Warming Centers Available

Westwood, Washington Township and Hillsdale all had warming centers available for the many residents without power after Hurricane Sandy.

Updated at 10:05 p.m. Saturday

As power outages continued around the Pascack Valley this week, local governments and others began setting up warming centers for residents without power.

Westwood and Washington Township each had between 2,001 and 5,000 customers without power as of 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to PSE&G. Betwee 501 and 2,000 Hillsdale customers were also without power.

Westwood opened an overnight warming center at the Community Center Saturday.

Westwood officials opened the Municipal Complex and the library Wednesday, inviting residents to come in to charge their electronics. Westwood resident Ed Murtagh, who had lost power Monday afternoon, stopped by the Municipal Complex to charge his cell phone.

"I think we're going to be out a long time," Murtagh said. "We need to stock up more than we did."

Westwood Mayor John Birkner told Patch that the borough was also working with the clergy council to open a warming center and soup kitchen at the St. Andrew's Church Parish Center starting Thursday. Residents will be able to have some hot soup, coffee and tea while sitting in a warm place and charging their electronics, Birkner said. The warming center will remain open from 1 to 5 p.m. each day as long as their are still a large number of power outages.

Washington Township officials also announced that the Jack Woods Senior Center, located in the Municipal Complex, would be open to residents between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 p.m. for residents to warm up and recharge devices and have coffee.

Hillsdale officials also opened their Municipal Building for residents to charge electronics and have coffee, tea and light snacks. The borough library was also open, but did not have Internet access. The Hillsdale United Methodist Church on Magnolia Avenue did have Wi-Fi available. 

The Bergen County YJCC, also in Washington Township, announced they would open their doors to the entire community from Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The YJCC also has showers for residents to use.

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage at 50 Broadway in Hillsdale was also offering their office for residents to come in and warm up. They have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available and also have facilities to make photocopies and send faxes between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Washington Township Library also announced Friday that it would remain open on Sunday for residents to use electricity and Wi-Fi, though regular library services would not be available.

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K27 November 02, 2012 at 06:01 AM
ONE LOCAL FAMILY TRYING TO HELP MANY, WHO HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED BY SANDY! LET THEM HELP: The Dog House Saloon & Grill is OPEN ... With extended hours AGAIN on FRIDAY: 3pm-3am. SATURDAY: 11:30-3am. They have Power, Internet, Cable, Beverages & a Full Menu. For those of you without power, they are Offering UNLIMITED FREE Hot Coffee & Tea, FREE Fresh Cut Fries and 10% OFF your entire bill! PLUS: COMPLEMENTARY T-Shirts for those who need a change in clothes. Come on Down, Stay warm, Charge up your phones and Hook up to the WiFi! KITCHEN open until 2AM! #201-722-1820 - Families in need of FREE Can goods, Ice, Blankets or Additional Assistance please speak with Jess when you arrive. They are trying to help in any way possible... PLEASE Consider sharing this post so that more local families can be reached. ♥ All of those affected are in our Prayers ♥ THANK YOU 270 Pascack Rd. Washington Township, NJ 07676 201-722-1820 Bergen County On the Boarder Of Paramus - Big Red Building Across the Street from the Strip Mall. (Pascack Rd is a Continuation Of Farview Ave in Paramus) http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dog-House-Saloon-Grill-Check-In/175529295856219?ref=hl#!/TheDogHouseSaloonAndGrill
B@B November 02, 2012 at 11:16 AM
Real leadership coming from the great people at the Dog House while Township officials are AWOL.
JLS November 04, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Township of Washington Library building is open today Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Gary Conkling November 05, 2012 at 12:12 PM
With a state of the art Firehouse with generator, full kitchen and sold to the council to be used for a emergency center Why is WW using the community center? PPP..


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