Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, The Who will play at a benefit concert Wednesday.
Huge names in music are lending their talents to Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at the “12-12-12” concert on Wednesday. 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. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and will be broadcast live from Madison Square Garden on television, Clear Channel radio stations and on the Internet. Check the listings on the 12-12-12 concert website for local viewing information. Every penny sold from ticket sales will go directly to Sandy victims through the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which provides material, money …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Patch will make a $1 donation to AmeriCares for every tweet with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds.
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 …
Residents' donations can aid victims in most affected areas.
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Monday, November 5, 2012
The Fredericksburg area was largely spared from Superstorm Sandy damage, but residents in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other coastal areas were not so lucky. Patch has gathered some local resources, if you want to help in relief efforts. Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when the hotline isn’t staffed, include 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or emails can be sent to Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us. The New York City agency NYC Service is coordinating volunteers for various relief projects in New York City. Go to its Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address. The American Red Cross is …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The Rappahannock River continues to rise, but police report no major storm related problems in the city.
The Rappahannock River is expected to crest at 17.4 feet at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, and flood stage at City Dock is 18 feet, according Natatia Bledsoe, Fredericksburg Police Department Public Information Officer. As of 1 p.m., the river at City Dock was at nine feet. Most businesses are open Tuesday. It is cold and rainy, but other than the river, there is no evidence that Sandy passed by. Cars crossing the Chatham Bridge toward Chatham are slowing for a large pothole filled with rain near the center. Share your photos on Fredericksburg Patch by clicking the Upload button above.
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 …
City police report little damage Tuesday morning due to Sandy.
"Fredericksburg suffered virtually no damage overnight due to the storm, with only a few flooded basements and no reports of downed trees as of 8 a.m. Tuesday morning," said Natatia Bledsoe, Fredericksburg Police Department Public Information Officer in an email to press. "Just a handful of households reported loss of power, but there were no requests for emergency housing and the shelter remained unopened," she reported. Some residents have expressed concern about possible flooding on Sophia Street, but Bledsoe says that has not happened yet. "The water is coming up the ramp at City Dock at the end of Sophia Street, but there are no flooding conditions right now," she told Patch in an email. "There are a couple houses down there that …
Temperatures could feel as cold as 40 degrees. More than 180,000 without power Tuesday morning.
Update - 2:53 p.m. Tuesday Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday afternoon that the commonwealth was "spared a significant event" with Hurricane Sandy. The brunt of the damage was north of Virginia along the New Jersey coast. Power outages from Sandy will not last nearly as long as they did during this past summer's derecho. “It is our intention to have all our customers restored to service by Thursday night,” said Rodney Blevins, vice president of distribution operations for Dominion. Northern Virginia sustained the most damage, Blevins said. In Northern Virgina, where the bulk of Dominion’s efforts are being focused, 92,000 customers are without power as of 1:33 p.m., Blevins said. Blevins said to continue to report 1-866-DOM-HELP …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Dominion Virginia Power and REC report outages due to Sandy.
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 8:30 a.m. Dominion Virginia Power reports three of their Fredericksburg customers are without power. In Spotsylvania County there are 72 clients without power. In Stafford County, Dominion reports they have 1,216 customers of their 45,769 without power. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) reports nine outages in Spotsylvania County. They currently have no outages in Fredericksburg or Stafford County. Monday, Oct. 29. 8 p.m. Dominion Virginia Power reports 1,211 of their 14,139 Fredericksburg customers are without power as of 8 p.m. Monday. In Spotsylvania County, the number is 300 of Dominion's 29,610 Spotsylvania County customers. Dominion's Interactive Outage Map is available here. Rappahannock Electric Cooperative…