RHS Students, Local Businesses Teaming Up to Help Shore Victims

Drop off essential items bound for the Jersey Shore at Ken Smith Motors on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ridgewood High School students and two local business owners are joining forces to provide critical items for people who lost everything in the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Kelly Masterson of Masterson Pools and Mike Tarleton of TLC Landscaping will have several trucks ready to go at Ken Smith Motors on Franklin Avenue.

They, along with several Ridgewood High School students, will be collecting as many items as residents can throw at them. The goods will be heading to the Monmouth/Ocean County Food Bank this weekend to benefit victims.

Organizers are pleading with village residents to bring the basics: ready to eat food (chili, soup, etc.), diapers, toiletries, and cleaning supplies such as heavy duty garbage bags, gloves, mops and brooms, bleach, Pinesol/Lysol, sponges, scrub brushes, dust pans, rags, shovels.

"The Ridgewood community has an opportunity to show support for Jersey Shore families who have had their lives disrupted and in some cases destroyed by Hurricane Sandy," said Josh Saladino, an RHS Social Studies teacher and liaison between the businesses and students.

The teacher said RHS students, led by the Student Congress, are "enthusiastically embracing the opportunity." They'll be collecting goods on Friday and will help package and collect on Saturday at Ken Smith Motors.

Students initially approached Saladino asking to play a greater role.

"The student response was so enthusiastic that they suggested taking on more responsibility," Saladino said. "The students are hoping to see the community come out and show support for this worthwhile endeavor."

Concerned Ridgewood Dad November 09, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I'm sorry, but I'm finding it really hard to feel sorry for people (mostly multi-milllionaires) who lost their waterfront summer homes built on sand dunes on barrier islands. I'm sure some of the homes lost belonged to working class people who really have nowhere else to go, but I'm sorry, the owner of the kind of home represented by the photograph in this story probably has 3 homes (Ridgewood, Spring Lake and Mount Snow) Unless you own property on the beach, good luck getting access to it. Driving around these communities, all you see are "No Public Access!" signs all over the place. I should feel sorry for them now? Could I trade a case of Mr. Clean for a 2013 Spring Lake parking permit? Not a chance! These homes ALL have flood insurance and if they don't have homeowners insurance then they're idiots. I wouldn't be surprised if the owner of the home in this story already has their State Farm check in hand. If Ridgewood residents really want to help needy people, maybe they should bring some food to the Paterson food bank. They were desperately low on food way before Sandy ever hit.
JAFO November 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
You should have led with your last paragraph and left it at that.
linda November 09, 2012 at 03:01 PM
I said, just last night to same exact words.... Thanks for letting me know Paterson food bank needs help.
Concerned Ridgewood Dad November 09, 2012 at 03:10 PM
JAFO Perhaps...but did I say anything that wasn't true? I do admire the RHS students and local businesses for putting this together. I just hope that the people who are truly in need aren't forgotten - think public housing residents in the Rockaway section of NY who have no power, no heat, and live on minimum wage that's not indexed to inflation...these people need help, not the owner of a $3 million beach house built on a dune.
JAFO November 09, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Hey, if negativity gets you through your day, than so be it.
Tom Masterson November 09, 2012 at 04:01 PM
The donations are going to the Monmouth/Ocean County Food Bank, I doubt anyone who owns a house in Ridgewood, Spring Lake and Mt. Snow are shopping at the local food bank! Not everyone who lives at the NJ Shore is a millionaire. This was merely a case of some Jersey people trying to help some fellow jersey people.
Barbara Cassidy November 09, 2012 at 04:05 PM
I live in a little Cape Cod house, on a very limited income. When I arrived at the emergency shelter at the height of the storm with a 91 year old on a walker, an 82 yr old with Altzheimers, a health aid, a friend and my dog, I wasn't asked what town I lived in (Ridgewood), how much money I had, or how big my house was. Our raggedy, frightened little group were taken in, comforted, fed and given wonderful, warm cots with blankets. Thank God for the generosity and kindness of others. The people with the big houses on the shore, or wherever, should be EMPATHIZED with and helped. I would think a concerned Dad would want to teach his kids the essence of class, no matter where they live. It is kindness and the ability to support those who are suffering. Now is not the time to judge, now is the time to do all WE can for these people who are definitely suffering. I am embarrassed for you.
Concerned Ridgewood Dad November 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Ms Cassidy, The point of my post was this: When people CHOOSE to build multimillion dollar beach houses on dunes 200' from the Atlantic Ocean, they shouldn't be surprised when they get destroyed from time to time. Furthermore, these people are already being helped by insurance companies. I'm sorry, but the photograph in this story doesn't make me sympathetic. And I can't say this for certain, but I seriously doubt that the owner of that house is "suffering" (unless your definition of suffering is the hassle of picking out paint colors for your brand new house paid for with insurance money) Why are beach house owners in the Jersey Shore more deserving of sympathy than the forgotten people all around us who suffer 24/7/365. I don't get it. Also, does sending Windex to Monmouth County "teach my kids the essence of class"? I don't believe so. I think it reinforces the insular tendencies of people in wealthy communities like Ridgewood to help their own. While there's nothing inherently wrong with this, the world is a big place and to throw around the word "suffering" so easily cheapens its very definition.
Kelly Masterson November 09, 2012 at 05:02 PM
I will be happy to address all your concerns face to face Saturday from 9am to 4pm at Ken Smith. I can also be reached via my office any business day 201-327-6000. Kelly Masterson
Concerned Ridgewood Dad November 09, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Maybe barrier islands in NJ and other states should not be redeveloped after storms like these and be allowed to return to a natural state. We wouldn't have to worry nearly as much about property damage and loss of life in the future. Oh and maybe more people would be able to enjoy a day at the beach. Think of how many millions of people enjoy Jones Beach out on LI every summer. For those who are unfamiliar with Jones Beach, think LIB without the houses.
Kelly Nakasone November 09, 2012 at 06:53 PM
Does the concerned dad actually think the house depicted has anything to do with donations to a food bank? And as I walk around our town I think how lucky we were and that if our town were to be hit so hard that others would be as quick to donate and not just decide that an affluent area deserves no help. My kids and I already donated to Little Ferry, we will donate again on Saturday to give back to an area that we have grown to love, and we will continue to donate locally to those in need as we have every year. This concerned dad obviously doesn't know the same people I know in this town.
Walter Tuers November 10, 2012 at 04:11 PM
The thoughts of "concerned Ridgewood dad" are shared by many. It is a real turn-off to see the keep out and keep off signs along the waterfront in some of the shore communities. Especially when one considers that it is our money through the tax system that pays for the reconstruction and maintenance of the beaches. With that being said, it is important to separate the material values from the humanitarian values in the current situation. The effort here is humanitarian. It represents all that is good in human nature. One for all in emergency situations is an American traditional value which we hold dear. Thank you to the organizers and workers in this endeavor.
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