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Update for Berkeley Heights Residents, Nov. 7, 2012


Here is today’s update:

Weather from the national weather service for Berkeley Heights:


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§  Tonight Snow. Low around 32. Breezy, with a north wind 18 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

§  Thursday Periods of rain and snow before 9am, then a slight chance of rain between 9am and 2pm. High near 47. Northwest wind around 17 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

§  Thursday Night Clear, with a low around 30. Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph.

§  Friday Sunny, with a high near 50. Northwest wind around 9 mph.

§  Friday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.

§  Saturday Partly sunny, with a high near 58.

§  Saturday Night Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

§  Veterans Day Sunny, with a high near 66.

§  Sunday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 45.

§  Monday Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

§  Monday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

§  Tuesday A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 60. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

§  Tuesday Night A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 30%. 

§  Wednesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 51.



The numbers have gone down very slowly. Today I was told that crews are being restored to Berkeley Heights, although you may not see them and we did not!  Apparently the new “info” is that they are working from the substation out along the main transmission lines and checking them as well as the feeder lines.

As of today we have 859  in Berkeley Heights and Murray Hill . Our Summit residence (Countryside) are in the Summit total) I have been told again that  MOST power is to be restored by 11:59 PM Sunday night...pretty precise !! and is on their website!

Governor Livingston HS is closed and will remain so until power is restored.

The main section of Town that is still out is south of Mountain Ave and Timber, Holly Glen, Orion, Old Cannon, Harrison, and may other in that area Iknow them bu don’t have time to list them all.    All along Emerson Rd and the Countryside section and the High School area.

At this time my confidence that they can predict if tomorrow is Thursday has been compromised.

My advice, is,

1.    If you have a friend or relative that has heat and power that you can stay with do so.

2.    If you know of someone that is a friend  or relative please make the offer to have them stay with you.

3.    If you feel the need for a shelter please call the Police Dispatch at 908-464-1111 and we will open the one we have had ready. Or get you to the nearest one.

4.    Town Hall is still being used as a warming center and power up station and we have a TV and snacks and is open 24/7.

Some Quick FAQ’s

Q.Is the Governor aware of what is happening here.

A. Yes he is I have spoken with member of his cabinet and his team he knows and is hold JCPL feet to the fire. I have also spoken to the County. Local officials and Federal officials. They know our situation they very frustrated also. 

Q Have you been in touch with JCPL

A. Too many times per day to remember plus every Email sent to me about a problem is being forwarded to my contact there.(If I don’t have to clean it up too much)

Q Just got one on Generators This is very Serious!! Here is the answer

Below are the following recommendations regarding emergency generator usage:


- always use generators outdoors, away from doors, windows, and vents

- NEVER use generators in homes, garages, basements, crawl spaces, or other enclosed or partially enclosed areas

- follow manufacturers instructions

- install battery operated or plug-in (w/ battery backup) carbon monoxide alarms in your home

- test CO alarms often and replace batteries when needed


If the residents would like to put a tent above it to keep it dry that would be ok, I would recommend though they keep the hot exhaust away from the material and to not use flammable materials and be sure it will be secure from the wind.

Also, if you find access to a computer refer to this website:


Again please ask any question you have and I will get you an answer if possible. Please don’t ask when the power will be restored if I ever get that answer I will send it out to EVEYONE AT ONCE. In the mean time ask any question or give me any suggestion, Briefly. I understand your frustration.. I really do and anything I can do to assist you I will effort to do.   



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