Thursday, January 3, 2013
The House chose not to bring a relief bill to the floor for a vote.
Congress managed to approve a deal that prevented the fiscal cliff, but it still has not passed a bill granting aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy nearly 70 days after the storm. Amid a firestorm of anger, including harsh words from governors of New York and New Jersey, the House is expected to hold a vote for some of the relief Friday and wait until later this month for the rest. The Senate has already passed a bill for Sandy relief, but the House decided not to have a vote on it during this legislative session. And Congressman John Tierney issued a statement lashing out at House leadership for it. “House Republican Leadership is running out the clock on the 112th Congress without providing much-needed relief to families and businesses…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The concert will benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, via the Robin Hood Foundation.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Some of the biggest names in music take the stage at Madison Square Garden for the live 12-12-12 concert for Sandy relief. While thousands of people fill the arena, billions are watching live on a variety of screens worldwide. The concert is streaming live on television networks (including HBO and AMC), movie theater screens and on the Internet, including right here on North Andover Patch. The pre-event coverage begins at 4:00 p.m. EST and the concert is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. 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. Every …
The school teamed up with two local businesses to get supplies to New York.
North Andover has stepped up to the plate to help those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. And the families of Sargent Elementary School chipped in their efforts as well. The school recently teamed up with local UPS store owner Mike Baumert and Rocky's Ace Hardware to get Sandy victims things they needed. Staten Island, N.Y., native and North Andover resident Erica Guagenti, who has a child who attends Sargent, contacted authorities to determine what supplies were needed and where. Then, the students brought in the requested items, such as toiletries and cleaning products. And on Nov. 30, two Girl Scout Troops and several of Sargent's students boxed and loaded 12 large boxes with the donated items. Baumert matched the Sargent PTO, dollar-for-…
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
"There's nothing that I can compare to what I saw down there," said one of the 25 troopers that helped out after Sandy devastated nearby states.
Before Hurricane Sandy's full scope of devastation in New York and New Jersey was even known, 25 men and women from the Massachusetts State Police were on their way to assist those who had been displaced from their homes. "When I reached out to ask if the state police would be willing to field a group of 25 people, I already knew the answer," Undersecretary for Homeland Security and Director of MEMA, Kurt Schwartz said in a press conference in Framingham Monday afternoon. "The answer was a resounding yes." One of the troopers was Brian Dunn, who works out of the South Boston barracks. "There's nothing that I can compare to what I saw down there," said the 28-year veteran of the force. "We were there when they came home for the first time. …
Monday, November 19, 2012
North Andover residents sent a whole truck full of stuff down to help the hurricane victims.
Recently, the owners of Turtle Lane Maple Farm were collecting donations of supplies for delivery to victims of Hurricane Sandy in Bell Harbor, N.Y. And boy, did the community respond. On Friday, Boulanger and Gallagher loaded a huge truck on Turtle Lane with everything from cleaning supplies to clothing and pet goods. People had been dropping stuff off there all week, and the front porch was now covered in donations. "This isn't all of it," Boulanger said as they prepared to load the bags and boxes onto the truck. "We're going to a restaurant on the way down called Dylan's, they're having an event to collect stuff there. We're also going to stop at a rest stop on Route 84 to meet with a moms group that has more stuff." Boulanger and …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
For every tweet that includes the #PatchRebuilds hashtag, Patch will donate $1 to AmeriCares Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts, up to $125,000.
Patch is providing readers with an easy way to help the towns affected by Superstorm Sandy as they build and recover. For every tweet that includes the #PatchRebuilds hashtag, Patch will donate $1 to AmeriCares Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts, up to $125,000. Click here to tweet your support for Sandy communities. Your gift will help AmeriCares respond to Superstorm Sandy with medical and humanitarian aid, grants, and programs to help support survivors across the country. Be sure to follow @NAndoverPatch on Twitter, and get tweeting!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Find out how you can join in.
Lyndsay Dowd of North Andover, originally from New York, watched the coverage of Hurricane Sandy and felt she needed to do something. So she is. "Sure I could give money, and I did, but that wasn't enough," Dowd said. "So I started a donation drive between my friends and neighbors." Dowd's donation drive accumulated more than 60 bags of clothing, blankets, diapers, toys, kids clothes, coats, water, batteries, toiletries and more in just a couple days. And her drive is still at it. But figuring out how to get all that stuff down to the impacted region was a challenge. "I came across a group on Facebook called Sending Sunshine and realized I could help to make a much bigger impact than the one I was already making," Dowd said. "Sending …
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. 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 …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
For much of the past week, Hurricane Sandy dominated the region's media coverage. Did it feel worse or not quite as bad as last year's storm?
Much of the Northeastern United States slowed down on Monday to watch Hurricane Sandy make its way up the coast toward its eventual landfall on New England. Throughout the day, residents of North Andover and elsewhere endured high winds and power outages and in some cases, downed trees and wires. The storm came a year after the so-called "Snowtober" storm left many Massachusetts communities without power. So which storm do you think was worse – Sandy or Snowtober? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!