Editor’s note: Mayor Chris Vergano sent the following letter to Wayne residents on Wednesday.
Dear Wayne Resident:
Since the first day of Hurricane Sandy, Wayne Township has been in contact with the utility companies that serve the residents of our Township. In no uncertain terms, the Township has demanded an acceptable level of attention in restoring power to everyone impacted as quickly as possible. While both utilities have earned low marks, Jersey Central Power & Light has been remarkably slow.
The Wayne Township Administration and the Office of Emergency Management have been monitoring the situation closely and have been in touch with representatives of both utilities to strongly press for the return of service. I want to assure all residents who are still suffering without power, efforts will continue toward the full restoration to your homes.
In coordination with the Office of Emergency Management and the Wayne Township Health Department, Wayne Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters has arranged for basic services to be provided to township residents without power. Due to the nature of his crisis, locations and times listed may vary from day to day. As a result, we urge the public to check the Wayne VOAD Facebook page, Wayne Patch, VOAD’s Twitter account (@WayneVOAD), Channel 77, the township website, and other media outlets for updated information.
Those without power are encouraged to seek out family and friends who can provide you with access to information.
Please pass this information by word of mouth so that our entire township can remain healthy, vital, and sound.
Captain Kilroy Park Shelter will reopen at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7.
In response to the Nor’easter arriving in our area on Wednesday, the shelter at Kilroy Park will reopen.
Only those in extreme need should attempt to access the facility during the height of the storm, which is expected to last from early evening to Wednesday into Thursday. We urge that all residents shelter in place for the duration of the storm because of the expected high winds and possible ice conditions on roadways.
The shelter facility will serve as a warming and charging station and for overnight sheltering. Meals will not be served to those who are staying overnight. The shelter will remain open on an as needed basis. Please do not send any food to the shelter.
Hot foot will be served at the PAL building, 1 PAL Drive, on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5:30 to 7:30p.m. Residents without power are encouraged to come and have a hot meal. Donations of prepared food will not be accepted.
Showers are available for those without power at the following locations:
PAL Building (7 a.m. to 9 p.m., check in at the front desk.)
Spa 23 on Route 23 South
Wayne YMCA, 1 Pike Drive.
The following locations are available as places to warm up and charge cell phones:
American Legion Post #174, 55 Mountain View Boulevard
Calvary Temple International Assembly, 1111 Preakness Ave. from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PAL Building, 1 PAL Drive
Positano’s Restaurant, 245 Berdan Ave.
Preakness Baptist Church, 981 Preakness Ave.
Preakness Reformed Church, 131 Church Lane
Shomrei Torah, 30 Hinchman Ave.
United Methodist Church, 99 Parish Drive
Wayne Presbyterian Church, 1200 Alps Road
Please do not assume that your neighbors are okay. Check on them, especially if they are elderly, handicapped, medically-fragile, single parents, or are displaying sings of being in need of assistance. In necessary, take the initiative to help them contact their family members, their doctor, social service agencies, or medical facilities.
For emergencies, contact 911. For assistance or information locally, call 973-694-5050.