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Snow Angels Among Us in Fair Haven


Yes, Fair Havenites, there are neighborly, good-deed-doing angels among you — and they do have their wings.

From dawn to dusk in the borough there were reports of some wonderful people out digging the snow, both literally and figuratively. They made sure that seniors, those with ailments and just plain neighbors they wanted to help were safely dug out and settled in.

The borough has what's dubbed the Be a Good Neighbor program for which about 50 teens are tasked with learning how to contribute to the community in which they live by donating their time to such things as checking on seniors and clearing their walkways and driveways.

Many of those people woke to find that the work had already been done. A flood of comments hit the Fair Haven Facebook page, some wanting to give thanks to those who were there for them and not knowing whom to thank. Patch caught one of the angels this year.

In one neighborhood, new neighbor Ben Ruscigno, who is in love with his new hometown, decided to steep himself in community spirit, rev up his new snowblower and dig out almost the entire block. Wow!

You could say the neighbors were blown away. You could also say that he digs his new neighborhood. OK, corny, but true. Ruscigno has gone out of his way to make the Fair Haven community way his family's way, and he and his family are appreciated for their spirit. And there are others like him out there — new and old.

Fair Haven is grateful when it's evident that in situations that render some lacking in resources and even helpless, the love thy neighbor tradition is thriving, Mayor Ben Lucarelli said.

Last year, Patch caught up with Robbie List, who not too long ago now became an Eagle Scout. List told us then that he always helps Mrs. Suggs, the borough's centenarian.

Check out the video above for a glimpse into this and last year with a couple of snow angels.

As for the other "angels" among us in Fair Haven, those you have helped say a collective "Thank you!"

If you have any photos of "snow angels," please forward them to elaine.develde@patch.com and they will be posted.

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