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Free photo restoration available for Sandy victims

Sandy Durando looks through her albums for salvageable

Sandy Durando looks through her albums for salvageable family photographs that were damaged during superstorm Sandy. (Jan. 25, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano is urging anyone with photographs damaged by superstorm Sandy to take them to a free scanning event at Nassau Community College on April 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The images will be scanned, digitally retouched and preserved for their owners.

The event, a team effort between the college’s Art Department and CARE for Sandy —  Cherished Album Restoration Effort — will be open to Nassau CC staff, faculty and students, and Nassau County residents. Each person can bring up to 50 photos to be scanned. Once scanned, they will be posted on the CARE for Sandy website to be “adopted” by approved retouching volunteers. The digitally restored photos will be given to their owners, along with the originals.

The process will take several months to complete.

“This is an amazing opportunity for so many of our residents who lost their cherished photos as a result of the storm,” Mangano said.

Photos that have mold and water stains, sand, dirt, mud, ash, smoke, fire-charring, scratches and tears usually can be repaired provided entire faces have not been obliterated.

All photos must be separated, reasonably clean and dry. Slides, negatives and VHS tapes are not accepted at this time. Permission can be granted to CARE for Sandy to share the images online to help promote the cause. For additional details on how to prepare photos, what to expect, and preregistration, visit www.careforsandy.org/events-faq.

Sign-in that Sunday is on the first floor of the G Building at the NCC campus, One Education Drive in Garden City.

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