Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Friday, April 5, 2013
They say the use of smartphones would have been a big help during the storm.
Communication was the key element missing in the days following Superstorm Sandy, residents said at a meeting with JCP&L executives Friday. Bridgewater resident Neha Limaye Pallod—who arranged the meeting and was joined by a few members of a statewide Facebook group she started to make JCP&L answer for its response to power outages in November—said the lack of information on a street level is where the system was truly flawed. Pallod and other residents met with JCP&L officials at their Morristown headquarters, and she said many made recommendations about how to fix communication for the future. Click here to read our Cover-It-Live story of live tweets from the meeting. “Calls are not getting logged correctly,” she said. “Reporting outages…
Thursday, March 21, 2013
'It's about brothers helping brothers,' said representatives of Parsippany's Fire District 1 and the department serving Long Branch.
Superstorm Sandy did no favors for Parsippany. But if we are honest, we must note that the worst of the October mix of rain and gale force winds hit places such as the Jersey Shore. And one of the towns hit hardest was Long Branch. "Their fire department was practically wiped out," said Bryan Crawford, a fire captain for the Mt. Tabor Volunteer Fire Company Knowing that fellow firefighters were in need, Parsippany's District 1 found out that the Long Branch Fire Department was in need of fire hoses and a fan. The Tabor crew happened to have a cache of extra hoses and a fan it was no longer using. Asked why he and his colleagues were being so generous, Crawford, who is something of a fire department historian, referred to the past. "There …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The majority of the homes suffered between $8,000 and $29,000 worth of damage.
Thirteen Par-Troy homes suffered between less than $8,000 and about $29,000 worth of damage caused by Superstorm Sandy last October. Of the residences that suffered damage, one withstood minor damage totaling less than $8,000. The remaining 12 took major hits, with damage in the area of $29,000. It was reported that 3,095 businesses were impacted by the superstorm, as well. High winds uprooted hundreds of trees, some of which fell on homes and vehicles. The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs released the number of residences and businesses damaged by Sandy throughout the state last week. NJ Spotlight created an interactive map of the information, broken down by municipality, last week. Statewide, nearly 87,000 housing units were …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Downloadable app comes after customers demand better communication following Superstorm Sandy.
The parent company of Jersey Central Power and Light is touting its new mobile phone app, which the company says could be helpful during times of power outages. The app launched by FirstEnergy Corp. is free for its customers in the five states the company's utilities serve, and offers quicker access to outage maps, simplified reporting of outages, and access to personal account information. “Our new smartphone app and mobile website make it easier for our customers to stay in touch with us and conduct every-day transactions when they’re on the go, whether it’s reporting a power outage or paying a bill,” Ronald I. Green, vice president of Customer Service, said. “The new tools also make our simple and secure online bill payment programs …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Governor hailed as hero following Sandy, says he's 'more ready' to consider presidential run.
Thursday, January 24
Gov. Chris Christie has been considered by some legislators and constituents to be somewhat of a hero for his response and leadership following Superstorm Sandy. But now that the storm has passed, the governor is looking toward the future and a potential run for presidency, according to a Time magazine article, "The Boss," about the state's leader. As Republicans look to place a strong candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Christie may be their choice. But state Democratic leaders said there is much the governor has still not delivered on during his tenure. Despite rumors that he was planning to run for president in 2012, Christie publicly announced several times over that he did not have intentions to run. Now months later, after …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Hotel is among six New Jersey businesses named in latest suit filed by N.J. Attorney General.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
The New Jersey Attorney General and the state Division of Consumer Affairs have filed suit against the Parsippany Days Inn and five other businesses for alleged illegal price gouging during the declared state of emergency for Superstorm Sandy. The six filings are the third group of lawsuits brought by the Attorney General and Consumer Affairs following investigations of complaints filed by consumers. The state has filed suit against 24 New Jersey businesses overall—13 hotels/motels and 11 gas stations—for alleged storm-related price gouging. The Parsippany Howard Johnson was accused of price gouging in early November. The Days Inn is accused of increasing room rates by up to 204 percent—bypassing the normal rate of $62.10 to charge $189 …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Resident tells council improved emergency communication—and establishing wards and districts to represent citizens more effectively—is essential.
For five days during Superstorm Sandy and its aftermath, some residents in Parsippany's Puddingstone neighborhood were trapped in their homes without power by downed wires for five days. The Town Council heard from one of those citizens, who insisted there is a need for better communications between town agencies and power companies during emergency situations. Judy Foster made her remarks during the public comment portion of its agenda meeting Tuesday night at Town Hall. Foster described how Sandy presented a frightening, potentially dangerous situation for those who live in Parsippany's southwesternmost section. "In Puddingstone Heights, there is one road in and one road out," she said. "We are a community of about 100 homes with one …
Superstorm Sandy was the focus of a presentation by representatives of the township's Office of Emergency Management and Parsippany Police.
At the Nov. 20 Township Council meeting, Mayor James Barberio finally revealed serious problems—including a close call for the town's sewer plant—Parsippany endured during Superstorm Sandy. Lawmakers and residents heard more on what happened during the storm at Tuesday's agenda meeting at Town Hall. In a special presentation before the council, Parsippany Police Chief Anthony DeZenzo and Capt. Jeffrey T. Storms, who head the local Office of Emergency Management, recounted a host of challenges township responders faced in tackling the storm. Storms noted that Sandy, "one of the most devastating and destructive storms in our state's history," was the third major disaster to hit the township in 14 months, and the first disaster with OEM …
Monday, December 10, 2012
On Wednesday, Garden State Smashburgers will donate a portion of sales from its New Jersey burgers to help Jerseyans impacted by Sandy.
Smashburger is giving customers a tasty way to help with Superstorm Sandy relief. The burger chain's New Jersey locations, including the Parsippany branch on Route 46 and the Morris Plains site on Route 10, will donate $2 for every New Jersey burger sold this Wednesday to the Restore the Shore Projects Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. (The New Jersey burger features a beef patty topped with bacon, blue cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise on an onion bun.) Restore The Shore Projects is an initiative to assist in disaster relief for those affected by the superstorm. The organization's main goal is to work quickly to provide relief and deliver it right into the hands of victims and restore their lives back to normal. “As New Jerseyans…