New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put it well: "Anyone who says that there's not a dramatic change in weather patterns I think is denying reality," Cuomo said. "We have a 100-year flood every two years now."
Sandy came, and before she arrived, it was all about Me. Me in my house. Me in my day job. Me, my aspirations and my battles with my lessons. Me, not doing what Me like to be doing. Me and my senseless emotional life. There were so many Me's, I forgot I was only one.
The Cunsolos lost everything. But out of it Thomas Cunsolo became the founder of the Staten Island Alliance, a grassroots organization that is championing the wishes of the residents as, a year later, plans are starting to be revealed for the reconstruction of the damage wreaked by Sandy along the East Coast.
This, the Jersey Shore, is the home of commuters, the working stiffs, the souls whose families moved from the north back in the 1950s and 60s, paying on the cheap to live in a Beach Haven West bungalow with no winter insulation or flood insurance to worry, or care about.
When Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Jersey Shore one year ago today, the scenes of devastation hearkened back to the '62 storm, but this time firsthand images were immediate and prolific.
Obviously, with the current focus on student testing and teacher evaluations, academic performance in schools is a priority. But how can we ask our children to learn, and our teachers to teach, in sick schools?
Here's my advice to help parents deal with young children during the one-year anniversary of the storm.
There's a famous saying that goes, "None of us is as good as all of us." I am thankful that our country recognizes this and unites to give our best to those in need when times are at their worst.
The storm drove home a somber lesson -- one that Hurricane Katrina first taught us eight years ago. When disaster strikes, those with the fewest resources have a harder time preparing, escaping, and recovering.
About a year ago, many people in the Northeast were busy checking the Weather Channel's web site and trying to guess the likely path of Hurricane Sandy. This week, many of us are looking back trying to assess the experience of the past year and analyzing what went right and what went wrong.
While the other festivals have been celebrated throughout the Hindu diaspora, the malleability of the Diwali narrative and its pan-Indian nature has made it syncretistic.
Hurricane Sandy's heartbreak is far from over. That's particularly true for parents. I'm talking about parents witnessing the ongoing impact of the devastating storm and its stressful aftermath on their children.
I made my way through my dark kitchen from the sidewalk basement entrance with a flashlight and a prayer.
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There is no price tag for baby pictures, no set value for video of a wedding or birthday party. These memories truly are priceless. Just ask the people who have lost them.