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Lacey Update: Cancelations, Information and Resources Moving Forward

Nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, 4,366 Lacey residents remain without power

Nearly a week after Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore, 4,366 Lacey residents remain without power, according to the JCP&L outage map at 3 p.m.

Below is a list of cancelations, information and resources moving forward.

  • The Municipal Building is now functioning according to normal business hours.
  • The Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting has been canceled for Monday, Nov. 5. All agenda matters will be carried to the December meeting and there will be no further notice given.
  • Lacey students return to school on Monday, Nov. 5. Call 732-664-1035 for help with transportation. The school district is offering before and after school care at no charge. Families who are struggling with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy are encouraged to contact the district for assistance. Visit the school district website for a list of web resources.
  • Trick or treating is set for Monday, Nov. 5.
  • The Lacey United Methodist Church is open as a 24-hour shelter with heat, electricity, showers, laundry facilities and meals. Breakfast is served at 7 a.m., lunch at noon and dinner at 6 p.m. The church is also available to help with yard and house clean ups. For assistance call 609-693-5222.
  • St. Pius is will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as a charging center and for food, clothing, household and basic necessity donations. Families in need of assistance or individuals looking to help should call the parish office at 609-693-5107.
  • The Forked River Baptist Church is also open as a charging station and for donations. Grace Initiatives has partnered with the church to provide families in need with basic necessities. If you need help, contact the church office at 609-693-2726.
  • Popcorn Park Zoo is accepting donations for animals rescued and animals that are temporarily at shelters due to Sandy. Pet supplies such as food, blankets and towels can be dropped off.
  • FEMA information is available at www.disasterassistance.gov/ or call 1-800-621-3362. Ocean County is included as a location eligible for direct federal assistance.
Willy Nilly November 04, 2012 at 08:15 PM
School should not be opening this early! My house is devastated, and getting kids ready for this is the least of my concerns with 3 ft of water in the basement!
LTHSstudent November 04, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Agreed. I haven't been home since last Sunday. Just to show how much this School District cares about students and their families..
James Hare November 04, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I agree safety First.... and people's family getting threw this tuff time. You are in our prayers JP Hare Electric
Ashley Parker November 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Shame on the Lacey School District. Some compassion for your staff and students would be appreciated.
maryann pietruska November 04, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Getting the students back into some sort of a routine is important. If it is difficult for you to get your child to school, or ready for school for tomorrow, then keep them home another day ! Otherwise, let them back to something resembling normal, at least for them. THis way, you can go on with working on the house stuff, or going to work without worrying about what to do with them.
Lacey Soccer Mom November 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I am terribly sorry for your home's damage. However, you do have a choice. You don't have to send them and if you do at least they will be able to get away from the devastation, see their friends and find a little comfort and support from their own support systems at the school. Try to understand that the children of the families who had no damage to their homes would just be sitting home doing nothing while school was out for another whole week. I realize you might not be concerned with anyone but your own family right now, but there are LOT of people who have kids that WANT to go back to school this week! I too am VERY sorry for your loss and wish your family the best as you deal with this terrible tragedy.
LTHSstudent November 04, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Excuse me maryann and Conscious, I'm a student and I assume those who commented above me are parents. I THINK I KNOW WHAT IS NORMAL. I see so many comments here that say "Students want normalcy. They want to go back". I think you should here it from a student. I along with other students agree this is INSENSITIVE. Students my age have helped those who havenothing left, we actually know that going back this early is a complete outrage. THERE ARE ALMOST 4,000 PEOPLE IN THIS TOWN WITHOUT POWER. And both of you expect students to be ready tomorrow? I have'nt been home since last Sunday. I don't have power there and houses 2 blocks away from me are flooded with 2 feet of water. Also, most teachers come from northern counties where they are rationing gas, how do you suppose they get here? There are also 14 roads that are inpassable in this District, where people live. AND WE STILL HAVE SCHOOL? Why should we sacrifice an absence because of a hurricane?
LTHSstudent November 04, 2012 at 09:27 PM
FASLE^
Mickey November 05, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Why haven't our schools been utilized for shelter for Lacey residents, as well as neighboring towns? Isn't it our Townships duty to protect its residents in time of crisis?
Laceyparent November 05, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Because our beloved superintendent never left her cushy Wall palace but rather phoned it in. If she taken the time to see what's going on here she would have opened the schools for shelter and showers.
Mickey November 05, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Doesn't the mayor and town council recognize their duty to Lacey residents, as well? I just don't understand the lack of concern on this town! Thank God for area churches! Just don't know if I can continue to reside in a town that has proven their lack of compassion for its tax-payers!
candace November 05, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I agree Mickey,really the churches are doing it all.Them and the Lacey Police Dept.But as far as providing any sort of emergency assistance by the town government itself,very poor response.
debbie November 05, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Mickey, I agree that the town and the superintendent could have done more. But I have never been more proud to live in Lacey. Working through the area churches, 100s of people showed up to help..whether it was "their" church or not. The people of Lacey pulled together and continue to do so.
debbie November 05, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Any students who are absent or tardy tomorrow due to hurricane related issues will be excused. I think it is great for the kids who can go to be able to. Many parents have to go back to work. Also free before and after care is being offered which will help alleviate some of the bussing issues.
GB Shore November 05, 2012 at 12:07 PM
There was no power and water to the schools last week. they do not have generators etc. I spoke with the Chief over thew weekend. Know the facts before you start blasting people....
Bucket November 05, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I currently don't live in the area. I know the area becuase i grew up in New Jersey and vacationed at the shore yearly. I totally agree with L THSstudent. It's very insensitive to open school expecting students to perform. The points made are valid. Perhaps open the schools for sheltering, warming station, distribution/recharge center. L THSstudent has certainly learned his/her lessons well. He/She sounds very articulate and intelligent.
LT Guy November 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Again, I praise the police, fire and recreation departments in town for their above and beyond effort during this crisis. As for those responsible for running the town, they were ill prepared for the coming storm. They sent out a reverse 911 call telling people to evacuate, but had inadequate facilities for those people to find out when they could come back. Many Lacey residents ended up staying in the shelters set up in other towns, and no effort was made to keep them abrest of the situation in Lacey. A "field trip" to any of these shelters by the members of the Township Committee would have gone a long way. They were invisible when they were needed most.

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