Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Some of the biggest names in music will play at a benefit concert on Wednesday. All proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy victims, via the Robin Hood Foundation.
Huge names in music are lending their talents to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at the “12-12-12” concert on Wednesday. Every penny sold from ticket sales will go directly to Sandy victims through the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which provides material, money and aid to local organizations that are serving families and individuals in the regions hardest hit by the storm, including over 200 Patch towns in New Jersey, Connecticut and Long Island. The all-star lineup includes Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Dave Grohl, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Eddie Vedder, Roger Waters, Kanye West, The Who and Paul McCartney, with other artists to be announced. According to the 12-12-12 concert’s website, “Starting at…
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Patch will make a $1 donation to AmeriCares for every tweet with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
You can help rebuild communities that were hit by Hurricane Sandy by donating cans of food, volunteering for cleanup efforts—or simply sending a tweet. Patch is excited to announce our new effort to help support devestated communities after the storm. For every tweet sent with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds, we will donate $1 to the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund, up to $125,000. Your contribution will go toward medical and humanitarian aid, grants and programs to help Sandy survivors. You can simply tweet the hashtag #PatchRebuilds, or go to our Patch Rebuilds website and tweet directly from there. A customized tweet that starts “My heart belongs to…” is created from the Patch Rebuilds website, and tweeters can type in an …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
It's been said it's far better to have a neighbor who's near, than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families. This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island. Want to join the relief efforts? Click here to donate: https://donate.networkforgood.org/aol "When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they could help …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fewer than 2,000 Dominion customers in Northern Virginia remained without power Thursday morning.
Dominion Virginia Power this morning released a list of where crews will be working to restore power Thursday. The list is attached to this article as a pdf (available in the media box to the right). "Lists are based on early morning work plans for crews. However, needs often change during a major restoration and crews stay on the move. They may visit, leave and return to some locations, and may perform work at locations not shown on today's list," according to Dominion. The highest concentration of current outages are inside the Beltway, however many smaller outages exist across Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties and elsewhere. Dominion reported only about 1,700 customers without power in Northern Virginia as of Wednesday night…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Several hundred were without power as of about noon.
From Mayor Earnie Porta's email newsletter: Although power was restored to the Occoquan business district last evening at about 9:45 p.m., and to much of the rest of the town shortly after 11 p.m., as of this writing we do still have several hundred town residents without power on Poplar Lane, Overlook Drive, and Fortress Way. Power surge damage to at least two homes on Poplar Lane is hindering repairs there, while Overlook Drive and Fortress Way are experiencing problems similar to those of the snow storm two years ago -- the load caused by bringing all the townhouses on at once is too much. Consequently, Dominion is working to bringing buildings on Overlook Drive and Fortress Way online one at a time. As of approximately 30 minutes …
Dominion tackles another day of power failures.
Dominion Virginia Power has posted crew work locations for Northern Virginia. "We plan to have all restored by end of the day Thurs," a Dominion representative tweeted. In Prince William County, Dominion will work at: Sign up for daily and weekly newsletters and breaking news alerts for Woodbridge Patch.
While we prepared, rode through and assessed the damage, technology informed us, entertained us and connected us to friends and family.
The oft-repeated advice in news reports, conversations with family and on-line in the lead up to the storm was to charge your cell phones. The new twist this year was the addition of instructions on how to use Twitter via text messaging (SMS). The Wall Street Journal included it in a list of storm-related apps and advice. Twitter shared its own list of who to follow for emergency updates (as did Patch in Northern Virginia). For complete Hurricane Sandy coverage from Patch, click on the news tab above and then click on the Hurricane Sandy section. The American Red Cross encourages us to post that we are Safe and Well in areas that may be cut off from reliable information in situations when disasters lead to mass displacements of people. …
Those living on Poplar Lane are still without power.
From Mayor Earnie Porta's email newsletter, sent Oct. 30 at 11:30 p.m.: Power has been restored in Occoquan's business district (i.e. north of Commerce Street). As of the time of this writing, Dominion and their contractors are working on the power lines that pass adjacent to the Route 123 bridge, travel out of town, cross Route 123, and come back into town via Washington Street. They have indicated that once repaired these lines should bring back online almost everyone else in Occoquan except those living on Poplar Lane. The latter will be offline at least until tomorrow, as damage to two houses must first be addressed. Dominion and contractor crews are working throughout the evening.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Mayor Earnie Porta sends out an update by email newsletter.
As of 2 p.m. power remains out throughout the entire Town of Occoquan. Dominion Virginia Power, however, has indicated that it is a matter of hours, not days, before power is restored. The sources of the outage appear to be associated with damage outside of town boundaries on Mt. High Street and Poplar Lane. Storm damage in town has thus far been relatively modest. We lost one gas light, and the comparatively low sea wall at 307 Mill Street (behind Brambles) has washed away. Although the latter has not yet resulted in any serious flooding of the adjoining properties, erosion of the parking area remains a concern. Please continue to exercise caution when outside in the aftermath of the storm and be particularly alert to downed power …
The governor said power should be restored to all Dominion customers by Thursday.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said in his final press briefing for Hurricane Sandy that Virginia was "spared a significant event." “First responders and private partners, they have really done an amazing job preparing for the storm and applying lessons learned from previous storms and putting in an incredible amount of hours,” McDonnell said. McDonnell cited concerns about rivers cresting as flood waters go into the major arteries, and he expected an update on that later Tuesday. Virginia was awarded a federal disaster declaration yesterday, said McDonnell, noting he was “delighted” that President Barack Obama and FEMA were on it immediately. "That is only for federal direct assistance to allow them to provide resources directly and as we do our …