As part of the state's commemoration of the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, NJ Treasurer joined several dozen volunteers to beautify and protect Lake Como Tuesday afternoon.
Andrew P. Sidamon-Eristoff joined about 60 volunteers from the nonprofit group Jersey Cares at the Lake, which separates Belmar, Spring Lake and the town that draws its namesake from the shallow body of water.
Volunteers fanned out and were given new dune grass plantings -- grass that will help to beautify the lake and naturally fortify it against future storms.
"I think it's important to commemorate the anniversary of the storm,'' Sidamon-Eristoff said. "But I think it's also important to take a day to promote volunteerism."
Jersey Cares, a nonprofit volunteer group, has set up numerous work sites throughout the region on the first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, including an earlier event at St. Rose High School convent, which was attended by members of the New York Jets.
The group has set up 83 sites in 42 towns in five counties on Tuesday throughout the Sandy-ravaged areas, according to Catlin Edwards, an organizer from Jersey Cares.
Sidamon-Eristoff's appearance in Belmar comes just hours before Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to visit St. Rose High School, while other members of the governor's cabinet have also visited numerous sites throughout the storm-damaged areas.