Mayor: Low Marks for JCP&L

Town leaders pens another letter to residents.

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

Wayne YMCA

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.

Christopher Vergano


Maria Kris November 07, 2012 at 01:45 PM
no power still in wayne nj section off Terhune rd TODAY THERE ARE POLICE AND CAUTION TAPE ON THE DOWN WIRES AND TRANSFORMER......nothing since 10/29.....shameful
Robert Pignatello November 07, 2012 at 02:45 PM
"Low marks" ? They should be condemned by all of us and elected officials at every level. JCP&L is an absolute disgrace. I don't see any activity from them anywhere. It is beyond me that even for the strength of this powerful storm that they have not made more progress in wayne. There are still trees blocking roads and street lights and businesses out over a week later. With that awful progress report, what hope do homeowners have? They did it to us last year and now are doing it again. They got off the hook last year and are not being held accountable now. As citizens we are outraged.
Chris Traynor November 07, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Pines Lake ... now on our 10th full day with NO POWER. I believe all JCP&L service users must lobby our Governor to require this powerless power company to no longer refer to us as "customers" and be forced, instead, to call us "victims" until/unless they can prove that they do, indeed, own a pair of BIG BOY PANTS and are willing to wear them - acting, for once, like a grown-up business that understands its role & its obligation to the people who send them ungodly amounts of cash each month. If that fails, then at least force them to call this particular service package "THE DARK AGES INTERMITTENT ELECTRICAL SUPPLY AND NEGLIGENCE PACK." It's the year 2012 and my family is living in a dark, frozen cave. The only difference between us & the neanderthals of long, long ago, is that the neanderthals lived with the hope of Darwinian progress. Honestly, what hope do we have that a large, faceless conglomerate like "First Energy" (JCP&L parent) is going to suddenly decide to take their gobs of cash profits & invest them in designing and implementing a 21st Century system of infrastructure and enhanced customer communication capabilities - especially when its so much more fun to simply keep their existing state-of-the-fart grid limping along and use that cash to create an even wider gulf between First Energy executives and the other 99% of us? When they see us, they see SUCKERS. I can hear them now ... at their next Board Meeting ... "Let them eat frozen cake in the dark."
eyes wide shut November 07, 2012 at 03:14 PM
Let them wait to get paid. Credits on your bills for EVERYBODY.
Chris Traynor November 07, 2012 at 03:19 PM
You know, I don't mean to be too picky at a time like this ... and I can't say if the problem is at the Mayor's end or Wayne PATCH's end, but the typos in this "Letter From Our Mayor" sure don't "lift his voice" to the level of great political communicators. Yum, Yum ... the PAL Building is serving "Hot Foot" - hey, save me the a piece of the big toe!!! I also see that "Showe" will be available for those stinky residents who have a thing for flashing their naught bits. And, for god's sake, please check on any neighbors showing "sings" of being in need. Keep your ears open for an elderly neighbor singing the aria from the German opera "JCP&L is da krappe." Proof public documents carefully ESPECIALLY in times of turmoil.
Robert Pignatello November 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Low marks on letter writing I guess. I would agree with the writer on that. More importantly, though our town officials should be screaming loudly to our legislators (where are they by the way?) and to the governor to demand better treatment from this absentee company that has us by our throats. We should tear up our bills. Here's the thing. This is First Energy Corp. they are Ohio based. They don't know know our communities and could care less about them. What kind of governmental leadership do we have that allows a basic and essential service like this be compromised for so long? It's is inexcusable.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Don't blame Mayor Vergano for the typos. They are my fault. I had to type in the letter by hand late at night. I'm not making an excuse, just being honest with my readers. It is not the mayor's fault, it is mine. They should all be corrected now.
Donna Saitta November 07, 2012 at 05:24 PM
JCPL should not be allowed to be our utility company, plain and simple. The real test of any company is how they handle a crisis and they have failed miserably. My neighborhood was without power 8 days last year after the October snow and 9 days thus far. When I call for updates I am met with much sympathy from their customer service reps unfortunately I want answers not sympathy. With today's storm upon us, our outages could last for two weeks or more. Wayne residents deserve much better. Their charter or license should be pulled. It is time for utility companies to be responsible to their paying customers. By the way, last year no credits on my bill, so don't expect it. It is fine for them not to provide service because they can and will get away with it.
Robert Pignatello November 07, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I could not agree any more!!
Chris Traynor November 07, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I just now finished a "conversation" with their call center (and put in yet another request for a return call by a Supervisor). They keep changing the rules of the game. On Monday, we were assured that the "dark areas" of Wayne Township would be lit again by 11/7. Then, yesterday, they stretched that date to November 10th. Right now, I was told that power would be restored by MIDNIGHT, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11TH (which is just one second away from Monday, November 12th). It's tough catching a greased, squealing piglet.
Nose Wayne November 07, 2012 at 10:51 PM
PSE&G did a great job of getting the power back seeing how many transformers, poles and wires were down. JCP&L failed, have not seen ANY trucks ANYWHERE in Wayne since the storm hit. WHERE ARE THEY ?
Robert Pignatello November 08, 2012 at 02:21 AM
It's hard to fathom that so many days post storm we still have trees blocking roads street lights out and other businesses and health care facilities with no power. Not to mention so many homeowners. The township has been unnecessarily paralyzed. We need to dump Jcpl because they keep dumping on us. They failed last year and I can't believe we let them do it to our town again. They people who govern us have a lot to answer for.
C6 November 08, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I wouldn't say PSE&G did a great job. Just got power back today(Wed). Grateful that I got it back, but very slow in my opinion. However, from what I hear about JCP&L, PSE&G does look like they are much better!
Nose Wayne November 08, 2012 at 03:54 PM
YO PEOPLE, We had the BIGGEST storm in NJ history and you people are STILL complaining about no power ? Why don't since you have no power, get in your car that you still have and go help the people down the shore ? THEY HAVE NOTHING, COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS !!!!!
Jeff November 08, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Here is a copy of the actual letter and you will see the spelling and grammar is correct. The Wayne Patch are the ones that did not check their spelling so please be careful where you start pointing fingers. http://waynetownship.com/flyers/2012sandymayor121107.pdf
Jeff November 08, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Thanks Dan. Very good of you. Mistakes happen and people are frustrated, so they are looking to blame people. The only ones at fault are the people at JCP&L
Chris Traynor November 09, 2012 at 03:25 PM
To Jeff: Admonishing me to "be careful when you start pointing fingers" is out of line. The very first line of my comment reads "... and I can't say if the problem is at the Mayor's end or Wayne PATCH's end." I'm a writer and a developer of advanced courses on interpersonal communication ... I make mistakes when I type and that's why I literally began my post with that important caveat concerning responsibility for the mistakes and typos. Wherever the typographical problems took root, the Mayor and "The Office of The Mayor" deserve quality proofreading from all those who support him in an administrative fashion; otherwise people who still read with care (a group which may or may not include Jeff) will form opinions about "competence" that are unfair to The Mayor. As it turns out, Dan Hubbard (Wayne PATCH's editor) was a real man and took ownership of these mistakes. That is the act of a true professional. Imagine that ... someone who uses the rare and honorable trait of honesty to earn the respect of his readers ... what a novel concept! Hats off to you, Dan.


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