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Communities overcome adversity; celebrate holidays

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Hundreds came out to city hall in Pleasantville for a Christmas celebration.

City officials say this was one of the largest crowds in event history as residents gathered to take in performances from area students.

In the wake of recent crime and ongoing hurricane recovery, Pleasantville residents saw the event as opportunity to once again unite the city.

"I think people were more focused on getting their own families together and we became separated because of that, because of the storm, and I think an event like this really helps bring us back together," said Miss Pleasantville Cierra Farquharson.

The event featured donated food and refreshments and youngsters had the opportunity to win one of 16 bicycles being raffled off.

Mayor Jesse Tweedle saw the large crowd at the event as an example of Pleasantville's resilience in the face or hardship.

"Something like this here, people were willing to give and came out and say listen, we're still strong, we're still going to move forward and this is what its all about. This is the kind of thing that defines us," said Mayor Tweedle.

Over in Ocean City, marching bands, canines and of course Santa Claus paraded down the streets.

Ocean City residents also saw the parade as a demonstration to residents and the region that their city is bouncing back strong from Sandy.

"It's nice for our community, especially one that was hit by the storm, they get to see everything is still functioning despite all the tragedy that happened here," said parade spectator Bob Shellhorn.

Despite the weather, residents in both communities were eager to celebrate the holidays and put hardships behind them.

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