Frustrated Residents Still Without Power

Warming centers still available

School Board Member Robin Kulwin, who lives on Duryea in Upper Montclair, was still without power late Wednesday. So was the Flaherty family which resides on The Fairway.

Another resident without power, Elizabeth Lynch, said her experience with the recent snowstorm had been a real test of patience and of faith in PSE&G's ability to get an outage report straight.

"I've lived here since 1999 and never experienced such a confused, sloppy response from the utility; the microburst [of 2006] was a picnic compared to this," said Lynch, emailing Patch from the Montclair Public Library.

Indeed many streets still looked like a war zone late Wednesday, with downed power lines and yellow tape preventing cars from passing through.

More than 89,000 New Jersey residents were still without power on Thursday morning, with schools in towns like Teaneck still not open.

And there were still countless residents without power in Montclair on Thursday morning as well, meaning many were turning to warming centers or to places such as Panera at 15 Bloomfield Avenue or a Starbucks location or the Montclair Public Library at 50 South Fullerton Avenue for Internet access. In addition, here are warming centers you can utilize:

—The YMCA at 25 Park Street is offering heat and hot water to anyone, whether they are a member or not.

—Residents without electricity may come to the municipal building's Council Chambers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The chambers located at 205 Claremont Avenue has electrical outlets and Wi-Fi you may use.

—Residents may also visit the Salvation Army located at 13 Trinity Place. The Salvation Army has showering facilities, a coffee shop, and a comfortable lobby area. The site will be open until 9 p.m.

Both the chambers and the Salvation Army will be open and available until Thursday evening. If the need continues, they may remain open for a longer period. For further information, call the Montclair Health Department at 973-509-4974 or the Salvation Army at 973-744-3312.

The good news is that Thursday's temperatures are expected to come close to 60 degrees, with plenty of sunshine.

Indeed, a gorgeous weekend is in store as well, just in time for the New York Marathon on Sunday.

Are you still without power? What are you hearing from PSE&G?





Acosta November 03, 2011 at 11:04 AM
Those of us north of Bellevue on the south side of Upper Mountain ( not sure how far up) still have no power. We also lost it after Hurricane Irene for a couple of days. What I don't understand is after Irene why didn't they do any tree maintenance? I have never seen them do any in the 14 years I have lived here and yet I see lots of branches running through the wires. A lot of this could have been avoided if they had. The $5million a year that that PSE&G CEO makes could have gone a long way to preventing this kind of thing.
Ann Brown November 03, 2011 at 11:44 AM
Could someone in the town please obtain an accurate list from pse&g of the areas still without power, and get a projected time for power restoration for each of these areas? It appears that Marc Dashield had a list, several days ago, of a portion of these areas with such info (although it appeared he thought it was a comprehensive list). With power out now for such a protracted time for many other residents, could he please obtain and communicate the same info for us now?
montclairdad November 03, 2011 at 12:02 PM
@ Acosta - Tree maintenance, what a great idea! Oh, that's right, you can't do tree maintenance in Montclair without risking an Occupy Wall Street-like movement. Witness the whining and moaning going on over the Gray St. situation. So just remember, while you may be without power, the trees live to disrupt another day and that's really all that matters around here.
Shelley Emling (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 12:59 PM
Councilor Rich Murnick said people still out of power on: Argyle, Stanford Place, Inwood, Gordonhurst, Duryea. Parts of Upper Mountain, North Mountain, North Fullerton, Park Street, The Fairway, Christopher Street, and Glenwood. He said that residents from these streets have emailed him up to 8 a.m. today.
Ann Brown November 03, 2011 at 01:15 PM
Add Braemore road to that mix. Shelley, thanks for compiling info.
mtc parent November 03, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Parts of Gates Ave. too, I think.
just_breathe November 03, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Could not get onto the town's website, have not received any emails. The lack of information is ridiculous! We still have downed limbs/wires at our school bus stop...
Anne Devereaux November 03, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Thanks to Patch and Baristanet for keeping us all in the loop. Haven't heard a word from the mayor or anyone else in town (except perhaps Murnick). Can't wait to let them hear us - when we vote!
MC November 03, 2011 at 03:52 PM
To add to the list. The west side of Wilde Place. Union Street from Wilde to Orange Rd. Plymouth St. from Wilde to Orange. Stonebridge Court. All people I've talked to/seen this morning who do not have power.
Evan Cutler November 03, 2011 at 04:26 PM
PSEG just told us Haddon won't have power restored until Friday, at the earliest. Yikes!
Acosta November 03, 2011 at 04:59 PM
Could someone from the fire department explain to me why after calling them on Saturday to report the electrical lines to my house down and they said they would be submitting it on a list to PSE&G that PSE&G had never heard of it by Monday night? I guess I should be happy that power has not been restored or we could have gotten fried. Oh that's right, we already have been by our ineffectual mayor.
Robin Hoffman November 03, 2011 at 05:17 PM
We still have no power - Valley Way between Eagle Rock Way and Eagle Rock Ave. Our neighbors on the street have partial power. Our problem is a tree took down our wires. So it's an individual house problem - we're likely looking at tomorrow night to be back and running.
just_breathe November 03, 2011 at 05:36 PM
we just got power and there's a township truck cutting up the tree limbs...was it a series of emails to Murnick or just our time? who knows. but my main issue was the lack of information from the town, county oem, pseg, etc. why do we sign up for email blasts, have reverse 911? now a mayor that is nowhere to be found?! i have not heard from him on any websites, local blogs, news 12, nj.com...the list goes on. what a shameful example of leadership!
nicole November 03, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Can you please add prospect avenue to that list? Does anyone have the contact info town or the mayor?? I would like to send an email because regarding the towns response and assistance during this time
just_breathe November 03, 2011 at 07:07 PM
town website is finally back up. jfried@montclairnjusa.org or text him at 201-463-4708
Darlene Sneden November 03, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Bellevue Ave both sides between Park and Grove Streets has been out since Saturday afternoon. When I called PSEG this morning "Doug" told me he had no specific information for when power would be restored to "my area."
Shelley Emling (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 07:50 PM
So sorry to hear this Darlene.. I did see PSE&G trucks up and down Park today.. although I know that's not very helpful!
Ann Brown November 03, 2011 at 08:30 PM
A crew actually came to upper mountain and Braemore today, but last I heard they couldn't figure out what was causing the widespread power outage here, and appear to have left. They say they will return :)


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