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Warming Centers to Open in Manchester and Lakehurst

Heat, coffee and cell phone charging stations will be available

With power outages remaining widespread on Thursday, officials in Manchester and Lakehurst are taking steps to help residents keep warm.

Manchester Township Elementary School on Colonial Drive will open its doors Thursday morning to give powerless residents an escape from their unheated homes. JCP&L reports that 63 percent of its customers in the township remain without power, a number that is slowly dropping.

"We're considering it a warming station," said Chief of Police Brian Klimakowski. "It's not a shelter. It's a place to get warm – there will be chargers for cell phones and coffee."

It was initially announced that the township's high school would host the center, but officials moved the location to the elementary school. Klimakowski said that the center does not have a definite closing time.

Members of the Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company again will host an open house for borough residents from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at its headquarters on Proving Ground Road. Half of borough residents remain in the dark, according to JCP&L.

Warm showers, coffee, charging stations for small electronics and a limited amount of ice will be available, according to the department. Officials ask that interested residents RSVP at the department's Facebook page

julie wilson November 01, 2012 at 05:39 PM
SO MUCH FOR JCPL BEING BETTER REPAIRED. ITS FUNNY HOW LONG ISLAND AND NEW YORK GOT POWER. AND SUBWAYS UP AND RUNNING JUST CAN'T GET A SIMPLE TRANSFORMER FIX THAT WILL SUPPY MANY PEOPLE IN MANCHESTER AND MOST OF US ARE SENIORS.
julie wilson November 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
ALSO PEOPLE CAN NOT GO OUT AND WASTE GAS TO GO OUT AND STAY WARM AND GET SOMETHING TO EAT
nicole November 01, 2012 at 06:19 PM
I think JCPL has there work cut out for them ... They are doing the best they can .. There is a lot of people withut power u need ot understadn that.
Rob Frazee November 01, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Am I reading this correct. They are charging for coffee and cell phone charges or is this a spelling error
Rob Frazee November 01, 2012 at 06:54 PM
are you that ignorant to not know there are thousands of transformers out all across the state of NJ and there are still rescue efforts going on. Really is it that important to you to have hair done that the people out there still needing rescue MUST WAIT because YOU need to have warm coffee and. cell phone charged. Take a step back and look at the reality of the situation many deaths, Many complete loss of homes cars, personal memories and effects. You are worried about First world problems when the people who lost EVERYTHING are dealing with 3rd world issues and just happy there family an them selves are safe. Reality check !
Rob Frazee November 01, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Nicole I agree 100%
Linda Glass November 01, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I think they meant chargers
want2say November 01, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Yes Rob, thousands of transformers are out and rescue efforts are still in effect. I would hope though, that among the first in line to get power back will be the senior communities. Many of these people rely on medical equipment not to mention, without power, they have no heat during these 30-something degree nights. Their bones get cold faster and take longer to warm up. reality check, not everyone is as selfish as you like to think. Peace please.
want2say November 01, 2012 at 09:11 PM
I think that is so cool. providing a haven of hope and chaRge =) (hopefully for free)
Michele Dimeo November 01, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Just to let you know I think the haven was very successful today. A lot of volunteers, and a lot of happy residents. FYI Leisure Village West power was restored, so a good part of the Manchester senior population are up and running. The haven we be open again tomorrow for those who need heater meals and a cup of coffee and a warm conversation. And yes it is all free.
get involved November 02, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Does anyone know if the Manchester HS is currently being used as a shelter? If not, where are Manchester residents without power being housed?
Michele Dimeo November 02, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Manchester High School is not being used as a shelter. The only shelters in the area are Toms River North and Toms River East.
get involved November 02, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Thank you for replying because it directed us to help locals in need. Just an FYI for those wanting to help...we went to TR North and they are only accepting donations of blankets, pillows, towels and toiletries. They sent us to Intermediate North for the rest of our donations; books, crayons, toys and food.
linda spino November 04, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Does anyone know if the Manchester municipal building have power?

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