Sunday, April 28, 2013
Insurance companies blame 2011's Tropical Storm Irene, Halloween nor'easter — not Sandy — for highest in nation auto rate increase.
New Jersey motorists, who currently pay among the highest rates for auto insurance now, are going to have to dig a bit deeper into their wallets to pay for increases in auto insurance, according to published report Sunday. Insurers and state regulators are saying Hurricane Sandy, which devastated portions of the state including the Jersey Shore, is not the reason for state approving rate increases for 26 insurers thus far in 2013, according to a NorthJersey.com report. Instead, officials blame the rate increases on losses related to Tropical Storm Irene and the Halloween nor’easter from two years ago, medical costs that continue to rise, reinsurance expenses and dim forecasts of investment income, the report said. Allstate, New Jersey …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Looking back on last year's devastating storm and what Millburn has done to prevent future flooding.
This week marks the first anniversary of the violent storm that flooded downtown Millburn, knocked down trees and left many throughout New Jersey without power, in some cases, for as long as a week. During and after the storm, Millburn Patch reported on the damage that swept through the town. Although Hurricane Irene was downgraded to a tropical storm as it passed through New Jersey, it still left Millburn picking up the pieces for weeks. "I think I've been trying to block it out subconsciously," the superintendent of the Dept. of Public Works, John Bace, said. "We were going around the clock for the first two weeks." In that time, the DPW hauled out more than 1,500 tons of flood-damaged items and pumped out up to 100 houses throughout …
Over the last year, the township has taken steps to prevent flooding throughout town but businesses were told to prepare with sandbags.
Over the last year, in an attempt to keep the township dry, township officials hired an engineering firm to study the town's flooding. Essex County repaired the Diamond Mill Pond Dam in the South Mountain Reservation and Mayor Sandra Haimoff has been working with the Mayors Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control. Yet, business owners in downtown Millburn say they are not optimistic about what would happen if a storm like Irene were to hit again. "We were told to get ready for for another storm with sandbags," one of the owners of Tinga, David Fishman, said. "Nothing has been done to change the problems that occurred." The township's business administrator, Tim Gordon, said, in a recent interview, preparing for flooding in town is …
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Tinga restaurant may reopen next week.
It may finally be time for fresh tacos, favorite quesadillas and tasty salads to return to Millburn next week if Tinga reopens this coming week. And if the comments resident left when the Patch announced this yesterday is the general consensus of the town, Millburn is excited. Yet co-owner David Fishman said, "It's based on everything falling into place at the right time. Having done this a few time you just never know." After being closed for almost a year and then vowing to open in April or May, Tinga, a Mexican restaurant with branches in Montclair and Westfield may finally reopen next week, one of the restaurant’s owners said. "We want to open the week of the 15th," Fishman said. "We're pushing it." The restaurant won't just reopen, …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Mexican Restaurant reaffirms promise to reopen after it was flooded by Hurricane Irene.
Millburn customers may be able to get their fresh tacos, favorite quesadillas and tasty salads next week. After being closed for almost a year and then vowing to open in April or May, Tinga, a Mexican restaurant with branches in Montclair and Westfield may finally reopen next week, one of the restaurant’s owners said. "We want to open the week of the 15th," co-owner David Fishman said. "We're pushing it." The restaurant won't just reopen, though. Fishman said the owners took the opportunity to redesign the restaurant while it was closed. The redesigned Tinga will feature some new seating, equipment, titles, carpentry and floors, blended with some of the old decorations, for its return to downtown Millburn. Seating will remain at 50 to 60 …
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society will join St. Stephen's Church in a Spring Tea and Tag Sale to raise money to support the church's repairs from Hurricane Irene flood.
When the raging Rahway River flooded much of Millburn, Patch reported that St. Stephen’s Church “was one of the first hit as water rushed through, filling the pre-school with four to five feet of water ...” The rector’s assistant, Betty Innemee, was the first to arrive and the first to see the condition of the Rectory. “I heard water rushing into the living room,” she said. “I went in there and part of the ceiling came down right in front of me. After that, I really had to sit on the front steps for bit and gather myself. We had just finished the restoration.” The Rev. Sheelagh Clarke would begin as rector of St. Stephen’s just two days after Irene. She had great difficulty getting to the church from her home because of debris-clogged …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The Mayors Council on Rahway River Flood Control will join local engineers and environmentalists for a meeting at the Community Center next week.
The mayors of towns along the Rahway River will meet in Cranford next week to discuss ways in which their municipalities can revise ordinances and improve their stormwater management plans. The stormwater management conferencewill take place Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Ave. Members of the Mayors Council on Rahway River Flood Control as well as municipal engineers, environmentalists, planning board and zoning board members will gather to develop some consensus on changes to current practices, according to former Cranford Mayor Daniel Aschenbach, who still has some involvement with the committee. He was instrumental in forming the organization in the months following Hurricane Irene. "It is important for…
Friday, January 27, 2012
The Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control will meet in Cranford next month.
Progress continued at the Mayor's Council on Rahway River Watershed Flood Control meeting Jan. 26 in Rahway, as members of the council agreed to a master plan for the bridges along the Rahway River. The plan will focus on making sure that improvements to current bridges as well as future structures take into consideration impacts on flooding. In light of a study done by the Department of Environmental Protection and Army Corps of Engineers, it was agreed that the Morris Avenue bridge, Milltown Road bridge, Route 22 bridge and Hazelwood Avenue bridge be included in upcoming improvement projects. "The continued regional engagement of the mayors in this effort to identify and implement flood control efforts on a regional basis will yield …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
NJ Spotlight: Preliminary report on outages also calls on all four state utilities to immediately improve communications.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
The state’s preliminary report on power outages caused by the first hurricane to make landfall in New Jersey since 1903 primarily focuses on the electric utility virtually everyone wants to blame, Jersey Central Power & Light, according to an article today by Tom Johnson in NJ Spotlight. So much so that one Board of Public Utility commissioner suggested the state’s second-largest electric utility may have not lived up to previous orders to upgrade restoration service stemming from past outages, an implication that could bode poorly for the company, the article says. In general, though the preliminary report prepared by the staff dealt with the problem that came up most often from issues arising from the hurricane, which left 1.9 million …