Sayreville weathered Sandy before scandal
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Those who aren familiar with Sayreville beyond the recent allegations of hazing and sexual assault within the football program may want to consider reading this piece. It illustrates what the sport means to the town and how players and official canada goose outlet cheerleaders of all races helped borough residents in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.
Now, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, this once idyllic community, victimized by a storm surge whose raging floodwaters damaged homes and everything in them, is uninhabitable.
Currie, the Sayreville High School football team defensive coordinator, came to the aid of some old canada goose outlet reviews neighbors last weekend as assistant coach John Bell, another borough native, through an effort organized by the gridiron program Touchdown Club, led an army of players and cheerleaders onto Weber Avenue.
They helped residents dispose of ruined possessions while trying to salvage some personal belongings.
The Bombers hope to help the community heal Saturday when they host Monroe in Sayreville first game since the storm.
The Touchdown Club will collect donations at the stadium entrance of non perishable food, clothing, blankets, toiletries and other items for displaced families and residents in need.
felt this would be a great diversion for them to come out to the game and bond as a community, said Sayreville head coach George Najjar, whose undefeated Bombers are prohibitive favorites to win a third consecutive Central Group IV championship this season.
is something for them to look forward to and actually raise their spirits from their strife and struggles, he said.
Currie, noting the Bombers feel an awesome sense of responsibility to play well for the community, promised fans will get their money worth, Canada Goose Online but goose outlet canada said he can predict attendance.
don know which way it going to go, he said. could be dead or could be packed. We want the town to come out, to get away from everything for a few hours. At the same canada goose outlet in usa time, if they don come, you understand why. returned to Weber Avenue on Wednesday, just as a nor arrived to further unnerve residents. A homeowner, pleading with Currie for help, pointed to the top of a nearby canada goose outlet stop sign, indicating the height of floodwaters at their peak. With the din of a front loader behind him and murky black water bubbling from buy canada goose jacket an exposed manhole cover near his feet, Currie, who moved out of the neighborhood several years ago, remained stunned by the devastation.
Most of Canada Goose sale the furniture and innards of homes, which once lined the street after burly football players helped families remove heavy items such as sofas and entertainment centers, have been carted away in dumpsters. Debris including soiled mementos rested on canada goose outlet sale curbs and front lawns. The lingering stench of silt and sewage was so strong that Currie said the odor got trapped in his nostrils and stuck to his clothes.
Notices declaring residences unsafe structures are taped to the front doors of many houses.
building is declared unsafe for human canada goose outlet black friday occupancy, the orange fliers read. individual is to occupy this building until the structure is rendered safe and secure. President Stephen Sweeney, who toured Sayreville storm ravaged areas, including the Williams Street neighborhood in the borough Old Bridge canada goose clearance sale section, was overcome with emotion at the destruction and promised to help families.
Sweeney said he got the sense, from talking with residents, that few, if any, want to rebuild after enduring flood damage for the third time in three years. They were victimized in 2010 by a nor and the following year by Hurricane Irene.
heart was broken just looking at the damage that had been done, Sweeney said. impacted me. I never experienced anything like that. The people are amazing. They have an enormous amount of courage and pride. They love the town they live in. They are just beat down. They had enough and I can understand. They really do deserve the ability to get on with their lives. Dusko, 62, who has lived on Weber Avenue for 37 years, said he loves his town but is ready to leave.
Dusko said floodwaters, even before the height of the storm, rushed past his house so quickly and with such force that he feared he might get swept away while walking toward higher ground to be rescued by a police officer.
walked with water up to our chest, he said. was terrible. The water was four feet high. It was unbelievable how fast the surge came in. canada goose outlet uk It was the worst canada goose uk shop nightmare. to the Middlesex County Office of Emergency Management, more than 20 trapped Weber Avenue residents had to be rescued from homes whose foundations were buckling. At least 10 other Sayreville residents were rescued from floodwaters, and more than 80 people were evacuated and rescued from a borough motel.
Chris Beagan, the head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach at Sayreville before leaving for Monroe five years ago, said he was in contact with some former players who canada goose outlet parka were part of rooftop canada goose coats rescues as first responders.
in Sayreville are resilient, said Beagan. Canada Goose Coats On Sale expect an awful lot of emotion from the fans and probably from the community right on down through the players, he said. will be electric on the field. It will just be good for three hours or so to get people back to normalcy. favorite son, rocker Jon Bon Jovi, toured the flood ravaged community last week before participating in a nationally televised benefit concert for storm victims from New York Rockefeller Center with fellow musicians Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen.
was hard to https://www.fanclub-fulton-smith.de see your hometown devastated like this, Bon Jovi said during a Nov. 2 interview on The Today Show. that I grew up with, my grammar school turned into a shelter, peoples homes gone and them saying to me, are now homeless. We never intended to be homeless. whose parents were also born and raised in the borough, called Sayreville great place to grow up. recalls playing behind his Weber Avenue house in a wooded area, which served as the location for the Sayre Fisher Brick Company, once the nation largest brick manufacturer before closing in 1970 following a canada goose outlet jackets 120 year run.
Most of the company buildings were demolished, but Currie said remnants of some cheap canada goose structures remained, making excellent forts for neighborhood kids. Currie and his friends also used some leftover bricks as goals for Weber Avenue street hockey games.
About 200 yards from his house, Currie honed his football, baseball and basketball skills on some of the borough athletic fields and courts. He used to go crabbing in another area behind his house formerly known as Yard Seven, which has since been replaced by neatly manicured homes in the Winding River development.
Currie was so much a fabric of the community that one of the canada goose middle school canada goose outlet store secretaries simply refers to him as the man from Weber Avenue. was really nothing better, Currie said about growing up in the neighborhood while simultaneously understanding why some residents, including Dusko, his long time neighbor, may now want to leave.