Saturday, November 17, 2012
The 'Unite 2 Revive' fundraiser will feature seven NJ bands at Jersey's Sports Bar in Neptune on Sunday, Nov. 18
Saturday, November 17, 2012
A day-long event featuring food, drink and popular New Jersey rock bands on Sunday will raise funds for Red Cross efforts to meet the needs of those victimized by Hurricane Sandy. The "Unite 2 Revive" will be held at Jersey’s Sports Bar, located at 116 Third Ave. in Neptune, from noon to 7 p.m. The fundraising event is being presented by Stars that Shine Entertainment, LLC, TOURPAX, and Synergy Event Planners. The restaurant will be serving food and drink specials during the event and sponsors include Patch sites throughout New Jersey. Guests are welcome to attend throughout the day to enjoy music from local bands including: The Eddie Testa Band, Guy Smiley, Rome, Undercover, Kindred, Marc Ribler & friends and Nobs Overdrive. Special …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Others have had no power at all for 10 days
Gov. Christie told a gathering on Long Beach Island on Wednesday that the coming Nor'easter and anticipated snowfall would likely cause "a setback" in the work underway for full power restoration. Boy, he wasn't kidding. JCP&L, on its website, is acknowledging that the nor'easter has created new outages, often for customers who were hit with outages in the height of Sandy's destructive path, had power restored and are now in the cold darkness yet again. "Late Wednesday, heavy, wet snow and high winds from the nor'easter resulted in approximately 120,000 additional power outages in the Jersey Central Power & Light service territory," says the JCP&L website. The company serves 13 counties in New Jersey, including Monmouth and Ocean. There …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Still 74,012 in the dark in Ocean and Monmouth counties
There are currently 28,176 JCP&L customers without power in Ocean County and 45,836 without power in Monmouth County, according to an update on the JCP&L website. Those numbers change constantly as crews continue to work on outages throughout the region. However, the nor'easter starting to move into the area may cause new outages as well as coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. JCP&L, in a prepared statement, says: "Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has restored power to more than 900,000 of the 1.2 million JCP&L customers affected by Hurricane Sandy, marking five consecutive days where crews have restored at least 100,000 customers per day. While restoration continues, JCP&L is preparing for a Nor'easter that is …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Freehold Raceway Mall offered most of the comforts of home to the storm-weary and powerless on the Saturday after Sandy.
If there was a power outlet left available in any corner of the Freehold Raceway Mall on Saturday, chances are someone was about to plug in a phone, a laptop, an iPod or just about any device with a drained battery. The mall reopened at 10 a.m. Saturday after regaining power Friday afternoon and has reinstated its normal business hours. Floor outlets near seating areas, wall outlets on pillars and power strips on folding tables in improvised charging stations at the Mall's center court were all in constant use by the storm weary of all ages. The center court Starbucks drew waves of caffein-seekers and the mall's food courts and restaurants (many of them were open) were mobbed. If you were there, or at another mall, tell us about it. Was it…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Inoperative traffic lights make even daytime driving a risky proposition.
Neither an overnight curfew nor requests for residents to minimize driving during daylight hours are being observed to the degree the Matawan Borough Police Department would like to see, Lt. Ben Smith said Wednesday. The curfew, from 7 pm to 7 am, will be in force again Wednesday night, according to Sgt. Tom Falco, who is responsible for the borough's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Even Matawan Mayor Paul Buccellato, who stopped by the police department at about 6:30 pm, said he was heading home to be off the roads in time for the start of the curfew. With no local traffic signals operating and no power for street lights after sundown, Smith said, "We're asking people to take the normal precautions and stay off the roads even in …
The Morganville Independent Fire Company is running an emergency phone charging station
The Morganville Independent Fire Company was a haven for people whose cellphones were running out of power Wednesday morning. Refugees from continuing power outages waited patiently on folding chairs for a chance to plug into one of several power strips laid out on a card table, with an extension cord running out the door to a humming portable generator. Melissa Olivarez of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), presided with clipboard in hand, taking each person's name as they entered and calling them in turn whenever a slot on a power strip was freed up. By 10:30 am, some 40 phones had been charged. "Some people come in with a couple," she said. "And I think some people just like a break, to get out of the house." The charging …
Workers describe Sandy's damage here as 'the worst ever'
Crews manning trucks and heavy equipment from the Matawan Public Works Department have been moving throughout the borough, looking for local roads where trees or tree limbs remain an impediment to traffic. "Downed trees blocking roads," said field tech Guy Policari, describing the department's primary mission on Tuesday. "Our main concern is getting the roads cleared." Policari was part of a crew working Tina Place in the Freneau section of the borough, where Sandy's high winds had fully uprooted several large trees in this neighborood of Victorian-style homes. Frank Reinhold drove a frontloader, pushing fallen trees to curbside, where Adam Castanada begin cutting them up with a chainsaw. Joe Triolo and Eddie Ramirez arrived with a dump …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Extensive damage could delay service restorations across rail and bus linking NJ, NY and Philadelphia
The nation's largest statewide public transportation system says it faces a massive repair and restoration effort in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. NJTransit, consisting of 12 commuter train lines, 3 light rail lines and 261 bus routes, suffered "unprecedented devastation" from the storm, according to James Simpson, New Jersey's transportation commissioner and chairman of the NJTransit board. The system normally provides 895,000 weekday trips, servicing 164 rail stations, 61 light rail stations and more than 19,000 bus stops. Little of that activity was evident on Tuesday, however. Instead, transit crews had begun an extensive damage review. “With the break of daylight, NJ TRANSIT began to inspect and assess the full extent of the damage," …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Virginia Task Force One team is on its way to Fort Dix as it prepares to respond to destruction after Hurricane Sandy.
Before Fairfax County's world-renowned Urban Search and Rescue Team assists in major disasters — such as Hurricane Sandy — there is a lot of preparing and waiting involved. Much of that occurs in a nondescript industrial-style building in Chantilly. On Monday, the 80-member team — many of whom had been up through much of the night — prepared to deploy to Fort Dix, N.J., to assist in recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. They departed on buses shortly before noon, and only found out minutes before leaving where they would be going to wait for recovery efforts. The amount of time they'll be gone is still unknown, and will largely depend on how long the hurricane lasts. "We expect to be gone from two days to 14 days," said …