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Week in Review: Police Organize Sandy Collection, Caldwell Race Results Unknown, Your Tweet Helps Hurricane Survivors

Here's what you may have missed this week...

Donations for Sandy Victims Fill Up Former Toy Store

Dozens of pallets of items have been collected for victims of Hurricane Sandy by the West Caldwell Police Department since their donation center opened last Saturday. 

The response is greater than co-organizers WCPD officers Det. Paul Mazzeo and Sgt. Shaun O’Dowd ever imagined. “Everybody’s chipping in,” O’Dowd said Tuesday. “It’s been incredible.” 

Surrounded by rows and rows of packed boxes piled four-high, O’Dowd spoke about the generosity displayed by the community.

County Clerk: Only Caldwell Remains to be Called

More than a week after the election, Essex County officials continue to count “buckets” of votes coming in from post offices that were flooded or without power after Hurricane Sandy devastated the region, County Clerk Chris Durkin said Wednesday.

 In addition to mail-in votes, emailed, faxed and provisional ballots remain to be counted. Final results will not be available until the afternoon of Monday, Nov. 19, the deadline set for mail-in votes by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno. 

But only four candidates are holding their breath until Monday, the two Democrats and two incumbent Republicans vying for two open seats on the Caldwell Council.

Caldwell Businesses Top Readers' Choice Poll

The results are in for Suburban Essex Magazine's Best of Essex 2012 reader's choice poll—and many businesses in the Caldwells have come out on top in their categories. 

Recess Returns to Grover Cleveland Middle School

Principal James Brown isn’t the only thing new at Grover Cleveland Middle School. The first-year principal discussed some changes he’s implemented at the school at Monday’s Caldwell-West Caldwell Board of Education meeting.

Tweet #PatchRebuilds to Help Hurricane Sandy Survivors

You can help rebuild communities that were hit by Hurricane Sandy by donating cans of food, volunteering for cleanup efforts—or simply sending a tweet

Patch is excited to announce our new effort to help support devastated communities after the storm. For every tweet sent with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds, we will donate $1 to the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund, up to $125,000.

Have a question or news tip? Contact editor Teresa Akersten at Teresa.Akersten@patch.com.

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