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O’Connell School opens, but 2,000 books are ruined

Bristol Press – “Just days before school was supposed to open last week, torrential rains from Tropical Storm Irene swelled the Pequabuck River, which overflowed its banks behind the school and poured into the building, wrecking classrooms and destroying about 2,000 books — a quarter of those in the school library. Cleanup crews worked — sometimes around the clock — to pump out the water and then clean up the layer of muck left from the riverbed, but school officials worried about air quality and kept O’Connell closed through the holiday weekend. “It was very disheartening a week ago,” said Principal Mike Audette. He said the air is fine now and the awful stench of river sludge is gone.”

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Community Libraries Serve as “Shelters” Following Hurricane Irene

Patch – “As communities through New Jersey cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, many public libraries opened Monday morning or as soon as they could open their doors to become a “port in the storm” for local residents. Libraries across the state report more visitors than usual and others mentioned “we are seeing new faces who are not regular library visitors”. With many homes and local business without electricity, telephone, cable and Internet connections, the town public library is packed with people young and old using library computers, library Wi Fi capability and charging up devices such as cell phones, laptops, iPads and more. Some people have even shown up to plug in electric razors or curling irons”

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