Power Restored to Downtown Westfield

Most businesses open at noon on Sunday but some may open earlier today if possible.

As of 6:40 a.m. Sunday, power has been restored to downtown Westfield, according to Sherry Cronin, executive director of the Downtown Westfield Corportation.

Since Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to 90 percent of customers in Westfield, downtown merchants have been trying to make the best of a terrible situation, with many operating by flashlight or daylight. 

Cronin said many businesses don't open until noon on Sunday, but some may open sooner if they can gather supplies. 

"Manhattan Bagel is up and running," Cronin said.

During last evening's Mayor Andy Skibitsky noted that the storm has been tough on Westfield merchants and said the Town had been advocating on their behalf to get them "up and running as soon as possible." He said as they open again, think of Westfield first as many will need "an economic shot in the arm" to recover from the loss of business.

Have you had power restored in your home? Tell us in the comments section? 

westfieldborn November 05, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I'm a little confused on two points... 1 - i saw on patch this afternoon that all the schools were closed tomorrow - monday the 5th... is that true? and, 2. are there ANY shelters/churches/temples/homes/stores, etc -- anything large in westfield that is offering an OVERNIGHT warming spot? and if not -- WHY NOT!!! it is freezing outside! why in the world, insurance and legal fears be darned, wouldn't the library, Y, town hall, churches, schools, open up for people to sleep at night??? I got my power on late last night - I have a two and three year old - and it was 48 degrees in here - sounds warm, until you live it for five days -- THIS IS INSANE that no major institution has set up an overnight warm place for people in this wealthy town, or that we haven't had a set up for people opening up maybe a large home if they have room?
The other Mike November 05, 2012 at 04:52 AM
And still no power at Wychwood. Thanks for giving me incorrect info PSE&G. I guess nothin for us until maybe Wednesday...
JD November 05, 2012 at 05:03 AM
Westfield Public Schools ARE CLOSED MONDAY NOVEMBER 5th, 2012. No word on the rest of the week however will be open Thursday and Friday as the NJEA Teachers Conferences in Atlantic City have been now cancelled!
westfieldborn November 05, 2012 at 05:07 AM
Thank you!! I thinke maybe it was the letter posted from the mayor, or maybe on patch where i read 'if the school has power, it will be open' and, i heard 5 schools have power... so regardless - THANK YOU for the update. hope you are warm...
Mike2 November 05, 2012 at 07:34 AM
Other mike I'm also in wychwood gardens. This is now beyond criminal. Where is the mayor!?!? Other then towing the pseg line. 8 days with no end in site and another storm looming and pseg just feeding us lies. Who was the mayor of NYC that was done in by his response to a snowstorm? Well mr westfield mayor this may be your Waterloo.
Mike2 November 05, 2012 at 08:11 AM
Can any of our supposed government leaders please get us some ACCURATE information and post it here......ASAP!!!!
stacie elliott November 05, 2012 at 11:37 AM
i also grew up in westfield-and i think we were good friends lInda! My mom and her companion live on Wyandotte trail (ages 82 and 88) and they have been powerless for a week-still out as I write this. Does anyone know when they will get it? I live in NH - we are used to many and prolonged power outages and most of us have generators, but in NJ towns like westfield, most residents are not so equipped/experienced. Stacie Hewit
Westfielder November 05, 2012 at 12:33 PM
I too see the pattern of "one against the other" developing in these comments. And Renee supports my position with the comment "I have turned against you". All because someone points out the jealousy of others.
Westfielder November 05, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I for one say that PSEG, under the circumstances, did a good job. Complaining is not constructive, helping others less fortunate than yourself is.
Westfielder November 05, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Excellent comment!
Irene November 05, 2012 at 12:46 PM
What is the latest info on power for sunset ave It's so cold and getting worse
Julie November 05, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I think Jefferson Elem is open overnight. No food or anything, but a warm place to stop in.
Seneca November 05, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Can we compile a list of which schools have power and do not have power? Not sure why the town keeps saying 5 have power without mentioning which ones. I will start the list. Washington Elementary does NOT have power. Can we hear from folks who know about the other school in town?
Lady lawyer November 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Has anyone heard if power is on on S Scotch Plains Ave between Shadowlawn & Broad. Yesterday, PSEG said it's records showed we were back but no one in area had power.
John November 05, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Borgie attitude? Sorry the geographical term "north" offends people. 1/2 our town has been neglected for a week. Whatever term instead of "north" should now be used so it doesn't offend people's extreme polical ideologies. Because obviously thats more important than the dark houses and cold children. PSEG and local goverment - please do something besides sending bogus estimates. This timeframe, this ineptitude is unacceptable for any neighborhhod regardless of its location on the map.
Beachbum November 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Beachbum0814 November 05, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Why don't we focus on the real divisive issue...government...I mean taxpayer ...funds going toward restoring shore towns that do everything possible to keep that same public off of their beaches. I have an issue with my tax dollars going toward relief efforts in areas with 2hour parking and no restrooms....Google nj shore beach easement litigation. Mantolokng prides itself on exclusivity but cries to government for relief. I say help everyone and restore as much as possible but after this is over, beach access must be made eavailable in practice and in spirit for all. As a lifelong surfer , I've faced this many times especially in bay head mantolokng and north side of lbi.
tb2k November 05, 2012 at 02:08 PM
It's true, let those people rot. I hope your power comes back soon so you can fire up your Keurig and start clearing your DVR on your flatscreen
westfieldborn November 05, 2012 at 02:23 PM
are you doing alright? is there somewhere for you to go w/power or heat at least for tonight? do you have enough blankets? do you need some? i have some extras and can deliver to your hosue. my house has power, i'm on the north wickom drive... it's a south side street, it seemed like i saw a bunch of crews from missouri power companies working their way from scotch plains through the south side along rahway ave... seriously - if someone needs blankets, or warm warm stuff for kids -- PLEASE REPLY TO ME! i can bring you warm blankets that we can spare or some babies warm pjs you can layer them into from sizes say 18 months to 3T.
westfieldborn November 05, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I heard Jefferson has had power for prob 2 days. Can't they open these schools as heating locations for evenings? these kids and babies and elderly are freezing here in westfield!!
Susan in CT November 05, 2012 at 02:31 PM
I live in West Hartford CT, but I have a sister who lives in Wychwood Gardens. I can't understand why after a week, if half of the town has power restored there are no overnight shelters for those who are still without power. Last October my town set up shelters in a high school and a community center, places where folks could shower, charge phones, get warm and be safe. Not everyone is able to get away to friends and relatives and there needs to be something done for these people with the temperatures dropping.
Irene November 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Yes I am a family in Roosevelt they just got power at 7:30 last night We drove hours trying to find a road opened to get to the parkway
Norman Nepo November 05, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Where is our govt? We are now 1 week without power, and still lots of streets closed, with gas lines reminiscent of 1967.This is America,not a 3rd world country. People have lost everything. Where is the gov't?
Mike2 November 05, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The silence from our elected officials is deafening. All we are asking for in lieu of getting our power back is at least some accurate updated information ...council? 'Mayor?.....anyone....anyone.
Seneca November 05, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The TownofWestfield on Twitter (@TownOfWestfield) advised "PSE&G has advised the State that it intends to have Westfield fully electrified by tonight." Also, "There will be exceptions for those with lines down on their street or leading to their homes." Finally they said: "For those of you who continue to be without power today and beyond, please contact PSE&G at 800-436-PSEG." I attempted to call and just get a recorded message saying we will be back up by November 9th.
Mike2 November 05, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Thank you Seneca! As far as the update from pseg we have heard that same line the last two nights. For everyone's sake and well being, lets hope they aren't lying this time.
Pist off mom November 05, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I have been trying to call that 800 no of PSEG and it says power should be restored no later than nov. 9 if not it just tell you to call back again. I understand that lots of technicians here in jersey n other states are helping in order to restore the power back in our town and everywhere but it seems a very slow process n kids are suffering more and the elderly especially the temp. is dropping. Have some sympathy and concern for the children. I have 2 kids n so far my n my husband managing to keep them warm at night when they go to bed. But how long can we do this not for long winter is around the corner. And so far nobody are offering their help not even the town , church and any good Samaritans. I feel for all people that lost their property, residents that has no power yet and with small kids that can not afford to pay a hotel nor to buy a generator moreso spend hundreds of dollars in a gasoline to power up a generator.
westfieldborn November 06, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Do you need blankets? Did you get any power yet? Please reply if you need warm clothing for your children or more blankets. Also i was told that Jefferson school in westfield was open at night for warming -- and, in cranford there is a shelter where people can sleep and eat -= if you need the place name it is listed in patch here... all the best to you an your little ones - i totally understand how you are feeling.
westfieldborn November 06, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Just for everyone who is cold in westfield ---- I hope you get warm nights soon. Here is the info from Mayor Skibitsky's latests update - without any negativity or positivity -- let's just get people warm who need it. Please rememeber there are people out there w/very cold houses, no where to go, no internet access, no family, no friends, and some with very small babies, too... it's bit scary. So before you attack people who complain about being cold, and call them technologically addicted, or spoiled rotten, etc., please be kind, and understanding, some of these folks are just plain cold, and maybe a little worried about their kids/babies, or elderly... or like my son, who is just 2 relies on a nebulizer to keep him out of the hospital due to severe asmtha related issues... that is scary w/o power. yes, a generator, next time if i can scrounge the cash for that... •The Westfield Memorial Library is open during the day and on the weekends and may be used as a charging station for your mobile devices. Internet access is available as well. The Library is also serving as a warming center and an information hub. •Jefferson School on the Boulevard is open 24/7 as a warming center. (It is not a shelter.) •The County is operating a 24/7 shelter (with food and cots) until further notice. The shelter is located at the Cranford Community Center, 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford. The contact number is 908-709-7283, ext. 2.
Mike2 November 06, 2012 at 05:37 PM
For Kathy Dunkley: power has been restored to wychwood gardens


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