Life after Hurricane Sandy: Memorial events for 2nd Anniversary

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MOONACHIE SANDY ANNIVERSARY:9a: U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) will be joined by Moonachie Mayor Dennis Vaccaro in recognizing two years since Hurricane Sandy by joining local community leaders to discuss Bergen County’s response and recovery and how to be better prepared for future disasters. The event, entitled Hurricane Sandy: Response, Recovery, and Resiliency in Bergen County is presented by the Bergen County Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD), Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) and sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County; Moonachie.

SANDY COASTAL PROJECT: 10a: Commemorate the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy by volunteering to create a healthy coastal forest in the Rockaways. In the fall of 2013, volunteers planted 20,000 trees in one day. Visit this new forest and help care for the trees. Volunteers will be trained in tree care, invasive weed identification, and removal techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. Please meet your Technical Leader at the corner of Almeda Avenue and Beach 54th Street. This project is appropriate for adults and youth groups that are High School age and above, with a ratio of 1 chaperone for every 5 minors. Space is limited. Registration is required for this event; Almeda Avenue and Beach 54th Street in Rockaway Community Park

MORE SANDY FUNDS ANNOUNCEMENT: 10:30a: On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, The American Red Cross will announce more than $2 million in additional funding to members of the Long Island Long Term Recovery Group who are helping people affected by Sandy on Long Island recover. Leaders of nonprofit organizations will also highlight the collaborative efforts being made to assist Sandy survivors, which will continue as long as Long Islanders are navigating the recovery process; Central Islip.

MARY PAT CHRISTIE VOLUNTEERS: 10:30a: First Lady Mary Pat Christie and the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund will be volunteering alongside nonprofit partners in Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Volunteer opportunities include deck construction, spackle, finishing work, painting, assembling of emergency food boxes and more; Toms River.

METS HURRICANE SANDY EVENT: 11a: On the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, the Mets will return to Staten Island to provide elementary school P.S. 52 in Midland Beach more organized recreational opportunities with the creation of a baseball diamond, school improvements and the donation of sports equipment. The school was closed for five weeks after the storm when its basement flooded with 17 feet of water. The majority of the schoolyard is closed because it houses the school’s temporary boiler and the playground is closed due to the risk of sink holes; Midland Beach.

TOMS RIVER SANDY PRESSER: 11a: Toms River Township Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher will be holding a presser in the courtyard of Town Hall.  We will be discussing the Two Year Anniversary of Superstorm Sandy to update the Media on our progress and what’s ahead as the Township continues to rebuild.

Some topics will include:

  •    Army Corps Beach & Dune replenishment schedule
  •    Number of permits issued to demolish and/or elevate homes in Toms River
  •    Substantially damaged homes-upcoming process
  •    Amount of ratables back on the tax rolls
  •    State grants
  •    1. 41 Toms River businesses have been approved for grants or loans through the NJ EDA Stronger NJ Business program (totaling $3.3 million)
  •    2. RREM recipients ($150,000 grants to elevate homes)

SANDY REBUILD (GOVERNOR CHRISTIE EXPECTED): 9a-3p: Two more families whose homes were severely flood-damaged after Hurricane Sandy will soon have full use of their homes thanks to the work of Rebuilding Together’s volunteers and skilled contractors and support from the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund and the American Red Cross. Volunteers, including members of Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors, Rebuilding Together’s Board of Directors, along with local electricians will be at work; Little Ferry

  •    9 a.m.  Morning volunteers meet at 82 Sabina Street
  •    11:00 a.m.MOONACHIE SANDY ANNIVERSARY: 9a: U.S. Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) will be joined by Moonachie Mayor Dennis Vaccaro in recognizing two years since Hurricane Sandy by joining local community leaders to discuss Bergen County’s response and recovery and how to be better prepared for future disasters. The event, entitled Hurricane Sandy: Response, Recovery, and Resiliency in Bergen County is presented by the Bergen County Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD), Hurricane Sandy Long Term Recovery Committee (LTRC) and sponsored by the Volunteer Center of Bergen County; Moonachie.

TUNNEL TO TOWERS SANDY PROMISE: The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, who with the assistance of various corporations, foundations and volunteers spearheaded a $50 million Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort Program on Staten Island, as well as portions of Brooklyn, and Long Island will hold two separate events in recognition and remembrance of the second anniversary of Hurricane Sandy that claimed 87 lives in New York and New Jersey, the partial or utter destruction of over 300,000 homes, and billions of dollars in damage

  •    THE FIRST EVENT: 11a: Will be a reunion of some of the hundreds of family members-now living in their new, re-built homes as a result of work done by the Tunnel to Towers Hurricane Sandy Relief Program-as well as donors and other foundations that helped to fund the relief effort–for a program of remembrance, celebration and thanks. Breakfast will be served.  This event will take place at: The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation Hurricane Sandy Relief Center, 2145 Hylan Blvd, SI.
  •    THE SECOND EVENT: 12p: Immediately following the reunion and breakfast, there will be a ceremony at the newly-rebuilt home–just minutes away–of FDNY Lieutenant Chris Kotula, his wife Carolyn and baby daughter, Caelyn, who was only 2-weeks-old when the hurricane hit. This will be a homecoming for the Kotulas, now expecting a second child in March, whose house was totally destroyed by the hurricane. This event will take place at: the Kotula Family Home, 156 Milton Avenue, SI.

SANDY GAS GENERATOR: 12p: Senator Carlucci will mark the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy by touring a gas station in Ossining that is on track to have a generator installed. In the direct aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Hudson Valley region found itself vulnerable and isolated when there was no plan in place to deal with the repercussions of a gas crisis. New legislation passed by Senator Carlucci and signed into law requires critical gas stations throughout the region to be prepared for a future storm; Ossining.

HOBOKEN SANDY FLAG RAISING: 1p: Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer will join NOAA Administrator Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, first responders, and local artists to host a special flag-raising ceremony and Superstorm Sandy commemoration event in front of Hoboken City Hall on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 1:00pm. Mayor Zimmer will also provide an update on the City’s post-Sandy resiliency efforts. The event will include the City’s newly purchased high water vehicle, a military surplus truck for water rescues which will be repainted with designs by local children with themes about resiliency and readiness; Hoboken.

GOVERNOR CHRISTIE IN BELMAR: 2:30p: Governor Christie will be in Belmar for a Main Street Walk starting at 5th and Main, followed by a Press Conference at 9th and Main in Pyanoe Plaza.

SANDY TWO-YEAR RESOURCE FAIR: 3p-7p: The Hurricane Sandy Two Year Anniversary Resource Fair will take place at the Port Monmouth VFW, 1 Veterans Lane, Port Monmouth. This is an opportunity for those in need of Sandy-related assistance to meet with representatives from many organizations that can provide help in all aspects of recovery from case management and mental health resources to financial and legal advice to construction assistance. Over 25 organizations will be on hand; Port Monmouth.

LIGHT UP THE SHORE: STATEN ISLAND: 4p: Sand Lane & Fr Capadonna Blvd by Dolphins.

5p: Community Supper (Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave)

6:30p: Service of Remembrance (Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave

7:40p: Light the Shore Vigil ((Picnic Area at Midland & Lincoln Ave or waterfront closest to your home)

LIGHT UP THE SHORE: NJ: Same as above, in several locations throughout the Jersey Shore.

LONG BEACH SANDY COMMEMORATION: 6:30p: The City of Long Beach is hosting a major event to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. We expect more than 1,000 people to attend and participate in a unity walk. Officials and residents will be on hand for interviews and to share their unique Sandy stories; Long Beach.

FLAGS FLY AT HALF STAFF IN NY: Governor Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in honor of the 61 men and women who lost their lives to Superstorm Sandy in New York. Governor Cuomo also asked for a moment of silence in memory of those who were lost as well as the countless others whose lives were disrupted. This moment of silence will occur at 8:00 p.m. on October 29, marking the approximate time when the storm surge first began in New York City.

DAMAGE TO THE ART SCENE: Art News estimates total insured losses caused by Sandy to the New York City art world was around $200-$300 million, which has resulted in higher insurance deductibles and premiums. Last week, the New York Observer published a story about Chelsea art dealers facing pricey relocations and mounting insurance costs. Nicholas Reynolds, vice president of the art insurer Berkley Asset Protection, told the paper that “premiums have gone up for all galleries, but most of all for ground-floor galleries in Chelsea, 20, 25 or 30 percent,” and that “no one is providing flood insurance” for galleries that use basements for storage.  While some changes have been dramatic—like relocating entire collections—other shifts have been subtle. “Objects that are more fragile or more difficult to move may be exhibited in January or March, after the hurricane season,” one art insurer, Claire Marmion, told the Observer.