Letter From Mayor Buccellato and Matawan Office of Emergency Management

Local officials offer information on recovery efforts.

The following is a letter written by Mayor Paul Buccellato and Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Sgt. Thomas Falco:

Dear Resident & Neighbor:

Local recovery efforts are continuing. Our streets and roads are cleared and we are working with a private hauler to collect and remove the branches and limbs from the roads.

We are still experiencing extensive power outages throughout the Borough. We have been in contact with JCP&L and have toured the Borough to assess damages with their representative. However, with that said, JCP&L does not yet have a firm estimate for power restoration. Residents should be aware and alert that areas of the Borough remain hazardous due to downed lines and inoperative traffic signals.

Borough Hall is temporarily closed due to this weather event. Our Police Department is staffed, as is our Volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Squad to respond to any emergency in the Borough.

If you have a life threatening emergency please call 911 immediately.

There is still a Borough-wide curfew in effect from 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM.

JCP&L has requested that downed power lines be reported by calling 1-888-544-4877 or using the internet at the following web site: www.firstenergycorp.com.

Trash and recycle pick-up has resumed. Please follow the normal schedule regarding your trash and recycling days.

The following is our best information regarding open stores:

  • ShopRite on Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, NJ – 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Walgreens on Broad Street & Highway 34, Matawan, NJ
  • Stop & Shop on Highway 35, Middletown, NJ – Water, dry goods and pharmacy

Water and ice can be obtained at Holy Family Church at 910 Route 36 in Hazlet.

The Matawan Community has responded to this unprecedented disaster in ways that we cannot express. Your cooperation and patience has been extraordinary and is truly appreciated. Please continue to check with your neighbors and friends, and in particularly the elderly. With everyone’s continue support and cooperation we will get through this as a united community.


Paul Buccellato and Sgt Thomas Falco

Editor's note: A list of stores and restaurants open in the area can be found here.

Mj November 04, 2012 at 04:41 AM
I'm going to freehold tomorrow
Mj November 04, 2012 at 04:44 AM
300 halls mill road. I wanted to go to keansburg after and help, but I'm developing a nasty cough.i found out about the board of elections via cory booker's tweets
Kimberly Belotti November 04, 2012 at 04:57 AM
This is ridiculous. I have seen many police officers all around while I was still attempting to stay at home. I left on Friday as I could no longer be without heat. I live in apartment community and we saw our maintenance the very next day, cleaning up what they could. Our management was there the day after that assessing the damage and going over the needs with maintenance. I know Livoti's has been a GREAT source of fresh food, water, and hot coffee. Our mayor seems to be a JOKE!!! We need to go to our assembly people and senators...start bombarding them with how fed up we are. How much that Irene and now Sandy has made us disgusted with our mayor's lack of leadership and JCP&L's incompetence. Matawan may be a small town compared too some of it's neighbors but we are one of the largest hubs into NYC from Monmouth County and could be an amazing little town if we had better leadership. I see so much from the public library and other small businesses in the area but where is our elected (HIRED) officials when they are most needed!!!
Jennifer H November 04, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Please let's keep this going we need to be heard as a town as I sit here in the cold do I hear any JCP&L trucks? No. I wonder if the mayor is sleeping? Are those polling locations open on Tuesday? Do we know we need to do something. Today I heard the Mayor of Sayerville on 101.5 FM . Updating his town with creative ways to pitch in and what he is doing how he is in contact with the power company. He didn't write a letter.
Mj November 04, 2012 at 05:21 AM
I just.tweeted gov. Christie
Kimberly Belotti November 04, 2012 at 06:07 AM
Just emailed the mayor. paul.buccellato@matawanborough.com
Kimberly Belotti November 04, 2012 at 06:09 AM
Our other government officials. They all have websites...call them, email them!!! Matawan is in the 6th Congressional district[27] and is part of New Jersey's 12th state legislative district.[8][28] Prior to the 2011 reapportionment following the 2010 Census, Matawan Boro had been in the 13th state legislative district.[27] New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District is represented by Frank Pallone (D, Long Branch). New Jersey is represented in the United States Senate by Frank Lautenberg (D, Cliffside Park) and Bob Menendez (D, Hoboken).
Kimberly Belotti November 04, 2012 at 06:09 AM
The 12th legislative district of the New Jersey Legislature is represented in the State Senate by Samuel D. Thompson (R, Old Bridge Township) and in the General Assembly by Robert D. Clifton (R Matawan) and Ronald S. Dancer (R, Plumsted Township).[29] The Governor of New Jersey is Chris Christie (R, Mendham Township).[30] The Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey is Kim Guadagno (R, Monmouth Beach).[31] Monmouth County is governed by a Board of Chosen Freeholders consisting of five members who are elected at-large to serve three year terms of office on a staggered basis, with either one or two seats up for election each year. At an annual reorganization meeting, the board selects one of its members to serve as Director and another as Deputy Director. [32] As of 2012, Monmouth County's Freeholders are Freeholder Director John P. Curley (R, Middletown Township; 2012),[33] Freeholder Deputy Director Thomas A. Arnone (R, Neptune City; 2013),[34] Lillian G. Burry (R, Colts Neck Township; 2014),[35] Serena DiMaso (R, Holmdel Township; 2013)[36] and Gary J. Rich, Sr. (R, Spring Lake; 2014)
Don November 04, 2012 at 11:58 AM
Recall him
Jennifer H November 04, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Please everyone call JCP&L lean on them as to speak to supervisors I have. Please we need to be on them since our mayor won't.
Jennifer H November 04, 2012 at 12:27 PM
Good morning mayor! Sleep well in your cold house or did you get your power back? I didn't, maybe your in Hazlet getting coffee or ice. Do something get our power back.
Jennifer H November 04, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Does anyone know can we vote in Matawan at our usual polling stations?
Jennifer H November 04, 2012 at 12:35 PM
Pretty sad our mayor can't tell us
Joe November 04, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I get Marlboro's messages from the mayor because I joined the Marlboro pool. He sent out 13 messages so far and has had significant progress getting power restored. This message from our mayor is pitiful.
Kathy L. Jones November 04, 2012 at 01:13 PM
The residents of Matawan are in our prayers. I lived there until I was 12, then my family moved south. It saddens us to know our friends there are suffering and the Mayor is doing nothing! News reports here have informed us that Alabama sent trucks and workers to help, but they were told to leave, because the Unions run the show there and refused to have non-union workers help in your area. I hope that you all will remember this when you cast your vote! Sickening! We need to get this country back on track and hopefully the cities and towns will follow. The devastation from the storm will get many back to work, like it did when hurricanes Charlie, Frances, Jean, Ike, and others wrecked havoc in Florida. We are praying for everyone in NJ and NY.
Mike November 04, 2012 at 02:30 PM
It's time to change the oil with respect to our Matawan Government. They are pathetically un responsive to our local needs. While I fully understand that this is a catastrophic event, communication is vital in times like this. The buck stops at the Mayor - I have 60 employees who all share stories of how their local government is trying to do what they can to keep the communication lines open. Even if there is not much information to share, it is important to keep the communication lines open between local government and the residents. This motivates me to get more involved with this town. This is a great town and could be so much better with the right leadership and skills.
Concerned Taxpayer November 04, 2012 at 02:45 PM
He DEFINATELY should have addressed the voting issue. Not counting on Matawan I went to the County Clerk on 300 Halls Mill Road to vote last week when I read it in the APP. Tomorrow is the new "Halloween" for kids. Will he suspend it for Matawan children or let them walk over all the downed wires on our sidewalks and streets? At the very least he could get a generator and serve up some hot coffee. Why do I have to travel to Hazlet to get ice? Hazlet has power. JCP and L should move their ice donations to a church in town or to Stratmore School. Well gotta go charge my phone in my car....
Susan November 04, 2012 at 03:08 PM
What about schools...no updates on marsd.org...we have no power since Monday 2 pm...no notifications at all from our mayor regarding schools or any efforts made to restore power in Matawan. Love our property taxes at work...JCP & L not in site..feels like we are forgotten
Mrs. B November 04, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I just called JCPL and got the same old story. I also email the mayor which I'm sure will fall on deaf ears. I think him not addressing the voting thing is a calculated political move if you know what I mean. My section of town has not water either and we haven't since the power went out. No water no toilets...what has he don't to address that issue? Nothing. No toilets for a week. I wish I knew what else to do, my frustration level is enormous.
Mrs. B November 04, 2012 at 03:14 PM
The school website said it will update today....I'm sure that means 10 pm tonight. How could they have school when over 50% percent have no power.
Mike November 04, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Gee, forgot to mention that I am signed up for the notifications from the town. I received several before the storm, but zero since. We have no information about schools, voting...etc. Glad the trash is being picked up, but do we bring our debris from the storm to the curb - Thank to the Patch and the contributors, we have information that’s available. Good Job Patch!
Chelsea Naso (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I know the borough has sent out a few reverse 911 calls since, but I think the issue is awful cell service or home phones being out of commission. We're glad we have been able to help everyone get information during this challenging time! Thanks for reading & contributing!
Chelsea Naso (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Matawan's clerk is working on getting trucks with paper ballots at our local polling locations. It has not been confirmed yet, but as soon as details are settled with county employees Patch will share them with you. You bring up a good point though: everyone can vote early at the county clerk's office. If you are concerned, the best thing to do is go cast your ballot.
Chelsea Naso (Editor) November 04, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I have reached out to school officials and will provide details as soon as they are available.
Mrs. B November 04, 2012 at 03:58 PM
I've had no disruption of my cell service{the only thing that works} and there have been no calls, nothing posted on their website, just a lot of nothing is all that we are getting for the town office. Freehold township schbools already got the call that they are closed Monday and Tuesday.
Mj November 04, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Chelsea, Thank you for the info you do have!
Mike Hackerts November 04, 2012 at 04:39 PM
we need more granular info how can we plan lives, work, move on with any normalcy with no clue on when power or heat for our kids will be available. No redundancy or resiliency in power systems, bad planning, bad response, bad comminication- just curfews!? its freezing in my house,and I would plan if I could get info. make jcp&l use the $$ they DIDNT SPEND to be proactively be ready for a day like this and gambled with our lives to now spend on reactive fixes like more crews, 24/7 repairs, and constant updates and communication this is pathetic 20% restored if that a week later stand up mayor or get out. and stop sending voicemails I HAVE NO PHONE ITS DEAD I HAVE NO POWER
Mike Hackerts November 04, 2012 at 04:44 PM
a week later and no granular info or power = unacceptable any shmuck can be mayor in good times its now that real heroes shine and stand up. we are likely last in line cause our mayor is too passive. Get on JCPL case now every 30 minutes OR i want the option of con-ed or pse&g service at my home. Do your job other mayors are doing much more than sending mushy emails they have hard info and data and are pressing people for updates on how this is being managed and we need updates
Bill stack November 04, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Finally got power and hope it stays on--this after the utility company said maybe Wednesday. Voted in freehold today and when discussing the devastation with others found that their elected officials have been getting daily communication from their officials, sometimes twice a day. The information is granular enough that they can plan, etc. so while we are fortunate to have power restored; it is important that matawans officials learn from the best practices of other communities and communicate every day. I am sure there are others still without power and they need to know what is happening so they can plan. This is not about elections, but more about effectively communicating to te community.
Concerned Taxpayer November 04, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Matawan Aberdeen schools are closed Monday and Tuesday. No word yet on whether they will be open on Thursday and Friday ( or even Wednesday).


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