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Ricardo Paz with Liz Schuber and restaurateur Danny Murphy exterior Danny’s Steakhouse Tuesday, and beneath, in Truthful Haven in July. (redbankgreen images. Click on to enlarge.)


A Purple Financial institution landscaper who hauls his tools round in a trailer connected to his bicycle wanted a brand new set of wheels.

And due to a fund drive arrange by a stranger, Ricardo Paz now has $3,600 to purchase one. However as a result of there’s been a run on bikes triggered by the pandemic, Paz hasn’t been capable of finding a motorbike sturdy sufficient to accommodate his trailer, which carries greater than 300 kilos of substances.

So final month, Paz –sure – began pushing his gear to his purchasers’ properties.

“It’s laborious getting up that hill” on West Entrance Avenue main into Middletown, Paz stated with amusing.

On Tuesday night, the 40-year-old father of 4 met up at Danny’s Steakhouse on Bridge Avenue with Liz Schuber, who noticed Paz featured in a video by News12 reporter and Purple Financial institution resident Brian Donohue in late July.

After she posted a touch upon Fb beneath the video, Schuber stated she was impressed to see that Paz was individually thanking everybody who voiced assist.

“I simply thought that was so honorable,” she stated. She reached out to Paz to ask if she might assist. She arrange a Go Fund Me account that introduced within the cash, and a spotlight from as far-off as California.

Paz “by no means requested anybody for something,” stated Schuber, who created the account pondering Paz might use an electrical bike. However since his bike broke down, the cash “is his for no matter he wants.”

Paz, who got here to the USA from Mexico 14 years in the past, calls his lawncare enterprise “A Lengthy Option to Freedom.” He additionally has a upkeep job at St. Leo’s parish in Lincroft.

Cathy Aldridge, secretary to the varsity’s principal, calls Paz “the hardest-working man.

“He’s making  America nice,” she stated.

Restaurateur Danny Murphy stated he launched himself to Paz a couple of 12 months in the past after he was startled to see him pedaling his gear round city. He gave Paz a shout-out on Fb in August, 2019, as proof that “the American dream is on the market to everybody in case you’re prepared to work for it.”

After coming throughout the publish, Schuber reached out to Murphy for an help, and Murphy wound up taking Paz searching for a brand new bike.

Up to now, after visiting a number of bike outlets, Paz has had no luck; his wants are particular, and what he wants gained’t be out there for months, Murphy stated. Within the interim, Paz plans to make use of the cash to pay for bike repairs, a custom-built new trailer and to offset misplaced revenue.

Schuber, a singer with the marriage band DaddyPop, lives in Toms River, however Paz stated he’d don’t have any hassle using to her home to chop her garden.

“It will in all probability take me three or 4 hours” to pedal there, he stated, patting his thighs, “however I might do it, no downside.”

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