erable. Then, a man yelled at me for
photographing his demolished garage.
All in all, though, most people had a
I walked back toward Jersey City
and saw more evacuees heading out
of Hoboken, pets and luggage in tow.
Some were camped out on the steps of
TD Bank. Behind them, the A&P supermarket, Best Buy and the other shops
in this center were still closed. But a
small bake shop had set up a generator
and was charging people $5 to charge
their cell phones — those who could get
I came home and sat in my truck and
listened to the news. It was 44 degrees,
still damp and the car heater felt good. I
felt lucky that I had three-quarters of a
tank of gas and a car to warm up in. Except for high occupancy vehicles on the
bridges, Manhattan was still cut off. I
went home and fried some eggs and potatoes by candlelight and popped a beer,
grateful I still had gas (others did not)
and ice to put the beer on. I lost a bed,
some books and a few days of work. But
after visiting Hoboken, I knew it could
have been much worse.
Deborah Garbato has been covering
the retail industry for more than 20
years. The former editor-in-chief of
Retail Merchandiser and Cheers,
she is a freelance business writer and
retail analyst. She lives in downtown
Cars wait in line for fuel at a Gulf gas tation in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
U.S. Government Issues Fuel Waivers
As a result of pipeline disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a temporary waiver on October 31 of reformulated gasoline requirements (RFG) for fuel sold and distributed in Tennessee, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, District of Columbia, New
York, Maryland, Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.
The temporary waiver allowed the sale and distribution of conventional gasoline
in a number of Eastern states that are required to use reformulated gasoline, and
allowed a number of additional states to mix reformulated gasoline and conventional gasoline to remove potential barriers to the supply of gasoline to the region.
The waiver ended on November 20.
On November 1, EPA also waived the requirement for use of Ultra Low Sulfur
Diesel (ULSD) in emergency response vehicles and equipment in New Jersey, followed by a similar waiver on November 2 for five boroughs of New York City and
Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester counties in New York, and in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Those waivers also ended on November 20.
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Convenience store chain Wawa felt the
effects of Hurricane Sandy, with one-third of its 602 stores in Pennsylvania,
New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and
Virginia, left without power. As power
came back to the communities Wawa
served, so did the launch of a chain-wide, in-store campaign to provide
disaster relief assistance to communities
most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
“Wawa has always had a strong
commitment to providing crisis re-
sponse and assisting those in need,
and we’ve been partnering with the
American Red Cross in these kinds
of efforts for decades,” said Howard
Stoeckel, Wawa’s CEO.
All donations made through Wa-
wa’s campaign were donated to the
American Red Cross specifically for the
disaster relief effort. These funds will
help the American Red Cross provide
immediate and vital support to those
communities suffering from the effects
of Hurricane Sandy. In addition to funds
raised through the in-store campaign,
Wawa will also make a $100,000 dona-
tion to the Red Cross. The campaign
took place November 2 through Novem-
ber 11 in all of Wawa’s stores.
“Many of our stores are located
in communities severely affected by
Hurricane Sandy, and as committed
community partners, we want to do ev-
erything we can to support our friends
and neighbors in this time of need,”
said Chris Gheysens, Wawa’s president.
“We are constantly overwhelmed by the
concern and generosity of our custom-
ers and associates, who realize that
through a small donation, they can help
make a huge difference.”