Monday, January 14, 2013
The animals have been living in temporary shelter in New York City.
The Washington Animal Rescue League is doing its part to help pets displaced in October's Hurricane Sandy, according to an NBC Washington report. The WARL will be taking in eight dogs and five cats. The animals previously had been living in a temporary shelter in New York City and arrived in Washington on Monday, according to the report. The animals were all strays, abandoned by their owners or surrendered.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The new year looks like it will kick off chilly and dry.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Ben Gross
Tuesday, January 1
Twenty-twelve was a wild year for weather in the Washington metropolitan region. On June 29, the derecho terrorized the area, forcing President Obama to declare Montgomery County a disaster area. In the fall, while we were spared the major brunt, Hurricane Sandy caused widespread flooding, downed trees, food and supply shortages at local stores and numerous school, government and activity cancellations and postponements. Those two weather events may have been the most memorable, but according to WJLA's website, a number of weather records were set in 2012: How does the forecast for the start of 2013 look? Look for New Year's Eve temperatures in the mid-30s, with only a 20 percent chance of precipitation overnight. New Year's Day should…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
County police and fire/rescue personnel return from week helping Sandy victims in New York, where the situation was described as "Katrina-esque."
On Tuesday afternoon, while Montgomery County and the rest of the nation were paying attention to Election Day, 80 Montgomery County fire/rescue and police personnel unceremoniously returned home from spending an exhausting week assisting Hurricane Sandy victims in New York. The Maryland Task Force 1, made up of local medical workers, rescue experts, engineers and dog handlers with search canines, was assembled Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, and dispatched to Fort Dix, NJ, to await orders, according to Montgomery County Assistant Chief Scott Graham. From there it was a long week of search and rescue and humanitarian relief that Graham says was similar to the situation in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. “I’ve been on the task force since …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too
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, VA, and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island. Patch editors from Montgomery and Prince George's counties donated water, canned goods, juice, blankets, flashlights, activity books for children and snacks—like granola bars, crackers and chips. Maryland editors donated more than $2,500 worth of items families …
Soley Somma plans to drive a truckload of donations to New York City Tuesday morning to help victims of superstorm Sandy.
Wheaton resident Soley Somma has strong connections to New York City. It's where she met her husband, and it's where her brother now lives. And on Tuesday, Somma and her mother will be driving to the city with a truckload of donations for the people left cold, hungry and powerless in the wake of superstorm Sandy. Somma began collecting food and other emergency items on Friday at her home, and word spread quickly. She and other volunteers worked from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, sorting through items and labeling them. "Every single room in my house is filled," she said. Somma is coordinating with Queens Mama, a neighborhood network for parents in New York, and she will be delivering supplies to Rockaway, Queens, a peninsula particularly hard-…
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Patch runs down some of the images of Superstorm Sandy's impact on Maryland
Instead of bringing you our regular "Weird News" feature, Maryland's Patch sites compiled a series of photos from before, during and after Sandy. Check out the slideshow with this post for some of the images of the superstorm. And then click through some of these links for the lead stories throughout the storm: Looking for more? Follow our new Maryland Patch Facebook page.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
The Red Cross offers ideas for individuals and businesses to help out storm victims.
Wondering how to help those still suffering from the effects of Superstorm Sandy, especially those in New York and New Jersey? The New York Red Cross provided the following suggestions for individuals and businesses. Tell us what you're doing to help out those most impacted the storm.
Friday, November 2, 2012
Headcount’s Participation Tour, which features Dumpstaphunk and Anders Osborne, aims to increase voter registration and benefits Hurricane Sandy relief. The tour rolls through Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City this week.
Musicians will rock out and get their funk on for Hurricane Sandy aid and voter registration for the next four nights. HeadCount and Magic Hat Brewing Company have teamed up for this year’s Participation Tour, which is anchored by funk outfit Dumpstaphunk and folk rocker Anders Osborne, both from New Orleans. While the tour’s original aim was to register more voters for the upcoming election, HeadCount announced Thursday that all proceeds from the four-day tour will be donated to the Red Cross and other relief efforts. “In an election year we get very focused on voter registration, but something we like to say is ‘make your voice heard every day, not just on election day,’” HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein said via email. “You…
Costco is recalling two models of Champion portable generators.
Costco is recalling two models of Champion portable generators that were sold between December 2011 and July 2012. Approximately 8,600 units are being recalled. There have been 11 reports of fuel leaking from the generators, including eight reports of the generators catching fire and two reports of property damage, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Both models have a black frame with black and yellow control panels, a bar handle and two wheels. The generators can be returned to Costco for a full refund. For more information, see the recall notice on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Trucks from Tennessee and Florida travel Interstate 95 Thursday. See how you can help.
Montgomery County was largely spared from catastrophic damage from Superstorm Sandy, but residents in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and other coastal areas were not so lucky. Read about Sandy's progress through Montgomery County here. As a series of utility truck brigades traveled north on Interstate 95 Thursday morning, going to assist in the recovery from damage caused by superstorm Sandy in New York and New Jersey, Patch gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts: Sandy has caused the cancellation of about 300 American Red Cross blood drives. “Patients will still need blood despite the weather,” said Dr. Richard Benjamin, chief medical officer of the Red Cross, in a statement. To schedule a blood donation …