Wednesday, December 26, 2012
JCP&L outage map said hundreds of households without power on Wednesday due to weather.
JCP&L blamed "severe weather" for the 176 Bernards Township households and 408 Bernardsville customers reportedly without power as of 10:15 p.m. Wednesday. However, the outages, reported earlier in the evening, were mostly resolved by about 10:30 p.m., according to JCP&L's outage map. As of about 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, the number of outages reported in Bernards were less than 5 — but were up to 46 in nearby Bernardsville, after being less than half of that on Wednesday night. The power company's outage map offered the assurance that crews were working to restore electricity for affected customers. A reader reported that power had gone out along Route 202 by Douglas Road in Bernardsville at about 6:30 p.m., and borough police confirmed …
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Politicians have to make tough—perhaps expensive—decisions and need to start taking action.
It’s been three weeks since Superstorm Sandy blew through New Jersey, and past time to begin figuring out how to minimize losses the next time. Some solutions involve building; some, doing the opposite. Just as the attacks of Sept. 11 brought talk of rebuilding, there have been vows to restore the shore back to Oct. 28, 2012, as if nothing had happened. That would be a huge and costly mistake. It is not politically correct to say that at least some of what was destroyed should not be rebuilt. But it’s the truth. Barrier islands are aptly named. They are supposed to serve as barriers for the shoreline. When a major storm like Sandy or Irene hits, they will take the brunt of it and provide some measure of protection for the mainland. They …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Bernardsville Mayor Lee Honecker asked residents to call JCP&L and notify police so no one gets left behind.
The number of power outages being reported in Bernardsville by JCP&L on Tuesday afternoon went back up, a situation that Mayor Lee Honecker said has made him "livid." In Bernardsville, the JCP&L map said there were 164 power outages remaining at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday. Honecker said the number had declined into the 80s on Monday night, which he said also displeased him. The figure was at 115 at 4:30 p.m. He said he isn't sure where all of the outages are, but believes that most are on Bernardsville mountain. He said police have been driving around trying to find homes with outages. Bernardsville officials also are asking those without power to call JCP&L and then to email the Bernardsville police department at email@example.com so the…
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Power restored at Oak Street and Cedar Hill schools.
All Bernards Township schools will be open on Monday with a two-hour delayed opening, according to the township website and Board of Education member Robin McKeon. All students will be in their regular schools, McKeon said. She said power had been restored at the Oak Street Elementary School and at the Cedar Hill Elementary School, which had been the two schools left without power as the weekend began. Ridge High School and the William Annin Middle School will be open at 10 a.m., and the four elementary schools will be open at 11 a.m., the township website said. No lunches will be served at any of the schools; students are encouraged to bring a snack. Students are advised to add two hours onto their normal bus pick up times. For example, …
Figures decline over weekend, but some outages remain mid-morning on Monday.
Wth JCP&L still predicting completion of power restoration by Sunday evening, residents of the Somerset Hills are still slowly seeing the lights come back. As of 10:30 a.m. on Monday, JCP&L reported 148 Bernardsville customers without power, 31 in Bernards Township and 83 in Bedminster. As of 4 p.m. on Sunday, the company had reported 88 Bedminster customers without power, and 266 Bernardsville customers without power. In addition, in Bernards Township, there were 786 customers still without power on Sunday afternoon. But power was being restored on Sunday in some areas where the outages had persisted, as in Lord Stirling Village in Basking Ridge, off Lord Stirling Road. The Bernards Township website reported the number of customers …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Utility company expects most customers will be restored by Saturday evening.
Friday, November 9, 2012
An increase in manpower will help JCP&L restore most New Jersey outages by Saturday evening, according to a statement released Friday afternoon. An additional 1,200 line workers joined the nearly 7,000 workers already on the ground in New Jersey on Friday. After winter storm Athena caused JCP&L's power outage numbers to increase by more than 100,000 from Wednesday evening to Thursday morning, both the company and Gov. Chris Christie have said Sunday should bring the state's residents relief. JCP&L reported Friday at noon that 163,309 of its nearly 1.1 million customers were without power. However, that number dropped to 110,468 by Friday night at 10 p.m. Municipalities in Patch's coverage area in Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Passaic and …
The numbers are decreasing as we near the second weekend without power.
More than 3,000 people in the Somerset Hills are still without power 12 days after Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey. But some progress has been made, and most of The Hills development in Bernards Township had been restored, although some sections remained powerless even on Friday. As of Friday morning, 2,491 customers were without power in all of Bernards Township, down from 4,574 Thursday. In Bernardsville, 704 are without power, down from 866 Thursday. And in Bedminster, a total of 512 are without power, down from 656 Thursday. Projections from JCP&L still stand at full restoration by Sunday, and Gov. Chris Christie has said he believes it will happen. What is it like where you are? What roads still don't have power?
Thursday, November 8, 2012
JCP&L says there are more outages to deal with due to the snowstorm.
Although Bedminster Township Mayor Robert Holtaway said there were a few more power outages following Wednesday's snowstorm, most have been restored and the area is only dealing with those outages from about 11 days ago in the hurricane. "We had some sporadic outages which have been restored," he said. But that still leaves thousands of Somerset Hills residents without power as of 11 a.m. Thursday. In Bedminster, about 656 JCP&L customers are without power, down from 1,188. In Bernardsville, there are 866 customers without power, down from 1,164. In Bernards Township, there are still 4,574 customers without power, down from 5,066 Wednesday. Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire has already blasted JCP&L for its slow response to these …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
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-…
Thousands are still without power in the Somerset Hills area.
As power outages enter day 10, and the Somerset Hills braces for yet another storm Wednesday, more than 4,000 are still without power as of 7 a.m. According to reports from JCP&L, as of Wednesday, 1,188 customers are without power in Bedminster, as are 1,164 customers in Bernardsville. In Bernards Township, there are 5,066 customers without power. But Wednesday's predicted nor'easter could alter those expectations. Gov. Chris Christie has said the nor'easter could stop restoration efforts or even lead to more power outages in the coming days. Bedminster Township Committeeman Steven Parker said there are currently two warming stations in the area at the Pottersville Fire Department and the Bedminster Township Municipal Court on Miller Lane…