Tropical Storm Isaias Update #9

August 8, 2020

RE: Power Restoration Status and Service Updates

Dear Resident,

As frustrating as this power restoration process has been, we have seen the outage numbers come down significantly since yesterday. Still, at this time, JCP&L is reporting 2,022 customers in Marlboro still without power. JCP&L has indicated that a large percentage of the remainder will be restored by 11:30 pm today. This includes the areas of Route 520 and Crine Road, Pleasant Valley, Route 79 from Station Road to Matawan and School Road East. These estimates are provided by JCP&L, and while we cannot vouch for the accuracy, I do expect significant progress before the day is out. We will take stock of the outages that remain in the morning and fight for resources once again tomorrow until power is restored to everyone. I will continue to keep you updated.

Please note the following service updates:

CHARGING AND COOLING STATION - The Marlboro Recreation Center (1996 Recreation Way off of Wyncrest Road) will be open Sunday between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm for charging and cooling. Please enter the Recreation Center through the side entrance (follow signs to ‘Gym’). Tables, chairs and charging strips are throughout the gym to allow residents to charge electronics, medical devices, etc. To keep everyone safe, face coverings/masks must be worn and social distancing is required. As we remain under a State Public Health Emergency, note that you may be asked to wait outside in order for us to adhere to the recommended limits on indoor gatherings. Please do not bring food or drink onto the Recreation Center.

WELL WATER RESIDENTS – For residents without public water, a water tank with non-potable water remains available at the Vanderburg Sports Complex (located near Boundary road). This water is not for consumption. Please bring your own containers.

JCP&L ICE AND WATER – For those customers remaining without power for 24 hours or more, JCP&L is offering free water and ice. Local locations include the Shop Rite in Marlboro and Aberdeen. The following link includes a complete list of locations throughout the state is​.


FARMERS MARKET -- The Marlboro Farmers Market is open this Sunday and every Sunday from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. Fresh, in-season, fruit and vegetables, microgreens, baked goods, breads, pickles, gelato, cheese, meats, dips, oils, dog treats, and more. Cash and credit/debit cards (accepted by most vendors). Please help us to be sustainable and bring your own reusable shopping bag. The Market is located at 444 Route 520 just west of Route 79 and across from the WaWa. Plenty of on-site parking behind the market; handicapped parking at street level. To ensure a safe shopping environment for all our customers, face coverings are required while in the market area. The Market is rain or shine (in case of severe weather, market may be closed by the OEM). Please follow FB and Instagram
@MarlboroFarmersMarket for updates and notices.

EMERGENCY BRUSH PICKUP – In response to the recent storm, the Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin emergency storm debris removal (brush only). All debris must be placed curbside no later than 7:00 am Monday, August 10. As this collection is town-wide and not by zone, it is anticipated to take approximately four weeks. Note, however, that once Public Works clears your street, they will not return and your brush must be removed by private contractor or be brought to the recycling center.

Please note the following:


  • To ensure that our streets are safe and passable and to prevent flooding, debris should be placed on your property near the curb and not in the roadway.
  • Debris placed curbside that does not meet regulations will not be collected and must be brought to the recycling center or removed by a private contractor.  All brush is to be cut to a maximum length of six (6) feet and a maximum diameter of four (4) inches and should not exceed fifty (50) pounds in weight. Branches less than one inch in diameter shall be tied in neat bundles no more than four (4) feet in length and two (2) feet across.
  • Brush commingled with leaves, grass, rocks, stumps, construction debris, fence posts, etc., trash or recyclables will not be collected.
  • Individuals or contractors placing debris for collection in an unauthorized manner shall be required to remove the waste from the public right of way.
This interim collection only applies to storm debris. The normal brush collection will commence in October as previously published. Note that all regulations as detailed in the recycling calendar and HERE must be adhered to.

ALTICE/OPTIMUM – Power must be restored for your home to have service. Even with power restored, there could be other issues impacting internet and cable to your home. To report an outage, please use this form provided by Optimum specifically for Marlboro residents​. Optimum will then research the issue and reply to you once they have a response.

VERIZON/FIOS – We have been in contact with our representative who urged customers without service to report their outage by calling 1-800-VERIZON or 800-837-4966. The representative confirmed that if cables are down, Verizon service will be restored following the restoration of power.

Please look for an update tomorrow.

Mayor Jon Hornik