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UPDATE: Chatham Schools, Train Station Closed Wednesday

Further closures will be determined day by day.

The School District of the Chathams and all public schools will be closed Wednesday due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Sandy.

Chatham Borough Police Chief Philip J. Crosson said several schools remain without power, including Lafayette Avenue School and Chatham High School.

Milton Avenue School has partial power and the Chatham Borough Department of Public Works is in the process of restoring power to Chatham Middle School.

Further closures will be determined on a day-by-day evaluation of public safety, power restoration and the clean-up of trees and utility wires.

Crosson also said the southern parking lot at the Chatham NJ Transit station will be closed through Wednesday because of two utility poles which are completely uprooted and two other utility poles which snapped in half during Tropical Storm Sandy.

"Trains are suspended through Wednesday, so we're going to close the entire south side of the train station lot," Crosson said. "We're not allowing anyone in for eastbound trains, but it's really a moot point because there are no eastbound trains."

Chatham Borough Mayor Bruce Harris said the Library of the Chathams and the common room at the Chatham Borough Fire Department will open as charging stations at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Residents will be able to use the spaces to charge cellular phones, laptops and other electronic devices.

Garbage, recycling and leaf collection have been suspended in the borough.

The Department of Public Works will perform a one-time curbside brush pickup beginning Monday. Limbs must be less than four inches in diameter for the pickup.

The collection will not include leaves, plastic or brown bags or limbs cut by private tree companies.

Leaf bags are available at the mulch area near Washington Avenue School.

DMM October 30, 2012 at 08:43 PM
I hope this year we can make up for the Halloween festivities for the little kids. Last year all the school parties and parades were cancelled and now for the second year, these kids miss the in school fun and excitement. If we can reschedule trick or treating, we can reschedule the rest. I'll take extra homework if that helps.
Richard October 30, 2012 at 09:50 PM
After last year's October/Halloween storm, Twp Mayor Hagner said one of the lessons learned was the need for timely communications. I now noticed total silence from township officials. It appears the Chatham Township Committee is either unable to communicate or does not feel it is important. Better to keep Township residents in the "dark". Local Chatham Township government fails again.
Niecie October 30, 2012 at 09:57 PM
What is going on? Where is Jersey Central Power and Light? Here we go again. PSE&G was on the news two days before the storm hit explaining they had two thousand men at four different staging areas in New Jersey ready to start fixing wires as soon as the winds dropped to less than 40 mph. Today Gov. Christi said JCP&L was bringing men from Canada and Texas to arrive soon. Really, soon? Sitting in cold dark houses is not fun. Drive around Chatham and try to find more than two JCP&L trucks. I could not.
Michael October 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Last year's communication from township officials was minimal at best. This year it is completely non existent. What is the difference between the two years? Hagner is not running for re-election this year. Complete unpreparedness and/or incompetence on the part of township officials. You think they would have learned from last year's fiasco.
Chris October 31, 2012 at 12:15 AM
I don't understand how the mismanaged response is identical to last year's. Weren't contingency plans put in place for just such an occasion?
MOCK October 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Trying to find out if mulch area is open for branches? Could help if people who are able can do their own...

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