Those of you who have beautifully come to know and love The Summerset Review might appreciate a little local trivia, namely, something that's recently happened to the primary home and headquarters of our journal. Perhaps a few pictures will best explain:

A second oak tree, almost as big as the first, ten feet outside The Lab—the room where our issues are developed and published—fortunately fell the other way:

Thankfully, no one was hurt here as a result of Superstorm Sandy.

Though our ordeal was terrifying and our recovery will be long, our hearts go out to those stricken by the storm and not as fortunate. Sandy has already achieved number two status on the list of costliest storms in the United States. We've heard many sad stories firsthand, and many others on the news. But rather than go into them, let's be reminded of the resiliency of the human spirit—our ability to go beyond and rebuild. For some, it may be very difficult. For some it may be impossible. But let's try, and let's help those who need help.

If you or someone you know experienced hardship as a result of Sandy, send us a short note explaining. We will mail a free copy of one of our print issues to the address you give us. We'll do this for at least the first fifty notes we receive. Our mailing address is 25 Summerset Drive, Smithtown, NY 11787. Alternatively, you may email us at ed (at) We ask that everyone please be honest.

Despite our own hardships, we've managed to release our Winter 2013 issue on time and hope you enjoy its contents, which we're very proud of. Thank you for your loyal readership, and we hope you have a nice holiday and winter season.

- Joseph and the staff of The Summerset Review: Leigh, Meredith, Lindsay, and Nick

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