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Trick or Trunk Postponed, Pine Rock Halloween Party Still On

This article will be updated throughout the week as news regarding Hurricane Sandy comes in.

Update Oct. 31, 4:03 p.m.

Halloween is still going forward tonight in Shelton. The CT post incorrectly stated it was cancelled. IT IS NOT CANCELLED! Trick or Trunk, sponsored by Shelton Youth Service Bureau, will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2012. Participants should plan to be at Shelton Intermediate School between 5 and 6 PM to allow time to decorate the vehicles. Safe trick or treating will take place between 6 and 7:30PM.

Update Wednesday, Oct. 31, 9:29 a.m.

Due to power outages in Shelton, Trick or Trunk scheduled for Wednesday, Oct 31 at Shelton Intermediate School, is being postponed. Please call 203-924-7614 or 203-924-7965 after 1:00 p.m. today for the new date. However, Pine Rock Park Volunteer Fire Co. 4 will still be holding their annual children's Halloween party tonight 6 to 8 p.m. "Stop down, play some games and get some candy. It's a safe alternative to trick or treating especially this year when a lot of our neighborhoods are dark with no power. Because of the anticipated increase in attendance, this year we are accepting candy donations at the party. All are invited. Tell your family friends and neighbors. Hope to see you all there."

Update 9:07 p.m.

The Valley Indy reported on their Facebook page that Mayor Mark Lauretti said the city will not be canceling Halloween Trick or Treating, but that parents need to use "caution, caution, and more caution" if they decide to take their kids out. The annual "Trick or Trunk" event will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. at Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Blvd. North. All public and parochial schools will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday Oct. 31. Central office should report to work at noon.

Update Tuesday, Oct. 30, 7:47 a.m.

United Illuminating now reporting that 53.49 percent of Shelton (9,326 customers) is without power.

Update 11:00 p.m.

United Illuminating now reporting that over 50% of Shelton is without power. 8,935 customers -- or 51.25% of town -- are currently experiencing outages.

Update 8 p.m.

United Illuminating reports that 28 percent of Shelton - or 4,920 customers - are without power. 

Update 4:05 p.m.

From an e-mail message: "Planet Fitness is reaching out to the community with this offer of assistance. We know that because of Hurricane Sandy, many of our neighbors may be without electricity, water and other important services. As a public service, all 26 Planet Fitness clubs in Connecticut will open their doors to members and non-members alike so that the public can use our showers and locker rooms for free. Just contact the club nearest you to see if it's open, then stop in at any of our clubs in Connecticut and enjoy a hot shower courtesy of Planet Fitness."

The two Planet Fitness locations in Shelton are at 760 Bridgeport Ave. and 784 River Road.

Update 2:26 p.m.

Echo Hose Hook & Ladder Co. 1 responded to a vehicle rollover on Route 110/Howe Avenue by Indian Well State Park. Crews arrived to find one car on its side with no entrapment. Echo Hose Ambulance assessed one patient. It was determined that the driver was traveling too fast for weather conditions.

Update 12:54 p.m.

The Office of Emergency Management has reported that there is currently no storm shelter open in the city of Shelton. The Senior Center was supposed to be opened to residents at noon today, but since there have been no major incidents that plan has been canceled and the Office is "monitoring the situation" and will open a shelter if need be.

Update Monday, Oct. 29, 11:50 a.m.

Public Works Director Paul DiMauro has announced that trash and recycling collection has been suspended today and tomorrow due to Hurricane Sandy.

Carts should be removed from curbside and be secured. Collection will resume Wednesday, Oct. 31 starting with the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday collection schedules.

Carts should be placed at the curb no later than 5:00 a.m. Wednesday. Collection for the remainder of the week will continue until completed which is expected to be by Saturday, weather permitting.

Call Highways & Bridges (203-924-9277) for further details if necessary.

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Original Story

With Hurricane Sandy expected to bring strong winds along portions of the coast, including Connecticut, Sheltonites are already bracing themselves for the impact. All public and parochial schools will be closed Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30. There will be no transportation to out of town schools those days, either.

Additionally, residents of the Maples, Upper Birchbank, and Birchbank Area have been advised by the city's Emergency Management office to move personal items and seek shelter at higher ground as early as possibly, as there is a potential for a rapid rise of waters within Lake Housatonic.

Sheltering will be available at the Shelton Senior Center (81 Wheeler St.) starting at noon tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 29.

Residents in the following areas have also been given a notice recommending evacuation: Victory Street, Fanny Street area, Ayers Landing, Beacon Point Marine, River’s End Marina.

"We are recommending that you make plans to move personal belongings to higher ground, secure any lose items, boats, propane tanks, and seek shelter at higher ground before the storm hits, since your residence/business is in a flood prone area. Once the storm arrives evacuation assistance may not be available by the emergency services," the Office of Emergency Management said in a release. (see full .pdf files attached)

If you have any questions please contact the Office of Emergency Management at (203) 924-5941.

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Laura Wilson October 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Are schools open tomorrow?
Tammy Baranowsky October 31, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Aside from trick or trunk what else is going on for the kids? Is the firehouse doing anything?
Lisa S October 31, 2012 at 01:21 PM
This is one time I completely disagree with our mayor. I was out running this morning and there is no way it is safe for our kids out there in the dark in costumes. Why can't they postpone like other towns? My kids have to miss trick or treating because our neighborhood has live wires down and that is NO place for kids! Very annoyed with this decision!
Scott Burrows October 31, 2012 at 01:41 PM
The CT Post says Shelton trick or treating is postponed til next Wednesday.
Leah Salomoni (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Thank you, Scott!
Leah Salomoni (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Trick or Treating in Shelton is NOT CANCELED tonight!

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