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Local businesses suffer in the aftermath of Irene

August 31, 2011

You don’t have to go far to see just how hard Hurricane Irene hit this town. You can hear the generators and see the running water in the streets; it has become almost common place.

The last couple of days have been tough here in Kisco but the resiliency of the residents has been remarkable. Neighbor helping neighbor has been the common theme. Randi Sperber said “we realize what a fantastic community we live in – so many offers to help – Mt. Kisco Rocks”!

The residents have also reached out to local businesses who were hit hard by the storm with the loss of electricity and/or flooding. I checked back in with my friends from A&S Marketplace who lost power for two and a half days. Marilyn Competiello and her son Anthony were busy getting the store re-stocked with all the fantastic foods we have grown accustomed to.

Anthony told me that because of the help of other businesses that did not lose power they were able to use a walk in refrigerator to save over $20,000. Worth of meats. He also credits the Mt. Kisco Fire department and Police for alerting him as soon as the power went out so he had time to save the store’s stock.

The story was the same over at MeMe’s Treats on Lexington Ave. Dawn White said she was fortunate to be able to save all of her stock due to the generosity of neighbors offering space in their walk-in refrigerators and freezers.

It is great that others are experiencing what I already know…This Town is great. Now more than ever, we need to support our local business by shopping locally. Let’s help boost our local economy that took a hit thanks to Irene.

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