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Community Construction Crew Renovates Home of Somers Family

Brian Lena and Gary Forbes remove the gutters. Credits: Brian Marschhauser

SOMERS, N.Y. - A coordinated effort of dozens of volunteers and local businesses will help one Somers family stay in its home.

On Wednesday, July 13, volunteers, including several from the Somers Lions Club, began the re-roofing process for a family living on Tighe Road in Shenorock. About a dozen volunteers pitched in on the sweltering summer day and removed the shingles from the roof.

“It’s a good project,” said Lion Gary Forbes. “It lets people stay in their home.”

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The home is owned by the Herbert family, who lost its father, Clint Herbert, last winter in a car accident on Route 202. Clint Herbert is survived by his wife, Dawn, and their seven children.

“[The Lions] just offered to help and asked if we had anything they could help with,” Dawn Herbert said. “They came right away.”

Dawn Herbert said she was happy to see the amount of work the volunteers did in such a short timeframe.

“They did a great job,” she said.

Repairing the roof is only the first part of the home renovation: The Lions, with the aid of local businesses and non-profit organizations, will replace the windows, doors and insulation.

“Hopefully by the winter they should be insulated and ready to enjoy the winter,” Forbes said.

Other organizations and businesses pitching in are: Somers Volunteer Fire Department, Westchester Habitat for Humanity, Brenner Builders, City Carting, Healthy Homes, Jilco, Lincolndale Landscaping and RH Roofing. The businesses are providing items and services free of charge.

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