Woodbridge Hurricane Recovery Update

WOODBRIDGE — 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 register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Woodbridge Township residents and businesses should apply for federal disaster assistance through the FEMA on-line registration if possible. 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.

Apply on-line at:
Web-Enabled Mobile Device at: m.fema.gov

Applicants can also register by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or  1-800-462-7585 (TTY) for hearing & speech impaired. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice.

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.

The Woodbridge Office of Emergency Management has established communications with the state and county Office of Emergency Management and township utility service agencies. Restoration of power and utility service is underway.  PSE&G has not provided a timetable for the complete restoration of power in each town. Contact PSE&G at: www.pseg.com/outagecenter and @PSEGdelivers on Twitter or 1-800-436-7734 for updates.

Halloween Festivities

In accordance with the directive of Governor Chris Christie, the traditional Halloween of door-to-door candy collecting has been postponed in Woodbridge Township until Monday, Nov. 5 when door-to-door trick-or-treating will be permitted.

The Halloween curfew remains in place from 7 p.m. to sunrise every night from Friday, Nov. 2 through  Monday, Nov. 5 and applies to everyone under the age of 18 (unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or responsible adult). Police will issue a warning and instructions to return home to first-time violators; second offense violators will be taken into custody and held until picked up by a parent or guardian.

The Township will host a Halloween Party for residents on Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Woodbridge Community Center, 600 Main Street from 3-7 p.m. Residents are invited to bring candy and treats to the parking lot for “Trunk or Treating” from 3–5 p.m., followed by a costume contest at 5 p.m. and a Haunted Hayride at 6 p.m. The Skyline golf facility will be open from 3–7 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.

Garbage and Recycling Collection

Friday, Nov. 2 recycling will be collected on Saturday, Nov. 3. Regular trash and recycling schedule resumes on Monday, Nov. 5. Residents are asked to secure trash containers.

Food Distribution

Trinity Food Pantry will distribute bags of food between 9 and 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Trinity Church, 650 Rahway Avenue, Woodbridge.

Blood Drive

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 on Saturday, Nov. 3,  from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Avenel Knights of Columbus, 109 Morrissey Avenue. For more information, call 1-800-933-BLOOD.

Hurricane Sandy Spaghetti Dinner

SAT., NOV. 3
The Pediatric Hydrocephalus Foundation is sponsoring a Hurricane Sandy Spaghetti Dinner at the  Edison Elks, 375 Old Post Road, Edison from 2-6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 children 12-5, and free for children under 5. There will be a DJ, Halloween costume contest and basket raffle.

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