Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sandy victims prepare for subdued Thanksgiving

NEW YORK — The things Marge Gatti once cherished are lying on what's left of her deck, spattered in mud.

The white fur coat she bought for $80 at an auction. Family videos. A glass creamer from England. Books she never got a chance to read.

The stuff is ruined, just like her Staten Island home, which was ravaged by Superstorm Sandy and will be demolished in coming weeks.

Of all things material, Gatti has nothing. And yet, on Thanksgiving Day, she will be counting her blessings.

"My sons are alive. They were trapped here," said Gatti, 67, who lived down the block from the Atlantic Ocean for 32 years. "I'm thankful that I have all my family. And that my friends are still here, you know? We're all friends now. There's no strangers in life anymore."

It will be a subdued Thanksgiving for families hit hard by the storm. But they will not be left to fend for themselves.

Restaurants are donating meals, strangers and churches are opening their doors, and people across the nation have sent donations for those unable to roast their own turkeys.

New York City and Macy's have set aside 5,000 bleacher seats along the Thanksgiving Day Parade route for families affected by the storm. Occupy Sandy, the storm-relief offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement, will host a Thanksgiving dinner.

Jennifer Kaufman, of Washington Township, N.J., started a Facebook page called "A Place at the Table" that matches willing Thanksgiving hosts with families displaced by Sandy.

"No one should eat alone on Thanksgiving," Kaufman said.

Comments
Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Florida deputies shot, killed at restaurant in Gilchrist County

Two Gilchrist County sheriff’s deputies were shot and killed at a restaurant about 3 p.m. Thursday.The deputies were at Ace China restaurant in downtown Trenton when a man shot them through the restaurant’s window, a Sheriff’s Office statement said.A...
Updated: 5 minutes ago
The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

The St. Pete Pier takes another step forward

ST. PETERSBURG — Development of the city’s long-awaited pier advanced another step Thursday.The City Council approved a $15 million construction contract and additional money to design a waterside restaurant, build a playground and ferret out naming ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

Out early: Here’s the Bucs’ full 2018 schedule

TAMPA — How good can the Bucs be in 2018? Fans will get a good sense in the first three weeks, as Tampa Bay opens the year with three of its toughest games, all against reigning division champions.The Bucs open 2018 in New Orleans on Sept. 9 at...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Raul Castro retired as president of Cuba on Thursday and said that he expects his successor Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to hold power until 2031
Updated: 1 hour ago
Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Raul Castro retires as Cuban president, outlines future

Raul Castro retired as president of Cuba on Thursday and said that he expects his successor Miguel Mario Diaz-Canel Bermudez to hold power until 2031
Updated: 1 hour ago

AP Top News at 9:08 p.m. EDT

AP Top News at 9:08 p.m. EDT
Updated: 1 hour ago
Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn's 'judgment issues'

Comey memo: Trump complained about Flynn's 'judgment issues'

President Donald Trump told former FBI Director James Comey that he had serious concerns about the judgment of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, according to memos maintained by Comey
Updated: 1 hour ago
FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

FHP: Distracted driver plunges more than 50 feet off I-275

ST. PETERSBURG — A distracted driver walked away unscathed after his car plunged 50 feet off Interstate 275, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.Thomas Highhouse, 61, of Pinellas Park, was driving his 2016 Chevrolet Camaro south on Interstate 275...
Updated: 1 hour ago
NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich's wife, a 'real star'

NBA mourns death of Gregg Popovich's wife, a 'real star'

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies at 67, and tributes echo across NBA
Updated: 1 hour ago
Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

Lightning’s Hedman a Norris finalist again

The Lightning's Victor Hedman is a finalist for the second consecutive year for the Norris Trophy, given to the top defenseman in the league. The other two finalists are Drew Doughty of the Kings and P.K. Subban of the Predators, it was announced Thu...
Updated: 1 hour ago