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After Sandy, Silverton Seeks 'Normalcy' with Holiday Tree Lighting

Tree lighting will be held at on Crowell Street at 7 p.m. Saturday

In hopes of returning some "normalcy" to the battered Silverton section of Toms River, residents there will celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting on Saturday night. 

Many homes in the area are uninhabitable or only semi-habitable after flood waters entered homes when Hurricane Sandy struck, according to Township Clerk and historian Mark Mutter. Construction continues "all around" Silverton while others wait for insurance adjusters, he said.

"My neighbors decided we needed some normalcy and have decided to have a Silverton Christmas tree lighting," said Mutter, a life-long Silverton resident whose home was deemed a total loss from the storm and will be demolished after the holiday season. 

"Peoples’ lives still not back to normal," he said. "This shall be a Christmas we shall all remember."

The tree, which will be delivered by the Silverton Fire Company and special guest Santa to Crowell Street, will be illuminated at 7 p.m. The fire company, which faces equipment losses and damage to its headquarters from Sandy, is selling trees at its 15 Kettle Creek Rd. location. 

"We don't want to upset are community with no trees this year and Santa Claus. Please let the community know Silverton is proud to announce our annual Christmas tree sale ... Hurricane Sandy will never stop the Silverton Fire Company from anything," Lt. Michael Cocco said last week.

The township held its tree lighting ceremony last week in Toms River's downtown. The event was seen by officials as another way for residents to gain a sense of normalcy after the storm, especially after it forced the cancellation of the township's annual and celebrated Halloween and Veterans Day parades.

Sinbad December 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I read the name Mark Mutter in the article, is he not the township of Toms River clerk and the Mayor's buddy? Nuff said. I own a small ranch in Silverton, it had 3ft of water thruout. The entire inside was destroyed and I cannot live there until it gets fixed. Oh, I do not live near Crowell Street either.
Speki December 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I did not put the firefighters down .. there are many residents who are very thankful for them ... they had the biggest job of their lives before ...during and after Sandy,. I have nothing else to say ... I'm getting the same exact "heart warming" welcome as I did Saturday night ... go figure ... nuff said ... ....Dara ... BN .. and Dewilla ! As for donating .. I most certainly did ..
janet December 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Mark Mutter does not live on Crowell St. Patch screwed that up too.
Charles Goldate December 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Enough is enough. We did nothing wrong here and because a few people think we did does not change the fact that "OUR" neighborhood did something uplifting in the wake of Sandy. We all understand that we were not the only families that suffered and if some people felt left out of "OUR" Christmas celebration I am sorry. In hindsight, we should have kept it to ourselves but it's too late for that. No disrespect was intended. No strings were pulled and no favors were asked for. Please join me in putting an end to this and let's all enjoy the Christmas season.
Speki December 10, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Amen !

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