Highlands is OPEN for Business

HIGHLANDS, NJ – While cleanup continues in the many homes and businesses in town, business owners want you to know: Highlands is open for business.  

Laurie Devine of Lusty Lobster writes: “I wonder if you might share with your readers that Lusty Lobster Seafood Market in Highlands is open for business, along with some of our great restaurants, namely, Bahrs and Windansea. We are off to a slow but sure start and I think it would be great to let people know that Highlands is still here!   In addition, we are a collection point for the HFD Toy Drive in Highlands which will be needing record donations due to the storm.”

Business owners report that customer support is needed now to get their employees back to work.   Business leaders are asking residents to shop locally, eat out at local restaurants, and support your local businesses.


Highlands is OPEN for Business

HIGHLANDS, NJ – While cleanup continues in the many homes and businesses in town, business owners want you to know: Highlands is open for business.  

Laurie Devine of Lusty Lobster writes: “I wonder if you might share with your readers that Lusty Lobster Seafood Market in Highlands is open for business, along with some of our great restaurants, namely, Bahrs and Windansea. We are off to a slow but sure start and I think it would be great to let people know that Highlands is still here!   In addition, we are a collection point for the HFD Toy Drive in Highlands which will be needing record donations due to the storm.”

Business owners report that customer support is needed now to get their employees back to work.   Business leaders are asking residents to shop locally, eat out at local restaurants, and support your local businesses.


Department of Banking and Insurance Mobile Office in Sea Bright Monday

Trenton, NJ – To continue assisting New Jerseyans who have suffered property loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the Christie Administration will host an additional mobile office in Monmouth County Monday, December 3, between 9 am and 5 pm to handle consumers’ questions, take complaints, and assist them in filing insurance claims related to damages caused by the storm. Earlier this month, Acting Commissioner Ken Kobylowski and his staff hosted similar mobile offices at Brick Township Civic Center (Brick Township, Ocean County), Little Ferry Borough Hall (Little Ferry, Bergen County), Sayreville Senior Center (Sayreville, Middlesex County), the West Park Recreation Center (Oakhurst, Monmouth County) and the Berkeley Township Recreation Center (Bayville, Ocean County). 

The Department will send members of its senior staff along with consumer representatives to each location. Staff will provide consumers with literature on such topics as property insurance, flood insurance and general information about filing insurance claims, as well as answer general questions and assistance. There will also be a representative from the Governor’s Office at each site. In order to expedite matters, residents should bring their insurance policy and any claim information to the mobile office. 

Monday, December 3, 2012 

WHO:    DOBI Staff

WHAT:   Governor’s Mobile Office

WHEN:   9 am to 5 pm

WHERE:  Gymnasium at Borough Hall
                  1167 Ocean Avenue
                  Sea Bright, NJ

Department of Banking and Insurance Mobile Office in Sea Bright Monday

Trenton, NJ – To continue assisting New Jerseyans who have suffered property loss as a result of Hurricane Sandy, the Christie Administration will host an additional mobile office in Monmouth County Monday, December 3, between 9 am and 5 pm to handle consumers’ questions, take complaints, and assist them in filing insurance claims related to damages caused by the storm. Earlier this month, Acting Commissioner Ken Kobylowski and his staff hosted similar mobile offices at Brick Township Civic Center (Brick Township, Ocean County), Little Ferry Borough Hall (Little Ferry, Bergen County), Sayreville Senior Center (Sayreville, Middlesex County), the West Park Recreation Center (Oakhurst, Monmouth County) and the Berkeley Township Recreation Center (Bayville, Ocean County). 

The Department will send members of its senior staff along with consumer representatives to each location. Staff will provide consumers with literature on such topics as property insurance, flood insurance and general information about filing insurance claims, as well as answer general questions and assistance. There will also be a representative from the Governor’s Office at each site. In order to expedite matters, residents should bring their insurance policy and any claim information to the mobile office. 

Monday, December 3, 2012 

WHO:    DOBI Staff

WHAT:   Governor’s Mobile Office

WHEN:   9 am to 5 pm

WHERE:  Gymnasium at Borough Hall
                  1167 Ocean Avenue
                  Sea Bright, NJ

Public Will Get Their Say on JCP&L Sandy Response

allan_dean_75Today, JCP&L reported on their outage map, about 350 outages still exist in Monmouth Beach, Brick, Toms River and Berkeley Township. Many of the homes without power are uninhabitable. There is a handful of outages in most towns in Monmouth County.

JCP&L came under considerable fire for failures to communicate with dozens and dozens of municipalities and customers during the massive outage.  During it’s peak, there were more than 1.3 million storm-related outages in our JCP&L service area.  It took 4-10 days before most people had their power restored.  Still, others waited longer.

Many, many crews were brought in from Alabama, Ohio, Texas, and a dozen other states to help weary Jersey folks.  People who during the third and fourth days of the outage would, when entering the bathroom, flick on the light switch, only to remember, it would do no good; those wretched car-dwelling,  cellphone-charging,  smartphone cruisers who would seek whatever shred of information they could; and pleading, kid-bedraggled moms begging the question “when, oh when, will the lights be on?” 

After the worst had past, mayors from several towns got together to wring their hands about the lack of information from JCP&L.  The Mayors were lambasted by readers in the Press for the effort as “political.”   Borough Halls were inundated with calls from frustrated citizens wanting answers.  Administrators in many towns complained they were unable to get timely responses from JCP&L – if they got responses at all.  

Stories have emerged about antiquated equipment.  Anecdotes about how many of the younger out-of-state linesmen had never seen these kinds of transmission systems.  Calls have been made for years to bury lines (like that nice stretch on Rumson Road in Rumson).  But the cost is prohibitive, goes the argument against it.   Perhaps, now, during reconstruction, equipment upgrades will be made and buried lines will be revisited.

The public utility, JCP&L answers to the NJ Board of Public Utilities.  Board of Public Utilities spokesman Greg Reinert, speaking to an NJ.com reporter said the agency is open to having meetings with the public, and is in the process of scheduling the hearings.

“We’ll have public hearings just like we did for Irene around the state in each of the electric distribution companies’ territories,” he said.

BPU should schedules meetings in Monmouth County.   BPU and JCP&L would both get an earful.

Public Will Get Their Say on JCP&L Sandy Response

allan_dean_75Today, JCP&L reported on their outage map, about 350 outages still exist in Monmouth Beach, Brick, Toms River and Berkeley Township. Many of the homes without power are uninhabitable. There is a handful of outages in most towns in Monmouth County.

JCP&L came under considerable fire for failures to communicate with dozens and dozens of municipalities and customers during the massive outage.  During it’s peak, there were more than 1.3 million storm-related outages in our JCP&L service area.  It took 4-10 days before most people had their power restored.  Still, others waited longer.

Many, many crews were brought in from Alabama, Ohio, Texas, and a dozen other states to help weary Jersey folks.  People who during the third and fourth days of the outage would, when entering the bathroom, flick on the light switch, only to remember, it would do no good; those wretched car-dwelling,  cellphone-charging,  smartphone cruisers who would seek whatever shred of information they could; and pleading, kid-bedraggled moms begging the question “when, oh when, will the lights be on?” 

After the worst had past, mayors from several towns got together to wring their hands about the lack of information from JCP&L.  The Mayors were lambasted by readers in the Press for the effort as “political.”   Borough Halls were inundated with calls from frustrated citizens wanting answers.  Administrators in many towns complained they were unable to get timely responses from JCP&L – if they got responses at all.  

Stories have emerged about antiquated equipment.  Anecdotes about how many of the younger out-of-state linesmen had never seen these kinds of transmission systems.  Calls have been made for years to bury lines (like that nice stretch on Rumson Road in Rumson).  But the cost is prohibitive, goes the argument against it.   Perhaps, now, during reconstruction, equipment upgrades will be made and buried lines will be revisited.

The public utility, JCP&L answers to the NJ Board of Public Utilities.  Board of Public Utilities spokesman Greg Reinert, speaking to an NJ.com reporter said the agency is open to having meetings with the public, and is in the process of scheduling the hearings.

“We’ll have public hearings just like we did for Irene around the state in each of the electric distribution companies’ territories,” he said.

BPU should schedules meetings in Monmouth County.   BPU and JCP&L would both get an earful.

NJ Natural Gas Hurricane Sandy Update – Nov. 30

New Jersey Natural Gas today provided the following updates of our service restoration for the storm-damaged portions of our system:

Yesterday, we installed 405 feet of main in Mantoloking.  We have now replaced a total of 4,400 feet of our damaged 12-inch main between Bay Head and Seaside Park, which brings us to 85 percent completion.  On Monday, we will begin to re-pressurize our system that serves the Seaside peninsula, in the section between Downer Avenue in Mantoloking and Dune Avenue in Brick.  Updates on our schedule and progress will be available at www.njng.com.

In Manasquan, we have completed 120 service installations, 64 percent.  We continue to repair and replace services, as needed, throughout the rest of our territory.

In Sea Bright, Long Beach Island, and the Ocean County mainland, all customers whose homes and businesses can safely accept service now have natural gas to their meters.

Federal, New Jersey and local safety codes prohibit tampering with natural gas meters and service lines. Even if natural gas service has not yet been restored to your area, this could significantly hamper efforts to restore service.

If you smell an odor of natural gas, leave the building immediately. Do not light matches, touch electrical switches or appliances, or use your telephone. From a safe location, customers should notify us of all gas leaks immediately at 1-800-GAS-LEAK. 

With natural gas now restored to some affected areas and property clean-up underway, please remember that at least three business days prior to outdoor construction or digging, contractors and property owners – whoever is excavating – must call New Jersey One Call at 811 or 800-272-1000 and take the following steps:

  • Wait for the site to be marked with paint, flags or stakes. Yellow indicates the presence of underground natural gas lines.
  • Respect the marks and dig with care.
  • Hand dig only (no mechanized equipment) within two feet of buried piping and facilities.
  • Be mindful that inclement weather may wash away the painted markings.

For additional information, visit our Hurricane Sandy Resource Center at www.njng.com.

NJ Natural Gas Hurricane Sandy Update – Nov. 30

New Jersey Natural Gas today provided the following updates of our service restoration for the storm-damaged portions of our system:

Yesterday, we installed 405 feet of main in Mantoloking.  We have now replaced a total of 4,400 feet of our damaged 12-inch main between Bay Head and Seaside Park, which brings us to 85 percent completion.  On Monday, we will begin to re-pressurize our system that serves the Seaside peninsula, in the section between Downer Avenue in Mantoloking and Dune Avenue in Brick.  Updates on our schedule and progress will be available at www.njng.com.

In Manasquan, we have completed 120 service installations, 64 percent.  We continue to repair and replace services, as needed, throughout the rest of our territory.

In Sea Bright, Long Beach Island, and the Ocean County mainland, all customers whose homes and businesses can safely accept service now have natural gas to their meters.

Federal, New Jersey and local safety codes prohibit tampering with natural gas meters and service lines. Even if natural gas service has not yet been restored to your area, this could significantly hamper efforts to restore service.

If you smell an odor of natural gas, leave the building immediately. Do not light matches, touch electrical switches or appliances, or use your telephone. From a safe location, customers should notify us of all gas leaks immediately at 1-800-GAS-LEAK. 

With natural gas now restored to some affected areas and property clean-up underway, please remember that at least three business days prior to outdoor construction or digging, contractors and property owners – whoever is excavating – must call New Jersey One Call at 811 or 800-272-1000 and take the following steps:

  • Wait for the site to be marked with paint, flags or stakes. Yellow indicates the presence of underground natural gas lines.
  • Respect the marks and dig with care.
  • Hand dig only (no mechanized equipment) within two feet of buried piping and facilities.
  • Be mindful that inclement weather may wash away the painted markings.

For additional information, visit our Hurricane Sandy Resource Center at www.njng.com.

Jersey Shore is Open for Business

The JSCVB, the only Destination Marketing Organization sponsored by the State of New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism covering both Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is organizing a grassroots, Shore-wide effort designed to let the world know that most shops, restaurants and theaters on the Jersey Shore are open and thriving.

It’s doing so by encouraging local business owners to send in photos and videos of themselves and staff at their places of business, proudly displaying an “Open” sign.

JSCVB Director Bob Hilton calls it, “a call to arms designed to show positive images to counteract some of the negative publicity and help local business get the word out that we are Jersey stronger than ever.”

Working with Asbury Park-based ad agency Marshall, Jackson & Partners, the plan is to create a viral video as part of a comprehensive marketing campaign to ensure the success of local businesses’ in the aftermath of Sandy.

“We need to get the word out,” Hilton added. “The Jersey Shore is Open For Business!”

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Jersey Shore is Open for Business

The JSCVB, the only Destination Marketing Organization sponsored by the State of New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism covering both Monmouth and Ocean Counties, is organizing a grassroots, Shore-wide effort designed to let the world know that most shops, restaurants and theaters on the Jersey Shore are open and thriving.

It’s doing so by encouraging local business owners to send in photos and videos of themselves and staff at their places of business, proudly displaying an “Open” sign.

JSCVB Director Bob Hilton calls it, “a call to arms designed to show positive images to counteract some of the negative publicity and help local business get the word out that we are Jersey stronger than ever.”

Working with Asbury Park-based ad agency Marshall, Jackson & Partners, the plan is to create a viral video as part of a comprehensive marketing campaign to ensure the success of local businesses’ in the aftermath of Sandy.

“We need to get the word out,” Hilton added. “The Jersey Shore is Open For Business!”

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