Middletown Offices To Close On Thursday Due To Expected Blizzard Conditions

Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD, announced that the Township’s facilities are closed and programs are cancelled on Thursday, February 9th, due to the Winter Storm Warning with expected blizzard like conditions in the Township.

The closure includes the Middletown Library, the Middletown Arts Center, the Senior Center, Poricy Park and the Health Department. The Project Plus program, scheduled for Thursday night, is cancelled.

Garbage and recycling collection is cancelled on Thursday. Garbage will be collected on the next scheduled collection date. Recycling will be collected the next day. Residents are advised not leave cans curbside because crews will be plowing.

“Middletown is prepared to address tomorrow’s storm,” said Mayor Scharfenberger. “The township has 153 pieces of equipment at its disposal to clear snow from more than 650 lane miles of road. The fleet includes 83 township plows, brining machines, sanders, and other heavy equipment. Another 70 plows are provided by local contractors who augment township snow removal efforts as needed.”

Township Administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said that crews began pre-treating roads with salt brine on Wednesday. Emergency personnel will be placed on standby as the storm advances.

Motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads. A Winter Storm Warning issued by the National Weather Service remains in effect from midnight tonight until 4pm on Thursday, February 9th.  Forecasters are predicting rain will turn to heavy snow starting at approximately 6:00 a.m., with snowfalls of up to 2 inches per hour possible. Heavy snowfall is expected to end around noon. Below freezing temperatures are expected to continue into Thursday night.

Coastal residents are advised be aware that upcoming high tides will be approximately 6:13 a.m. and 6:43 p.m. on Thursday.

Residents with home generators need to be aware that they must be placed at least 20 feet away from any habitable structure when they are in use for safety reasons. Now is also a good time to start up the generator and make it is in working order, he said. It is also a good idea to have extra fuel stored in the appropriate containers on hand.

Mayor Scharfenberger advises residents to stay informed by registering to receive emergency alerts from Middletown Township. Residents can register through the town website at middletownnj.org/register. Alerts and updates are sent by text and e-mail. Residents need to register their cell phone to receive voice messages on their cells. Be sure to include a home or local address since messages are sometimes sent based on geographic location. Registration is not necessary to receive voice messages via landline phone.

Updates will also be posted on the township website, middletownnj.org, on Facebook at MiddletownNjTownhall, Twitter at MiddletownNj and Nixle (nixle.com)


Posted: February 8th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “Middletown Offices To Close On Thursday Due To Expected Blizzard Conditions”

  1. Sancho Panza said at 1:14 am on February 9th, 2017:

    Maybe they should have closed up everything on Wednesday:

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement informed The Daily Caller Tuesday that a man arrested last week for allegedly sexually assaulting and robbing several young girls is an illegal immigrant.

    Daniel Omar Mejia-Reyes, 27, was arrested in Long Branch, N.J., last Wednesday after attacking three girls, ages 12, 14 and 16, in one afternoon, according to a criminal complaint obtained by TheDC. (RELATED: Previously Deported Illegal Alien Arrested For Sexual Assault)

    According to the complaint, Mejia-Reyes grabbed the 14-year-old victim “and attempted to drag her away from her location, while grabbing her vagina, and making lewd sexual comments.”

    He allegedly took the 12-year-old’s cellphone and touched her genitalia. He also committed robbery by the use of force by shaking the 16-year-old’s shoulders and taking an iPhone 5s from the victim’s hand, according to the complaint.

    A school bus aide told News 12 New Jersey that he witnessed two of the incidents while dropping students off after school.

    “He was pulling her. I don’t know what his intentions was but it looked like it was bad,” the aide told News 12.

    He said he brought one of the victims onto the bus after the attack.

    “All of a sudden we see another attack,” the aide said. “He was pulling her and pulling her. Now this girl was like screaming ‘Help! Help!’”

    Mejia-Reyes is being held without bond at Monmouth County Correctional Facility and is being charged with two counts of robbery, one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact, plus four other charges.

    ICE issued an immigration detainer for Mejia-Reyes as he is in the country illegally. The agency would not tell The Daily Caller Mejia-Reyes’ country of origin or whether he has previously been deported.–From the Daily Caller.com