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Superintendent Fishbein Worries About 'Lack of Civility' Post-Sandy

The head schools administrator in Ridgewood also reports G.W. Middle School has power in a letter sent to parents Friday afternoon. It's unclear when school will reopen next week.

Some degree of progress has been made restoring power to schools in the village, Ridgewood Superintendent Daniel Fishbein said in a message to parents Friday afternoon. In his letter, Fishbein also spoke of how residents can keep abreast of storm updates, when school might start again, as well as expressing concern over citizen unrest at gas station lines and other places.

"I am heartened by today’s news that power has been restored to George Washington Middle School, joining the three schools that never lost power: Hawes, Somerville and Orchard," Fishbein said.

"It is my hope that more schools will come on line over this weekend. But as you can imagine, PSEG is overwhelmed by the devastation from this storm and so I do not know if we will have school starting on Monday, November 5th. I will keep you informed with an update over the weekend."

Ridgewood municipal authorities are working with school personnel to determine an alternate plan for polling locations under the assumption power may not return to all facilities by Tuesday, Fishbein said.

Meanwhile, Somerville school is still designated as a charging/warming center. Mount Carmel Church will serve as a 24-hour center as well. Several other houses of worship are also set up to take in cold residents.

Glen Rock officials told Patch on Friday afternoon that there have been no restorations to public facilities made in Glen Rock. They've made some changes to polling locations.

Fishbein, in his letter, stressed that resident should keep up to date on information by using the village website and signing up for e-notices. The village's OEM page – containing resources for shelters, special needs registry, shelter information and general tips – should also be utilized.

"One resource that is needed at this time is blood," Fishbein added. "The blood supply is low and those in medical need can use our help. If you are in a position to help and can travel, I encourage you to please donate blood at your earliest convenience."

The Community Blood Services center in Paramus is accepting walk-ins.

In the letter, Fishbein also said considerable cleanup progress has been made, thanks to village workers and leadership from officials.

Village services like garbage, recycling and leaf collection have resumed. Branches are expressly not allowed to be placed in the road. Though progress has been considerable, many areas are still "treacherous" with downed wires and trees leaning on wires, Fishbein said.

"Lastly, as I watch the news I am concerned about some deterioration of civility caused by stress and the loss of services after Hurricane Sandy," Fishbein said in closing. "Mediating disputes should not be something the police and emergency services should be dealing with at this point in time. Communities grow stronger by how we treat each other in times of need and distress. It’s important that we continue to do what Ridgewood does best, and that is to watch over each other and help each other. Please be careful, monitor your children and watch over your neighbors." 

News Man November 02, 2012 at 08:35 PM
School Administration services may have more direct contacts at PSE&G for status services information. If so, can they please share it with the Village OEM, Patch editors ... It may be very helpful to calm things down. Thanks.
M November 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Is the H S operational? How about BF? Willard seems to have no power.
Jennifer November 02, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I live across from Travell and the PSEG website says November 9th for power restoration. Do the schools or OEM have better info? That seems to be PSEG's standard answer for everything. The Orange & Rockland info and maps are so much better, PSEG should be embarrassed by the poor quality of their information to the public.
JV November 02, 2012 at 09:31 PM
The article seemed quite clear that Somerville, Orchard, Hawes, and GW have power. That would suggest that Travell, Glen, Willard, Ridge, BF, and RHS do not. If you see the situation on the corner of N. Van Dien and Beverly Rd., it looks like it will be extremely difficult to get the high school up and running very soon. One can only hope for the best.
Annie November 02, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Can someone please tell me why Glen Rock has had no power restoration at all, yet the Mayor posted a video telling residents that they will have power on Monday even though PSEG is saying Friday! Where and how can we get some acurate info?
longtimer66 November 02, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Village should be distributing ANY info it or BOE gets to ALL residents and not just BOE sending a letter to parents. Everyone pays for the schools not just parents of students. These 2 groups need to work together more. Many have told me no Vill updates since Mon or Tues on phone and many cannot get online or only very limited. Any real info is very useful and needs to be shared with everyone.
westwood kid November 03, 2012 at 12:16 PM
pse and g is very slow at doing there job, this is yet another reason why they need to hire contractors who are not union to do the job i have been removing trees that fell since monday during the storm and been doing it quick. the more you remove the more money you make, the other guys are moving slow to gain as much overtime as possible. i see 9 guys out on the street and only 1 chain saw going and the other 8 are watching the guy cut. watching is not doing!!!!!! we need to get the town of ridgewood back and that may mean hiring out side contractors who want to work and not milk the town of overtime. Lets Go
T Kassay November 03, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Fishbein has been forwarding the town notes to parents of children in the school district. If you register on the town website you get the notes directly from the town. The town has actually been very communicative if you registered for reverse 911 or the email chain. The BOE has been great in sending this out so that people who didn't register.
denise November 03, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Hi where is the official word from ridgewood mayor and team as well as the village manager???? We put them in these roles to manage crisis better than the last crew.
RdgwdGRock November 03, 2012 at 05:53 PM
fishbein should stick to education related matters and not voice his opinions about other topics.
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