• Coffee shop owner's kind act spreads joy to stranded Commuter Rail passengers

    By: Mike Saccone


    WHITMAN, Mass. - A coffee shop owner in Whitman came to the rescue of Commuter Rail passengers who were stranded in the cold Thursday morning.

    The engine of a train caught fire in Hanson during the morning commute and caused major delays on the Kingston/Plymouth Line. 

    Matt Wood, who owns Restoration Coffee, said one of his customers told him about the delays. His coffee shop is located next to the Whitman station. 

    Wood said he went outside and saw around 150 people standing on the platform. 

    Boston 25 News Chief Meteorologist Kevin Lemanowicz said the temperature at the time was in the mid-30s, but the wind-child factor was in the mid-20s. 

    “I figured that their day had been inconvenienced already and it was chilly waiting outside,” Wood told Boston 25 News. “I thought I could make their day a little better with a hot cup coffee.”

    Wood shut down his shop and ran over to the platform with a freshly-brewed pot of coffee and handed out free cups of joe. 

    “Making people’s day brighter with a good quality cup of joe is the reason I opened my business,” Wood said. “We all need a little restoration now and then and I was happy to be able to give a little pick me up to some people today.”

    Wood estimates he handed out about 50 cups of coffee.

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