2012 Presidential Election, CT 7th in the nation for voter turnout

November 28, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

“Despite the challenges we faced following Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut voters came to the polls with a very strong turnout on Election Day.” – CT Secretary of the State Denise Merrill. (HTNP graphic.)

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill today (Nov. 28 ) officially certified the results of the 2012 General Election on Nov. 6 for President, the U.S. Senate and Congress and the Connecticut General Assembly.

According to Connecticut General Statute 9-315, the Secretary of the State (together with the State Treasurer and the State Comptroller) must “declare what persons are elected” on the last Wednesday of the month of election.

Secretary Merrill also reports that 73.77 percent of qualified voters went to the polls this year. This equates to 1,524,339 out of 2,066,260 registered voters.

This figure does not include voter turnout results from the town of Prospect, which as of today has still not reported its election returns to the Secretary of the State’s office as required by state law.

The 2012 turnout is slightly lower than the 2008 presidential election turnout of 78.14 percent in the Connecticut, but this year’s turnout places Connecticut 7th highest state in the nation.

“Despite the challenges we faced following Hurricane Sandy, Connecticut voters came to the polls with a very strong turnout on Election Day,” said Secretary Merrill.

In Connecticut, Democrats Barack Obama and Joe Biden were the front runners in the Presidential vote in Connecticut.

And Democrat Christopher Murphy was elected to represent Connecticut in the U.S. Senate.

Democrats John Larson(CT-1), Joe Courtney(CT-2), Rosa DeLauro(CT-3), Jim Himes(CT-4), and Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) were also elected to the 113th Congress of the United States.

In the Connecticut General Assembly, Democrats were elected to 99 seats in the State House of Representatives and 23 seats in the State Senate. Republicans were elected to 52 seats in the House of Representatives and 13 seats in the State Senate.

A full Statement of the Vote – including final vote tallies for candidates – will be published on the Secretary of the State’s website by the beginning of the General Assembly’s 2013 legislative session in January.

Local turnout

In the HTNP News readership area, here are local stats: the number of names on the official check list, number of voters checked as having voted (including valid absentee ballots, which includes overseas absentee ballots) and the percentage of voter turnout.

Ashford 2,878; 2,143; 74.46 percent

Chaplin 1,356; 1,060; 78.17 percent

Chester 2,542; 2,074; 81.59 percent

Colchester 10,070; 7,860; 78.05 percent

Columbia 3,644; 3,079; 84.50 percent

Coventry 7,815; 6,355; 81.32 percent

East Haddam (Moodus) 5,871; 4,634; 78.93 percent

East Hampton 8,503; 6,697; 78.76 percent

Haddam 6,027; 4,685; 77.73 percent

Hebron (Amston) 6,582; 5,172; 78.58 percent

Lebanon 4,777; 3,652; 76.45 percent

Mansfield (Storrs) 12,688; 9,609; 75.73 percent

Marlborough 4,320; 3,473; 80.39 percent

Willington 3,645; 2,796; 76.71 percent

Windham (Willimantic) 13,880; 7,895; 56.88 percent

Top 10 in Connecticut

The top 10 Connecticut cities and towns* – in terms of 2012 Election Day turnout as a percentage of registered voters – are:

Bridgewater – 94.75 percent

Middletown – 89.86 percent

Ridgefield – 89.42 percent

Washington – 88.35 percent

Woodbridge – 86.94 percent

Granby – 86.22 percent

Bolton – 86.20 percent

Roxbury – 85.92 percent

Wilton – 85.57 percent

Killingworth – 85.35 percent

Top 10 states

1.  Minnesota 88.62 percent

2.  Wisconsin 83.14 percent

3.  New Hampshire 78.14 percent

4.  Washington 77.13 percent

5.  Oregon 76.25 percent

6.  Maine 74.31 percent

7.  Connecticut 73.77 percent

8.  Iowa 71.67 percent

9.  Massachusetts 70.88 percent

10. Florida 70.04 percent

*estimated based on state and media reports

Posted November 28, 2012 based on a press release from the Secretary of the State

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Shop for the art lover in your life this weekend

Support local artists and the Hadlyme Public Hall Association on the 2012 Thanksgiving weekend at the 11th Annual Fine Art & Craft Show.

Support local artists and the Hadlyme Public Hall Association on Thanksgiving weekend at the 11th Annual Fine Art & Craft Show, featuring acclaimed photographer Adrien Broom  and her dynamic and mysterious images.

The Hall is located at 1 Day Hill Road in Hadlyme, CT.

This annual exhibit of local artists and artisans includes oil and watercolor paintings, stoneware, carved birds, jewelry and sculpture as well as holiday home décor.

For more information and a full list of artists visit the Hadlyme Hall website at http://hadlymehall.com/Events.html

Admission is free this weekend, and the hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25.

Posted November 24, 2012

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Do you want to heal your life?

On Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. please join us for an evening with the ground-breaking author and doctor Bernie Siegel who will speak on the topics raised in his popular book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles” at the Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, in Chester, CT.

On Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. please join us for an evening with the ground-breaking author and doctor Bernie Siegel who will speak on the topics raised in his popular book, “Love, Medicine and Miracles.”

This will be a very special evening of enlightening conversation as well as a celebration of life, love and healing with Dr. Siegel who has recently published a new book.

Dr. Siegel is probably most widely known as a pioneer who began more than 25 years ago to demonstrate the connection between our emotional states and our body’s natural ability to heal itself, based on his own experiences with what he calls “exceptional” patients.  He has since expanded his understanding to healing in all our areas of our lives. You can learn more about his current activities at http://berniesiegelmd.com.

His Dec. 1, 2012 speaking event takes place at the Chester Meeting House, 4 Liberty Street, in Chester, CT. General admission tickets are only $25 each (students and senior citizens, $20 each).  Seating for this event is expected to fill quickly.

For ticket information, visit http://www.oursanctuary.org or call 860-319-1134.

Light refreshments will be served and Smoothies & Superfoods will be available for purchase from Lisa Sobolewski of JUSTFOOD!

This event is open to all ages

Proceeds from this event will support the Sanctuary at Shepardfields, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization chartered to support interfaith spiritual understanding and environmental education.

Based on a solar-powered, 40-acre land preserve in East Haddam, CT, the Sanctuary offers sacred space for healing, personal transformation and community development.

Additionally, the Sanctuary hosts many educational and community building events including a children’s circus and yoga camp, spirituality conferences and music festivals as well as regular classes in philosophy, meditation, sacred music and green building skills.

For more information, please visit the web site at http://www.oursanctuary.org  or send an email to info@oursanctuary.org or call 860-319-1134.

Posted November 23, 2012, links added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

Related links:

Love, Medicine and Miracles on Amazon.com — http://www.amazon.com/Love-Medicine-Miracles-Self-Healing-Exceptional/dp/0060919833

The Cure is… link to movie info http://thecureismovie.com/

Dr. Bernie Siegel on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/bernie.siegel.75?ref=ts&fref=ts

JUSTFOOD on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/JUSTFOODbylisasobolewski

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Model trains new feature at Gillette Castle for the holidays

A view of the interior of Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT. Image source: www.popularwealth.com

Gillette Castle has been a popular holiday destination for many local residents who have come to enjoy the elaborately decorated historic site this time of the year.

This year, the display features multiple model trains as a tribute to the castle’s original owner, actor William Gillette (best known in his role as Sherlock Holmes), who loved trains so much he even had a track built on his property, which is now a state park open to the public.

Each room of the castle also is decorated according to a theme, and the main seating area will once again include a large, beautifully decorated tree.

There will be musical performances in the early afternoon each weekend.

Gillette Castle State Park is located at 67 River Road in East Haddam, CT on 204 acres.

The castle was modeled after a medieval fortress and is famous for its unusual interior, as well, which includes ornately carved wooden panels, unusual furnishings and even a few secret passages.

The State of Connecticut acquired the property in 1943 and established Gillette Castle as its 40th State Park.

Gillette Castle in East Haddam, CT is brightly decorated and open for tours on the weekend from Nov. 24 through Dec. 16, 2012. HTNP.com file photo.

The Castle will be open Saturdays and Sundays now (Nov. 24-25) through Dec.16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are sold until 3:30 p.m.

The entrance fee is $6 each for adults and children age 13 and older, $2 for children ages 6-12. Admission is free for children age 5 and younger.

There also will be a bonfire, free cider and hot chocolate.

The grounds of Gillette Castle State Park are open daily year round (and close at dusk).

For more information call (860) 526-2336 or visit www.ct.gov/deep/GilletteCastle

Posted November 22, 2012 – based on a CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection press release

Related links:

About William Gillette and his trains http://valleynewsnow.com/2012/11/gillette-castle-to-open-for-holiday-festival-of-trains/

Photos of interior of Gillette Castle http://www.popularwealth.com/index.php/gillette-castle

Another cool place in CT to visit if you love trains http://www.cteastrrmuseum.org/

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Gov. Malloy sees mixed message in latest jobs report

November 19, 2012 Areawide, Business, Local News No Comments

Graph of non-farm jobs from 1982 to October 2012. Source: CT Department of Labor

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy sees a mixed message – but overall, a positive one – in the latest employment report from the Connecticut Department of Labor, which looks at statistics for October 2012,

“Though not as severe this month as in previous months, the household and business surveys are once again pointing in opposite directions,” Gov. Malloy says in a press release issued today (Nov. 19).

“On the one hand, we created 1,200 jobs this month.  But on the other, our overall unemployment rate increased slightly. If these conflicting results tell any single story, it’s that more people are attempting to enter the workforce because conditions are beginning to improve.”

There’s a long way to go until the economy is back on its feet, he says.

“We are battling strong headwinds, both at the national level and in Europe.  The more we learn about the Great Recession, the more we realize how long it’s going to take to get us out of it,” Gov. Malloy says.

Pointing to some positive developments he says, “The steps we’ve taken over the last 22 months have made Connecticut more competitive.  We’ve had two Fortune 500 companies establish their corporate headquarters here, and we’re working to bring more. We’re investing precious taxpayer dollars in growth industries like bioscience and digital media… and we are constantly looking for ways to lower costs and improve residents’ quality of life, as we are with the Comprehensive Energy Plan.”

The longterm goal is sustainability, he says – “An economy that is built to last is the goal of my administration, the beacon that guides all of our decisions, and I’m working every day to make that goal a reality.”

Click on this link for a detailed report on Connecticut’s job market in October 2012 http://www1.ctdol.state.ct.us/lmi/laborsit.asp

You can keep up to date with Gov. Malloy’s activities on Facebook at Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy and on Twitter at @GovMalloyOffice.

Posted November 19, 2012

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FDA cites Red Bull energy drink in injury reports

November 19, 2012 Business No Comments

The Dept. of Health and Human Services (citing a New York Times story) states that in recent weeks, the FDA has confirmed or released 18 reports involving deaths and more than 150 others involving injuries that mentioned one of the four top-selling energy drinks: Red Bull, Monster Energy, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy.

The federal Food and Drug Administration last week announced that it has confirmed reports that blame a number of popular energy drinks, including Red Bull, for injuries and even deaths.

The FDA posted the reports on its website Friday (Nov. 16).

Even if a product is cited in a report of an injury or death, it does not mean the product caused it or contributed to the event, says the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in a press release about the FDA reports.

And on Saturday, Red Bull repeated that it is not aware of any injury filings with the FDA that mentioned its energy drink.

The Dept. of Health and Human Services (citing a New York Times story) states, however, that in recent weeks, the FDA has confirmed or released 18 reports involving deaths and more than 150 others involving injuries that mentioned one of the four top-selling energy drinks: Red Bull, Monster Energy, Rockstar and 5-Hour Energy.

The manufacturers of the other three popular energy drinks say their products are safe and did not cause any of the injuries or deaths reported to the FDA.

This contradicts a federal report released last year that links more than 13,000 emergency room visits in 2009 to an energy drink as a possible cause, according to the New York Times report.

Posted November 19, 2012

Related link: FDA posts injury data citing Red Bull http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/business/fda-posts-injury-data-for-red-bull.html

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Community Foundation celebrates 15 years Helping Good People Do Great Things

November 12, 2012 Business, Local News No Comments

Celebrating 15 years and showing off the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s new logo: Gregory R. Shook, Essex Savings Bank; Judy Schoonmaker, CFMC Board of Directors; Vincent G. Capece, Jr., Middlesex Hospital; David Kalayjian, Orthopedic Associates of Middletown; Marcia Kalayjian, Chair, CFMC Board of Directors; Jean LaTorre, Aetna, Inc.; Sherry and Herb Clark, Clark Group; Cynthia Clegg, President & CEO, CFMC; Adam Calkins and Dennis Pough, Pough Interiors. Contributed photo 2012.

Friends and colleagues will come together for a fun filled evening celebrating the Community Foundation of Middlesex County’s 15th anniversary. The foundation is commemorating this milestone with a gala, “15 Towns, 15 Years, 15 Candles Anniversary Celebration,” on Friday, Nov. 16 at The Riverhouse  in Haddam.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County serves East Haddam/Moodus, East Hampton, Haddam, Middle Haddam, Haddam Neck, Higganum, Centerbrook, Chester, Clinton, Cobalt, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, Essex, Ivoryton, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, Rockfall, Westbrook and Winthrop.

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is unique; it was founded by and for the community. And this grassroots effort has grown through many gifts from diverse segments of the entire community.

In its 15 years of operations, the Community Foundation’s pooled assets have grown to over $10 million.

Since its founding in 1997, the Community Foundation has provided more than 800 grants totaling $2.5 million nonprofit organizations for the arts, cultural and heritage programs, educational activities,  environmental improvements, and for health and human services.

The Community Foundation marks its 15th Anniversary during the National Community Foundation Week (Nov. 12 -18) and following National Philanthropy Day (Nov. 15).

The Community Foundation’s guests will enjoy gourmet food and beverages, a live and silent auction, and a short program recognizing the efforts of those who have made 15 years of Helping Good People Do Great Things achievable.

Essex Savings Bank and Essex Financial Services are proud to be the presenting sponsors of the Community Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Celebration.

The Community Foundation is also grateful for the generous support provided by Middlesex Hospital, Clark Group, Liberty Bank, Best Cleaners, Orthopedic Associates of Middletown, Pough Interiors, Aetna, and Pratt and Whitney.

This Community Foundation, your Community Foundation, is and continues to be community philanthropy. With you and your friends and neighbors, together we continue to Help Good People Do Great Things!

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Middlesex County.  Its two-fold mission is: (1) to work with charitably-minded individuals and organizations to build permanent endowments and other charitable funds and (2) to support local nonprofit organizations through effective grant making to address community needs.

For more information, call 860-347-0025, send an email  to info@MiddlesexCountyCF.org or visit the website at www.MiddlesexCountyCF.org

The Community Foundation of Middlesex County, Inc. offices are located at 211 South Main St. in Middletown, CT 06457

Posted November 12, 2012

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Still recovering after Hurricane Sandy, FEMA releases $455 million

November 11, 2012 Areawide, Business, Local News No Comments

Rockaway, N.Y., Nov. 3, 2012 – Local crews work to remove sand on streets left by the storm surge of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29. Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA – used with permission.

At the direction of President Barack Obama, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to lead the federal government’s effort to provide assistance and support to states affected by Hurricane Sandy that hit the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012.

As FEMA and its partners continue an aggressive power restoration effort in New York and New Jersey, the President has approved extension of the 100 percent cost share for emergency work performed by state, tribal and local governments through Nov. 14, 2012.

The 100 percent funding was set originally for 10 days, beginning Oct. 31.

It specifically applies to the costs of restoring power and public transportation, including direct federal assistance for New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in counties designated for FEMA Public Assistance.

Other forms of Category B (emergency work) public assistance remain at a 75 percent cost share.

“More than $455 million has already been approved for individuals to assist with housing and other disaster-related needs,” said FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. “Impacted residents and business owners in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York should apply for assistance today.”

To apply for this assistance, the first step (for individuals and businesses) is to register online at www.disasterassistance.gov, by web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA (3362).

Disaster assistance applicants who have a speech disability or hearing loss and use TTY, should call 1-800-462-7585 directly; for those who use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call 1-800-621-3362.

The toll-free telephone numbers are operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week until further notice.

FEMA is one part of a large team working together to support the states in meeting the housing needs of disaster survivors.

Milford, CT, Nov. 8, 2012 – Homes along the Connecticut coast were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, many beyond repair. FEMA Community Relations teams are in these areas, going door to door answering questions for those who need assistance. Photo by Marilee Caliendo/FEMA – used by permission.

This joint effort includes housing and technical experts from the states, FEMA, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Army Corps of Engineers, Small Business Administration (SBA), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), and volunteer agencies.

The affected states are taking the lead to identify their local needs and resources by convening State-led Disaster Housing Task Forces.

Working together, housing priorities are being established and the team is working to ensure they are making the greatest use of existing housing resources (such as apartments and rental units), enlisting voluntary agencies to make minor repairs so survivors can remain in their homes, and investigating other temporary housing options suitable for the area.

As of 3 p.m. today (Nov. 11), more than 369,000 individuals in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut have registered for assistance, and more than $455 million has been approved in FEMA housing and other needs assistance.

Currently, a total of 55 Disaster Recovery Centers are open in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut (26 in New York, 22 in New Jersey and 7 in Connecticut) and more will continue to open.

To find a disaster recovery center location online, use the disaster recovery center locator at FEMA.gov/disaster-recovery-centers or by mobile phone at m.fema.gov. You may also text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA).

FEMA has also established a Housing Portal to assist individuals and families, displaced by a disaster. By moving individuals and families into local rental units quickly, it allows them to move forward with their personal recovery with the least amount of disruption. The portal consolidates rental resources identified and provided by federal agencies and is available at www.fema.gov/housingportal.

More than 7,200 FEMA personnel have been deployed to support response operations, including search and rescue, situational awareness, communications and logistical support in states affected by the storm.

Community relations teams are on the ground in the hardest hit areas going door-to-door to inform disaster survivors about available services and resources and to gather situational awareness.

Nov. 8, 2012 – The remains of a home in Union Beach, NJ after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area. Photo by Patsy Lynch/FEMA – used with permission.

More than 2,000 housing inspectors are on the ground, meeting with disaster survivors to identify damages to homes, to further expedite assistance to individuals; and more than 80,000 damage inspections have already been completed in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

To date, the President has declared that major disasters exist in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Rhode Island and emergency declarations have been made in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia.

FEMA continues to deliver commodities including food, water, blankets, fuel, generators and others resources to distribution points across the region impacted by Sandy.

 

Other response activities

  • Small Business

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), as of Nov. 10, has issued 248,094 disaster loan applications to residents and businesses in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

That includes 196,822 home disaster loan applications, and 51,272 business disaster loan applications.

For more information, call the SBA Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or go to www.sba.gov

The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private non-profit organizations, to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.

Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.

  • Public Health

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has more than 1,100 HHS personnel deployed to provide public health and medical assistance to New York and New Jersey.

These personnel include disaster medical assistance teams (DMATs), a group of professional medical personnel organized to provide rapid-response medical care.

To read more about DMAT teams active in the Hurricane Sandy response visit: www.phe.gov/asprblog

The U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps also continues to support shelter operations.

Nearly 60 officers from three Mental Health Teams have assisted approximately 700 residents and first responders a day, helping address basic mental health issues and facilitate in shelters.

In addition, residents can connect with local crisis counselors through the National Disaster Distress Helpline. This toll-free, multilingual, crisis support service is available 24/7 via telephone (1-800-985-5990) and SMS (text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746).

  • Donations

The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced special relief intended to support leave-based donation programs to aid survivors who have suffered from the extraordinary destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Under these programs, employees may donate their vacation, sick or personal leave in exchange for employer cash payments made to qualified tax-exempt organizations providing relief for the survivors of Hurricane Sandy.

Also, the Treasury Department and the IRS announced an expedited review and approval process will be offered for organizations seeking tax-exempt status in order to provide relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

The IRS continues to encourage people to use existing organizations currently working on immediate aid efforts.

  • Fuel supply

The Department of Energy (DOE) in response to a request from the State of Connecticut, will loan an additional 4.2 million gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), to provide emergency loans to fuel distributors in Connecticut to address fuel shortages in the state.

Washington, DC, Oct. 28, 2012 – President Barack Obama at a briefing with federal agency partners on preparations for Hurricane Sandy at FEMA’s National Response Coordination Center. At right is FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. FEMA/Aaron Skolnik – used by permission

This is a continuation of the agreement announced a week ago when President Obama declared that Hurricane Sandy has created a severe energy supply interruption.

The fuel will be provided to distributors in the state and to be repaid directly by the distributors in the next 30 days.

DOE and DLA stand ready to make available additional fuel as needed.

 

  • Department of Defense

Under the Department of Defense (DoD), the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) has nearly 4,000 personnel supporting Hurricane Sandy relief operations in the affected areas.

Air Force teams completed unwatering (removing water) operations at Rockaway Waste Water Treatment facility, and East School in Long Beach, N.Y., and provided teams to support fire departments conducting unwatering operations in Breezy Point, N.Y.

Army divers repaired the pier system at Caven Point, N.J.

Navy dive detachments continue to support the World Trade Center site and Marine pump teams are assisting pumping operations at Breezy Point.

Helicopters from the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are transporting and re-locating generators in affected areas to support critical infrastructure.

Navy Seabees and Marine personnel restored the beach at Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook and continue supporting debris clearance operations at locations in Bayonne, N.J. and the Battery, N.Y.

The Defense Logistics Agency continues to supply FEMA with much needed emergency supplies, medical equipment, fuel and now cold and wet weather clothing to help those working toward recovery after Hurricane Sandy.

DLA has delivered more than 1.8 million gallons of fuel to federal government distribution points in the New York/New Jersey region.

DLA has contracts in place to support waste water clean-up, hazardous material removal, and debris removal operations. DLA has also awarded two contracts for 330 roll-off dumpsters and 34 trucks for overland trash hauling; 2.5 million pounds of debris have been removed in the last 48 hours.

  • Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has more than 3,000 employees from the North Atlantic Division – with an additional 960 team members deployed from other USACE divisions across the nation – engaged in supporting the response mission.

Response teams are assisting with debris management, commodities distribution, infrastructure assessment, temporary roofing, critical public facilities, water planning, and temporary housing.

More than 5,600 Army and Air National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from 11 states are conducting food, water, and fuel distribution, communications, security, sheltering, debris removal and transportation missions in support of recovery efforts.

Civil Air Patrol is launching 23 aircraft from states along the Northeast seaboard to photograph hurricane damage in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania and to conduct low-level missions over waterways that would correspond to varying tidal conditions to pinpoint oil spills and navigation hazards for the U.S. Coast Guard.

These flyovers, involving aircraft from as far away as Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina, will also assist federal agencies to assess where to most-effectively deploy debris teams.

The U.S. Fleet Forces (Navy and Marine Corps) are assisting the Army Corps of Engineers in power restoration, cleaning and dewatering efforts in NY and NJ.

  • U.S. Postal Service

The United State Postal Service (USPS) reminds customers who have evacuated or relocated due to hurricane Sandy to submit a change of address, place mail on hold or request that mail be temporarily forwarded to their new location. For the latest service updates regarding hurricane Sandy, call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777).

  • USDA

U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has distributed an initial $5.3 million to 11 states affected by Hurricane Sandy. NRCS provides this funding through its Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) program.

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is allowing flexibility to New York City Public School District to serve all meals free through the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the month of November.

Nov. 8, 2012 – A Hurricane Sandy survivor at a Disaster Recovery Center waiting to speak with a FEMA Individual Assistance specialist. FEMA is working with many partners including federal, state, local and tribal governments, voluntary, faith-based and community-based organizations, and the private sector to assist residents who suffered losses in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Photo by Patsy Lynch, used with permission from FEMA News.

FNS has also approved New Jersey’s request to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP- formerly Food Stamps) recipients in affected counties to purchase hot foods with SNAP benefits through the end of November.

  • AmeriCorps/Senior Corps

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has 1,008 national service members who have been deployed to seven states.

AmeriCorps and Senior Corps members in Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and West Virginia are assisting with shelter operations, call centers, debris removal, and mass care.

About 435 members of FEMA Corps, an innovative partnership between FEMA and AmeriCorps, are working directly with disaster survivors in New York and New Jersey.

  • Dept. of the Interior

Under the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), more than 1,200 wildland firefighters from all agencies, including about 260 wildland firefighters from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park service are responding with fellow wildland firefighters from the U.S. Forest Service and State Forestry Divisions to support FEMA staging areas, assist in emergency operations centers, and provide crews to clear trees for emergency access and power crews.

  • National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) has deployed more than 300 incident management personnel, technical experts and work crews to assist parks and refuges throughout the region in recovery operations.

Working with interagency partners, NPS has also established a debris transfer site at Jacob Riis Park in New York to support local clean-up activities and is providing meals for emergency workers in the vicinity of its logistics base at Fort Wadsworth in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

Posted November 11, 2012 – release edited and photos added by HTNP News Editor Brenda Sullivan

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