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Child Passenger Safety Week: September 19-25, 2021

Every 32 seconds, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle is involved in a crash. Many times, injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.
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Child Passenger Safety Week: September 19-25, 2021

Every 32 seconds, one child under the age of 13 in a passenger vehicle is involved in a crash. Many times, injuries and deaths can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters, and seat belts.

***Owner Found***

Do you recognize me?! I have escaped my owners and want to go home! Please have my owners call USRPD @ 201-327-2700.
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***Owner Found***

Do you recognize me?! I have escaped my owners and want to go home! Please have my owners call USRPD @ 201-327-2700.

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Do you recognize me?! I have escaped my owners and want to go home! Please have my owners call USRPD @ 201-327-2700.
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Do you recognize me?! I have escaped my owners and want to go home! Please have my owners call USRPD @ 201-327-2700.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Team will be in Upper Saddle River, Sunday, September 19, 2021 at the Borough Hall located at 376 West Saddle River Road. This team will be able to answer your questions, assist with registration for FEMA Individual Assistance, and conduct inquiries on the status of existing applications. If you have any questions or desire to apply for FEMA assistance, please come to the Borough Hall at 9AM.
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THE BIKE RODEO IS BACK
Upper Saddle River / Allendale Police
USRA Coalition

Safe Bike Skills & Learn to Ride Class
Register at tinyurl.com/fcs4c9xk

A Safe Bike Skills - course teaches children basic skills needed to safely ride their bikes. Children learn and practice drills with a fun and safe course!

Learn to Ride - students will use the balance, push, and pedal method to learn how to ride a bike

WHEN:
Saturday, October 16, 2021
10-11:30 am: Safe Skills class for Cyclists
11:45-1 pm: Learn to Ride class for non-cyclist

WHERE:
Bogert Elementary School Parking Lot
391 West Saddle River Rd. Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Kids must bring a bike with pumped tires
Kids must wear a mask, sneakers, and bright clothes
One parent/guardian must stay with the youth and also wear a mask
Kids in Safe Skills class must ride independently (no training wheels)
Helmets must be worn during the activity and are available from EZ Ride if needed in limited quantities

Parents must register in advance by 10/9/21 and bring a signed waiver.

Max.10 kids in Learn to Ride and 14 kids in skills class for safety. First

48 youth who register will participate in 1 of 4 sessions with distancing.

Instruction by EZ Ride’s Safe Routes to School team

Riders Will Learn:

Proper Helmet Fitting
Pre-Ride Safety Check
Starting, Stopping, Scanning, Signals, Turning
Bike Handling & Safe Riding Tips

For info, contact
Ptl. Louis Lupinacci
llupinacci@usrpd.net
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THE BIKE RODEO IS BACK 
 Upper Saddle River / Allendale Police 
 USRA Coalition 

Safe Bike Skills & Learn to Ride Class
Register at https://tinyurl.com/fcs4c9xk

A Safe Bike Skills - course teaches children basic skills needed to safely ride their bikes. Children learn and practice drills with a fun and safe course! 

Learn to Ride - students will use the balance, push, and pedal method to learn how to ride a bike

WHEN:
Saturday, October 16, 2021
10-11:30 am: Safe Skills class for Cyclists
11:45-1 pm: Learn to Ride class for non-cyclist

WHERE:
Bogert Elementary School Parking Lot
391 West Saddle River Rd. Upper Saddle River, N.J.

Kids must bring a bike with pumped tires
Kids must wear a mask, sneakers, and bright clothes
One parent/guardian must stay with the youth and also wear a mask
Kids in Safe Skills class must ride independently (no training wheels)
Helmets must be worn during the activity and are available from EZ Ride if needed in limited quantities

Parents must register in advance by 10/9/21 and bring a signed waiver.

Max.10 kids in Learn to Ride and 14 kids in skills class for safety. First

48 youth who register will participate in 1 of 4 sessions with distancing.

Instruction by EZ Ride’s Safe Routes to School team

Riders Will Learn:

Proper Helmet Fitting
Pre-Ride Safety Check
Starting, Stopping, Scanning, Signals, Turning
Bike Handling & Safe Riding Tips

For info, contact
Ptl. Louis Lupinacci
llupinacci@usrpd.net

“On this day… 20 years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.”
—Unknown

Thank you to the Upper Saddle River students and teachers, who with their kind words and deeds, on the saddest of days, remind all of us why we became Police Officers.

Thank you to the entire Borough of Upper Saddle River family for your constant support!!!
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A huge THANK YOU to the Upper Saddle River Moms for their generous lunch donations!!!  We truly appreciate your support.

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Wonderful so proud of you Kelli

“On this day… 20 years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.”
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“On this day… 20 years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights. 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning. 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift. 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol. 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10:00 am Sept 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted.”
—Unknown

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School busses are back on the road! Always stop in case a child needs to cross the street. #schoolzonesafety #schoolbussafety #backtoschool #JerseyDrives #SafeRoadsNJ

O&R READIES CREWS AS SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS THREATEN WEDNESDAY NIGHT

PEARL RIVER, NY, Sept. 7, 2021 3:30 p.m. --- Orange & Rockland (O&R) is preparing to deploy its emergency response team to repair damage and restore power to electric service outages that could result from severe thunderstorms potentially developing across the area Wednesday night.

O&R company and contractor overhead line crews and tree removal experts are preparing to mobilize early Wednesday evening as are customer service operations and the wide array of O&R teams that support those functions.

Weather
A cold front approaches our region making scattered showers likely between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday night.

Then scattered thunderstorms, potentially severe in isolated areas, are possible until about 2 a.m. Thursday. Total rainfall amounts of around 1-inch, with isolated areas with 2-inch amounts are likely. A severe thunderstorm is defined as packing wind gusts of 57 m.p.h. or more, hail of one inch or more in diameter and heavy rains. The predicted potential severe storms could damage trees, utility poles, and overhead electric wires, causing power outages.

Prevailing winds are expected to be 10 to 20 mph, with frequent gusts to 30 mph after 5 p.m. Wednesday night through 2 a.m. Thursday. The cold front is expected to exit the area Thursday afternoon.

Be Safe
O&R urges its customers to stay clear of downed electric wires. Don’t go near any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free at 1-877-434-4100. If the situation requires urgent action, call your local police at 911 to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.

How customers can report an outage
If customer’s experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it. They can report it and check to see when their lights will be back on through:

• At www.oru.com/ReportOutage from any computer or web-based mobile device.
• O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device --- download via Apple Store or Google Play.
• Text messaging by texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
• Call 1-877-434-4100.

Restoring Service
Once the weather clears enough to safely assess damage and begin electric service restoration, crews will give priority to clearing downed wires blocking roads and making repairs to critical and emergency facilities (police and fire stations, and hospitals, for example) and to those locations that will provide power to the most customers quickly. Then, crews will restore smaller outages and individual customers’ outages.

The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process: youtu.be/JeGU8ID4_m0

Important Safety Tips
• Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash or otherwise secure.

• If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.

• Pole-top transformers – those small grey-colored metal drums attached to the wires at the tops of most utility poles – also should be avoided when they have been knocked to the ground.

• Portable generators pose a serious hazard if used improperly. They should be used and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A wrong connection could feed electricity back through the lines and endanger our repair crews. Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors or set it up outdoors near open home windows or air-handling vents.

• Have emergency equipment within reach --- portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Keep O&R’s toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages.

• Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.

Health Watch
O&R and contractor personnel have been instructed to follow all safety protocols when responding to emergency calls to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus. O&R asks members of the public to maintain appropriate social distance when they encounter O&R employees working in the field, to provide for mutual safety.

Who We Are
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.
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Arrest Log

• A 30 year-old male from the Bronx, New York was stopped for driving with a suspended license on Route 17 South. The male was found in possession of a fraudulent NJ Driver’s License and counterfeit currency. The male was arrested and charged with two counts of Forgery. He was released on his own recognizance.

• A 38 year-old female from North Arlington was stopped on Route 17 North for various motor vehicle offenses. The female was subsequently found in possession of approximately 90 bags of heroin. She was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Hypodermic Needles, and numerous motor vehicle offenses. The female was subsequently released on her own recognizance.

*All defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty in a court of law.
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Arrest Log

• A 30 year-old male from the Bronx, New York was stopped for driving with a suspended license on Route 17 South.  The male was found in possession of a fraudulent NJ Driver’s License and counterfeit currency.  The male was arrested and charged with two counts of Forgery.  He was released on his own recognizance.

• A 38 year-old female from North Arlington was stopped on Route 17 North for various motor vehicle offenses.  The female was subsequently found in possession of approximately 90 bags of heroin.  She was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Hypodermic Needles, and numerous motor vehicle offenses.  The female was subsequently released on her own recognizance.

*All defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty in a court of law.

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I thought no bail release was only in NY

90 bags of heroine and she gets released??!! What does it take to hold someone in jail these days?

Vote Blue, early and often. A blue state manure pile.

O&R RAMPS UP ITS STORM RESPONSE AS IDA STRENGTHENS ACROSS THE REGION

PEARL RIVER, NY, Sept. 1, 2021 1:15 p.m. --- Orange & Rockland (O&R) is preparing to deploy its emergency response team to repair damage and restore power to electric service outages that could result from severe thunderstorms potentially developing across the area tonight as the remnants of tropical depression Ida push through the region.

O&R company and contractor overhead line crews and tree removal experts are preparing to mobilize early this evening as are site safety, customer service operations and the wide array of O&R teams that support those functions.

Weather
The remnants of Ida will strengthen as they move across the area tonight. Expect cloudy skies with scattered showers through late afternoon today. Showers will be more numerous by evening today, becoming moderate to heavy at times between 8 p.m. tonight and 4 a.m. Thursday.

Isolated thunderstorms are likely across the area tonight, and some have the potential to become severe between 8 p.m. tonight and 1 a.m. Thursday.

A severe thunderstorm is defined as packing wind gusts of 57 m.p.h. or more, hail of one inch or more in diameter and heavy rains. The predicted potential severe storms could damage trees, utility poles, and overhead electric wires, causing power outages.

In addition, winds will become gusty after 8 p.m. tonight while Ida’s remnants become stronger as they cross the area. Those winds will remain gusty through 7 a.m. Thursday when this system is expected to exit the area. Sustained winds are predicted to range from 15-25 m.p.h. with gusts of between 35 and 45 m.p.h. In total, 3-6 inches of rain is likely to fall today into Thursday morning.

Be Safe
O&R urges its customers to stay clear of downed electric wires. Don’t go near any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free at 1-877-434-4100. If the situation requires urgent action, call your local police at 911 to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.

How customers can report an outage
If customers experience a power outage, they shouldn’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it. They can report it and check to see when their lights will be back on through:

• At www.oru.com/ReportOutage from any computer or web-based mobile device.
• O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device --- download via Apple Store or Google Play.
• Text messaging by texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
• Call 1-877-434-4100.

Restoring Service
Once the weather clears enough to safely assess damage and begin electric service restoration, crews will give priority to clearing downed wires blocking roads and making repairs to critical and emergency facilities (police and fire stations, and hospitals, for example) and to those locations that will provide power to the most customers quickly. Then, crews will restore smaller outages and individual customers’ outages.

The following video describes the typical storm repair and power restoration process: youtu.be/JeGU8ID4_m0

Important Safety Tips
• Maintain a distance of at least 50 feet from downed wires and anything they are in contact with including puddles of water and fences. Supervise your children so that they are not in the vicinity and keep pets on a leash or otherwise secure.

• If a fallen wire is draped over a car, do not approach the car and make rescue attempts. Remain a safe distance away and try to keep the occupant of the vehicle calm. If possible, emergency personnel should handle the situation.

• Pole-top transformers – those small grey-colored metal drums attached to the wires at the tops of most utility poles – also should be avoided when they have been knocked to the ground.

• Portable generators pose a serious hazard if used improperly. They should be used and installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. A wrong connection could feed electricity back through the lines and endanger our repair crews. Never plug a generator into a wall unit, use it indoors or set it up outdoors near open home windows or air-handling vents.

• Have emergency equipment within reach --- portable radio, flashlights, spare batteries, first aid kit, cell phone and important medications. Keep O&R’s toll-free number 1-877-434-4100 near the phone to report power outages.

• Remember: if the base station of your cordless phone plugs into the wall, your phone will be unusable during a power outage.

Health Watch
O&R and contractor personnel have been instructed to follow all safety protocols when responding to emergency calls to keep everyone safe from the coronavirus. O&R asks members of the public to maintain appropriate social distance when they encounter O&R employees working in the field, to provide for mutual safety.

Who We Are
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.
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If we all walked around our cars before starting them, we could prevent the nearly 50 back up accidents that happen weekly: http://www.kidsandcars.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Backover-Safety-Tips.pdf #SafeRoadsNJ

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The average time saved by speeding only adds up to about 20 seconds. It’s not worth it.
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EASE FRIDAY’S STEAMY SWELTER WITH O&R’S COOL TIPS

PEARL RIVER, NY Aug. 26, 2021 3 p.m. --- Hot. Hot. Hot. Three little words say everything you need to know about Friday’s sizzling weather forecast. To try to manage to beat the heat, O&R has some cool tips to help its neighbors stay comfortable and save money on energy.

• Turn down or turn off air conditioning in your home while you are away or at work to help lower your energy bill.

• Set your air conditioner to the highest temperature your comfort and health will allow to help you save cooling money.
• Close all doors and windows in your home while the air conditioning is running to make things cooler at a lower price.
• Cook, bake or perform other household activities that produce heat and humidity during the cooler times of the day and night.
• Pull your curtains and shades closed to help block out the sun and the heat of the day.

• Take advantage of your smart meter by viewing your energy usage and customized energy savings tips located in your online account at www.oru.com/myaccount

If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it. You can report it and check to see when your lights will be back on through:

• At www.oru.com/ReportOutage from any computer or web-based mobile device.

• O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device --- download via Apple Store or Google Play.
• Text messaging by texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
• Call 1-877-434-4100.
The heat, humidity and increased demand for electricity to power air conditioners can pose challenges to electric delivery system, in some instances, overheating electrical equipment and resulting in scattered outages. O&R crews will be ready to respond to any, and all, issues that arise to make repairs and restore service.

Scattered thunderstorms are possible today and those could result in downed wires and electric service interruptions. The company urges members of the public to stay away from any wires that are downed during storms. Call your local police department at 911 or O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to report downed wires.

O&R crews follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines about face coverings and social distancing with each other and members of the public when responding to emergency calls. That’s an attempt to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. O&R also asks that members of the public remain a safe social distance from O&R crews, work sites and trucks.

To prepare for this summer’s peak demands for electricity, O&R has made investments totaling over $130 million this year to fortify and improve the reliability of its electric system. That investment builds on the nearly $1 billion O&R has invested over the past 10 years on electric system maintenance and reliability projects.

For energy efficiency tips, incentives and rebates, please visit www.oru.com/save.
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Fawn Hill Road Closed
*** Traffic Alert ***
Fawn Hill Rd, from Stone Ledge Rd and Danbury Downs will be closed for downed utility lines. Please follow all posted signage.
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*** Traffic Alert ***
Fawn Hill Rd, from Stone Ledge Rd and Danbury Downs will be closed for downed utility lines. Please follow all posted signage.

O&R WARNS CUSTOMERS: CROOKS ARE CALLING TO STEAL YOUR MONEY
SCAM TIP: O&R NEVER TAKES PRE-PAID DEBIT CARDS FOR BILL PAYMENT
PEARL RIVER, NY Aug. 10, 2021 1 p.m. --- If a caller, claiming to work for O&R, demands that you pay your bill today by pre-paid debit card and threatens to disconnect your power immediately if you do not, here’s what you should do:
HANG UP THE PHONE.
The caller is a crook trying to steal your money.
Here are two big reasons not to believe any crook who makes that shutoff threat:
• NO PRE-PAID DEBIT CARDS - O&R does not accept bill payment for electric and gas utility bills by Green Dot or any other pre-paid debit cards. Never has.
• NO IMMEDIATE SHUTOFF - Disconnecting O&R electric or gas service for non-payment of bills involves a multi-step process – including written communications from O&R to the customer over a period of several days, or even weeks --- not hours. That process is regulated by the NYS Public Service Commission and NJ Board of Public Utilities.
This is not a prank, joke, nuisance phone call or kids acting out. This is an organized, serious professional criminal enterprise that steals tens of thousands of dollars each year by successfully pulling this con on every-day people who can’t afford to lose this money.
And, this time of year, when COVID resurgence concerns, summer vacation plans and back-to-school worries are distracting many of us, reports of these theft attempts grow as the crooks try to take advantage of disrupted household routines.
So, if someone calls you, says they are an O&R employee and threatens to shut off your electric or gas service that day if not immediately paid through a pre-paid debit card, here’s what to do:
• Hang Up – Disengage so you’re not further subjected to the fraudulent high-pressure “sales pitch.”
• Ignore Texts – After you hang up on them, the more aggressive predatory callers will try to repeat their shutoff threat by texting you. Ignore the threat.
• Don’t Hit “Redial” – The caller ID screen on your phone for the phony bill collector’s call may read “Orange and Rockland Utilities”, but that’s a hi-tech bogus copy of the utility company’s number. That’s not O&R. Do not redial, and don’t call the number that the caller gives you to call them back. That will reconnect you to the crook.
• Take Action - If you are unsure about whether you have an overdue balance on your O&R bill, the fastest way to find out is to log onto your account through ORU.com. to review your latest account information. You also can call O&R’s automated phone system at 1-877-434-4100. Have your Orange and Rockland account number ready and follow the automated phone prompts to check your balance.
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Marking August 11 (8/11) With a Reminder to Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig;
Just Make One Call: It’s Easy, Simple, Fast, Free --- And It’s the Law

PEARL RIVER, NY August 11, 2021 --- Electric, natural gas, telephone, water, cable television and other utilities across the nation mark Wednesday, 8/11/21 to remind the public to Call 8-1-1 before you dig.

By calling 8-1-1 before you dig, you’ll make sure utility representatives can identify for you the underground facilities they own and operate. That way, your digging does not strike any underground natural gas lines, electric cables, phone lines, water pipes or other utility infrastructure. Learn more about Call 8-1-1 here bcove.video/3jBdmSc

Those who damage underground facilities because they did not follow the 8-1-1 regulations by calling at least 2 to 10 working days before starting work to arrange for locating assistance are subject to hefty fines and repair costs. In addition, the risk of a serious, even fatal, accident is all-too real if you hit an underground electric or natural gas line.

The “Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig” program uses “Call 8-1-1” to report the proposed work site so the utility company’s qualified technicians can locate, mark and identify utility-owned equipment with stakes, flags or paint to clearly mark areas to avoid. It’s easy, fast, free --- and it’s the law.

To help make sure all calls get through for 811 assistance, Dig Safely New York has developed an online platform to provide another convenient way for those planning digging projects to submit a Location Request.

To submit a Location Request online, visit Dig Safely New York’s website at www.DigSafelyNewYork.com and click “Submit a Location Request” at the bottom left of the screen. Then, register on the site and complete the online form.

Once the Location Request is submitted online, a utilities location technician will be scheduled to the site to mark what’s underground on the property and where it is to make sure excavators do not damage any critical equipment, pipes or wires.

If you see an active excavation site or digging project, but you don’t see flags or painted markings, please call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 and report the location.

If you smell gas, immediately leave the area and call 911, O&R’s Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-LEAK (1-800-533-5325), or your local gas utility. You can report gas leaks anonymously.

For more details about working safely around O&R’s underground and overhead equipment, see our Web site at www.oru.com/811 For more information about the 811 One-Call Notification System, visit the www.call811.com website.

Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.
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Marking August 11 (8/11) With a Reminder to Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig;
Just Make One Call: It’s Easy, Simple, Fast, Free --- And It’s the Law 
 
PEARL RIVER, NY August 11, 2021 --- Electric, natural gas, telephone, water, cable television and other utilities across the nation mark Wednesday, 8/11/21 to remind the public to Call 8-1-1 before you dig. 
 
By calling 8-1-1 before you dig, you’ll make sure utility representatives can identify for you the underground facilities they own and operate. That way, your digging does not strike any underground natural gas lines, electric cables, phone lines, water pipes or other utility infrastructure. Learn more about Call 8-1-1 here https://bcove.video/3jBdmSc
   
Those who damage underground facilities because they did not follow the 8-1-1 regulations by calling at least 2 to 10 working days before starting work to arrange for locating assistance are subject to hefty fines and repair costs. In addition, the risk of a serious, even fatal, accident is all-too real if you hit an underground electric or natural gas line.   
 
The “Call 8-1-1 Before You Dig” program uses “Call 8-1-1” to report the proposed work site so the utility company’s qualified technicians can locate, mark and identify utility-owned equipment with stakes, flags or paint to clearly mark areas to avoid. It’s easy, fast, free --- and it’s the law.
 
To help make sure all calls get through for 811 assistance, Dig Safely New York has developed an online platform to provide another convenient way for those planning digging projects to submit a Location Request. 
 
To submit a Location Request online, visit Dig Safely New York’s website at www.DigSafelyNewYork.com and click “Submit a Location Request” at the bottom left of the screen. Then, register on the site and complete the online form.
 
Once the Location Request is submitted online, a utilities location technician will be scheduled to the site to mark what’s underground on the property and where it is to make sure excavators do not damage any critical equipment, pipes or wires.
 
If you see an active excavation site or digging project, but you don’t see flags or painted markings, please call O&R at 1-877-434-4100 and report the location.  
 
If you smell gas, immediately leave the area and call 911, O&R’s Gas Emergency Hotline at 1-800-533-LEAK (1-800-533-5325), or your local gas utility. You can report gas leaks anonymously.
 
For more details about working safely around O&R’s underground and overhead equipment, see our Web site at www.oru.com/811 For more information about the 811 One-Call Notification System, visit the www.call811.com website.   
 
Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R), a wholly owned subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc., one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, is a regulated utility. O&R provides electric service to approximately 300,000 customers in southeastern New York State (where its franchise name is Orange & Rockland) and northern New Jersey (where it’s Rockland Electric Company) and natural gas service to approximately 130,000 customers in New York.

USE O&R’S COOL TIPS TO HELP HANDLE THIS WEEK’S SEVERE HEAT, HUMIDITY

PEARL RIVER, NY Aug. 10, 2021 11:30 a.m. --- Because searing heat and stifling humidity are forecast for at least Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, O&R offers some Cool Tips to help its neighbors cope with summer’s steamy weather.

O&R is providing these cool tips to help its neighbors try to stay comfortable and save money on energy:

• Turn down or turn off air conditioning in your home while you are away or at work to help lower your energy bill.

• Set your air conditioner to the highest temperature your comfort and health will allow to help you save cooling money.
• Close all doors and windows in your home while the air conditioning is running to make things cooler at a lower price.
• Cook, bake or perform other household activities that produce heat and humidity during the cooler times of the day and night.
• Pull your curtains and shades closed to help block out the sun and the heat of the day.

• Take advantage of your smart meter by viewing your energy usage and customized energy savings tips located in your online account at www.oru.com/myaccount

For energy efficiency tips, incentives and rebates, please visit www.oru.com/save.

The heat, humidity and increased demand for electricity to power air conditioners can pose challenges to electric delivery system, in some instances, overheating electrical equipment and resulting in outages.

The coming days could also bring thunderstorms, which can affect the overhead electric delivery system and cause outages.

The company urges members of the public to stay away from any wires that are downed during storms. Call your local police department at 911 or O&R at 1-877-434-4100 to report downed wires.

If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it. You can report it and check to see when your lights will be back on through:

• At www.oru.com/ReportOutage from any computer or web-based mobile device.

• O&R mobile app from your iPhone, iPad or Android device --- download via Apple Store or Google Play.
• Text messaging by texting “OUT” to 69678 (myORU) or
• Call 1-877-434-4100.
O&R crews follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines about face coverings and social distancing with each other and members of the public when responding to emergency calls. That’s an attempt to keep everyone safe from COVID-19. O&R also asks that members of the public remain a safe social distance from O&R crews, work sites and trucks.

To prepare for this summer’s peak demands for electricity, O&R has made investments totaling over $130 million this year to fortify and improve the reliability of its electric system. That investment builds on the nearly $1 billion O&R has invested over the past 10 years on electric system maintenance and reliability projects.
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Upper Cross Road is reopened.

*** Traffic Alert ***

Upper Cross Road westbound from E Saddle River Rd will be closed for utility work. Please follow all posted signage and directions of all traffic control personnel.
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Upper Cross Road is reopened. 

*** Traffic Alert ***

Upper Cross Road westbound from E Saddle River Rd will be closed for utility work. Please follow all posted signage and directions of all traffic control personnel.

Arrest Log: 7/30/2021 - 8/6/2021

A 26 year-old male from Elmwood Park was charged with Obstruction and Hindering after he provided false information on a motor vehicle stop. The male was subsequently cited for littering after he discarded his tickets and criminal summons on the 9/11 Memorial in front of the Upper Saddle River Fire Department.

A 19 year-old male from Plainfield eluded a police officer after the officer attempted to stop him for numerous motor vehicle violations. The male turned himself in the following day and was transported to the Bergen County Jail.

Officers stopped a suspicious male in the area of Route 17 North. The encounter resulted in the arrest of a 51 year-old male from Upper Saddle River for Possession of Crack Cocaine. He was released on his own recognizance.

*All defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty in a court of law.
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Arrest Log: 7/30/2021 - 8/6/2021

A 26 year-old male from Elmwood Park was charged with Obstruction and Hindering after he provided false information on a motor vehicle stop.  The male was subsequently cited for littering after he discarded his tickets and criminal summons on the 9/11 Memorial in front of the Upper Saddle River Fire Department.

A 19 year-old male from Plainfield eluded a police officer after the officer attempted to stop him for numerous motor vehicle violations.  The male turned himself in the following day and was transported to the Bergen County Jail.

Officers stopped a suspicious male in the area of Route 17 North.  The encounter resulted in the arrest of a 51 year-old male from Upper Saddle River for Possession of Crack Cocaine.  He was released on his own recognizance.

*All defendant(s) are presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty in a court of law.

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UPDATED: Governor Murphy Signs Sweeping Housing Eviction Prevention and Utility Assistance Bill
DCA Surpasses Milestone of Delivering Over $100 Million in Federal Emergency Rental Assistance
UNION CITY - Governor Phil Murphy today signed legislation that will provide comprehensive housing eviction prevention and utility assistance for renters who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation (S-3691) appropriates an additional $500 million for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CVERAP) and $250 million for utility assistance, both programs administered by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The bill also mandates new eviction and foreclosure moratorium deadlines and special eviction protections for tenants who were directly impacted by the pandemic. This legislation will ensure that New Jersey’s eviction moratorium continues through August for all state residents with household incomes below 120% Area Medium Income (AMI) and through the end of the year for certain households with incomes below 80% AMI. Yesterday’s announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention extending the nationwide moratorium on evictions for 60 days may provide additional protections for certain residents.
The Governor also signed legislation (A-4463) providing additional protections for individuals who were unable to pay rent during the public health emergency by mandating that court records pertaining to their non-payment during this period be kept confidential.
“We have heard the continuing calls for help from New Jerseyans who are struggling to pay their rent and utilities. COVID-19 has put tenants and landlords in a difficult place, and I am pleased to say that more assistance is on the way,” said Governor Murphy. “This bill is going to direct money to the people and programs that need it most. Housing and access to utilities are fundamental to human health and safety and we want to ensure that as many eligible applicants impacted by the pandemic get the help they need during this challenging time.”
“This comprehensive eviction protections bill is the result of some of the best and brightest minds coming together to find practical and realistic solutions for the struggling renters and landlords who have face unprecedented circumstances during this pandemic,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs. “As DCA Commissioner, I’m aware of the daily struggle that people are facing in finding and keeping housing and our team at DCA is prepared to continue to administer housing and utility assistance to them. I’m in full support of the actions laid out in this bill package to make their lives easier as we financially recover from the pandemic.”
“This measure provides a lifeline to people who need it most at a time of real crisis. It will help prevent renters from losing the safety and security of their homes and allow landlords to continue to maintain their properties in a safe and secure way," said Senate President Steve Sweeney. "It’s real eviction prevention because it backs up housing protections with finances so tenants aren’t burdened with debt and landlords aren’t forced into bankruptcy. Housing and utilities are essential needs that should be protected as we continue to work to emerge from the most challenging crisis of our lifetime. I want to praise Senator Stack, Senator Ruiz, Senator Rice and Senator Singleton for their productive work with advocates and other public officials to develop this plan. It is a wise use of federal funds to address two of the most serious threats caused by the pandemic.”
“This past year has been some of the hardest times in most people’s lives. I’ve been desperately trying to help my constituents in Union City and the greater Hudson County since the very beginning of the pandemic, and have heard first hand all that they have gone through,” said Senator and Union City Mayor Brian Stack. “We have to recognize that includes many landlords, especially those with only a few tenants, who are also struggling to pay their own bills. Being a public servant is about finding solutions to problems we never thought we would have to face, and ultimately, it is about helping the people of New Jersey when they need it most. That is what we did with this law and I am proud to have been a part of it.”
“The loss of millions of jobs and the resulting economic crisis caused by the pandemic has the potential to trigger an eviction tsunami in the coming months if we do not act now,” said Assembly sponsors Britnee Timberlake, Benjie Wimberly, Angela McKnight, and Shanique Speight. “While many tenants have faced economic hardship during the pandemic, landlords have shouldered the financial burden of housing their tenants, maintaining their buildings, paying their mortgages, taxes, and other financial obligations with limited help from the State or federal government and reduced rental income. This new law will provide significant eviction protections to struggling tenants and a steady stream of assistance income to struggling landlords as New Jersey continues to recover from the pandemic.”
“The pandemic sapped the economic resources of many working-class families particularly among communities of color,” said Frank Argote-Freyre, Chair of the Latino Action Network Foundation. “It was a once in a century crisis that left families impoverished and unable to pay their rents. This legislation offers families an opportunity to reclaim their lives and stay in their homes. It further cements Governor Murphy’s progressive legacy and his dream of creating a more inclusive New Jersey.”
“The signing of this bill marks an important day for New Jersey’s pandemic recovery. We are thankful to the Legislature and Governor Murphy for their leadership and commitment to providing relief for individuals and families throughout our state,” said James C. Williams, Director of Racial Justice Policy at the Fair Share Housing Center. “The COVID-19 pandemic created an unprecedented situation for many New Jerseyans. Black and Latino communities were hit especially hard by the pandemic, and are also disproportionately represented among those currently facing eviction in our state. The $750 million in assistance, as well as the protections provided by this legislation, will provide critical support to individuals and families across our state. We look forward to working with the administration on the implementation of this bill as well as other housing protections.”
“This historic legislation is a comprehensive approach toward ending New Jersey’s eviction moratorium while providing additional rental assistance and tenant protections,” said David H. Brogan, Executive Director of the New Jersey Apartment Association. “It recognizes the struggles of both landlords and tenants, and it puts the necessary tools in the hands of government to help those in need. We strongly support the legislation and look forward to working with the Administration to ensure the viability of New Jersey’s housing stock.”
The eviction prevention bill will gradually phase out the State’s eviction moratorium based on individual renters’ situations while mandating special protections for those who were unable to pay their rent during the period of March 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021, or, for certain tenants, through December 31, 2021. Additionally, the CVERAP program, which was previously aimed at those who were making less than 80 percent of AMI, will expand its scope of eligible applicants by August 31, 2021, to include those making less than 120 percent of AMI.
Additional details on S-3691:
• Ensures that eviction protection is available for tenants with household incomes below 120 percent AMI who were unable to pay their rent between the covered period of March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021, and who provide a self-certification form to their landlords and, when applicable, to the court. Tenants meeting these requirements cannot ever be evicted for any outstanding rent during the covered period. While tenants who are covered by this special protection may not be evicted, this rent is still due to landlords and landlords may pursue this rent through a money judgment.
• Provides additional eviction preventions for tenants with household incomes below 80 percent AMI, who have applied for state or local rental assistance, and who have experienced an economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tenants meeting these requirements who provide a self-certification for to their landlords and, when applicable, to the courts, are protected from eviction prior to December 31, 2021, for unpaid rent accrued from September 1, 2021 through December 31, 2021. This is in addition to protection from eviction for rent accrued during the covered period as described above.
• For the special eviction protections to take effect, the tenant MUST provide the required self-certification form to their landlord and, when applicable, to the courts.
• All New Jersey households with income less than 120 percent AMI may apply for the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program.
• Landlords who are receiving rental assistance must waive any late fees accrued by tenants during the special protections period.
• Landlords may not report delayed rent to crediting agencies and they cannot sell the debt.
• Landlords may not disclose non-payment of rent to others and prospective landlords may not deny renting to a person who wasn’t able to pay rent during the covered period of March 1, 2020 and August 31, 2021.
• The moratorium on home foreclosures ends on November 15, 2021, for all income levels. This includes landlords facing foreclosure who currently have tenants.
The new funds appropriated through S-3691 bring the total funds allocated to the COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program and Eviction Prevention Program to more than $1.2 billion.
The DCA Division of Housing and Community Resources (DHCR) also announced today that it has reached the milestone of delivering more than $100 million in federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) funds throughout the state with nearly $131 million in rental relief having been distributed to more than 15,000 households to date. This funding milestone is in addition to the $91.75 million that DCA distributed to 15,000 households in the first phase of the CVERAP program last year.
U.S. Treasury recently published a report on the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in which it describes DCA’s program as a high performer. For the month of June, DCA’s program ranked 6th among all state programs in the amount of ERAP funds expended for that month. According to the report, DCA’s program is also ranked 8th among all state programs in the total amount of ERAP funds expended to date. The report can be found at: Emergency Rental Assistance Program | U.S. Department of the Treasury
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Governor Murphy and Commissioner Persichilli Strongly Recommend Masking in Indoor Settings with Increased Risk
Following yesterday’s announcement by the Centers for Disease Control regarding masking, Governor Phil Murphy and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli today strongly recommended that both vaccinated and unvaccinated residents wear masks in indoor settings when there is increased risk.
Examples of such situations include:
• Crowded indoor settings
• Indoor settings involving activities with close contact with others who may not be fully vaccinated
• Indoor settings where the vaccine status of other individuals in the setting is unknown
• Where an individual is immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease
Governor Murphy and Commissioner Persichilli made the following statement:
“Our metrics are trending in the wrong direction, and new data suggests the Delta variant is more transmissible even among vaccinated individuals, which is why we are making this strong recommendation.
“Fortunately, our numbers are a fraction of those in many other states, most of which have significantly lower vaccination rates. Should our numbers reach those levels, we reserve the right to take more drastic action, including a statewide mask mandate.
“We have crushed this virus repeatedly like no other state in the nation, and we are proud to boast among the country’s highest vaccination rates. But at this point, given where our metrics are now, we feel the best course of action is to strongly encourage every New Jerseyan, and every visitor to our state, to take personal responsibility and mask up indoors when prudent.
“And we equally encourage every unvaccinated resident or visitor to get vaccinated. The vaccines are proven safe and highly effective, and are the surest way we can end this pandemic.”
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