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Weather Preparedness Update from JCP&L

The summer’s ongoing hot and humid weather continues to support the potential for severe thunder and lightning storms.   Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) is closely monitoring today’s developing weather conditions.  JCP&L has additional line, forestry and hazard dispatch crews on hand and is prepared to activate its storm restoration plan should outages occur. 


In the event outages occur due to severe weather, customers without power are encouraged to report their outage by calling 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), clicking the “Report Outage” link on www.firstenergycorp.com, or by texting out to 544487.   

Customers should immediately report downed wires to 1-888-LIGHTSS (1-888-544-4877), or call their local police or fire department.  JCP&L reminds customers to stay away from downed wires, even if they believe they are no longer carrying electricity.  Extra caution should be used in areas where downed lines are tangled with trees or other debris.  Motorists are cautioned to treat intersections with inoperable traffic signals as four-way stops. 

JCP&L also reminds customers to take precautions when using generators during power outages.  Emergency power generators offer an option for customers needing or wanting uninterrupted service.  However, to ensure the safety of the home’s occupants as well as that of utility company employees who may be working on power lines in the area, the proper generator should be selected and installed by a qualified electrician.  When operating a generator, the power coming from the home should always be disconnected.  Otherwise, power from the generator could be sent back into the utility lines, creating a hazardous situation for utility workers. 

JCP&L customers can subscribe to email and text message alert notifications to receive weather updates in advance of major storms and updates on scheduled or extended power outages.  Visit www.firstenergycorp.com/connect to enroll.  


Landmark Washington clock gets a face-lift

Posing by the newly repaired clock in downtown Washington are, from left: Jim Scovell, president, Washington Kiwanis; Josephine Noone, councilwoman; and John Monteverde, executive director, Washington Business Improvement District.

The Washington Kiwanis was instrumental in donating funds to reprogram and reset the clock to the correct time, as well as replacing bulbs and sealing the base. The Antique Style four-faced tower clock has been an iconic landmark in the downtown for several years. 

John Monteverde Named Executive Director of WBID

WASHINGTON (April 8, 2015) - The Washington Borough Business Improvement District (WBID) has appointed John Monteverde as its new Executive Director. 


Monteverde has been involved in various business organizations in the Warren County region for many years.  He provides the WBID with executive leadership in a career spanning many different sectors.    


"John's professional experience, from the corporate world to small and medium sized businesses, will be beneficial for our greater business community," said Monika Hamburger, president of the WBID's Board of Directors. "John brings a wealth of business acumen,  resources and experience to the Washington Business Improvement District. He has many innovative ideas and is the perfect Executive Director to guide our organization forward.  The WBID Board of Directors, along with the Washington Borough Council,  look forward to working with John for a strong public-private partnership."