Monday, December 10, 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.
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- Ivy Jacobson
Monday, December 10, 2012
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…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Hurricane victims are still hurting. These McLean students wanted to help.
On Tuesday, students from Cooper Middle School in McLean assembled hygiene kits to send to the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The kits included hand towels, wash clothes, combs, nail clippers, soap, a tootbrush and bandages. Here's what a few students had to say about the activity:
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
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 …
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell also announced he will donate $50,000 to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund.
Capital One Bank announced last week that it will donate $1 million towards Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, including a $10,000 donation to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund. Sandy pounded the east coast last week. Although Virginia did not bear the brunt of the storm damage, tens of thousands of residents lost power in Northern Virginia, including more than 4,000 in McLean. States further north, including New York and New Jersey, suffered much worse and continue their clean-up efforts. In a press statement, Jonathan Witter, president of retail and direct banking for Capital One, called Virginia the company's home. “We are committed to assisting our communities, our customers and our own associates who have been affected by this …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
With much of downtown McLean in the dark on Tuesday morning, residents flocked to Giant, which was running on generator power.
The Starbucks inside Giant, at 1454 Chain Bridge Road, was one of the only businesses open on Tuesday morning after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to thousands of homes and shops in McLean. Tonya Perry, manager at this Starbucks location, snapped this photo on Tuesday morning, as the line for coffee grew 25 deep. Do you have storm-related photos you'd like to share with your McLean neighborhoods? You can upload them here.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
School is in and Halloween is on in Fairfax County.
All Fairfax County public schools and offices will open on time on Wednesday, Oct. 31, the schools system announced Tuesday. Individual schools that may have power outages will be reassessed in the morning, so check your inbox for Keep in Touch messages from your individual schools or check the FCPS website. FCPS is asking parents to be patient as buses may need to work around road closures in some parts of the county and bus routes may be delayed. Meanwhile, Halloween trick or treating is generally on in most neighborhoods in Fairfax County. Since trick or treat is not organized by any one jurisdiction, like a town government it is hard to make a universal decision, said Fairfax County spokeswoman Merni Fitzgerald. For more information, …
State health departments offer advice on whether it's safe to eat perishable foods that may not have been consistently refrigerated.
The Virginia Health Department offer these tips for salvaging food after a power outage.
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 …
Sandy blew through on Monday night and wrecked havoc on trees and power lines around McLean.
Update, 2:30 p.m. Dominion reported to Gov. Bob McDonnell it intends to restore power to all customers by Thursday evening. Original Story On Tuesday afternoon, there are still over 3,000 Dominion customers in McLean without power, according to the utility company's interactive outage map, but all around the community, there is evidence of concerted clean-up efforts and crews working to get residents back on the grid. The traffic lights at one of the biggest intersections in McLean - Chain Bridge Road and Dolley Madison Boulevard - are down, as well as electricity at the nearby Salona Village Shopping Center, where McLean Family Restaurant is located. The shops in that area are closed. Just across the street, though, Safeway is up and …
Dranesville District supervisor John Foust says county was better prepared to handle Sandy.
Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust's McLean home has no power Tuesday morning, but he is praising Fairfax County, the Virginia Department of Transportation and Dominion for improving response times to Hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast on Monday evening. He said the response is markedly better than the response to the June 29 derecho, which knocked out power to hundreds of thousands in the D.C. metro region. "I think the response has been significantly better than after the derecho - the preparation and the response," Foust said. Communicating storm-related information with the public and warning residents about dangers was drastically better, too, he said. "The county has done an outstanding job getting out statuses and …