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Hurricane Sandy Relief Continues

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Oceanfront home for sale in the Rockaways (NY)

By: Pat Coate

St. Bonaventure University has a wonderful service group called BonaResponds (http://bonaresponds.org/) that recently spent their spring break helping with Hurricane Sandy relief on Long Island and at the Jersey shore. The group is headed by a finance professor, was started shortly after Hurricane Katrina and has assisted at most national disasters since – as well as doing a lot of good work locally. I had the opportunity to join the group for the week.

I had been to Long Island with the Red Cross back in December. Though progress has been made there is still a tremendously long way to go. I was especially surprised by the amount of work to be done along the Jersey shore. We were in the Manasquan-Ortley Beach area and a good portion of this area looked largely untouched. There was a significant police presence and some utilities were not yet fully restored. We also noted that there were lots of billboards for lawyers offering their services to challenge insurance claim denials.

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Part of the hard-working crew

The students and alumni were an extremely hard working group. The jobs undertaken included some rebuilding (floor joists and new subflooring, drywall), shoveling foot-high sand washed onto sidewalks (you think snow is heavy), building wheelchair ramps, and cleaning out the yard and house of a hoarder – an educational experience you’d never get in a classroom!

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Brant

I was able to sneak in a little birding during the week. These brant were in a parking lot right across from one of our work sites. I also got in some early morning gull walks on the beach – we stayed in Breezy Point so we were only a few blocks from the ocean to the south and the bay to the north.

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Manhattan skyline across the bay from Breezy Point

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American Black Ducks

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Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge from Brooklyn to Queens/Breezy Point


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  1. These brant were in a parking lot right across from one of our work sites. I also got in some early morning gull walks on the beach – we stayed in Breezy he group is headed by a finance professor, was started shortly after Hurricane Katrina and has assisted at most national disasters since – as well as doing a lot of

    12 October 2013 at 6:03 am

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