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    Anyone still looking for info, I highly recommend 101.5 fm - they've really stepped up the coverage to talk about where to get gas and what shelters are open. Our local stores are still on generators. No milk to be found, but I do have a lead on eggs... Going out tomorrow to get some staples. Spent more than I was expecting on batteries and fast/takeout food, but feel so lucky. The local gas station is open, charging $3.49 and didn't have a massive line.

    Saw on the news that FEMA is picking up the cost of the power crews coming from around the country. I just wish there was a way to find out how to thank the various places that came here to help.

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    Don't worry, dbell, another time it will be someone else and then New Jersey will help. Unfortunately, thinking of the twisters in Alabama and the drought in the West, Katrina and Irene and on and on, we'd better be prepared to help each other out whereever we live, because I think we're in for some permanently bad weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    Have you heard yet? Brigs tine lifted the travel ban.
    I'm sorry---I should have posted this morning---they are fine and the house has water damage but I don't know the extent. We should know more after today. I am just happy they are safe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    I'm sorry---I should have posted this morning---they are fine and the house has water damage but I don't know the extent. We should know more after today. I am just happy they are safe.
    So glad. I taught with the mayor of Brigantine. I would have tried to call his office. Did your family go to thhe high school in Atlantic City?

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    Thanks for the fridge advice. Smell isn't bad, but it has that slight off smell. I got everything perishable out.

    Husband is now looking at natural gas generators. An 8kw should take care of most of the house, and then we would not need gasoline. This is one time when I am especially happy that my husband represents mechanical contractors! Why he didn't do this last year, I don't know.

    I don't know if this helps, my brother's wife's parents live in Margate. They were evacuated, but a friend stopped at their house and reported it's fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanette View Post
    So glad. I taught with the mayor of Brigantine. I would have tried to call his office. Did your family go to thhe high school in Atlantic City?
    My father and his sibs went to Camden Catholic. I don't know which high school Joe went to but I know he lived in Atlantic City when he was a teenager. Joe ended up in the Air Force in England where he met Jenny and Dad was stationed in Kansas. Joe brought Jenny back to NJ and I know they've been on Brigantine for at least 35 years. I suspect he went to a Catholic high school as his grandmother(one tough woman) was very religious. His mother died young so grandmom was the final authority. My father spent his early teenaged summers with Joe in Atlantic City long before gambling. Lots of great stories....Sad to see the destruction....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Smell isn't bad, but it has that slight off smell.
    Coffee grounds. After you've wiped down the freezer put coffee grounds in a shallow bowl and close the door. Vinegar helps, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    No dry ice that I'm aware of. Will empty everything tomorrow. Then do I leave the fridge and freezer doors open or can I close them? It is taking on that funky smell already.
    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Thanks for the fridge advice. Smell isn't bad, but it has that slight off smell. I got everything perishable out.
    You'll need to leave the fridge open, due to the moisture. To do that, I put something, like a big pasta pot, on the floor or on a shelf to make sure the door doesn't get accidentally closed.

    To get rid of the smells it may have, so long as they aren't that strong yet, you can wash the interior surfaces down with a mix of water and baking soda, or water and vinegar. Either one does a good job of getting rid of fridge odors.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbell1 View Post
    I'm back!
    Whee glad to hear that you and son are OK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post

    Husband is now looking at natural gas generators. An 8kw should take care of most of the house, and then we would not need gasoline. This is one time when I am especially happy that my husband represents mechanical contractors! Why he didn't do this last year, I don't know.
    I know multiple people in New Orleans who have put in natural gas generators since Katrina. No idea what it costs to run it during a prolonged outage but its got to be better than spending hours going from gas station to gas station with little red containers looking for gas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Husband is now looking at natural gas generators. An 8kw should take care of most of the house, and then we would not need gasoline. This is one time when I am especially happy that my husband represents mechanical contractors! Why he didn't do this last year, I don't know.
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    We have a natural gas generator, we were told we could use everything but the microwave, washer and drier and dishwasher but to be safe we limit what we have on at any certain time. Problem is it ran out of oil this morning so my husband refilled it and now it's sputtering and the lights are flickering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cruisin View Post
    Thanks for the fridge advice. Smell isn't bad, but it has that slight off smell. I got everything perishable out.
    Try big balls of crumpled newspaper and keep the door open a bit. Taping a small block or plastic cup inside the jamb will keep the door open. My sister did this when they had to put their fridge in storage during several moves/long trips.

    The newspaper absorbs moisture and odor - works great when your shoes get wet. Stuff them with newspaper and keep changing it as it gets damp. Saved many pairs of puddle stompers this way.

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    There was a riot yesterday at the Quickcheck in my town, as people were waiting in line for gas.
    And so, dear Lord, it is with deep sadness that we turn over to you this young woman, whose dream to ride on a giant swan resulted in her death. Maybe it is your way of telling us... to buy American.

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    Does anyone know when power is scheduled to be back in Ocean County NJ? My niece in Point Pleasant is trying to find out. She is west of the RR tracks so she is not a flood victim, just cold and tired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aliceanne View Post
    Does anyone know when power is scheduled to be back in Ocean County NJ? My niece in Point Pleasant is trying to find out. She is west of the RR tracks so she is not a flood victim, just cold and tired.
    Asbury Park Press has ongoing updates about power outages and restorations, but I'm not sure it's exactly what you're looking for: http://www.app.com/viewart/20121031/...ration-updates

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lacey View Post
    DD, who has been stuck with us west of Philly all week because there have been no trains to NYC, wanted to get to Boston today ...

    HUGE SHOUT OUT TO MY FSU ANGEL, not sure I can expose her, I PMed her and said that it seemed from the National Network News that our normal route north up 95 seemed to go through many parts of NJ and CT that had flooded out, all of the towns were little red dots on a map of drowned cities that they flashed on the screen. FSU friend worked out a choice of going through Hartford or through Albany. DH chose the former...
    I'm not your FSU angel, but drove from Philly to Boston today. (I'm a Philly native and have always had close relatives in Boston, I've been doing it since I was a kid.) I can't believe you'd ever drive 95 in the first place. NJ Tpke > Garden State Parkway > I-287 over the Tappan Zee > I-684 > I-84 > Mass Tpke is always the safer way to go. Going over the GWB and across the Bronx up I-95 is asking for punishment even in good times. Today it was fine, just trafficky through Hartford around 5 PM.

    Smart choice not to go Albany. That is crazy out of the way...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lacey View Post
    She said the lines for gas on the GSParkway were unreal, so she just whizzed by.
    I left Philly with a full tank of gas and arrived in Boston with plenty to spare. The lines in NJ are indeed unreal. The only sucky thing was I downed coffee in South Jersey on the Turnpike and had to pee like an hour later on the GSP. On the NJ Turnpike there are a clear lanes next to the gas line for cars who just want food/restrooms to blow by those waiting for gas. Not so on the GSP rest stops. By the time I got to CT and found a place to pee I thought my bladder would explode. Not only should you gas up before you go, but remember not to drink if you have a wimpy bladder.

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    Dominion Power in Virginia is sending a bunch of crews up north to assist in restoring power (now that power has been restored down here). Just heard it on the local all-news radio station.

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    There's a movement afoot to cancel or postpone the NYC Marathon, scheduled for this coming Sunday. The City needs the housing/hotels for repair crews and displaced NY'ers and the water, food, clothing and supplies they distribute to the runners would help care for the many people in Brooklyn and Staten Island who have nothing but the clothing on their back. City volunteers and work crews been clearing roads, sidewalks and parks in order to run the race, not focusing on helping the people whose neighborhoods are covered with dangerous debris.

    If you're interested: http://www.facebook.com/#!/CancelThe2012NycMarathon

    From a personal note, it's pathetic that the Marathon starts at the Verrazano toll plaza on Staten Island and they continue to claim it's run through "all five boroughs." It should start at South Beach or Ft. Wadsworth at least, so they're actually on Staten Island, not the landfill toll plaza, lol.

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    If any NYC FSUers are getting low on food or water or know someone who is, here's a list of distribution places that will open today at 1pm.

    http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/20...dandwater.html
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