Power Starting to Light Up Fair Haven

Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli: Power started being restored in increments tonight

Yes, that was light that you may have seen flickering from parts of Fair Haven.

"As of 8:29 p.m., power has been restored to parts of Hance Road, River Road near Hance, The Gentry, Third and Forman streets and Parker Avenue," Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge announced.

Mayor Ben Lucarelli said that power restoration is making steady progress, despite adverse weather conditions, and he's hopeful for more powering up sooner than later in the coming days.

"There are two circuits in town with full crews working on each," he explained. "The crews are working diligently to get power restoration to everyone, especially considering the cold weather."

The mayor said that while he wished he could give a definitive answer as to when, exactly, power will be restored to all, he said he will get word out, via Patch and other sources as soon as any area is restored.

Earlier today ...

It’s been a dreary day with a nor’easter blowing in, and Fair Haven and Rumson residents have been growing wearier by the minute as most head into day 10 without electricity.

Mayor Ben Lucarelli had said that he expected most of Fair Haven, which is still nearly completely void of power, to be restored by today. However, according to the JCP&L power restoration map, the majority of customers are expected to be restored by 11:59 p.m. Friday.

The site reported 1,493 customers without electricity. In Rumson, 1,351 are reported to still be without power and the same restoration date and time is estimated.

Lucarelli added though that there is some good news that trumps some of the bad news. "There are five JCP&L crews working to restore power on Hance and will be making their way from Ridge to River," the mayor said on the Fair Haven Facebook page this morning.

Yesterday, the mayor said that the good news is that the Fair Haven substation is now energized, which means it is ready to start powering up neighborhoods and “distribution crews are now coming into town to begin restoring electricity.”

He added that while the JCP&L estimate for restoration gives a more grim picture, he anticipates that there will be some pockets of incremental restoration before Friday.

The bad news: The nor’easter is slowing down progress because of prohibitive weather conditions. And, the mayor said, the crews were delayed due to an emergency in another town, so that pushes back the timetable for complete service restoration.

Nonetheless, there was what looked like a cavalry of crews parked in Fair Haven Fields today. In addition to electric trucks from out of state, such as Alabama Electric, there are also forestry crews that have been brought in to clear felled trees from electric lines. Verizon trucks were parked there as well.

“We have to get the trees off the lines before any power can be restored,” Lucrelli said. “There were a lot of trees that downed wires in town. I’d say that the hardest hit area was Buena Vista (Avenue).”

In Rumson, the traffic light at the corner of Bingham Avenue and River Road has been working.

Joan Hall November 07, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I agree. How hard would it be to communicate to the citizens of Fair Haven via the sign over the firehouse or the sign in front of the municipal building?
Cliff @ Bikehaven November 07, 2012 at 11:44 PM
I've been in town for 13 years and the different administrations and crews on the road dept. have always done a fine job. This is the worst storm I've see in my lifetime. As hard as it might be, we all need to pull together and be more patient. Well be out of this shortly. Think of our neighbors who are less fortunate. Cliff@bikehaven
Gerry Caffrey November 08, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Don't tell me that the fallen trees are the issue. Every other town has had them cleared enough to at least have power back to the merchant areas. Why does it take over a week to remove trees in a small town like ours? No pressure has been put on JCPL to respond to the situation. No one from th borough has made any effort to keep us informed other than flyers at the polling place, which I where I will help to vote you out! Gerry Caffrey
Michael A. Pane, Esq. November 08, 2012 at 01:24 AM
JCP&l's numbers are a complete fabrication. Has one single customer had the power restored in town? According to their website most of us have. Yet it is completely dark here for the 10th night in a row!
In the Dark in Fair Haven November 08, 2012 at 12:46 PM
While some of us are thankfully are finally getting power back, Mayor Lucarelli has done a terrible job of keeping the residents of this town informed as to what is happening and does not measure up with the communication skills of his predecessor. It appears that now that we are getting power back, he is finally coming out of the woodwork and informing this town. Where has he been since October 29th? It had to have been known early in this crisis that Fair Haven was dependent upon the rehabilitation of the Little Silver substation and that was not going to take place until the week of November 5th. If that were communicated, it would have permitted residents to make more informed decisions from getting a generator to seeking alternative living locations outside of this town. And, in an era in which there are multiple opportunities to communicate from this Patch, to text alerts, to as one suggested the boards at Borough Hall and the Fire House, nothing was done early in this disaster to provide that information while towns that were greatly devastated (Sea Bright for example) had their Mayors demonstrate what real leadership in a time of crisis means.
FH voter November 08, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Gerry, I didn't see your name on the ballot because if I did I would have definitely voted for you. You seem to have all the answers...just the kind of guy FH needs. Let's not forget that these peolpe are volunteers, who also have full time jobs. Maybe you should step away from your computer and get out there and help out.
Kevin Walls November 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
The fact that the Fair Haven power restoration was dependent upon the rehabilitation of the Little Silver substation and that would take till the week of November 5th is the critical piece of Information that Local officials and JP&L FAILED to communicate. Much Trauma and irrational Comments, feelings and frustration could have been averted.
Kevin Walls November 08, 2012 at 01:55 PM
The fact that the Fair Haven power restoration was dependent upon the rehabilitation of the Little Silver substation and that would take till the week of November 5th is the critical piece of Information that Local officials and JP&L FAILED to communicate. Much Trauma and irrational Comments, feelings and frustration could have been averted.
AlanP November 08, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I have also got to agree that the Mayor has done an absolutely crappy job keeping in touch with the towns people. I have received no email alerts since Halfacre left office. Even Red Bank officials were smart enough to use Red Bank Green.com as a way to reach out to it's residents. There's no articles or announcements there or here or anywhere online that mention Fair Haven. In a town that probably has at least one smartphone for every house it couldn't have been easier to try to reach out to us. FAIL!!!! And it will reflect in the next elections.
Barbara Cadamuro November 08, 2012 at 02:02 PM
while driving home from the hospital last night....i was a bit disoriented as there were some lights on in some homes.....there is hope!!!
Concerned Citizen November 08, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The chief of police is not a volunteer job. This is a simple matter of poor leadership. It is easy to stand up there and stick out your chest when times are good. True leaders stand up and tell the people what they NEED to know during a time of crisis. Although it might not be popular, at least we would have had some information to make arrangements to take care of our families.
M. November 08, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I completely agree. As much as I disliked Halfacre, he was a far better communicator than Lucarelli. I think it is about time we made some substantial changes to our local government.
bmo November 08, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I live on Forman , we have no power. I know folks on Parker that do.
Michael A. Pane, Esq. November 08, 2012 at 03:06 PM
I posted this last night, so yes it looks like Hance is now up, but there are even more lines down today. And where are the trucks? They must have sent them elsewhere. JCP&L is lying to us and the press because they are showing 63% of the town was restored yesterday. 10 days and counting. They are not even picking up the phones today.
No Poplars on Poplar Ave November 08, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Maybe you should have signed up for alerts - it's on the boro homepage and in the newsletter every month. I've received a phone call, text and email nearly every day regarding the situation. But nope, no mention of dependency on LS substation.
Joe Gallagher November 08, 2012 at 04:17 PM
I agree with Mr.Formisano that information is key. Maybe if Mayor Lucarelli had an interpreter, the info would be communicated faster. Here's an example of why this works so well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UWKlN4T2rA
Carrie Preston November 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Interesting, because we have the exact opposite impression. We drove around the the area quite a bit and FH's roads were among the clearest and you could see how well managed the clean up effort was -- first the main thoroughfares and then then the smaller roads. That power hasn't been restored as quickly as everyone has liked and that people are slowly growing impatient about this is understandable, but it is not related to the management or the clean-up effort. The guys at public works have been working long and hard and have done a great job.
JC November 08, 2012 at 04:44 PM
SmallTownAntics November 08, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Surprise! JCP&L was finally in town last night and got a couple of street lights working. At the rate of 4-5 street lights per day and 0 houses restored, I guess we might have power by christmas, like the sign at the Hyduke house begs for. There have been quite a large number of people warming up and charging up at the youth center. Possibly that would have been an excellent spot to post large signs with info on JCPL status and next steps? The town website says nothing...........
JC November 08, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Surprise! Alabama Power just visited my house on Princeton Rd and said that our entire neighborhood is out due to the lines that have been down on Ridge Road and not touched for 8 days.
LS Resident November 08, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Does that mean they are giong to be working on the power lines down on Ridge Road today?
carolyn November 08, 2012 at 06:45 PM
When are they going to be working on the lines down on Ridge Road did he say? I am on Lake.
Concerned Citizen November 08, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Carrie, Please reference JC's comment posted at 11:44. The clean up effort should have been deployed by late Weds. JC is referring to one of the busiest roads in the town. It is not a large area to canvass and set up a plan. The problem was that it appears they did not have a plan. That's why they stayed silent. I've been driving all over the state during this. Other towns had their workers out clearing trees immediately. Surprisely enough, those town have power back before us. There might not a complete direct corelation but it is clear that the line workers cannot even consider coming into town until the trees have been cleared. This is not a criticism of the guys actually doing the work. They go as they are told. This is a criticism of their bosses.
JC November 08, 2012 at 07:19 PM
"They are assessing the neighborhood to make sure there are no lines down in back yards etc., once confirmed that no lines are down in neighborhood they will then begin to work on reconnecting the lines on Ridge Road."
carolyn November 08, 2012 at 07:45 PM
timeline?? where have they been it is day 11...
Theresa Casagrande November 08, 2012 at 10:37 PM
To The Residents of Fair Haven, As of 2:00 PM today, there have been eighty (80) crew men from Alabama Power actively working to restore power to the residents of Fair Haven. Additionally, we have multiple supervisory employees from JCP&L overseeing the restoration activities. A smaller crew had begun power restoration late yesterday, which they continued early this morning. That process was initiated from our substation on Ridge Rd, down Hance Rd, down River Rd and they will be continuing onto Fair Haven Rd after they connect River Rd between Rumson and Fair Haven. The additional crews that arrived this afternoon are full service crews that are capable of setting poles and wiring, which should help move the process along. They will remain in Fair Haven until power is fully restored, which should be no later than Sunday. Regarding the fact that it has taken JCP&L ten days to get these resources to Fair Haven, it is simply not acceptable; however, the problem is systemic and statewide and I am certain the topic will be retrospectively reviewed at every level of government. I can assure you that Mayor Lucarelli and I have used, and will continue to use, every resource we have to try and get JCP&L to restore power to the residents of Fair Haven. If you need to contact me, my email address is tcasagrande@fhboro.net. Sincerely, Theresa Casagrande, Borough Administrator
M Pane November 09, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Theresa - Are both schools expected to be open on Monday? And, if so, will there be lunch service, after-care, etc? M. Pane
FH Resident November 11, 2012 at 12:46 AM
In the dark in Fair Haven-- you took the word right out of my mouth. Charlie in Recreation was the only person actually doing something.
FH Resident November 11, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Yes, the Youth Center would have been the perfect place. The Mayor should have been holding town meetings there on a daily basis to inform us. We were all in the dark and relying on rumors.
FH Resident November 11, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Where has our mayor been? Why hasn't he had town meetings? He could have announced town meetings on the FH Firehouse and Library sign. He could have come to the Youth Center and posted something. He should have been at the door of the the Youth center on election day talking to every member of the community as they came in. Nothing. Nada, zip. We were all left literally in the dark, relying on heresay and rumors. Terrible leadership.


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