Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A breakdown of the township's emergency response to the hurricane
According to the department heads of Mahwah's emergency service teams - the Mahwah Police Department, Fire Department, Ambulance Corps, Office of Emergency Management, CERT team, and DPW - Hurricane Sandy was one of the most demanding emergencies the township has ever responded to. According to Police Chief James Batelli, about half of all roads in the township were closed at the peak of the storm. At least twelve streets and six neighborhoods were completely blocked off due to falling debris. In the seven days during and after the storm, Mahwah police received about 2,750 calls to its 911 and non-emergency call center lines, Batelli said. “During this time period our 911 calls increased over 300%,” he said. “This is probably the highest …
Monday, November 5, 2012
School will be back in session Tuesday
After over a week without school, Mahwah students and teachers will be back in their classrooms Tuesday. Township officials confirmed the four Mahwah schools on Ridge Road had power restored Monday afternoon. The Mahwah school district announced classes will be back in session Tuesday. An alert from interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Lake recommended students wear warm clothes since schools might be cooler than usual due to the extended power outage. Since Hurricane Sandy, students have missed six days of school. The Mahwah Public Library will also re-open Tuesday. -- Text news tips to 201-706-1984, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Get updates on the Mahwah Patch Facebook and Mahwah Patch Twitter.
Officials are warning against traditional trick-or-treating due to safety concerns
Mahwah's Halloween celebration is Monday. Town Hall is hosting a trunk-or-treat celebration Monday, Nov. 5, at 4:30 p.m. All cars that want to take part need to be there by 4:15 p.m., and the event runs until 6. The event was originally re-scheduled for Saturday, but was pushed back again to Monday due to the continued power outages in Mahwah. The new date is in line with Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order last week canceling Halloween and urging municipalities to hold it on Monday. Township officials advised limiting Halloween this year to the trunk-or-treat, as downed wires throughout Mahwah make traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating too dangerous. This is the second year in a row that Halloween in Mahwah has been impacted by …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Two men were charged with violating a township ordinance, and will be investigated by the state's Division of Consumer Affairs, police say
Mahwah Police alerted the N.J. Division of Consumer Affairs to investigate two men who were allegedly trying to sell gasoline in Mahwah for $8 per gallon Saturday night, police said. According to police, a driver waiting in line at the Pilot gas station on Route 17 South reported to police that two N.Y. men were trying to sell the gas from a pick-up truck parked in the next-door Comfort Suites Hotel parking lot. Richard Rothe, 41, of Saugerties and Andrew Eberhardt, 22, of West Shokan were charged with violating a township ordinance for solicitation without a permit after MPD officers found the men with “a large unsecured fuel tank containing an estimated 200 gallons of gasoline,” Lt. Jeffrey Dino said Sunday morning. Rothe was also …
The MPD is looking for volunteers to help serve free soup and sandwiches while residents still without power eat, recharge and watch football
The Mahwah Police Department is hosting a free lunch Sunday afternoon for residents still dealing with the after effects of Hurricane Sandy. Starting at 12 noon, residents can stop by police headquarters for free lunch of soup and sandwiches donated by the Market Basket, Roxanne’s Restaurant, and Mahwah VanDuren family. Residents can also watch football and socialize with neighbors. And, the MPD will also have charging stations open for anyone who needs to charge cell phones, laptops or other electronic equipment. The MPD is also asking for volunteers to come help distribute lunches. The department sent out a town-wide Nixle alert about the event Sunday morning. -- Text news tips to 201-706-1984, or email email@example.com. Get …
Find out where to get free breakfast, firewood, or a place to go
With many Mahwah residents still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, many local organizations and businesses have been lending a helping hand to residents. Here are some of the things you can pick up. Know of any other places in town helping residents out? Tell your neighbors about them in the comments.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Trunk-or-Treat will be at town hall
Mahwah's Halloween celebration has been pushed back for a second time, thanks to Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath. Town Hall is now hosting a trunk-or-treat celebration Monday, Nov. 5, at 4:30 p.m. All cars that want to take part need to be there by 4:15 p.m., and the event runs until 6. The event was originally re-scheduled for Saturday, but has been pushed back again to Monday due to the continued power outages in Mahwah. The new date is in line with Gov. Chris Christie’s executive order earlier this week canceling Halloween and urging municipalities to hold it on Monday. This is the second year in a row that Halloween in Mahwah has been impacted by severe weather events. Last year, the October snowstorm stopped some residents from …
Where are you getting what you need?
As Mahwah residents are still dealing with widespread power outages, many are looking for places to pick up essentials – wet ice, dry ice, water, basic food needs, hardware equipment, fire wood and more. We started compiling a list of open businesses in town on Tuesday, and as more of Mahwah is getting power back, Patch is asking you to help your neighbors out. What in Mahwah is open? What do they have? Or, if there’s something you can’t get in town, where are you going to get it? The following locations were open Friday: Tell your neighbors where to get gas here. Where else are you getting what you need? Tell us in the comments.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Volunteer group is teaming up with the Plant and Ramapo Reformed Churches to help residents without power
Three of the groups who helped residents through the aftermath of Hurricane Irene are at it again. The Mahwah Elves, Plant Church and the Ramapo Reformed Church are hosting a pasta dinner Thursday evening for all Mahwah residents who remain without power three days after Hurricane Sandy. Residents are invited to the free pasta dinner – complete with warmth and electricity – Thursday at 5 p.m. at the Ramapo Reformed Church. Anyone with questions about the event can contact JeremyM@theplantchurch.org. -- Text news tips to 201-706-1984, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Get updates on the Mahwah Patch Facebook and Mahwah Patch Twitter.
Library, Ramapo College closed as well
The Mahwah School District will be closed Thursday, Nov. 1 and Friday, Nov. 2, Assistant Superintendent Janet Donohue confirmed Wednesday afternoon. The district also posted the closure on its website. The two days off will make a full week of closures as a result of Hurricane Sandy. The Mahwah Public Library will also be closed both days. Ramapo College has also canceled classes until Monday. Continue to check Patch for closure and cancelation updates. -- Follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter. For news straight to your email inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.