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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.

Denobin November 05, 2012 at 02:49 PM
What planet are you living on that bringing a little bit of welcome diversion to children irks you and others so much? Yes, we have compassion for those who have losses due to the storm, and if you or others don't wish to participate, then turn off your porch light and put a 'No candy' sign on your door. Leave the children out of your bitterness.
Denobin November 05, 2012 at 02:58 PM
You grow up. No one is forcing you or anyone else to participate. Look, I'm sorry that there are many of us that do not have power and I sincelerly hope that it comes back soon. But why take it away from many children who are looking forward to it? You don't have to participate, but at least leave it to us that want to.
Dms November 05, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Why Denobin? Because they live in NJ. They are a part of this. There's a bigger picture and they can take pride in 'taking one for the team!' or perhaps be made to understand the concept of priorities which is something that is sorely lacking in kids today! Obviously we won't agree. I wish you and your kiddos a very Happy Halloween!! Enjoy yourself.
Greg in LV November 05, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Denobin - with what power are we turning on our porch lights? People are simply saying that perhaps it is a good idea to put Halloween behind us since it is not safe to have children walking down the streets with power lines down and trees dangling.
gogiants November 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Hey Denobin, I am "irked" as well because the mayor is more concerned with Halloween than helping to get power back in LV....that's what most people are talking about here and if you don't get it then you are a complete moron. Have your own Halloween party you fool and get your head out of you a--
Nicole Faulkner November 05, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Perhaps it is instead incumbent upon us, as parents, to not 'deprive' our children of the opportunity to learn to deal with disappointment in life. That would be refreshing!
Mark Lipinski November 05, 2012 at 03:33 PM
LOL Wouldn't you just love Denobin as your NEIGHBOR?!? Deliver us! I sure as hell she lives UP the mountain! LOL
Denobin November 05, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Dms, I wish you the best and hope you and your kids are happy and well. Sorry we don't agree. gogiants: All I have to say to you is that you have to get up in the morning and live with your rude, biitter self. That's puinishment enough for you.
Rex November 05, 2012 at 03:40 PM
FYI, Hackettstown has Halloween today
Denobin November 05, 2012 at 04:13 PM
LOL I'm sure your neighbors are delighted with you, you must be a bag os sunshine! LOL
lvresident November 05, 2012 at 04:16 PM
@LL...why not head out to Hackettstown today and be done already. You clearly have your priorities messed up. While you worry about the planning of costumes, we are all worrying about helping others find a place to live and recover from this horrible storm. Not to mention prepare for the storm that is coming in a few days.
MrBigs November 05, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Agree 100% lvresident, and while they are at it, bring this denobin character with them to Hackettstown and they can trick or treat together. Better yet, let's ship these two down to the jersey shore and leave them in the middle of all of the devastation. I'm sure someone there would appreciate their Halloween candy, since most of them have no food.
Hookerman November 05, 2012 at 04:38 PM
...and how many Halloweens did you miss when you were a kid Nicole?
Nicole Faulkner November 05, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I don't think I missed a Halloween during my childhood, Hookerman. Though I am missing your point...could you please clarify for me?
LL November 05, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I do care about the lv families. I also had to move my family and pets to a friends house for 3 days. (At least I have friends, much like I doubt Mr. Lipinski has with his attitude. Have you read his other responses to other issues? He has nothing nice to say about anything!) I have had a house full since I got power on. Offering shelter, food and showers to friends and neighbors. I cannot work, which is a straight commission job, but you make the best of a bad situation. I am calling clients to offer help! DMS and Mr. Lipinski obviously have issues, and can't see that they are luckier than many others, and should be thankful, instead of hurtful....and rude to others.
LL November 05, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Thank you, I agree.
Hookerman November 05, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Ok… it’s very easy for us as adults to just cancel Halloween and expect the kids to accept it, unless we think back to how devastated we would be as kids if Halloween were cancelled when we were that age. We consider our kids selfish or unreasonable to have the same feelings, thoughts and desires that we had when we were that age. And what kind of role model do we provided??? How many adults have whined and complained on forums like this one about no power, no cable, no internet, long gas lines, the slow response from the utility companies, the inaction of the government, etc, etc… yet, how dare the children complain if trick or treating is cancelled??? What kids consider important is silly and petty…. once we view it only from an adult’s perspective.
Nicole Faulkner November 05, 2012 at 05:44 PM
2 posts-worth here: Thank you, Hookerman. And I mean that sincerely, as many whose opinions differ on this and other sites too often digress & behave disrespectfully or with personal attacks. As a mother of four, I am very attuned to the minds and the maturity level of children. I most certainly d/n label children who are disappointed about being 'deprived' a Halloween celebration to be 'selfish' or 'unreasonable'. In fact, that response is what it is - childlike and appropriate. However, there is an inherant danger in using loaded words such as 'depriving' and 'devastated' when referring to what is actually simply disappointing. It is disappointing to have sports seasons cut short, to have Halloween delayed or possibly passed over, to not have access to TV or video games for days/weeks. Disappointing NOT "devastating". And as for it being "easy" to ask my kids to deal with that disappointment, I beg to differ. Witnessing that is never "easy", it is simply part of my job as a parent - and I do it with compassion and understanding.
Nicole Faulkner November 05, 2012 at 05:44 PM
My point is this - if we constantly intercede and try to manipulate circumstances to spare our children disappointment in life, we are depriving them the opportunity to practice accepting disappointment and developing endurance. ‘Sandy’ left behind a boatload of disappointment, a lot of inconvenience and far too much devastation. For those of us who were spared the latter, let’s do humanity a favor & allow our children to practice dealing with disappointment so that they are better prepared for the possibility of dealing with true devastation.
Greg in LV November 05, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Hookerman, My children are 5 and understand that losing Halloween is no big deal because we as parents have explained that it is unsafe to be out and about and we are still in crisis mode. No is saying that the children's concerns are not valid. No one is saying that children's concerns are silly or petty. It is up to the parents to do some parenting and explain the situation. Who runs the house?? I cannot believe we are even discussing legitimate complaining about long gas lines, power outages, and school closed for 6 days in the same breath as cancelling Halloween. Comparing these complaints to cancelling the collecting of candy and wearing costumes is laughable. TALK to the children and explain the situation. Children are not stupid, do not confuse youth with stupidity. They will understand. As to your role model comment - How many children are on these boards thinking "gee my mom and dad are so mean because they only care about a roof over my head and heat and fuel and food...how evil and petty of them to cancel my candy collection and batman costume!" seriously??
Hookerman November 05, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Ok, so then answer this question… assuming that the town has its power back and roads cleared by this coming Saturday, why not have trick or treating that night? Who benefits by cancelling it all together?
dec November 05, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I think all of this frustration has nothing to do with Halloween, but the fact that most people are cold, tired, and sick of sitting in the dark. Where is Mayor Short? Let's use all of this energy and start doing something about it. Keep making phone calls if you are able to do so. A few towns have set up FB pages and are using it to communicate with each other regarding road closures, gas station openings, etc...does LV have anything like that? I haven't seen anything but if there is something out there please post on the Patch. The Patch seems like the only place to get info these days....Jason, can you set up a new FB page with hurricane info?
sjp November 05, 2012 at 09:27 PM
I am a LV resident who is luckily out of town right now. The mayor of the town where I am staying has his own Facebook page and a twitter account, and is giving residents updates about the power at least four times a day, including street closures, where to get food, gas situtation, etc. and is asking people to reach out to him. What is wrong with our mayor? Is he even alive? What is he doing to help us?
Denobin November 06, 2012 at 03:50 AM
MrBigs: Why don't you and lvresident ship yourselves down there and "set your priorities straight" and helping out? Oh, you won't. All you can do is be bitter and nasty. Great way to spend your energy. Kids will go trick or treating this Saturday and it does not have to affect you or anyone else in a negative manner whatsoever. Are you going to vilify those who went to the Giants game this weekend? Or should all of them have followed you and lv down to the shore? I wish you and everyone power, heat and safety but for goodness sake live and let live before you give yourself an aneurysm.
LV Mom November 07, 2012 at 04:01 PM
I agree with canceling Halloween. I'm a single working mother of two. The kids dressed up for their parade and they were happy with that. They see what is going on out there and they understand that there may not be a Halloween. They are not devestated. I am more concerned about being able to get child care while school is cancelled so I can work and getting gas so I can get to/from work so I can support my family. What are we teaching our children when we are more concerned about Halloween when school has been closed for almost 2 weeks??
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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