Archive for ‘Belmar’

November 6, 2012

Towering

Belmar water tower.

Wish I had time for a halfway-decent post today, but I don’t. Instead— stay strong, New Jersey! You can do this!

November 5, 2012

Helping

Volunteers at Belmar

I was in Belmar today. Here’s the scoop:

  1. The Arts Council at 608 River Street is no longer accepting clothing donations, but they are still accepting other kinds of donations (as far as I know).
  2. If you want to volunteer, you can just show up at the gymnasium/rec center at 601 Main Street (from 9 or 10am-6pm? -ish?), and they have a volunteer sign-in sheet, and they will assign you to something.
  3. If you want to volunteer, and group efforts aren’t really your thing, you can wander around Belmar and ask residents what they need you to do.

And don’t worry about wandering deserted streets— a LOT of people are outside, either hauling all their destroyed possessions to the curbing, or hauling salvageable possessions to a dry area, or draining their basements (one guy had six feet of water, and FISH in his basement— said the kellies were beating the stripers), or shoveling sand out of driveways, or whatever.

(Bring work gloves and shoes that can get muddy.)

The vast majority of the town is still out of power.

I spoke to a lot of residents, and they’re overall surprisingly positive— or, y’know, as positive as you can be about losing your house and cars— and many are happy to accept any help you can give them. Many just want to talk.

Sometimes, when I’m commuting or trapped in a crowd, I think to myself, “I %*&ing HATE PEOPLE.”

This is not one of those times. People can be awesome.

November 4, 2012

Shorelines

Ocean Grove Boardwalk, October 31, 2012

Right now, here’s the deal:

  1. I’m not a real reporter.
  2. Gas is hard to come by.
  3. Unnecessary trips to drive around and “look” at local towns seem frivolous.

 

So here are some other photographers’ photos of what these towns look like now (plus some of my old outdated photos, ‘cos I’ve been photographing the shore for years).

Avon by the Sea; me; March 2008 Avon by the Sea; Ashley Peskoe, NJ.com; October 2012
Avon by the Sea; me; March 2008 Avon by the Sea; Ashley Peskoe, NJ.com; October 2012
   
   
Asbury Park (Zombie Walk); me; October 6, 2012 Asbury Park; Rob Spahr, NJ.com; October 30, 2012
Asbury Park; me; October 6, 2012 Asbury Park; Rob Spahr, NJ.com; October 30, 2012
   
   
Belmar; me; March 2008 Belmar; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
Belmar; me; March 2008 Belmar; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
   
   
Sandy Hook bike path; me; August 2009 Sandy Hook; Mark R. Sullivan, Asbury Park Press; November 2012
Sandy Hook bike path and Hartshorne Drive; me; August 2009 Sandy Hook bike path; Mark R. Sullivan, Asbury Park Press; November 2012
   
   
Sea Girt; me; June 2008 Sea Girt; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
Sea Girt; me; June 2008 Sea Girt; Bob Bielk, Asbury Park Press; October 2012
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