Sandy Notes: Trick or Treat Moved, Police Still Advise Against Travel

Over 18,000 reportedly without power in Manchester and Lakehurst combined

Trick or treat in Manchester has been moved to this weekend and is postponed indefinitely in Lakehurst, local authorities have announced.

Though originally scheduled for Wednesday, Halloween day, clean up and restoration efforts following Hurricane Sandy's battering of Ocean County forced authorities to move trick or treat. 

Manchester police said that children can go door-to-door on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 12 to 9 p.m.

"Due to Hurricane Sandy and with the safety of the children of the township in mind, Halloween trick or treat has been changed," said Lt. Robert Dolan in a statement. "There are still numerous trees and power lines down that endanger everyone, especially children."

Manchester still faces widespread power outages, as JCP&L reports that 70 percent — 17,813 — of its 25,507 customers in the township do not have electricity. 

Authorities in Lakehurst have decided to postpone trick or treat until a later date when power is restored and downed wires and debris are cleared.

"We're waiting for a time when it's safe for children," said the borough's Chief of Police Eric Higgins.

Higgins said that three live power lines fell during the storm, two on Pine Street and one on Union Avenue. 

According to JCP&L, 768 of its 1,257 Lakehurst customers, including the borough's police department and elementary school, remain without electricity. 

The police department is operating on a generator and the records section will be open on Wednesday.

"If anyone needs the police department, we are there," Higgins said.

Police in both Manchester and Lakehurst continue to ask residents to stay off roads unless travel is absolutely necessary. Dark traffic signals, especially along Route 37, are dangerous and should be avoided by staying home.

"If people don't need to be on the roadways, I ask that they stay home," Higgins said.

Capt. Lisa Parker of the Manchester Police Department again said that residents should stay home if possible so crews can complete restoration efforts. Utility crews have been working throughout both municipalities. Local authorities have not been giving any timeframe on when electricity may be fully restored; JCP&L has said that it may take 7 to 10 days for service to return. 

The Manchester Municipal Complex is expected to be closed Wednesday. Officials will try to open Lakehurst Borough Hall.

John E November 01, 2012 at 12:49 AM
I agree having children out in the dark is not a smart idea on Manchester Twp streets. As for Manchester Twp. trick or treating..this article on Manchester patch (http://manchester-nj.patch.com/articles/sandy-notes-trick-or-treat-moved-police-still-advise-against-travel#comments_list) states the Manchester police said its Nov 3rd Saturday from 12 pm - 9 pm. Now our governor did make it a rule to have it on Nov 5th (Monday)..but towns that already notified their residents before the governor made it a rule... can keep that date..so its Saturday! For those towns having it Monday..hope they recall Sunday Nov.4th is daylight savings time..it will become darker early on Monday Nov 5th.
John E November 01, 2012 at 01:14 AM
This is Christie's rule about Halloween date..he made it for Monday Nov 5th and said this also...'Towns that already moved trick-or-treating to another day other than Oct. 31 can keep their plans, but state officials are still suggesting Monday instead'. Manchester already moved the date to Nov 3rd Saturday..before Christie's announcement! And so far I didn't see or hear anything that Manchester will go to Monday now instead.
mary November 01, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Trying to get some information on the River Point community in Manchester, anybody know if power is on yet there?
Da Gr8 1 November 01, 2012 at 02:39 AM
What is wrong with having it until 9 pm? Most kids are done by that time and its a Saturday night. I thing its a lot better than having it Monday night.
megri November 01, 2012 at 09:14 PM
really?This is ridiculous and very misleading-everyone I talk to says it is on Monday. I agree Saturday is better,being that our children located at the HS for Middle school get home so late.when is it>Manchesr needs to update this to clarify!Please,people are confused,and I feel there will be people doing both days,due to lack of clearing the day up!Let us know please Manchester officials!


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