Unlucky 7: Twp. Schools Closed Again Tuesday

Outages, impassable roads still to blame for closed schools.

For the seventh straight day, there will be no school for students in Washington Township, as the K-8 and high school districts have announced closures for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Roads continue to be impassable and power is still out for more than 5,000 residences in Washington Township as of 1 p.m. Monday.

"We hope that all of our families are coping the best they can with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy," Washington Township Schools Superintendent Jeff Mohre said. "We will continue our ongoing assessment of the situation, in collaboration with the Washington Township Police."

For the regional high school district, which is used by students in Washington Township, the Chesters and Mendhams, nearly 10,000 residences are still in the dark Monday afternoon, forcing those two schools to remain shut.


GHickler November 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Can't imagine that there will be any school at all this week.
Jason Koestenblatt (Editor) November 05, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Hey GHickler - Thanks for the comment. While I'm holding out hope that's not the case, I fear you may be right. Between the remaining damage and potential Nor'easter on Wednesday, you have to wonder when will school be in session again??? Just my thoughts, and thanks again for the comment.
Dennis November 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Has anyone seen a JCP&L truck, any truck, just one in Long Valley?
Ljm09 November 05, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Where is the mayor? Why are 5000 people still out? Roads impassable and power to only one elementary school. I am beginning to feel like an injustice is being done here in the wake of the storm, I hope I am wrong but something is not right.
Ron181 November 05, 2012 at 08:02 PM
JCP&L seems to be keeping 2 sets of books. They're reporting higher numbers of restored power to the state than what they're reporting on their own website,which is allegedly updated every 15 minutes. Nice.
Jon November 05, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I just met a guy at the general store who says he knows a guy who overheard somebody say that a friend of his talked to someone who claimed to have seen a JCP&L truck in Long Valley this morning. But he wasn't able to describe the truck in any sort of detail, so I'm still skeptical.
Paul Gallagher November 05, 2012 at 08:20 PM
I haven't seen any. I spoke with a LV police officer who said that all JCP&L crews left and were sent to Warren County!!! I haven't posted any complaints to date but this absence of any presence one week in is really staggering. I also agree that at this point, the Mayor has to accept some responsibility.
Bill C November 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Where is the mayor. Go to the town website and you will see information that is old and says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about what the town is doing to get power restored. I guess you can't be held accountable if you don't say anything.
Jack November 05, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Just spoke to JCP&L and they said that 75% of Washington Township should be back on by Wednesday and the remainder by Saturday. Also, the best part of the conversation is that the numbers he gave me were just to appease me and don't mean anything at all. All I asked for was some transparency and got nothing. I look forward to when JCP&L asks the state for money to pay for all the added restoration costs.
Noelle November 05, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Does anyone know if Pleasent Grove Road is passable because my daughter and her family have been with me and tried to get to there house from Rt 22 and could not get very far.They have no idea what the house looks like. Thank you
Jon November 05, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Should be passable. Which house # is it on Pleasant Grove Rd? I drive it every day. I can take a peek and give you a report and save them a trip.
DV2009 November 06, 2012 at 12:29 AM
LOL Jon! Your comment above made me laugh through my extreme frustration with this situation! So muc h for dozens of crews. And the mayor is running uncontested and about to be re-elected. Awesome
GHickler November 06, 2012 at 02:03 AM
C'mon . . . what do you expect from a small town Mayor? The guy is just playing politics - he has no idea what he is doing. I'd be surprised if he actually graduated from high school.
Ljm09 November 06, 2012 at 02:06 AM
Yeah but he has power and most of us don't
LVMom November 06, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Anyone know of someone who does house calls for tired generators?
MTSO November 06, 2012 at 05:24 AM
The mayor was on WRNJ giving an update and he said he saw 3 crews working in Washington Township. When Russ Long pressed him for where they were from he seemed to fumble and not remember the plates. He also didn't mention the locations.
duh November 06, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Long Valley is just crazy. Our elected officials dont do anything. they let the electrical walk all over them, and as residents we get screwed again. There has not been a singe truck on naughright and mission since last monday!!
Domino November 06, 2012 at 12:36 PM
I'm sure the mayor would be happy to give any resident an update as to the power situation. You just need to know which gentleman's club he is in at the time.
LVMom November 06, 2012 at 12:39 PM
I LOVE that while we have no power and Internet the town is NOT moving the due date for the taxes! Really? And just how do we access our accounts? Public wifi at panerra? Every other institution is moving dates but NO the town with no power just keeps asking for money. As for the mayor- I don'tsee anyone else running to fill his shoes! This town needs Someone who is willing to get our schools ramped up, fix our problems with the power company so we get power after storm (or get the governor to fund some serious tree cutting -and not this BS where just the branches are cut and a YIs left) We need to start having some town pride and figure out how to make it a town no one wants to move to.
cv November 06, 2012 at 12:47 PM
I am thankful I still have a home unlike the residents of south jersey and Staten Island. This is taking a very serious financial and emotional toll on local residents . I have like so many others spent large amounts of money on gas for a generator that dodent have enough power to turn my heat on. I have a child who will miss 2 weeks of school and I can't leave because I have dogs that no one wants at their house.
LVMom November 06, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I just saw this http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/some_in_morris_county_may_be_w.html The news is saying 2 weeks before restoration.
Ron181 November 06, 2012 at 01:04 PM
JCP&L should change its name to Jersey Central. It is neither power nor light.
Marty November 06, 2012 at 07:35 PM
Again, Where is the mayor? We recently moved to LV and expected that during an emergency of this magnitude there would be more communication. Very dissappointed in how things have been handled so far.
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