Bayshore Residents: What Are You Thankful For?

The last few weeks have tested the Bayshore community, but they have also highlighted what we are truly thankful for.

Three weeks ago, the Bayshore community was gearing up for Halloween. Costumes and candy were purchased from stores, and a number of horror flicks played at local theaters.

Before All Hallow's Eve could be properly celebrated with trick-or-treating, however, a storm the area will never forget barreled mercilessly through New Jersey. 

The morning before Halloween, the community awoke to find downed trees and homes and businesses washed away by the storm surge. Many would remain in the dark for two or more weeks, with a flashlight permanently in hand and several layers of clothing to protect them from the cold of the Nor'easter that came just days later. Others would remain in shelters, in search of temporary housing until they could rebuild.

And although much of the community falls into the category of 'Sandy victims,' just as many fall into a much greater category: 'Sandy volunteers.'

Sandy volunteers showed up at shelters, dropped off mounds of food, clothes and supplies at distribution centers and showed up at strangers' homes to clean up what the storm dragged in. 

In the wake of the damage, the Bayshore community has a rare opportunity to reflect on what they truly are grateful for. 

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Tell us in the comment section below.

Scorn&SlightRegard November 22, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I'll tell you who should be thankful -- that Loch Arbour Town Clerk who's getting a GOLDEN Parachute......upwards of $700K. She's also the CFO of Atlantic Highlands, so she's coming after you next. "The package was approved a year ago by the Loch Arbour's former board of commissioners and includes a severance payout of two weeks per year of employment – currently 46 weeks salary - a $66,000 payout for 150 days of unused sick and vacation time and lifetime health benefits for clerk Lorraine Carafa and her husband. According to Mayor Paul Fernicola, who outlined the package in a letter to residents, the deal is worth as much as $694,000. That money is over and above the pension Carafa, who has been with Loch Arbour since 1990, will receive from the three municipal jobs she currently holds. In addition to her job in Loch Arbour, which pays her $105,000 per year, Carafa also holds part-time jobs as CFO of Sea Girt and Atlantic Highlands. All told, the three jobs pay her $167,000 per year. "
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