Superstorm Sandy recovery documentary to screen in Seaside Park Saturday

    It’s been almost two years since Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Jersey Shore. For many, the recovery has been slow, dealing with a seemingly endless maze of insurance companies, contractors, and government agencies. 

    A new documentary by Cliff Charles, an Emmy-nominated cinematographer who produced the Hurricane Katrina film, When the Levees Broke, chronicles the ongoing struggle.

    Heart of the Shore: Defying a Superstorm focuses on the multifaceted realities that local residents and business owners face, according to Ashley Palmiere, a project manager with USA Hometown Heroes, a Toms River-based non-profit organization that is screening the film on the beach in Seaside Park on Saturday evening.

    “As we follow one year in the lives of people recovering from the devastation, we learn that picking up the pieces after the storm is even more difficult than surviving it,” a release from the organization said. “They face increasing barriers created by insurance companies, mortgagors, and governmental agencies, but through their perseverance and help from fellow citizens and non-profit groups, they show us that hope still exists, even in the midst of a storm.”

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    Date: October 11, 2014

    Location: Seaside Park beach (corner of Ocean Avenue and Stockton Avenue)

    Doors open: 5:30 p.m.

    Film screening: 6:15 p.m.

    Admission: Free

    Additional info: Bring your blankets and beach chairs. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis.

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