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Lakehurst Elementary School Closed This Week; Borough's Trick or Treat Canceled

Warming center at fire department will be open through Sunday

Lakehurst Elementary School will not open until Monday, Nov. 12, Superintendent of Schools Jill Dobrowansky announced Friday.

"After speaking with the local authorities, the Lakehurst School District will remain closed throughout next week," she said in an email to Patch.

Student safety was a concern in reopening the downtown Lakehurst school, the superintendent has said. Electric wires are down and borough police on Friday warned that some less secure lines could fall if wind picks up, according to police.

"I need to ensure that our students can safely get to school since we are a walking district," Dobrowansky said Thursday.

Anyone who sees a downed wire in Lakehurst is asked to call the police department at 732-657-7811.

Manchester school officials have not made a determination if students will return to class next week, though power has been restored to nearly all buildings.

With power still out for some Lakehurst residents, trick or treat in the borough this year has been canceled. 

Mayor Harry Robbins made the decision to cancel because of the "numerous" power outages, Borough Clerk Bernadette Dugan said Friday afternoon. 

The warming station hosted by the Lakehurst Volunteer Fire Company at the Proving Ground Road emergency services complex will continue through Sunday, Dugan said. The facility is open to borough residents from 6 to 9 p.m. to recharge cell phones, take a warm shower and have a cup of coffee.

April November 03, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Is there going to be any alternative? The kids need something to alleviate their fears and normalize their anxieties over the storm. Children will feel as though they are being punished because of this cancellation; many have been isolated from friends with the unexpected school closures and need some type of community event to replace T-O-T. Please consider alternatives.
Jennifer Hudak November 03, 2012 at 12:20 PM
Manchester will be trick or treating on Monday from 12-9. Join us. :-)
Christine Spear November 03, 2012 at 12:24 PM
I think its a great idea that Trick or Treat has been canceled. The town is still not safe. We are going on day 5 without power and trick or treating is the last thing on our minds. Instead we have have been going through clothes, toys and anything else that we can donate to those families that have lost everything. There are more important things to worry about right now besides candy!!!
kim November 03, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Really Mr. Trethaway make the call already it's ridiculous to have to wait till last minute. At this point shut it down & let people make a plan for there lives. Also will these days need to be made up?
April November 03, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I suggest open bingo night at the community center or something similar. If the school had power, we'd hold open gym so they could socialize. Also, the mall is holding t-o-t indoors so people who participate in t-o-t can go there as a safe alternative.
kathy November 03, 2012 at 09:27 PM
With lakehurst being a walking distriCT I think it was a smart move.I Manchester is crazy for having trick or treat toll 9:00. This is putting our children at risk.......no power........
John E November 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
To me its ok to have it anyday as a make up day because of the hurricane. But once I run out of treat for the kids..I put up a sign (out of treats) like they do for adults (out of gas).
1nenonly November 03, 2012 at 10:25 PM
i dont think we should punish the kids because of the storm even if trick or treat be in a week or so.
Amy November 03, 2012 at 11:00 PM
I think Monday is still too soon...what about those kids who don't even have a costume anymore?!!
John E November 03, 2012 at 11:09 PM
This article is about the Lakehurst/Manchester area..not the entire state of NJ. I didn't read about any house being destroyed in the Lakehurst/Manchester area. Wires down,tree's down, power out..not much about houses down.
Julie Roberts November 03, 2012 at 11:19 PM
they need to postpone trick or treat because there are still alot of tree and power lines down its not safe for the kids
Julie Roberts November 03, 2012 at 11:29 PM
postpone trick or treat in manchester also not only lakehurst
Sharon November 04, 2012 at 12:10 AM
Manchester has not informed us about school yet. Lakehurst has notified residents quickly, however no trick or treat at all is grazy. Both towns should have it next Saturday. Also, Manchest shouldn't have school this week. People in the town still have no power and trees are still blocking roads.
Sharon November 04, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Just got email that Manchester has school like normal. Halloween is not safe. Not fair for the Middle School children! They don't get home untill 5:30pm. Make it fair! Make it Saturday.
Tracy3175 November 04, 2012 at 02:10 AM
Ocean county mall is having trick or treating on the 5th, that is safer then the streets. Although I wish Manchester would cancel Halloween as well as tell us ASAP about school being open or closed.
Sharon November 04, 2012 at 02:21 AM
School is untill 5. The mall would be great, but it ends at 6pm. School is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. We are off Thursday and Friday, evan though they cancelled the convention. Sucks!
WonderMom November 04, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Most kids dont even trick or treat in lakehurst they go to the surrounding townships!
Jersey mommy November 04, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Ha, that's hilarious! I personally live in lakehurst & run out of candy every year before the nights end & I depend about $75 in candy!!! Actually my parents live in a nice HUGE development in brick & we get mor trick or treaters than them!!! I live on the opposite side of the lake so don't know if that makes a difference?? I'm very disappointed that LKHRST didn't reschedule something-anything for the lil ones...even a holiday festival at the firehouse would've been nice :(
Jersey mommy November 04, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Your absolutely right but on the same note kids have been "cooped up" inside all day b/c of the "dangerous" conditions-right!? So with that being said a festival at the firehouse would a. Get this tragic event & "adult stress" off their minds for a little while and b. get them out of the house! Trick or treating is not about the candy it's about the tradition and the fun it brings! Its a day the kids look forward to, dressing up and going house to house for the candy! We were fortunate that our town only suffered from disabled utilities so while educated our children on the tragic events that cancelled this holiday we should also let the know that life goes on after tragedy. I'm sorry if I sound callous I'm not intending to I just simply think that the children deserve a little happiness if we our capable of providing it!! :)

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