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.