Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Company will remove 30 nests in the area, report says
PSE&G crews this week will remove 30 monk parakeet nests from utility poles in Fort Lee, Leonia and Edgewater, northjersey.com reported Wednesday. The birds were blamed with causing a power outage in December that impacted 3,400 customers in Leonia, Englewood Cliffs and Teaneck. Utility company officials say the removals are needed to prevent more electrical outages and short outs. Although PSE&G and parakeet supporters have clashed, this year's removal effort brought more collaboration, the report said. The birds are being removed in more mild weather. “This is probably the most ideal week to remove the nests,” Alison Evans-Fragale, of the Edgewater Parrot Society told the newspaper. “It will give the birds enough time to rebuild the …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
A redundant grid, and a smarter one, will help protect power during superstorms
Thursday, December 6, 2012
by Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight.com If New Jersey wants a better response to major storms like Hurricane Sandy, the state needs to build more redundancy into the power grid and get serious about aggressive tree-trimming efforts, utility executives said yesterday. The state also needs to look at ways to develop a smarter electric grid, a step that would improve communication between electric companies and customers and allow more efficient dispatch of crews to restore service, the executives said at a forum sponsored by the New Jersey Alliance for Action. The event at the PNC Arts Center in Holmdel provided a glimpse of what the state’s four utilities will likely tell a pair of legislative committees today and tomorrow, as they explore what …
Friday, November 30, 2012
Here are some of the stories that caught readers' attention in November.
Although the tidal surge that occured during Hurricane Sandy did not bring anticipated floods, it did hit New Milford hard with unexpected power outages. Sandy's punch took down wires and caused damage at the substations leaving most of the town without power for upwards of 10 days. During that time, Patch was plugged in and became a source of information for readers. Democratic incumbent Austin Ashley and his running mate, Michael Putrino have won the two open seats on the council, unseating Council President Howard Berner. The most resounding loss of the night was the defeat of the 'Field of Dreams' referendum. 2,858 votes were cast against it, while only 1,669 were cast in support of it. Perhaps the most resounding loss of this November…
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Chief Papapietro presses PSEG for updates on those in New MIlford who are still without power.
Chief of Police Frank Papapietro, who also heads New Milford's Office of Emergency Management, continues to press PSEG to restore New Milford's power that was compromised during last week's Hurricane Sandy. "Although most of the town's power has been restored, there are still pockets in the southern part of town that remain without power," Papapietro said. "Specifically Birchwood," he added. Wednesday morning, Papapietro once again reached out to PSEG requesting an update on outages and requested an ETA on when power would be restored, stressing the fact that residents in this area were on day 10 without power. "Also, a nor'easter is headed our way Wednesday evening," Papapietro said. Within the hour, three PSEG trucks were on Birchwood …
Area outages reported as winter storm moves in
The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack lost power Wednesday afternoon, according to a message from the mall. Bloomingdale's was running on an emergency generator, an automated message on the mall's phone line said around 3 p.m. In a post on Facebook, the mail said it was working with PSE&G to get service restored. A utility company spokeswoman had no information on the outage. Outages were also reported around Hackensack, but PSE&G could not confirm the reports. The region was beginning to feel the impacts of Winter Storm Athena, which forecasts say could bring rain, snow and high winds through Thursday.
Monday, November 5, 2012
80 percent of New Milford has power restored.
According to Mayor Ann Subrizi, 80 percent of New Milford has had their power restored since Sandy's punch took down wires and caused damage at the substations. That leaves 20 percent of the town still in the dark. Although there are still a few large sections of town that remain without power, PSE&G reports that these are primarily sub-station circuit problems. Once the circuits are fixed at the substations, PSE&G workers will repair the transmission boxes that affect individual houses, as appears to be the problem in the Birchwood area of town. Once the transmission boxes are repaired, power will return to those individual houses that are still without power. PSE&G has been importing help from all over the country to help restore New …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
From power outages to gas rationing, New Milford is still dealing with Sandy's wrath.
Winds caused PSE&G to pull their repair crews and kept emergency services working through the night responding to calls of downed trees and wires. WIth trees and power lines down throughout town, Tuesday will show just how much damage Sandy wrought. There was barely a street in New Milford that did not see destruction from Sandy in downed trees, wires and poles. Since most of the town, including Borough Hall, remains without power, Patch is in touch with Borough officials to keep New Milford Residents informed. With the majority of town still without power, and most businesses closed, New Milford is trying to get back to normal. With many gas stations out of fuel, those that remain open have lines stretching over a mile long and police …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
WIth trees and power lines down throughout town, Tuesday will show just how much damage Sandy wrought.
Sandy has blown out of town littering New Milford's side streets and thoroughfares with the debris of trees and branches, downed power lines, and many, many power outages. As of midnight, PSE&G is reporting between 2,001 and 5,000 customers without power in New Milford according to its power outage map. New Milford residents reported outages near Gibbs Elementary School, Berkley Elementary School, St. Joe's, New Milford High School, Brookchester and Main Street. It is uncertain at this time when power will be restored. PSE&G had to cease any overnight repairs as wind gusts reached over 45mph. Crews will begin repair work around 8am Tuesday morning. At the storm's peak, between 6pm and 8pm Monday, emergency services and the DPW were …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Service restored Saturday afternoon.
Power has been restored to about 1,200 Public Service Electric and Gas customers in Teaneck after an underground cable problem knocked power in the area, a company spokesperson said. Customers were out for about an hour, said Denise Denk of PSE&G. Outages were also reported in nearby towns including Bergenfield, Hackensack and New Milford. Published 4:40 p.m. Updated 5:40 p.m. Saturday
Friday, May 4, 2012
Scattered weather-related outages possible in the area.
Electricity in the Englewood-area has been restored after 8,000 customers lost power this morning, according to Public Service Electric and Gas. Widespread outages were reported in Englewood, Fort Lee and the southern end of Tenafly. Smaller outages were reported in Teaneck and Bergenfield. PSE&G spokeswoman Annette Hicks said service was restored around 8:30 a.m. after weather-related outages. Scattered outages are possible in the area, Hicks said. Route 4 in Englewood was closed earlier today after reports of a downed wire. The highway has since been reopened.