Thursday, May 16, 2013
Odor led to brief evacuation of Marshall School, says SOMSD Superintendent.
South Orange - Maplewood School District Superintendent Brian Osborne sent the following email Thurday morning: SOMSD Community, As you know, the safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. We noticed an odor of gas at some of our schools and contacted PSE&G to ensure that this was not an indication of hazardous conditions. PSE&G informed us that they are engaged in a routine maintenance process in Livingston, which involves releasing small quantities of gas into the air. The related odor is currently detectable in some areas of South Orange and Maplewood. The maintenance is scheduled to finish in approximately one hour, and the odor should dissipate soon thereafter. In the meantime, PSE&G assures us that the odor …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
A look at the week's most popular stories.
Olive & Lizzy Closes, Mona Lisa Opens Olive & Lizzy, the women's and girl's clothing store in Maplewood Village, shut is doors, while Mona Lisa Framing opened in a new location. Most Dangerous Intersection in Maplewood? Readers voted on the most dangerous corner in town. This Town Coffee is Leaving Town Beloved artisanal coffee roasters are packing it up and moving to Colorado. Armed Robbery on Berkeley Street, Police Say A 46-year-old man was walking on Berkeley Street when he was approached by two men, one of whom brandished a handgun and allegedly robbed him of a small amount of cash. Visions for Vacancies: PSE&G Building Readers offer their suggestions for what should move into the vacant 4-acre site on Boyden and Springfield…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
What do you think should move into this four-acre site?
We know Maplewood Patch readers have strong opinions about what businesses should move into town. So here's your chance. In an occasional column, we present a vacant space and ask you to tell us what you think would be the best use. Let's call this a digital spin on community planning -- Patch's version of a charette, a digital drawing board where all ideas are on the table. The PSE&G Building on the corner of Springfield Avenue and Boyden Avenue has been vacant since about a year ago, when PSE&G vacated the four-acre site and relocated about 100 employees in the testing lab to another property in South Plainfield. The PSE&G site is the third largest ratable in town, paying $328,465 in taxes in 2011 (only Winchester Gardens and the …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
Saturday's event will include mayors from two counties, plus President of PSE&G.
Thursday, March 21
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. For information or to RSVP, call 973-226-5500 or email@example.com. The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area partners with local chambers of commerce to present an annual Meet the Mayors breakfast at Crane's Mill.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Upgrades aimed at modernizing electricity grid after Sandy left widespread outages in the area.
Thursday, February 21
By Tom Johnson, NJSpotlight.com Is it time to invest nearly $4 billion in ratepayer subsidies to help modernize the power grid to avert widespread outages from extreme weather, such as Hurricane Sandy? If the state’s largest utility gets its way, the answer is "Yes," at least according to a filing yesterday with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. The proposal – courtesy of Public Service Electric & Gas -- is likely to kindle a fiery debate over how the state should respond to Sandy and at what cost to consumers. The filing comes at a time when the state’s utilities are under enormous pressure to reduce long outages caused by extreme weather, while the Christie administration is struggling to find ways to reduce energy bills, which …
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 …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
Here's a look at what piqued readers' interests in Maplewood and South Orange this week.
PSE&G Responds to Latest Power Outage On Monday night, roughly 1,700 households lost power in a swath of central Maplewood. The outage, which lasted for roughly 90 minutes, was caused by a tree that fell onto a power line on Springfield Avenue and took out parts of a circuit. It was the third such outage since Superstorm Sandy, and some residents are frustrated. Maplewood' Tim Squyres Nominated for Oscar Tim Squyres, a longtime Maplewood resident, has been nominated for an Academy Award for Film Editing for the "Life of Pi." What's Up with the Wagon Wheel? Some Maplecrest neighborhood residents welcome it while others deem it a visual mess that makes the intersection less safe for pedestrians. Man Allegedly Assaulted, Robbed by Group of …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
What was behind Monday's outage, and why it keeps happening.
On Monday night, roughly 1,700 households lost power in a swath of central Maplewood, according to PSE&G. The outage, which lasted for roughly 90 minutes, was caused by a tree that fell onto a power line on Springfield Avenue and took out parts of a circuit. It was the third such outage since Superstorm Sandy, according to a PSE&G representative, and some residents are frustrated. "There's clearly an issue, but PSE&G is telling its customers nothing," said Adam Nichols, an Oakland Road resident. Monday's outage was from trees making contact with power lines, said Everton Scott, senior public affairs manager at PSE&G. "We are required to trim (trees) every four years," said Scott, but since Sandy the utility has been discussing whether to…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
John McKeon spoke Tuesday at the South Orange Department of Public Works
Assemblyman John F. McKeon unveiled a package of bills to ramp up utility infrastructure at a news conference on Tuesday at the Department of Public Works (DPW) facility in South Orange. Village President Alex Torpey and DPW Director Tom Michetti introduced McKeon. "It's no accident that we're in South Orange for this announcement," said Torpey. He explained that in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy, a live wire fell across the facility's driveway, trapping DPW staff in the building. McKeon's proposed legislation is twofold, he explained. First, he proposes that the state establish requirements for newly-installed and replacement electric utility poles and transmission towers. The new poles are a higher grade, which means they are …