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UPDATE: Sharon Planning Sunday Halloween

Recreation and fire departments, and Everwood, have events in the works.

Sharon will celebrate Halloween after all.

The Sharon Recreation and Departments and have Halloween events in the works for this Sunday, Selectman William Heitin told Sharon Patch in an e-mail tonight.

Monday morning, Sharon public safety officials canceled Halloween and opened a shelter.

Fire Chief James Wright said downed power lines and icy sidewalks prompted the Halloween decision.

"We are canceling trick-or-treating activities for this evening," Wright said outside the Sharon Town Offices, which are closed and without electricity.

A warming center initially was established at the community center at 18 Hixson Farm Road. The shelter has since moved to the Sharon Public Library's Cynthia B. Fox Community Room.

A second shelter, at , will open if the volume of emergency calls warrants it, Wright said. Anyone needing assistance should call the at 781-784-1587 or the at 781-784-1522, he said.

Wright said the majority of the town should have power by 11 tonight.

The is open, but its Internet access was down as recently as noon.

On its website, NSTAR reports that 3,069, or 46.1 percent, of its 6,652 Sharon customers were without power as of 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Electricity is expected to be restored by Wednesday evening.

Wright cautioned residents about using generators, noting the carbon monoxide threat.

"We've already taken two people to the hospital because of that," he said.

Elli Parker October 31, 2011 at 02:53 PM
"It's just way too hazardous at this point in time for people to be venturing out" for trick-or-treating, McGrath said. - how can he not postpone like othertowns??????
Irina Gott October 31, 2011 at 02:54 PM
If conditions are as hazardous as the police department describes, I would urge the Town to step in and officially reschedule trick or treating (as other towns have already done) so that parents aren't forced to make individual decisions about a holiday the kids look forward to all year long.
Abigail Marsters October 31, 2011 at 03:18 PM
Between the trees down in the roads, the pitch black streets and houses and the live wires still on the ground, Halloween should be postponed until Thursday like Foxboro, Worcester and other towns.
Denise Hanlon October 31, 2011 at 04:27 PM
Just got the call from the school department. My daughter is crying. Is this going to be rescheduled like other towns?
Janet Mayo October 31, 2011 at 06:03 PM
I agree, we should be rescheduling it for Thursday, not just canceling it. This is very upsetting for the children. Thinking about going to another town nearby, but don't know the neighborhoods. Any recommendations for an area in Canton or Stoughton, etc.?
Shaun Weston November 01, 2011 at 01:07 AM
We were very lucky to have friends in Easton (where we moved from in 08) for our 3 boys to trick or treat. I can't imagine telling them no. Why won't Sharon re-schedule?
Howard Wiseman November 01, 2011 at 08:03 AM
From time of 8:00 AM NSTAR update, 488 additional customers regained power by 8:30 PM Monday, with 2481 still remaining without power.
Fong Tan November 02, 2011 at 04:45 PM
My son wants to know if trick or treating will also be Sunday night. Can we run a poll on this? All that candy has to go somewhere...
Michael Gelbwasser (Editor) November 02, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Hi Fong, Yes, there is trick-or-treating Sunday night: http://sharon.patch.com/articles/sharon-selectmen-ask-neighborhoods-trick-or-treat-this-sunday
Kendra November 05, 2011 at 12:06 AM
So Halloween has indeed been rescheduled to Sunday??? Because I have called the Sharon Fire and Police stations and no one seems to know what's going on except you Michael. My son also wants to know if their will be trick-or-treating.

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