Gwen and Frank then immediately set about the process of of demolition - ripping out water damaged sheet rock, insulation and wall studs, removing water damaged appliances and furniture and sanitizing their home on W12th Road. This was a family who had decided there would be no sitting around waiting for some government agency to come to their rescue.
Within weeks, they were already hard at work rewiring electrical systems even before power was restored, fixing the plumbing and shortly thereafter, they began the process of studding out, and insulating, and sheet rocking new walls. It was truly amazing to watch as this family was busy bringing new construction materials into their house while the rest of us were still overwhelmed trying to empty our homes of water damaged debris!
During all the post Sandy madness Gwen and Frank always found time to go out of their way to visit with their neighbors on W12th who remained in their houses after the storm to see if anyone needed anything.
It should also be mentioned that immediately after New Years 2013, Gwen and Frank O'Toole set about arranging and planning for the First Annual Post Sandy West 12th Block Party which has become an annual event for our block. More importantly, despite the family's move to Noel Road, Gwen O'Toole has stated for the record that she will continue to arrange and plan for the annual West 12th Road Block Party!