EXCERPT from  A Tribute to the JERSEY SHORE  by Helene Kobelnyk  in VIVAcini! 09 November 2012

Hurricane Sandy walloped the eastern coastline
last week, bringing with it winds that tore
outer walls off high-rise apartment buildings in
New York City, toppled massive cranes and trees,
and together with the fury of a storm-driven Atlantic
tide, obliterated homes from their foundations
while parking sea vessels conspicuously in
city streets.
Millions were left without power, fuel, transportation,
and most tragically, without homes. The
Jersey shoreline was reconfigured with landmarks
such as Atlantic City’s famed Boardwalk, being
eradicated.
Watching the constant news coverage of the devastation
in Sandy’s wake, I felt as though a part of
my childhood had been erased. You see, from the
age of three until I turned 18, I lived in the Philadelphia/
New Jersey area.
Our summers always included day-trips and
week long vacations to the Jersey coast. Atlantic
City was so vibrant it bustled with thousands of
visitors and already had an urban-like atmosphere
even in the late ‘50s and early ‘60s.

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