Eight-year-old Christian Babin explains his theory about how a massive pine tree crashed down upon his next door neighbor’s house on Fairlawn Avenue in the east end of Waterbury. There were no injuries.

   There were thousands of residents in the city without power during the storm but there was minor damage in the city. Mayor Neil O’Leary’s Facebook page was cranking out news for the past 24 hours and whether you like his politics or not, you should consider connecting with him on Facebook to stay abreast of micro-local information, especially in a crisis.

   Here are a few important updates from O’Leary’s Facebook page today:

   • There is school in Waterbury tomorrow, including Kaynor Tech.

   • Halloween is still on.

   • City Hall is open tomorrow.

   • Traffic lights are out in some parts of Waterbury; please treat all intersections as 4-way stop signs

   • Tuesday’s trash collection will be picked up Wednesday.

   • Thursday and Friday trash collection will resume as usual.

   • Leaf and branch pick-up is rescheduled to Saturday.

   • CL&P has restored power to 2000 customers in Waterbury and is working hard to restore power to the 4% of city customers affected.

   • Waterbury is moving emergency shelter from WAMS to the North End Rec. Center, located at 268 N. Main St.

   • The downtown YMCA is offering its members and their neighbors, friends or relatives a hot shower and charging station for cell phones or laptops. Have your guests show a valid photo ID.

   • The mobile food pantry comes to Waterbury PAL 64 Division St the first Thursday of every month and will be here this Thursday 11/1/12 1030am distributing groceries to anyone who needs them. There is no paperwork to complete. If you need groceries please come. For more information please call Officer MaryJane Robinson at PAL at 203-346-3921.

Another angle of the tree on Fairlawn Avenue,above, and below, William Hall and Bridgette Babin cruise along Fairlawn Avenue on their bikes.