Sunday, April 28, 2013
Insurance companies blame 2011's Tropical Storm Irene, Halloween nor'easter — not Sandy — for highest in nation auto rate increase.
New Jersey motorists, who currently pay among the highest rates for auto insurance now, are going to have to dig a bit deeper into their wallets to pay for increases in auto insurance, according to published report Sunday. Insurers and state regulators are saying Hurricane Sandy, which devastated portions of the state including the Jersey Shore, is not the reason for state approving rate increases for 26 insurers thus far in 2013, according to a NorthJersey.com report. Instead, officials blame the rate increases on losses related to Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween nor’easter from two years ago, medical costs that continue to rise, reinsurance expenses and dim forecasts of investment income, the report said. Allstate, New Jersey …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
West Essex, Caldwell-West Caldwell closed on Friday.
Students in the Caldwells will have missed at least a full week of school due to widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy. All public schools will remain closed Friday, the fifth day in a row, while towns wait for PSE&G crews to repair downed power lines so power could be restored and roads may be reopened. Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools, West Essex Regional Schools and North Caldwell Schools have all announced that they will remain closed on Friday, Nov. 1. Mount St. Dominic Academy and Caldwell College plan to re-open on Monday until further notice. The annual Teacher's Convention in Atlantic City has been canceled for the first time in its history, leaving open the possibility that schools may open and days that were …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Kim Collins has an escape route, emergency kit and training.
If local residents learned anything in the year since Hurricane Irene, it's to plan for disasters before they happen. South Orange resident and doula, a trained professional who provides physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth, Kim Collins knows the value of planning. "Part of what I do as a doula is try to anticipate things in order to be prepared and avoid problems," she explains. "So I've tried to have ready what I have read or can imagine helping us be self-sufficient or able to help others if there is something going on." Collins shares the contents of her kit with Patch; most items are easy-to-find at a large camping or hardware store, and many of them—bug repellent, baby wipes—…
Friday, August 24, 2012
Free C.E.R.T. training offered to residents of Essex County.
When Hurricane Irene devastated areas along the Passaic River basin in Fairfield last August, hundreds of volunteers jumped into action. Among them were members of the West Essex C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team). The trained volunteers helped evacuate residents, staffed a shelter and assisted with distributing clean water and other needs. C.E.R.T. is currently seeking new members to join the team. “The purpose of C.E.R.T. is to train citizens in emergency preparedness,” explained West Essex C.E.R.T. Administrator Kevin Hersh. “They can then take care of their homes first, than assist their town when called upon.” Residents of Essex County who are 18 and older can take a C.E.R.T. training course in October offered by the Essex …
Monday, December 19, 2011
The shore received a lashing, but North Jersey—including Essex County—took the brunt.
Hurricane Irene would have been the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey in more than a century, had it actually been packing hurricane-strength winds at the time. But by the time Irene rolled ashore at Little Egg Inlet in southern Ocean County, its wind speed had already decreased to 69 m.p.h.—a full 5 m.p.h. short of hurricane strength—meaning it was actually just a tropical storm. The new findings were released Dec. 14 by the National Hurricane Center, the latest of equivalent post-mortems the agency has posted on every other storm of the 2011 hurricane season. Every year, the hurricane center releases "tropical cyclone reports" on each named storm after hurricane season ends Nov. 30. The report said a storm surge of 3 to 5 …
Monday, November 28, 2011
Funding will put three additional workers in Bloomfield, three other municipalities. Two laborers will be allocated to Caldwell.
Monday afternoon's announcement of a $142,000 grant allocated through the county's Department of Economic Development, Training and Employment (DEDTE) that will create 14 temporary jobs in five towns still recovering from Hurricane Irene led Essex County Executive Joe DiVincezo to declare it "a good day here in Essex County." However, he cautioned that the grant is just "a beginning" as the county continues to forge forward in both its economic and post-storm recovery. Bloomfield, Fairfield, Irvington and Orange will each receive three workers to assist with continuing cleanup efforts through Feb. 29 – which is when the grant expires – while Caldwell will get two laborers who will be eligible to work because they were either temporarily or…
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
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Monday, August 29, 2011
NJ Transit is suffering from several flooded stations and numerous trees on the tracks.
Updated: Monday, 6 p.m. Train service to New York City will begin to resume on Tuesday after NJ Transit suspended rail service today because of damage caused from Hurricane Irene. NJ Transit and DeCamp provided bus service during the Monday commute. The NY subway system was partially restored. Path trains were running. NJ Transit bus service is operating a modified weekday schedule on Monday, with fewer trips operating during peak periods on some routes. There will be no rail service for the New York Giants/New York Jets game scheduled for Monday evening. NJ TRANSIT is advising customers of the following for TUESDAY, Aug. 30: Rail Service: Bus Service: Light Rail Service: Access Link: Systemwide Cross-Honoring in Effect: To give customers …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Patch editors and readers capture a glimpse of the storm's impact.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
All up and down the Eastern Seaboard, Patch editors and contributors are hard at work covering Hurricane Irene, providing information about closures, shelters and other issues of public safety as well as documenting the lives of those most affected. And, as always, an image is worth 1,000 words. Here is a selection of photos from Patch staffers and our readers documenting the storm from South Carolina northward. We'll be updating with the latest photographs as the storm progresses. You can even add your own — just look for the link below the photos.
Gov. Chris Christie held a hurricane preparedness briefing update at 2 p.m.
While Hurricane Irene has downgraded to a Category 1 storm, Gov. Chris Christie said in his 2 p.m. preparedness briefing that decreasing wind speeds by 10-15 mph "will make little difference to the folks here in New Jersey." So far, more than 90 percent of the residents in Long Beach Island, Cape May and Atlantic counties have been evacuated. The concern as of this afternoon is Atlantic City and Christie said the New Jersey State Police and New Jersey Transit are sending additional buses to accelerate and complete the evacuation process. At press time, Newark was considering 'encouraged' evacuations. "I can't make you leave your home and I am certainly not going to place you under arrest to make you leave," Christie said. "Let us take you …