2015 Welcome Home Reveal: The Cornells Christen Their New Backyard in Massapequa, NY

On November 20th, our Above All Masonry family unveiled our 2015 Welcome Home landscape design makeover! We were honored to be joined by members of the Massapequa community and our Welcome Home project partners to help the Cornell family cut the ribbon and celebrate their brand new backyard in Massapequa.

The Cornells' home has had a long road to recovery, being hit by Hurricane Irene and then Hurricane Sandy, and the family has encountered significant delays and speed bumps in the rebuilding process. Their new backyard includes a paver patio, landscaping, a seating wall, a special memorial pear tree, and the star: a fire pit, the top feature on the wish-list of the Cornell children!

The Cornells were joined by family and friends to christen the new backyard, along with several members of the greater Massapequa community. Assemblyman Joseph Saladino, Supervisor John Venditto, Senator Michael Venditto, and Councilman Joseph Pinto joined us to recognize the special day, and a news crew from  FiOS1 was on hand to record an emotional interview with Rich and Anne Cornell.

"It's been a very long three years since Sandy...the process of rebuilding has been frustrating," said Anne, a special education teacher. "We're forever grateful to our family and friends who voted for us...and we can't even express how grateful we are to the people from Unilock and Above All for making this backyard for us after all we've been through."

"It was like a dream," said Rich, a retired NYPD officer. "I thought I was going to wake up and it wouldn't be there. It feels very good."

Our deep thanks to our generous project partners who also joined us at the ribbon-cutting ceremony: Astro Masonry, Unilock, and Bissett Nursery. We're so grateful for their support, and for being part of such a caring business community here on Long Island.