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Town has new bond after Sandy

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Six months ago the Jersey Shore was altered forever when Hurricane Sandy came ashore. Now one Delaware Bay community is still left picking up the pieces.

"We just try and all stick together and help each other out and we look out for each other," Vernon Parent said.

That's the can do attitude that is getting the people in the small town of Fortesque along the Delaware Bay in Cumberland County through one of their toughest times.

Ninety-three year old Ruth McConnell is just one example. She's been living in the church rectory and eating with different volunteers, since her home was badly damaged during the storm.

"It's just amazing, the community spirit that's developed. I still can't believe it," McConnell said.

Jim and Shirley Fonash's restaurant, the Charlesworth has been a staple in town for decades; It still has no power, no water and no gas, and they have only received twelve thousand dollars in insurance money.

"We would have had reservations for probably 400 people for mothers day and its not gonna happen this year," Jim Fonash said.

This summer would have been the Charlesworth restaurant's 90th year. Guests used to watch the sunset from the deck that once stood here but now Jim and Shirley say if help doesn't arrive soon. This South Jersey treasure may be gone for good.

"We have two alternatives in six months. Either we will get some help from the state government through grants or well tare the building down," Fonash said.

As for the mayor here, he says he's doing his best, but that Trenton is not making it easy.

"Everything is a blockade. Everything takes 2, 3, 4, 5 months. Nothing happens fast," Mayor Robert Campbell said.

As for Shirley and Jim, they have one message.

"Were a small community, small people, but were still people and we still need help just like the bigger places do," Shirley Fornash said.

In a news conferenceMonday with Governor Christie an Obama administration official announced an additional one point eight billion dollars in federal money to help the state rebuild and recover from Sandy.

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