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Bernards Power Outages Down to About 2,500 by Late Friday Morning

Ridge High School power restored, Somerset Hills school district open.

The number of power outages in Bernards Township had dropped to about 2,500 by late Friday morning, township officials said in a late morning meeting to update the latest changes and operations during the continuing job of recovering from Hurricane Sandy.

About 400 homes had been restored on Friday morning, the report said.

Power was being restored in some of the remaining pockets of darkness in Basking Ridge on Thursday night with the township saying the number of households with power outages reported by JCP&L had declined by 9 p.m. to about 2,992 — still above a quarter of the township, but a reduction from about 4,500 earlier in the day.

Power had been restored by then to the Bernards Township Police Department, Town Hall, and Ridge High School and at the municipal complext at 1 Collyer Lane. Although the town hall systems were fully online, the building remained cold, and some workers still were at the location.

By 6 p.m., power has been restored to the Mount Airy Road area of Kensington, Galloping Hill, Lake Road, Spencer Road and Woods End, the update said. The Lyons Road and Goltra Road area also reportedly had received power late on Thursday afternoon.

Power restoration was also reportedly due even after the 6 p.m. update along South Finley Avenue, from the Collyer Lane area down past Ridge High School.

Thousands still without power

Nevertheless, many substantial portions of the township, remained in darkness. Officials had said Thursday that Lord Stirling Village still had no power, and a comment on this article said that still was the case on Friday morning. Power outages also reportedly persisted in the part of Bernards north of Route 202.

That included West Millington and sections near Bernardsville, including Hardscrabble and Old Army roads.

Readers reported that Round Top Road in Bernardsville remained unattended and without power. Many broken utility poles reportedly still litter the roadway.

Spots remained in areas that seemed fully restored. Bernards Township Committeeman John Malay said earlier on Thursday that he still was getting phone calls from The Hills, where most of the large development had received power by Wednesday night.

Bernardsville Mayor Lee Honecker also was told by the president of JCP&L that the power company still is sticking to its deadline of having the borough back online by this weekend, according to the Bernardsville Borough website.

The update said that state Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-District 21), working with the Bernards Township Committee, had received information from JCP&L that there were at that time 88 First Energy Corp. line crews and several more tree crews deployed to the Bernards Township and Bernardsville area.

As temperatures dipped toward below freezing, Bernards Township officials had at a meeting earlier in the day outlined some of the safety precautions that residents should take during cold weather and power outages that have lingered since Hurricane Sandy struck on Oct. 29. Those who are still without power were urged to seek alternative shelter if possible on the cold night awaiting.

The Somerset Hills and all of Somerset County is being served by a shelter in the lower gymnasium at Bernards High School in Bernardsville, which will remain open even after Somerset Hills schools reopen on Friday.

Employees in the Bernards Township municipal building are working on bringing up necessary systems to service the public, the website said. The building may be open by 10 a.m. on Friday.

Albert McFadden November 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
RoundTop Road in Bernardsville has been without power for eight days, not one JCP&L truck has come up the street, Lines remain down, poles haven't been restored. This is criminal. Can you please, as a public service, poll Patch readers as to whether they want to have JCP&L's franchise removed? Other towns are doing this now and we should be too.
MBrook November 09, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Agreed. Please do so. Still without power on Brookside Ave and were being told we are a low priority despite having multiple families with 9+ children on the block
Judith Bickel November 09, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Old army still out v
Pamela A Mackey November 09, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Unfortunately, after this 6prm report, lights again went out on Manchester Drive, Basking Ridge. I heard a large bang. Did another transformer fail? I had electricity restored a few days ago, and the refrigerator is cleaned and restocked. My inconvenience is little compared to so many. I'm not complaining, just reporting.
Jeanne Smith November 09, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Lindbergh Lane in Basking Ridge lost power again a little after 8:00 p.m. tonight.
Gavino J. Vetrano Jr. November 09, 2012 at 03:29 AM
You expect us to believe that power is bring restored to many of the remaining pockets of darkness in Basking Ridge. Then I guess Lord Stirling Village isn't part of Basking Ridge anymore. Tell that to the many senior citizens who live on Village Drive and have been living in complete darkness for 10 straight nights now with no heat. It's amazing how 150 townhouses can sit in complete darkness and yet we say power is slowly spreading even...common folks you can do better than that or may be you can't since we went 7 days without power during Hurricane Irene what's another 12 or so with Sandy...were use to it...it's the new norm.
Pamela A Mackey November 09, 2012 at 04:04 AM
There is light on Manchester DR, Basking Ridge at 10:54 pm. Thanks. Hope it holds, and that everyone is back on the grid very soon.
Nan C. November 09, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Any updates on Riverside Drive?
Laurie Albee November 09, 2012 at 11:22 AM
No power still on Alder Lane in The Hills. Random 15 or so house still dark up here on Smoke Rise and Huntington. jCPL and the town "thinks" we are all up and running. We are not we have been left in the dark day 11 with no end in site have not heard from one person from our town, JCPL haven't even seen anyone. We have been truly forgotten about up here. Don't forgetbwevarevall underground. So we have no down trees on poles we have no poles up here everything is underground. Yet for a few of us in one section of The Hills in Carslie we have been for gotten about.
Katherine B November 09, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Does anyone know if Morristown Road in Bernardsville, across from the hardware store and Paperazzi card shop, has power?
Gavino J. Vetrano Jr. November 09, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Are you ready for this...101.5 FM reported early this morning that JCP&L is now saying that full restoration for those without power due to either storm won't happen until deep into next week..!
D Mc Grath November 09, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Day 12! This is just awful. Did JCPL forget Lord Sterling Village? I get continuous updates on Pseg, but not a word from JCPL. Who holds JCPL accountable for this, again, failure to communicate and restore power in more timely manor?. Christie come on over to chat with us, by the way, Visit us during daylight and bring your own hot coffee. DMcG
D Mc Grath November 09, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Are you kidding!! Into next week! The only thing worse than JCPL is where is our board with updates ? We look like a war zone ! DMcG
Gavino J. Vetrano Jr. November 09, 2012 at 01:27 PM
DMcG...I wish I was kidding, but I'm not. I've been advocating for us all week, but my efforts are falling on deaf ears. My next move is to email Mayor Pavlini and demand concrete answers and encourage you to do the same. Her email address is mpavlini@bernards.org
JKW November 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
There is still a tree down and wires too on the street by Cedar Hill School. I'm out of patience. Township committee please demand JCPL send their crews here already. It is inexcusable that the problems in this school zone have not been addressed. After last year's storm Homestead Village was forgotten as well. Enough is enough. Higher up do something to help!!!!!
Bayonets! November 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
The most disturbing part of this is that I am now hearing less from JCP&L than I did a week ago. I asked an operator if their official company position was that they had no specifics to offer those that remain out, she incredibly said, "yes". We're on the border of Bernardsville and Basking Ridge, right off 202, in a neighborhood with 90 homes, and we're all out. No broken poles, no wires down, no access issues. Why can't our utility give us any information at all about what seems like a simple fix? Total incompetence.
Bob Potdevin November 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM
As of 7am still in the cold and dark on Keats. No sign of any active repair efforts. Millington across the river has lights on. Extremely frustrating.
LC November 09, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Total incompetence is right - not to mention total disregard. Oh but the way - I saw the cover of today's Courier News: Christie Says Don't Blame Utility Companies. He's a big, phony political hack. He did the photo op with Obama, said he had the bat phone connection and thousands in BR are without power 11 days later? Our kids can't go to school?
Christine Fitts November 09, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Does anyone know if The Barons in Basking Ridge have power? My elderly parents would like to return home.
Gavino J. Vetrano Jr. November 09, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I emailed our lovely Mayor of Bernards Township Ms. Mary Pavlini this morning, and she has yet to answer me back. She prefers to only communicate to the downtrodden via the Bernards Township web-site...unbelievable.
Emilia Wiener November 09, 2012 at 07:16 PM
The Sherbrooke Community just off Stonehouse and adjacent to The Summit remains dark on Bernard Drive between Blackburn and Governor Drive -- what the heck is going on?? Day 12! All of our utility wires are underground -- has JCP&L forgotten this section of the community!!
Jonas Grumby November 09, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Pavlini and the rest of the Committee are a joke. But every election day they keep getting voted back in by wide margins. So why should they take anyone serious? Unless/until they lose an election they won't care one whit the rants and raves on these message boards (and even then, who knows). Let us know if/when/what Ms. Mayor writes back to you.
Arms November 09, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Our neighbors on Valley Rd. & Elizabeth have power but we and two other homes without power due to severed line at a pole. Reported it and crews have inspected a week ago but no work done. How is JCPL handling these one-off situations? I'm sure there are many.
Kelly Ju November 10, 2012 at 01:00 AM
My house is one of them without power in Carslie section. I have been calling JCPL everyday but no useful information. I feel so helpless............
Todd Edelstein November 10, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Riverside Dr. power came on Thursday Night at 7:35pm.
Todd Edelstein November 10, 2012 at 06:15 AM
Have some patience, your power will be restored, the power companies make no money if you don't have your lights on. This was a massive storm that tore up the state and you can complain all you want, but the power isn't going to come on any faster, no matter what christi says. No one wants to live w/o power, but someone has to be last. This storm couldn't be stopped, the damage couldn't be stopped, and no matter what people say, this isn't the power company's fault, so suck it up and find something useful to do to keep busy.
Robert R. Reichenbach November 10, 2012 at 06:21 AM
During the 52 years I've lived on Keats Road, we've lost power even when the dew point elevates a bit. Clearly, a storm such as Sandy is vastly beyoned JCP&L's ability to handle. JCP&L's mia culpa and promises to take steps to ensure that "it will not happen again" following last year's Irene and Hallowe'en snow storm proved to be as trustworthy as its projections of power restoration this time. The PUC, or some such entity, should take away JCP&L's territory and give it to grown ups to run.
Robert R. Reichenbach November 10, 2012 at 06:27 AM
No one seems to be claiming that the storm was JCP&L's fault. Agreed, it was not. But whose fault is the bumbling response to all of the outages and, perhaps most of all, the almost total lack of ACCURATE information about what is being to restore power. It would be one thing if this abysmal response were a one off thing, but it is not. JCP&L has a very long history of power outages and inadequate responses to them. There finally comes a point where a utility needs to step up and perform or get out of the way.
Todd Edelstein November 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM
It seems you and many other people have unrealistic expectations and want instant gratification. If this was PSE&G, you still would have the same problems. The more we become dependent on technology, the more we leave ourselves open to failure of the electrical grid. Oh those days when we had wind up clocks, straight razors, and Ma Bell.
Todd Edelstein November 10, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I live on Riverside Dr for many years and it used to be a black out at least once a month, but in the last five years, the black outs don't happen as often. A storm such as "Sandy" is vastly beyoned any power company's ability, which is why there is sub contractors from all over the country working and making good money in NJ.

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