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Woodbridge Officials Unavailable to Clarify Party Plans at Evacuation Center

The county is running a storm evacuation center at Woodbridge Community Center, where a Saturday Halloween extravaganza apparently remains scheduled.

According to the Woodbridge Township website, a planned Halloween extravaganza at the Woodbridge Community Center this Saturday, Nov. 3, remains scheduled. The event, to start at 3 p.m., includes 'Trunk or Treating,' a costume contest, a haunted hayride and face painting.

However, the Community Center is still full with refugees from Hurricane Sandy who will be there at least through Monday, according to the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management. The building is a regional evacuation center in the event of emergency. As of Thursday there were about 80 people there, many of them from other towns, and some homeless from the hurricane.

Woodbridge Patch has made repeated calls to Mayor John McCormac's office and those of other township employees to seek clarification of the situation as well as the status of any township efforts regarding post-storm recovery. None of those calls had been returned as of late Friday morning.

It remains unclear if the planned Halloween activities will be outside the community center or inside, where Hurricane Sandy evacuees may still be sheltered on Saturday.

The YMCA, which is housed in the Community Center, is scheduled, according to the town's website, to be hosting at least some of these events inside the Community Center.

Several township residents who have phoned town hall to get storm-related information have told Patch they were unable to get answers or were referred to the township website. However, many Woodbridge residents are still without power and do not have Internet access. 

As of mid-morning on Friday, the website featured the following storm information:

HURRICANE SANDY
STORM ALERT ADVISORY 
THURS., NOV. 1, 2012


FEMA Federal Disaster Assistance Center Open
Residents and Businesses To File Damage Claim via On-Line Registration or by Calling: 
1-800-621-FEMA (3362)


Mayor John E. McCormac today advised Woodbridge Township homeowners, renters, and businesses whose properties were damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29-30 to contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – State of New Jersey Disaster Assistance Hotline.

Woodbridge Township residents and/or businesses should apply for federal disaster assistance through the FEMA on-line registration.  The FEMA website consolidates the application process across several federal agencies, including FEMA and the Small Business Administration.  The website also reduces the number of forms required to be completed, shortens the time it takes to apply, and allows applicants to check application progress on-line.  The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7:00 A.M. to 10:00 P.M. EDT seven days a week until further notice.  

Apply on-line at:

http://www.disasterassistance.gov
Web-Enabled Mobile Device at: atm.fema.gov
By Calling: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) 
1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing & speech impaired

 Applicants will be asked to provide Social Security number, type of insurance coverage, family gross total income at the time of disaster, address and phone number where damage occurred, and current address and phone number if different than the location damaged.

 HALLOWEEN ADVISORY:

In accordance with the directive of Governor Christie, the traditional Halloween of door-to-door candy collecting will be postponed in Woodbridge Township until Mon., Nov. 5.

The Township will host a Halloween Party for residents on Sat., Nov. 3 at the Woodbridge Community Center (600 Main Street) from 3:00 -7:00 P.M. Residents are invited to bring candy and treats to the parking lot for “Trunk or Treating” from 3:00 – 5:00 P.M., followed by a Costume Contest at 5:00 P.M. and a Haunted Hayride at 6:00 P.M.  The Skyline golf facility will be open from 3:00 – 7:00 P.M. for free miniature golf for everyone (weather permitting) and the YMCA will have a bounce house, face-painting, and other activities for the children.  All other scheduled Township Halloween events are cancelled and combined with this function.

 TRASH & RECYCLING COLLECTION:

Thursday recycling will be collected on Fri., Nov. 2.  Friday recycling will be collected on Sat., Nov. 3.  Regular trash and recycling schedule resumes on Mon., Nov. 5.  Please secure trash containers. 

UTILITY SERVICE:

The Office of Emergency Management has established communications with the State and County Office of Emergency Management and Township utility and service agencies. Restoration of power and utility service is underway.  We do not have a timetable for the complete restoration of power.

Residents should continue tune to local TV news and weather reports, TV-35/36, or log-on to the Township Web Page for specific announcements. Woodbridge Township Reverse 9-1-1 alerts will be issued as necessary.

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 TRINITY CHURCH WILL BE GIVING OUT A CUP OF HOT SOUP AND BREAD FOR ANYONE IN NEED FROM 12 NOON – 2:00 PM ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND AT 650 RAHWAY AVE, WOODBRIDGE.TAKE OUT ONLY.  CLICK FOR INFO

The Regional Blood Center advises that more than 5000 units of blood have been lost due to Hurricane Sandy.  The New Jersey Blood Service Organization has scheduled a blood drive in Avenel:

Sat., Nov. 3, 2012 ~ 10:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Avenel Knights of Columbus
109 Morrissey Ave., Avenel 
For more information:
1-800-933-BLOOD
Shauna Lynch
New Jersey Blood Services
732-616-8736

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Irina November 03, 2012 at 04:04 AM
They screw up and they REFUSE to comment....business as usual from Mac. VOTERS WAKE UP!!!
Cherylanne November 03, 2012 at 09:54 PM
SCREW UP I THINK NOT The event went on and was very well attended children and parents dressed up and participated seizing the opportunity to put there worries beside and clear their heads and enjoy the costumes. Everything was held outside but I expected that because "TRUNK OR TREAT " means that you go car trunk to car trunk trick or treating unless you can park your car inside that event is always outside HAUNTED HAYRIDE is always outside sorry but DUH!!! Well anyway looks like everyone had a great time my 3 boys are older but still dressed up to have some fun after being cooped up for a week.
Mike P November 04, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Glad to see NJ and Woodbridge Township has its priorities in order. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars in damage, people still without homes AND YET a Halloween party is still thrown.
Cherylanne November 04, 2012 at 07:20 PM
After a week of no power and families and children stuck indoors I think the halloween party was the RIGHT thing to do. Children do not need to be denied things they enjoy and their parents also need a way to relax and feel normal again So I am sorry but I agreed with the city continuing with the celebrations. And if you judge the opinion of the community by the amount of people that showed up at this one event I would say the community as a whole agreed with the town.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS November 04, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Well Cherylanne the 40+ children at Wyndmoor @ Woodbridge had to miss out on the event, because there was no power to the 404 units and the residents were more worried leaving there units then going to a unoffical event. After the Govenor stated halloween will be held on Nov. 5th. You must be one of the favorites of the Johnny Mac crew. At least we no where the WPD officers were now, they weren't at Wyndmoor serving the public or protecting us from the dark development.

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