June 2, 2014 |
Ever since Sandy, or maybe it was Hurricane Irene, I've been thinking about buying a portable generator sufficient to run our sump pump, our freezer and refrigerator, and a few appliances in case of a lengthy power disruption. My brother-in-law, an engineer for an electric utility, loses power more often (eight days for Irene, six for Sandy) and has a bigger house, so he is advising me on what I need to buy and the work my electrician must do to make the transition from one to the other seamless.
July 2, 2013 |
Now that summer has arrived, it is once again "down the Shore" time in New Jersey. Our damaged beach communities have rebuilt and rolled out the welcome mat. It is inspiring and heartening to see how our towns - not just at the Shore but across the state - have recovered from the damage of Superstorm Sandy. As chief executive of an organization that provides housing and care to about 3,500 seniors across New Jersey, it is my job to look to the future. And so, while most of New Jersey is largely back to normal or soon will be, I am uncomfortably aware that a new hurricane season is already here.
June 5, 2013
In the Region J&J recalls oral contraceptives Johnson & Johnson , of New Brunswick, N.J., said that it was recalling millions of oral contraceptive packages in 43 countries outside the United States, but that there was a "very low" risk that the flawed tablets could cause unplanned pregnancies. It's the latest in a string of about 40 product recalls announced by the health care giant since 2009. The birth control pills are being recalled - from pharmacies and wholesalers, not women - because one of the two hormones in them was found last month to be dissolving and entering the bloodstream slower than it should.
December 20, 2012
Two Camden County women have been charged with fraud after allegedly claiming that they were victims of Hurricane Irene in order to receive federal emergency funds for housing, Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk announced Wednesday. Tumesha Adkins, 34, of the 200 block of South 33d Street, Camden, and Michele Carter, 28, of LaCascata Apartments, Clementon, were indicted by a grand jury on charges of theft and forgery. The two were involved in separate incidents. On Oct. 26, 2011, Adkins gave the Federal Emergency Management Agency rental receipts for a residence in Pennsauken and collected $14,747 in assistance, but an investigation found she did not pay rent at that address, authorities said.
November 1, 2012 |
Philadelphia and its wounded suburbs crept toward normalcy Tuesday after superstorm Sandy, as transportation troubles eased and schools readied to reopen, but serious problems remained in parts of the region. Bristol Township officials called in the Pennsylvania National Guard to protect against looting overnight, saying burglaries and attempted burglaries of stores had begun as soon as the winds died down early Tuesday. Ten troops from the armory in Northeast Philadelphia started patrolling the streets at 8 p.m., coinciding with a newly imposed curfew that will run to 6 a.m. while most of the township is without power.
October 30, 2012 |
LONG AFTER HE'D sandbagged the doors to a bar that's been a second home for decades, Joe Rullo tried to sandbag Hurricane Sandy on Sunday with superstition, laughter and a cold beer. A $1 bill he'd placed on the cash register at Echo's, in North Wildwood, was the "Hurricane Dollar" that had helped thwart Hurricane Irene last year. Outside, in black and orange spray paint, Rullo had written Go Pound Sandy on the fresh plywood that covered the doors, alongside a makeshift jack-o'-lantern and ghost.
October 30, 2012
By Peter Morici Hurricane Sandy will likely have devastating effects on lives and property. However, gauging its full impact on an economy still struggling to recover from the Great Recession - though with substantial resources to overcome adversity - is far more complex than merely adding up insurance payouts and uninsured losses. Disasters can give an ailing construction sector a boost, while unleashing reinvestment that actually improves stricken areas and the lives of residents.
October 29, 2012 |
NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. - Sitting in his house in North Wildwood on Saturday, John Hearn, who describes himself as "a young 67," said he had stocked up on water, peanut butter, and tuna fish, filled his gas tank, and fired up the generator. His wife, Gloria, had already left town, to stay at the couple's second home in Bucks County, but Hearn wanted to stay behind to keep an eye on his boats and "experience what we're going to experience. " "We have a pretty high elevation," he said.
September 1, 2012 |
This week's images of Hurricane Isaac's rampage along the Gulf Coast are a reminder that measures taken to prepare for big storms can reduce the damage they cause. Just a year ago, Hurricane Irene demonstrated that this region is hardly exempt from nature's wrath. (Hurricane Kirk is forming in the Atlantic now, heading northwest.) So this column is the first of two, with an emphasis on getting ready for a storm. Next week, we'll tackle cleaning up after a storm. Even so, there are too many topics to be covered.
September 1, 2012 |
After a hot and sunny start, Labor Day Weekend could end with the arrival of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. Today, Philadelphia could see a high in the mid 90s for the first time since early August, and Saturday, as the two-day Made in America music festival begins on the Parkway, the high could hit the high 80s or low 90s. Sunday brings a slight chance - 20 percent - of showers or thunderstorms, with a high in the mid 80s. As a hurricane,...