What You Need to Know on Sunday

Little progress on restoring power, but there are some things you need to know.

Neither JCP&L or PSE&G have added many customers back to the power grid in the last 24 hours, but that doesn't mean things are static. Here's what you need to know today:

1. Schools are closed Monday.

The ongoing power outage and work at the school are keeping the classrooms empty. Township schools will be closed through Wednesday.

2. Stonecrest shelter is closed.

Stonecrest Community Church hosted many families and Warren CERT members staffed the shelter 24 hours each day since Tuesday, but the location is now closed. Warren Township is working with the Warren Township Board of Education to arrange for Angelo L. Tomaso to be opened as a warming center, instead.

3. Tree and debris pick up to begin Nov. 13.

Here's the main thing to keep in mind, according to Mayor Carolann Garafola: you get one shot at it, so be sure to check the rules and have everything ready for pick up.

The rules are:

  • Only place debris from Hurricane Sandy damage next to the curb, no furniture or other waste you want to get rid of. 
  • Do not place items in the street, but next to it. Police will be talking to you if you place it on the street.
  • Cut all branches/limbs to a maximum of 6 feet in length and 5 inches in diameter. Any debris exceeding those dimensions will not be picked up because the township cannot chip it up.
  • Place branches with the trunk ends facing the road. If any brush is entangled, nothing will be picked up.
  • The Township will post a map on its website indicating the streets that have been completed after Nov. 26.

4. FEMA has arrived.

Four FEMA caseworkers are in Warren for the next 30 days to help process claims. You can get registered for a claim or get more information about the process at the municipal courtroom, which is open as a warming center from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily (except Tuesday—see the next item).

5. Voting will be held Tuesday.

Voters in Districts 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 will go to Stonecrest Community Church to vote, while voters in Districts 11 and 12, who had been set to vote at the Warren Township Library, will vote in the municipal courtroom.

Districts 1 and 3 will vote at Mt. Horeb Volunteer Fire Co. as usual, and Districts 2, 4, 5 and 13 will vote at Washington Valley Volunteer Fire Co.

Don't know what district you're in? Stop by the municipal courtroom, where Twonship Clerk Patricia DeRocco has posted a map and street guide to the districts.

Carolann Catania November 05, 2012 at 12:26 AM
What we really need to know is when we are expected to get power . Why hasnt jcp&l made more progress? I also would like to know who is holding them accountable and what is their timetable for restoring our power. THIS IS A PRIORY!!!!
Frank November 05, 2012 at 01:16 AM
It is my understanding that the power company ran out of transformers and power poles and are waiting for them to arrive from out of State. It is believed to be coming fronm Southern States, ie: Georgia, and Tenn... It is just a matter of time until they get here. Also, some of the work has stopped because of this upcoming storm that should be here sometime Wednesday night into Thursday. This is a large tropical storm that will drop a lot of rain on our area. If not rain, snow. Either way, this will make things bad for us. Trees that are already leaning over roads and lines will come down for sure with the weight of the snow or the softness of the ground with more water. So, things are going to be a little slow for now...
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