Articles Archive for August 2011
I want to update you on the recovery operations going on in Englewood from Hurricane Irene. I toured the city last night and found power to be out in all four wards. This morning I contacted PSE&G to get an update on their efforts to restore customer’s electric services, and was pleased to learn that they would have crews in all four wards today. These crews would be working to trim tress out of the wires, splice in new wires, and work to restore all transmission systems. As of Monday, PSE&G reported that between 2,000 and 5,000 Englewood customers were without power. This have been revised, as of 2:00 this afternoon, to less than 500 customers in Englewood without power.
PSE&G has cleared Broad Ave. so that it was fully reopened. They stabilized the transformer on Cambridge, which allowed our pumping station to go back into service, and are working on a major pole and wire problem on North Woodland, which they hope to complete today. Power is now fully restored at the police station, which was running on an emergency generator, as well as the DPW building. As of this afternoon, PSE&G is responding to restore power in Wards 1 through 4. I appreciate the efforts PSE&G are making and hope that everyone in Englewood can have their power restored very soon.
United Water has advised me that customers may notice a “musty” or “earthy” taste and odor in the water. This is a result of rapidly changing temperatures and excessive rainfall from Hurricane Irene which caused the bottom of the reservoir to mix with the water. United Water is changing their treatment process to reduce the unusual taste and odor that some customers may be experiencing. United Water assures me that the water remains safe for drinking, cooking, consumption, and other uses.
Due to the hurricane and the normal end of summer drop in donations, there is a serious blood shortage in New Jersey. The Englewood Department of Health has scheduled a blood drive to help with this shortage. It will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 11 am to 3 pm in the parking lot of the TD Bank, located at 9 Demarest Ave. Please come and donate blood or platelets if you can. The Community Blood Bank of Paramus will be receiving the blood that is collected.
The Department of Public Works has begun to collect brush and branches that is stacked neatly at the curb. No appointment is necessary. Collections will be done every day this week. All branches with a diameter of less than 4 inches will be collected.
Debris from flooded basements will be collected on your regular garbage day. Please place this neatly at the curb for collection.
I thank you for your patience which Englewood recovers from Hurricane Irene and will update you as I receive updates on the clean-up.
I also invite you to enjoy downtown Englewood this Thursday. There will be a free concert by conga player Ray Mantilla and his quartet. He will play at Noches de Columbia, 90 W. Palisade Ave., from 6 to 8 pm. This is part of the free Thursday evening concert series which runs through September 29. The performance will be outside on W. Palisade Ave. and you can bring a chair to enjoy some wonderful Latin jazz and salsa.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
The City of Englewood through the Englewood Health Department will be hosting the Englewood Family Health Festival this Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 11am to 3pm at the parking lot of TD Bank, located at 9 East Demarest Avenue. The Community Blood Bank of Paramus will be one of the many participating agencies at the Festival. There is currently an urgent need for blood and platelets, so we encourage all those able to attend and donate.
For Immediate Release:
Contact: Mayor Frank Huttle III
Date: August 29, 2011
Mayor Huttle Announces City of Englewood’s September 11 Memorial Event
Englewood, New Jersey- Mayor Frank Huttle III today announced the City’s plans to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The memorial service will be held on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 4:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Park, located at Demarest and North Dean Street in Englewood, NJ. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved to BergenPAC at 30 North Van Brunt Street.
“In honor of the 10th anniversary of the tragic events that shaped this City and our nation, we must pause to remember those brave individuals whose lives were cut short and ensure that their memories live on in our hearts and minds,” the Mayor remarked.
The program will honor the memories of the seven Englewood residents who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks as well as the emergency service personnel who responded. City Council Members, members of the Fire, Police and Ambulance Corps, local clergy, Englewood residents and members of the victims’ families will come together to present a September 11th memorial tribute. The mayor will also announce the construction of a monument in honor of those who lost their lives that day.
WHO: Mayor Frank Huttle III, Members of the City Council, First Responders, Clergy, Families of 9/11 victims
WHAT: Englewood 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony
WHERE: Veterans Memorial Park, Demarest St. and North Dean St. (in case of rain, BergenPAC, 30 North Van Brunt Street
WHEN: Monday, September 12, 2011
Englewood is now cleaning-up after Hurricane Irene. Most of the flooding has receded and the Department of Public Works is clearing fallen trees from the city’s roads.
PSE&G is still reporting that many residents are still without power. Between Englewood, Tenafly, Bergenfield and Teaneck, PSE&G reported to me that as of midnight, 54,674 customers had no power. By noon today, power was restored to many of those customers, leaving 16,371 without power. PSE&G crews are working in Englewood. They have to stabilize poles, cut trees from wires, replace wires, replace transformers, and in some instances, replace poles, before all power is restored. Their customer service number is 1-800-436-7734. Please use caution and stay away from all downed power lines.
The Department of Public Works will be collecting brush, tree limbs and items that may have been ruined by flood waters. Place these items neatly at the curb and they will be picked-up beginning on Tuesday. They may also be put out with your trash on your regular trash collection days.
The police department is patrolling areas of Englewood that are without power. If you have any particular police needs, call the police headquarters at 201-568-2711.
I will keep you updated with new information as soon as I receive it.
Thank you for your cooperation during this period of recovery.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
Hurrican Irene is now behind us and we have commenced the clean up process. I want to update Englewood residents on the conditions in the city.
Many trees were knocked down by the wind. The city is clearing any trees that are blocking streets. This is expected to take until Monday afternoon before all the trees are removed. Any trees tangled in wires must first be cut by PSE&G, which may take longer, depending on PSE&G’s response.
Drinking water is safe for human consumption according to United Water.
Forrest Avenue, William Street, First Street and side streets off of them are closed due to the flooding from Overpeck Creek. Those will remain closed into Monday.
PSE&G is aware of the sections of the city that are without power. The city’s website contains their power outage page, their customer service number and their Twitter page information for customer complaints.
I am disappointed in PSE&G’s response and am working to have Englewood’s needs met more efficiently and to restore power as quickly as possible.
Thank you for your cooperation during this storm.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
I am writing to assure you that the City is prepared for Hurricane Irene. All of the department heads met today and to work out the details for the City’s Emergency Operations Center.
In the event that a shelter is needed, the Cleveland Elementary School, located at 325 Tenafly, will be opened.
For your safety, do not touch downed trees, electrical wires or solar panels.
The City’s Municipal Garage will be open and free to the public from 3:00pm on Saturday until 8:00am on Monday. Residents may enter and exit on Englewood Avenue and leave their cars in the garage during this time period. The trolley service will not be running as of Saturday at 3:00pm.
The City will send out emergency notices via our emergency phone alert system. If you have not already signed up, please do so by filling out our Swift911 form which can be located on our homepage. Hurricane alerts will also be posted on the City of Englewood’s website at http://www.cityofenglewood.org/. Updates from the State can be found at http://ready.nj.gov/.
As of 2:45p.m., the National Weather Service Hurricane Watch continues to be in effect. For up to date information, go to the National Weather Service website here.
In case of emergency situations, all Englewood residents are directed to call:
Englewood Police Department: 201-568-2700 or 911
Englewood Fire Department: 201-568-6300 or 201-568-6301
May we all have a safe weekend.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
The National Hurricane Center is advising that Hurricane Irene is expected to impact the New Jersey New York area. As a result of the hurricanes heavy rain and winds, severe flooding throughout the area is expected. Additionally, trees and power lines may be damaged as a result the storm.
The damage from the trees and power lines will make driving on the roadways hazardous. As such, all residents are asked to remain indoors and refrain from driving on the roadway during the hurricane, unless an emergency warrants such action.
Residents should expect power outages that could last for an extended period of time, and should prepare accordingly.
Residents are urged to have the following:
· flashlights with a supply of batteries
· At least a three day supply of water and non-perishable foods (for each person and any pets)
· A three day supply of necessary medications
· A basic first aid kit
· Manually / battery operated tools and resources (can openers, radios, screwdrivers & pliers)
· Charge any devices that may require charging
Any lose items on your property should be secured or put away.
Residents should report any hazardous conditions to the Police or Fire Departments immediately
9-1-1 should be used for emergencies only
The police department can be contact at 201-568-2700
The fire department can be contacted at 201-568-6300
Hurricane Watch Update 5:39 a.m., Friday August 26, 2011:
The National Weather Service Hurricane Watch Continues In Effect – Dangerous Hurricane Irene to Impact the Region Saturday Night into Sunday Night. For up to date information go to the National Weather Service website at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.898981853950985&lon=-73.96957397460937&site=okx&unit=0&lg=en&FcstType=text
In case of emergency situations, all Englewood residents are directed to call the Englewood Police Department at 201-568-2700 or 911. The Englewood Fire Department Emergency Phone numbers are 201-568-6300 or 201-568-6301.
More information can be found on the State of New Jersey website at http://ready.nj.gov/. Below is some information on the website on how to prepare your home when a Hurricane is approaching:
- Three days’ supply of canned, non-perishable, ready-to-eat food
- Three days’ supply of water (a total of three gallons per family member)
- Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- One week’s prescription medication
- First Aid Kit
- Special needs items:
- Infant care items
- Items for elderly family members
- Items for relatives with disabilities
- Store important documents in a waterproof, safe location
More information on hurricane preparation is available at http://www.redcross.org/
Hurricane alerts will also be posted on the City of Englewood’s website at http://www.cityofenglewood.org/.
The City asks all residents to prepare in advance while the Hurricane is approaching Englewood. Please listen to weather forecast for updated information on the storm.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
I am writing to let you know that the City is preparing for Hurricane Irene. Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency today. The Hurricane will most probably hit the City of Englewood late Saturday or Sunday with high winds and heavy rainfall. With the above average rainfall this month, the soil is already saturated and river levels higher, making it more likely that trees will be uprooted by high winds and significant flooding will occur. Residents may lose electricity.
The City’s Office of Emergency Management has been in contact with County OEM and is putting the necessary resources together to have our emergency operations center open on Saturday and Sunday. Representatives from the Fire Department, Police Department, Health Department and Department of Public Works will all be together to ensure that we properly respond to emergency situations. We will have public works employees, including members of our Tree and Sewer divisions, working on Saturday & Sunday to assist as needed.
The City is preparing emergency alert messages that will be sent out by phone and updates will be posted at the City of Englewood’s website at http://www.cityofenglewood.org/ after we have more information available about the track of the storm. Emergency preparation information and updates from the State can be found at http://ready.nj.gov/.
In case of emergency situations, all residents are directed to call the Englewood Police Department at 201-568-2700.
Mayor Frank Huttle III