Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Hatboro-Horsham School District was closed for three days as a result of Hurricane Sandy and the storm's aftermath.
The three days that Hatboro-Horsham School District was closed leading up to and after Hurricane Sandy may need to be made up before the school year's out, an official said. Superintendent Curtis Griffin told the school board that unless the state offers "forgiveness days" the district would need to make up the days that the entire district was closed. Subsequent days in which individual elementary schools were closed would not require makeup days, Griffin said. "The state may do something," Griffin said, adding that the district would probably not know for certain until May. The issue of deciding on makeup days would be back to the board for approval in the "near future," Griffin said.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Pennypack Elementary School students will return to the Hatboro school on Wednesday.
Pennypack Elementary School students will return to their normal classrooms on Wednesday after a lengthy power outage forced them out of that school for the last week and a half. Power was restored to the Hatboro school Monday afternoon, according to Hatboro-Horsham School District Superintendent Curtis Griffin. "We are currently bringing all the systems on line and are planning for a normal opening on Wednesday," Griffin told Patch. Hatboro-Horsham schools have an inservice day on Tuesday to accommodate Election Day voting, he said. The district returned most of its students to school on Nov. 1. After power remained out Sunday, the district put in place a plan to transport Pennypack students to Simmons Elementary School in Horsham on …
Friday, November 2, 2012
As of Thursday evening, 29 percent of Horsham Township was still without power.
MONDAY UPDATE: As of 5 p.m. there were 177 PECO customers in Horsham without power, which is 1.6 percent of the township. As of 10:30 a.m., there were 193 PECO customers in Horsham without power, which is about 1.8 percent of the township, according to Township Manager Bill Walker. SUNDAY UPDATE: As of 3 p.m. there were 235 PECO customers in Horsham without power, which is 2 percent of the township, according to Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker. SATURDAY UPDATE: As os 8:25 a.m. Saturday 328 Horsham households were without power, which is 3 percent of the township, according to Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker. Area residents without power have reached the homestretch of a life without modern-day conveniences, an official said. …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Montgomery County Board of Elections is in the process of delivering machines to the county's 435 polling places - at least those with power.
With power outages still rampant in Horsham Township and the Nov. 6 election a matter of days away, locals may be wondering not just whom to cast a vote for, but where to do it. At least for now, none of the county's polling places have changed, according to Montgomery County Spokesman Frank Custer. But, he told Patch that it's "a really fluid situation" which could continue to evolve. The Montgomery County Board of Elections has begun delivering machines to some of its 435 polling locales, Custer said. The job, at the moment, is "ascertaining which ones have power and which ones are open," he said. "We are delivering the voting machines to places that we know are open," Custer said. All of the machines must be delivered by the day …
Hurricane Sandy has left lasting impacts on Horsham Township in terms of destruction and power outages.
Horsham Township residents have taken to powering up laptops and electronics in eateries, at fitness clubs and libraries and refueling their bodies at various spots in town. The powerlessness for many continues. As of 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, 56 percent of township households - 6,115 - remained without power, according to Horsham Township Manager Bill Walker. That's 21 percent drop from the 77 percent without power on Tuesday, but a far cry from being back on the grid. By Thursday at 7:30 a.m., Walker said 4,656 PECO customers in Horsham were without power, which is 43 percent of township households. Gov. Tom Corbett and a representative from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency toured Horsham and Ambler Wednesday morning along with …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Hatboro-Horsham School District intends to open the schools on Thursday that have power.
It's still up in the air if all of the schools in the Hatboro-Horsham School District will have power Thursday morning. As of Wednesday evening five had power - Hatboro-Horsham High School, Keith Valley Middle School, Simmons, Crooked Billet and Blair Mill elementary schools - and at a minimum those buildings will be open Thursday and all employees would need to report to work, Superintendent Curtis Griffin told Patch. Daycare would resume at normal times at those buildings, Griffin said. Power has also been restored to the district's administration building, he said. "It’s our understanding that the other two buildings may go online this evening," Griffin said of Hallowell and Pennypack elementary schools. As of 9:45 p.m., the buildings…
PECO reiterated that it could take up to one week for all power outages to be restored.
Hundreds filling the local Wawa for ice, food and a cup of coffee, a line of cars wrapping around and outside of the Wendy's parking lot. Dead traffic lights. These and other instances exemplify life without power for many in Hatboro and Horsham. As of Wednesday morning, PECO said 138,000 Montgomery County residents were still without power. That number dropped from the 170,000 outages - including 77 percent of Horsham Township - as of Tuesday late morning. PECO said it could not pinpoint how many Hatboro and Horsham residents were still without power. Its outage map shows that between 1,501-3,500 of the company's 3,800 Hatboro customers are without power, while more than 3,500 of PECO's 10,800 Horsham customers are still without power. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
All but three Hatboro-Horsham schools are without power.
Hatboro-Horsham School District students will have another day off on Wednesday, as the district works to have power restored to all but three schools in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. District Superintendent Curtis Griffin told Patch on Tuesday afternoon that Simmons Elementary School and Hatboro-Horsham High School were the only facilities throughout the district with power as of 12:30 p.m. By 5 p.m., Griffin said Crooked Billet Elementary School had its power restored. By 6:40 p.m., Griffin notified Patch that schools would remain closed on Wednesday. "We determined that the conditions would not improve to the level needed to open schools for Wednesday," Griffin said. Griffin said the district's emergency management team was meeting …
At least nine trees fell on Horsham homes and about 30 fell onto roadways, causing power outages to more than three-quarters of the township.
As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, 77 percent of Horsham's 10,800 PECO customers were without power, according to Township Manager Bill Walker. Walker said he did not know when power restored and PECO representatives said prior to Hurricane Sandy striking to expect power outages of at least several days. PECO Spokeswoman Liz Williams told Patch that power restorations could take up to a week to complete. As of Tuesday afternoon, she said 170,000 Montgomery County residents were without power. PECO's outage breakdown shows that between 1,501-3,500 of the company's 3,800 Hatboro customers are also without power. Williams said she could not pinpoint specific numbers for either municipality. "Hurricane Sandy is causing wide-spread damage along the East…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
PECO has backup personnel at the ready to address power outages stemming from Hurricane Sandy, but power restoration could still take several days.
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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Hundreds of PECO staff are at the ready should Hurricane Sandy pummel the region, knocking out power. However, according to news posted to Horsham's Web site, PECO is estimating that power restorations stemming from a "direct hit," could warrant a "multi-day restoration." The company said it is prepared to bring in additional crews from its sister utility ComEd in Chicago and from as far away as Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisiana and Mississippi to support storm restoration efforts. Customers should also prepare for possible storm damage: If an outage occurs: Customers with generators should never connect them directly to home wiring or plug them into household outlets. Generators connected to home wiring can 'back feed' into PECO's electric…