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Police Chiefs: Safety Concerns Led to Decision to Reschedule Trick-or-Treat

In a Connect-CTY message to residents in Hamilton and Wenham, police chiefs in both town outlines their concerns about safety that led to the decision to reschedule Trick-or-Treating.

In separate phone messages to the residents of Hamilton and Wenham on Wednesday, Hamilton Police Chief Russ Stevens and Wenham Police Chief Tom Perkins both said concern about downed power lines and power outages was behind the decision to reschedule Trick-or-Treating.

Instead of Halloween night, Trick-or-Treat will happen in Hamilton and Wenham at the same time on Saturday: 5-8 p.m.

Trick-or-Treat faced a separate threat of postponement or rescheduling last week from an evening activity ban in Hamilton that barred any organized outdoor activity from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. because of concern about mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis. But on Wednesday the Hamilton Board of Health lifted that ban in an unanimous vote while adding that Trick-or-Treaters should still take "extreme precautions" to guard against mosquito bites since temperatures have not yet dropped below 28 degrees for two hours or longer.

Stevens and Perkins both said on Wednesday that town officials are working with National Grid to restore power to both towns. At 1:30 p.m., there were 681 homes without power in Hamilton and 195 without power in Wenham, according to National Grid. Wenham's number has held steady all day, but in Hamilton about 40 more homes were reported without power since 9:30 a.m.

“At this point we cannot give an exact date or time when all residents will be restored,” said the message, which was sent out by each police chief in their respective community. “As a result, residents who are still without power should make preparations until midnight on Thursday.”

Anyone who does need help should contact the Hamilton-Wenham Emergency Center at 978-468-1212 in Hamilton and 978-468-4000 in Wenham.

Michelle Bailey October 31, 2012 at 06:56 PM
How are the sidewalks/streets safe for going to and from school by foot, bike, or bus for the last two days, unsupervised, but walking with your parents tonight is not? Close the areas that are unsafe to traffic until they are safe.
James October 31, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Everyone just enjoy Halloween. No one is going to get arrested for trick-or-treating tonight. This is stupid, and is obviously just a suggestion. They can't stop us from walking around our own town. Relax and open your doors when the kids show up tonight.

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