Mark Wood, award-winning composer, recording artist and electric violinist, backed by 250 Oceanside High School student musicians, rocked the high school auditorium on Feb. 6, bringing the large crowd to its feet and leaving the school richer not only in music, but in musical instruments.
Wood, his wife, Laura, and their son, Elijah, came to Oceanside not only to perform, but to donate two violins and $1,000 flooding — and the potential re-destruction of her basement, which she had just finished renovating after the devastation of Sandy — than about the snow.
Store manager John Alberto said that business was booming on Friday morning, with shovels and other winter weather supplies disappearing from the store. He added that chain saws, generators and lanterns were also in demand.
At the Michael’s craft store on Long Beach Road, the lines were as long as at nearby gas stations. One young mother, who did not give her name, said that she had three children and wanted to stock up on things for them to do if the family was snowed in for a few days.
Both the Oceanside and Island Park fire departments were gearing up for later in the day. Both planned an all-hands alert at 8 p.m., and firefighters and EMT’s were prepared to be out all night to handle whatever emergencies arose.
As it turned out, the snowfall was milder than feared, there was little flooding and between the two departments, officials said there were no serious emergency calls and no reports of any storm-related injuries.
Arden, however, had made the salient point on Friday morning. “We didn’t believe Sandy,” she said, “and look what happened.”