Saturday, November 17, 2012
Mayor says he's just waiting for state approval
Brick hopes to allow its barrier island residents and property owners to be able to drive to their properties in their own vehicles "soon," but the township needs state approval first. "We hope it will be soon, we hope it's within days," said Mayor Stephen Acropolis, on a bus tour Thursday of many of the township's Sandy-ravaged waterfront and low-lying sections. "We're just waiting for some construction work to be cleared, for Route 35 to be opened and for approval from the state Department of Transportation." On Thursday morning, Acropolis, Police Chief Nils Bergquist, other police officers and the National Guard traveled by police-escorted bus with a limited number of media to tour the township's barrier island and other damaged areas …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Police come out to help as traffic backs up a long way at Toms River's most notorious intersection
Traffic snaked around the jughandles Monday afternoon as police choreographed long traffic lines that dominated Toms River's most notorious interesections. Cars and trucks made right turns in left-turn lanes, snuck through parking lots, went the wrong way down one-way roads and found ways around by any means necessary. Despite the fact that Governor Christie and Jersey Central Power and Light said they expected power to be restored, lights were flickering - and, eventually, turned off - at the Crystal Diner and nearby intersection Monday afternoon. "It's been on, it's been off, it's been on, it's been off," said Jackie Ramirez, a waitress at the Crystal Diner. "Oh well."
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Conference call with state, federal officials on Thursday
Small business owners who were impacted by Sandy need to be on a conference call at 2 p.m. Thursday with state and federal officials, says the New Jersey Conference of Mayors. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), New Jersey Economic Development Authority and New Jersey Business Action Center senior officials will be on the conference call on the federal and state government's efforts to help small businesses and homeowners recover from Hurricane Sandy. "Officials will provide updates and answer questions about assistance and support to states affected by the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, ensuring the federal family and its public and private partners continue to provide all available …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Still 74,012 in the dark in Ocean and Monmouth counties
There are currently 28,176 JCP&L customers without power in Ocean County and 45,836 without power in Monmouth County, according to an update on the JCP&L website. Those numbers change constantly as crews continue to work on outages throughout the region. However, the nor'easter starting to move into the area may cause new outages as well as coastal flooding, according to the National Weather Service. JCP&L, in a prepared statement, says: "Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) has restored power to more than 900,000 of the 1.2 million JCP&L customers affected by Hurricane Sandy, marking five consecutive days where crews have restored at least 100,000 customers per day. While restoration continues, JCP&L is preparing for a Nor'easter that is …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Outages to increase as Sandy barrels towards the Shore
Update, 6 p.m.: Outages have reached 126,739 in Ocean County and 120,000 in Monmouth County. --- There are nearly 24,000 reported power outages in Monmouth and Ocean counties as of early Monday afternoon, according to a Jersey Central Power & Light map. As of early Monday afternoon, there were 23,559 outages reported in Monmouth and Ocean. However, there was no way to immediately learn if some without power have not reported it yet because they may have no means of communication without electricity. But according to the information available, the highest number of outages in one town in the two counties was Middletown, with 6,869. Another town with a high number of reported outages was Berkeley in southern Ocean County with 1,848. …
Pictures from around the area as Hurricane Sandy approaches.
As Hurricane Sandy approaches Monday night, damage from the storm can already be seen in Ocean County. Trees, power lines and debris are starting to close roads all over the area. In the barrier islands, flooding has already started taking place. Power is out all over the area as well, in parts of Toms River, and from Vaughn Road to the Tunney and Mathis Bridges. The Barnegat Bay has started to swell, raising water levels in the area, including the Toms River. Check out our photo gallery from around Toms River, Silverton, the bayshore and Seaside.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen head toward shore
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Kevin Shea
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Surfers and fishermen outnumbered beach walkers on many beaches Saturday evening as Hurricane Sandy approached offshore. These surfers and fishermen were at the beach in Bay Head, which is under mandatory state orders to evacuate by 4 p.m. Sunday.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Stresses storm may knock out power for 7-10 days
Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) President Don Lynch says the company has learned from the mistakes it made from Hurricane Irene and is ready for Hurricane Sandy and the threat it poses to the state. The company took heat when Hurricane Irene left many New Jersey towns without power for days - and, in some cases, weeks. Many thought JCP&L's response was too slow. The biggest lesson learned is getting the information out to customers and municipalities as specifically, quickly and often as possible, Lynch said. The company wants its customers to know as much information as possible, he said. "Just know that Jersey Central will be working hard day and night - we've already started, should that storm hit shore here and cause outages …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Update: Toms River High School East open as evacuation shelter. Power outages ongoing. Barrier island roads closed.
The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management urges residents to stay at home and remain sheltered until damage assessments can be completed. (9 a.m. Sunday) Power outages began across Toms River around 11 p.m. Saturday and continue into this morning, according to JCP&L and Toms River Police Chief Michael Mastronardy. JCP&L at 7:30 a.m. Sunday is reporting 14,000 customers in Toms River are without power. Shelters at Toms River High School North and Intermediate North are now full, said Toms River Office of Emergency Management. Evacuees should now report to Toms River High School East, which is a pet-friendly facility but with no cages. Evacuees are encouraged to bring their own blankets and pillows. (Update 5:45 p.m.) Toms River High …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
A gallery of the beach and boards as an evacuation is launched in Toms River's barrier island communities
Ortley Beach in Toms River in the days leading up to Hurricane Irene was a mix of evacuations, summer tourism, calm bays and large waves. Lifeguards who manned the beach are now long gone, the stands since overturned as the order to evacuate moved from voluntary to mandatory. Toms River Recreation Director Eric Schubiger said the procedure for breaking down the beaches were identical to closing the beach department for the season, a process that will unfold again in the weekends after Labor Day. Meanwhile, police signs flashed the message of evacuation. As a few stragglers stretched their time on the barrier island longer with a last walk on the beach before departure, it was only gulls, pipers and sea birds who were left hanging out on …