Gallery: Evergreen Uprooted by Hurricane Sandy Reborn as Long Beach’s H...

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Image: Skip Van Wert

Perhaps symbolic of how many New Yorkers are picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy, a spruce tree that was also toppled by the storm has been given new life as a beautiful holiday tree for Long Beach Township. Raised by the Van Wert family in North Beach Haven, the evergreen was hoped to someday become one of the trees used to light up Rockefeller Center. After Hurricane Sandy uprooted the tree, the Van Werts were saddened and disappointed but still knew that it was destined for more than just a wood chipper.

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