Lindenhurst groups work to restore storm-damaged gardens

The Village of Lindenhurst was founded by Thomas

The Village of Lindenhurst was founded by Thomas and Abbey Wellwood in 1870. The town had been known as Wellwood until that year, when it was named Breslau after the hometown of its German settlers. The village was renamed Lindenhurst in 1891 and became an incorporated village in 1923. (Credit: Alexi Knock, 2011)

Between fighting for insurance money and trying to rebuild their homes, Lindenhurst residents impacted by superstorm Sandy may have had little time to think about spring flowers.

To help them, the Rotary Club of Lindenhurst, in partnership with the local grassroots relief group Camp Bulldog, is offering to bring some beauty back to Sandy victims' yards. The student rotary club Interact is also set to help.

Starting in mid-April, crews of six to eight people plan to visit homes in need of a yard cleaning. The crews will rake and bag clippings and clean gardens. They will also give homes a rake, a broom and brochures on how to get their garden back into shape. The volunteers will also leave residents a planter filled with impatiens.

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"We want to bring some beauty back after the disaster," said rotary club president Jacqueline Milton.

Milton said flooded homes may have been left with gardens tainted by chemicals and other substances, as well as damaging saltwater. "It's going to be like starting all over again," she said.

The cleanup is being funded in part through donations from the Rotary Club of Northport and one in Gilford, N.H.

The deadline to register for the cleanup is Friday. Milton said that more than 100 residents have registered. The cleanup will be done on a first-come, first-serve basis, she said. To register, visit To make a donation, send checks to Lindenhurst Rotary Relief Fund, P.O. Box 186, Lindenhurst, NY 11757.

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