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In Mastic Beach, after Sandy, nor’easter ‘is just a storm’

At the Mastic Beach nutrition center's food pantry on Neighborhood Road, the looming nor'easter was not a major concern Wednesday -- instead, the daily ordeal of living post-Sandy seemed to have used up any anxiety already.

"We don't have cable so we don't know what's going in," said Sean Lavis as he picked up food, clothing and supplies at the pantry for his family on Huntington Drive, where they haven't had power for days. "It's just a storm," he said with a shrug.

Anna Hernandez, who was anxious about feeding her five teenagers and loaded up food at the pantry, said she was "really worried" about the cold but moving to a shelter wasn't an option. "I try to stay here because I want to see what happens" to her home on Woodland Drive.

Volunteers made deliveries of food and hot meals to stranded families. Debbie Orban, who herself lost power for five days in Shirley, brought her grandsons to the pantry to help with deliveries. She said her lights flickered briefly today but she wasn't fazed by the nor'easter. "I just hope the lights stay on," she said.


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