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Bon Jovi gives $1M to NJ Superstorm Sandy relief

Jon Bon Jovi went home Monday to present a $1 million check from his band to a fund to help New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The rocker joined Gov. Chris Christie and first lady Mary Pat Christie to announce the donation during a ceremony where the native son rocker got bigger cheers than the popular governor.

“My being here is not political,” Bon Jovi said during a news conference in front of the borough hall in the central New Jersey town. “It’s emotional.”

Bon Jovi, who has long had philanthropic interests, has been highly visible in his home state since the storm hit.

Days after the October 2012 storm, he visited washed out Sayreville, a flood-prone blue-collar community along the Raritan River. It was the town’s third devastating flood in three years.
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Billy Crystal brings $1M to Hurricane Sandy-damaged NY beach town

Billy Crystal has helped raise $1 million to rebuild his native beach town on New York’s Long Island hard-hit by Superstorm Sandy.

The City Slickers and When Harry Met Sally star announced the gift to the city of Long Beach on Saturday, while standing on a newly installed patch of the town’s boardwalk.

Newsday reports $112,000 of the gift will come from Crystal’s family. The $888,000 is coming from money he helped raise at the annual Celebrity Fight Night fundraiser in March, an event that raises money for the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute and other charities.
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Broadway and several New York City landmarks reopen; Statue of Liberty still closed

Museums, the Empire State Building, Broadway theaters and many stores reopened Wednesday to the relief of tourists who’d been stuck in hotel rooms since the weekend due to superstorm Sandy. But parks, the 9/11 Memorial, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island and many other top attractions remained shuttered, some indefinitely as damage assessment continued.

“We tried to go to Central Park but it was closed,” said Angela Walsh, here from Lincoln, England, with her husband and two kids, as they took pictures at Rockefeller Center Wednesday morning, where the rink was opening for skating. She said they’d spent much of the last two days in their hotel room. “Thank God for Facebook,” she added. “That kept them entertained.” READ FULL STORY

President Obama addresses the nation about Hurricane Sandy

Breathless coverage of Hurricane Sandy on network and cable news was briefly interrupted this afternoon by a special message from President Obama. Obama cancelled campaign events that were to take place in Florida and Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday in order to travel back to Washington, D.C., where he is monitoring the effects of the hurricane.

“Obviously, everybody is aware at this point that this is going to be a big and powerful storm,” the president said around 12:45 p.m. ET. He urged residents of the East Coast to exercise caution and listen to their state and local officials: “When they tell you to evacuate, you need to evacuate. Do not delay; do not pause or question.” He stressed that those who do not follow evacuation instructions will be putting first responders in danger.

Obama also emphasized the storm preparations that local, state, and federal governments have taken over the past few days; the president said he has spoken with the governors of every state that has declared a state of emergency, and asked the public to be patient while waiting for their power to be restored.

When he finished speaking, the president did not answer questions — except one. A reporter asked Obama how the storm will affect next week’s presidential election. Obama replied, “I’m not worried about the impact on the election — I’m worried about the impact on families, and first responders… The election will take care of itself next week. Right now, our priority is to make sure that we’re saving lives.”

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