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Letter: Hurricane Sandy

They say that tragic emergencies bring out the best in people and the worst. My focus is on the best. While I am aware that there are many examples of people pitching in selflessly to help, I wish to commend two of our businesses in the Farmingdale area.

The Farmingdale meat market, Wholesale Meats, emailed customers that we could box our meats, tape and mark them and they would store them until we got our power back. The offer was made to anyone without power, be they customer or not.

Giunta’s, on [Route] 109, never lost power, and stayed open 24 hours a day with a skeleton crew to keep things ready for the next day. Ice was available at regular prices, how amazing when other merchants scalped their ice. The manager, Bruce, could not have been more kind, attentive and generous in helping shoppers.

Kudos to these two establishments. They are not to be forgotten, as are the many others who stepped up to the plate and helped out. There is reason for optimism with people like these in our community.

Rafael and Marilyn Newman