2013 Mischief Night & Halloween
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 • 12:00am
2013 Mischief Night & Halloween
WHEREAS, the children of the Borough of South Plainfield are entitled to the fun and festivity associated with the observance of the Halloween "Trick or Treat" custom, that is going from door to door in the immediate neighborhoods, displaying their costumes and requesting "treats"; and
WHEREAS, the increasing possibility of accidents is an ever present threat; and
WHEREAS, the night before Halloween, Wednesday, October 30, 2013 is known as "Mischief Night" and has been traditionally a night when childish pranks have been played, some of said pranks have resulted in physical harm to others as well as damage to automobiles and properties of innocent owners.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Matthew P. Anesh, Mayor of the Borough of South Plainfield, do hereby proclaim that a curfew of 7:00 p.m. on Mischief Night, Wednesday, October 30, 2013, be imposed and enforced for all minor residents of the Borough to protect residents and their properties; and
I further proclaim Thursday, October 31, 2013 as "Trick or Treat Day" in the Borough with all trick or treat activities to be conducted between the hours of 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. pursuant to local ordinance; and
I also ask that young children be accompanied by parents or other responsible adults. I further request that households indicate their willingness to welcome children by keeping their porch or exterior lights on and that youngster’s only call on homes so lighted. I encourage the cooperation of all citizens, young and old, in making this a happy and safe occasion for children.
I further request because there have been, in recent years, incidents of children receiving and consuming articles of food or candy that have been tampered with by the inclusion of dangerous items, controlled dangerous substances and poison and these incidents have been highly publicized when discovered, it is the recommendation of this office that parental supervision be extended to include insistence that children do not consume any "treats" until closely examined by their parents.
It is further advised that all parents follow the rule "if in doubt - throw it out" where any evidence of tampering with packaging or surfaces of consumable product exists.
Mayor Anesh started his political career as an elected Councilman in 2005 and 2009. He was elected in 2010 as Mayor. Matt has lived in South Plainfield all his life. He attended Sacred Heart School, South Plainfield High School and graduated in 1995 from the College fof New Jersey with a Bachelors of Science in Economics. He is a Vice President with a Fortune 100 Financial Services Company in Pennington, New Jersey and New York City. Matt is a communicant of Sacred Heart Church, a member of Hopewell Responsible Citizenship Committee, South Plainfield Junior Baseball Coach and a member of the Public Celebrations Committee. He is married to Kimberly Anesh and has 12 year old twin boys, Harrison and Joseph. In his spare time, Matt is a member of a men's ice hockey team.
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