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Power Returns to 60 Percent of Township

Township advises residents living in waterfront areas to use caution when restoring electricity and gas

Nearly four days after Hurricane Sandy struck the Jersey Shore, power has been restored to approximately 60 percent of Lacey Township, Township Administrator and Municipal Clerk Veronica Laureigh said.

“JCP&L is confident that the power will be 100 percent restored before their initial estimates of seven to 10 days,” she said.

The township is advising residents who live in waterfront areas severely damaged in the storm from wind and water to use caution when having power restored and gas.

“Once power is restored, please be sure it is safe in your home before you turn on the electric,” she said.

Access to waterfront areas still remains restricted to residents only. In some areas, such as Beach Boulevard, police personnel may ask for identification before permitting entrance.

Important Alerts:

  • Residents can use the Lacey United Methodist Church, the Forked River Baptist Church and the Forked River Presbyterian Church for warmth and charging electrical devices. Donations of clothing and supplies have been made at the Methodist and Baptist Churches. Showers and laundry services are also available at the Methodist church.
  • Schools will open Monday, Nov. 5.
  • The high school Parent Teacher Student Association’s craft and vendor fair, which was to be held this weekend, will be postponed until the spring. Vendors will be refunded within the next few weeks. Donated baskets and food will be used at the association’s Sundaes for Santa in December.
  • Trick or treating will take place on Nov. 5.
  • 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.
  • Those interested in volunteering to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy can contact the New Jersey volunteer emergency response hotline at 1-800-JERSEY-7 or backup hotline numbers at 609-775-5236 or 908-303-0471. 

Clean Up:

  • Recycling pick up has resumed. Garbage will resume on Thursday, Nov. 1. Pick up will occur on your next regular scheduled day.
  • Trees, branches and limbs can be placed in bundles at four-foot lengths, weighing no more than 75 pounds at curbside starting Monday, Nov. 5. Pick up will be on your regular recycling day within the next two-week period. This debris can also be brought to the recycling center. After Friday, Nov. 16, curbside pick up will not be available.
  • Do not place raked leaves in the street. Leaves must be bagged and placed at the curb.
  • Residents east of Route 9 can dispose of lost items such as household furniture, bedding and clothing curbside beginning Monday, Nov. 5. All garbage should be packaged according to pick up regulations. This pick up will also be until Friday, Nov. 16. After that date, arrangements are the responsibility of the property owner.
  • Construction debris cannot be disposed of through garbage or recycling pick up. Residents will need to acquire dumpsters to transport the material to landfills.
  • Food waste can be disposed of through the normal garbage pickup.

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Meg November 02, 2012 at 09:57 PM
Dr. Brower are you going to provide transportation for our students who are displaced and whose parents still have no means of transportation because they lost all their vehicles in the storm? How about clothing and back packs and other necessities that have taken a back seat to FEMA and insurance co phone calls and clean up duties? No wonder Wall did not want you....who's interest do you have in mind when you make decisions? Who exactly are you out to impress because you certainly have not impressed anyone here in Lacey. Bad call resuming school too early Doc!
kyle November 02, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Also there are neighborhoods with restricted access therefore how are those kids suppose to go to school if they can't even get home, and half of lacey still doesn't have power . How are we suppose to focus on school with our property destroyed , power out, eating out everynight and living in the dark
Pamela Brown ♥ November 02, 2012 at 11:17 PM
no local shelter for residents? in a waterfront community-with solar power already on the taxpayers school buildings ? no local shelter? next to an old nuclear reactor pumping uranium soup onto hwy 9... the board shuffles surplus instead of installing generators / red cross supplies...smh...The churches stepped it up. < Praise and a big thank you to all the emergency workers.
Pamela Brown ♥ November 02, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Bus Phone number - Lacey Twp Office of Emergency Management: The Lacey Township School District will re-open on Monday, November 5th. All bus stops will operate on a normal schedule with regard to times and locations. However, if you have questions about your child's bus stop, please call the Transportation Emergency Hotline at 732-664-1035 and leave a message with your contact information so that we can address your concern as quickly as possible. Thank you.
mark November 02, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I live off lakeside drive I still have no power no access in my neighborhood wires n trees down how's my daughter supposed to get to bus stop or how's a bus supposed to get into my neighborhood?? Is she supposed to dodge trees n wires??
TheGreatHoax November 03, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Many have it a lot worse. stop complaining. Personal responsibility? Get some.
thankful November 03, 2012 at 03:20 AM
I think now is a time to teach our children a life lesson on compassion. We need to keep them safe and educate them on helping others! How can children be expected to learn while they have no power, no home, no belongings, and in some cases, lost loved one's. We can do without a few days off in Spring to make sure our schools and the school grounds are safe! Why send them back now when they will not be able to learn, or concentrate. This is a teachable moment to educate them on helping others!
Kelly Greene November 03, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Those that are able need to return for the security provided by normal routines. Believe it or not the children will be less stressed by returning to school and normalcy. If your situation doesn't allow for it simply don't send them. Nobody expects you to. However the majority of children in the township NEED school right now.
ed crowley November 03, 2012 at 09:45 AM
The school can get an idea of who needs help by opening and seeing who atttends. When the schools knows they can help.
Meg November 03, 2012 at 11:38 AM
To the Great Hoax..you are a genious! Why didnt anyone think of this sooner? Maybe you should hold a press conference addressing all the children still caught up in the emotional wrath of what has just passed and just simply advise them to get some "personal responsibility"? That is fantastic. Wake up n smell the muck - oh yeah, you must not have any. Maybe you can even end world hunger and the country's homeless problem.....I think I smell a Nobel Peace Prize.....man advises children to "be responsible.". Yeah just what every five year old understands. Way to go Hoax man.
Paula November 03, 2012 at 12:40 PM
I live at the end of clairmore and we have a lot of damage no power and it looks like a post war zone my husband can't go to work because he is dealing with everything involved with getting the house habitable already lost a weeks pay as have I and probably at least another week does anyone know if any insurance may pay for lost wages or how it works with something like this? I am sure there are a lot of other people in the same terrible position we may have had a disaster but the bills keep coming.
Al ways wright November 03, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Paula, you and your husband can apply for unemployment for the time you missed.
Ryan Hardy November 03, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I am a teacher at LTHS, and this is ridiculous! School should NO WAY be opening right now. My house is devastated, I live off of laurel. And now I'm supposed to show up and get my kids there when my house had 3 feet of water? Administration is way out of touch. Close to the 12th like Brick.
kyle November 03, 2012 at 04:12 PM
exactly ^
Morgan November 03, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Every school district is going back to school on the 12th and I'm not saying just because they have off, we should. But there are still roads blocked off, and properties destroyed. 60% of power is back on but what about the other 40%. Houses got flooded to the point where they were completely destroyed and all person belongings are gone. Education is very important but i think we have other things to worry about before going back to school.
Morgan November 03, 2012 at 04:19 PM
And lets not forget about the nor'easter we're supposed to get next week .....
Hoping for better November 04, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Day 8 and still no power nor garbage pick up. On Friday, my neighborhood put out garbage cans as directed on this sight. The garbage truck came partially down the main street and turned around. These garbage cans are filled w/ decaying food from non working freezers and refrigerators. While I understand this is an unprecedented disaster, and the removal of the aftereffects is Herculean, could we please have regular garbage pick up? Otherwise I fear we will have a whole new set of problems.
Favorite Teacher November 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Sun morning- Still no electricity in the parts of town. The school leadership has failed. Do they think driving school buses through devastated neighborhoods is a good idea? This will upset the kids all over! How many of the kids can actually go? Now they'll be missing information and behind in their work and have many absences or late on their record. The schools should have been set up for red cross shelters and open to residents last week. How much to buy out her contact and put in local leaders?.
john November 04, 2012 at 06:25 PM
How are students and teachers suppose to get to school. Gas stations are packed not to mention supplies are running low at gas stations. Plus parents who have to drive there children what will they do for gas. Also a major part of lacey is still living by generator . Roads are dangerous and many trees are still loose making a bigger danger for school busses
Willy Nilly November 04, 2012 at 06:44 PM
THIS IS INSANE!! Lacey didn't even open as a shelter, and now they're forcing the kids to go and focus on schoolwork after a life changing DISASTER! We're still in a state of emergency, folks!
Crazydude November 04, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Screw it guys lets have a rave on capstan drive no power down here bring your glow sticks and dressed up as police officer so they don't id you :D
thankful November 05, 2012 at 01:14 AM
I agree, there is too much to still be worked out. I understand that parents are needing to return to work and need babysitters, but those parents also need to understand that if they claim they are sending there kids to learn this week, I am sure they are mistaken. The kids have too much going on,as do the families, the teachers, the administrators, (at least those that actually live in lacey and were affected). In reality, the kids that actually show up are going to be thinking of their freinds and family who have lost everything. I would much rather keep my children home this week and teach them how we can help others that were not as fortunate as us that still have our homes.
thankful November 05, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I am curious how many kids have to show up for the school day to count. With the number of families still without power, will the school day even count if attendance rates are low? We are asking teachers to leave their homes that they are trying to repair and pump water out of, to sit in empty classrooms! As others stated, what about the kids that are unable to come, then what? they are behind and have to make up work?
Jill Burton November 12, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Does anyone know how 959 Capstan Drive made out? My parents had the house built and we spent many summers there. Also, do the Remias's still live across the street and are they ok? Thank you, Jill Burton, jillianandlily@comcast.net

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