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, Dec. 12. 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, “…
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Who wants to drive a truck full of Hurricane Sandy relief donations to New Jersey on Wednesday?
JP Bedard of Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports sent this email to West Roxbury Patch seeking volunteer drivers to bring Hurricane Sandy relief drive donations to New Jersey. "We are looking for a couple of people to drive to NJ with the donations... if they can do it they can contact Jim Hennigan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 617-947-5265. We are looking to leave early on Wednesday around 4 or 5 a.m. so we miss the traffic and are back sometime early afternoon." Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports, the St. Theresa's community, as well as the Irish Social Club of Boston, all kicked into gear to run a relief drive for victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports led the drive, with the St. Theresa's community and Irish Social Club pitching in to aid Hurricane Sandy victims.
Boxes and bags of Luvs, Pampers, bottles of water, sweaters, sweatshirts, hats and more were piled on tables at the Irish Social Club on Monday afternoon. Volunteers like West Roxbury's Thomas Bergeron brought in bag after bag of donations raised by the Wicked Sharp Ski & Sports Hurricane Sandy Relief Drive in the last week. Said Bergeron (who heard about volunteering through a West Roxbury Patch tweet about volunteers being needed) spoke about why he came down to help. "We definitely wanted to donate our time because we didn't get hit hard, but we know people who did." Bergeron added he has family in Long Island, NY, who were affected by Hurricane Sandy. West Roxbury's Jocelyn Bourgault (who also heard about volunteers being needed …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Does his role in the federal reaction to a disaster help the president? Or is that a craven way to look at politics? Vote in our poll by sharing your thoughts in the comments field below.
A Washington Post/ABC poll released this week showed that 80 percent of voters feel President Obama has done a good job dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Even New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie – a staunch supporter of Mitt Romney – praised Obama's response to the storm, which devastated parts of New Jersey and New York and caused serious damage in many other states, including New Hampshire. Obama also received the endorsement of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday, with Bloomberg citing Obama's handling of Hurricane Sandy as one of the main reasons he decided to support the president. Meanwhile, Romney's previous pledge to abolish FEMA hasn't helped him in the wake of the storm. What do you think? Will Hurricane …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
From Boston’s brush with the superstorm, a lesson in gratitude.
On the morning after Hurricane Sandy, our routine rush released the kids from its boredom – their main takeaway. They returned to school toting raincoats and lunchboxes, ready for normalcy and catch-up. But even as Sandy was still moving past us, my husband and I were already soaked in the non-stop reports of an enormous storm that had not yet finished with this continent. Here in Boston, the effects were relatively light. At no point was more than 2 percent of the city without power (though if you were kept waiting in the dark, “light” is not how you might describe it). Yet like many in Boston, we have friends up and down a certain span of the East coast. So the images and stories of the “worst ever seen” conditions for our neighbors …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Offers Tips on Consumer Protection & Home Repairs.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The following is a press release from Mayor Menino's office: Mayor Thomas M. Menino today announced City officials will work closely with home and business owners affected by Hurricane Sandy in an effort to reopen local businesses and get people back to work. In addition to providing resources to affected businesses, Boston Home Center staff will be working with homeowners and senior homeowners to help facilitate any necessary renovations due to the storm. “The Department of Neighborhood Development’s Boston Home Center and Office of Business Development are your go-to resources for repairing any damages to your home or business," Mayor Menino said. “It’s so important that residents and business owners take care of water or wind damage …
More than half the calls received were for "tree emergencies" due to high winds from Hurricane Sandy.
As of 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management has fielded: 140 calls for West Roxbury 86 for tree emergencies "At this point not all calls are resolved. There are still downed power lines, due to some trees are fairly big," said Christina Maryland of the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management. A "tree emergency" is when a tree has fallen and is obstructing a roadway, or fallen on powerlines, sometimes it is one in the same.
West Roxbury's District Councilor Matt O'Malley was working at Boston City Hall until around 3 p.m. on Monday, taking calls and doing the job.
All non-essential city employees were told to stay home on Monday - so West Roxbury District Councilor Matt O'Malley went to work at Boston City Hall. "We didn’t get many calls yesterday. We did today (Tuesday)," said O'Malley. Through Facebook, Twitter tweets, and emails, O'Malley helped direct callers get action on fallen trees and a couple power outages, which were all quickly resolved. One call on Tuesday was for a tree dangling on wires on Bellevue Street by the West Roxbury YMCA. NStar, Boston Fire and Boston Police all responded to the scene. He said his office received significantly fewer requests for help compared to Hurricane Irene in 2011. He said he was in the office until about 3 p.m. on Monday, then weathered the storm. "…
Many of West Roxbury's trees were damaged during Monday's storm.
Numbers released from the Mayor's office Tuesday morning show that West Roxbury residents called more times than any other neighborhood, but one from Monday's storm. Citywide, 610 calls came in for trees with Dorchester hit the hardest, followed by West Roxbury and Roxbury, a mayor's office spokeswoman said. West Roxbury often gets hit hard when there are storms due to higher elevations like around the Bellevue Hill area. But all West Roxbury residents should have their power back - including the more than 1,100 West Roxbury customers in the Sunnybank Road area, said a spokesperson. And roads are being cleaned up, like the VFW Parkway, which had to be closed after a tree fell across the road at LaGrange Street. Unlike West Roxbury, the …
Both camps issued statements declining the planned exchange.
Both Republican Senator Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren bowed out of Tuesday's final televised debate, citing safety concerns surrounding Hurricane Sandy. Brown's camp was the first to announce its decision, releasing a statement at 4:22 p.m.. "The Scott Brown campaign today announced that out of concern for the hardship faced by people in the path of Hurricane Sandy that he will not be participating in tomorrow's fourth and final debate," said Brown Communication Director Colin Reed. "It is simply not appropriate to go forward with a political debate when a disaster strikes. The focus for all of us before, during and after the storm needs to be on emergency response and disaster relief, not campaigns and politics…