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November 3, 2012

Superstorm Sandy affects work for many

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“I kind of threw my hands up in the air and said I have to go to the only place I know that has free child care, and that is my parents’ house,” says Zammit, who acknowledges that she can’t wait to get back to the office.

Drew Kerr, a public relations specialist, also was eager to return to work Wednesday morning after losing power at his home in Westchester, N.Y. on Monday.

A big challenge was keeping his two teenagers occupied. To prevent the family from getting cabin fever, Kerr went to a deli to charge up everyone’s laptops. He says he even ate his corn beef sandwich and onion rings slowly, so the devices could get as much power as possible.

But the next morning, he decided he’d had enough of working from home. Trains were down, but he was determined to get to the office. So he woke up early, hopped into his car, and did just that. It felt great to be get back to the grind. He even bought a bagel along the way.

“It’s just me and my bagel and a working computer,” Kerr says. “It’s nice to have heat. It’s nice to have electricity.”

Paul Costiglio, another Westchester, N.Y. resident who lost power Monday, also misses the office. While at home, he had to commandeer the family’s sole laptop so he could use it for his job as the director of communications for the New Rochelle School District. He needed it to update the district’s Web site on school cancellations and respond to reporters’ inquiries.

He explained to his children — ages 5, 7 and 10 — that “Daddy needs it for work.” Then, later, Costiglio, his wife and kids huddled around the laptop in the dark and cold to watch movies such as “Spy Kids 3.”

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