October 31, 2012
I am no stranger to hurricanes and devastating storms now that I have made my home in South Pasadena, Florida. But being that I am originally from Roselle, New Jersey, I still try to comprehend the crippling blow and trails of destruction that this recent storm has left my place of origin. Mother Nature was cruel to say the least. What it took moments to destroy, it will take months for the cleanup and rebuilding efforts.
I believe the elected officials were proactive in the handling of this crisis, so hats off to them. I was able to reach a few of my family members and friends by texting, email or Facebook but others I am still unable to reach. I am optimistic that it is just the phone lines that are down. Though the tunnels between New Jersey and New York were flooded, the subways networks damaged and Breezy Point, Queens destroyed by fires, there is no doubt that Northeasterners are resilient folks whom in the past have had to come together in adversity. Material things can always be replaced but never the lives that were lost to this monster storm. My condolences, prayers and hopes for a speedy recovery go out to the grieving families for their personal losses and disruption of lives.
All the best,