Update from the Mayor’s Desk:
Garwood Schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday, 10/31 and the Lions Halloween Parade is also cancelled.
Trick or Treating in the borough is postponed for safety reasons as power is still out and streets are unlit, with downed power lines that are live in some cases and dangerous tree conditions continue to exist. Residents are urged to keep in mind that 50-60% of Union County is still without power, so it is difficult for PSE&G to determine how soon they will be restoring power to those customers who are out.
With a few exceptions most of our power outages are the result of trees on personal property bringing down power lines. Residents are responsible for removal of trees on their own property but should contact borough authorities regarding trees on borough property.
On Wednesday, 10/31, our DPW will be resuming their regular schedule: leaf pick-up Wednesday and garbage Thursday and Friday.
Please check on elderly neighbors to ensure their safety. Should they require assistance please call our police line and relay that information at 908-789-1500.
Any residents without electrical power who are using medications that require refrigeration can bring those meds to the Garwood Police station and they can be stored there.
Several residents have inquired about the contents of their refrigerators. The link below will connect to a page on the State OEM site which contains comprehensive information. Food storage information http://readynj.posterous.com/
NJ Transit is not operational yet and it is unclear when trains and buses will be back on their regular schedules, visit www.NJTransit.com for information.
I would like to urge residents to please stay at home if possible until the emergency is past and to especially keep tabs on their children as there are many fascinating situations out there that are dangerous.
We received more than 50 photos in our Clark & Garwood Sandy Aftermath gallery, including the one featured in this story. Check them out and add your own, here.