Hurricane Sandy community updates

Met-Ed, PPL offer free ice, water to those out of power

PPL is offering free coffee at the Weis Markets in the area.  Click here for the complete list of locations.

Free ice and water locations

Bottom Dollar Food at 2431 Butler St., Easton, and at 1856 Catasauqua Road, Allentown are giving out a free bag of ice to those still without power.

In Warren County, free water and ice is available at the following locations while supplies last:
- Frelinghuysen Twp. Municipal Building, 210 Main St., Johnsonburg (ice only)
- Blairstown Municipal Building, Route 94, Blairstown
- Washington Township Police, Municipal Building, 211 State Route 31 North
- Harmony Township Fire Co., 440 Brainards Road, Harmony (water only)
- Hope Township Fire Hall, Route 521, Hope
- Independence Fire Dept., 24 Cemetery Road, Great Meadows
- Good Will Fire Co., 689 Water St., Belvidere
- Knowlton Twp. Fire & Rescue Co. No. 1, 4 Roy Ace St., Delaware (water only)
- Tri-County Firehouse, Route 57, Mansfield
- White Township Municipal Building, 555 Route 519, White Twp. (water only)
- Walmart, Route 22 East, Pohatcong, until dusk.

Met-Ed customers who lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy can receive one bag of ice and two gallons of water at no charge at any Redner's Warehouse Market or Quick Shoppe or at select emergency response facilities. For a complete list, click here.

Due to the high demand for water and ice prior to the landfall of Hurricane Sandy, water and ice supplies are now extremely limited. Therefore, this offer is contingent on availability of these items at your local Redner's store.  Met-Ed officials said there is a possibility the offer may not be able to be fulfilled due to high demand.

PPL Electric Utilities has made arrangements with a number of stores to provide free ice and water to customers without power.

You may receive up to three 10-pound bags of ice and three gallons of water daily. Just identify yourself as a PPL Electric Utilities customer at the time of purchase. For a complete list of vendors, click here.

Because of the magnitude of the storm, the list may change frequently as supplies vary, depending on when you visit the store and when vendors receive more supplies. PPL asks that you please be considerate of others in need when purchasing supplies.

Trick or Treat schedule changes

Wilson, Northampton Co., has moved trick-or-treat to Sat., Nov. 3., from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.

Phillipsburg, N.J., has rescheduled trick-or-treat to Sat., Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

N.J. Gov. Chris Christie signed Executive Order 105, postponing Halloween celebrations across N.J.  until Mon., Nov.  5, as a result of continued unsafe conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

Lower Macungie Twp., Lehigh Co., will trick-or-treat Sat., Nov. 3 from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Forks Twp., Northampton Co., has changed its trick-or-treat date to Sat., Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Lower Nazareth Twp., Northampton Co., has rescheduled its trick-or-treat night to Sat., Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Palmer Twp., Northampton Co., has moved its trick-or-treat date to Sat., Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The Bethlehem Halloween parade will go on as scheduled Sunday at 2 p.m.

Easton Mayor Sal Panto has set Sat., Nov. 3 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. as trick-or-treat in Easton. The Halloween parade from Phillipsburg, N.J. to Easton, Pa., has been canceled. 

Community announcements

First Friday on Bethlehem's south side has been postponed until next Fri., Nov. 9 from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

Storm victims are invited to AT&T company-owned stores in greater Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware to use free mobile charging stations through Monday.

Also, AT&T wireless customers can make a $10 donation for Hurricane Sandy relief by texting to the following non- profit organizations:

  • REDCROSS to 90999 to support the American Red Cross
  • STORM to 80888 to help the Salvation Army
  • HUMANE to 80888 to give to the American Humane Society

Customers who would like to contribute more can text up to five times for a total donation of $50. One hundred percent of any donation will be paid to the customer's designated charity and the customer will be charged for the donation via the customer's monthly AT&T bill.

The Bethlehem Area School District has partnered with the LV Chapter of the American Red Cross to raise funds at the Liberty-Freedom football game on Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Bethlehem Area School District Stadium.

In Allentown, the city's Emergency Operations Center remains open to receive phone calls from residents Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Allentown's EOC can be reached at 610-437-7669 (610-437-SNOW) or email directly at

After 3 p.m. Saturday, storm-related reports should be directed to the Communications Center non-emergency number at 610-437-7751.

Allentown's Bureau of Recycling & Solid Waste Main Yard Waste Site at Fish Hatchery Road and Oxford Drive is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It will be open Mon., Nov. 5 and Tues., Nov. 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wed., Nov. 7 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Regular hours will resume on Sat., Nov. 10.

Allentown has reopened temporarily the former East Side Yard Waste location at N. Dauphin and American Parkway. It is open Friday and Saturday from 1 - 6 p.m. Both sites are open to City of Allentown residents only.

In Forks Twp., Northampton Co., residents can bring storm debris to a designated site; 1051 Frost Hollow Road, Forks Twp. Trees and shrubbery only; no lumber or other trash. Dump is located at the back ofthe garage. This service will be open 24 hours until further notice. Officials will check IDs.

Gov. Tom Corbett today ordered the deadline for county election offices to receive completed civilian absentee ballots to be extended until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, on a county-by-county basis.

For Upper Saucon Twp., Lehigh Co.,residents with tree limbs from your property that need to be disposed of, we ask that you take them to the Compost Center on Liberty Road. We have extended the hours for the Compost Center to help residents with the cleanup of storm debris. The extended hours are: Friday, Nov. 2, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Mon. - Fri. Nov. 5-9,  12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Because of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, PennDOT has authorized an extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses, identification cards and vehicle inspections/registrations.

The expiration date for vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. The expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire between Oct. 26, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012.

These extensions apply for customers statewide.

The Bethlehem Recycling Center remained without power Friday, but the compost facility will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents are reminded not to throw yard waste into the street, but to bring it to the compost center.

The South Whitehall Township yard and garden recycling center will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November 1 to November 7.

In an effort to further assist residents, township public works crews will be curbside collecting storm debris starting Mon., Nov. 5 through Fri., Nov. 9. Please do not mix trees/limbs with leaves.

Raritan Twp., Hunterdon Co., N.J., has set up a warming center at JP Case Middle School, at 301 Case Blvd. until 8 p.m. Friday. Residents can stay warm and charge electronics. No food or bedding will be provided as this is only a warming and charging site.

For questions, contact Raritan Twp. Office of Emergency Management at 908-285-0549.

A boil water advisory is in effect for customers of the Independence Municipal Utility Authority in New Jersey as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

A boil water advisory is in effect by the Lehigh County Authority for the following areas:

- Beverly Hills in Lower Milford Twp.

- Clearview Farm Estates, Moore Twp. (Northampton Co.)

- Heidelberg Heights in Heidelberg Twp.

- Mill Creek in Washington Twp.

- Mink Estates, Far View Farms, and Buss Acres, Upper Milford Twp.

Allentown's federal courthouse is closed to the public Wednesday.

Lehigh County Government Center is closed Wednesday, but courts will be open.

In Hackettstown, N.J., city residents without power may use the Centenary College Reeves Gym until 6 p.m. Friday for showers. Use the Lackland Center parking lot off of Grand Avenue to access the gym.

In South Whitehall Twp., Lehigh Co., trash pickup the remainder of the week will be delayed one day from the normal pickup schedule. Normal refuse and recycling pickup is scheduled to resume on Mon., Nov. 5. Please contact J. D. Mascaro at 610-434-2501 with questions.

Hurricane Sandy has forced Reading to revise its recycling/trash pickup schedule. The updated schedule is:

Wed Oct 31--- Monday collection zone
Thur Nov 1—Tue Collection zone
Fri Nov 2—Wed collection zone
Sat Nov 3 –Thur and Fri collection zone

Please note the following:
Collection needs to be completed by Saturday because the landfills are closed on Sunday.

Allied Waste will be assisting with recycling collection on Saturday, so residents need to be aware that they will be using trash trucks as recycling collection vehicles for that day. City crews and our contractor will only be passing through once. There will be NO missed collection pick-ups for this week. If collection is missed, the resident must take it back in and set it out next week for collection.

The Nazareth American Legion, located at 158 S. Main St. in Nazareth, has opened a shelter. The legion has cots and food available.

A Hiring Our Heroes RescruitMilitary Veteran Hiring Fair originally scheduled for Thursday has been rescheduled for Thursday, Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Field, 1020 Pattison Ave., Philadelphia.

Whitehall Township announces that the Cameron Tract on Eberhart Road will be open to township residents Saturday from 7-11 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m. for tree limbs, branches, shrubs from the storm. No grass or leaves. The Cameron Tract will be open every day next week without appointment from 7-11 a.m. and 12-2:30 p.m.

Whitehall Township will return to a regular refuse, recycling, yard waste and leaf pickup schedule next week.


Trans-Bridge has resumed normal service to New York City.

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