Sunday, May 5, 2013
Low participation prompted Mendham Township's Noreen Staples to move the deadline to May 8.
After collecting more than 1,000 dresses for distribution, the Aid To Exit 117 Area group began another drive last month to provide much needed supplies to folks devastated by Hurricane Sandy. “It is still a mess and people still have not received sufficient aid,” said Noreen Staples, who organized the drive. “And many are still displaced.” Staples said that after the prom dress "boutique" was held for girls to pick out dresses, leftover dresses were sent to other areas. “Some dresses have not been given out yet but another boutique will be held, and at that time girls will be able to sign up for free hair and nails for the day of the prom,” Staples said. According to Staples many Sandy victims still need some basic, well, staples. …
Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mendham Township rallies to send the children of Rich and Beth Everett on Florida vacation.
Everyone who hears the story of the Everett family is drawn to learn more. The family of six were Randolph residents who owned a popular horse farm in Long Valley. They were universally embraced by both communities, which is what made the tragedy that struck the night of superstorm Sandy all the more devastating. During the apex of the storm, the lives of Zoe, Talia, Theodore and Pierce Everett were changed forever when a tree fell on the four-door Chevy Silverado driven by their father, Richard. Their mother, Elizabeth, was the front-seat passenger and both were killed instantly. Fourteen-year-old Theodore and 11-year-old Pierce were in the back seat of the truck, and first-responders on the scene in Mendham were profoundly affected by …
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Environmental New Jersey is calling for efforts to reduce carbon pollution.
On an interactive map of the United States that records the number of extreme weather events that have taken place over the last several years, New Jersey might as well be the black eye. The red, purples and magentas that color each of New Jersey’s 21 counties make up the wrong end of the weather-related disaster spectrum, marking the entire state as a recurring extreme weather target. Should nothing be done to curb pollution and carbon emissions, a recent report from Environment New Jersey Research and Policy Center details, expect that trend to continue. Just off of the beach in Long Branch Tuesday, with temperatures coincidentally hovering around an unseasonable 80 degrees, several officials gathered to discuss the new report, called “…
Monday, April 1, 2013
A meeting will be held with company executives Friday at their Morristown headquarters.
With the hope of getting answers about JCP&L's poor response in the restoration of power for customers in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, Bridgewater resident Neha Pallod Limaye has scheduled a meeting with officials at the company's Morristown headquarters. The meeting will be held Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for anyone interested in speaking to JCP&L officials about their response, or lack thereof, following the hurricane, and their plans for change in the future. Limaye initially started a petition to get JCP&L out of Bridgewater about a week after the hurricane, and also created a Facebook group to bring together people from across the state who were disappointed by the performance of the power company following Superstorm Sandy. The …
Sunday, March 31, 2013
Rick Porcello earns fifth slot in rotation, will wear new number in 2013 as part of deal to aid Sandy victims.
A Chester Township resident and Seton Hall Prep graduate will round out the starting pitching rotation for the Detroit Tigers. Rick Porcello, 24, received the news last Tuesday from Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland, according to the Detroit Free Press. In January, Porcello signed a one-year, $5.1 million contract with the team and competed with Drew Smyly for the fifth and final spot in the pitching rotation. Porcello didn’t walk anyone all spring, and he averaged about a strikeout per inning (21 strikeouts in 24 innings). Porcello, a Morristown native, made headlines last fall when he gave up his number 48 to incoming outfielder Torri Hunter in exchange for a donation to aid Hurricane Sandy victims. According to the Detroit Free Press …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Mendham Township resident collecting donations to deliver to Jersey shore teens who lost it all during Hurricane Sandy.
Thursday, February 21
Mendham Township resident, and Mendham-Chester Patch nominee for Person of the Year, Noreen Staples is again seeking for donations to assist the shore communities ravaged by hurricane Sandy. In early November of last year, Staples organized a drive for the residents of Port Monmouth, Keansburg and Union Beach. Now, Staples is asking for more donations for the Exit 117 area in order to make the prom season a little brighter for the recovering shore community residents. "We are collecting prom dresses, shoes, jewelry and clutches to help enable girls touched by devastation to have the opportunity to attend their prom," Staples said. "It has been my observation that the teens have been somewhat overlooked during this crucial time. They are …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
All proceeds from merchandise and beer sales benefit storm charities.
Wednesday, February 20
Pub dwellers can raise a pint and raise money for superstorm Sandy victims with the debut of FU Sandy draft. The hybrid white ale (the FU stands for Forever Unloved, of course) is a special brew created by New Jersey's own Flying Fish Brewing Co. All proceeds are dedicated to Sandy-related charities, and Flying Fish hopes to raise at least $50,000 from beer and merchandise sales. Flying Fish founder Gene Muller said the brewery "knew immediately that we wanted to do something to help" after Sandy struck, the Huffington Post reports. "Every single aspect of this beer, from the man-hours spent brewing it to the hops used to season it to the kegs that will contain it, has been donated so every cent brought in goes to superstorm Sandy victims…
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Natural Disaster Designation announced for Morris, Sussex, Passaic and Warren counties.
Saturday, February 16
Federal relief is available for farmers in Morris, Sussex, Passaic and Warren counties, as they are among 14 New Jersey counties covered by a Natural Disaster Designation. Gov. Chris Christie today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted the designation in recognition of crop damage sustained from June to November, when the state suffered from drought, a nor'easter, flash flooding and superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy not only impacted our shoreline, but caused an immense amount of damage for our farmers, who already had suffered losses due to severe weather throughout the season,” Christie said. “While federal aid is already being provided through a variety of programs, now farmers will have additional federal …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Downloadable app comes after customers demand better communication following Superstorm Sandy.
The parent company of Jersey Central Power and Light is touting its new mobile phone app, which the company says could be helpful during times of power outages. The app launched by FirstEnergy Corp. is free for its customers in the five states the company's utilities serve, and offers quicker access to outage maps, simplified reporting of outages, and access to personal account information. “Our new smartphone app and mobile website make it easier for our customers to stay in touch with us and conduct every-day transactions when they’re on the go, whether it’s reporting a power outage or paying a bill,” Ronald I. Green, vice president of Customer Service, said. “The new tools also make our simple and secure online bill payment programs …