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Random Acts of Kindness Encouraged in Sandy's Wake

Mayor asks residents to share generators, hot meals as town continues to recover.

Montville Mayor Tim Braden is hoping residents can turn the negative of being without power for nearly two weeks into a positive.

"As we enter the 12th day of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath, I am calling for a day of 'Random Acts of Kindness,'" Braden said.

Acts he suggested included residents with generators running an extension cord to a neighbor's house, checking on elderly couples who live in the area, bringing hot meals to those who are unable to cook and dropping off food to those who do not have any to the Montville Food Pantry.

"They will feel better and so will you. You can make a difference!" Braden said.

Braden said the power company is continuing to work in the township, but that while residents wait, they can help others.

"As JCP&L chips away at the remaining 20 percent of the town without power, those who will be last need your help now more than ever."

He also said the township is putting the pressure on JCP&L to take care of Montville's residents as soon as possible.

"We continue to do everything we can to press JCP&L to get more crews to town and give us accurate information to pass on to the residents," he said.

The Montville Township Commitee will be hosting a special meeting Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the municipal building to discuss storm response with residents.

James P. Page November 09, 2012 at 03:36 PM
This should have been happening starting on day one! Were leadership fails, the members of the community unite and take care of one another since day one of this event!
D Ambriano November 10, 2012 at 01:14 AM
How about a random act of competency? Anyone? Anyone?
Sue November 10, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Whose random act of kindness closed the shelters??
melikric November 10, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Those of us partial to sermons may attend church and hear a sermon from a professional preacher. It would seem the mayor's duty is to get the citizens electricity and spare us homilitics.
melikric November 10, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Hopefully Mr. Braden will recede into the woodwork or enroll in a seminary come the 2013 reorganization and new blood with the time and ability to lead will be selected as mayor.
pat November 10, 2012 at 05:14 PM
True
pat November 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
We were told at this morning's meeting we do not have an "arborist" in town to handle keeping the trees trimmed...how about we offer some specialized training, if needed, to all of our township tree company owners and we can have them work, in conjunction with the town and JCPL, in order to keep the trees off the lines?? That would not only help to stop further problems such as this from happening but also help Montville Township's economy and small business owners.
pat November 10, 2012 at 05:16 PM
He will have lots of time to do that after the next election!
Ivonne Carvajal November 10, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Nice thought but don't move too fast. We we were restored lastnight but lost it again today for a short time.
michele caron November 11, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Thank you to employees of the Town Hall...Especially Theresa, Carmella, and Mark. When I went into the building to get HELP...any HELP....They were so kind and comforting..I cried. Theresa took me to her home and gave me two bags of ice. That was so wonderful. THANK YOU LADIES and GENTLEMEN. Your random acts of kindness will not soon be forgotten. Bless you all. - Michele Caron
D Ambriano November 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
Pat-- Sadly, you don't get to elect the mayor in Montville. He's appointed for you, courtesy of all his colleagues at the Town Council.

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