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Tent City Piano Man

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Meg continues to chase the story about people who reside in Tent Cities throughout New Jersey which is getting a lot of national buzz.  Some are even beginning to refer to these neighborhoods as “Christievilles”.

Meg caught up with Michael “Piano Man” Berenzweig who she met a couple days ago during her tour with Senator Buono.  She was intrigued by Michael and his talent and wanted to get to know him a little bit better.

Michael has been living in Lakewood’s Tent City for over three years now.  His mother taught him to play the piano when he was 5 years-old and living in Queens, New York.  He used to work at a radio station in New York as a co-producer.  His wife was the breadwinner of the family working in textiles and when she lost her job the family fell on some hard times.  They contacted Pastor Steve who helped get them situated in Lakewood’s Tent City where they now reside with over 100 other residents. 

Only three people since getting assistance from the township and government have been able to move out of Tent City and still hundreds remain. 

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