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Lindenhurst event to chronicle Sandy in photos

The Henry family, holding up an inspirational message

The Henry family, holding up an inspirational message in the front of their rebuilt home in Massapequa, had this picture taken to be a part of Adopt a House's upcoming "One Year After Sandy" event. It will be added to a 15-minute photo montage of damage after the storm and the effort to rebuild over the past year. Photo Credit: Handout

A “One Year After Sandy” event in Lindenhurst will honor those affected by superstorm Sandy through a 15-minute photo montage of damage after the storm and the effort to rebuild over the past year.

Hundreds are expected to gather Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Lindenhurst Town Square’s gazebo, at 1 Hoffman Ave., for the event, which will also feature a candle-lighting ceremony. The photos, collected from affected families from communities across the South Shore of Long Island, will be displayed on an outdoor screen.

Adopt a House, a nonprofit based in Lindenhurst that provides guidance to South Shore residents affected by Sandy, will host the event.

Victoria Witchey-Boye, the group’s co-founder, said attendees will be given red, blue or green candles. Red candles represent families that are still displaced, blue represent those back in their homes and green represent families showing their support.

“This event is to reflect on what happened over the past year, how far we’ve come and how far we still have to go,” said Witchey-Boye, 33, of Lindenhurst. “It’s a chance to see all the old faces from when everyone was out on the streets pulling together.”

She hopes families will walk away from the event with the feeling that they’re not alone and are part of a greater community that supports each other.

“We hope people have an opportunity during the event to reflect and to reconnect,” Witchey-Boye said. “I hope they feel a sense of pride in how far they’ve come, how hard they’ve fought and how strong everyone has been in the face of all this.”

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