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Sandy arrived at our house at 7 p.m. on October 29th and created problems that were new and challenging. Trees down, power lines down in the front yard, no electric for lights or to run the heating system. October 30th & 31th were the same. November 1st we decided to move to a safer location because of health and safety concerns. We stayed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey from the 1st and the 4th. On the 5th we came back to Edison and found the same situation we left on the 1st. Phone calls to friends solved the problem. Senator Sam Thompson offered his assistance and suggested I call Freeholder Jim Polos. I also called Assemblyman Peter Barnes. All expressed concern and offered their assistance. Soon I got a call from Assemblyman Barnes directing me to an address in North Edison to pick up a generator. That solved the problem.

At 9:50 a.m. on November 7th the power came back on. Lights and heating were back and we were able to resume life as we have known it for over fifty-four years in our home.

Elected Officials worked across party lines to help us resume our lives. Many people would not believe the effort put forth to assist citizens. Jim Polos knocked on our front door on the 6th to deliver five gallons of gasoline which he poured into the generator. The next time someone has anything bad to say about people in politics tell them to call me. I will set them straight.



Robert A. Brown


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