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Officials: Most of West Orange Has Power

Township officials relax curfew until Thursday.

The West Orange Township curfew has been relaxed until Thursday at 6 p.m., town officials reported Monday evening.

Since Hurricane Sandy, township residents have been under at 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew. On Tuesday evening, officials announce the curfew would be relaxed for about 48 hours.

Although power crews have reportedly restored power to 80 percent of the township, town leaders warn residents to be careful when walking or driving after dark.

Other services are slowly returning to normalcy:

  • Garbage and recycling services has resumed.
  • Storm debris will be picked up, but must be separated from leaf pick up.
  • However, the township will not pick up whole trees, tree trunks or stumps.
  • Gas stations will continue to operate on a modified schedule and will be closed between 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Jitney service to the train station is suspended until further notice.
  • Voting will be held throughout the township for Election Day on Tuesday, however three polling places have been moved
  • For more information about post-storm conditions, visit the township's website at: www.westorange.org
Christopher McGrath November 05, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Day and night. What a joke. 55% of the town is out 6 days after the storm and we lack basic resources. Parisi lacks accountability.
Car14 November 05, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Funny they missed our block for 7 "days and nights". Don't believe it!!!! same old bull we've been hearing since tuesday.
Gunny November 05, 2012 at 04:08 AM
I truly believe that we live in one of the finest communities in America. I have seen neighbors ban together to help one another. Neighbors, taking the elderly in to keep them warm. Driving to other states to get gas for themselves, but also coming home with gas and generators for a neighbor. WEST ORANGE HAS PROVEN, WHEN THINGS GET TOUGH ? We get TOUGHER!
richard kline November 05, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Lenox terrace behind Essex House still without power. One week and counting . North end of street taped off because of downed lines. Updates???
Steven Serebrenik November 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Mayor, Thank you for our daily updates!
Car14 November 05, 2012 at 03:13 PM
This mayor is a joke as our the officials in this town. They are not organized and need re-training in a crisis. We are still without power and were told our "grid" was hit the hardest and may not have power til friday night. What a joke. If our grid was that bad how come it wasn't done first or given some kind of priority? I have reported everything to our governor. Tired of getting the same old bull from the town and the mayor. We are 7 days without heat/power. They are failing under a crisis. Poor training. I had the pseg guys fighting with the tree guys as to what goes down first! can you imagine? Pseg has been nothing but rude on the phone too. The town has failed us and cops are giving out tickets to people trying to get gas???(just tell them to leave) come on... South jersey has responded better and has been hit worse. it took 5 days before ANYONE came to look at our tree/pole. It is the kindness of neighbors that gets the A+ and their generosity. West orange, the mayor and it's officials get an F.
Carmen November 05, 2012 at 04:02 PM
FYI- a white male driving a gray Toyota Camry has been seen 3 nights in a row in the Gregory area. 3x on Burnett terrace. The man solicited sex from a child on the street and offered the child candy to get in his car.. The police was notified and called 3 nights in a row. Please keep your children inside or in your back yard. We don't need another tragedy. Sandy was enough.
Thomas November 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
I'm in the same boat. I'm on Sheridan, one street over, and still no power. You'd think that since we're so close to the St. Cloud elementary that they might make powering the school a priority, but no luck. . . I wish someone would communicate what the problem is, and give us a clear estimate of when we should expect power back up in St. Cloud. Also the gas situation is ridiculous
Gunny November 05, 2012 at 04:17 PM
McGrath - "but everyone wanted lower taxes! LESS employees!" Be careful what you ask for. I think Parisi did an outstanding job, specially notifying everyone via email, text and cellphone updates. The guy has limited resources and still held things together. This was a storm that everyone was given fair warning about. Get a little self sufficient and stop pointing blame! How many of your neighbors did you help?! I don't have power yet either? But we're able to survive. Go help someone. Suck it up.
Marilyn Stone November 05, 2012 at 05:23 PM
How is this Mayor Parisi's fault and how is he accountable? Over a million people in NJ were without power. I didn't realize that West Orange has the platinum package when it comes to power restoration with PSEG. I'm still without power and yes I'm cold, but I'm not going to stamp my feet and blame the mayor. PSEG is working their tails off to get us up again. You should thank your lucky stars that your house is not swept away into the ocean or burnt down. I bet you haven't worked "day and night" in your life, but you will be the first one to bitch and complain. Go pick up a hammer and do something useful for once in your life.
Lisa November 05, 2012 at 08:45 PM
No power in gregory area either (near the school). Gov says he will bring in national guard so we can vote in our original spot - just saw we are not voting in our regular spot. This is terrible why isn't PSE&G providing services like ice and water and charging stations in our neighorborhood. They are in Hoboken and Newark. We are left in the dark by the mayor/city and by PSE&G.
MichaelSE November 05, 2012 at 09:03 PM
For those who say they haven't seen PSE&G workers anywhere; you're just not looking in the right places. I've seen them in 7-Eleven, Dunkin Donuts, Shop Rite, Subway and even waiting for take-out at Pal's Cabin, so they're clearly around... maybe not working, but they're around.
Lawrence McAbee November 06, 2012 at 12:51 AM
There is progress, even in the Gregory area. There are crews working. I still don't have power, and I'm peeved as heck about it. I still need to dodge the power cable down on Mountain Way almost blocking my drive way. The town did and is doing what it could. I've yet to see one person complaining about the town government's performance in this crisis suggest a single actionable thing that could be done differently than it is being done.
Marilyn Stone November 06, 2012 at 01:27 AM
You're a small little man that wouldn't last a day out with those guys. We can only hope you'll be the last one to have power restored.
Will Rod November 06, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Gregory section is always the last to get power. There has been very little communication. Many of my neighbors are senior citizens. Have we been forgotten?
Tom G. November 06, 2012 at 03:18 PM
What's the deal with the gas situation? I read that the local refineries had power restored last week, and most gas stations in this area now seem to have power. Is it just that people are hoarding all the gas as a result of the media frenzy?
isseyliveglow November 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM
I posted a comment the other day about no power on the Mayors FB page and almost got my head chewed off...and guess what still no power..he called me inconsiderate because there were people in Staten Island with no homes and here I am complaining about power so guess what we need a new damn mayor... changing my vote next time its time to vote
greytail November 06, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Why does the gas at rt. 10 and pleasant vally way cost more than $4? Wasn't it $3.50 something before? Where do I report price gouging? After I fill up I will be making that call.
isseyliveglow November 06, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I said the same thing... I paid 3.49 in Roseland
greytail November 06, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Very rude service person (the short one with the pony tail) at the gas station- rte.10 and Pleasant Valley Way. Got annoyed when I asked for a receipt then threw it at me when he came back. I suppose I wont get the customer of the year award.
Denise Gustavson November 10, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thanks for the heads up Carmen! Do you know if anyone got a plate number?

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