Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy: The Latest for Residents of Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, here are the latest updates for residents of Berkeley Heights, Summit, New Providence.

The Berkeley Heights YMCA is open today and inviting Berkeley Heights residents to shower there.

The Berkeley Heights Public Library is open and welcomes residents to charge up and use wi-fi there.

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The New Providence Municipal Building is welcoming residents to charge their devices there.

Calvary Church on De Forest in Summit has power, hot food, charging stations, and welcomes the community.

Prestige Diner in New Providence is open.

For those needing gas, NP Fuel in New Providence is open.

The following is a great update from the Suburban Chamber of Commerce.

Here's are the latest updates:

CURRENT 10 am NUMBERS OF CUSTOMERS EFFECTED BY THE STORM FROM THE JERSEY CENTRAL POWER AND LIGHT WEBSITE ...

  • SUMMIT - 8,617
  • NEW PROVIDENCE - 4,772
  • BERKELEY HEIGHTS - 3,561

Best information is that this will be a multi - day outage. No one is making any promises.

FROM OVERLOOK HOSPITAL: All inpatient, emergency and radiology services are open. Most outpatient services are open, however, please call ahead to make sure.

SUMMIT MEDICAL GROUP: All Summit Medical Group locations are closed Wednesday. They are updating their website regularly. http://www.summitmedicalgroup.com/

NEW PROVIDENCE FARMERS MARKET HAS BEEN CANCELLED

HALLOWEEN UPDATES:

  • SUMMIT: Tentatively rescheduled for Saturday, November 3. No Trick or Treating on Wednesday.  
  • NEW PROVIDENCE: No Trick or Treating on Wednesday. New Date to be announced.

BUSINESS UPDATES: We took a quick drive early this morning down the Springfield Avenue Corridor (before dawn). It was very dark. There are lots of downed trees, sporadic road closures.   We can tell you that there is limited power in all three downtowns. Long lines at the Gas Stations that are open. Many of the food establishments are open, some with limited menus.

 SUMMIT INFORMATION:

 SHELTER / CHARGING STATION
The Summit Middle School is open for those who need sheltering and will serve as a charging station. Those displaced residents with pets, may bring their pets with pet carrier.

CLOSINGS
 
Summit Public School, Library, Community Center, YMCA, Connection are closed on Wednesday, October 31

OPENINGS
 City Hall will be open on Wednesday, October 31. Most stores and restaurants are open in Downtown Summit

UNION COUNTY STATE OF EMERGENCY IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM WEDNESDAY. ALL COUNTY BUILDINGS AND OFFICES ARE CLOSED AND ONLY ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT FOR WORK.   Meals on Wheels and home delivery has been suspended for October 31. All County Parks and Park Facilities are closed until further notice.  Please do not enter the parks, as many trees are down and can be dangerous.

FROM NEW PROVIDENCE:

Farmer's Market Cancelled. Trick or Treating Postponed.

If you are without power and need to charge your cell phone and or laptop you may do so at the Municipal Center. The newly installed generator assures that power will be available. Please bring your cell phone or laptop charger.

If you lose power call JCP&L at  1-888-544-4877  and report it. Don't assume that they are aware of your specific outage. By reporting the outage, it will be registered.

The New Providence Police phone number is  908-665-1111 . PLEASE USE 9-1-1 FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY.

 

FROM BERKELEY HEIGHTS MAYOR JOE BRUNO :

Our Friends at the Berkeley Heights YMCA have announced that all regular classes and the fitness center will be closed on Wednesday but between the hours of 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM will be open to ANY resident wishing to use the facility to take a warm shower and charge electronic devices.

Travel should continue to be restricted today to allow emergency personnel and utility crews the opportunity to assess the damage and begin the clearing process and repairs

During ANY cleanup around your home DO NOT approach or attempt to handle ANY DOWN WIRES. Assume all wires are live until confirmed and cared for by the appropriate authorities. Report any down wires.

For current information here are a few websites that should have handy: NJ State Site www.ready.nj.gov , County Site and to sign up for alert updates from both the County and Township www.ucfirstalert.org  and of course we will post updates on the Township website at www.berkeleyheightstwp.com

REMEMBER YOU HAVE TO REPORT: If you lose power call JCP&L at  1-888-544-4877  and report it. Don't assume that they know, by calling it will be registered.

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