Ocean County unveils Hurricane Sandy monument
A statue that recognizes not only the resiliency of the residents of the Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy, but also pays homage to the Toms River Little League, was unveiled during a public ceremony held this morning.
The monument, located on Route 37 in Toms River in Toms River, was made possible by the generous donation of long-time residents, Jay and Linda Grunin. Through their foundation, the Grunins aim to “bring world class performing and visual art, health care and education to Toms River through focused community-based planning and problem solving.”
Local artist and sculptor Brian P. Hanlon was commissioned to design and create the monument, which features a family – one of which is a young boy with a bat and baseball cap commemorating the Toms River Little League team, against a seashell backdrop. The family appears to be on their way to one of Ocean County’s beautiful beaches.
The dedication featured speeches by Toms River Mayor Thomas F. Kelaher, Jay and Jeremy Grunin, Ocean County Freeholder Joseph Vicari, Hanlon and others.
The monument features more than 55,000 pounds of bronze, granite, and stainless steel.
Check below for some video and a gallery of the event !