WESTFIELD, NJ—At a town council meeting November 7, Mayor Andy Skibitsky called for a moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives due to Hurricane Sandy.

As of that afternoon, he announced, 693 Westfield customers were still without power. Skibitsky said that there were at least 25 PSE&G trucks working in the area, and crews were continuing to work throughout the snowstorm.

He reminded residents with no power to keep calling PSE&G, as the company may believe their power was restored.

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Skibitsky said that the town is in the process of a one-time cleanup of branches and twigs from the storm. Trees from private property, he said, must be removed by private contractors.

The mayor announced that a Hurricane Sandy Westfield Relief Fund has been created with the Westfield United Fund.

Skibitsky said that the power outages have had a very large economic impact on downtown businesses. “If at all possible, please shop Westfield first,” he said.

He also thanked town employees and the volunteer rescue squad for their hard work since Sandy hit. “I know it’s been a lot of long hours since then,” he said.

During open discussion by citizens, one resident echoed note of thanks. “It really is impressive,” he said. “Please know that it is very much appreciated.”