Saturday, December 1, 2012
Here are some of the top stories that caught readers attention in November
During the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, PSE&G crews vowed to focus on Hasbrouck Heights as a top priority as hundreds still went without power a week after the storm. Two people detained after a motorist reported gunfire on Route 17 near the Bendix Diner have been released and police say the initial report was unfounded. Police initially reported there were gunshots, but said later they had not verified the report. Hasbrouck Heights folks have been reaching out to lend a hand to their neighbors in Moonachie and Little Ferry which took a serious hit during Sandy as a tidal surge flooded out the towns. Cars backed up for miles on Route 17 in Paramus, also in Hasbrouck Heights to fill up their tanks as the gas shortage in the area continues…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The borough is in the early stages of filing for reimbursement from FEMA for costs accrued during Hurricane Sandy mainly for debris clean up and emergency protective services.
Hasbrouck Heights is in the early stages of figuring out what Hurricane Sandy amounted to in dollars spent on clean-up and emergency protective services as preliminary work towards FEMA reimbursement is just getting underway. Borough Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Mike Kronyak says the first step in applying for reimbursement began last week during meeting with the county Office of Emergency Management and a representative from FEMA. Now the borough is waiting for a FEMA rep to be assigned and from there they will begin the paper work process, he explained. At this point there is not a set dollar amount applied to how much the borough can request in reimbursement, says Kronyak. The window of time for work on Sandy began on Oct. …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Hasbrouck Heights officials reflect on how the borough fared through Hurricane Sandy and what measures can be taken to prevent power outages and better communicate to residents during a natural disaster.
Hasbrouck Heights officials spoke Tuesday of the disasters Hurricane Sandy brought to the borough and how they can move towards finding better ways to communicate during such an event which tore down trees and power lines all through the borough leaving thousands in the dark, some for more than a week. Mayor Rose Heck called the scene that followed in the days after a Sandy “a warzone.” Caution tape blocked off streets that were shut due to downed trees tangled in power lines, people were cold in their homes without heat and power for days. Communicating with the public was challenging as most had no Internet including at Borough Hall and cellular coverage was spotty as well, officials said. The mayor apologized to the public stating …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Borough will soon begin first steps towards applying for FEMA reimbursement
Hasbrouck Heights mayor and council will meet Tuesday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy struck the area which left thousands in the borough without power for several days, kept businesses closed and schools shut for a week. Two weeks later the borough is back to normal as all power has been restored since Friday and all businesses had reopened since middle of last week. Some discussion regarding storm recovery is expected during the work session portion of the meeting Tuesday. Right now the borough is in the very early stages of beginning to apply for FEMA reimbursement for costs incurred from the storm, according to Borough Administrator/CFO Mike Kronyak. He expects more to be learned later this week. The preliminary agenda for the…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Areas at the north end of town like Pasadena Avenue, Collins, Baldwin and MacArthur are on day 7 without power.
Hasbrouck Heights is getting closer and closer to some normalcy with all schools reopened and Borough Hall functioning on regular power once again however there are residences on the north end of town still in the dark. Areas north of Route 46 including Baldwin, Pasadena, Collins, MacAruther are on day 7 of no power. Part of Henry Street is still without power and a part of Franklin as well. According to a PSE&G repair work plan released by Governor Christie over the weekend listed Hasbrouck Heights as a priority area for power restoration by end of day Monday. Borough Hall had power restored Sunday night and the area of the Boulevard between Washington and Madison have power as well. Shops like H&L Printing had its Open sign lit it up in …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Some businesses are reopening on Route 17, Borough Hall still on generator power, charging center at senior center still open. Gas remains in high-demand in the borough and surrounding areas.
UPDATE 3 p.m. Power restoration to parts of Route 17 is bringing more businesses back in operation and with it traffic as cars were lined up for miles waiting to fill up at the BP station on the northbound side. Hasbrouck Heights police were directing traffic as cars were lined by as far back as East Rutherford. At the base of Franklin Avenue and Route 17 cars were backed up all the way Franklin almost to Terrace Avenue and into Field Avenue. Earlier in the day the Getty station on Route 17 south had a sign up that said Diesel only. Traffic was also backed up on the northern part of the Boulevard as two gas stations on Route 46 on the Lodi border were causing cars to back up as one after one tried to get into line to fill up. Open/closed …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Several roads in town are still blocked off due to downed trees which are tangled in live electrical wires. Borough offices operating on generators and the DPW yard flooded.
UPDATE 11:00 p.m. - Some neighborhoods throughout Hasbrouck Heights are still without power, Halloween has been postponed, school closed for another day, borough offices are operating on generator power and gasoline is getting scarce. News came out Wednesday evening that public schools will be closed Thursday as well. It is uncertan whether there will be school open on Friday. Area towns like Wood-Ridge and Paramus have closed school for the rest of the week. Power started coming back around town Wednesday night in some areas including Roosevelt, Jefferson, Burr, Lasalle and part of Cleveland. Some readers reported Oldfield was still out. The 24 Hour Fitness on Route 17 reported on its Facebook page Wednesday power was just returned and …
Residents can head to the senior center to recharge cell phones. Borough Hall reopened and is operating on generator power. Heights police confirm Halloween trick-or-treating is officially off
UPDATE 10:09 A.M. - Hasbrouck Heights is opening up the senior center Wednesday as a charging center for residents who have been without power for days and need a place to recharge cell phones and accessories. Power is still out in the area of Borough Hall however offices reopened Wednesday operating on generator power. The charging center will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Hasbrouck Heights Police tell Patch Halloween has been officially cancelled. Patch will update regarding a rescheduled date for trick-or-treating once details are in place. Schools remain closed on Wednesday. Several neighborhoods in town still do not have power. Stay tuned for more updates throughout the day. 'Like' us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
A look at the damage Hurricane Sandy left behind
The power of Hurricane Sandy did damage all throughout the town ripping trees from their roots and smashing them into homes and vehicles. Click through our photo gallery to see the destruction of Sandy.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Several areas in Hasbrouck Heights remained without power Tuesday night as the borough continues to clean up after Sandy.
UPDATE 12:30 a.m. - Hasbrouck Heights public schools will remain closed Wednesday, Oct. 31 as the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy continues to affect the borough with power outages and clean up. Meanwhile it's believed that Halloween Trick-or-Treating may be called off as well. Most areas remained without power Tuesday evening. Driving down the Boulevard the area from about Washington all the way down to Stanley Avenue was in total darkness. The high school and Board of Education offices were likely without power Tuesday. The school district's website was down as of Tuesday night. The Corpus Christi School website did not indicate school was closed Wednesday as of Tuesday night. In regards to trick-or-treating, the sign out front at Borough …