Havelock businesses helping out furloughed base workers

Published: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 05:04 PM.

"Havelock’s a slow town to start with, so it will hurt the town, especially the restaurants because that’s where they go when they come out of base at lunchtime, and if they’re not on base to have lunch then the restaurants out here will suffer a little bit," she said. "So will the gas stations and other places."

Ron Perez, a General Dynamics Information Technology logistics worker, understands the impact that furloughs will have on some of the base workers.

"It’s a tough time," said Perez, who was enjoying lunch Friday at Our Town. "I think a lot of us are trying to adjust to it, but it is part of the reality that we’re living in right now. It’s unfortunate, so we’ll just try to make the most of it.

"Our Town seems to be rallying around that fact and trying to do what they can to support those folks. We’re here to support Our Town because they are doing a great thing for the base and their furlough thing that they’ve got going on right now. It’s a great thing for the community."

Originally, the furloughs were to be for 22 weeks, but that was cut to 11 weeks. Still, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel recently said that furloughs could happen again in 2014.

Rossi said FRC East employees had always been regulars at her business.

"We have quite a few that come over on a regular basis, so it helped," she said. "We have a very tight community, so every little bit counts." 

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