Monday, November 19, 2012
The Georgetown will not be removed and demolished until mid-December.
The Georgetown canal boat received a one-month reprieve from its planned demolition thanks to an odd source: Superstorm Sandy. The boat will not be moved until some time in mid-December; its demolition at Fletcher's Cove was previously scheduled to take place around Thanksgiving. Get daily and breaking news email updates from Georgetown Patch by signing up for newsletters here. Though the D.C. region was relatively spared Sandy's damage and destruction that walloped New York and New Jersey, the National Park Service National Capital Region was affected by the storm's aftermath, according to Brian Carlstrom, the deputy superintendent for the C&O Canal. Four staff members, who would have been involved in transporting and demolishing the …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Patch will make a $1 donation to AmeriCares for every tweet with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
You can help rebuild communities that were hit by Hurricane Sandy by donating cans of food, volunteering for cleanup efforts—or simply sending a tweet. Patch is excited to announce our new effort to help support devestated communities after the storm. For every tweet sent with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds, we will donate $1 to the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Fund, up to $125,000. Your contribution will go toward medical and humanitarian aid, grants and programs to help Sandy survivors. You can simply tweet the hashtag #PatchRebuilds, or go to our Patch Rebuilds website and tweet directly from there. A customized tweet that starts “My heart belongs to…” is created from the Patch Rebuilds website, and tweeters can type in an …
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 …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Donations of money, food and blood are needed. Here is how DC residents' donations can aid victims in most affected areas.
The DC region 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 email@example.com with your name and email address. The American Red …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The threat of Hurricane Sandy forced Jack's Boathouse to cram a lot of work into a small window of time.
Jack’s Boathouse decided to call it a season and close Oct. 27 due to the threat of Hurricane Sandy. The boathouse crew crammed two weeks worth of closing preparations into two days. Jack’s canoe, kayak and paddle board rental owner, Paul Simkin, said Sandy “forced our hand” to do a lot of work in a small amount of time. Even though they took precautions, the boathouse experienced damages with a projected cost of $25,000. Still, Simkin said the boathouse fared fairly well through the storm. “I have seen worse,” said Simkin. “We did better than we thought we were going to do.” The boathouse did not close much earlier than normal, as it usually closes during the week of Halloween when the Potomac’s daily temperatures are constantly reading …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
District of Columbia early voting locations will stay open until 9 p.m. this week.
The District of Columbia Board of Election and Ethics (DCBOEE) is working to extend early voting operations in order to accommodate voters who were unable to vote earlier this week due to hurricane Sandy’s high winds and heavy rainfall. The District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics (DCBOEE) reopened early election polling places Wednesday with extended hours, after citizens stood in long lines Saturday and Hurricane Sandy closed polls on Monday and Tuesday. Hours have been extended to 9 p.m., voting open at 8:30 a.m. each day until Saturday, Nov. 3. This gives voters two more hours than before. Additional voting machines have been placed in each polling place due to Sandy’s interruption as well, according to a DCBOEE press release…
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The Georgetown waterfront boardwalk is blocked with caution tape and barriers.
The National Weather Service is now predicting "moderate" flooding, along the Tidal Potomac River through Thursday afternoon. Earlier reports warned of "major" flooding, along the Potomac River through Friday. The Georgetown Waterfront boardwalk is blocked to public access by metal barriers and caution tape. The flood walls remain in place. Wednesday morning's high tide (pictured here) was an estimated two to three feet above normal because of Sandy. Wednesday around 11 a.m. there was minor flooding along sections of the wooden boardwalk, which was covered in river silt and storm debris.
There is a shortage of blood donations due to Hurricane Sandy, and you can help this Halloween.
Scary monsters and pretty princesses can donate blood to the American Red Cross, to help Hurricane Sandy victims at Dumbarton House at 2715 Q St., NW from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. today. Donors are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. Candy will be offered to donors to perk up their spirits and donors will be given free admission to the Dumbarton House museum. Initially after Hurricane Sandy, Bridgitte Rodguez, Dumbarton House membership manager, wondered if the American Red Cross would still want to hold the blood drive at Dumbarton House. She found that the hurricane made the blood drive even more necessary. Over 300 American Red Cross blood drives were recently canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, which has caused a shortage of over 9,000 …
Gray: We do remain vigilant of the threat posed by flooding on the Potomac River
Updated 10 a.m. The National Weather Service is now predicting "moderate" flooding, rather than previously feared "major" flooding, along the Potomac River. Wednesday morning's high tide will be an estimated two to three feet above normal because of Sandy. NWS reports the Potomac River should "maintain moderate flood levels through Friday afternoon." ------------------------ Original Post The threat of flooding along the tidal Potomac River has local businesses and the District government on alert and taking precautions. Major flooding is most likely to occur over night and into the very early morning Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. NWS estimate "there is a chance" the Potomac River will cross the major flood threshold…
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
After Hurricane Sandy, Georgetown recovers.
Tuesday, Georgetown went about recovering from Sandy, which left trees down, leaves scattered, and rivers rushing. How did you spend your Tuesday?