Following the Superstorm, shore area residents continue to wade through the paperwork and red-tape generated by the recovery process. However, Monmouth County officials are hoping to make life easier for residents by holding two Sandy Recovery Workshops next month. Monmouth County Clerk M. Claire French says the sessions are being hosted by the County's Consumer Affairs Division.

French says the workshops, being held at the new County Connection satellite location off Route 66, will cover a wide-range of issues such as: FEMA grants, the National Flood Insurance, the permitting process and preventing Contractor fraud. "It's an opportunity for if someone hasn't gotten help from somewhere else, to come and talk to them and their might be a chance that something that they give them that day may be a special help.

The free workshops are scheduled for January 10th. The first, runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and the second, from 6 to 8 p.m. at 3544 State Highway 66, Neptune, N.J. to the rear of the McDonald's. Registration is required because space is limited. To register call 732-303-2828

However, Monmouth Freeholder Lillian Burry is advising residents who believe they may be a victim of contractor fraud to not wait for the workshop to get help but to report it immediately. Burry says "you can call the Divison of Consumer Affairs immediately at 732-431-7900 to get information to protect your rights."