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Madison Aims to Help Shore Town in a Big Way

Informational meeting scheduled for Thursday on how Madison can support Union Beach that was devastated by Superstorm Sandy.

Madison officials recently toured Union Beach, which was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, and have scheduled a public meeting for 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Hartley Dodge Memorial to discuss ways Madison can help with fundraising and volunteer efforts, the borough has announced.

All residents are welcome to attend as well as representatives from scout troops, churches, civic organizations, and local employers, an announcement from the borough said.

Approximately 200 homes in Union Beach were destroyed by the storm.

At the informational meeting, Mayor Bob Conley and Councilman Bob Landrigan will outline goals they hope to accomplish with the initiative. Photos taken when Madison officials visited Union Beach on Thursday and over the weekend will be presented.

Conley presented the idea of Madison partnering with Union Beach to executives at the inaugural meeting of the Chief Executive Council for Madison, and council members expressed support for the idea at a Borough Council meeting that night. Conley said an anonymous donor pledged $10,000 to kick off the effort.

(See video of the Council discussion of the topic)

Efforts will be focused on helping three main areas:

  • residential disaster relief,
  • the Union Beach school, and
  • Project PAUL, a regional organization that offers social services, a food pantry and thrift shop.

Madison is creating a page on RoseNet about the program.

mkp December 05, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I would be very interested in helping but cannot make a 4:30 meeting. It seems like a tough time - too early for those residents who work and too late for those residents who are home with their kids. Please let me know how my family and I can get involved.
CFL December 06, 2012 at 03:12 AM
The town is a close-knit community and those who receive help would greatly appreciate it. The town has been devastated... Steps lead to nowhere, homes have been wiped off the map. Please Google images of Brook Avenue. It was once a very nice block overlooking the bay and now it is now completely gone. Thank you in advance for all of your efforts! They are much appreciated!

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