Tuesday, May 28, 2013
President and Gov. Christie greet cheering crowd in rain.
President Obama checked out a record-breaking sand castle, played a football boardwalk game and "high-fived" lots of kids during a short visit to Point Pleasant Beach early Tuesday afternoon before speaking in Asbury Park. The message from Obama and Gov. Chris Christie was clear: The Jersey Shore is back and open for business, but there is more work to be done. "I came back to let people know we're going to keep going until the job is done," Obama said in a short speech to the crowd who gathered along the boardwalk and beachfront in Asbury. Obama delivered his remarks in front of Convention Hall. "When I was here seven months ago, Sandy had just hit, but you kept going...The Jersey Shore is back in business, but the work is not over," …
Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Friday, April 5, 2013
They say the use of smartphones would have been a big help during the storm.
Communication was the key element missing in the days following Superstorm Sandy, residents said at a meeting with JCP&L executives Friday. Bridgewater resident Neha Limaye Pallod—who arranged the meeting and was joined by a few members of a statewide Facebook group she started to make JCP&L answer for its response to power outages in November—said the lack of information on a street level is where the system was truly flawed. Pallod and other residents met with JCP&L officials at their Morristown headquarters, and she said many made recommendations about how to fix communication for the future. Click here to read our Cover-It-Live story of live tweets from the meeting. “Calls are not getting logged correctly,” she said. “Reporting outages…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Downloadable app comes after customers demand better communication following Superstorm Sandy.
The parent company of Jersey Central Power and Light is touting its new mobile phone app, which the company says could be helpful during times of power outages. The app launched by FirstEnergy Corp. is free for its customers in the five states the company's utilities serve, and offers quicker access to outage maps, simplified reporting of outages, and access to personal account information. “Our new smartphone app and mobile website make it easier for our customers to stay in touch with us and conduct every-day transactions when they’re on the go, whether it’s reporting a power outage or paying a bill,” Ronald I. Green, vice president of Customer Service, said. “The new tools also make our simple and secure online bill payment programs …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Car wash donating a portion of gift card sales to Officer Bob Franco and his family.
A Wayne business owner and his family are running a fundraising drive this month to help Officer Bob Franco and his family. Lincoln-Wayne Car Wash will donate 20 percent of the sale from gift cards worth $25 or more to the Oak Ridge resident and his family. Franco, a Wayne police officer, was severely injured when a tree fell on the car he was in while on patrol during Superstorm Sandy. Franco needed a lot of assistance to get around and needed someone to hold a telephone for him to talk at first but has been steadily recovering since. Jack Sadlon and Sherrie Bradley, the husband and wife who own the car wash, will give the money they collect to Kevin Hughes. Hughes, a student at Wayne Valley High School, will then give the money to the …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Governor hailed as hero following Sandy, says he's 'more ready' to consider presidential run.
Thursday, January 24
Gov. Chris Christie has been considered by some legislators and constituents to be somewhat of a hero for his response and leadership following Superstorm Sandy. But now that the storm has passed, the governor is looking toward the future and a potential run for presidency, according to a Time magazine article, "The Boss," about the state's leader. As Republicans look to place a strong candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Christie may be their choice. But state Democratic leaders said there is much the governor has still not delivered on during his tenure. Despite rumors that he was planning to run for president in 2012, Christie publicly announced several times over that he did not have intentions to run. Now months later, after …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
One in five residents said they felt forced out of their homes by the storm.
Superstorm Sandy made an impact on approximately two-thirds of the state, according to results from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday. An even higher percentage (94 percent) of the 1,228 polled New Jersey residents reported that they lost power at some point during or after the storm. About 65 percent of those polled said they remained without power for at least five days. "Two-thirds of New Jersey residents were affected when Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Garden State three weeks ago," a press release about the poll said. Approximately one in five residents said they were forced out of their homes by the storm, with about 6 percent of residents telling pollsters they were still not able to permanently return. "We already …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Morris Plains center is open seven days a week to answer questions about what help is available.
Sunday, November 11, 2012
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Drive, for residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy, according to an announcement from the Morris County government. The center will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. A Disaster Recovery Center is where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or to get answers to questions related to their individual case, according to the federal agency. Services may include: Residents can register for Individual Assistance at the Morris Plains center. Residents can also register online at DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362). …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Bishop announces special collection for hurricane victims next week.
Catholics within the Paterson Diocese in Morris, Sussex and Passaic counties are not obligated to attend Mass this weekend amid Superstorm Sandy restoration efforts and new gas restrictions for parts of the state, the diocese said. Bishop Arthur J. Serratelli of the Diocese of Paterson announced Friday that all Catholics within the Paterson Diocese in Passaic, Morris and Sussex counties are automatically dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass this weekend if they are unable to come to church due to the aftermath of the storm. Bishop Serratelli also has asked all parishes in the diocese to take up a special collection for victims of the storm at weekend Masses Nov. 10 and Nov. 11, according to a diocese news release. Parishes also …