Now that Sandy and the nor’easter that dumped up to a foot of snow are behind us, the cleanup has begun. Many homes were without power for a week or more. Some homes even got their power back only to lose it again. I thank the residents for their patience and cooperation during this trying time.
Our Fire Department not only helped rescue victims in the devastated areas but also ran a clothes and food drive and along with the Lakehurst First Aid they opened their doors so that the residents of Lakehurst could take a hot shower, have a hot cup of coffee and recharge not only their cell phones and laptops, but themselves as well. Way to step up and show what Lakehurst is made of. By the way folks both the Fire Department and the First Aid Squad are always looking for new members.
Now for our Police Department and Public Works, both of these departments really showed us what they are made of. I know that many of them were in the same boat as a lot of you. No power, no hot water, and some lost much more. But they were here around the clock in the rain and wind not to mention the snow. By the way did you notice that your streets were cleared when you got up in the morning?
I would also like to thank your Public Safety Committee, both Council President Davis and Councilman Oglesby for being there every step of the way. They were a great help to myself and your OEM Coordinator Mr. Danny Barker. Oh yes Mr. Danny Barker, if you received power back to your house you can thank Danny not JCP&L. Danny knew at all times what homes were without power. And he was on the phone numerous times a day informing JCP&L which homes were without power. I know that if Danny got more than a couple of hours of sleep a night that was a lot.
I want to thank everyone who helped us pull though this. I am proud to be part of a community that pulls together when the going gets tough.
It was unfortunate that Trick or Treat had to be cancelled. However with many streets in the dark and with down power lines, it was unsafe for the children to be walking around. I would like to thank the Lakehurst First Aid for holding the Trick or Trunk at the EMS building. They had a great turn out.
On the 24th of November the Lakehurst First Aid will be holding its Silent Auction. This fun event will be held at the Community Center from 4 to 11 p.m. Great prizes are going to be available. Such as a family four-pack of tickets and hotel stay for Disney. And a large flat screen TV also a Thanksgiving basket. I hope to see you there.
Finally, last week was also Election Day for National and local positions. I would like to congratulate Councilman Davis and Councilman Lowe for their successful re-election. Also, this year was the first time School Board election was included in the November Elections. I would also like to congratulate Kevin Oliver and James Malden for their success. Good luck to all.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! And please remember to be thankful for what you have.
God Bless America, God bless Lakehurst and God bless our troops.
Mayor Harry Robbins