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Michael Loccisano, Getty Images
Michael Loccisano, Getty Images
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SBA Closes Eight Sandy Centers in NJ

There's been a steady decrease in activity at the U.S. Small Business Administration's Disaster Assistance Centers, so the agency has decided to close down eight of its locations today.

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FEMA Housing Help For NJ Sandy Victims Extended for Final Time

A temporary shelter program has been extended, at the Christie Administration’s request, to April 30, 2013, with a check-out date of May 1, 2013.

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The Princess Cottage Inn (R) stands across the street from a onetime residence in Union Beach
The Princess Cottage Inn (R) stands across the street from a onetime residence in Union Beach (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Is the Sandy Recovery Effort a Success?

The first federal hearing on Superstorm Sandy recovery and rebuilding was held this morning in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs heard from three witnesses who provided testimony on how federal officials are supporting and coordinating recovery efforts.

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Sandy Food Aid Coming To NJ

Food supplies distributed to Sandy victims will be replenished in the state thanks to a $75,000 federal grant.

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Construction equipment begins work on the new Seaside Heights boardwalk
Construction equipment begins work on the new Seaside Heights boardwalk (Jason Allentoff, Townsquare Media NJ)
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Other States Not Targeting NJ Tourists [AUDIO]

New Jersey is doing everything it can to retain visitors the year after Super Storm Sandy hit, and while many officials fear other states "poaching" tourism, several summer destination location say the onus will be on the Garden State to welcome back visitors.

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JCP&L Staging Area
JCP&L Staging Area (FirstEnergy Corp., Flickr)
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Displaced Residents Question Utility Billing [AUDIO]

Residents in Sandy-damaged communities are telling Ocean County Freeholder Joe Vicari says that they're still being billed for utilities they're not using.

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Trash piled up in Seaside Heights after Sandy (Townsquare Media)
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Ocean County Debris Cleanup Costing A Hefty Penny [AUDIO]

The cost to clean up the damage left behind by Superstorm Sandy isn't cheap. No one knows that better than Ocean County officials, who are set to approve an emergency appropriation this week. It will be the third one since the storm hit back in October.

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Homes in Mantoloking damaged from Sandy
Homes in Mantoloking damaged by Sandy (Townsquare Media)
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New Insurance Mediation Program to Expedite Sandy-Related Claims [AUDIO]

Almost four months after Superstorm Sandy, some New Jersey homeowners and business people are still waiting to resolve their insurance claims.  To get things moving, the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance is ready to launch a new mediation program.

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What Impact Did Sandy Have on NYC’s Rat Population?

At the height of Superstorm Sandy, city residents watching seawater pour into the subway system couldn't help but wonder: What will become of all the rats?

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