NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The July 1 tornado that swept through the borough felling trees and power lines received a quick response from municipal employees and volunteers, officials said.
“The tornado was really something spectacular,” Mayor J. Brooke Hern said as he recalled dark skies and howling wind that muffled the sound of falling trees.
The mayor said that while there were numerous trees down and some property damage, no injuries were reported.
The mayor and Borough Council members were quick to praise the efforts of police, fire, EMT’s and Public Works employees.
The mayor also praised the efforts of JCP&L who quickly responded to the emergency. “ByMonday night most homes and businesses had power restored,” Hern said.
Councilman Dr. Bob Robinson recognized the efforts of Borough Administrator Doug Marvin and Deputy Police Chief Scott Torre to provide a flow of information to residents via e-mail concerning street closings and power restoration up-dates.
“We’re getting better at communicating information on where problem spots are,” Councilman Rob Munoz said.
Marvin said that over 50 residents used the borough’s website requesting assistance from Public Works employees.
However, council discussions weren’t limited to just the tornado.
Councilman Gary Kapner singled out the effort of the N. P. Business and Professional Association to stage the annual July 3 fireworks display. He noted the event was made possible by sponsors Investors Bank, Martial Arts For Life, Kapuscinski Loungo Architects, DJ Club Souren, KJS Design & Technology, NP Fuel, Strawberry Fields and the Downtown Improvement District.
That prompted council members Jim Madden and Armand Galluccio to urge residents to shop locally and support the businesses that generously donate to support the community.
“Help local businesses that foot the bill. Shop locally,” Madden said.
Generosity isn’t limited just to businesses; Galluccio and Munoz said that over 150 residents attended a Dorr Avenue block party to raise funds for 7-year old Lucas Reiling, who has brain cancer. Munoz said funds exceeded $10,000.
In other council news, members approved concept plans for an emergency dispatch center to be shared by New Providence and Summit. It will be located in the borough’s municipal center able to accommodate seven dispatchers and grow to 10, if necessary.