In a town where over 90 percent of residences and businesses have been out of power since Hurricane Sandy struck, Maplewood Village has been a last bastion of people in search of food, heat, electricity and camaraderie.
Then, at 2:45 p.m on Thursday, all the shops and restaurants in Maplewood Village suddenly lost power. Patrons at the Maple Leaf Diner gasped.
Mayor Vic DeLuca had just finished updating residents at the Maplewood Library when the power went off. DeLuca said the library was evacuated.
A few tense minutes later, the power came back on. There were whoops and cheers at the Maple Leaf Diner. Patrons were allowed back into the library.
“This might have been a good thing,” said DeLuca, who explained that PSE&G crews were working on restoring power to a section of Ridgewood Road this afternoon.
“They might have temporarily shut down power to the Village while they were working,” he said.
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