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6,500 Still Without Power, King George Road Reopened

Many restaurants and businesses open, with power or generators.

As of Tuesday, Election Day, there was little change in the number of customers without power as residents bundled up and found a variety of places to charge up, warm up and maybe seek an alternative place to sleep after a frigid overnight.

Meanwhile, Bernards Township police also have placed ice outside the police headquarters which many residents had requested, and is available for the taking.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 8 p.m. as residents vote in local municipal, school, county, state and a U.S. presidential election. However, many polling places have been changed in Bernards Township due to the continuing power outages.

The township website reported in its 6 p.m. update that 6,526 JCP&L customers remained without power. At 9 p.m. on Monday, about 6,700 customers were without power, although Spring Ridge and The Cedars finally had been turned back on Monday evening.

But large swaths of customers, including many sections of the dense The Hills section of the township, remained dark. Some businesses at the Village Center in The Hills were open, including Rite-Aid, Veneto's Trattoria, The Wine Rack and Chu's Cafe were open and running on generator power, but the area still was not being served by electricity as of late Tuesday morning.

Many of the shops and eateries in downtown Basking Ridge, including Brush's Deli and Ridge Italian Comfort Food, were open. The Italian restaurant opened on Monday night, and reportedly is serving most of its full menu on Tuesday. Panera Bread and 100 Marketplace were open, too.

Bernards Township schools now will be closed for the rest of the week, according to a Tuesday update. The Bernards Board of Education now has a limited website for continuing updates notifications online again.

School officials said it would be difficult to know when school will be open again, and many roads remained impassable to school buses.

When school returns, the website said that residents should be prepared for limited transportation and cafeteria service, possibly shortened days or split schedules.

A number of places for warming and charging up electronics devices will be open during the day:

The Bernards Township Library now is open for regular hours as a warming and recharging area, and will remain open through 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Library Director Ruth Lufkin said on that wifi is working at the library, and that residents are watching election results.

The Somerset Hills YMCA in Riverwalk was scheduled to open to both members and non-members at 5:15 a.m. on Monday, providing showers, warmth and facilities. The Riverwalk Mall and nearby 100 Marketplace Mall both were functioning with power and providing food and services.

The Fellowship Deaconry at 3575 Valley Road in the Liberty Corner section also is among those offering temporary housing, warm meals, and kids activities. More information is available on the website, http://www.deaconry.org/hurricanehelp.

Millington Baptist now open

Millington Baptist Church at 520 King George Rd. has regained power by Tuesday, and the church's new building is open for warmth, charging, Internet, and free coffee.

Please post in comments if your church, organization or business is open and offering services that would be useful to the community.

Gas lines are much shorter and gas is available along Route 22 in central Somerset County

R V November 06, 2012 at 06:15 PM
Can somebody tell us what the hold up is? I haven't seen any power crews in my area.
thirdofseven November 06, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Still no power on Mountain Rd. I hope we are not in the final % without power after Saturday. The tree blocking the road is still there and lines are snapped.
HillsResident November 06, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Constitution Way ( Hamilton Woods) is on the JCP&L list of streets that they are working for the past few days, but no sign of any JCP&L trucks in the area so far.
Hamilton Woods Too November 06, 2012 at 07:42 PM
The power lines are underground. We may not see any trucks if they are working from the power facility. Who knows where is it...
G-Man NJ November 06, 2012 at 07:54 PM
latest JCPL estimates by town by day -- but NOT by STREET!!! UGH http://www.nj.gov/nj/home/features/spotlight/20121106_JCPL_Towns_By_Day.pdf
R V November 06, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Sorry but I've been looking at those numbers since they first came out late last week and I don't find them credible anymore. They seem to be just throwing numbers at the Governor to make it appear that "progress" is being made.
TomL November 06, 2012 at 08:18 PM
The town just released (3 pm) a massive four page list of streets that JCPL says it is working on in town. I think they finally gave in to the complaints and said "we're working on everything" even if they aren't. I personally feel a little nervous as my street in the center of town isn't listed at all in the four pages. That would put me at about late next week to get power.
KJK November 06, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Canterbury Way is still out on my half of the street....it's never been on any of the lists. What a joke of a town! Too long without any real honest answers.
TomL November 06, 2012 at 08:42 PM
That is a five page list with, I'd say, 35 towns on each page. That is roughly 175 total towns. Bernards township is the fifth highest number of outtages on the entire list. The other four are down the shore.
TomL November 06, 2012 at 08:44 PM
That missing street would be Country Lane, off Lake Road, if anyone reading this has any influence.
Libby01 November 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
You do realize this has nothing to do with the town right? It's all the power company!
TomL November 06, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Yep. The town is being manipulated by JCPL just as much as we are. That the town has the fifth largest number of outtages in the state suggests that we might need more resources.
G-Man NJ November 06, 2012 at 09:00 PM
go to facebook if your on it and type in Bernards Township -- they just twitted list of streets JCPL are currently working on -- pretty extenstive list....they are sending out updates 1 to 3 hours.
Libby01 November 06, 2012 at 09:02 PM
You can go to bernards.org and get the list too. They've been doing a good job with the updates.
TomL November 06, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Yeah, okay, I saw it and its a massive list of 125 or so streets. They arent working on those now, frankly; they couldn't. Its just a bunch of street names they (JCPL) threw out there to get people to quit complaining. Sorry to be cynical but the list doesn't jive with the level of activity on the streets of the town.
gary newman November 06, 2012 at 10:54 PM
i see that the town of westfield is having a call tonight with a PSEG rep....all residences can call in to hear about what is going on and get updates about getting power back....why doesnt bernards township have this? our mayor and town council have done absolutely nothing to better communicate to the residents --needless to say they are totally out of their element
Lauren C. November 06, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Just got power back on Mt Airy near Bville!
Lauren C. November 06, 2012 at 11:55 PM
You are ignorant if you believe that...the town is responsible for cleaning up the fallen trees and for the first 3 days of this disaster NOTHING was done...I saw them cleaning up trees in Harry Dunham park the day after the storm when they should have been out on the busy streets putting their efforts there...not to mention the town does have inside info as to which circuits are being worked on when, and they certainly could have kept residents in the loop better. 8 days later and the Mayor finally releases a statement "putting pressure on JCP&L"...its a debacle. It felt AWESOME to vote against the current councilmen today at the polls.
Meow2012 November 07, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Do you know if Pill Hill is cleared yet?
R V November 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Still no power in Hamilton Woods as of Wednesday morning. Day 9 of our ordeal.
Lisa Vigna November 07, 2012 at 01:14 PM
This is absolutely disgusting. It took 7 days to even make my road passable to utility crews yet we still have 3 poles down and no end in sight approaching 2 weeks. I am about to have a nervous breakdown. We live off Madisonville Road which has had power for days. I want my power lines re routed to Madisonville!
rescue November 07, 2012 at 01:34 PM
I drove around town yesterday and saw one utility truck by countryside. How is that possible! Our numbers haven't changed in days and spring ridge and the cedars came up. The numbers are BS and the town is doing nothing. A week onto the outage before we hear from the mayor. We will not have power for weeks based on the damage I saw and the number of repair trucks in town.
Hamilton Woods Resident November 07, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Hamiltons Woods Now they are saying majority of the customers will be restored by 11:59 PM on Sunday Nov the 11th, when talked to them on Monday, they said power will be restored in our area by wednesday the 7th, but now they are saying Sunday the 11th. This is just unbelievable.
TomL November 07, 2012 at 02:43 PM
Completely agree. Again, Bernards Township has the largest number of outtages in all of the JCPL's northern and western territory. Only shore towns have higher outtages. There is little restoration work being done in town and JCPL is blowing all of their self-declared restoration targets. Who is speaking for us with JCPL? We are getting manipulated over and over.
TomL November 07, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Yep, I got the same message today. The posting of the 125 streets that they are supposedly working on yesterday was complete BS.
R V November 07, 2012 at 02:47 PM
It is truly unbelievable. At this point, our section (HW, Hamilton Crest, Amherst Mews and Patriot Hill) is the only one left without power in the Hills. Even the Patch seems to have given up on reporting updates to the power outages in our area. Sorry but I'm deeply frustrated and disgusted at this point.
irene Segal November 07, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Irene, What is happening with the Burrough of Bernardsville - is that lumped in with the Township?
Nick F. November 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Any movement in hamilton woods?

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