School Cancelled for Remainder of Week

Halloween moved to next Monday by order of Gov. Chris Christie

All public and parochial schools have cancelled classes for the rest of the week as power outages continue in the RiverDell area. All River Dell state tournament games have been postponed until next week as the NJSIAA agreed to delay the start of the football postseason and continuation for boys and girls soccer, cross-country, field hockey and volleyball.

"Borough Hall is without power and has been closed the last two days," River Edge Councilman Alphonse Bartelloni wrote on Patch. "They are open today with limited power and telephones. Our DPW, police and fire fighters have been working tirelessly to try and deal with this tremendous storm and the resulting damage. As I am sure you know we do not have control as to when the power will come back on."

By 12pm Wednesday the company announced that power had been restored to 30 percent of the 1.5 million PSE&G customers who lost electricity as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

“Bergen county was clearly the hardest hit in the area from an overhead standpoint - which will take the longest amount of time to make restorations,” Ralph A. LaRossa, president and chief operating officer of PSE&G said in a northjersey.com report. He also added that the majority of restoring power in Bergen County is due to extensive damage to overhead power lines.

All Halloween trick-or-treating has been pushed back as well due to the power outages and Gov. Chris Christie signed an executive order Wednesday morning rescheduling the holiday until Monday, Nov. 5.

“As governor, it is my responsibility to use all available resources of the state government to protect against the emergency created by Hurricane Sandy – postponing Halloween celebrations by five days is a commonsense and necessary step to accomplish that," Christie said in a statement.

The Oradell Police have been informed that it may be up to four or five days until full power is restored in the area. PSE&G crews have been in town surveying the damage. 

Bergen Catholic is one of the few schools to not reschedule its weekend athletic competitions as football will face Friendship of Washington, DC on Saturday 2pm at Anacostia High School while boys soccer faces Seton Hall Prep, Saturday 2:30pm in Oradell.

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D October 31, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Will the sat test be administered at river dell this weekend?
Cynthia DeFazio November 01, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Yes, we need to know if the SAT test at the High School on Sat. the 3rd will be administered in River Dell.
Eamon Harbord (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hi D and Cynthia, I'm looking into that now.
Oradell Resident November 01, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The River Dell website says that the SAT test is rescheduled for November 17th.
Cynthia DeFazio November 01, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Thank you , because the College Board people don't even know.
Cynthia DeFazio November 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Are you sure because I hate for her to miss it, I appreciate it very much and I thank you for your time on posting. Thank You
Oradell Resident November 01, 2012 at 08:59 PM
This is what the RD website says... SCHOOLS CLOSED DUE TO HURRICANE SANDY DUE POWER OUTAGES THE ORADELL, RIVER EDGE, RIVER DELL REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL BE CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOV 1 & 2 The SATs scheduled for Saturday November 3rd will be postponed to November 17th. Students will be contacted by the College Board with further instructions. Please check back frequently for updates.


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