Gestures big and small reveal the meaning of community after Sandy
Anne Bantleon of Plainview and her grandchildren, from
Anne Bantleon of Plainview and her grandchildren, from left, Casie Caiazza, Caitlin Caiazza, Zach Rosenzweig and Conor Caiazza, thank the families of Fishers, Ind. , who sent money. (Jan. 13, 2013) (Credit: Maria Boyadjieva)
Neighbors raise a toast last month at the
Neighbors raise a toast last month at the home of Barbara and Jerry Liotti, front left, in Oceanside, where they gathered nightly for dinner. Daughter Christie and sons Jesse and Dylan, in front with their grandma Bonnie Liotti, 91, also pitched in. The family had a gas line working after the Oct. 29 storm. (Jan. 9, 2013) (Credit: Bruce Gilbert)
Michelle DeBenedittis welcomes a friend to a recent
Michelle DeBenedittis welcomes a friend to a recent thank-you party at her home in Oceanside. When Sandy hit, she and her husband were away, but friends began the cleanup. (Jan. 20, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

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Friends helped rip up wet rugs, throw out
Friends helped rip up wet rugs, throw out ruined furnishings, bleach floors and take pictures for insurance claims for Michelle and Richie DeBenedittis before the couple, seated at left, could catch a flight home from the Caribbean a week after the storm. (Jan. 20, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)
Michelle and Richie laugh with pals Steve Gajda
Michelle and Richie laugh with pals Steve Gajda and Floyd Colasurdo. (Jan. 20, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)
Gloria Berrin, center, stands inside her Freeport home
Gloria Berrin, center, stands inside her Freeport home with her son Daniel Berrin of Babylon, and friend Diana Gibson of Freeport, both of whom assisted her in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Jan. 13, 2013) (Credit: Steve Pfost)