Saturday, December 1, 2012
Route 33 bridge construction resumes in Hightstown Saturday
Construction on the Route 33 bridge in Hightstown will resume Saturday evening, Dec. 1, resulting in overnight single lane closure, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. The project came about after the bridge sidewall buckled during Hurricane Irene in August, 2011, allowing water to pour into the downtown. Berto Construction Inc. was hired to complete the work, which was estimated to cost $655,000. According to NJ DOT spokesman Tim Greeley, an oil tank was discovered during construction, begeting work that was not originally included in the construction schedule. Crews will begin with tank removal at 9 p.m. on Saturday, continuing through the night until 7 a.m. Sunday. Work will resume Monday, Dec. 3 and continue …
Friday, September 21, 2012
Residents could see a new Borough Hall on North Main Street in three years
Hightstown’s Borough Hall could be reconstructed on the North Main Street municipal-owned property within three years, funded for the most part by the borough’s insurance company. During the Hightstown Borough Council Meeting Tuesday, the council passed a resolution with a 5-1 vote stating they believe it is in the best interests of the borough to undertake a municipal capital project to re-use the property for some or all of the municipal operations of the borough. Borough Hall has yet to reopen after Hurricane Irene hit last August, which forced administrative offices to relocate to the Public Works building on Bank Street and the Police Department to move to the Lucas Electric building on Mercer Street. The resolution states that the …
Friday, September 14, 2012
Consultant tells BPU the steps utilities should take to restore power to customers far faster.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
Warning that extreme weather is here to stay, state regulatory officials Wednesday began weighing steps that New Jersey electric utilities should take to improve response times when restoring power to customers. At a hearing in the Statehouse Annex, the Board of Public Utilities heard a consultant retained by the agencydetail some of the 143 recommendations made to deal with future major storms. Two unprecedented storms in 2011, which left nearly 3 million electric customers without power, triggered the investigation. Hurricane Irene landed in late August, leaving 1.9 million customers without power, the largest number of outages in New Jersey's history. The second, a rare snowstorm two days before Halloween, left some customers without …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The community gathered on Tuesday to celebrate East Windsor resident and Princeton EMT Michael Kenwood on the one year anniversary of his death during Hurricane Irene on Aug. 28, 2011.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
The community gathered on Tuesday to remember and honor Michael Kenwood, the volunteer EMT and rescue technician who died exactly one year ago, on Aug. 28, 2011, while attempting a water rescue during Hurricane Irene. The memorial service was held at 11 a.m. at Greenway Meadows Park, 275 Rosedale Road in Princeton. There were remembrances of Kenwood, who was an East Windsor resident, and the Princeton First Aid and Rescue Squad dedicated a park bench in his memory. “The squad wanted to do something a little more in-depth, to do something that marks the one-year anniversary of Michael's death," PFARS President Peter Simon told Patch recently. "We lost a hero, a really fantastic person who volunteered his time to make this community better…
Monday, August 27, 2012
Leave comments and upload photos of the storm that ravaged the area in August 2011.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Monday marks the first anniversary of the violent storm that left many in East Windsor, Cranbury and Hightstown without power, pulled trees from their roots, flooded roads, and decimated homes and businesses. While Irene blew through Central Jersey, East Windsor Patch was there to cover a hurricane that, despite a devastating aftermath, was downgraded to a tropical storm. One year later, we want to know: Does the storm continue to impact you? What changes did you make in and around your home? Did your business survive the wind and flood damage? Are there still areas that remain unfixed? Share photos of your neighborhood from the storm and from today, so we can see how far the area has come since the devastating storm made landfall. Leave …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Two council members plan to present another idea to the community.
A new option for the future of Hightstown’s Borough Hall and police department will be presented at the special meeting to be held Wednesday night. Following up on an idea suggested by a community member, council members Lynne Woods and Selena Bibens came up with a plan that includes incorporating the existing rug mill property with retail and residential options. A full presentation will be given at the meeting. “It is our belief that most residents have a common goal for that area which would be a mixture of retail and residential,” Woods told Patch. Woods and Bibens said their idea ties into the revitalization and historic preservation efforts discussed in Downtown Hightstown’s presentation by Donna Ann Harris of Heritage Consulting …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Trucks and NJ Transit buses will be detoured from the downtown and there will be parking restrictions in the Borough.
Construction will begin Thursday night on the Route 33 bridge in Hightstown, a week after it was scheduled to start, trucks will not be allowed in the downtown and the NJ Transit bus route will change, according to the state’s Department of Transportation and the Borough. The project was delayed last week after the contractor was still ordering supplies for the start, the DOT said. Berto Construction Inc. was hired to complete the work, which is estimated to cost $655,000. In August 2011, Hurricane Irene hammered the state, and water in Peddie Lake rushed over the top of the dam and through the downtown, damaging the bridge. Temporary barriers were set up until construction could begin. The DOT said they will replace the sidewalks and …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The new start date is July 5.
The Route 33 bridge project scheduled to start Thursday has been pushed back until next week, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation. NJ DOT spokesman Joe Dee said the contractor is still ordering supplies. The anticipated start date is July 5. Dee would not elaborate on the details of the project or detour, stating a press release would be issued early next week with more information. Last week the Borough Council established a seven-ton weight limit for the bridge, between Stockton and Franklin streets, through resolution for the duration of the construction. Large trucks will be kept on major roads, and those over seven tons will not be able to access the downtown, said Borough Administrator Michael Theokas. In …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The borough anticipates more funds to come.
Hightstown received nearly $190,000 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the largest payout the borough has received for Hurricane Irene expense reimbursement from the agency. The borough is still determining what the reimbursement exactly applies to and expects additional funds from the agency, said Borough Administrator Michael Theokas. Earlier this year the borough received nearly $50,000 from FEMA, primarily for immediate remediation and removal of branches and trees following the storm, Theokas said. Unlike the insurance company, which reimburses Hightstown dollar for dollar, FEMA only pays 75 percent. Following the storm, the council passed $1.6 million in emergency appropriations and used about $1.3 million of the total. …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
This is the second special meeting the council has held on Borough Hall and police department.
Residents will once again have an opportunity to voice opinions on the future of Hightstown’s Borough Hall and police department. A special council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. tonight at the First Aid building to hear what residents have to say. “Hopefully we’ll hear from a broader spectrum of the public,” Mayor Steven Kirson said Tuesday, referencing the first special meeting where less than 10 people showed up. Borough Hall and the police department flooded during Hurricane Irene in August 2011, making the building unusable. Borough employees relocated to the public works building, and the police department remains in the leased Lucas Electric building on Mercer Street. Kirson said the floor will be open to the public to hear what …