Monday, November 5, 2012
The Bucks County Board of Elections approved the relocation of the Riegelsville Borough Hall polling place to the Riegelsville Fire Company. The remaining 214 polls will remain at their original locations.
Of the 215 polling places in Bucks County, only one will have to move for Election Day tomorrow as a result of the damage caused last week by Hurricane Sandy. The Bucks County Board of Elections agreed unanimously to relocate the polling site at Riegelsville Borough Hall to the Riegelsville Fire Company. The decision came during an emergency meeting held in the community room at the Bucks County Courthouse Monday afternoon. The move is a temporary action in response to the emergency situation and will not be permanent for future elections. Chief Clerk Lynn Bush told the board the issue was not only lack of power, but safety concerns, as well. "There is a power pole that is down that held multiple utilities," said Bush. Riegelsville Fire …
Bucks County election officials will hold an emergency meeting today at 1 p.m. to determine what polling locations are working after Hurricane Sandy.
Normally, voting machines are delivered more than a week before the election, but because the roads were impassable after Hurricane Sandy, Bucks county didn’t get them until late last week. And the county doesn’t even know now which of its 215 polling places are ready for the election. "The hauler has to call every polling place and reschedule delivery," Deena Dean, Director of Bucks County Board of Elections and Registration told CNN last week. "So as the hauler reschedules deliveries, we are being notified of that." Dean said she wasn't sure what Election Day would look like. To that point, Dean and election officials are holding a meeting today at 1 p.m. to determine what polling locations will be ready, and which need to be changed. …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Across the country people receive a false robo-call saying the date of the presidential election was changed due to Hurricane Sandy.
Mark Schultz was "a little dumbstruck," but not surprised when he received a robo-call at his house in Holliston, Massachusetts Saturday around noon. The call said "Hi, I'm one of your neighbors in Holliston and ... I want to urge you to vote for Elizabeth Warren and Barack Obama on Wednesday, November 7." The date, said the call, had been changed because of Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully the Democratic Town Committee member knew this information was incorrect, but he posted to Facebook to make sure others knew the same. The caller ID listed it as Massachusetts 000-0000. The registered Democrat said he has heard of this happening around the country, but not in this area. "It's a new low in campaigning," he said, adding, "I don't know who it …
Hurricane Sandy, one week later, would have caused election chaos.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
By Eric Boehm | PA Independent HARRISBURG — More than 250 of Pennsylvania‘s roughly 9,000 polling places were still without power Friday morning, creating a challenge for election officials as Election Day approaches. Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday said he was ordering the Public Utility Commission to tell power companies that polling places should be given priority for restorations. Power companies in eastern Pennsylvania, where most of the outages remain, say they expect power to be restored by Monday at the latest. Superstorm Sandy that struck Pennsylvania and the rest of the Northeast earlier this week presented a political challenge to candidates and a practical challenge to the state officials responsible for conducting next week’s …
Utility companies predict that most or all of Bucks County will be restored to power by midnight Sunday.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
On Saturday, local utility companies restored power to more than 50,000 customers, but they still have more than 40,000 to go. In a press release Saturday night, PECO reported that 30,000 customers remained without power in Bucks County. PPL had 5,621 and Met-Ed stated it had 4,874 customers still in the dark. Are you one of the last 40,000? How have you been coping? In Bucks County, Bristol, Lower Makefield, Upper Makefield, Solebury townships and New Hope were the hardest hit. PECO expects most of the remaining customers to have service restored by Sunday midnight. “I want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we continue to focus on safely restoring service across the region,” said Craig Adams, PECO President …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
PECO reports it has restored power to more than 725,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
In the most recent PECO update, from Friday afternoon, PECO reports about 125,000 customers still without power: “This is the worst damage I have ever seen,” said Pat O’Neil, a 25-year PECO veteran supervisor who has been working 16 hour shifts to restore service since the beginning of the storm. “Many of the areas we are working in had significant damage, including multiple downed trees and poles, downed wires, and damaged equipment. In some of these areas, we need to completely rebuild the electric distribution system and supporting infrastructure to restore service to our customers.” PPL reports 10,834 customers without power from Hilltown up through the northwest Bucks County, with about 2,000 customers out in Montgomery County. Met …
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Friday, November 2, 2012
A local woman has created a song and video honoring the utility workers who are laboring night and day to pull the East Coast out of the dark.
They have been working 10-, 12- and 16-hour shifts in the days since Hurricane Sandy left nearly a million Philadelphia-area electric customers in the cold and the dark. The linemen working round-the-clock to restore power to a darkened East Coast have been unsung heroes. That is, until now. LisaBeth Weber, a Bucks County artist, has written a song and created a video to honor the contributions of people who she says are too often taken for granted. "The first responders - police, fire and EMS - they're often thanked for their work, as they should be," Weber said. "But these linemen, who are working in sometimes really difficult situations, a lot of time, they’re saving lives, too, but no one really says thank you." Weber, who lives in …
With four unexpected days off from school before the arrival of winter weather, Centennial officials are mindful of what the effects will be on the rest of the school year.
After four days of weathering Hurricane Sandy and working to restore power in the aftermath, Centennial schools were back in session Friday morning. (The only exception was Klinger Middle School, which experienced more electrical problems late Thursday night and was forced to remain closed.) As the students get back to the daily grind after a brief and unexpected respite, administrators are looking at what effect the four-day interruption will have on the school calendar. Pennsylvania statutes require public schools to complete 180 days of instruction before July 1. According to Centennial's 2012-2013 calendar, June 20, 2013 is marked as the final day of class for students. Superintendant Dr. Jenny Cressman stated in e-mailed comments that…
Township manager Rich Manfredi said that PECO representatives are working to get at least 90 percent of Warminster customers back on the grid by Friday night.
As of 3:15 Thursday afternoon, 60 percent of PECO customers in Warminster were still without power, Township Manager Rich Manfredi told the board of supervisors during its meeting last night. Manfredi expressed gratitude to the crews for working overtime to get residents back on line, but made it clear that there was still a lot of work to do. "They are working the best they can," said Manfredi, "but we are not out of the woods yet. I am not satisfied with 60 percent of our residents without electricity." According to Manfredi, PECO predicted during a conference call that 90 percent of customers in Warminster and Bucks County would have power by Friday night. "They are going with the full court press and bringing in 50 more bucket trucks…