SHIRLEY - Shirley? Meet Sandy.

Town officials are responding to the weather event whipped up this week by Hurricane Sandy.

Shirley Town Hall is closed Monday, Oct. 29 due to Hurricane Sandy. The notice was posted on the town website:

Town Clerk Amy McDougall states that all meetings scheduled for tonight have been cancelled.

Shirley Police issued a cautionary message via the emergency advisory/alert system on Sunday. Acting Police Chief Alfreda Cromwell informed residents that, per the declaration Sunday by Massachusetts Governor Duval Patrick, it is considered unsafe for the public to be on the road. Shirley citizens are therefore asked to use caution and to stay off the roads.

The Ayer-Shirley Regional School District is closed today. All non-essential town personnel have been told to stay home and government offices are closed.

As of 11:30 a.m., there's no emergency shelter open in town. However, the Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School on Hospital Road is the designated shelter and will be opened if conditions warrant and it is deemed necessary.

Chief Cromwell said that residents can call the Police Dept. for information or assistance at 978-425-2642. (Or, as always, in an emergency, call 911.)

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