Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Governor delivers harsh words for Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Gov. Chris Christie is placing blame for the lengthy delay in approval of a Hurricane Sandy Relief bill squarely on the shoulders of combative U.S. House of Representative Republicans, specifically Speaker John Boehner. Christie offered a scathing rebuke of Boehner and waffling Republicans during a press conference in Trenton Wednesday afternoon, saying Congress has failed in its primary purpose, to protect its own citizens. Residents of New York and New Jersey are being used as pawns in a game of politics, he said, and that's why this country's citizens "hate" Washington D.C. "Last night, politics was placed before help for our citizens," Christie said. "For me, it was disappointing and disgusting to watch." Christie said he and New York …
Christie, Cuomo, local representatives react to Congress shelving $60 billion in recovery money.
Officials from states hardest hit by Superstorm Sandy blasted Congressional Republicans on Wednesday for not passing a bill that would fund $60 billion toward recovery efforts. In a release, Sen. Frank Lautenberg said the move denies aid to "families, communities and businesses that were devastated by one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States. “Denying emergency aid to Superstorm Sandy victims is a new low for House Republicans," Lautenberg said. Lautenberg said Congress should put partisan politics aside, as it does for other disaster recovery efforts, and "extend a helping hand to help them get back up." "Helping struggling families recover from disasters has never been a partisan issue in Washington and it never should be," …
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Legislation intended to strengthen safety in future disasters will be unveiled Tuesday in South Orange.
Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-27th District) will join mayors from towns in the district at a news conference in South Orange Tuesday to announce a package of bills intended to improve infrastructure in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. The conference begins at 11 a.m. at the South Orange Department of Public Works (DPW) facility, 300 Walton Ave., according to a press release. South Orange Village President Alex Torpey, South Orange Department of Public Works Director Tom Michetti, Madison Mayor Robert H. Conley and Millburn Mayor Sandra Haimoff will attend, as will Assemb. Mila M. Jasey (D-Essex/Morris). “While New Jersey was reeling from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the worst storm to batter the mid-Atlantic and ravage the East Coast …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
This year's show will benefit Hurricane Sandy victims in Ventnor, N.J.
Livingston High School's annual Untalented Show will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 7-10 p.m. The show features students and faculty teaming with the school's Improv Club to perform family-friendly comedy acts. While the show is free, students are requesting attendees bring an unused toy or a monetary donation for admission, according to LHS' Student Government Association President Jennifer Wu. The money collected will be sent to the Hurricane Sandy victims in Ventnor, N.J. Ventnor suffered extensive damage during October's storm, leaving thousands without power. There will also be a contest for attendees. For every dollar donated, a lottery ticket will be issued, with the prize-winning ticket earning the winner an iPad Mini. For …
As residents remain anxious in the aftermath of Sandy, the agency says it is offering tips and information about mitigation.
Navigating her way through the piles of paperwork, through meetings with contractors and the near never-ending stream of advice coming at her from every direction is a new experience for Jacqueline Capestro. Then again, so was watching ocean water surge down the street and into her home. For the 22 years she’s lived there, Capestro had never once seen her Bradley Beach home flood. When she returned following Hurricane Sandy to assess the damage she found her floorboards buckled, the furniture destroyed, and a flood line on the wall three feet from the floor. After initial shock slowly shifted to resolve, Capestro was left without an answer to one very important question: What now? In Capestro’s case, and in the case of many New Jersey’s …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Christopher Bickel, who grew up in Ventnor helped arrange the latest Stuff the Bus.
Chris Bickel has never forgotten the help he received from his hometown. The Ventnor, NJ native, who has since relocated to Livingston, helped spearhead the latest Stuff the Bus, which collected healthy, unexpired, non-perishables, personal hygiene items and cleaning supplies for the residents in Ventnor, who were crippled by last month’s storm. “I’m proud of the Livingston community for what we were able to do,” Bickel said. “The businesses, the clergy, the schools, the town, everybody came out of the woodwork to help. It was just amazing. And the last time I remember a community outpouring of support like that was when I was a resident here (in Ventnor).” The second youngest in a family of ten, Bickel, then 16, found himself and his …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Livingston students help pack two buses for Hurricane victims.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Livingston’s Stuff the Bus is once again collecting for C.H.O.W, but this time it is also headed to the Jersey Shore.
Millions of New Jerseyans were affected by Hurricane Sandy, which hit the state just a little over two weeks ago. While most of the state has recovered from the storm, there is still a section that is reeling from the devastation. The Township of Livingston and Livingston Public Schools are joining forces to “adopt” the towns of Ventnor and Atlantic City, N.J. As a way to contribute to those still feeling the effects of the storm, Livingston's successful Stuff the Bus will once again collect food for the Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse (C.H.O.W.), but this time it is also headed to the Jersey Shore. "As life returns back to normal for many, some are just beginning to pick up the pieces in what will be a very long recovery after…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Essex Fells PTA and Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence will donate 50% of proceeds from Dec. 11 fundraiser to help rebuilding schools affected by storm.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Essex Fells PTA and the Essex Fells Foundation for Educational Excellence have announced that 50% of proceeds from the upcoming Holiday Home Tour and Boutique will be donated to New Jersey schools impacted by Hurricane Sandy. The second annual Holiday Home Tour and Boutique will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The self-guided house tour, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., offers a rare opportunity to peek inside eight exclusive Essex Fells' homes. The smallest community in Essex County has just over 700 homes with an average age of 59 years and a median home value of $1.6 million. Tickets can be purchased in advance ($45) or on the day of the tour ($50) at the Essex Fells Country Club, 219 Devon Road, Essex Fells. The Holiday Boutique at the…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The New York Sports Club will hold a fundraiser to help those affected by Super Storm Sandy.
Help those most affected by Super Storm Sandy and get a workout at the same time this weekend at the New York Sports Clubs’ Work Out to Help Out fundraiser. To kick off the season of giving, NYSC is raising money for the New York Cares Hurricane Sandy relief effort with a fundraiser at every location between Friday and Sunday. The NYSC in Livingston is located at 39 W. Northfield Ave. The Work Out to Help Out fundraiser will include: In addition, the NYSC will provide additional special program classes at each location.