Not everybody gets a snow day.

While kids may have enjoyed the day off Monday, it was business as usual for many - if with a few glitches.

"It usually takes 15 to 20 minutes for me to get to work," said Josie Ellis, nursing supervisor at AtlantiCare Cancer Care Institute. "It took me 45 minutes this morning."

But she needed to be there for the patients who still made the trip for their necessary treatments.

The Atlantic County Utilities Authority made sure its customers were taken care of as well - although at a slightly slower pace.

"All of our crews were out doing their assigned routes," said Brian Lefke, vice president of the Solid Waste Division. "(Monday) morning, it was a little dodgy. The roads were slippery, but as the day wore on it got a little better."

Safety was stressed to the drivers - and patience with others on the road, he said.

The ACUA's policy is that they rarely close - not for bad weather, and for only three of 13 major holidays. But, Lefke said, even though the trucks went out for collection, not everyone was able to bring trash to the corner due to the weather. Those residents can call the ACUA, and a trip back will be made as soon as possible, he said.

Public Works crews were also on the streets from early in the morning. But plows weren't making much of a dent during the height of the snowfall. And many were glad to see most people heeding the warning to stay off the roads.

"It's certainly not a place you want to be driving right now," Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian said.

He rode along with Tom Foley, director of the city's Office of Emergency Management, who had 30 trucks out plowing.

"We want to make sure everyone who has a reservation to Restaurant Week is able to get out tonight," Guardian said.

Dave Maxwell, of R. Maxwell Construction, said his job was hindered by those on the roads.

"It's very icy and hard to get around," he said as he stopped for a moment to clear off the windshield of his snowplow.

His son, Mason, an eighth grader in Galloway Township, got a snow day but spent it working alongside his dad.

Work also continued in Cape May. Richard Hinker, of Tuckahoe, tended to a traffic light at Beach Avenue and Broadway while the snow continued to fall Monday.

In Atlantic City, Office of Emergency Management Director Tom Foley said people seem to be using the day to stay inside and keep warm.

Outside Atlantic City's Fire Station 1 in the Inlet, firefighters on duty had shovels instead of hoses as they made sure the path out of the firehouse was cleared.

Police were working their usual shifts in most departments, like Egg Harbor Township.

Response times may have been a bit slower, but getting to the call safely was more important, Pleasantville Officer Stacey Williams explained.

The conditions weren't good, she admitted, but each of the five officers on duty had a sport utility vehicle with four-wheel drive available to use. They also could pick up any workers that needed it. Some other workers chose to carpool.

"We just need to be cautious," Williams said.

Her husband - a fellow officer - comes in on the midnight shift.

But Monday he was home with their two children, who had off from school due to the weather.

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