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Outages Decline as Latest Storm Strikes Bernards

The Hills community has power restored, overall outages decline to less than 5,000.

Most of The Hills community has power restored and townwide outages have dropped to 4,376, according to the Wednesday night update on the Bernards Township website.

But powerless areas persisted in the northern part of the township, although the center of Basking Ridge had power back, and many businesses were open as usual on Tuesday. Much of The Hills had power restored, but some townhouse neighborhoods remained in the dark and cold on Tuesday overnight. Some of the Hills Highland Village Center businesses have been open and running on generators, while the Riverwalk and 100 Marketplace Malls have been fully operational all week.

Among other warming centers, the Somerset Hills YMCA's Riverwalk location has been open to members and non-members until 10:30 p.m., offering showers and a place to go.

Hamilton Crest in The Hills regains power

The Hamilton Crest section of The Hills reportedly regained power as of about 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge serving hot meal Wednesday evening

The Presbyterian Church House, on the corner of Finley Avenue and East Oak Street, is open all day until 7 p.m. and will be serving hot meals from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening. All are welcome.

However, slow progress made in the recovery after Sandy, which hit last Monday night, Oct. 29, now is complicated by a nor'easter expected to affect the area on Wednesday, along with wintry temperatures.

According to the National Weather Service, Basking Ridge was at 39 degrees as of 1:30 p.m., with an overnight low of 33 degrees expected. Rain, snow and sleet are predicted from Wednesday through early Thursday, with one to three inches predicted on Wednesday, and possibly another inch or two on Wednesday night.

A high wind advisory will remain in effect, according to a township update that also said this creates a particularly dangerous situation in areas of the township where storm debris and electrical equipment already is in a weakened state.

"Residents should err on the side of caution and prepare for the worst as we hope for the best," the website said.

However, residents in some areas without power have left to stay in hotels or with friends or families. The shelter at and overnight attendees at that shelter reportedly were on the rise on Tuesday.

"Please help your friends and neighbors as much as you can. If you have a generator running or have one that you are no longer using, please reach out to your friends and neighbors who may need power for their sump pumps or could use an available generator to stay warm until their power is restored," the township website said.

On Tuesday, in its 6 p.m. update, the township website 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.

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

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 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.

Liberty Corner Presbyterian Church on Church Street in Liberty Corner Village is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at center court (at the rear of the campus) for those who need a place to warm up, charge phones, access the internet and have a warm cup of coffee. The center also has hot showers for those who need to wash up, but they ask you bring your own toiletries and towels.

The Senior Wellness Center on Mount Airy Road in Basking Ridge will remain closed on Wednesday and Thursday, according to information from Bernardsville Borough.

The Chabad Jewish Center at Basking Ridge also has been powered up since Monday, and is open for coffee, warmth and wifi, said Rabbi Yitchok Moully.

Linda Sadlouskos (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I am sitting at the Starbucks at the Village Center at the Bridgewater Commons next to a resident of Tewksbury Township in eastern Hunterdon who says that his town still is completely without power, and he has not yet seen a repair truck to even begin power restoration.
Keith Richardson November 07, 2012 at 07:09 PM
So we went from 6,800 without power to 5,000 in 9 days, at this rate I get my power back for Thanksgiving.......
Stewart King November 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Still no power in Hamilton Crest in The Hills. JCPL promised today, but now is saying by midnight on Sunday.
Susan Lieb November 07, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Are there any real consequences for JCP&L doing such a poor job getting power restored? Without power and water since Oct. 29.
Debbie Graves November 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Linda: Please remind those of us who have our power-that many-like this poor soul down the street -do not. It is the time to open our doors to those who don't have power and need us! Our neighborhood is really reaching out to each other...hoping others are too!
Gail Caffrey November 07, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Does anyone who lives on Linden Dr in Basking Ridge know when the heck we are getting our power back?
PatriotHillResident November 07, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Just talked to a jcpl person working on allen rd and he said the rest of hills might come back up by 6 tonight... Hoping for the best...
HK November 08, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Update: Hamilton Crest was restored today afternoon. At least partially if not fully.
Bill Weber November 08, 2012 at 11:26 AM
Heard that "Pond Hill Road Grid" that serves neighborhoods south of Millington Quarry won't be back up for possibly another two weeks due to extensive damage to sub-station and no parts to repair. Can the (Bernards) Township press JCP&L to expedite any faster?
Queen Anne drive November 08, 2012 at 11:54 AM
What about Queen Anne drive? It is day 11. We are still in the dark. It is really cold inside the house.
Anita Chopra November 08, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Where are the BAsking Ridge Town officials......we heard a lot about the Bernardsville Mayor working to restore power. This is unacceptable.......This is day 11 without power. We need the town officials and JCP&L to give us some answers.
Laurie Albee November 08, 2012 at 01:21 PM
I live in The Hills, Basking Ridge Carslie Section we are still without power and there are several homes on my street remaining in the dark. I have yet to see anyone from JCP&L. I did meet 2 nice young men from a power company from OHIO that wanted me to tell them where the power connects? If I knew that it would be fixed by now. I was surprised that these men were not directed from the workers from JCPL as to where they needed to be looking and instead left to ask home owners. The updates from Bernardstownship have not had my block listed on any of them. I am so dissappointed in the lack of communication I have seen from JCP&L.
Alice Moro November 08, 2012 at 01:23 PM
I never see mention of any power restoration plans for Parkview Ave., Lone Oak or Franklin Drive in Basking Ridge. We have been in the dark since Sandy, while the surrounding area has their power restored and then trucks leave and begin work in other areas (by the way, they were all out of state power companies, which we are grateful to them for coming and doing what our own power company seems to be incapable of. I've yet to see one JCP&L truck). Do they or you not know we exist? We always seem to be the first to lose power and the last to get it restored. We are tired of calling and complaining about our circumstances as it seems to fall on deaf ears. We're also tired of the "blame game" , which our town officials love to play. You should be ashamed and you obviously haven't learned anything since last year's Hurricane Irene. Get with it people, we have long memories, especially at elections! Angry resident, AM
David E. November 08, 2012 at 02:26 PM
It is sad but as a resident of the "Hills" I along with about twenty others that live on Alder and Huntington still do not have power even after yesterday late afternoon the power came back on for the rest of the development. I have been on the phone with JCP&L which has been the biggest waste of time even when speaking to a supervisor. She even said that she has had to question information that her supervisors are handing down to her. As of right now we have no idea when it will be restored, the most upsetting thing is that this development has all underground utilities that never were damaged? JCP&L needs to have there right to work in this state taken from them.
TomL November 08, 2012 at 03:31 PM
This is exactly the critical type of information that the township committee should be collecting and distributing to residents.. A further two week delay for a given neighborhood is information that MUST be diseminated. It completely changes how families live and work and it is completely unfair that this information is getting around without verification so that people can act.
BRMom November 08, 2012 at 04:33 PM
If any families are in need of shelter, food, or showering please call me at (732) 742-9530. We live in Basking Ridge and just got our power back late last night. Please don't hesitate to call, especially those with small children!
Annie November 08, 2012 at 05:11 PM
My son who lives in Basking Ridge finally gave up and came to stay with us in Durham, PA. Everyday we have had an e-mail from our township emergency management coordinator, with up-to-date information on when and where power will be restored, what shelter and other services are available, and who to contact for help. Our power was restored yesterday. In contrast, the communications from Bernards Township have been TERRIBLE. Why can't they post actual information on their Facebook page instead of a link? Working with only a smart phone when there's no power, following their link to download a PDF is ridiculous. The township website and communications also contain very little useful information. I get more info reading comments on this page and the Facebook page than from official sources. Government officials need to step up their game - get on JCP&L, get out the facts, and get POWER RESTORED NOW!
Don Schmitt November 08, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Penwood Road in BR; power on all around my in-laws house but not to their house. Everything falling on deaf ears.
TomL November 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
So its noon on Thursday the 8th. Early today there was a letter to residents from the mayor on the township web-site that basically threw JCPL under the bus completely and offered no insight to the restoration process other than what JCPL puts up on its website. Now the mayor's letter is no longer there and the noon update from the town deletes all previous content and essentially says "If you are out of power, call JCPL." and then it gives the contact number. So I think the town has given up and we are on our own. Not that we weren't before, its just that we didn't realize it.
Mathew Kairen November 08, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Mathew Kairen I am just wondering where the Township officials are? Do they have any feedback for the residents? Everyone knew about the storm early enough and why JCP&L wasn't ready for handling the situation? How can they keep people in dark and cold this long?
Jolanta Pypno-Crapanzano November 08, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Just finished talking to another rep from JCP&L , the update for "The Hills" is as follows, most customers will get the power back by Saturday night , the rest on Sunday ... Full two weeks power outage ... XXI century .. Insane !!!
gary newman November 08, 2012 at 10:25 PM
is this true? did you hear that from jcp&l? we live there and obviously want to know how accurate this report it...please let me know if you can
Angry resident November 08, 2012 at 10:38 PM
This is ridiculous! The whole section of houses next to lyons mall: summit, knollcroft, Dryden, Linden ... without power, and there was not even a word of these neighborhoods for 11 days by the township or anywhere! What are our mayor and township committee doing???

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