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Warming Centers to Open in Manchester and Lakehurst

Heat, coffee and cell phone charging stations will be available

With power outages remaining widespread on Thursday, officials in Manchester and Lakehurst are taking steps to help residents keep warm.

Manchester Township Elementary School on Colonial Drive will open its doors Thursday morning to give powerless residents an escape from their unheated homes. JCP&L reports that 63 percent of its customers in the township remain without power, a number that is slowly dropping.

"We're considering it a warming station," said Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski. "It's not a shelter. It's a place to get warm – there will be chargers for cell phones and coffee."

It was initially announced that the township's high school would host the center, but officials moved the location to the elementary school. Klimakowski said that the center does not have a definite closing time.

Members of the Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company again will host an open house for borough residents from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at its headquarters on Proving Ground Road. Half of borough residents remain in the dark, according to JCP&L.

Warm showers, coffee, charging stations for small electronics and a limited amount of ice will be available, according to the department. Officials ask that interested residents RSVP at the department's Facebook page

Michele Dimeo November 01, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Just to let you know I think the haven was very successful today. A lot of volunteers, and a lot of happy residents. FYI Leisure Village West power was restored, so a good part of the Manchester senior population are up and running. The haven we be open again tomorrow for those who need heater meals and a cup of coffee and a warm conversation. And yes it is all free.
get involved November 02, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Does anyone know if the Manchester HS is currently being used as a shelter? If not, where are Manchester residents without power being housed?
Michele Dimeo November 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Manchester High School is not being used as a shelter. The only shelters in the area are Toms River North and Toms River East.
get involved November 02, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Thank you for replying because it directed us to help locals in need. Just an FYI for those wanting to help...we went to TR North and they are only accepting donations of blankets, pillows, towels and toiletries. They sent us to Intermediate North for the rest of our donations; books, crayons, toys and food.
linda spino November 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Does anyone know if the Manchester municipal building have power?

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