The FH Power Update: More Lights On

Alabama Power out in force and at work restoring electricity

The latest from Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli is that power should be restored to 95 percent of the borough by Saturday.

Now, more signs of light are being seen throughout the borough, Forman Street being the latest Patch heard about after last night’s connection of parts of River Road, Hance Road and some side streets off Hance.

Residents will be seeing more of Alabama Power crew members out and about in neighborhoods, Lucarelli said.

“These guys are very good at what they do,” he added. “There are 20 plus trucks out there and engineers and assessors for each one of the crews working. And there are more on the way. I’m told they have a reputation for being very deliberate and astute in their actions and we’re lucky to have them. They got Middletown and other towns up and running in no time. They’ll be working until 7 p.m. tonight and then will be back out there early in the morning.”

Lucarelli explained that a reason for some delay is that the crews have found that the grid in Fair Haven is a complex one with different voltages, rather than all the same, which is easier to deal with, making the process of reconnection more expedient. 

“We don’t want any accidents with electrical power, so these guys are being extremely diligent about making certain that the different voltages are dealt with and that doesn’t happen,” the mayor said.

He added that Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon has been putting a lot of pressure on JCP&L to get the job done.

“Yes, we should be mostly restored by Saturday,” Lucarelli concluded.

Annoyed FH Resident November 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Is this supposed to make people happy, after 10 days we finally get some kind of update on FH power? Not working for me. Called JCP&L this morning to report still no power and they told me they wold have a supervisot call me back within 24 hours. That's their only explanation. Haven't even seen a truck in my neighborhood in FH since the storm 11 days ago. The leadership in town not doing their jobs!
graceabn giordano November 09, 2012 at 02:34 PM
No i don't want hot chocolate - I want information!
Gail Flammer November 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Why hasn't our Mayor provided any direct communications? Everything is either a quote from him in the patch or a general update from the town. Thank you Theresa for your response, but quite honestly that should have come much sooner and directly from the Mayor. He should be sending out daily status updates. Is he even here in town?
Arlene Matthews November 09, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Please FH Boro , just tell us the truth. We all need to make plans. What is the problem now? Anyone can see this will not be solved "by noon"
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
WAKE UP!!!! This is a total joke. Leadership means speaking more, not less, in times of stress. FH Mayor/council should all be held accountable for lack of communicartion. This is probably the same feeling that most have of their leaders in surrounding towns...we are not unique here people. Local mayors and councils are just not that experienced with handeling diasaters and proper comuinque techinques. They are good with clam bakes and fireman's fairs. I am not one who faults them for the lack of power (that is jokers at JCP&L) who have been selling us all a faulty product which we all bear responsibilty for buying and not questioning. It's time we all wake up! Demand more! Attend Meetings! Hold folks accountable! We all live these lives that we think we are owed something! We shutlle here and there...foucs on mindless things that we think are important and we somhow think government (local, state, fed) will be there with the answers when the the SHTF. We had better wake up and quick. PPR (plan, prepare, be ready). We should all start focusing our attention on infrastructure modernization. We need to make a big stink about this. Put your PDA and Lattes down and start caring. If you don't take an interest no one will. Once power is back on I bet everyone havs turkey day, goes to the mall to buy mindless junk and forgets all about the serious nature of this problem af ageing infrastructure. WAKE UP ! TAKE ACTION! Lets start a grass roots effort. Organize and get teh word out.
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Hey Arlene - Take a trip this weekend. No shot power will be restored today. I think you know in your heart that there is zero chance of that happening. You have been driving around town right? End you own misery.
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Anyone remeber this headline a few days ago? FH Mayor: Expect 'Reasonable' Power Restoration by Wednesday......CTRL P, Crinkle into a ball, Insert into fireplace. That's warmth for ya. Solid Leadership. Tell people what they want to hear insead of leveling with them !!!! JOY !!!!
M Pane November 09, 2012 at 05:21 PM
As Theresa instructed, I just called JCP&L to report that power is still out at my home and it's past noon. They are now saying that power will be restored either tomorrow or Sunday. When I asked when that direction came in, they said "last night." JCP&L is telling our borough officials one thing and then doing another...it's unacceptable. JCP&L can't commit to anything.
POWER PLEASE! November 09, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Every house around me has power except mine because JCP&L removed our line from the pole. Called JCP&L at 12 as the mayor suggested and they told me that they may be able to reattach the line by Sunday earliest.
Soccerdaddy November 09, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Ben, its time to leave your hotel room with the heat, hot water and electric and stand up to your responsibilities. You need to talk honestly to your constituents, you know the people who voted for you and the other guy on Tuesday, and protect their interests, not yours. You gave up your interests when you accepted a public office. You need to provide information, now and throughout the recovery process, in electronic format and paper copy, for those of us who don't have power. This isn't the time to be a politician, but a leader, and the two are mutually exclusive. Put down the remote and show Fair Haven that you can be a leader or we will have a recall vote.
bisanuk November 09, 2012 at 06:15 PM
I agree with all of the above regarding the lack of communication and leadership.I have lived in town for over 25 years and been thru far too many power outages.this has been the worst in terms of communication .what is the mayor and council doing.this is unacceptable.there is more info on the patch then on the official town web site.friends in other towns get updates by phone and email.we get nothing.time to elect better leaders.wish election was next Tuesday not last Tuesday.
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Clam Bakes & Fireman's Fairs... There has been more communication about rescheduling Halloween than power restoration.....communication comfort zone! If I were Mayor I would find the answers to the following 3 questions and relay all the infor to the public. Hopefully the leadership is looking here for advice.. #1 list and itemize all damage. JCP&L has completed a damage assement. List every street and location... downed wires, blown transformers, fried subs..... # 2 identify excatly when work started, how many trucks and crews are working, what hours they are putting in and what rationale they are using to priortize one problem over another. # 3 level with us as to the severity of the loss. Is there a major problem or minor problem that requires surgical but painstaking work to be done? Are there large items that are hard to find that have to be located, secured and brought into town to finalize the job? If so what is the ETA to find and secure such items? Answers to these three talking points would allow all of us to form action plans of our own. I can not form an action plan off of a blanket promise that "reasonable" power restoration will be accomplished 2 days ago. This is how leaders respond !! Be a Leader.
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 07:11 PM
oh and btw 2:03pm...tick tick tick.... c-ya monday ! Noon, what a joke. 1st lesson in crisis mgmt...don't paint yourself into a corner. BWCWS (boy who cried wolf syndrome)... "You made me...promises, promises knowing I'd believe...promises, promises You knew you'd never keep" Legendary 80's tune "Promises, Promises" by Naked Eyes.
John Smith November 09, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Day 12 now, and this is utterly rediculous. First they told us Wednesday, then they told us Friday, and now here it is on Friday, and they're saying Sunday now! When's the date after Sunday, thanksgiving? I'll just sit in my 45 degree icebox of a house and hope that something might be done eventually in the meantime.
the kaplans November 09, 2012 at 07:23 PM
No power still on Lewis Ln 2:18pm Friday.. On hold for 24 mins now waiting for my 'ticket number' bc I know that's the TICKET to power, right?! Must be!
FH Crank November 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Heard from reliable source that the power company only came to FH in last two days to begin repairs....
Left to rot on Minton Lane .... Again November 09, 2012 at 08:04 PM
FH Crank is correct . Heard directly from FHPD a few days ago that trucks were not even in town yet. I think the Mayor and the rest of the council should step down at this point. They are obviously incapable of representing the best interests of the people of FH. Starting with our Mayor ! By the way, does anyone know where he is ? Our Borough Admin told me he has been communicating via Facebook. Very helpful. We ALL need to show up at the next town meeting and let them know face to face our displeasure......
Theresa Casagrande November 09, 2012 at 08:14 PM
To The Residents of Fair Haven, The most up to date pertinent information regarding power restoration is that Alabama power crews began working Fair Haven this morning and will continue to do so through the evening. They are concentrating on two major circuits that feed the majority of Fair Haven residents and expected to have them restored by the early afternoon. They will then proceed to restore the feeder circuits that lead into neighborhoods. In most cases, these crews will be able do everything necessary to get power to individual homes, including replacing services that have been separated from individual homes. I don’t have a percentage of homes restored estimate as of this time; however, I will ascertain that information later today. Borough email and phone systems are now up and running; if you need to contact the Borough, please call 732-747-0241, or you can email me at tcasagrande@fhboro.net. Borough Hall and our Public Library will be open regular hours to serve our residents tomorrow, Saturday, November 10th and also on a previously scheduled holiday, Veteran’s Day, Monday, November 11th. Sincerely, Theresa Casagrande,
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I do thank you for providing ans to pretty much all the below listed question I posted. So obviosluy you are reading this site.. #1 list and itemize all damage. JCP&L has completed a damage assement. List every street and location... downed wires, blown transformers, fried subs..... # 2 identify excatly when work started, how many trucks and crews are working, what hours they are putting in and what rationale they are using to priortize one problem over another. # 3 level with us as to the severity of the loss. Is there a major problem or minor problem that requires surgical but painstaking work to be done? Are there large items that are hard to find that have to be located, secured and brought into town to finalize the job? If so what is the ETA to find and secure such items? My final Q is why LIE to all of us... Do you not remember the promise that "reasonable" power restoration will be accomplished 2 days ago. What was that all about if they just started TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We could have all planned accordingly !
Left to rot on Minton Lane .... Again November 09, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Thank you Theresa, but again, why are we not hearing from our Mayor about any of this? I think that it is inappropriate for him not to be communicating with the residents of FH.
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Because he has egg on his face....That's why. When you make bold face promises and they are not based in fact it's hard to approach your audience.
the kaplans November 09, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I spoke to JCP&L today & received a ticket number as I still have no power! They said that Fair Haven is giving out false information and that you were never told that most of the power would be restored by today. In fact they said that power would not be restored until tomorrow evening or Sunday evening at best, and that this was the same information given to you. Why are we being misinformed?
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Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Enough.. When is the next town meeting? Anyone know? This is crazy. We need to hear a timeline. We have a printed record of the Mayor's statements. This is a public saftey issue. We could have all made other plans... Go to stay with family that have power in other parts of the state or out of state, hotel...whatever. This a failure to serve the people. No one expected the mayor to stand in a bucket truck and fix anything...We just thought he would be honest with the citizens of FH. This is enough.
CrabbyDaddy November 09, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Throughout this storm I've been getting Twitter updates from JCP&L, specifically access to their restoration reports by town. As of Wed., Nov. 7 two towns in NJ were showing ZERO % restored, Fair Haven and another town. Every other town showed progress, say 20% to 80% restored. I think Rumson was around 20% on Wed. The point is, slow but steady progress was being made throughout the entire JCP&L service area, but why was FH still at ZERO? This supports the reports that JCP&L crews just showed up on Wed, Thurs, Friday of this week, just pick a day, all of it too late. If our grid is so problematic (different voltage or whatever) what is JCP&L going to do to fix it so this doesn't happen again.
carolyn November 09, 2012 at 10:25 PM
According to JCP&L s restoration schedule as of 10:30am today 650+ people in FH would have power today and 54 tomorrow which brought the total to 100% restored. Hoping this is true.
Wake Up Call. November 09, 2012 at 10:46 PM
Messages from the mayor that "reasonable" power restoration on Wednesday makes zero sense and was a lie. I want to know the name of the exact person the mayor got that information from at jcp&l. What is the name and phone number of that person. And also who told the mayor that power would be back to the majority if the town today (Friday) by noon? Name and phone number. If you wasted one night in FH BC you hung around on the hope that these promises were true then you lost time to make other plans. I you are lucky enough to have a gen then you paid for gas that you possibly did not need. If you are elderly or disabled or if you have very young children or god forbid a BABY then you should be extra angry. This is unacceptable. Facts were not presented fairly. We are adults. Not children. Tell u what is going on. Now that Borough hall is open they are being guarded with the time line. I called and asked specific questions. You want to see for yourself. Call up an ask one specific q. Ask when exactly the work began to repair lines. Can not tell you. Even though they said on the MSG they put out earlier that work began just today. They realize they have a major PR problem.
Arlene Matthews November 10, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I just got a robo call from town saying 65 percent of power restored. Yeah, right! We had just returned from canvassing every street. More like 25 percent tops. I want to understand...is there a reason for the egregious lies, or are our town officials just believing whatver JCP&L feeds them, or is everybody on mushrooms...and can I get some mushrooms as well?
Sam Gee November 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Driving around town after 8 pm last evening, the power situation seemed to be much improved, but that doesn't help those who are still without power over 11 days. But as "Wake Up Call" has consistently stated on this blog, we should not return to the "insignificances" of our daily lives with the glee that we have power, but this should be a call to action that we need to take steps to remove the ineffective and incompetent government of this town and force JCP&L to address the outdated infrastructure that supports this town. Let us begin with our useless Governing Body who could not lead in a time of crisis. This town is not governed as a democracy. We live with the worse abuses of Tammany Hall and Boss Tweed. Have you noticed that most Council members who do not want to continue to serve step down before the completion of their term, and potential replacements are submitted by the Republican Party?. Our Republican dominated Council then makes a selection. Since we rarely have Democratic candidates run (this year was an exception), basically they remain on the Council until they resign and the cycle is repeated. So, the path to "govern" is to "kiss the ring" of the Head of the Republican Party. One person is controlling the destiny of this town and has obviously made poor choices. It's time for the residents of this town to take back control of our government. Let us commit to begin a new today by working together to recall the Mayor and our entire Governing Body.


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