2012-12-21 / Top Stories

Stories From Sandy

Tumultuous Hurricane Sandy
By Moses Sturdivant

Hurricane Sandy was a home wrecker that ignited its poisonous venom in the form of a high wind that pushed 12 to 15 foot high tides out of an angry sea…bringing devastation to Rockaway.

This vicious monster turned off the light switch, leaving thousands in a powdered sea of darkness.

Streets were littered with floating cars, full grown trees were blown flat on the ground, basements flooded, the boardwalk was split in half with parts lying several blocks away. Sandy left her fingerprints all over Rockaway.

I sincerely believe that for every dark moment in life, there is a beacon of light somewhere in the mix.

Nine shareholders from the Nordeck Cooperative in Arverne sat in a tenant patrol in Building 320: Larry Franklin, Louis Bilbo, Author Reed, Velma Hill, Eddie Wills, James Crain, Selma Hinckson, Katherine Hall and Moses Sturdivant provided relevant information pertaining to safety tips, communicated with security personnel and directed persons coming into the development looking for their loved ones.

Although we were plagued by darkness, warm sunshine was in our hearts. During these meetings, verbal communications brought us together on one accord - giving us energy to move forward. As a result, sociological research became vividly alive: “There are more similarities in culture than differences.”

Life in troubled times can be a transformed in a positive way. Nordeck Cooperative Development finds it most necessary to extend sincere thanks to the following: Nature Finest Security Personnel, Douglas Reyes, Superintendent and his constituents - Handyman and Porters, Denise Clarke, Cooper Square Realty. Ms. Clarke worked beyond the call of duty making sure that shareholders were safe; she was seen on premises daily with Site Manager Charlene Jeanty and Assistant Manager Ann. Ms. Jeanty also went into buildings… communicating with shareholders - providing safety information. She posted updated information in every building - in reference to getting the lights turned on and restoring the boiler, so that we could receive heat and hot water. Getting services is a process.

Parts for the boilers had to be ordered. Water in sub-basements in every building had to be pumped out. In addition, a main water pipe burst and that hampered the work process. Theodore C. Newsome was constantly overseeing capital improvements. Raymond Knight from HCR visited the Property; James Sanders, Senator Elect for the 31st District, was on premises; National Guard, Police Department, Milan R. Taylor, Rockaway Youth Organization, FEMA, National Grid, Doctors Volunteered, Michael Notaro, Architect and the Red Cross.

In addition kudos go to the following religious institutions: Mustard Seed Faith and Calvary Baptist Church, Harlem, New York. They served food and provided food, clothing, flashlights and batteries. They were on site three consecutive days. Calvary Chapel at the Cross has been on site every Saturday since the inception of Hurricane Sandy. They provided food, clothing and inspirational motivational advice. In the time of need, is certainly the time to have sincere friends. Thank all of you for your support.

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