In Pequannock, Madison Street Celebrates the Year Post-Irene

By Christopher Lotito

Councilmembers Phelan, Winterfield, and Florance-Lynch as
well as Pastor Kathleen from the First Reformed Church
were just a few of those who stopped by to share
a meal and some good will while reminiscing.

Saturday August 18th 2012, Madison Street residents took to the street in celebration of the neighborhood's year of recover post-Irene.  Just days before the actual anniversary, young and old alike came out to listen to local musicians and share barbecued meals cooked on the lawns of their freshly cleaned and painted homes.

The children especially
 enjoyed an inflatable water slide
just their size.
While celebrations cannot remove the pain and loss suffered during Irene, that's hardly the point, as Pequannock's citizens have spent 365 days gutting and repairing homes, doing work to improve the quality and appearance of their homes, all the while getting on with the usual 9-5 grind of life.

Elsewhere in town, the Glens held their annual block party.  Indeed, the whole of Pequannock earned its right to celebrate this August whether directly effected by Hurricane Irene or one of the many volunteers who   came out to help in the aftermath.

Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock Historic District, Open Space, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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