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She now treasures photos of her young daughters taken at Brick Beach over Labor Day weekend, the last time she visited home. And while she believes New Jersey will rebuild the boardwalks and piers "bigger and better than ever," there will still be something missing.
"They can never take the memories away," said Blackburn, briefly breaking down. "But it’s never going to be the same."
Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryAC
Associated Press writer Kathy Matheson in Trenton contributed to this story.
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