*** TWO POSITIVE UPDATES BEFORE WE CLOSE UP *** ** JCP&L UPDATES ** ** TRICK OR TREATING RE-DO **
OK, here are two positive updates before we close up the Virtual EOC for the night:
1. JCP&L News: The Keansburg Substation is being reenergized as we speak. There were problems at this station so we DO NOT know when OUR portion of the station will be restored, but lets all hope and pray that the West Keansburg section was not the part that was a problem and that the lights are soon burning there. Also, our Township Administrator spoke directly to the Regional JCP&L Director via telephone late this afternoon and confirmed that the list of addresses we sent them this morning has indeed been forwarded to their so-called "War Room" and that the assignments have been sent into the field crews. We honestly do not know if that was intended to make us feel good or means the lights will soon be on, but we can't help but remain optimistic that this answer was still better than nothing.
ONLY 9% OF HAZLET IS STILL WITHOUT POWER. We will not rest until it is 100% Restored!
2. TRICK OR TREATING: Mayor Tinker and the Township Committee understand that despite the nearly 8,000 people who attended Trunk or Treat on Saturday, there are still people who want to trick or treat and were told that they could not do it today. Many parts of Hazlet are still without power or are otherwise UNSAFE for pedestrian traffic. Until we can be sure the ENTIRE towns is safe for children to be out at night, we cannot in GOOD CONSCIENCE allow trick or treating on the streets, but our Governing Body will revisit this trick or treating question as soon as our Emergency Managers feel it is safe to do so. We will ask the Board of Education to share this information with you when a decision has been made to schedule another date, if one is selected.
The Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce will be spearheading all donation requests
The Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce will be spearheading all donation requests in the near future through the following page. Please like and share this page.
After meeting with groups that are currently collecting donations for those affected by the hurricane they have determined that at this point they do not have a need for any more clothing or baby supplies. Items that were specifically requested were:
-contractor style trash bags
These items can be brought to 7 Days Bar & Grill in Union Beach on Union Ave.
We have also been advised that free meals are available tonight at Monmouth Park Racetrack starting at 5pm (sorry we do not have more specific information).
The Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce will soon be taking up the task of coordinating all donations. As soon as we have more information we will post it here.
A curfew still remains in effect for Hazlet Township. The revised curfew hours are 7pm to 6am.
*** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW ***
*** VOLUNTEERS NEEDED NOW ***
If you are interested in volunteering to help with Relief Efforts in Union Beach, laborers are needed moving debris into trailers and dumpsters. You may report to the area roughly bounded by the following: Bayview Ave, Prospect Ave, Spruce Street, Lorillard Ave. BRING GLOVES. You dont need to report in, just place any debris along the curbs into the dumpsters and trailers provided in those neighborhoods. When complete, you may simply move onto adjacent neighborhoods.
This information comes directly from the Union Beach Administrator's Office.
Reminder...no door to door trick or treating today
Reminder...there is no door to door trick or treating today in Hazlet. Streets and sidewalks still may not be safe to walk on. Thank you to everyone who came to Saturday's "Trunk or Treat" events on Saturday at Raritan H.S. and Beers St. School.
If you normally vote at Raritan H.S. (Districts 7 & 17), your polling location has been moved to Town Hall, 1766 Union Ave. (in Veteran's Memorial Park). All other polling places we be in operation as usual.
Currently only cash and gift cards are being accepted. Please bring these items to Maranatha Baptist Church on Holmdel Rd. only.
Just in...they can also use any and all cleaning supplies...mops/brooms/ cleaning solutions / gloves / heavy duty garbage bags etc.
*** A SPECIAL REQUEST FOR FIRE, EMS AND POLICE AGENCIES WHO FOLLOW OUR PAGE **
To all of our Fire, EMS and Police friends around the world. As you may know, our community has been working hard to support the volunteer firefighters in our neighboring community of Union Beach who lost more than half of their fire pagers and most of their portable radios (along with at least two Class A Pumpers an
d all but one fire house) when their town was decimated by a 15 foot storm surge and 87 MPH winds associated with Hurricane Sandy. Most of their firefighters homes were either completely destroyed or are now uninhabitable and must be demolished.
We are closing down the Virtual EOC here on facebook for another day
Alright fellow Hazlet citizens, we are going to close down the Virtual EOC here on facebook for another day. It seems hard to believe that our first post regarding Hurricane Sandy was 12 days ago. We will be back at our posts tomorrow morning bright and early. As always, if there is anything urgent to report, we will get it right out to you, but chances are you won't see any substantive news until tomorrow morning.
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(On a personal note, does anyone else find it amazing that 12 days have passed since our first mention of the storm?)