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…
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 to …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
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Wednesday, October 31, 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 …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Did you lose a tree in your yard? A few branches? Post pics here!
Did you wake up this morning to a tree down in your yard? Branches in your driveway? A yard gnome in a place he shouldn't be? We want to see your storm damage pictures! Whether your Halloween ghost traveled to the neighbor's yard or you saw water get a little too close to your basement, we want to share your photos. Upload your photos to this gallery here by clicking the green "upload photos" button! [Editor's note: This item is posted on all Boston Patch sites.]
Back Bay suffered tree damage during Monday's storm but not as intensively as other parts of Boston.
Numbers released from the mayor's office Tuesday morning show that damage in the Back Bay from Monday's storm was relatively minor. "Beacon Hill and Back Bay fared very well compared to the rest of the city," a spokeswoman for the mayor told Patch today. Of the 1,065 reports the office fielded from across the city, 28 were from the Back Bay. Sixteen of those concerned downed or broken trees and two were about downed electrical wires. The numbers reflect the number of calls, not the number of incidents. In other words, there could be several calls about one incident. "Trees and downed wires were the two most reported because it was really a wind rather than a rain issue," the spokeswoman said. Citywide, 610 calls came in for trees. …
Much of the city was paralyzed by the storm Monday, but is back to business today.
Like much of the rest of the East Coast, Back Bay hunkered down for much of Monday, waiting out what some dubbed the "Frankenstorm," Hurricane Sandy. While Massachusetts didn't feel Sandy's impact as heavily as New Jersey and New York, winds still whipped through Back Bay causing felled trees and a temporary shutdown of part of Newbury Street as scaffolding at 339 Newbury St. collapsed. The area around Commonwealth Avenue and Fairfield Street was also restricted because of an unstable sign. As of 8 p.m. Monday, the city received 500 reports of tree emergencies and 211 reports of down wires, via the Mayor’s 24-hour hotline (617-635-4500), but no significant flooding was reported, according to the mayor's office. The Mayor’s hotline had …
Monday, October 29, 2012
As predicted earlier, Sandy's severest wind-lashing is expected this evening, as the hurricane makes landfall in New Jersey.
After a day where thousands of New Englanders have lost power, roads and buildings have been flooded and winds-and-rain have lashed everyone, we're just on the verge of the worst of it. Forecasters have been warning that Monday evening would be New England's moment of severest intensity for Sandy. That prediction seems to be right on-target. "Like a large nor'easter on steroids" According to Accuweather forecasters, Hurricane Sandy is poised for a New Jersey landfall any moment now. Those same Accuweather forecasters are calling Sandy a "Northeast catastrophe unfolding." "Conditions will deteriorate through the day Monday with the worst of the storm spreading inland Monday night into Tuesday," says Accuweather. That means the driving …
In case you lose power, do the following things to your phone to keep it in operation for as long as possible.
As power outages pile up, some families may only have their cellular phone available for accessing information. Should this happen, here are a number of phone settings to change in order to prolong your battery for as long as possible. Turn Off Unnecessary Connections For those with iPhones, Android or other smartphones, you can extend the battery by turning off WiFi, 4G and/or 3G connections if available, or even putting your phone into airplane mode and only taking it off when you want to use the phone. All of these connections use battery up whether using it or not. Close All Background Applications Smartphones have apps, and sometimes they are running even when you do not want them to. If using an iPhone, double tap the home button to …
Company Urges Caution for Downed Lines and Stresses Generator Safety
Monday, October 29, 2012
The following is a press release sent by NSTAR at 2:30 p.m.: As Hurricane Sandy began to impact Massachusetts late this morningNSTAR crews and contractors began their response to outages across the region. The company is bracingfor significant damage and power outages as the storm moves across the area. In advance of the storm’s arrival, the company opened its emergency operations center this morning andstaffed its regional work centers across the state. Approximately 1,200 contract personnel from as faraway as Texas and the Midwest are assisting NSTAR’s 3,000 employees in their efforts. These crews arealready hard at work and will remain at the ready as the storm progresses. NSTAR’s call center is fully staffed and ready to field customer…