After Sandy, Silverton Seeks 'Normalcy' with Holiday Tree Lighting

Tree lighting will be held at on Crowell Street at 7 p.m. Saturday

In hopes of returning some "normalcy" to the battered Silverton section of Toms River, residents there will celebrate the holiday season with a Christmas tree lighting on Saturday night. 

Many homes in the area are uninhabitable or only semi-habitable after flood waters entered homes when Hurricane Sandy struck, according to Township Clerk and historian Mark Mutter. Construction continues "all around" Silverton while others wait for insurance adjusters, he said.

"My neighbors decided we needed some normalcy and have decided to have a Silverton Christmas tree lighting," said Mutter, a life-long Silverton resident whose home was deemed a total loss from the storm and will be demolished after the holiday season. 

"Peoples’ lives still not back to normal," he said. "This shall be a Christmas we shall all remember."

The tree, which will be delivered by the Silverton Fire Company and special guest Santa to Crowell Street, will be illuminated at 7 p.m. The fire company, which faces equipment losses and damage to its headquarters from Sandy, is selling trees at its 15 Kettle Creek Rd. location. 

"We don't want to upset are community with no trees this year and Santa Claus. Please let the community know Silverton is proud to announce our annual Christmas tree sale ... Hurricane Sandy will never stop the Silverton Fire Company from anything," Lt. Michael Cocco said last week.

The township held its tree lighting ceremony last week in Toms River's downtown. The event was seen by officials as another way for residents to gain a sense of normalcy after the storm, especially after it forced the cancellation of the township's annual and celebrated Halloween and Veterans Day parades.

Irina December 08, 2012 at 03:31 AM
Mary Mahan Peirson December 08, 2012 at 04:56 AM
They are also having a tree lighting at Silverbay Elem. on Mon, Dec 10th. 7-10 pm.
Dewilla Goldate December 08, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Hi everyone... I am a resident at 1 Crowell St, I would like you to all understand that this is in no way a public event, this is not a township park or a commercial site. Our immediate neighborhood was severely damaged by the storm and we will not be putting up trees. However, our immediate neighborhood has been celebrating yearly for 2 years at one anthers homes and tonight we are having them all over our house to share in a Christmas tree lighting. This is just a story of a neighborhood that has stuck together through some really rough times and want to share in a small neighborly gathering. Again, this is not a put invite or event. Happy Holidays...
Gran lad December 08, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Thank you but there are are almost 59 people already that we know of that are going to show up
Speki December 09, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Thank you for the info !
Speki December 09, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Sadly this was read too late by our family ... we attended and were greatly dissapointed. This article was truly misleading on "what' this event was to be. Our first "clue" should have been the barriers tape on ONE Crowels St.. We arrived shortly before 7 with family and young children in tow. Soon afterward we heard the sirens and of course all the kids were thrilled for see Santa get off one of the THREE fire engines and one rescue vehicle. Sadly .. Santa wasn't interested in the people on the street side of the barrier .. but only Santa's "friends" on the other side. He posed for picture after picture with the adults and some of their children. I couldn't believe the ADULTS rushing in to have THEIR photo taken with Santa while ignoring the children on the street side. Shame shame !
Speki December 09, 2012 at 08:09 PM
WHY not have a Tree lighting for ALL of Silverton residents ..!!! The Firehouse would be a great place ... more than this neighborhood received damage ... and WHY three fire engines and one emer vehicle .. plus the one pulling a trailer with the tree ?????
Speki December 09, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Crowel was not the only street in Silverton that experienced damage .. LOTS of Silverton did and some of those people were there to observe the "TREE LIGHTING" too. It soon became clear that this was ONLY for immediate neighbors and not for the rest of us who btw LIVE in Silverton and also suffered from Sandy. Seeing THREE fire engines for a small neighborhood (one home ) event didn't seem like the safest thing to do either. . Listen .. had this NOT been made public it would have gone on as they planned .. but as a resident of Silverton and reading this original article I thought it was for ALL. Again .. sad to say it seems that "WHO" you know is the way of life. I have this 'gut feeling" that one of these homes or a few were either firemen OR friends of local firemen . The rest of us were "chopped liver" . Shame on you Santa for disappointing the children. After seeing this fiasco in person I think perhaps it's time that the SiLVERTON Fire dept do a TREE lighting at the firehouse so ALL can join and feel welcomed . God knows many many of us were there night after night 'donating' in some form . .. I myself had MANY people donate to the SVFC !! Again .. ALL those emergency vehicles there last night were unnecessary .. and I'm sure somehow "cost' us ... Here's to a Tree Lighting next yr .. in Silverton for ALL of Silverton .. not a select few !! And keep the Fire Engines there !!! ..
Charles Goldate December 09, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I'm very sorry you feel that we are the "select few". We are not. We asked the firehouse to deliver the tree as they will do for anyone. Santa comes with each delivery. Everyone there last night has had some type of damage from Sandy. We only wanted to bring some Christmas cheer not make anyone feel left out. The story in the Patch somehow turned into an invitation and not, as intended, a story of inspiration and moving forward.
Mark December 09, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Of course homeowner's property tax paid for this event. Its disgraceful that this event was held for a select few. I feel emergency vehicles and the associated costs for an event like this is wasteful at best an possibly illegal at worst.
Mark December 09, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Also what right do "some" people have in closing a public street. Disgraceful at best!
Speki December 09, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Charles ... I have ordered trees .. but sadly I didn't get THREE fire engines .. a blocked off street by the police .. and two emergency vehicles . Again ... I am disgusted to say the least and agree with Mark... wonder if I would get the same treatment if I decided to have a "tree lighting" ?? Doubt it ! Now I'd like to find out "how much" was donated to the SVFC during Sandy ... and "WHERE" are those funds now ?
Charles Goldate December 10, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Merry Christmas to you too!
Dewilla Goldate December 10, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Really..... you all could be donating "this time" to coming together with your neighbor... You don't know our story or any one-else in OUR neighborhood .... so SHUT UP!
janet December 10, 2012 at 12:38 AM
The street was not blocked off. Otherwise, people would not have been standing on Crowell St. No one asked the Fire Co. to bring 3 trucks. Maybe they were just being nice under the circumstances. This was just supposed to be a heartwarming story, but as usual no good deed goes unpunished
janet December 10, 2012 at 12:45 AM
BTW the Fire Co is doing a tree lighting for ALL of Silverton tomorrow night at the Silverbay School, which is in this article. This was not done for just one house, it was for an entire neighborhood that is very tight. We just picked a central location to put the tree. The house that was chosen was because it had the most room for everyone to gather.
ed crowley December 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Peace on earth and goodwill towards men. Now that is out of the way. Its not fair I din't get mine. What about me Sorry your plans were damaged.
Speki December 10, 2012 at 12:54 AM
My last statement of the night ... again .. this area was not the ONLY neighborhood with devestation ... many many more experienced the same damage and some even worse. Now that Janet mentioned the 3 trucks .. I wonder how long they stayed .. we left at 7:30 and all were still there .. lights a flashing .. so was emer vehicle. Again .. thankfully they weren't needed elsewhere . BTW .. Santa stayed too ! I have no problem with people getting together and celebrating .. however ..the story above misled many .. and standing there being ignored was NOT nice. It's not like there were 100 extra guests ..in fact it would have been nice to be invited "in" and shared some "good will" . STILL no need for fire equipment to remain and ONE truck would have sufficed with Santa to deliver the tree. ...... would have been even nicer if ALL the children of Silverton that won't have a tree this year could have had a "tree lighting" ceremony .. 'somewhere" ..not Crowell ! Nite !.
Dewilla Goldate December 10, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Get your own tree....
Dara December 10, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Dara Speki this was a private home, we do not know why the patch wrote it in such a way that people thought it was a public event. We did not ask for 3 fire trucks to come or police, we did not even know ourselves that all of them were coming. If you noticed we were not the only tree that night they were dropping off at least 3 other trees were on the truck being dropped off all the same way that ours was. I live in silverton and i do not remember getting a invite to your house last year when your tree was dropped off. The fire dept. is having a public tree lighting for silverton at silver bay school tom. night at 7.
janet December 10, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Again, the Fire Co. is hosting, for all of Silverton, a Christmas Tree Lighting at the Silver Bay School. One truck would have sufficed, but again, maybe they were just being Nice and spreading "good will". On that note, have a very Merry Christmas!!
BN December 10, 2012 at 01:27 AM
When your hanging your Chrismas stockings by the fireplace, please stuff one in your mouth. Crybaby.
Dewilla Goldate December 10, 2012 at 01:43 AM
@ BN.......AMEN...
janet December 10, 2012 at 01:44 AM
1) Taxes did not pay for this event. 2) It is a volunteer Fire Co. 3) The street was not blocked off. Please be informed before you type. Thanks
Dara December 10, 2012 at 01:17 PM
speki, how dare you put these firefighters down.This was not a "who you know" event.I was part of planning this for our neighbors. None of us know them, we can not even tell you any of their names,or have even donated to them.We will now! How dare you make it look like they are taking the donations.These men have been working non-stop since this hurricane was in the picture.Riding around warning people to leave, coming to get people who were stuck in their homes after the flooding and making sure homes were safe.They do all this on their time for FREE.Have you donated any of you time to this town for free? I can feel good knowing I have,along with working to 2 jobs and raising a family.So do not say you do not have time.I have read that many of them lost their own homes and yet instead of taking care of themselves and their own families, they are out tring to give everyone else a great holiday.Did you ever think maybe this is helping them cope with their loses also? There were over 10 of our neighborhood families there(at least 50 people), I think it was nice they took some time with all of them.They came and spent a fair amount of time for the amount of people who were there. They did not over stay, I even tried to offer them some food and they, said the had to go bring the rest of the trees. Many people have told you they are doing a tree for all of silverton, this was not it, and yet you are still complaining. Anything you write from this point is just making you look bad.
Sinbad December 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
I read the name Mark Mutter in the article, is he not the township of Toms River clerk and the Mayor's buddy? Nuff said. I own a small ranch in Silverton, it had 3ft of water thruout. The entire inside was destroyed and I cannot live there until it gets fixed. Oh, I do not live near Crowell Street either.
Speki December 10, 2012 at 02:20 PM
I did not put the firefighters down .. there are many residents who are very thankful for them ... they had the biggest job of their lives before ...during and after Sandy,. I have nothing else to say ... I'm getting the same exact "heart warming" welcome as I did Saturday night ... go figure ... nuff said ... ....Dara ... BN .. and Dewilla ! As for donating .. I most certainly did ..
janet December 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Mark Mutter does not live on Crowell St. Patch screwed that up too.
Charles Goldate December 10, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Enough is enough. We did nothing wrong here and because a few people think we did does not change the fact that "OUR" neighborhood did something uplifting in the wake of Sandy. We all understand that we were not the only families that suffered and if some people felt left out of "OUR" Christmas celebration I am sorry. In hindsight, we should have kept it to ourselves but it's too late for that. No disrespect was intended. No strings were pulled and no favors were asked for. Please join me in putting an end to this and let's all enjoy the Christmas season.
Speki December 10, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Amen !


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