a reminder that the pre-opening day event went off as scheduled. Students in grades 1-12 start on Tuesday; kindergarten students get their first day Wednesday. 

3. Booming business. With coffee pots in the dark, but the downtown business block with full power, local spots such as Dunkin Donuts and Pejamajo Cafe were busier than usual Monday morning. A clerk at Pejamajo said coffee was being sold and consumed as fast as it could be made. 

 4. Should the town open the Marshall St. recycling center this week to take Irene debris? Some residents think waiting until it's next scheduled opening Saturday is too long, and are using Patch's Facebook page to generate support for the idea. 

 5. Have photos of Irene or her aftermath you want to share? Have ideas for how neighbors can help one another clean up and get back on track? Did your power just pop back on? Let us know in the comments section or get in touch via email. 

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