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Bernards Chamber Seeks Volunteers for 'Restore the Shore' Project

Group will head down the shore to pitch in on Saturday.

After already loading up and sending three tractor trailors of supplies to shore relief sites, the Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce (BTCC) is hosting another project, Restore the Shore, and is seeking help for this Saturday.

The Chamber Volunteer Team will head to Pompamora Park Beach in Highlands, near Sandy Hook to be part of a community clean up effort, said Al LiCata, chamber president. Volunteers will help clean up parts of Pompamora Park Beach's most damaged areas, including the beach and homes, he said.

Volunteers will be asked to work from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. "The goal is to provide 50 volunteers to assist this hard-hit community," LiCata said.

Those wishing to volunteer are asked to sign up with the Chamber either through on the chamber's Facebook page or by calling 908-766-6755.

Volunteers are asked meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday the Lyons Mall Center on Lyons Road in Basking Ridge for carpooling to the check-in point at the shore, LiCata said. Chamber representatives will be at the top of the lot in front of the he said.

Volunteers will be provided with a list of items to bring, such as a shovel and gloves.

"The Bernards Township Regional Chamber of Commerce has a strong record of helping those in need," LiCata said. The chamber's relief effort to Houma, La. following Katrina was one of the largest private relief efforts put together for that area, he said Providing over $2 million worth of supplies to that community, which the Chamber enjoys a great relationship with to this day.

Chamber has ongoing effort to help state residents recover from Sandy

Helping fellow New Jerseyans recovery from Sandy is an ongoing effort for the chamber as well, LiCata said.

"We have sent the immediate supplies that were needed, now it's time to help by rolling up our sleeves and getting people back to their homes and businesses," LiCata said. The Volunteer Clean Up Day is all about helping those in need, LiCata said.

"We encourage everyone to set aside Dec. 8 and join us and help this New Jersey town, these people, return to some normalcy," LiCata said.

LCB@home December 07, 2012 at 02:56 PM
I think that helping folks down the shore is a wonderful idea, and clearly needed. I do wonder, though, why our Chamber of Commerce doesn't do anything in our town to improve it? I have lived here for 9 years, and mostly I have seen businesses leaving our town, and very little in the way of initiatives to improve the business community and to attract businesses, small or large, to come to our town. Where are the shops? Where are the new business initiatives? It doesn't feel like there is a cohesive business chamber here. Also - during Sandy - collections began right away for those on the shore. What did the CofC do for Basking Ridge residents in need? I guess we'd like to see more focus on our town and then make whatever gestures toward the shore that you like.

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