Nearly 7,000 Still Without Power in Bernards

Riverwalk YMCA again opens early Monday, North Finley and Maple avenues open.

Nearly 7,000 Bernards JCP&L customers remained without power early Monday morning.

According to the utility company's outage map, 6,660 were still out as of 5 a.m.

The Bernards Township website said Sunday night that JCP&L was reporting 6,314 out of 13,047 Bernards Township customers remained without power, and about 52 percent of customers have had power restored. More detailed JCP&L updates and also information on election polling sites are on the website.

Food, water and ice were available at Bernards Township police headquarters, Lt. Mike Shimsky, who heads the township's Office of Emergency Management, said at 5:40 p.m. on Sunday.

Shimsky said he did not have a status report on Halloween trick or treating, which the governor had delayed statewide until Monday. Nearby Bernardsville has called off trick or treating until further notice after power is restored.

YMCA at Riverwalk to open 5:15 a.m. Monday

Meanwhile, the Somerset Hills YMCA is due to open again at 5:15 a.m. on Monday, to both non-members and members alike. More than 120 non-members had signed in for showers on Sunday, the staff said. The facility is scheduled to remain open until 10:30 p.m. on Monday. However, the YMCA's main facility at 140 Mount Airy Road remained closed, without power, as of Sunday night.

On Sunday afternoon, the Hills Highlands Master Association clubhouse was also reported to be open for residents for showering and powering up laptops and cellphones.

Meanwhile, some previously blocked roads had been opened as of about 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Status update on Maple and Finley avenues

Maple Avenue from Collyer Lane north to Route 202 was then open, although the large tree blocking South Maple Avenue by Lord Stirling Stable remained closed, said Township Committeeman John Malay.

North Finley also is open from the center of Basking Ridge to Route 202 in Bernardsville, Malay confirmed at 3 p.m. However, he said that South Finley from the center of town south remained closed, although it was being worked on and a police vehicle was able to pass through.

School remains closed on Monday

Bernards schools again are closed on Monday. School officials had asked that residents check the township website for further updates.

JCP&L updates

The 3 p.m. update said JCP&L is currently working or expected to work soon on the following roads, to restore the power to some, if not all of the homes on these roads:

Fawn Lane, Rickey Lane, Century Court, Harvest Way, Pacer Court, Somerville Road, Spruce Street, Washington Valley Road, Long Road, Parkwood Lane, Cambridge ln Cedar Street, Kings Ridge Road, Primrose Lane, Carriage Way, Deer Ridge Road, Emerald Valley in Milito Way, Mountain Road, Van Holten Road, Old Stagecoach Road, Ray Court, Evergreen Place Shadowbrook Lane, Dogwood Way, Johnston Circle, Martinsville Road and Mt Prospect Road.

Diane R November 05, 2012 at 06:23 PM
@Shubhangi - I reported outage in Spring Ridge right after the storm. They are fully aware that we have 1200 people in Spring Ridge with no electricity, yet they have done nothing about it!
Furious Hills November 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM
No update on The Hills? JCP&L's updates do not make sense, the numbers do not add up.
Diane R November 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I've been going to bernards.org for the updates and have seen how it says you can sign up with the emergency notification system, but I can't find WHERE to sign up. Can you tell us please?
LC November 05, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I would suggest everyone follow JCP_L on twitter, and post requests for help. That worked for us. One thing which would also help is if you take a photo of the downed wires in front of A&P and post it on twitter and the location, mentioning both the assisted living facility and that it feeds homes along Spring Valley Blvd, someone might notice and send a crew out. Stay safe.
LC November 05, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Yes Fellowship village is also available as a warming center, per a communication I saw a couple of days back.
Jeff Wiseman November 05, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Just drove by the big power line that is down on king george by spring valley and there is a crew out there right now!
Spring Ridge 2 November 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Was just coming here to post the same thing! There were at least 4 trucks that I saw. Hopefully that means Spring Ridge gets power back tonight!
Tim Wilson November 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Anyone have an updated on Hamilton Woods in the Hills? Looks like Spring Ridge is still out too. Any new updates there?
Spring_Ridge_Couple November 05, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Nick F. November 05, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Still no power as of 1pm on 11/5
Ken Kudo November 05, 2012 at 07:38 PM
Andrew, I am also a Spring Ridge resident that is currently out of state. Would you be so kind as to text me when power is back so that I can let some people stay at my condo to keep warm? Thanks, Ken 908-205-7754
R V November 05, 2012 at 08:00 PM
I'm starting to think that we'll be lucky if we have power back on tonight.
Debra DeWitt November 05, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Spencer Road still without power. Trees/lines still down on road between Spencer and Lake but can get to other main roads via other way.
Faith November 05, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Gary, you are so right! This has been a nightmare! The town needed to get the information out, even if it meant going door to door to check on people!-My mother is 90 years old-we took her out of her house very upset last Thursday. She wants to be in her little home off Mt. Airy home but we can't find out if her power is back on. We are over an hour away and don't want to take the trip until we know for sure, for gas reasons alone. We found my mom freezing in her home-she has no cell phone- but will now! No one from the town helped us. I called the police department several times and they were no help. Today I spoke to a lady there taking calls and she was nasty and basically told me she had no way of knowing which streets in Bernardsville had power. The town isn't that big- you're telling me the police aren't driving around seeing if people need help? When the electricity went out the people of B'ville were abandoned and the many senior citizens who have lived there for over 40 years and are in their late 80's and early 90's remain in their homes freezing. Someone told me that it was the Hills that got top preference in all this! There needs to be a town meeting after this is over! I grew up in Bernardsville and the old time police force and fire department would never have handled things the way the town has in this emergency. JCPL should be held responsible as well-They are totally incompetent and obviously they were not prepared for such an emergency.
Andrew - Spring Ridge November 05, 2012 at 09:32 PM
If it helps anybody. Radio station AM 1610 may be the best local source of news for Bernards Twp
Geo Gervasi November 05, 2012 at 10:12 PM
I commend the volunteers and residents who stepped up to help, as usual it is the average citizen who is most helpful, productive and reliable. While the government, from the township to the state is always unreliable. Slow to react, poor judgement and foresight of any kind. The insult of course, is that we have to PAY the government, while they scratch their heads and ponder what to do, while residents and citizens jump into action. In my view, the township get's a D-. Unacceptable, no surprise.
Geo Gervasi November 05, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Up until, I believe 2 day ago, where could I have gone to eat? The ready to eat meals for residents only started 2 maybe 3 days ago. Now I see the church on E Oak & Finley is also providing hot meals. Which is great and very generous, but it was at least 5 if not 6 days without anything but charging stations. I am sure the PD was doing what they could and what they should be doing as per SOP's. But as far water, food and warmth during the first 5 or 6 days, fail. Finally, they are stepping to do what they should have been doing from the start. So please, if you're going to defend the township as in an opinion, get the all of facts stated correctly first. Like I said prior, D- for Bernards.
Geo Gervasi November 05, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I agree to an certain extent Lily, most all governments, local boroughs, County, State up to the Federal level are inept and often useless in dire situations. They know to SPEND your tax dollars though, they know that very well. It's an art form for them. But coming to the aid or rescue of the citizens who's pockets they steal, oops, I mean collect taxes from? Oh, I'm sorry, what was that? You need help? Oh, yea, we'll get right on that...give us a week or two to think about what we'll do... If you could just not call us when there is a problem... that would be g-r-e-a-t...Mmmmkay?
Geo Gervasi November 05, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Agreed, we cannot blame the workers of the utility companies, they are working hard no doubt. They are issued a W.O. and that is what they follow. But, the company directors, managers, etc are to blame absolutely. As our the townships government and the most of the condo associations have been lackluster as well. I cannot believe Spring Ridge is now on day 8 of the outage. It is unacceptable, no matter how catastrophic this storm was. A more thorough scope and plan of readiness and preparedness would have gone a long way to cope slightly better.
Nan C. November 05, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Any power on Riverside Drive or Castle Way? Thanks!
Andrew Morgan November 05, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Power back in Spring Ridge.
Shirley Titus November 06, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I agree.
Shirley Titus November 06, 2012 at 12:55 AM
Any updates on Hamilton Crest in the Hills?
ST November 06, 2012 at 06:04 AM
Day 8: Most of Hills has power except Constitution Way. Can someone explain why!? We have infants and toddlers here....temp is at 29 deg.
Shirley Titus November 06, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Dorchester Dr. in the Hills has no power either. There is no explaination as to why only a section of the Hills is still without power. There are no fallen trees or wires. This is frustrating to say the least but there is nothing we can do about it. Calling JCP&L is a waste of time. Can a township official please explain?
R V November 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I wonder what grid Hamilton Woods, Hamilton Crest and Amherst Mews are connected to. We still don't have power as of this morning even though the town's announcement from last night said that Constitution Way was one of those streets where power was supposed to be restored. I guess we are all just left to wonder what's going to happen next.
Zain November 06, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Any news on restoring power in the rest of the homes at Patriot Hills?
C. McWilliams November 06, 2012 at 08:52 PM
We are waiting patiently on Normandy Court off Woods End. Neighbors helped clear 2 trees from road and driveways...perhaps if we had left them someone would show up to see what is going on? Made mistake of driving through Spencer, on our way to vote at alternate site, and could not believe the devastation--looks like it just happened! Trying to be good sports and look out for each other...while...we...wait.
Furious Hills November 07, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Power came back to the Signal Point area of The Hills sometime Monday.
Shirley Titus November 09, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Is power back on at Haas and Keats Road? If you have any updates on this, please do let us know.Thanks!


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