CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST (Friday update): Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox made it “perfectly clear” today that rumors of trick-or-treating in town being moved to today are dead wrong.
Wyckoff Police Chief Benjamin Fox
Nothing is scheduled, he said, until all of the power is restored throughout town following last weekend’s snowstorm and every potential hazard is removed.
“It would be irresponsible to think that this township would endorse a situation which would have children running the streets and other properties all in search of free candy,” Fox said, emphatically.
The chief said he felt compelled to respond after both his department and township offices received several calls from parents asking whether trick-or-treating had been moved to today.
He said he’s even spotted signs posted in town “advising parents to have their children celebrate” today.
“Let me be perfectly clear about this issue,” the chief said. “Ever since this storm struck the area we have experienced the most significant electrical system damage in the history of this community. It’s not limited to Wyckoff. It’s similar all over the Bergen County area. There still remain numerous locations where there are live wires down, and some of them are starting periodic fires.
“Wyckoff will NOT be clear and safe from electrocution hazards on Friday November 4! Additionally, sidewalks are obstructed all over town by branches which force pedestrians to walk in the roadway.
“I had asked parents on Halloween to find an alternative solution to the traditional trick or treating and make it fun and safe for your children in some other way. Many parents did just that. The holiday has come and gone. I am asking that parents heed this advice and keep their children inside and safe on Friday and beyond that until we know these hazards have been eliminated.”
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