Schools Closed, Mandatory Curfew in West Orange

Township releases post-Sandy update as cleanup continues.


A mandatory curfew will begin tonight as West Orange continues its cleanup efforts after Hurricane Sandy. 

The curfew will stretch from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m Thursday morning, and will be in place until further notice. Township residents are asked to remain indoors during that time. 

West Orange Public Schools are also closed Thursday and Friday.  

Additional West Orange Updates 

• Garbage and bulk trash collection resumes Thursday. 

• There is no boil water advisory in town. Residents may however experience low water pressure or discoloration. 

• For non-emergencies and downed wires, call the West Orange Police Department at (973) 325-4000. 

• Storm-related debris should be on the curb, but it must be separated from leaves. The township will not pick up large tree limbs, stumps, tree trunks or whole trees. If a tree has fallen on or near your property and you are unsure if it belongs to the town, please call West Orange Public Works at 973-325-4067.

• Halloween has been postponed until Monday, Nov. 5.

• Jitney bus service is suspended until further notice.

CC Minton November 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
I agree. Someone should explain. Would be nice to go out for dinner, movie, etc with the family. Hopefully they will advise local biz to shut down if stimulating the local economy is forbidden. This is a grest way to close the $2-$5 million budget deficit. Thanks.
woresident November 01, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Gunny. Really? It's helping the community to have families sitting in dark houses instead of spending time in a warm, lit environment where they can get a hot meal? How am I being dependent on anyone? Is Essex green closing tonight at 6? I asked for clarification on the mayor's proclamation. Your comment was uncalled for. Do you have power now by the way?
JLD November 01, 2012 at 11:15 PM
Just saw this on another site: Mayor Parisi made the following comment: "The curfew ... is not an attack on anyone's liberties but an attempt to provide our emergency personnel with another level of authority to provide everyone's safety. With no power, no lights on in homes and no street lights, neighborhoods are extremely, extremely dark and combined with storm debris and LIVE wires on the ground, there exists a significant risk of harm. We believe it is in everyone's interest to remain at home after dark for the next several days. Combine this with the fact that, regrettably, people often seek these circumstances to take advantage of people and there have been reports of people attempting to gain entry into people's home posing as emergency/PSEG personnel, we thought it best to insure that people are off the streets. Additionally, as township and PSEG work around the clock to repair the damage and return power to homes, there is no real need to be walking the streets. If residents are frequenting businesses, there will not be a problem but we do not want, for everyone's safety, people walking around dark neighborhoods. I invite anyone to call me at 973-243-5500 to discuss any matters. However, I stand by our decision to implement this temporary measure as we struggle to return everyone's lives to as normal as possible."
woresident November 02, 2012 at 03:06 AM
Thanks JLD. I saw this online too. This is the statement that I believe the mayor should have given when he made the proclamation. It wound have helped avoid posts I read about people being arrested if they were driving in WO after 6.
CC Minton November 02, 2012 at 06:29 AM
The mayor provided further clarification in day 4 article. Looking forward to stimulating the WO economy vs. S. Orange. Thanks Mr. Mayor.


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