Most of West Orange Remains Without Power; Photos and Current Updates Ongoing

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Valley Way closed with downed tree and live wires. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Mississippi Ave. closed; downed tree and wires Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Downed tree on Main Street near Mt. Pleasant Ave. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Cody Chaffin from Oklahoma is here to help restore power. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Staging Area at K-Mart Plaza.   Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Staging area at Essex Green. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Frank Henry, Local 175, Chattanooga, TN; Chris Chase, Mooresville, PA. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Workers from Clinton, Manalapan, and Jackson, NJ Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Workers from LI, Brooklyn, Jackson, Michigan, and Harleysville, PA Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Radio Shack open at Essex Green. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Truck overturned in Essex Green - Shoprite parking lot. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Residents get coffee at Shoprite, which is open. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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William Werzen and Heidi Paulson...Students may be the only ones celebrating. Credits: Cynthia Cumming
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Bent solar panel on Old Indian Road Credits: Kate Davenport
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Old Indian Road. Credits: Kate Davenport
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Uprooted tree on Rutgers near Old Indian Road. Credits: Kate Davenport
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The WOHS 'Bubble' where weight training equipment is housed, has collapsed. Credits: Kate Davenport
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Uprooted tree on Caldwell Terrace by Fitzrandolph Road. Credits: Kate Davenport
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Tree and Transformer down on Johnson Road. Credits: Kate Davenport
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Tree down on Eagle Rock Avenue by Robertson Road. Credits: Kate Davenport
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WEST ORANGE, NJ - This is an update from the West Orange Alternative Press as of 3:00 pm.

BREAKING NEWS... WEST ORANGE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2. ALSO, A TOWN WIDE CURFEW HAS BEEN CALLED. NO INDIVIDUALS OR VEHICLES WITHOUT PURPOSE ARE TO BE ON WEST ORANGE STREETS BETWEEN 6 PM AND 6 AM. 

BURGLARIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN THE VALLEY SECTION AND OTHER PARTS OF TOWN. THERE WAS A MURDER IN AN APARTMENT AT THE CORNER OF WASHINGTON ST AND WATCHUNG AVENUE. A YOUNG FEMALE WAS STRANGLED. THERE WAS NO FORCED ENTRY FOUND, AND TAP HAS NO FURTHER INFORMATION AT THIS TIME.

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Township residents continue to experience widespread power outages.  Residents with generators looking for gas may be able to find it at the following locations at the Exxon station near Bloomfield and Prospect and by the Montclair Police Station.

 Downtown Montclair along Bloomfield Avenue also has power and most businesses and stores are open.  PALS cabin in West Orange is open, as is Shoprite, Total Wine, Essex Grand Buffet, and other stores in Essex Green.

Essex County offices remain closed today, and the Howl-a-ween Spooktacular at Turtleback Zoo is canceled. 

Water pressure issues have been resolved and a new pump was installed at the Passaic County booster station.  

Only Mt. Pleasant School and Liberty Middle School have power. 

Residents without power can get water and ice at PSEG offices, 59 Main Street. Until 4:00 pm today.

For an update on PSEG officials on power restoration, go here: http://thealternativepress.com/articles/pseg-addresses-issues-in-essex-and-passaic-counti.

WoTap will continue to provide updates as they become available.

WEST ORANGE, NJ - This is an update from the West Orange Alternative Press, West Orange Police Department, and West Orange Township as of 8:00 pm:

Some areas are experiencing low water pressure.  According to Dispatcher Chris Babinski at the WOPD,  the problem is NOT due to a water main break in West Orange and actually does affect more than Eagle Ridge,  but also other higher elevation areas in WO. The problem is due to a power outage with a booster pump emanating from the Passaic Booster station that supplies water to WO. They are now working on fixing this problem so that they can restore water to the higher elevation areas of West Orange as soon as possible.

From the Township:

A County-wide curfew has been issued and West Orange will remain under a limited state of emergency until further notice. To ensure your safety, please stay indoors and stay off the roads to allow road crews and emergency vehicles access to get through the streets. West Orange Public Works crews continue to work hard to ensure that every road is accessible as soon as possible. Use extreme caution if walking or driving is necessary. Broken or hanging branches and downed wires pose significant safety concerns. Call the West Orange Police Department non-emergency number at 973-325-4000 immediately if you see a downed wire. 


Municipal offices at Town Hall will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31st. There will be no Garbage Collection or Recycling pickup tomorrow. West Orange public schools will be closed. Jitney service is suspended until further notice.

New Jersey American Water customers in elevated areas of West Orange may have low water pressure or no water pressure. Crews will be working overnight to restore power and have customers back in water by tomorrow morning.

For those who need shelter, the storm relief center at Essex County Codey Arena, located at 560 Northfield Avenue, is open. Accommodations for pets are available.

Halloween will be postponed until further notice. Residents should not under any circumstances trick-or-treat. 

Intermittent cell phone service disruptions have been reported in the Essex County area, including West Orange, all day.

Additional photos from the St. Cloud-Old Indian Road area, and the area near West Orange High School, where the Athletic Bubble collapsed.  "The Bubble" houses weight training equipment for athletes.  It was repaired last year after it collapsed during the freak ice storm on October 29, 2011.

WEST ORANGE, NJ  At least 2/3 of West  Orange residents remain without power as felled trees and power lines, many still live, plague the township.  The township remains on a limited state of emergency.  The shelter at West Orange High School has moved to Codey arena, due to power outages.

West Orange Public schools will be closed on Wednesday, October 31.

Many intersections are blocked off by police vehicles to prevent traffic.  Most businesses are closed, with a few exceptions.  Radio Shack at Essex Green is open, Total Wine was open, and Shoprite is open.  Residents are urged to stay home.

Contact PSEG directly regarding power outages at 800-436-7734.  Call 911 for emergencies.  PSEG has indicated that it may take a week for power to be restored.  There are staging areas for power company workers at K Mart and Essex Green Plaza.  Workers from New Jersey, Long Island, Brooklyn, Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Michigan waited in the staging areas to be dispatched to locations needing help.

If you have photos or updates to add, please contact the Editor, Cynthia Cumming, at ccumming@thealternativepress.com, or post to The Alternative Press of West Orange Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Alternative-Press-of-West-Orange/193262567471221.

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