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In Brick: Halloween On, School Off, Garbage Collection Resumes

'Trunk or Treat' event will also be held

Brick Township children can "trick or treat" today.

The township requested the postponement of the Halloween tradition last week due to the unsafe nature of township streets in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis announced that trick-or-treating would go forward Monday in neighborhoods where it is safe to do so.

For those in neighborhoods without power, or where there is debris or downed power lines in the streets, a safe alternative has been established in cooperation with the Brick Township Schools, the mayor said.

Residents from these neighborhoods are invited to come to the Brick Township High School Parking Lot on Monday between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Citizens will park their cars and distribute candy to trick-or-treaters from their trunks.

"There is no need to decorate your car. This is being done to give young people a safe place to enjoy trick or treating," the mayor said in an e-mail.

Anyone who plans on attending the "trunk or treat" event is reminded to bring candy to distribute, as the township does not have any candy to give out. Those planning on giving out candy are asked to arrive by noon so officials can set up cars before children begin trick or treating at 1 p.m.

Trash Collections to Resume

The township administration has also announced that normal garbage pickup will commence on Monday in the neighborhoods that are accessible.

The township recycling center on Ridge Road will continue to be open seven days a week from 8 a.m to 6 p.m. There are also large dumpsters located at several schools, including Brick Township High School, where residents can deposit trash.

Schools Closed

The school district has announced that schools will reopen Nov. 12

Hometown November 05, 2012 at 02:21 PM
This is so ridiculous. We are sitting in the dark and there are kids with NOTHiNG!!! Way to go! Hey I have an idea! Lets have a marathon that starts in cherry quay an ends right in Baywood!
read bull November 05, 2012 at 02:40 PM
are you f%&(!kin kidding me??? THIS is where their priorities lie?? TorT isn't safe anywhere anymore, regardless of how passable the neighborhoods are. Mental cases are living everywhere, whether they have power or not. And I don't have any candy - we ate it all last week. Didn't buy it for trick or treat anyway.
DBW November 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Any word yet about power being restored to herbertsville?
brickgreen mom November 05, 2012 at 03:03 PM
have yet to even see a JCP&L truck in Breton woods ... power line still down all over ... trees still sitting on homes still no power just a matter of time before the pipes freeze..
MOONPOOL November 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
funny you people just don't get it stop your whinining and get of your dead ass and get out there and support your people in your hood.! its not about you! if you cant survive this storm with all the help around you just find a hole and just die in it ! if your cold build a fire with all the wood around you ! get warm! stupid. pick up a hammer and build a shelter from the weather.!
old local mom November 05, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Ill be out with my kids. Trick or teat time is from 1-4 a safe window for them to have a little fun in the face of all this tragedy. I think they need to feel that sense of community, its not just about the candy. We have been volunteering all week and lending ourselves to our neighbors and friends. I hope all the kids can enjoy a few hours of fun today
Lyndag November 05, 2012 at 04:49 PM
old local mom. Don't bother coming to my house!
read bull November 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
i'm in H'ville - we were restored last Wednesday, as were most parts. Hang in there - you'll be up soon!
jerry November 05, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Does anybody own a firearm to protect themselves, family, and neighbors?
old local mom November 05, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Wouldn't dream of it, I want the kids to have fun
old local mom November 05, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Jerry a lot of those destroyed homes have posted" resident is legally armed" signs on their homes. So many stories of looting.
lifelonginbrick November 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Hate to say it but maybe the kids really need to sit this year's Halloween out. So many people are dealing with some pretty horrible situations right now and their are a lot of hazards in most neighborhoods. I had to post a sign in front of my house basically saying no trick-or-treating due to some dangerous hanging tree limbs on my property that I can't reach or get down as of yet. I just don't want to see anyone get hurt over some 'fun size' snickers bars.
jerry November 05, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I can't begin to wrap my brain around the ignorance of this response. I will rephrase the question. ARE THERE ANY MEN WITH A FULL SET OF BALLS, THAT OWN A FIREARM, THAT HAVE, OR ARE PREPARED TO, PROTECT THEMSELVES, FAMILY, AND NEIGHBORS?
concernedmomof2 November 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
I totally agree with you...Trick or treating is the last thing i am thinking about...it should be canceled in my opinion... BUNCH OF SELFISH GREEDY PEOPLE....
concernedmomof2 November 05, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I agree...this shud be canceled...last thing on my mind...we ate the candy cause we couldnt cook...i have electric stove not gas...no grill...and I have no $$$ to go buy more...out on disability for knee surgery... GOD THE IGNORANCE OF PPL....
concernedmomof2 November 05, 2012 at 06:13 PM
joan beale November 05, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I hope everyone survives this disaster and will be better people for it. Unite don't fight
old local mom November 05, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Jerry "wouldn't dream of it response" wasn't for u.....lighten up.....my response to you has ur name in it so where is the ignorance again?????
Lost November 05, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Power up last night at 7pm in millbrook. Im an adult and do love seeing the little ones enjoying themselves on halloween. But before you go yelling at someone calling them names cursing and so on. Remember we all deal with truma differently. I'm lucky ive been without my own place for awhile staying with friends helping out. Please just stop take a breathe. Halloween will be here next year and if you do feel as you need to trick or treat gather kids up with parents and have a small get together. The younger children will enjoy since after five places they are tired. Older children should understand.
Lara Stanwise November 05, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I think that the people who are bickering over Trick or Treating are ridiculous. You should be thankful you are alive and that you either have power or some form of technology to even go on the internet to post your negativity. My "Opinion" is that the children need some normalcy in their lives after what has happened to them. They are innocent people and its nice that they can spend a couple of hours just being kids. If you don't want to participate in it just don't. Don't answer your doors. The kids deserve this, I have 5 children and the ones that are old enough to understand what is going on around us deserve to forget about it for a couple hours and be kids. We should be thankful that our mayor gave children a safe place to trick or treat so they won't get hurt. Again we should all be thankful we are alive and have what we do have.
jerry November 05, 2012 at 07:10 PM
My sincere apologies. In my misunderstanding, I thought you were being a wise ass to me. I will now go stand in the corner......
Katy Davidson November 05, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Yes! My son has been out there all week with me! Helping people, doing the right thing! He has shown strength and compassion even more so than the majority of adults! I honestly believe I might be more concerned with him having a day of normalcy more than his concern for trick or treating. The children deserve this day. We've all been through a lot this past week. A few hours for them to run and laugh like children is even more nesecary now than its been in the past. We are all cold, broke, stressed, and exausted. But I'm not yet defeated! I'm sure the homes that are participating will make it known.. Same with the ones who are not. Besides now is the time when communities come together, help each other! My neighborhood has been amazing! Homes are decorated even tho they may be damaged or without power. It shows the strength to move on and not let this tragedy rule our lives! Happy holoween! Be safe! Smile! Be thankful! Show it!
Katy Davidson November 05, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Concernedmomof2------selfishness would be to cancel the holiday because some people do not or cannot participate. Not really sure why children in safe neighborhoods shouldn't have a little fun durring these tring times because other people apparently ate all there snickers a few days ago. It is also extremely self-less for people to "give" out treats. Seems like you are the selfish one here! And as far as the ignorance comment.. Apparently you have Internet! So I'm assuming at this point ur electric stove is also working.. Think before you speak please. Believing that innocent children should be striped of an amazing day after they've already had so much taken from them this past week is ignorant! That's like justifying chopping your arm off cause you lost a finger! Cranky face leave the kids alone!!!
Lyndag November 05, 2012 at 07:47 PM
It appears the parents are the ones who want this more than the children. If the "children" need this so badly, bring the to the high school and dont have then walking streets that are unsafe. Just sayin...
WhereOhWhere November 05, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Trick or Treaters going up & down Forge Pond Rd. which has trees, power poles and wires DOWN. Not very smart. Power back EXCEPT small area bounded by Forge Pond water treatment, Rt. 88 & Rt. 70. What gives with only this small area never having seen anyone for repairs? It's on Hospital grid but only small part not worked on. Elderly in neighborhood are alone.
Proud NJ November 05, 2012 at 10:46 PM
umm we are ... every man in our neigborhood is out helping cutting down trees... People are picking up other ppls laundry ( taking it 40 mins awaywashing & folding it) then bringing it back the next day... we are having a neighorhood BBQ everyone is helping eachother. giving what little they do have to the neigbors have nothing .. as nice as it is.. That is not our JOB.. we are doing it bcz we want to. I understand that this was a huge problem, But a week later still NOTHING.. kids missing school for 2 weeks... ( maybe more with next storm) these men( & woman) are getting paid to do a job that has not been done. a day a so ok not going into week 2...
old local mom November 05, 2012 at 11:16 PM
No harm Jerry, not so easily offended. Likewise if my response was harsh. Btw this mom has a full set,, and is ready should the occasion arise, to defend her family.;)
Patricia Ricevuto November 05, 2012 at 11:18 PM
I am in full agreement with canceling Halloween . If your children are so starved for candy go out and buy them some. Have them volunteer at a recovery center or donate some clothes/toys/food. You would be surprised how uplifting it is. There are some children who lost everything, they don't even have a costume to go trick or treating. Children need to learn that sometimes there are more important issues to deal with. Yes, the young ones need a diversion, play a game , read to them, have them draw pictures etc.
Diane Maffei November 06, 2012 at 10:53 AM
Young children need a sense of normalcy as soon as possible after a stressful situation. The joy I saw on the the faces of the "trick or treaters" yesterday was so uplifting.
old local mom November 06, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I agree Diane no harm was done letting them walk around for an hour or two. It did me some good as well to see parents I was worried about but hadn't heard from.


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