Thursday, May 2, 2013
Scammers pose as PSE&G employees, police say.
Police warn that scammers posing as utility bill collectors are targeting Bloomfield residents. Bloomfield police said that on two separate occasions, April 19 and April 22, two Bloomfield residents received phone calls from people claiming to be employees of PSE&G. The callers reportedly claimed to be from the “disconnect department.” Both calls were made by men who asked homeowners to make immediate payments to avoid having their utilities turned off or service interrupted. In one incident, the caller gave a call back phone number for a supposed supervisor, so that the victim could arrange for direct payment. In both cases the homeowners contacted PSE&G, using a reliable phone number, located on their monthly utility statement, not one …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Meet and mingle with mayors from around Essex County at free event.
Tuesday, February 19
Area residents are invited to have breakfast with more than 20 mayors from Essex and Passaic County. The third annual Meet the Mayors event will take place on Saturday, March 23, from 9 to 11 a.m., at Crane’s Mill, 459 Passaic Ave., in West Caldwell. Mayors from all 22 towns in Essex County, as well as Little Falls and Clifton, are invited to enjoy a hot breakfast and mingle at this free event. This year’s speaker is Ralph A. LaRossa, President & COO of PSE&G. Only a few spaces are left for this year’s breakfast, according to Anthony Rainone, past president of the North Essex Chamber of Commerce, a co-sponsor of the event. RSVP by March 16 at 973-226-5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The League of Women Voters of the Montclair Area …
Friday, February 8, 2013
No significant power outages have been reported as of noon Friday, but storm expected to last into early morning Saturday.
No significant power outages have been reported in Essex County a few hours into Friday's Winter Storm, but PSE&G is ready to respond to what could be widespread outages throughout its service area, the utility said in advance of the Nor'easter. Contractors, including tree crews, are poised and ready and additional supplies, such as poles, transformer and other equipment, are on hand, PSE&G said. The Nor’easter could dump more than a foot of snow and bring heavy winds to Essex County, where widespread, long-term outages caused by Superstorm Sandy are still fresh on many residents’ minds. Essex County has declared a state of emergency, according to the county’s Office of Emergency Management. No parking will be allowed on country roads …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
New Jersey Utilities Association warns customers should be on guard against fraudulent company representatives seeking personal information.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
A statewide utility trade association is warning customers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the recent nor’easter to be wary of people falsely identifying themselves as members of local utility companies and asking for personal information. The New Jersey Utilities Association (NJUA) said Tuesday utility customers should “be on guard against individuals that falsely claim to be company representatives. “While so many are reaching out to assist those whose lives have been disrupted by the recent storms, there are also the few who will take advantage of people at their time of need,” NJUA President and CEO Andrew Hendry said. “We want to remind our customers to take extra precautions and protect themselves and their property from strangers…
Saturday, November 3, 2012
OEM officials give update Saturday on power outages, voting information
Despite 7,400 PSE&G customers in Bloomfield still without power, there's at least some good news in the town's Super Sandy saga, officials said during a meeting Saturday morning. The power company has given the town a dedicated tree truck and line man to start clearing major headaches, including the fallen telephone pole taking out both north lanes of Bloomfield Avenue, near Willard Avenue. "That pole is coming down one way or another," said Office of Emergency Management Director Fred Menzel. Crews are also actively working to restore the Crooks Avenue substation, which powers many of the homes in the Brookdale section of town, Mayor Raymond McCarthy said. The Clifton substation went down just after being restored Friday night. …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Trees fallen on 27 Bloomfield homes, with more than 50 reported down around town
Schools in Bloomfield will be closed for the remainder of the week, with 41 percent of town still without electricity in wake of Hurricane Sandy, officials said Wednesday. While power to pockets of town have slowly been restored, efforts have been hindered by coordination between tree-removal services and PSE&G crews, which must give clearance before branches near power lines are tampered with. Restoration of most power could take as many as seven days, officials said. Twenty-seven homes in town have trees on top of them, according to Fred Menzel, coordinator of Bloomfield's Office of Emergency Management. Three of them were deemed uninhabitable following an inspection by the building department. More than 50 trees are reported down around…
Electric Company official says Hurricane Sandy 'similar but a much more serious storm than Irene.'
Nearly 150,000 PSE&G customers in Essex County are still without power Wednesday morning after what officials called a "painstaking" restoration process. Power has been restored to large parts of Newark, including Newark International Liberty Airport, Elizabeth and parts of Jersey City. Newark likely experienced the brunt of outages, with 95 percent of the city dark Tuesday. That number has dropped to 35 percent, with an assessment of substations continuing Wednesday. "We have an enormous amount of work ahead of us," said Ralph Izzo, chairman and chief executive officer of PSE&G. Hurricane Sandy, said another PSE&G official, was "similar but a much more serious storm than Irene." There were more than 255,000 Essex County PSE&G customers…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Township will coordinate with schools to reschedule Halloween at later date
"Frankenstorm" has canceled Halloween. Bloomfield's celebration of the ghoulish holiday Wednesday is canceled until further notice, Mayor Raymond McCarthy announced Tuesday. The decision hardly comes as a surprise in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, which wreaked havoc in town and left behind a mess of dangling power lines and dangerous broken tree limbs. "There are just too many trees down, too many broken branches, there are still wires hanging around, you don't know what's hot or what's not hot," said the mayor of canceling the holiday. He said the township will coordinate with schools to postpone Halloween at a later date. Bloomfield schools are closed Wednesday, with seven of 11 with either no power or partial power, McCarthy said. …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
High school seniors are encouraged to apply
Thursday, May 3, 2012
New Jersey high school seniors are encouraged to apply for the new PSEG Scholars program, which provides scholarship money and mentoring for students with a passion for engineering and an interest in pursuing a career in the energy industry. The PSEG Foundation will give six high school seniors $24,000 for their college studies, distributed evenly over four years. In addition to annual stipends, PSEG will match each Scholar with a company employee who can provide guidance and perspective. PSEG Scholars will be invited to tour the company’s facilities and join employees as they volunteer at community events. They will also be invited to apply for a summer internship following completion of their sophomore year. “What makes this program …
Monday, August 29, 2011
PSE&G reports aid is coming in from Ohio. While most customers will have power restored within 48 hours, some — especially those affected by flooding — will not have power for 7 days.
PSE&G is reporting approximately 375,000 PSE&G customers were without power statewide as of 7:30 p.m. Sunday. A detailed outage map on the PSE&G website shows between 2,000 and 5,000 outages in Maplewood and between 500 and 2,000 outages in South Orange. The other towns most affected are Newark with 5,000 to 10,000 outages, West Orange (2,000 to 5,000), Montclair (2,000 to 5,000), Nutley (2,000 to 5,000). Belleville, East Orange, Orange and Irvington each reported between 500 and 1,000 outages. The remaining Essex County towns were reporting between 1 and 500 outages each (although a number of those towns are mostly served by JCP&L). The utility issued a statement at 7:30 p.m. Sunday saying the number of outages continues to climb as …