Thursday, August 23, 2012
How has the 2011 storm impacted you? Send us your photos and feedback.
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Sunday marks the first anniversary of the storm that pulled trees from their roots, flooded streets and cars, decimated homes and businesses and left thousands without power. After Irene blew through New Jersey in August 2011, Patch was there to cover the hurricane that had been downgraded to a tropical storm. The impact of the storm and subsequent flooding is still evident in some areas of Union County. In Cranford - one of the most severely impacted towns in the county - 18 houses that were heavily damaged are being elevated to prevent flood waters from future storms from submerging the structures. Some residents are still in the process of rebuilding parts of their homes that were destroyed. Behind the municipal building on Springfield …
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Barry O'Donovan of The Kilkenny House chats over Harkin Curry Pie.
- PATCH'S HOUSE & HOME
- Amy Currie
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
We caught up with Barry O'Donovan, owner of The Kilkenny House in Cranford to talk about authentic Irish fare, Hurricane Irene and the town who saved his restaurant. Patch: Your having Harkin Curry Pie (chicken simmered with onions, peas, carrots in an authentic curry sauce topped with a puff pastry cap, $9) for lunch. It smells amazing. Is this your favorite comfort food? O'Donovan: Being from Ireland, Curry is huge and so is chicken pot pie. This is a combination of the two. Every pub over there has a curry dish on the menu. It is real comfort food for me. The curry that we use is from Ireland and milder and sweeter than its Indian cousin. There are french fries in it too which is the way we present it. Patch: Coming from Ireland, you …
Friday, October 21, 2011
The Board of Public Health invited local officials and members of the public to express their concerns and suggestions.
The latest hearing on the utility companies' response to Hurricane Irene drew a sparse crowd in Scotch Plains Thursday. Those who did attend either praised PSE&G or expressed concern over the location of the Cranford substation, that under water left many without power for days. Karen Johnson, Director of Communications for PSE&G said representatives from the Board of Public Utilities and utility companies would not speak during the hearing, but wanted to hear public concerns. Assemblywoman Linda Stender commented on the low attendance at the meeting; there were only three comments from residents, the others who spoke were local officials in Union County. “It has been two months since Hurricane Irene. I think that now, people are focused …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Hurricane Irene left many homes damaged, flooded and without power. Read on to see how each municipality fared, what frustrated them and how they are working on getting back to normal.
Clark-Garwood It was the week of Irene. As the hurricane, hit we reported on some of the wildest flooding Clark has ever seen: the Valley Road bridge nearly disappeared under the overflowing Rahway River and the Garden State Parkway near the Clark exit became more like the Garden State "Flood" way. We also reported on the dedicated volunteers who ran an American Red Cross Shelter at the Clark Rec. Center, providing shelter and comfort for some 100 evacuees. As the town recovered from downed trees, flooded basements and power outages, the only remaining damaged to be repaired is the Madison Hill Road bridge, in which a huge sinkhole formed from water rushing beneath. The county expects that repairs may take months. In Garwood, power was the…
Friday, September 2, 2011
The storm has passed, the recovery continues. Find some time to catch your breath and savor the last weekend of summer.
The Borgata, Atlantic City THIS WEEKEND: Tonight: Bearded bluesy boogie rockers ZZ Top; Chris Tucker performs at the Event Center. Saturday: Tomorrow: Journey; Lewis Black delivers his topical rants Saturday and Sunday at the Music Box Theater. NEXT WEEK: Not sure if he still wants "Jessie's Girl," but Rck Springfield performs Friday, Sept. 9 at the Music Box, while Ben Bailey delivers his comedy act on Saturday, Sept. 10 BOOK IT NOW: Blondie, headed by Jersey Girl Debbie Harry, trots out the band's greatest-hits collection to rock the crowd on Friday, Sept. 16; Tracy Morgan blurts out his unpredictable comedy on Saturday, Sept. 17. Check out theborgata.com for details about these and other shows. Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown…
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Thousands are still without power as of Thursday night.
Four days after Hurricane Irene hit Union County, about 5,000 customers were still without power as of 8 p.m. Thursday. Of those, about 2,000 were Public Service Electric & Gas customers and 3,000 were Jersey Central Power & Light customers. "I know it's frustrating in places like Cranford where they've been out of power for days," PSE&G spokesman Fran Sullivan said Thursday evening. "We're hoping that the vast majority of the customers that aren't in flood zones, we hope to have (power) back by tomorrow. In areas we physically can't get trucks into because of the flooding, we are hoping for Sunday." Even then, some areas might have to wait until early next week for the lights to turn on because power restoration will depend on the …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Declaration will allow federal government to distribute disaster relief funds.
President Barack Obama declared New Jersey a major disaster area Wednesday afternoon, and the White House announced that the president will travel to north Jersey on Sunday to get a firsthand look at the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene. The declaration will allow the federal government to award FEMA assistance to local residents, and state and municipal governments, according to officials with the office of U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-08). The president will make an appearance in Paterson, according to Pascrell, who is a former mayor of Paterson, one of the city's hardest-hit by flooding. At present, no details are available as to when the president will arive or where he will go. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and …
Utility company president met with press Wednesday afternoon.
For those yet to have power restored in the wake of Hurricane Irene, it's cold comfort to know that 550,000 customers served in New Jersey by JCP&L had their electricity back as of Wednesday morning. But, at a hastily-organized press conference Wednesday afternoon at the electrical provider's North Jersey headquarters in Morris Township, JCP&L President Donald Lynch said that, and that they are working around the clock to get the remaining 120,000 New Jersey customers still without power back online within the next several days. "This is the worst storm we have seen in recent memory," Lynch said, noting the company provides electricity to approximately 1.1 million customers in Northern and Central New Jersey, across 13 counties. "We …
Residents seeking disaster-relief money are told to prepare for long process as FEMA waits for all damage assessments to be completed.
Union County officials are urging residents dealing with damages from Hurricane Irene to be patient as they apply for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Administration. "We are in the assessment stage," said Union County spokesman Jim Pellettiere. "People are trying to put the cart before the horse. No funding will be made available until preliminary damage assessments are done." In order for a state, county, township or resident to receive FEMA funding, a Federal Disaster Declaration must be issued by the federal agency. Such a declaration can only be made after the governor submits an official disaster request to FEMA that includes the estimated cost of damages sustained by the storm. Providing an accurate statewide report to …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
A little help from his mom, the Mayor of Fanwood and a local judge means smooth sailing for young couple.
True love knows no obstacles. So after dealing with an earthquake, a hurricane and a looming deployment for an undisclosed installation, a Navy man and his beloved went to the corridors of power in Fanwood to help them tie the knot before he was shipped off to war. Andrew Laffey, of Martinsville, and Melissa Picchietti, of Chicago, Ill., had planned to obtain a marriage waiver at the Union County Courthouse in Elizabeth. The document would allow Picchietti and Laffey, a fire controlman third-class Petty Officer assigned to the USS San Jacinto, to bypass the traditional 72-hour waiting period and marry immediately Monday before he heads to Norfolk Naval Base Tuesday morning, where he will be deployed for a confidential mission. But there …