WHAT: Every day this week some 35 NJIT students wearing bright yellow t-shirts, who call themselves the “bucket brigade” take a 90-minute bus ride down and back from the NJIT campus to rebuild fencing and plant scrub-brushes on dunes in Asbury Park. Come Friday as the fruits of their labors become more visible a hearty party is planned featuring a rock band.
WHEN: March 22, 2013, from about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: Bucket Brigade: On the beach at Asbury Park near the Convention Center. Surflight Theater, 201 Engleside Ave., Beach Haven.
WHO: Bucket Brigade: Jessica Saniewski, a graduate student in NJIT’s College of Architecture and Design is in charge along with Cathy Murphy (703-501-0867). Surflight: Tim Gilligan (email@example.com, 760-712-5260); Cory Higgins (firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-290-6305).
HOW: Call Sheryl Weinstein, 973-596-3436, to set up interviews or request hi-resolution photos.
BACKGROUND: Not long after Sandy struck, NJIT’s Alternative Spring Break was conceived to help municipal, social service, community and/or faith-based groups recover from the devastating hurricane. Targeted clean-up was to include beachfronts, parks, buildings and more. Assignments include cleaning up beaches and/or parks; deconstructing homes (i.e., pulling out wall boards, shoveling mud out of basements); building new structures; finishing work such as painting or simple carpentry; and survey work such as collecting data and information. To date, some 600 volunteers have signed up. For more information, call 973-642-7831.