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. …
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, March 28, 2013
Highlands Barn and Garabrant Center being set up for the next disaster.
After getting their proverbial noses bloodied by mother nature during the extreme weather that struck the area over the last two years, officials in Mendham and Chester are working to expand options for residents who may need literal shelter from the storm. During Hurricane Sandy, Mendham Township and Chester Borough operated shelters and warming centers out of their emergency services building and the Municipal Hall respectively. Mendham Borough opened a shelter at the Sisters of Christian Charity and Chester Township had a makeshift place for people to go in the firehouse. But proposed changes to the Highlands Barn in Chester and the Garabrant Center in Mendham should make a difference next time a major weather event hits. Even in the …
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 …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Utility 'roundly criticized,' according to Mendham Township Mayor Rick Merkt.
Less than a month into his term as Mendham Township’s mayor and Rick Merkt has already faced down Jersey Central Power and Light. At the last meeting of the Mendham Township Committee, Merkt said he took part in a meeting of the mayors of Morris County and the Board of Public Utilities. “To be candid, JCP&L was roundly criticized,” Merkt said. “However and perhaps more importantly, the meeting did result in a number of ideas from the mayors.” Much of the criticism stemmed from the utilities response to Hurricane Sandy and the poor communication surrounding their repair efforts. This meeting, according to Merkt, was to generate ideas on how to avoid missteps in the future. According to Merkt some of those ideas included detailed circuit …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Deadline to apply for FEMA assistance now end of this month. How to apply.
Wednesday, January 2
Those who suffered losses due to Hurricane Sandy in New Jersey now have until January 30, 2013 to register for disaster assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA and the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management have announced. People with storm losses in all counties can register online at www.disasterassistance.gov or via smartphone or tablet at m.fema.gov. At the request of the state of New Jersey, FEMA extended the registration deadline beyond the original 60-day window due to the magnitude of the Hurricane Sandy disaster. The disaster registration process serves as a referral point for FEMA programs and those of partner agencies such as the U.S. Small Business Administration, American Red Cross and the …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Camden Street School Principal and Chester resident Sam Garrison reached out to his two communities to help families in need this holiday season.
Camden Street School Principal Sam Garrison doesn’t believe the job of his school ends with the education of its students. The Chester resident is a firm believer that the school needs to function to build community and strengthen families. His wife, Black River Middle School Technology teacher Laura Garrison shared her husband’s dream with some Chester residents who immediately wanted to help. “I met Monica and Amy Smith on a soccer field while our daughters where playing. They heard what Sam was doing and they wanted to get involved,” Laura Garrison said. “They used their network and their business MarketSmith Inc. to reach out and within 24-hours they had received 100 pledges to donate meals to the families.” According to Garrison, many…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Poor communication, infrastructure and equipment problems after storm among primary complaints to utility company president, BPU.
If there was one thing the state Board of Public Utilities, JCP&L's president Don Lynch, officials and the public agreed upon Monday night, it was the severity of the storm named Sandy that howled through the state on Oct. 29, not only lashing the shore but bringing power outages that lasted two weeks or more to parts of central and northern New Jersey. But nearly all of the dozens of officials and residents from the inland counties of Somerset, Morris, Passaic and Sussex who spoke at a public input meeting held by the BPU in Basking Ridge, refused to let Jersey Central Power & Light off the hook anyway. "For us, in Bernards Township, for the first seven days after the storm, virtually nothing happened," said township Deputy Mayor Carolyn …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Residents can drop vegetation at the municipal complex seven days a week.
Chester Borough residents now have another location to drop off debris in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. According to Chester Borough Mayor Bob Davis, the Borough has received DEP approval to accumulate storm related vegetation debris on site at the Municipal Complex at 50 North Road in Chester. "In order to expedite debris removal we have decided to allow residents to bring all storm related debris to the site behind our offices where we have started to accumulate other debris," Davis said. According to Davis, the decision was made in preparation for the upcoming winter. "We are doing this so we can more quickly clear borough roads prior to snowfall," Davis said. Despite the new drop-off site, Davis said the Borough DPW will continue to…
Monday, December 3, 2012
Mendham firefighters embarked on 48-hour shore deployment in days following the storm.
They had already been one the go for days when the call came in. From first-thing Monday morning Oct. 29 through the height of the storm. Going out on around the clock service calls after Superstorm Sandy made landfall in New Jersey left the Brookside Engine Co. running on adrenaline and the “thank yous” of Mendham Township residents and not much else. But when the call came in from the county mutual aid coordinator on Halloween, there was no hesitation. “We got the call at 11:30 a.m.,” Brookside Engine Co. No. 1 Chief Jay Alderton said. “They asked us to be ready for a deployment to the Toms River area by 1 p.m.” According to Alderton, he spoke briefly with Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Evan Thomas and Mayor Sam Tolley and …