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UPDATE: Pelican Island Residents May Return Home Tomorrow

Residents will be first of Toms River's part of the barrier island to return

EDITOR'S NOTE: A computer glitch prevented this story from delaying properly. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Pelican Island residents will able to return to their homes tomorrow morning, making them the first Toms River residents on the barrier island to be able to return to their homes after Hurricane Sandy, Mayor Tom Kelaher said.

We are delighted that Pelican Island residents can move back home earlier than we anticipated," Kelaher said in a statement posted on the township's Website. "We are looking at getting the Northern Beach area residents in next."

All four utility companies for Pelican Island have finished their testing and residents for all of Pelican Island may move back home beginning 8:00 am Thursday, Dec. 20, Kelaher said. NJ American Water completed flushing the lines, and chlorine and bacteriological testing, which lifted water restrictions there, he said.

Pat S. December 19, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I'm glad that some people are going home. But Toms River hasn't given Ortley Beach residents even a hint at when we can expect to do the same. We were there today and there were sightseers around, but we residents have to adhere to TR's "schedule". We can't access our homes on a daily basis, but non-residents can come in whenever. This is insane!
Ajv December 19, 2012 at 08:54 PM
When is riggers gonna open? Tired of bringing package goods!!
Mark December 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Marruca, Mastronardy et al are clueless bureaucrat hacks that are void of intelligent thoughts. How in the world could anyone expect them to do anything the party bosses don't approve?
Ajv December 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Awesome I be there before work on Thursday
Johnjcpa December 19, 2012 at 11:18 PM
12/15 & 16 Saturday & Sunday Barrier Island opens to all residents 8:00 am -4:00 pm EXPECT DELAYS Ortley Map Northern Beaches Map 12/17 & 18 : West Zone Closed to Residents – East and Middle Zones OPEN 12/19 & 20 : Middle Zone Closed to Residents- East and West Zones OPEN 12/ 21 : East Zone Closed to Residents – Middle and West Zones OPEN
PJ Ortley December 20, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Was at my residence in Ortley Beach today and was pleased to see that NJ Natural gas has finished work in my area (West side) and new meters are in place with tags stating that service can be reconnected to the residence by a plumber when certified safe to do so. WAY TO GO NJ Natural Gas! Now we need NJ Am Water and TR to get their act together on water and sewer. By the way, Verizon Fios is also reconnected and ready to go.
1stcav December 20, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I hope all get back as soon as possible, some may even get a Xmas present, best wishes to all for these Holidays..Hope 2013 IS much better to those hit the hardest by Sandy and OC BOSSES ( GOP ) in charge.... Officials don't do anything unless they get the nod from them !!!!
Lou Cando December 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM
does any one know who to contact for phones cabling
1stcav December 21, 2012 at 07:31 PM
If Verizon them, if Comcast , them ????? Who ever YOU pay every month..unless you never had a carrier, then set up an account ...with whom ever !

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