Dispatches from the Snow-pocalypse: 5K postponed in Morris Township

Morristown nor'easter, March 7, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser
BY GEORGE, they look cold! Morristown nor'easter, March 7, 2018. Photo by Grace Prachthauser


It is not surprising that Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K in Morris Township would be postponed in the wake of a major snowstorm.

It’s the apocalyptic tone of these announcements that is starting to take a toll:

“There are multiple fallen trees and power lines on the course and the neighborhood around the course has no power. The township officials told us they would not permit us to have the race and of course we don’t want to put any of our runners in danger!” stated the message from SuperheroRacing.com.

The race is rescheduled for next Saturday, March 17, 2018.  Assuming that next week’s percolating storm gives us a break, of course.

St. Patrick's 5K race.
NOT SO FAST! The 2018 St. Patrick’s 5K race has been postponed.

“Ongoing hazardous conditions” have caused Morris School District officials to keep schools closed again on Friday, March 9. 

Students may be wondering if they ever will resume their studies. Classes were held only one day this week, and kids were sent home early last Friday when the first of two March nor-easters pummeled the northeast.

As Morristown shoveled out on Thursday from the second storm, police advised motorists against venturing into town: “Multiple streets are impassable at this time due to trees and power lines being down.” 

In Morris Township, where one-third of the town was without power on Thursday night, police invited residents to warm themselves in firehouses.

Yet somehow, life goes on.

Violinist Sarah Chang was determined to press on with her Thursday concert at Morristown’s Mayo Performing Arts Center.

Morristown High School finally will present its spring musical on Friday evening.

And Morristown officials swear the Morris County St. Patrick’s Parade will roll onto South Street promptly at noon on Saturday.

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  1. Roads are still completely shut down and people still without power, yet the town will pay thousands of dollars to remove snow from south st for a parade. Priorities! What about the two way side streets that are down to a single lane? Why don’t they get the same courtesy as south st and get the snow moved from their streets so they can park and safely travel on them?