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What's New at Local 1602
Adopt A Hydrant
Apr 12, 2015

The Rockland Fire Department has partnered with Hy-Viz bring hydrant marker to our community!
Some features of the markers:
All markers handmade in the U.S.A 
A FIVE foot tall fiberglass rod -strong yet flexible. 
FOUR Large Bands of Engineer Grade banding. 
Stainless steel rust proof mount. - The hydrant markers will NEVER rust! 

These highly reflective hydrant markers will allow hydrants to be visible day or night, even from a great distance.

The markers will help locate snow covered hydrants during the winter months
and tree and shrub obstructed hydrants during the warmer months, leaf and leaf bag pilings in the Autumn - even behind illegally parked cars! 

Best of all, your adopted hydrant will look great year after year!

And we need your help by "Adopting" a Hydrant - Its one of the best and easiest ways to help you, your neighbors, your property and possibly the health and safety of you and your loved ones in times of emergency!

- Minutes spent looking for a buried hydrant can cost lives!

Here's how the program works:

  • A resident or business will purchase a hydrant marker for $20.00 by either sending a check or money order or coming to the fire stationand completing a brief Adopt A Hydrant Request Form. You can also use a secure online payment link through PayPal (below).

    * Please make checks payable to "Town of Rockland " 
    Rockland Fire Department
     c/o: Adopt a Hydrant Program
    360 Union Street
    Rockland, MA

  • You may also purchase your marker online, securely, directly from the manufacture Hy-Viz Inc. using PayPal.  (Click link for the website)
  • You can also change the quantity when ordering if you want to purchase more than one.
  • Don't forget to complete the Adopt A Hydrant Request Form and contact us when you purchase using PayPal, so we can get your information.
  • The resident or business will provide us with the nearest street address (i.e.. in front of 123 Main Street) of the hydrant (or hydrants!) they wish to adopt at the time payment is sent.
  • Once a group of orders have been placed, the Fire Department will locate the adopted hydrants and place the markers on them.
  • It's helpful if residents could keep their hydrants accessible year-round. Snow in the winter and shrub overgrowth in the summer can hamper quick access in an emergency where minutes, if not seconds, count!

Building Collapse 125 Hartsuff St.
Feb 15, 2015


Click above for more pictures of the collapse. Thank you to National Grid Electric for the aerial pictures.

Building Collapse 125 Hartsuff St.

Another building collapse in Rockland (2-15-15) at 125 Hartsuff St. It was a commercial building that the roof collapsed under the weight of snow. No injuries reported. This is the fourth complete or partial collapse that we have had here in Rockland in the last week.

Please clear as much snow from your roofs as safely as possible. If necessary hire a professional. We cannot endorse any contractor, our advice is to make sure the contractor is insured.

Firehouse Fridays on Fox 25
Feb 13, 2015

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Update on Hydrant Challenge
Feb 11, 2015

Update on the #‎hydrantchallenge,

We just got word from Yianni's Pizza (, located at 165A Market st. that they would sponsor the hydrant challenge and will be donating a $25 gift certificate to the winner each week we run the challenge.

A huge thank you to Yianni's Pizza.

Okay, lets get digging and remember to post the pictures on our page. If you need help with the location of your closest hydrant you can post on our page, message us or email us (

Thank you.

Piano Mill Building Collapse
Feb 11, 2015


Click pictures above for photo gallery.

Piano owned by Liberace unharmed in Rockland roof collapse

ROCKLAND – A bejeweled piano once owned by famed pianist Liberace was recovered unharmed Tuesday after the roof collapsed at a music store where it is housed.

The latest snowstorm to slam the region caved in the pitched roof of the Piano Mill, at 217 Centre Ave., leaving a gaping hole in the building about 100-feet-by-100-feet, Rockland Fire Chief Scott Duffey said Tuesday morning. No one was in the building at the time.

The store’s claim to fame is that it is home to one of Liberace’s famous pianos – one encrusted with 88,888 Swarovski rhinestones and worth about $500,000. Early Tuesday evening, the Rockland Fire Department confirmed to The Enterprise that the Liberace piano was removed undamaged from the building.

The Piano Mill serves as showroom that sells pianos and other instruments. They also offer lessons and host performances.

As of Tuesday afternoon it was unclear if the piano was damaged in the collapse and it may be days until that can be determined, Duffey said.

“I haven’t seen it yet but there’s a piano that was once owned by Liberace. Unfortunately I think it is in the collapse zone,” Duffey said. “Either the whole building will need to be torn down with the product inside or they’re going to have to sure portions of it up.”

Officials believe the collapse happened about 1:30 a.m., Tuesday. The fire department was called about 6:30 a.m.

Bill Walls, whose house is next to The Piano Mill said he was woken up by a loud noise Tuesday morning.

“It was like 1:30 in the morning and we woke up because we heard a loud noise, almost like a plow truck coming down our driveway. But we looked out the window and we didn’t see anything,” Walls, 50, of Rockland said.

Susan Costagliola also thought she heard a plow. Her house is across the street from the music store.

“I heard it but I thought it was just a snow plow going by. It was one of those things where I woke up and said ‘What’s that noise?’ but I just fell back asleep,” Costagliola, 37, of Rockland said. “It sounded like a rumbling of sorts. I didn’t really expect it. I opened up my door this morning and saw that. It was crazy.”

Duffey said the town got over 27 inches of snow from the storm Monday, which contributed to the roof’s collapse. The building was up to code.

“The damage was mostly done to the middle part of the building. The roof caved in into the middle of the building,” Duffey said. “The owner is going to have to get a demolition crew and a structural engineer to assess the stability of the building to see if they can go in and get some product out.”

Store owner Robert Norris had been eagerly waiting to find out the fate of the famed piano. As had Jonathan Warren, the chairman of the Las Vegas-based Liberace Foundation.

“It was one of his favorite pianos, which was saying something because he played a lot of pianos,” Warren told The Enterprise.

Born Wladziu Valentino Liberace, the renowned pianist and entertainer was known for his gaudy, glittering outfits and his stage presence. The height of his popularity was between the 1950s and 1970s when he performed in Las Vegas and toured worldwide.

“It’s not just a piano. This man was a huge influence on music culture,” Warren said. “It’s worth about $500,000. I think there are thousands of fans who would tell you it’s priceless. There’s only a few of these things and there’s only one Liberace. He’s the reason why the signs in Las Vegas look like they do.”

Norris came in possession of the 9-foot Baldwin concert grand piano from the Baldwin Piano Company. Norris restores old pianos, both for resale at the store and for clients around the country.

Norris said he considers himself a foster parent of the piano.

Warren reached out to Norris Tuesday morning to offer any help he can. The Liberace Foundation is in possession of many of Liberace’s belongings, including a “sister” piano that is almost identical to the piano in Rockland.

The non-profit group, which raises scholarship money for music and performing arts students, has over 10,000 cubic feet of Liberace-related materials.

“We’ve contacted them and sent some emails and some messages to The Piano Mill to let them know that if we can be of any assistance,” Warren said. “We have some expertise in repairing and restoring Swarovski encrusted items. We have his Swarovski-encrusted roadster, costumes and the one other piano.”

“It is a big piece of Americana,” Warren said. “Hopefully maybe some part of it can be restored and If we can help with that in any way we will.”

The roof collapse was one of several in the region on Monday and Tuesday. Rockland had four incidents where roofs collapsed or buckled under the weight of the snow. West Bridgewater and Bridgewater also dealt with collapses.

“This isn’t something that we always anticipate but what’s happened is we’ve gotten a lot of snow really quick and that’s created a large heavy load on these roofs,” Duffey said. “The only thing that we suggest is to get that snow off your roof. Either hire a contractor to do it safely or if you have a roof rake, start scraping the snow off. It’s something you don’t want to avoid because more snow is just adding to that weight on the roof.”

Benjamin Paulin may be reached at

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