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Halloween Bumped One More Time in Long Valley

Conditions still too unsafe for children to walk around, mayor says.

As the saying goes, third time's the charm. 

Trick-or-treating in Washington Township has been moved, for the third time, to Saturday, Nov. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m. in the municipality.

"Conditions are still too unsafe for children," Washington Township Mayor Ken Short said. "With so many still without power and roads and walkways with downed trees and wires, we just can't put children in danger."

As of Tuesday, Oct. 30, the township moved trick-or-treating hours to Saturday, Nov. 3. As the week wore on and conditions did not improve, , per an executive order signed by Governor Chris Christie.

Sue Underwood November 07, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Cancel it! This is ridiculous continuing to move the date - would you agree to move Christmas if a storm hit then!! The holiday is past and children, as well as the adults who can't disappoint their darlings, need to learn acceptance that Life does not promise a Disney "happy ever after" existence. You do your children a disservice by not using this as a lesson for dealing with disappointments. I know of neighbors who got together and shared meals throughout their days of power-loss and that would have been an opportunity to host their own trick-or-treat party for the children. The comment that adults also value the socializing of T-o-T is lame - adults don't need this occasion to socialize I am sure they have plenty of other times to do so. The safety concerns are paramount at this time and NOT the cultural absence of a one day commercial holiday. I agree with the ideas that instead while children have all this time off from school, why not be serving their neighbors and community in some other way. They could write thank-you cards to the electrical workers and forestry personnel from all the different states that have come to help us regain our electricity for our homes and those electronic devises so valued in the typical American home.
ME November 07, 2012 at 04:13 PM
It was one of my sons 4th birthday the day his step father died in an accident, to this day I remember him being so sad saying why aren't we having cake... do not cancel halloween, it is NOT a time to teach children a lesson, they are already learning it. I believe it is time for adults to stop cying like children and celebrate this childrens holiday with them, it is because of our current hardships that we should give the kids some light at the end of the tunnel
ME November 07, 2012 at 04:19 PM
this goes out to LL you have no idea about Mr. Lipinski at all and he is as entitled to his opinion as you here is a heads up not only does Mr Lipinski give a dam about others he went out of his way to feed many from his neighborhood the Tuesday after the storm, eben when he had no power himself along with opening his home to them for thier protection
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