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Chadwick Beach

A little Boston whaler

Joan and Bob Current live in Chadwick Beach, New Jersey. The couple has owned their home in Chadwick for 47 years, and 20 years ago they chose to move there permanently because of the people, the proximity to the beach, and the quietness in the wintertime. Being just feet from the lagoon, their house sustained significant damage during Hurricane Sandy. In this narrative, they describe staying in their home during the storm, as well as the challenges they faced in the days immediately after the storm.

The spray foam snowman

Thomas Bowes resides in Sayreville, New Jersey, but spends much of the year in a family beach house on Chadwick Beach Island. Built in 1964 by his father, the beach house has long been the focal point of summer life for his family. Hurricane Sandy caused severe flooding damage to the house that Thomas, as a carpenter, is working to repair. In his narrative, Thomas speaks to the particular challenges facing those who own second homes on the shore.