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, 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 …
Friday, January 25, 2013
Rodney Laney, who has appeared on Comedy Central and "The Late Late Show," is appearing at an event in Madison this weekend organized by former Councilman Sam Cerciello.
A comedy show fundraiser to benefit Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts in Union Beach is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the North Star Club, 95 North Street, Madison, former Madison Councilman Sam Cericiello has announced. Tickets are $25, which includes beer, wine and snacks and desserts. Comics include Rodney Laney of Comedy Central and "The Late Late Show," MC John Ianarone, Cerciello, who is billed on an event flier as Sammy "The Joke Man" Cerciell. Music will be performed by Pete Limone. Cerciello first saw Laney at Romanelli's in Madison. Cerciello first performed standup comedy about a month ago at the Myersville Inn in the Gillette section of Long Hill.
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, January 23, 2013
Sandy relief party this weekend in Madison will have attendees sporting clothes from shore towns. Which Jersey beach is your favorite?
It may be freezing, but those attending a Hurricane Sandy relief fundraiser at St. Vincent Martyr Church in Madison on Saturday night are expected to bust out clothes reminiscent of boardwalks and beaches. Organizers have asked attendees to wear clothing from their favorite shore towns. Saturday's fundraiser is supporting relief efforts in Union Beach, a hard-hit town Madison officials have partnered with, though there are many favorite destinations along the Jersey shore that could be represented at the party. What shore town is your favorite, and will you be wearing it Saturday night? Let us know in the comments. The fundraiser in the St. Vincent Martyr Church gym to support the Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund is scheduled for 7 to 11 p…
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Jan. 26 event will include a cash bar and live music by Jumping the Gun and House Rockers.
It might look like you just walked in off the boardwalk. Madison residents wearing clothes from their favorite beach towns are invited to a fundraiser in the gym of St. Vincent Martyr Church this month to raise money for the Union Beach Disaster Relief Fund. The event, scheduled for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, will include a cash bar, light fare, and live music by Jumping the Gun and House Rockers, according to a flier for the fundraiser. Thomas Haralampoudis, a school board member and member of the committee that is organizing the event, said it will be "the relief party to end all parties." "Madison residents are stepping up again to help those in need," he wrote in an email. "The fact that we all lived through this catastrophic …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Officials from hard-hit shore town attended Madison's reorganization meeting to thank community for its Sandy relief efforts.
A Madison Junior School school student nearly had the mayor of Union Beach in tears as she spoke at the Madison governing body's reorganization meeting about a field trip she and fellow students recently took to survey damage from Superstorm Sandy in the shore town. About 60 students cleaned the beach, unloaded donated building materials and delivered a check for money they raised for relief efforts. The field trip was part of Madison's boroughwide efforts to help the shore town. Union Beach Mayor Paul J. Smith Jr. and council members Victor Tuberion and Charles Cocuzza attended Tuesday's meeting to accept a donated Madison police car, a donation from Venture Crew 77 and thanked the Madison community for its efforts to help their town. "…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Informational meeting scheduled for Thursday on how Madison can support Union Beach that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.
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Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Madison officials recently toured Union Beach, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and have scheduled a public meeting for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hartley Dodge Memorial to discuss ways Madison can help with fundraising and volunteer efforts, the borough has announced. All residents are welcome to attend as well as representatives from scout troops, churches, civic organizations, and local employers, an announcement from the borough said. Approximately 200 homes in Union Beach were destroyed by the storm. At the informational meeting, Mayor Bob Conley and Councilman Bob Landrigan will outline goals they hope to accomplish with the initiative. Photos taken when Madison officials visited Union Beach on Thursday and over the weekend will …
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
One in five residents said they felt forced out of their homes by the storm.
Superstorm Sandy made an impact on approximately two-thirds of the state, according to results from a Rutgers-Eagleton Poll released Tuesday. An even higher percentage (94 percent) of the 1,228 polled New Jersey residents reported that they lost power at some point during or after the storm. About 65 percent of those polled said they remained without power for at least five days. "Two-thirds of New Jersey residents were affected when Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the Garden State three weeks ago," a press release about the poll said. Approximately one in five residents said they were forced out of their homes by the storm, with about 6 percent of residents telling pollsters they were still not able to permanently return. "We already …