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Ed Rowland, front, of NDA Kitchens stands with (Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.)

Ed Rowland, front, of NDA Kitchens stands with his team of employees in front of a house they gutted for free and helped to renovate at nearly cost. For at least the first month after superstorm Sandy, the team worked daily for free gutting houses for anyone who needed it. (March 20, 2013)

After Sandy: Pulling together

On the job with volunteer groups cleaning up and rebuilding three communities

Volunteer Charley Matthews, right, looks on while fellow
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Volunteer Charley Matthews, right, looks on while fellow volunteers with the group Friends of Freeport take down the ceiling in a house being gutted in Freeport. The home had not been touched since superstorm Sandy. (March 9, 2013)

Ed Rowland, front, of NDA Kitchens stands with
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Ed Rowland, front, of NDA Kitchens stands with his team of employees in front of a house they gutted for free and helped to renovate at nearly cost. For at least the first month after superstorm Sandy, the team worked daily for free gutting houses for anyone who needed it. (March 20, 2013)

Mastic-Shirley Community Organization Active in Disaster volunteers Malorie
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Mastic-Shirley Community Organization Active in Disaster volunteers Malorie Malone, left, Tara Borak, 16, and leader Jon Siebert prepare the free evening supper they will serve for those in need, whether because of superstorm Sandy or for other reasons, at the Mastic Beach Hebrew Center in Mastic Beach. (March 16, 2013)

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Volunteer worker Rich Cantwell, right, dumps debris while
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Volunteer worker Rich Cantwell, right, dumps debris while gutting and restoring a Freeport home damaged by superstorm Sandy. (March 23, 2013).

Amy Castiglia, founder of the volunteer group Lindy
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Amy Castiglia, founder of the volunteer group Lindy Manpower, takes a break from removing debris ripped from a Lindenhurst home hit hard by superstorm Sandy. (March 23, 2013).

Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers with
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Thanks to the efforts of the volunteers with Mastic-Shirley Community Organization Active in Disaster, Mastic Beach resident Carol Castaldo is able to live in her half-finished but mold-free home. Almost everything in her rebuilt kitchen was donated. (March 16, 2013).

Mastic Beach resident Carol Castaldo shows her bathroom,
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Mastic Beach resident Carol Castaldo shows her bathroom, where work is still being done after superstorm Sandy caused extensive water damage. (March 16, 2013).

Mastic Beach resident Carol Castaldo in her living
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Mastic Beach resident Carol Castaldo in her living room where work to repair damage from superstorm Sandy has been completed. (March 16, 2013).

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The Rev. Phil Prestamo, pastor of First Baptist
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The Rev. Phil Prestamo, pastor of First Baptist Church in Freeport, left, helps Freeport homeowner Kenneth Donin restore his home after superstorm Sandy. Prestamo often has teams of volunteers on the weekend working to gut or help Freeport homeowners recover from the damage that the storm did to their homes. (March 21, 2013).

Help group Friends of Freeport volunteer Anthony Iovino
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Help group Friends of Freeport volunteer Anthony Iovino takes out debris while gutting a Freeport home damaged by superstorm Sandy. (March 9, 2013)

Amy Castiglia, who heads Lindy Manpower, removes debris
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Amy Castiglia, who heads Lindy Manpower, removes debris from a home damaged by superstorm Sandy. The Lindenhurst-based volunteer group focuses on helping single homeowners and the elderly. (March 23, 2013)

A team from NDA Kitchens & Construction in
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A team from NDA Kitchens & Construction in Nesconset moves furniture back downstairs in a superstorm Sandy-damaged home in Lindenhurst that they helped repair. (March 20, 2013)

Friends of Freeport volunteers Dillon Riso, left, and
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Friends of Freeport volunteers Dillon Riso, left, and Charley Matthews dump debris at the Termini home in Freeport, which sustained heavy damage from superstorm Sandy. (March 9, 2013)

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Friends of Freeport volunteer Donna Cantwell, left, helps
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Friends of Freeport volunteer Donna Cantwell, left, helps homeowner Angelo Termini with post-Sandy paperwork while volunteers gut his home in Freeport. "It's a wonderful thing that people in the village can get together like this to help their neighbors," Termini said. (March 9, 2013)

Matthew Morris, a volunteer with Friends of Freeport,
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Matthew Morris, a volunteer with Friends of Freeport, helps gut the Termini home in Freeport, which was heavily damaged in superstorm Sandy. (March 9, 2013)

Jeff Smith, a volunteer with Friends of Freeport,
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Jeff Smith, a volunteer with Friends of Freeport, removes nails from a wall in the home of Angelo Termini, a waiter whose Freeport house was heavily damaged during superstorm Sandy. (March 9, 2013)

Schoolteacher Christine Anglim removes debris from the Termini
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Schoolteacher Christine Anglim removes debris from the Termini home in Freeport, which was damaged during superstorm Sandy. The Friends of Freeport volunteer has also cooked and delivered meals to storm-affected homeowners. (March 9, 2013)

Anthony Iovino, a Friends of Freeport volunteer, dumps
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Anthony Iovino, a Friends of Freeport volunteer, dumps debris from a window to another volunteer during post-storm cleanup at the Termini home in Freeport. (March 9, 2013)

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