Power Restored to Some E.H. Schools

A decision about whether East Hanover schools re-open Monday could be announced over the weekend.

East Hanover Schoools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca provided the following update on the partial restoration of power to East Hanover schools and sections of the township.

Friday, November 2, 2012 (7:30 PM) As of 6:30 PM, power has been restored to the Board of Education Offices, Central Elementary School and East Hanover Middle School. This restoration includes areas along Ridgedale Avenue as well.

We will continue to monitor the restoration process carefully and plan for the possibility of re-opening school on Monday. Should we possess the ability to re-open the district on Monday, November 5th, we will notify the community via the web and the Honeywell Instant Alert System by mid-morning Sunday.

Again, all Halloween celebrations/parades will be rescheduled accordingly when conditions allow. The East Hanover Middle School Shelter remains open (24 hours) through at least Sunday, November 4th (12:00 AM). There are stations available for charging your electronic devices; there is heat; water and food available. Additionally, our community members are invited to rest at the facility at any time throughout power outage.

As a reminder, moving forward, the East Hanover Township Board of Education will consider future changes to the district's academic calendar—any and all changes will be clearly communicated to the community as soon as possible.

JCP&L continues to work hard to restore power to our community; however, progress remains incremental. We have been told that the 7-10 day restoration timeline for the entire community remains in effect. Please remember, while you may not see a line worker on your street, the work is on-going and the challenges associated with the grid are being attended to. Please remember, if you have not already done so and you are experiencing a power outage, contact JCP&L/First Energy at 888-544-4877.

Please be sure to stay away from all down trees and power lines. Please continue to monitor announcements from the Board of Education, Township and State related to the on-going restoration process.

Again, we will continue to update our educational and greater community via the Honeywell Instant Alert System and through the Township and district website as often as possible. You may also email me directly with questions at jricca@easthanoverschools.org and follow me on twitter @ehsuper

St. Rose of Lima Update: All 7th and 8th Grade Retreats are canceled and will be rescheduled and classes are canceled for this weekend due to the power outage.

Harate November 03, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Waaaah Ann Franklin wants everything now now now. 7-10 days isn't the best estimate because its not the 1-2 days she wants to hear. Too much pride to bring these sick and elderly she speaks of to shelters which have been available since day one. Wants to arbitrarily get involved in politics when it affects her personal life. Didn't see you on patch before the storm talking about government policy.
Maggie22 November 03, 2012 at 05:32 PM
This is a good update. I'm glad to hear some progress is being made.
Ann Franklin November 03, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Yes, things can always run more smoothly and can be more organized in a disaster. The news is that New Jersey was not prepared. We should expect more from state and local government. I think everyone would agree. Stick to the issues. this is not personal..Work for improvement for the good of everyone.. Right?
M.Franklin November 03, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Dear Friends and Customers of JCP&L, Memo :Re Restoration of Power in an Energency; We do not have an emergency plan in place to meet the needs of our customers.... Please refrain from calling our customer support line or checking our website, This memo states our policy after an emergency expect restoration of service with 7 to 10 business days.... No other details will be provided. For our elderly who require refrigeration for medicine or are housebound go to the shelters..... If your car is locked in a garage or otherwise is trapped due to downed wires or trees , be patient remember 7 to 10 business days.. Oh and if your rates go up remember our senior management expects high salaries etc and must be taken care of. Customer service is not our priority..... Thank You!
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