Wednesday, December 12, 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 Wednesday at the “12-12-12” concert. 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 7:…
Friday, December 7, 2012
Tyler McCormack is collecting toys in Vienna and Oakton for children impacted by Superstorm Sandy.
Vienna’s Tyler McCormack, 17, is like most other high school seniors: busy preparing for college. He is also busy working to give back during the holiday season. This year he is working to collect toys for children who were victims of Hurricane Sandy. As a freshman at Gonzaga College High School in Washington, DC, McCormack started the nonprofit Reach Out for Kids. His first project was a book drive for Fairfax’s FACETS. He’s also worked with a number of orphanages in Nassau to help bring them school supplies, backpacks, Christmas presents and more. This year, as a senior, McCormack said after seeing what the victims of Sandy were going through, he wanted to help make sure they could do something for the children who might be struggling …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Students raise about $1,400 for a Staten Island school
Students at Oakton Elementary School spent their days before Thanksgiving raising money for a Staten Island school affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Oakton Panthers earned about $1,400 in donations to send to PS 52 in New York. They also took time to sign a 10-foot banner offering their best wishes to their peers. The banner started the campaign, inspiring the students to come together to care for their fellow students and teachers in Staten Island. "It was truly inspirational to see our Oakton family come together for such a great cause," said Alysia Dempsey, an Oakton Elementary parent who helped organize the campaign. "We are truly proud of our Oakton Panthers." The donations will help students at PS 52 and the school currently hosting …
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too.
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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 …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Here is how Northern Virginia residents' donations can aid victims in most affected areas.
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Thursday, November 1, 2012
Northern Virginia 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. Patch has gathered some local resources if you want to help in relief efforts. Volunteers in New Jersey are being coordinated through an emergency response hotline, 1-800-JERSEY-7 (1-800-537-7397). Alternate numbers, for when the hotline isn’t staffed, include 609-775-5236 and 908-303-0471 or emails can be sent to Rowena.Madden@sos.state.nj.us. The New York City agency NYC Service is coordinating volunteers for various relief projects in New York City. Go to its Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and email address. The American Red …
Presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, Senate candidates Tim Kaine, George Allen canceled Virginia campaign events during Hurricane Sandy. Hours extended for absentee voting.
Hurricane Sandy upended the campaign schedules for the presidential race, Virginia's U.S. Senate race and congressional races, and put a temporary halt to some early voting and election officer training in the runup to Election Day next week. "I don't want anything to interrupt full participation in democracy as we head into this presidential election," said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, in a news conference with reporters Tuesday. Eight registrars across the state Tuesday were closed — including Arlington County, Falls Church City, Loudoun County and Manassas Park City — due to the storm and could not offer absentee voting. Fairfax County offered absentee voting at Government Center from 4 to 8 p.m. In Alexandria, at least one voting …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
We've seen things that no one should ever have to witness
In the past few years, we have weathered (heh) Snowmageddon, a derecho, an earthquake and freak flooding in this area. And then along comes Hurricane Sandy, also known as "Frankenstorm." This name, for the record, is completely unacceptable. Not only because of the ridiculous name, but also because this is horrific news for someone like me who is terrible in crisis situations. But with all of the hype surrounding this event and because I grew up in a coastal town and have learned to respect and prepare for tropical storms, I actually did plan for the worst-case scenario. That is why, on Friday afternoon, I got my hair highlighted and bought some clothes at Goodwill to complete my husband’s buccaneer costume for a party we were attending …
Oakton quickly recovers aftermath of Sandy
While much of the East Coast — including parts of Northern Virginia — saw the worst of Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, Oakton residents saw a quick recovery from the few power outages and road closings it experienced. Only one area of Oakton is without power as of 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to an interactive outage map from Dominion Virginia Power: About 145 customers around the Courthouse Road area, on the Oakton-Vienna border, have no power. Residents in the area told Patch crews from Dominion were working on the outage late Tuesday evening. In Fairfax County, Dominion is reporting 13,736 outages as of 1 a.m. To see the interactive outage map, click here. Oakton's roads have also been cleared, with only one closing as of 1 a.m. …
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, …
Share your photos of Hurricane Sandy on Patch
Hurricane Sandy passed through Northern Virginia last night, sparing much of Oakton from power outages or downed trees. But the storm did leave a little bit of a mark, and we're asking you to send us your photos of the Sandy's aftermath in Oakton. Add your pictures above and talk to us in the comments. For downed trees posing hazard to public areas, call the Fairfax County Urban Forestry at 703-324-1770 or TTY 703-324-1877. For tree removal in non-emergency situations, call one of the following departments: Get daily and breaking news email updates from Oakton Patch by signing up for newsletters here. Or follow Oakton Patch on Twitter and Facebook.