Mayor: Low Marks for JCP&L

Town leaders pens another letter to residents.

Editor’s note: Mayor Chris Vergano sent the following letter to Wayne residents on Wednesday.

Dear Wayne Resident:

Since the first day of Hurricane Sandy, Wayne Township has been in contact with the utility companies that serve the residents of our Township. In no uncertain terms, the Township has demanded an acceptable level of attention in restoring power to everyone impacted as quickly as possible. While both utilities have earned low marks, Jersey Central Power & Light has been remarkably slow.

The Wayne Township Administration and the Office of Emergency Management have been monitoring the situation closely and have been in touch with representatives of both utilities to strongly press for the return of service. I want to assure all residents who are still suffering without power, efforts will continue toward the full restoration to your homes.

In coordination with the Office of Emergency Management and the Wayne Township Health Department, Wayne Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters has arranged for basic services to be provided to township residents without power. Due to the nature of his crisis, locations and times listed may vary from day to day. As a result, we urge the public to check the Wayne VOAD Facebook page, Wayne Patch, VOAD’s Twitter account (@WayneVOAD), Channel 77, the township website, and other media outlets for updated information.

Those without power are encouraged to seek out family and friends who can provide you with access to information.

Please pass this information by word of mouth so that our entire township can remain healthy, vital, and sound.

Captain Kilroy Park Shelter will reopen at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

In response to the Nor’easter arriving in our area on Wednesday, the shelter at Kilroy Park will reopen.

Only those in extreme need should attempt to access the facility during the height of the storm, which is expected to last from early evening to Wednesday into Thursday. We urge that all residents shelter in place for the duration of the storm because of the expected high winds and possible ice conditions on roadways.

The shelter facility will serve as a warming and charging station and for overnight sheltering. Meals will not be served to those who are staying overnight. The shelter will remain open on an as needed basis. Please do not send any food to the shelter.

Hot foot will be served at the PAL building, 1 PAL Drive, on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m. Residents without power are encouraged to come and have a hot meal. Donations of prepared food will not be accepted.

Showers are available for those without power at the following locations:

PAL Building (7 a.m. to 9 p.m., check in at the front desk.)

Spa 23 on Route 23 South

Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive.

The following locations are available as places to warm up and charge cell phones:

American Legion Post #174, 55 Mountain View Boulevard

Calvary Temple International Assembly, 1111 Preakness Ave. from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

PAL Building, 1 PAL Drive

Positano’s Restaurant, 245 Berdan Ave.

Preakness Baptist Church, 981 Preakness Ave.

Preakness Reformed Church, 131 Church Lane

Shomrei Torah, 30 Hinchman Ave.

United Methodist Church, 99 Parish Drive

Wayne Presbyterian Church, 1200 Alps Road

Wayne YMCA

Please do not assume that your neighbors are okay. Check on them, especially if they are elderly, handicapped, medically-fragile, single parents, or are displaying sings of being in need of assistance. In necessary, take the initiative to help them contact their family members, their doctor, social service agencies, or medical facilities.

For emergencies, contact 911. For assistance or information locally, call 973-694-5050.

Christopher Vergano


C6 November 08, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I wouldn't say PSE&G did a great job. Just got power back today(Wed). Grateful that I got it back, but very slow in my opinion. However, from what I hear about JCP&L, PSE&G does look like they are much better!
Nose Wayne November 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
YO PEOPLE, We had the BIGGEST storm in NJ history and you people are STILL complaining about no power ? Why don't since you have no power, get in your car that you still have and go help the people down the shore ? THEY HAVE NOTHING, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS !!!!!
Jeff November 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Here is a copy of the actual letter and you will see the spelling and grammar is correct. The Wayne Patch are the ones that did not check their spelling so please be careful where you start pointing fingers. http://waynetownship.com/flyers/2012sandymayor121107.pdf
Jeff November 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Thanks Dan. Very good of you. Mistakes happen and people are frustrated, so they are looking to blame people. The only ones at fault are the people at JCP&L
Chris Traynor November 09, 2012 at 03:25 PM
To Jeff: Admonishing me to "be careful when you start pointing fingers" is out of line. The very first line of my comment reads "... and I can't say if the problem is at the Mayor's end or Wayne PATCH's end." I'm a writer and a developer of advanced courses on interpersonal communication ... I make mistakes when I type and that's why I literally began my post with that important caveat concerning responsibility for the mistakes and typos. Wherever the typographical problems took root, the Mayor and "The Office of The Mayor" deserve quality proofreading from all those who support him in an administrative fashion; otherwise people who still read with care (a group which may or may not include Jeff) will form opinions about "competence" that are unfair to The Mayor. As it turns out, Dan Hubbard (Wayne PATCH's editor) was a real man and took ownership of these mistakes. That is the act of a true professional. Imagine that ... someone who uses the rare and honorable trait of honesty to earn the respect of his readers ... what a novel concept! Hats off to you, Dan.


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