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Power Slowly Returning; Schools May Open Monday

About 40 percent of customers in Manchester have no electricity

With power slowly returning to Manchester — including most township schools — it is possible that students may be back in class next week.

JCP&L reports that electricity was restored to about 8,500 of its Manchester customers on Thursday, leaving about 7,500 in the dark. All schools in Manchester except for Ridgeway Elementary School now have power, according to Superintendent of Schools David Trethaway.

"We're trying to shoot for Monday (to reopen)," Trethaway said.

Except for some fallen trees, school buildings within the township appear to be in good condition inside and out, the superintendent said.

If things go according to plan, staff will work to ready the buildings over the weekend and school officials will announce the reopening.

Lakehurst Elementary School could open next week, provided the building has power, said Superintendent of Schools Jill Dobrowansky. About half of Lakehurst remains in the dark, according to JCP&L.

Should power return, "a final determination will be made on Sunday after I speak with local officials regarding the progress of removing downed trees and power lines," she said. "I need to ensure that our students can safely get to school since we are a walking district."

Electricity was restored to Manchester Township Elementary School Thursday morning, allowing officials to use the building as a warming station where powerless residents could charge their small electronics, warm up and have coffee and snacks. 

Trethaway said that the power outages should not affect the anticipated post-Thanksgiving reopening of Manchester Township Middle School. Restoration efforts at the building have been ongoing after mold was discovered there in August.

get involved November 02, 2012 at 03:23 PM
A day or so ago there was an article about Lakehurst canceling Halloween and Manchester Lt. Dolan was quoted saying Manchester would hold Halloween on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 12 to 9pm. I assumed this was true even though the Gov. said it would be Monday considering the situation at the Middle School. My child doesn't get home until almost 6pm. It would be a dangerous situation to have school buses still traveling through the neighborhoods while the kids are all out. Saturday would be much safer. If anyone knows that correct date, please advise.
Gregory Kyriakakis (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Here is the latest: http://patch.com/A-zm6H
julie wilson November 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
GOV SAID MONDAY AND I DO BELIEVE THERE IS A ARTICLE ON MANCHESTER PATCH THAT IT WILL BE MONDAY. PERSONALLY IT SHOULD BE CANCELLED ALL TOGETHER. BUT IN HOLLY OAKS WE STILL HAVE NO POWER AND LOTS OF LINES DOWN. AND RUMOR HAS IT WE ARE WAITING FOR SOMEONE WORKING ON THE TRANSFORMER, IF IT CAN'T BE FIX WE WILL NOT GET POWER FOR A LONG TIME. ITS FUNNY HOW ATLANTIC CITY IS NOW OPEN AND RUNNING AND ALL OF ATLANTIC CITY WILL HAVE POWER TONITE. BUT THERE ARE NO EXTRA TRANSFORMERS TO FIX OUR PROBLEM.
cupcake mom November 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Just got the call, Lakehurst Elementary will remain closed next week.
julie wilson November 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Guess the kids will be going to school to July.
get involved November 02, 2012 at 09:55 PM
I would rather be living in Holly Oaks with no power than Atlantic City with no power. Hopefully, power was restored to AC residents, not just casinos.
F_U_JCP_L November 02, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Absolutely ridiculous that they are only restoring 73 residences in Lakehurst over the weekend, compared to THOUSANDS in Manchester.
Al November 02, 2012 at 11:22 PM
We are out of town. anybody know the condition of Robin St? Power or damage? Thanks
Eman November 03, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Any update on Holly Oaks section of Manchester? Thanks
Don Gottwerth November 03, 2012 at 01:54 AM
CVS in Whiting (east) is so loaded with candy because its too late, grab the bargain candy for next year!
SANDY PARISI January 10, 2013 at 05:32 PM
How often does the Patch have an issue with only current news? I have to hunt to keep on top of news that is recent. If example, a news item dated Nov 2, 2012 giving info about power returning slowly yet it looks like Twp. schools will open the next week...........why do I want to read that Jan 10, 2013. It just isn't relevant to today.

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