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  • 1.
  • 2. The Land (Geography)
    • Somerset has an area of 12 square miles.
    • It borders on Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay, and its east border is formed by the Taunton River (part of Narragansett Bay).
  • 3. History
    • In 1677, the pilgrims first settled on what is now Somerset (then, the Shawomet lands). The Native American populations were wiped out from exposure to European diseases (smallpox).
    • 1790: Somerset was official incorporated as a town in Massachusetts.
    • The town was named after Somerset Square in Boston-- which itself was named after Somerset County, in England.
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    • Since it borders the Taunton River, Somerset was once used as a chief shipping and distribution center.
    • In 1872, the town became a major coal port.
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    • Beginning around the late nineteenth century, Fall River’s (the city across the river) industry grew-- and absorbed much of Somerset’s industry. This allowed Somerset to suburbanize.
    • However, Somerset maintains its major industry: power generation.
    • There are two power plants in this 12 square mile town.
  • 6. Somerset Power Plant
    • Somerset Power Plant is a coal-and oil-fired power plant currently owned by NRG Energy Inc.
    • Also known as the Montaup Power Station (once owned by the Montaup Electric Company), it originally featured a pulverized coal-fired (fluid-bed) boiler technology.
  • 7. Pollution
    • Until the mid-1970’s, asbestos-containing materials were utilized as high temperature insulation for equipment such as pipes, boilers and turbines. 
    • Inhaling dust and particles from the application and maintenance of asbestos insulation and other materials placed employees at risk of developing serious health problems. 
  • 8. Brayton Point Power Station
    • Began operating in 1962. It is the largest fossil-fuel power plant in New England, as its responsible for 6% of the region’s power.
    • It consists of 4 generating units that produce enough electricity to power about 1.5 million homes, using low-sulfur coal, natural gas and fossil fuel oil.
  • 9. Pollution - Brayton Point
    • According to a recent report from Environment Rhode Island, the Brayton Point station emits 84 lbs of mercury each year. It’s ranked the 4th worst for mercury pollution in New England.
    • This pollution is also contaminates the Taunton River.
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    • Stone walls are common in many backyards.
    • The Village Waterfront
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  • 12. Culture & Lifestyle
    • The Village: the original colony of Somerset; oldest and most historic part of the town.
    • Youths have been enjoying the waterfront for generations...
  • 13. Nancy Pimental
    • Nancy Pimental graduated from Somerset High School in 1983.
    • After attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for Chemical Engineering, she decided to pursue screenwriting instead.
    • She wrote the screenplay for the movie The Sweetest Thing. One of the scenes is set at a dress boutique-- owned by a woman named Vera-- which Pimental based off of the actual Vera’s Bridal from her hometown in Somerset, Mass.
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