HIGHLANDS - Residents of Highlands got together Friday to discuss long-term Sandy rebuilding plans.

Four sessions were held so that neighbors could talk about the future of their community. Topics ranged from how maximize the waterfront to summer camps for kids, and even how to make the arts a more prevalent part of their neighborhoods.

The event was hosted by a group called Creative New Jersey, which banned Power Points and formal speeches in favor of small groups working creatively.

"We've brought the community of Highlands together to convene in an open space style, which means that everything is self-organized and self-directed," says Director Elizabeth Murphy, of Creative New Jersey. "And the people are talking about the issues they care most about."

Funding for the event was provided by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.

In the next few weeks, another session will be held to review today's results.