UNION BEACH - One year ago, Superstorm Sandy left 2.7 million of New Jerseyans in the dark. The state and it's people have come a long way, and many are looking into the future with optimism.
In Union Beach, hundreds came out to turn on their flashlights in a symbolic gesture as the "Stronger than the Storm" song was played as a symbol of hope.
Point Pleasant Beach Mayor Vincent Barrella was on hand for festivities in that shore town, and says many are still struggling with insurance companies and aid programs.
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Barrella says many there are still in the dark.
Several communities in New York and New Jersey are participating in Light Up the Shore, a Sandy observance organized by a group of radio stations.