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March 6, 2014

RE: Opportunity to Help Ewing Residents Recover

Dear Mayor:

By now, many of you have heard about the massive natural gas explosion that rocked Ewing Township on Tuesday afternoon. For a recent Trenton Times report on the accident, see The blast occurred just before 1:00 P.M., when most residents were at work and children were in school, or the outcome could have been much more tragic. Still, it resulted in the death of one resident, hospitalization of seven utility workers and damage to Fifty-five homes. To date, 20 of those have been declared uninhabitable, while inspection of all damaged units continues.

We want to thank the first responders from Ewing, and from neighboring municipalities, who rushed to the scene to treat and transport the injured, to usher others to safety and to contain and extinguish the fires. We want to recognize Ewing Mayor Bert Steinmann and his staff for their efforts to coordinate recovery services, to keep the victims safe, sheltered and fed, and to keep the public informed. And we need to commend the management of the near-by Jefferson apartment complex, who, working with officials from Home Front, made vacant units immediately available to any residents who would otherwise have been displaced for any length of time.

To assist the victims, Mayor Steinmann has established a crisis relief fund, to which Public Service Electric and Gas has already pledged $100,000. If you or your residents can donate, your help will be greatly appreciated. You can mail checks and food store gift cards to Attention: Joanna Brewster, CFO, Ewing Township 2 Jake Garzio Dr. Ewing NJ 08628.  (Checks should be made out to “Ewing Township”.) 

Material donations must be new.  The township is also accepting donations of new clothes and blankets and animal food.  These new items may be delivered to the Ewing Senior Center 999 Lower Ferry Rd. Ewing NJ 08628 between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM.  The phone number is 609-883-1776.

If you have any questions, you can call the Crisis Relief Hot Line at 609-538-7587.

Very truly yours,

Suzanne M. Walters, President,                                 
NJLM and Mayor,
Stone Harbor Borough

William G. Dressel, Jr.,
Executive Director



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