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Westy Self Storage Collecting Tools for Oil Cleanup on Gulf Coast

by Holly Robinson June 23, 2010 5:51 PM
Westy Self Storage, a self storage company with 16 locations throughout New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut, announced today that it has started a drive to collect materials to be used to clean up birds and animals affected by the BP oil spill cleanup. Donations can be dropped off at any of Westy’s locations. For the oil cleanup project, Westy is collaborating with another organization, the New Jersey Warehousemen and Movers Association (NJWMA). Westy will store each donation temporarily and then consolidate all the donations at its Stamford, Connecticut location. Then the NJWMA will transport the donations south. [More]

New Jersey Self Storage Facility Goes Green with Solar Energy

by John Stevens June 17, 2010 1:40 AM
Access Self Storage announced today that it will install solar electric systems at its self storage facilities in Bernardsville, Clark, Franklin Lakes, Kenilworth, Oakland, and Woodbridge, New Jersey. Each facility will receive solar panels that can convert energy from the sun into electricity (photovoltaic panels). (Access Self Storage also has facilities in New York.) Access will begin installing the new solar power systems this summer, and expects them to be ready for use by the end of 2010. [More]

Teen Collects Shoes for Needy and Stores Them at NJ Self Storage Facility

by Winnie Hsiu June 4, 2010 5:16 AM
Challenged by his school to come up with a community service project, New Jersey teenager Brian Honick of St. Augustine College Preparatory School thought of shoes. He decided to try to collect a thousand pairs. Cynthia Vogt, the manager of Premier Self Storage of Egg Harbor Township, offered a unit for shoe storage. And Shoes 2 Share International, a nonprofit organization specializing in distributing shoes to the needy, offered to take the shoes, clean them, and distribute them to Haitian adults and children through Operation THERE (The Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort). [More]

Self Storage Facilities Add to Growing Green Trend with Rooftop Solar Panels

by Kim Kilpatrick April 26, 2010 10:23 AM
Two self storage facilities in the northeastern United States have jumped onto the renewable energy bandwagon, adding rooftop solar panels to offset some of their electricity bills. In the last week, Thornwood Self Storage of Thornwood, New York, and English Creek Self Storage of Egg Harbor, New Jersey, have both added solar panels. [More]

New York Jets Flight Crew to Appear at Extra Space Opening in New Brunswick

by Winnie Hsiu March 25, 2010 6:16 PM
Extra Space Storage of South Brunswick, New Jersey, announced that several members of the New York Jets Flight Crew (the cheerleading squad for the New York Jets) will be in attendance at its grand opening celebration. The grand opening will be held at the new South Brunswick Extra Space location, 3780 Route 1, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.

Festivities on the 27th will begin with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Monmouth Junction mayor Frank Gambatese. After that, three members of the New York Jets Flight Crew will be available to sign autographs and have their photos taken with Extra Space guests for the next two hours. The event will also include refreshments, games and prizes, tours of the new storage facility, and special promotions for everyone in attendance. Anyone who would like to come is invited. [More]

Towns Limit Use of Portable Storage in Yards

by Holly Robinson March 5, 2010 5:15 PM
In recent weeks, several towns arou nd the United States have begun to limit the use of portable storage containers in front yards and driveways, by requiring residents to get permits, limiting the time period the containers can be used, and in some cases, banning their use. The Zeeland, Michigan City Council is looking at the possibility of banning the use of utility trailers in front yards and driveways for more than 48 hours at a time. In Morris Township, New Jersey, the Township Committee is considering banning PODS (portable on-demand storage) containers unless the homeowner first obtains a permit for their use. The Blue Springs, Missouri Planning Commission has already voted to ban the use of portable storage containers in front yards. [More]

Strategic Storage Trust Invests in Two New Facilities

by Tony Gonzalez February 25, 2010 6:47 PM
Strategic Storage Trust, Inc. (SSTI) announced today that it purchased two self-storage facilities from Chicago Five Properties, LLC, for a combined purchase price of $23 million, cash. One facility is located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, while the other is located in Weston, Florida.

SSTI's chairman and CEO, H. Michael Schwartz, was pleased with the acquisition. "These facilities represent newer Class A properties in prime markets," he said. "Both properties offer the latest generation of secured climate-controlled self storage featuring convenient access to major roads and interstates." [More]

Westy Self Storage Helped 91 Charities in 2009

by Holly Robinson February 19, 2010 11:24 AM
Westy Self Storage, a self-storage company based in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York, announced today that its 16 self-storage sites supported 91 non-profit community organizations in 2009. In most cases, Westy donated storage space to be used for the collection of donations.

Most recently, the Chatham, NJ Westy Self Storage facility began collecting books, as it does every spring, for the annual book sale of the College Club, the Summit, Jew Jersey branch of the American Association of University Women. This year's sale will be held at the American Legion Hall in New Providence, from April 22-25, and will raise money to pay for college scholarships for area girls. Westy's Stamford, CT facility also began a donation drive this January, to benefit victims of the Haitian earthquake. [More]

Foy Cooley Profiled in North Jersey's The Record

by Holly Robinson November 23, 2009 7:48 AM
Foy Cooley, former president of the national and the New York Self-Storage Associations, was profiled in North Jersey's The Record on Sunday. Cooley, who The Record describes as "the first lady of self-storage," is one of the few female executives in an industry which tends to be dominated by men. In addition to having been the president of the national and New York Self Storage Associations, Cooley currently serves on the board of the New Jersey Self Storage Association.

Cooley and her husband, Ken, opened the New York area's first self-storage facility in 1976 -- 33 years ago. Now she is the head of Access Self Storage Inc, which has an annual revenue of $19 million. Access owns and/or manages 19 facilities in New Jersey and New York, and has just opened up a new facility in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. This year, she was inducted into the National Self Storage Association Hall of Fame. [More]
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