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November 2012

FEMA in Leonardo

FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Now Open     FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC)


LOCATION:
Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center 
Address: 945 Highway 36, LEONARDO, NJ 07737

Hours of Operation:
Monday: - not open
Tuesday: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday: 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM 

Apply Online for FEMA Assistance or Apply/Check your status by phone 1-800-621-3362.

A Disaster Recovery Center is a readily accessible facility or mobile office where applicants may go for information about FEMA or other disaster assistance programs, or for questions related to your case.


Video: About disaster recovery centers

Some of the services may include:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site

NOTE: You can register for assistance at a Disaster Recovery Center or you can register online or by calling 1 (800) 621-FEMA (3362). The TTY number is 1 (800) 462-7585 for those who are speech- or hearing-impaired.

 


Volunteers Needed: Check With Each Center Before Setting Out; Needs Change

CLEANING MATERIALS NEEDED IN MONMOUTH COUNTY: The Monmouth County hurricane-relief center is in need of cleaning materials: Detergents, disinfectants, wipes, rubber gloves, mops and brooms, sponges, rakes and shovels, goggles and trash bags. The Thompson Park center, on Route 520 in Middletown, is open daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

HIGHLANDSVolunteers are needed to help with accepting and sorting donation at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church on Route 36 in the borough. Please check this sign up for specific needs. The sign-up for volunteers:

            Links removed: do not appear to be active as of 11/10


Donations of Material Goods - Update 11/8

Except where noted, most of the sites need the following:

Non-perishable foods (especially protein foods like peanut butter, canned meats, beans)
Baby diapers and wipes
Personal care items
Flashlights and batteries
Bottled water
Blankets, sheets and towels
New hats, gloves and scarves
Aluminum foil and foil food trays
Work gloves
New thermal undergarments
Paper products
Manual can openers
Cleaning products
Hand sanitizers
USED CLOTHING CANNOT BE ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME.

Drop-off and Distribution Centers

Burlington County

St. Vincent de Paul Conference of St. Mary of the Lakes Parish 
1 Jones Rd., Medford (one block south of Rte.70)       
7 days - Mon., Tues., Wed., Fri. – 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Thurs., 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
John Kallelis, 609-953-0021
Drop-offs and distribution

Mercer County

St. Gregory the Great Parish       
4620 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690              
Nov. 9, noon to 6 p.m.                   
Father Trammell, 609-587-4877  
For more information, visit www.stgregorythegreat.org
Drop-offs

Monmouth County

Christ the King Parish               
408 Prospect St., Long Branch (behind church) 
Wed. – 4 to 6 p.m. (call in advance)                   
Theresa Burke, 908-309-2797                            
Drop-offs and distribution

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish/St. Agnes Parish/Mother Teresa Schools
104 Navesink Ave., Highlands, NJ 07732                      
5 days – noon to 5 p.m.   
Melissa Wisk, 732-872-1292, cell 908-461-0448            
Drop-offs and distribution

St. Benedict Parish, Holmdel

Children's wear Shopping Center, corner of Rt.35 and Hazlet Ave, Hazlet (behind McDonald’s)    
Nov. 7 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Drop-offs

St. Catherine Parish Gym
13 Bray Ave., Middletown, NJ 07748         
Shelter – Nov. 8 for two – three days
Office of Emergency Management (coordinating), 732-787-1318 

St. Clement Parish Gym
172 Freneau Ave., Matawan, NJ  07747
5 days – Wed. – Fri. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Joe Cahill/Father Scully, 732-566-3616   
Drop-offs and distribution

St. Robert Bellarmine Parish Center
61 Georgia Rd., Freehold, NJ 07728                         
Nov. 11, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.                               
Pam Stengel, 732-580-0075; Linda Altini, 917-578-4852
Drop-offs and distribution

St. William the Abbott Parish Hall    
2740 Lakewood-Allenwood Rd., Howell NJ 07731 
7 days – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Father Sumanga, 732-840-3535     
Drop-offs and distribution

Ocean County

St. Barnabas Parish
33 Woodland Rd., P.O. Box 1, Bayville, NJ 08721                 
Mon, Wed., Fri . - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Wed. evening - 5:30 – 7:30pm          
St. Vincent de Paul Society, 732-269-2208

St. Francis Community Center relocated to 
St. Mary of the Pines Church, Manahawkin

5 days - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.         
Connie Becraft, 609-618-3338, cell 609-618-3338
Drop-offs and distribution at Ocean County Southern Service, 179 S. Main, Manahawkin             

St. Luke Parish
1674 Old Freehold Road
Toms River, NJ 08753
7 days, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Father Robert Grodnicki, 732-286-2222
Drop-offs and distribution

St. Peter Parish (school cafeteria)
6 Forman Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
6 days, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.)
Sister Jeanne Morgan, 732-892-0049
Drop-offs and distribution; Coolers needed

St. Pius X Parish
300 Lacey Rd., Forked River, 08731                       
7 days – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.                 
Ann Brennan, 609-693-5107                                    
Distribution of hot meals

St. Theresa Parish
450 Radio Road
Little Egg Harbor, NJ 08087
7 days, 8:30 a.m. to 4p.m.
Contact: Cathy Mazanek, 609-296-7800
Drop-offs and distribution



Donations for Financial Assistance

How can I help? Anyone wishing to help support the relief effort may make an online donation using the form below, or by mailing a check to: Diocese of Trenton Hurricane Relief Effort 701 Lawrenceville Rd. P.O. Box 5147 Trenton, NJ, 08638-0147. Funds will be distributed to parish-based and other Catholic social service agencies to address the most pressing needs of those impacted by the storm. For more information, write to hurricanerelief@dioceseoftrenton.org or call 609-406-7417.

 

Financial Assistance Link


Drop Off and Distribution Points for Material Assistance

 

St. Benedict Church
Children's wear Shopping Center, corner of Rt.35 and Hazlet Ave, Hazlet (behind McDonalds)    
Nov. 7 – 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 
Drop-offs

St. Clement Church Gym
172 Freneau Ave., Matawan, NJ  07747
5 days – Wed. – Fri. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Joe Cahill/Father Scully, 732-566-3616   
Drop-offs and distribution

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish/St. Agnes Parish/Mother Teresa Schools
104 Navesink Ave., Highlands, NJ 07732                      
5 days – noon to 5 p.m.   
Melissa Wisk, 732-872-1292, cell 908-461-0448            
Drop-offs and distribution

Christ the King Church               
408 Prospect St., Long Branch (behind church) 
Wed. – 4 to 6 p.m. (call in advance)                   
Theresa Burke, 908-309-2797                            
Drop-offs and distribution

St. William the Abbott Parish Hall    
2740 Lakewood-Allenwood Rd., Howell NJ 07731 
7 days – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Father Sumanga, 732-840-3535     
Drop-offs and distribution

Link for updates: Updated Links

Update Parish Information November 7th 10AM

Holy Cross church and school are all powered up!!

Tentative schedule

    Holy Cross school reopens Monday for students pending busses, etc.

    Holy Cross School teachers report Friday, school office opens Friday.

    Holy Cross parish offices are open; mass schedules are as usual.

    There is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament today until noontime. Longer if people arrive or     bring a schedule for adoration.

    Parish email appears to be working.

    Parish phone system appears to be working although message taking and phone mail might not     be 100%.

    The church is and has been open; we will lock the church at 4 PM until further notice.

    The source for all storm related information other than Holy Cross parish is Bingham Hall and     Borough Offices.

    Holy Cross is NOT accepting materials or goods at the present time. One problem everyone had     been having with the local shortages of gasoline has been delivering the goods to places that     need them. Many places were already not accepting certain kinds of donations (e.g. clothes) and     some not accepting anything. Check before bringing anything to your intended destination.

    Holy Cross school is not a distribution center for food or clothing at the present time.

    Public access to Sea Bright is closed for two days.

    All Holy Cross parish events other than masses are cancelled until Monday.

 

 


POWER !!

                POWER !


We rang the Church bells in a joyful noise

for restoration of power in at least parts of Rumson.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to clear trees, fix transmission lines and get us light and heat once again!


Recovery Begins


WertygolubiyA team of utility workers from Matrix (sp?) Electric Company stowed their trailers and gear in our parking lot overnight before heading out early this morning to work on what they called the Sea Bright substation. We wish them Godspeed.

Residents from portions of Sea Bright were allowed to visit their properties today one busload at a time. This was an increase from previous trips to the borough which were taken by small ATV vehicles. Allowing unrestricted vehicular traffic into the borough at this time would not only be unsafe due to the precarious condition of much of the housing but also hamper plowing, sifting and relocating the tons of sand on the streets of Sea Bright.

 Residents demonstrated remarkable courtesy and resolve to work together; the staging area remained calm and orderly, a dramatic improvement from the first day following the storm when displaced residents and hurricane tourist traffic snarled in an ugly collection at Ward and Rumson Avenues.

The helpfulness and energy of the volunteers, many of whom lost housing in Sea Bright themselves, was inspiring. 

A Spirit-filled, intrepid group of travellers from Tamoka Christian Church in Ormand, Florida arrived with trailers loaded with useful relief items for personal needs and property clean up. That's a journey of just over one thousand miles! They related that they were unable to reach their original destination due to road flooding and were subsequently turned away by dozens of churches and relief organizations until being directed to Sea Bright and Holy Cross. Happily some parish volunteers were able to help distribute these items through OEM today not only to Sea Bright residents but residents of surrounding communities as well. There was immediate need for virtually every item of the wide variety of items they brought. 

Let us continue to pray for the spiritual peace of those whose lives have been buffeted by the wind and the waves and the resolve of many Good Samaritans to come to their aid. Let us pray that local community leaders and government officials are inspired by prudence and justice in allocating recovery resources. 

Holy Cross School and parish offices remain closed until further notice. 

Our mass schedule has been maintained throughout the storm and will continue to be observed with the exception that all masses will be held in the church and the 7 PM Latin masses are cancelled until further notice.

 

 

 


Sunday Masses

Thanks to all our Readers and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion and ushers who helped with our masses today. It was great to gather together as a community and raise our voices in praise, supplication and worship of our God and to offer mutual support to each other.

Daily mass will be held as usual at 9 AM in Holy Cross Church.

School is closed Monday.


Sunday Mass Schedule 11/4/2012

Holy Cross Church 5 PM MassMasses in Holy Cross Church, Sunday 11/4

7:30 AM, 9:00 AM, 10:30 AM, Noon

The gym is too dark and cold. All masses will be held in the Church. There's no electricity, but plenty of power.

Latin 7 PM mass is cancelled. Too dark to safely get people in and out of the church, but we can light the inside pretty well with candles!

Pray for continued recovery efforts and for the spiritual healing of all those whose lives have been battered by the storm.


5 PM Candlelight Mass

Candlelight Mass 5 PM
5 PM Mass on Saturday Evening needed a little light


Thanks to our ushers and readers who helped us at the 5 PM mass. Tomorrow's mass schedule is as usual except that all masses will be held in the church, since the gym is too dark (and cold). The 7 PM Latin mass is cancelled.

There is an emergency and respite station in Bingham Hall for those needed food, clothing and temporary shelter. A link to the organization on Facebook gives some good information depending on the reliability of the person posting the information.

                NJ Shore Recovery


Emergency Relief

The Diocese of Trenton is coordinating a relief effort to assist those who have been left without basic provisions in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

To date, three distribution sites have been confirmed for anyone in the area in need of food, clothing and water:

  • St. Benedict Parish, located at 165 Bethany Road, Holmdel, NJ, 07733
  • Catholic Charities Emergency Services, Ocean County, 200 M Ave. Monmouth, Lakewood, NJ 08701
  • Catholic Charities Emergency Services, Burlington County, 801 Burlington Ave.,  Delanco, NJ 08075

Additional distribution sites will be confirmed in the coming days.

Additionally, a HopeMobile, provided by the National Society of St. Vincent De Paul, will be sent into the field to assist residents with basic provisions.

How can I help?

A call for donations has gone out to help supply these distribution centers with items needed most by residents in the hardest-hit areas. These provisions include:

  • all non-perishable foods
  • bottled water
  • sandwich foods and bread
  • diapers and baby wipes
  • toiletries, paper products, aluminum foil and foil trays
  • warm clothing and blankets
  • batteries, can openers, flashlights and towels

These provisions can be brought to any of the above distribution centers, with further instructions on other locations to come.


School Closings

The local public school districts have decided to close schools all of next week. The OEM informed the district that too many electrical wires are down to project a safe return to school. The district, however, encompasses a much wider area than Rumson. 

Holy Cross School will remain closed until further notice. We will determine a reopening date based on power being restored and police advice that it is safe to reopen in Rumson, even if that occurs before the end of next week. 

 


Storms, Falling Trees and Hurricane Tourists

OK, a few ironies during this post-Sandy recovery:

Trees
Utility Poles and Trees - NOT perfect together.

Most residents of Rumson have no power, no heat, no phones and no realistic estimate when any of those things will be restored. BUT, the church received a UPS delivery today from Amazon.com consisting of several parcels.

Probably no serious revisions of our infrastructure will be considered, but it doesn't take a genius to figure out that large, old trees often fall during severe storms and putting our powerlines right underneath them pretending that they won't fall is wishful thinking. 

 

 

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obnoxious hurricane touristsWhat in the world are people thinking when they load up the car with the dogs and the kids in strollers
and drive into Rumson to see post-hurricane damage as soon as the winds drop below 40 mph? I'm well aware some people have not simply lost their cabanas in Sea Bright, but their homes and businesses and are desperate to see and salvage what remains. I don't mean them, and they're easy to spot.  I mean the gawkers...and West Park and Ward Avenue has been filled with them, from the water side too I'm told. Usually they're toting cameras, often containers of hot coffee and add nothing to the post-recovery efforts but congestion and confusion and bring absolutely nothing with them except the expectation that there will be somewhere to park their car. One Rumson police officer had it right when he repeatedly pleaded on the bullhorn, "Go home."

 

 

 


Thursday November 1 Solemnity of All Saints

I made my first trip off the property today and visited Riverview Hospital, which has full power restored. Some stores are open, but most are still closed. It was good to see progress in the clearing of fallen trees and the presence of utility crews working to restore power. 

Today we decided to cancel the evening Memorial Mass for All Souls Day. The decision needed to be made in time to inform families who might be travelling that the mass will not be held as scheduled. Please spread the word as well as you can.

Friday morning mass at 9 AM and Saturday 9 AM masses will be celebrated as usual.

Saturday evening and Sunday AM masses will be celebrated in the Church. 7 PM Latin mass is cancelled if power is not restored by then.