By Anessa V. Cohen

This year will obviously be one that many will be speaking of over and over again in years to come. Although Superstorm Sandy is now nearly five months past, many families still find themselves scattered all over Long Island, from Brooklyn to Suffolk, still in temporary residences, still going back and forth with insurance companies and their adjusters trying to get the money they so vitally need to get their lives and their homes back to normal.

For them this will be a bizarre Pesach, making do in whatever temporary accommodations they now find themselves, muddling together whatever they can for a Pesach they never anticipated having to deal with, and probably reflecting a lot about what Bnei Yisrael had to deal with in the Midbar–packing and unpacking for 40 years.

For those of you already home and back to normal, or those who were fortunate enough to not lose their normal, this is a special year to give thanks for being wherever you are together with family and friends. To those still affected and not yet back, all of our thoughts and wishes for a speedy resolution that will bring you back on the mend and on the way to returning to your homes better than ever.

Many of the stores and businesses on Rockaway Turnpike seem to also be taking an extraordinary amount of time repairing, renovating, and reopening for business. Some of them have totally demolished their structures, making way for newer and better models.

Although a lot of this renovation and construction seems to be taking a long time, hopefully by the summer we will start seeing newer, more updated versions of the various stores and businesses, making Rockaway Turnpike more picturesque (one can dream!).

I wish all of you a wonderful, happy, and kosher Pesach and look forward to seeing those of you who are in town over the chag, those of you traveling to warmer places back with gorgeous tans, and those of you temporarily in special housing back in our midst very soon! Chag sameach and kasher! v

Anessa Cohen lives in Cedarhurst and is a licensed real-estate broker and a licensed N.Y.S. mortgage broker with over 20 years of experience, offering full-service residential and commercial real-estate services (Anessa V Cohen Realty) and mortgaging services (First Meridian Mortgage) in the Five Towns and throughout the tri-state area. She can be reached at 516-569-5007 or via her website, Readers are encouraged to send questions or comments to


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