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Help bring Nana and Poppy back home, and help rebuild the House on Academy Street!

Dear Family and Friends,
Many of you have inquired about the possibility of helping Paula financially. As you know, two weeks ago the picturesque Susquehanna River, fueled by torrential rains from two hurricanes in rapid succession, blindsided Paula and Owego with the worst flood ever in that town.
When Paula bought her house in Owego, she purposely looked for a house large enough to accommodate Mom and Dad (Nana and Poppy). After Mom broke her leg badly 4 years ago and could not walk, even after months of rehab, Paula extended an invitation and Mom and Dad moved in with her and Tony. The quality of life which Paula and Tony have provided for Mom and Dad for the past four years far surpasses their last years in Eatontown and surpasses even the finest assisted living facility. Dad has been the happiest he has been in many years and Mom has been safe and secure, playing Scrabble and eating lobster! What Paula and Tony have done is immeasurable and I do not think any of us can truly understand the personal and financial sacrifices they have made.

And, while caring for Mom and Dad, Paula has been a teaching principal at the local Catholic school. Because of the school’s budget constraints, Paula is both a principal and teaches a grade, working 12 hours a day to do both jobs. The impact she has had on the school and the community was dramatically demonstrated after the flood. Parents from her school showed up day after day to haul out furniture, muck out the mud from the basement. start electrical re-wiring, rip up floors and tear down walls. In It’s A Wonderful Life, Bedford Falls turned out for George Bailey when he was in trouble. In Owego, St. Pats’ parents turned out for Paula - she is the George Bailey of Owego.
Paula has flood insurance which may cover structural damages to the house, estimated to be over $200,000. The insurance adjuster has inspected the house and told Paula she would most likely “max out” the policy limit, raising the possibility that the insurance will not cover all the repairs. The work required is extensive: new furnace, new hot water heater, all new kitchen appliances, sink and cabinets, all new floors, new walls up to 4’, new doors, all new electrical wiring for the first floor, removal and replacement of all asbestos covered pipes. There may be structural damage to the foundation – an engineer’s inspection is pending. The insurance adjuster told Paula to just tear down the garage, which was filled with up to 5’ – 6’ of water.

However, there is no insurance for furniture and possessions. All the upholstered furniture on the first floor and all the kitchen appliances had to be thrown out. Paula has tried to save some of the wooden furniture but it was all wetted up to 18” and it remains to be seen what condition it will be in when it dries out. Further, Nana and Poppy, in their 90's, are temporarily displaced from the home they've known for the last 4 years.

The nieces and nephews/grandchildren started talking last week about a way to channel any contributions to Paula and Tony. Your generous contribution, of any amount, will be donated 100% to helping Paula and Tony repair their house, recover furniture and possessions, and once again establish a home sweet home, as they so generously created for Nana and Poppy in the past.

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