West Orange Information and Updates, Saturday, November 3, 2012

Damage to Memorial Park at Town Hall cancels Veterans Day Ceremony. Credits: Gary Englert

WEST ORANGE, NJ- The situation for West Orange residents without power is improving.  With the ongoing efforts of PSEG and  crews from around the country, power has been restored to about 70% of the township.  However, lines for gas at open West Orange gas stations were long and clogged roadways all over town. Despite the new gas rationing restrictions ordered by Governor Christie, people were out en masse to get gas with frustration growing.  

Mayor Rob Parisi and the township issued the following storm update late this afternoon:

West Orange remains under a limited state of emergency and a mandatory curfew will remain in effect from 6PM to 6AM until further notice. For your safety, we ask that residents remain at home or in secure locations as much as possible over the next several days. 

PSE&G has restored power to approximately 70 percent of the Township. We have been on calls with their representatives throughout the day who have assured us that they will be working all night and day until power is restored to the entire Township.

Due to limited power and resources and the hazardous conditions created by the lines of cars and people waiting to get gas, all gas stations in town will shut down at 6PM and will reopen at 6AM until further notice. This is a temporary mandate put into effect for the public’s safety. You can find a list of gas stations that are open in town at

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Below is a list of WO gas stations that had gas as of Saturday at 7PM. This does not guarantee they will be open on Sunday. This list will be updated as more stations open.
Citgo -- 13 Northfield Avenue
BP -- 83 Main Street
Delta -- 23 Park Avenue
Exxon – Corner of Pleasant Valley Way & Mt. Pleasant Avenue
Lukoil  -- Corner of Pleasant Valley Way & Eagle Rock Avenue

A shelter is open for West Orange residents only at Liberty Middle School, located at 1 Kelly Drive. Bring blankets, prescriptions and any personal needs. Please do not bring pets. Occupants must present proof of residency. The facility will stay open until further notice.

As the cleanup continues, residents can place storm-related debris in front of their homes, but it must be separated from leaves. The Township will not pick up stumps, tree trunks or whole trees. 


West Orange public schools: There will be no school on Monday, November 5 or Tuesday November 6 for students. Students in grades K-12 will return to school on Wednesday, November 7, with Extended Single Sessions on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. The dismissal times are as follows: High School at 11:50 am, Middle Schools at 12:23 pm, Elementary Schools at 1:00 pm. No before-care or after-care will be provided and all after school activities are canceled. The Pre-School program is canceled for the week.

For a list of food establishments, pharmacies and open gas stations in town, please go to our website at www.westorange.org and visit the West Orange New Jersey Facebook page.

Mayor Parisi and the Recreation Department are providing a safe Halloween alternative on Monday, November 5th from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Liberty Middle School. This late addition to the Recreation Department’s Halloween schedule is provided to the community to ensure that our families have a safe opportunity to celebrate Halloween on the “make up” date as designated by the Governor. West Orange continues to experience energy issues and road closures and the Township is concerned. Going door to door on Monday, in some neighborhoods, may be hazardous. Admission to the movie marathon and dinner is FREE for West Orange residents and their families. Halloween candy will be distributed after the movies.

Listed below is our tentative schedule:
• 1:00 pm – iCarly’s Halloween Adventure
• 1:30 pm – SpongeBob and the Hash Slinging Slasher
• 2:00 pm – Scooby Doo Halloween Mystery
• 2:30 pm – WO Rec’s Halloween Movie Collage
• 3:15 pm – Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein

• 4:15 pm – Lite Halloween Dinner and Refreshments

NJDEP is imposing statewide water use restrictions to preserve water supplies. The expectation at this stage is for the water use restrictions to be in place on a temporary basis while we all recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy.

The information hotline number for PSE&G is 800-436-7734. 

There are three ways to apply for FEMA assistance:
Apply Online at DisasterAssistance.gov
Apply via a smartphone at m.fema.gov
Apply by Phone: (800) 621-3362

Inquire about Unemployment Insurance benefits at 

The state is encouraging residents/businesses to dial “2-1-1” 24 hours a day, seven days a week if you need help in understanding and finding available assistance services for FEMA, Insurance, etc

The annual Veteran's Day Ceremony has been canceled due to damage at the memorial on Main Street.  Chairperson Gary Englert said in a statement:

"As you may or may not be aware, a tree felled by Tropical Storm Sandy has caused significant damage to the Township's War Memorial Park; toppling the center (American) flag pole, one of the service flag poles (Coast Guard) and both the decorative light posts/fixtures within the complex (see attached picture). Repairs will take some time and will not be inexpensive.

While regrettable, it also does not appear to be a situation placing anyone in any significant danger and, rather clearly, the Township and the Department of Public Works Works will have far more emergent issues to deal with over the next week; matters concerning public safety and quality of life being paramount.
With that said, following consultation with Mayor Parisi and discretion being the better part of valor, we are cancelling the Veteran Day ceremony that was scheduled for 11:00 AM, Sunday, November 11, 2012.
You may be assured that the Mayor's and Township's commitment to its veterans and residents currently serving in the armed forces remains unwavering and that we are taking this action solely out of practical necessity and during what has been a difficult time for most everyone.
I hope you and yours have been safe and remain well."
Gary R. Englert, Chair
West Orange Commission on Military & Veteran Affairs
Also, information has been provided by Essex County regarding Tuesday's elections, which will NOT be canceled. 

Election Day Update- Vote by Mail Ballots

Due to conditions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Essex County Clerk's Office will operate extended hours, so that voters may collect a vote-by-mail ballot and submit it without going to the polls. 
The Clerk's Office is located in Room 247 of the Essex County Hall of Records, 465 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard in Newark. We will be open:

Thurs. Nov. 1: 8am - 5:30pm
Fri. Nov. 2: 8am - 5:30pm
Sat. Nov. 3: 9am - 4pm
Sun. Nov. 3: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Mon. Nov. 4: 8am - 4:30pm (latest allowed by NJ law)
If you plan to visit the polls on Election Day, be sure to check this site, to make sure that your usual polling place is operational. Some polling places may need to be moved due to damage or loss of power. 

As stated in yesterday's article, the West Orange Township Clerk will advise the public on Monday regarding polling places for Tuesday's election.

As a reminder, Daylight Savings Time commences at 2:00 am Sunday morning.  Please turn your clocks back one hour.




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