Thursday, May 23, 2013
Disaster-specific damage coverage among concepts aired at Rutgers conference on impact of climate change
The impact of climate change goes far beyond the obvious issues of public safety and disaster planning, participants stressed during a conference held yesterday at Rutgers University. New Jersey should be considering future costs, long-term health risks, and even social justice issues when considering how to deal with a warming climate, they said. The good news is that there are some creative ideas on how to deal with the varied effects of climate change, regardless of its cause. For instance, New Jersey could protect itself against the vast cost of future disasters like Superstorm Sandy by taking out insurance that would pay in the event of hurricanes or other natural calamities. State or county governments could buy policies that would …
Friday, May 3, 2013
18 of 20 largest sewage spills in the northeast were reported in New Jersey and New York.
New Jersey saw approximately 5.1 billion gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage flow into waterways in the weeks and months following Superstorm Sandy, according to new data released by Climate Central. In total, the eight states hardest-hit by the storm had 11 billion gallons flow into canals, rivers and bays. "To put that in perspective, 11 billion gallons is equal to New York’s Central Park stacked 41 feet high with sewage, or more than 50 times the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The vast majority of that sewage flowed into the waters of New York City and northern New Jersey in the days and weeks during and after the storm," the Climate Central report said. Data included in the report was compiled from state agencies and …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County held its first annual 5k run to support its ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore.’ program in Little Ferry over the weekend at the Oradell Reservoir
Over 150 runners hit the ground running on Saturday in the first annual Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County 5k Race to Build for Little Ferry victims from Hurricane Sandy. The race, which raised over $3,523 to benefit the affiliate’s "Repair. Rebuild. ReStore" Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program in Little Ferry, was held at United Water's offices in Harrington Park next to the Oradell Reservoir. Habitat Bergen has embarked on a long-term commitment of rebuilding in Little Ferry over the next 18 to 24 months. To date, Habitat Bergen has completed work in five homes with the help of two GM Mobile Response Units fully equipped with Bosch and Lowe’s tools.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County will host a 5k to support its ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore.’ Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program in Little Ferry this weekend at the Oradell Reservoir
Get your running shoes ready this Saturday as Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County kickstarts the spring weather with a 5k Race to Build for Little Ferry victims from Hurricane Sandy. The race will take place at United Water on the Oradell Reservoir in Harrington Park. The event will raise support from community residents and local businesses for the affiliate’s ‘Repair. Rebuild. ReStore’ Hurricane Sandy rebuilding program in Little Ferry. “With five homes completed and a backlog of 70 more applicants, with that number growing, Habitat Bergen has embarked on a long-term commitment of 18-24 months in Little Ferry, in order to reach every low-income homeowner in need of restoration,” said Jacey Raimondo, Executive Director. “We are thankful…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Daneyko, Driver, Leetch, Duguay among those scheduled to play
Wednesday, April 3
Tickets went on sale Tuesday for a charity hockey game to the Prudential Center in Newark pitting some of the greatest players from North America and Russia. Proceeds from the game will benefit the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. The game will be held April 13 at 1 pm. New Jersey Devils greats Ken Daneyko, Bruce Driver, Grant Marshall, Jim Dowd, and Sergei Brylin, among others, will face off against a squad of Russian legends including Vyacheslav Fetisov, Alexei Kasatonov, Valery Kamensky, Alexey Yashin and Darius Kasparaitis. The Devils alumni squad will be joined by fellow alums Bob Carpenter, Billy Guerin, Claude Lemieux, Randy McKay, Stephane Richer and Brendan Shanahan. Skating with the Devils will also be NHL Legends Ron Duguay, Brian …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
There were also approximately 900 local businesses impacted by the storm.
Hurricane Sandy damaged a total of 95 homes in River Ege and Oradell, according to state Department of Community Affairs data reported by NJSpotlight.com. The majority of homes sustained "minor damage," meaning costs up to $10,000 were needed although a handful of homes were struck by "major damage" with repairs ranging up to $28,000. A total of 53 homeowners and 24 renters in River Edge applied for aid, according to data from FEMA. Oradell saw 42 homeowners and eight renters apply for aid. The average inspected damage was $466 in River Edge and $1,012 in Oradell, according to FEMA. There were approximately 900 local businesses impacted by the storm, including 429 in River Edge and 472 in Oradell, according to the NJSpotlight.com report. …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The utility disputes a claim that projects will substantially increase bills for residential and industrial customers.
Public Service Electric & Gas is facing mounting opposition to its plan to spend nearly $4 billion to harden its power grid to prevent widespread outages during major storms. In a letter sent late yesterday afternoon to the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, five of the state’s most prominent lobbying organizations urged the agency to reject out of hand or delay indefinitely PSE&G’s proposal, submitted to the agency in February. They said it would spike utility bills for both residential and industrial customers. Do you support PSE&G's plan? Click here to take part in a Patch readers' poll and make your voice heard. The concerns raised by the groups underscore how difficult it will be for the agency and the state’s utilities to …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
River Edge has set aside $10,000 to cover sidewalk replacement and repairs costs caused by Hurricane Sandy. The final funding ordinance will be approved later this month
The decision to cover any sidewalk repairs and replamcent costs in River Edge as part of a shared service agreement with neighboring New Milford took one step closer to becoming a reality as the borough introduced a $10,000 funding ordinance last week. The ordinance stil awaits final approval in late March before any construction would could begin and allows for the possiblity to cover a portion of recurbing some of the most damaged sidewalks. "As soon as the funding is available, we'll be in a position to award a contract," Borough Administrator Alan Negreann said. "This is a joint effort to reduce the cost by aggregating our quantities with New Milford." The borough began exploring the shared service with New Milford shortly after …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The non-profit's efforts to help homeowners rebuild after Hurricane Sandy recently received a $5,000 donations towards their efforts
For the next couple of years, the Bergen County chapter of Habitat for Humanity, based out of Oradell, will be assisting homeowners in South Bergen County to rebuild their homes that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. So far the organization has begun its efforts in Little Ferry and has already gained an added boost to their long-term project. This past week, Boiling Springs Savings Bank donated $5,000 to Habitat Bergen’s Sandy rehabilitation project "Repair. Rebuild. Restore." It is the second donation Habitat has received in the past few months towards their Sandy rebuilding project as St. Peter the Apostle Church in River Edge raised over $1,100 through a gingerbread house-making fundraiser. "Habitat Bergen has already begun to assist …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
All proceeds from merchandise and beer sales benefit storm charities.
Wednesday, February 20
Pub dwellers can raise a pint and raise money for superstorm Sandy victims with the debut of FU Sandy draft. The hybrid white ale (the FU stands for Forever Unloved, of course) is a special brew created by New Jersey's own Flying Fish Brewing Co. All proceeds are dedicated to Sandy-related charities, and Flying Fish hopes to raise at least $50,000 from beer and merchandise sales. Flying Fish founder Gene Muller said the brewery "knew immediately that we wanted to do something to help" after Sandy struck, the Huffington Post reports. "Every single aspect of this beer, from the man-hours spent brewing it to the hops used to season it to the kegs that will contain it, has been donated so every cent brought in goes to superstorm Sandy victims…