By Scott D. Longfield
Walking around Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright you can’t help to be amazed at the cleanup progress that has been made in the aftermath of the most destructive storm ever to hit the East Coast. The Two River Community is pulling together the most incredible comeback in the face of adversity. Scuba diver Mike Werdann from Highlands has been very busy this week clearing marinas of debris and helping out with boat recovery in Monmouth Beach. Barbara and Ned Futter survived any major damage to their Monmouth Beach home to take a walk to look at the beachfront are all thumbs up just hearing from their daughter who just got her power back on in Summit. FEMA representatives were in Sea Bright on Saturday setting up shop at Boro Hall Sea Bright, 1167 Ocean Ave. and another location at the Henry Hudson Activity Center, 945 Hyw. 36 in Leonardo. Sophia Efremov and Diane McKinns post FEMA info along Ocean Ave. Sea Bright Police Lt. Brett M. Friedman has been nonstop with the recovery, “Can you believe how much progress has been made?” Lt. Hawthorne, from West Orange, working for the NJ National Guard talks with Chris Wood, owner of Woody’s, as the troops set up mobile kitchens and tents in Sea Bright. Fifteen hundred meals were served on Saturday to residents and workers by Onofrio Moscato, executive chef, Woody’s, Teresa Drummond and Janet Shaheen. Sea Bright Recreation director Kathy Morris was working hard with members of the Sea Bright basketball league to set up the supply tents. John Boyle, from Jackson, an I.E.W. union worker, directs traffic in front of the sand remediation pile in the parking lot of the Rum Runner, working 12 hour shifts 24/7 with few breaks in between, and was happy to be doing his part in the massive cleanup effort.
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