Group forms to help Bux-mont Sandy vic­tims

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - OPINION - By Bob Keeler

Last week­end won’t be the end of ef­forts by a group of lo­cal peo­ple who or­ga­nized on Face­book and took part last week­end in ef­forts to help the vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Sandy.

“I can’t an­swer ‘what’s next?’ right now, but I can tell you there is a next,” Paul Dziewisz, who started the Bux-Mont Hur­ri­cane Sandy Cleanup Team, wrote in a Face­book post­ing Sun­day night.

That post­ing came ex­actly 100 hours af­ter the ini­tial one ask­ing for peo­ple to join in and help with the cleanup in the lo­cal area over the week­end, he said.

“By Thurs­day mid-morn­ing I had 30 peo­ple in this group. By the evening 80 ... and 100 ... and 150 ... and so on,” Dziewisz wrote.

As of mid­day Nov. 7, there were 328 mem­bers.

On Satur­day, Nov. 3, groups of mem­bers worked in the Cen­tral Bucks and Up­per Bucks ar­eas.

The Up­per Bucks group in­cluded about 10 peo­ple, Dan Benc­sik, owner of Bux- Mont Awards in Sellersville and Lans­dale, said.

“We tried to iden­tify peo­ple in the area [in need of help] through an­other Face­book page I had cre­ated,” Benc­sik said.

,Q fiYH houUV, WhH JUouS wHQW Wo fiYH hoPHV LQ SHOOersville, in­clud­ing ones in the Drunk­en­miller Park and Farmer’s Lane ar­eas and cleaned up seven fallen trees, he said.

“It was a small crew, but it got a lot of work done in a short amount of time,” Benc­sik said.

One of the places the crew worked was at the Sellersville home that Matt Bran­ning, a BuxMont Awards em­ployee, his mother and two broth­ers share.

“Our place was nailed. A bunch of big trees came down in the back­yard,” Bran­ning said.

Spark­ing could be seen at dam­aged elec­tri­cal equip­ment in the area, he said.

“EPbHUV wHUH fly­LQJ DOO over the place,” Bran­ning said.

“It was just bru­tally cold at night, all week, with­out a gen­er­a­tor,” he said. “The shed was stick­ing straight up in the air. The lawn mower was up­side down. bad.”

For two of the nights the power was out, his sis­ter and her chil­dren joined the other fam­ily mem­bers at the home be­fore re­turn­ing to Perkasie af­ter their elec­tric­ity was re­stored, Bran­ning said.

It was Sun­day night, Nov. 4, be­fore the elec­tric came back on at the Sellersville home, he said.

“vou for­get the sim­ple things you take for granted, that’s for sure,” Bran­ning said the fol­low­ing day.

The Bux-Mont Hur­ri­cane Sandy Cleanup Team mem-

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On Sun­day, Nov. 4, team mem­bers helped out at the emer­gency shel­ter at Pal­isades High School.

On the af­ter­noon of Nov. 7, Dziewisz posted that teams were be­ing planned for Cen­tral Bucks and the New Jersey shore ar­eas Nov. 10 and 11.

“Let’s rally for an­other big ef­fort this week­end. This nor’easter is likely go­ing to cause tree, branch and power is­sues,” he wrote.

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