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Our View: Local program provides help in the 'New Normal'

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If the "New Normal" has you feeling out of sorts, you're not alone.

While economic indicators continue to show signs of recovery in the United States, many of us are still waiting to feel it at home and in our pocketbooks. The most notable indicator that has yet to recover is wages, which studies report have shown little growth since the economy went in the tank in 2009.

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The struggle is being noted locally.

"The economy and the world is a different place than what it was five years ago," Woodbury Community Foundation Executive Director Alisa Rabin Bell told the Woodbury Bulletin. "It's not getting better as quickly as people would like."

Thankfully, the foundation and other local nonprofit groups have decided to do something about it.

On Saturday, organizers will present "Thriving in the 'New' Normal" at Central Park. To recap what you'll find in this week's Woodbury Bulletin story, the program looks to aid folks still struggling to find their economic footing. It will encourage attendees to work together, as well as to "imagine, adapt and create."

Hints will be shared on saving money. Volunteerism will be stressed. Encouragement will abound.

It may not be a direct stimulus package, but we applaud the program for taking a bold step in the right direction.

This is the kind of thing that happens when communities and organizations work in concert.

We applaud the foundation and its partners for pulling together this program, and encourage attendance.

Even if the recovery still seems stuck in low gear, it's good to know there are folks out there helping others get on the inside track.

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