Price For Oil Heat Skyrocketing With No End Presently in Sight and No Relief

I will cost about $1000 for a 200 gallon fill-up right now.

By Josh Resnek

This is one of those stories we read which touches us, which actually punches us in our stomachs and which ultimately destroys our check books.

Everett working class families still heating with oil – and there is an abundance of such homeowners and apartment dwellers in this city – are about to experience the worst oil heating season of their lives.

Mario’s Oil, a large retail supplier in Everett, is right now charging approximately $5.00 a gallon for their customers.

In other words, a 200 gallon fill-up for a normal sized heating oil tank would cost today, $1,000.75, according to an official at Mario’s.

At that price, a good many larger home owners still heating with oil their two and three family homes will go through a small fortune in heating oil costs for the coming winter.

And as if that weren’t bad enough, if it is colder winter than usual, Everett property heating with oil are going to be a possible catastrophic situation.

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City Digs Out from Major Storm

Biggest Snowfall in Years Buries City

By Josh Resnek

Saturday’s snow storm, called a “bomb cyclone” by weather forecasters, dumped more than 2 feet of snow on New England – and even more in some places.

It was not the Blizzard of 1978. However the snowfall was substantial. It caused the public schools to be closed and for the most part, the city has come back to life but at a much slower pace.

Snow removal efforts will likely go on for much of the week.

Luckily for all of us, the snowfall was extremely fluffy and not dense and thick.

Everett’s first responders got through the storm without major incidents.

As the week began, temperatures remained icy cold, not rising much out of the teens.

Monday and Tuesday had high temperatures of 25 degrees.

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The Dead of Winter

It is the dead of winter.

There is as much winter in front of us as behind us.

It is the dead of winter and there’s been very little snow and not much frigid cold.

Still, we must bundle up warmly lest we should freeze. There is no such thing as wearing short sleeves and bathing suits outside.

In addition, the dark mornings and early dark late afternoons demand our attention and alter how we feel.

All that darkness framed by much less light in between weighs on our mental well-being.

Some claim it burdens our souls.

It is the dead of winter and we are alone in our own thoughts. We battle the elements.

It is not like we are living in Florida with the air conditioning on inside our homes 24/7.

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The Bitter Cold

We haven’t experienced cold like this in several years.

This kind of cold always tends to make a mockery out of the idea that the earth is warming – but it is, and we know it.

The cruelty of such bitter cold is unimaginable to those who live down south and have never tasted of a New England winter.

This frigid, icy cold is a killer.

If you are outside unprotected for longer than 20 minutes in cold like this you will die.

If the water pipes in your home are not protected they will freeze and then burst – and then comes the plumber and there’s goes your money.

We love walking our pets outdoors. But who loves walking their pets outdoors when it is -3 or -4 below zero?

When it gets cold like this our heating systems run day and night. If paying for heating oil doesn’t sink you, paying for natural gas will.

It is always during times like these that the heating system breaks down.

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The winter of our discontent

Among the worst aspects of this winter that is upon us is that Everett’s schoolchildren and schoolchildren remain learning online at home. Universities’ classroom instruction across the nation has experienced the same fate.

Add to this the extraordinary impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and our nation’s rather slow and painful reaction to it.

Several hundred thousand more deaths from the virus are expected in just the next three or four months, and frankly, vaccines of no vaccines, there appears to be no end in sight for our problems with the virus, with unemployment, with small businesses going under, with major cities experiencing a revolution in where we work, how we work, and creating great questions about the future of many downtowns – and this includes Boston.

Everett has been dramatically affected by the virus and its resulting hassles.

The Encore Hotel and Casino are right now all about dreariness. The hotel is closed. The casino is restricted from generating money – which the city is relying on for our Host City payment – and it is a question mark when everything is going to change, or return to normal, as we like to say.

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