Regional Relief Efforts

Oakland Hurricane Sandy relief effort :

There will be a drive to collect essential items for victims of Hurricane Sandy on Saturday November 10 from 9am to 5pm at the Danny D’Elia Building, 24 Lawlor Drive in Oakland. Items collected will initially be delivered to the Monmouth County relief facility at Thompson Park in Lincroft. Items collected here will be passed on to victims in towns throughout the County such as Union Beach, Keansburg, Atlantic Highlands, and shore towns from Sea Bright to Manasquan. The primary residences of many people in these towns were either severely damaged or completely destroyed. Similar future drives will benefit victims in towns in Bergen County (Moonachie, Little Ferry) and Staten Island

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The items needed are as follows :

Bedding (sheets & blankets), towels

Clothing : NEW underwear & socks, work boots (new or used), work gloves, rubber gloves, goggles, dust masks

Cleaning supplies : rakes, shovels, mops, buckets, brooms (heavy duty), sponges, rags, paper towels, heavy-duty trash bags, Cleaning solutions, disinfectants, hand sanitizer, bleach, laundry & dish detergents

Also : plastic storage bins, C & D batteries

Please note that other clothing, water, and non-perishable food are NOT needed at this time.

Additionally, we are in need of volunteers to help collect and organize items on Saturday and transport these items to Lincroft on Sunday. If you have any questions or would like to help out, please contact Dan Mason at or (201) 960-8632.  Thank you.

Dry Ice Available


PEARL RIVER, NY NOV. 5 at 8 a.m. — To help customers who lost power from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, Orange & Rockland will be distributing a limited supply of dry ice today in Rockland and Orange counties, NY, and in Bergen and Passaic counties, NJ.

Dry ice distribution schedules are coordinated with the ice distributor and the respective towns on the day of the distribution. Daily distribution schedules are available after 9 a.m.

Bergen  Upper Saddle River      Municipal Building      376 West Saddle River Rd. Upper Saddle River    2 pm – 4 pm
Bergen  Franklin Lakes  Fire House      1 Bender Court    Franklin Lakes, NJ      6 pm – 8 pm

Welcome to our website!!

You will find a variety of information on our site relating to the local response to our recent crisis and to the regional ways in which Oakland residents are trying to make a difference. Please use the tabs across the top of the page to find important information and also look through the posts below to see what else has we have tried to provide for the community.  Under the Donations tab you will find current Requests for help or donations need especially in areas outside of Oakland that have been severely impacted.   If you know of someone in need or would like to get involved fill out the volunteer form through the link at the top of the page and we will make all the right connections.  To see the notices from Borough Hall and the Schools look under the R911/Schools tab.   Thank you for your interest in our mission – Connecting those in need of help with those that can help.

Thank you to our Churches

We would like to say THANK YOU to:

Pastor Busker, his staff and the members at Ponds Church  for Wednesday, October 31st

Father Lipnicki, his staff and the member of OLPH for Thursday, November 1st

Pastor Herb Dorfman Associate Pastor Russell Stammer and the members of Ramapo Valley Baptist Church for Friday November 2nd and Saturday November 3rd

Pastor Julie Haspel, her staff and the member of Messiah Lutheran Church for Saturday, November 3rd

We are so very fortunate to have a such wonderfully supportive religious community here in Oakland.  Our church leaders who had power answered our call at and immediately open their doors to our community.  They served as charging stations, warming sites, wifi hotspots and provided a nice place to relax with a hot cup of coffee or use the kitchen to prepare a meal.  In some cases, it was the warm fire or the chance to share our struggles with another person experiencing the same challenges or the comforting pot of soup cooked by a caring church member, but in all cases and all four days it was a chance to warm the heart and the spirit in the chill of this crisis.  Thank you to our churches for their welcoming nature.

Need a Shower??

Lakeside Fitness Offers Their Showers

We would like to thank Lakeside Fitness for making its facilities available to all Oakland residents without power regardless of membership. So if you need a shower and have no hot water head over to Lakeside Fitness.  100 Bauer Dr, Oakland · (201) 651-1010 The best directions are:

Take Franklin Ave to Colonial Road, get onto High Mountain Rd to right on Pueblo (right before road blocks). Take Pueblo to stop sign, make a left on Dogwood Trail, left on Kent, right on Franklin Lakes Rd, right into Bauer Drive.  If going through town is open the go Ramapo Valley Road to light at Shop Rite and turn left on to Long Hill Road follow through next light and then Turn Left into Bauer Drive – Lakeside Fitness is on the Right.

As other places offer their facilities, we will post it here.  Please thank the staff at Lakeside for their hospitality during your visit.

How Can You Help?

For those of us who are comfortable with a stocked fridge, power and nothing to do but surf the net and catch up on Modern Family,  we are taking a survey of the resources that we have in our own community.  Many of us have generators and stock piles of gasoline to spare.  We have laundry machines and a working stove.  These are types of things our residents without power do not have and may not have for a while.

If you would like to help those without power, please fill out this Volunteer Form.

The President of the Bergen County Volunteer Center, Janet Sharma, had some suggestions as well saying “…we are still in the emergency phase and not yet into recovery when decisions about needed resources or volunteer assistance will be determined.  We are getting lots of calls from people who want to help, but it is still too early.  We are telling them to help in their own neighborhoods: help neighbors with cleanup, run errands for the elderly and infirm, offer to take phones to various locations (city halls, malls) to charge them, help entertain neighbors’ children (if they already know them).  But don’t venture out to affected areas, and DO NOT start to collect anything.  Instead of collecting stuff, have them give money to the Red Cross, Salvation Army, food banks, or other reputable agencies of their choice.”



Truman Tree Cleared

The Tree on Truman has been cleared.  Please stay away from this area if you are not a resident there.  These residents need to be able to move around without any extra traffic.

Reminder that Ponds Church is open for respite today and the Library is open to charge your devices.  Please see earlier posting on this page.

Power for Medical Life Support Devices


Please be advised that Oakland Residents requiring electricity to power medical life support devices should be aware that the Oakland Care Center has beds available throughout the duration of this weather event.

The Oakland Care Center is located at 20 Breakneck Road, Oakland, New Jersey.  You can reach them by calling 201-337-3300.

Orange and Rockland Advisory

O&R: Complete Service Restoration Could Take Weeks; Majority of 200,000 Affected Should be Restored

October 30, 2012

PEARL RIVER, NY Oct. 30, 2012 8 a.m. — O&R expects that a majority of its 200,000 customers whose service was knocked out by Hurricane Sandy should have their electricity back on within 10 days, but complete repairs to the devastating hurricane damage, and resulting total service restoration, could take weeks.

These projections are very preliminary and will be adjusted as the full extent of the damage is determined.

Because of the widespread damage the hurricane has caused to O&R’s electric transmission and distribution system — including17 transmission circuits down, 12 substations off line and 100 circuits locked out — O&R will have to rebuild much of those systems.

As the severe weather conditions subside, O&R will begin a systematic inspection, damage assessment, reconstruction and restoration process. This massive effort is expected to take weeks to complete.

O&R crews had restored service yesterday to about 4,000 electric customers before O&R suspended electric field work because the violent weather made it impossible for crews to work safely. O&R returned those crews to the field at midnight when the winds subsided and safely conditions improved.

O&R has mobilized and deployed all available company and contractor crews to repair storm damage and restore service. About 1,000 O&R employees were joined by about 800 contractor field workers Monday. More crews are expected to arrive through the week.

O&R offers these safety tips:

  • For safety’s sake, don’t touch or approach any downed wire. Assume it is energized and dangerous. Call O&R immediately toll-free 1-877-434-4100. Depending on the situation, you may also want to call your local police to divert traffic until an O&R crew arrives.
  • 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.
  • If you experience a power outage, don’t assume that O&R automatically knows about it or that someone else will report it. To be sure the outage is reported, please call O&R toll-free at 1-877-434-4100 to let O&R know what happened. The more information you can provide, the more O&R can help you.

For more information, visit O&R’s Storm Information Center.

To view power outage map Click Here

Road Closures from the OEM

Here is an Alphabetical list of Road Closures from the Office of Emergency Management – As of 9:00am 10/30/2012





Route 202 from Andrew Ave, north side near Mahwah
Calumet Ave
Cardinal Road
Edison Ave by James Construction
Fox Court
Hemlock Street
Lakeside Blvd from Mohegan Ave to Ramapo Hills
Long Hill Road
Oswego between Hiawatha and Calumet
Ryerson at number 27
Seton Hall
Skyline Drive
Spring Street at River
Spruce Street
Truman Blvd blocking Roosevelt
Walton Ave between Bannehr and Walnut Street
Winters Street at Hickory

Stay Put While Town Assesses Hazzards

For those of you who did not receive the Reverse-911 call from the Mayor – The Message is STAY PUT WHILE THE TOWN ASSESSES ALL THE HAZARDS.

There are several trees and power lines down throughout the town, making many roads impassable and dangerous.  There are many crews around the town working to clear the roads.  Let the town assess and respond before we try to resume any regular daily activities so that we do not delay assistance to those most in need.

There is a major tree down with live wires in the Truman Blvd. area which is the immediate concern and area of response today.  Also there is a Welfare Check by the Borough today throughout the town assessing all other areas of concern and needs of the residents.

All non-emergency calls should be made to 201-337-6171.  Borough Hall will be opening at 1pm.

Oakland Prepares for Coming Storm

Alternate Parking Arrangements
If you live in a flood prone area, you should move your vehicles to higher grounds. You have permission to use the parking lot at OLPH and at Shop Rite in the upper parking lot dirt area. Please leave contact information on your dash board.

Garbage and Recycling
There will be garbage pick-up and yard waste pick up on Monday, October 29th. However yard waste pick up is cancelled for Tuesday, October 30th. Further updates will be provided regarding the Recycling pick up scheduled for Wednesday, October 31st.

Contact Information
Emergency personnel are prepared to respond to all emergencies.
For all emergencies, call 911.

For non-emergency assistance, call 201-337-6171

Medical personnel requiring transportation to hospitals or medical centers, call 201-337-6171.

Communications During the Storm
For up-to-date information, keep checking and local online media sources.
In the event of complete loss of telephone service, emergency personnel will be posted at Manito School, Heights School, Dogwood School, Valley Middle School and the entrance at ShopRite. Respond to those sites to report an issue and they will dispatch the appropriate services.

Library and Senior Center are Closed today and tomorrow (Tuesday 10/30/12)