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article imageJersey Shore cast calls for Hurricane Sandy relief donations

By Can Tran     Nov 4, 2012 in World
Seaside Heights - The cast of "Jersey Shore" have weighed in on the damage done to the Jersey Shore. They are calling up people to donate to the recovery of Seaside Heights, N.J.

Hurricane Sandy became a bigger threat to the United States Eastern Seaboard as the storm converged with another system called a nor'easter. Since the two systems converged before Halloween, Hurrricane Sandy became a superstorm with the name "Frankenstorm Sandy." New York and New Jersey got devastated by Sandy. In the case of NYC, the underground tunnels are still flooded and will take days before the water can get fully drained. Thus, the subway system will be inaccessible until then. On Wednesday, United States President Barack Obama along with New Jersey Governor to tour the damage caused to New Jersey.
New Jersey has been receiving the “reputation” due to the MTV reality TV series called “Jersey Shore.” Filming of the show primarily takes place in Seaside Heights which is one of the cities to be severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Using their reality TV fame, the cast of Jersey Shore channeled it as a means to help the recovery of Seaside Heights.
In short, they felt crushed to see that their second home has been destroyed. However, they weren't talking about just themselves; the cast members of the show talked about how many families are without homes because of Sandy's destruction. They called upon people to donate to the American Red Cross.
Also, they didn't stop there. According to the Huffington Post, the Jersey Shore cast members have gotten active with donating their own funds and clothes to the Hurricane Sandy victims. One of the cast members commented that the Staten Island borough looks like a “war zone” due to the damage.
The people of New York and New Jersey can use all the help they can get; even when its from the cast of the Jersey Shore. Perhaps the comment about Staten Island could get the borough some much-needed help. According to the Huffington Post, the hurricane response to Staten Island have both been slow and inadequate.
It does bring further concern as the New York Times reports that at least 40,000 people are without homes because of the hurricane. Now, there's the problem of the cold weather which will make recovery worse.
This does echo what happened with Hurricane Katrina back in 2005. When Hurricane Katrina made landfall, the Gulf Coast was devastated. However, most of the media focus was directed towards New Orleans, Louisiana while little of it reached other devastated areas. In the case of Hurricane Sandy, much of the media focus has been on NYC's Manhattan borough and the cities of New Jersey.
With Staten Island, the people are getting assistance from the marathon runners that were planning to participate in the recent NYC Marathon.
However, there are people that are taking advantage of hurricane recovery to commit crimes. Recently, one man from Staten Island got caught trying to burglarize evacuated homes. The perpetrator's name is Alfonso Manzo. He got caught trying to burglarize homes while being disguised as a worker for the American Red Cross. Manzo's known to have a record of arrests associated with robbery.
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