Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Utility says costs for electric, gas customers will drop — not spike — under proposed plan.
Public Service Electric & Gas officials Wednesday refuted accusations contained in a letter from five of the state’s most prominent lobbying groups Tuesday to the state Board of Public Utilities concerning its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to strengthen its power grid. The company says the plan will prevent widespread outages during major storms like last fall’s Super Storm Sandy. However, the lobbying groups disagreed, telling the board the proposed plan would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. The lobbying groups included AARP, New Jersey Citizen Action, the Chemistry Industry Council of New Jersey, the New Jersey Large Energy Users Coalition, and NJ Public Interest Research Group. In a press release, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Meet and mingle with mayors from around Essex County at free event.
Tuesday, February 19
Area residents are invited to have breakfast with more than 20 mayors from Essex and Passaic County. The third annual Meet the Mayors event will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave., in West Caldwell. Mayors from all 22 towns in Essex County, as well as Little Falls and Clifton, are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast and mingle at this free event. This year’s speaker is Ralph A. LaRossa, President & COO of PSE&G. Only a few spaces are left for this year’s breakfast, according to Anthony Rainone, past president of the North Essex Chamber of Commerce, a co-sponsor of the event. RSVP by March 16 at 973-226-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area …
Friday, February 8, 2013
No significant power outages have been reported as of noon Friday, but storm expected to last into early morning Saturday.
No significant power outages have been reported in Essex County a few hours into Friday's Winter Storm, but PSE&G is ready to respond to what could be widespread outages throughout its service area, the utility said in advance of the Nor'easter. Contractors, including tree crews, are poised and ready and additional supplies, such as poles, transformer and other equipment, are on hand, PSE&G said. The Nor’easter could dump more than a foot of snow and bring heavy winds to Essex County, where widespread, long-term outages caused by Superstorm Sandy are still fresh on many residents’ minds. Essex County has declared a state of emergency, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Management. No parking will be allowed on country roads …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
In change of plans, North End section of Cedar Grove keeps power throughout repairs.
The Montclair-Boonton NJ Transit line is up and running after crews worked through Wednesday night's storms to clean up a truck that was hit by a train early Wednesday morning. Service was restored to the branch at 5 a.m. Thursday morning when the contractor completed the cleanup of the Main Street crossing, said Chief NJ Transit spokesman John Durso Jr. The first NJ Transit train to travel through Little Falls was expected to be the 6 a.m. train today, according to a report on 7online.com. PSE&G originally estimated 1,300 customers would be without power as crews repaired the damage to a utility pole. However, since the cleanup took a long time, crews were able to complete the repairs without disrupting power, said PSE&G spokesperson …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Officials need to wait until damaged tractor-trailer is uprighted and towed before power is cut and repairs can be made to damaged pole.
[UPDATED 4:15 p.m.] Updates to include revised information on power outage from PSE&G spokeswoman. A NJ Transit passenger train slammed into a tractor-trailer in Little Falls, Wednesday morning, injuring several people, backing up traffic on Pompton Avenue and cancelling trains along the Montclair-Boonton line. PSE&G crews were originally supposed to disable power in Little Falls around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday to work on damaged power lines, but were unable to do so until the damaged tractor-trailer was removed, PSE&G spokesperson Kristine Snodgrass told Patch at 4 p.m. Wednesday. As of that time, the truck had yet to be removed and power had not been disrupted to Cedar Grove or Little Falls because the truck needed to be righted and towed …
Cedar Grove is expecting power outages in the North End section of the township after a train slammed into a tractor-trailer in Little Falls.
The North End of Cedar Grove will be experiencing power outages Wednesday morning while PSE&G begins repairing power lines damaged in an early morning train crash in Little Falls, police said. A tractor-trailer carrying paint was struck by a NJ Transit train on the Montclair-Boonton at 8:15 a.m. causing several injuries, a New Jersey Transit spokeswoman told NJ.com. It has not yet been determined how many of the 66 passengers sustained injuries, she said. NJ Transit is reporting the Montclair-Boonton line is shut down and a substitute bus service will be available.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Police arrest 49-year old Rutherford man, fire department extinguishes gas main fire during Thanksgiving weekend.
Cedar Grove’s police and fire departments were busy during the holiday weekend with a shoplifting arrest early Monday, Nov. 26 and a transformer fire Friday, Nov. 23, officials said. Police arrested a 49-year-old Rutherford man after he fled from the CVS Pharmacy located at 387 Pompton Ave. in Cedar Grove after he allegedly ran out of the store with $166.85 worth of cigarettes and candy without paying for it. Jonathan W. Mann was arrested a short time later on shoplifting, possession of a controlled-dangerous substance and possession of drug paraphernalia charges, police said. When Mann’s car was stopped by police on Pompton Avenue, police said they also found cocaine and two glass pipes in the car. He was taken to police headquarters and …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
New Jersey Utilities Association warns customers should be on guard against fraudulent company representatives seeking personal information.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A statewide utility trade association is warning customers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent nor’easter to be wary of people falsely identifying themselves as members of local utility companies and asking for personal information. The New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) said Tuesday utility customers should “be on guard against individuals that falsely claim to be company representatives. “While so many are reaching out to assist those whose lives have been disrupted by the recent storms, there are also the few who will take advantage of people at their time of need,” NJUA President and CEO Andrew Hendry said. “We want to remind our customers to take extra precautions and protect themselves and their property from strangers…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Electricity will go down in section of township from about 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. while PSE&G makes repairs.
Power will go down in the Ridge Road area in Cedar Grove at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, police said. "The power will be down for about 30 minutes while PSE&G repairs a pole at Ridge Road and Ridge Court," police said.
Electricity went out in Cedar Grove Wednesday night just as Winter Storm Athena began blanketing the town in snow.
Power has been restored to most of Cedar Grove after a power outage on Wednesday night. Although the power went out as Winter Storm Athena swept across New Jersey, Cedar Grove police are not sure whether the storm was the cause of the outage. “The cause may have been a PSE&G infrastructure issue,” said Cedar Grove Police Chief Richard Vanderstreet. Everything South of Stevens Avenue in the township went down, he said. Power went out around 3 p.m. on Wednesday. PSE&G crews responded and had power back on around 5 p.m., said Vanderstreet. “There are still a few pockets in town that do not have power,” he said. PSE&G has developed a six-day work plan to get the remaining residents back on the grid. However, residents who have damage to their …