Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The concert will benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, via the Robin Hood Foundation.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
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, movie theater screens and on the Internet, including right here on 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 penny sold from ticket sales will go …
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 20, 2012
We asked for you to rank Nstar's Hurricane Sandy response in Weston on a scale of 1-10. Here's what your rankings boiled down to.
Well, it seems safe to say Weston Patch readers weren't terribly impressed with Nstar's response to Hurricane Sandy, but they also willingly acknowledge that Weston's lengthy power outages paled in comparison to the devastation in New York and New Jersey. Last week, we asked you to rate Nstar's response to Hurricane Sandy on a scale of 1-10. We specifically asked you to think about this year's response in comparison to the response to major power outage events in 2011 (remember Irene and Snowtober?) According to the comments we received, the average rating came to about 3. Technically, we averaged the ratings we received and got a 3.66, but one of the ratings was "zero minus" so we rounded down instead of up. Commenter Andie was one person…
Friday, November 16, 2012
Weston residents who want to help the schools devastated by Hurricane Sandy can now bring donations of school supplies to a nearby home from where they'll be transported to New York.
Nancy Wind is an elementary teacher at Fred Miller Elementary School in Holliston, so she understands well the importance of pencils, paper, crayons and other school supplies to young students. So when her school decided to come together for a school supply drive to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, Wind was not only excited about the project, she offered to drive the donations to Long Island, N.Y., when she heads that way to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family. But Wind didn't stop there. She decided to expand the effort to her hometown, Wayland, where she knew her neighbors would want to help. So from now until Wednesday, Nov. 21 at noon, Wind is keeping bins outside her home at 197 Lakeshore Drive where individuals can drop off …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We're looking for a number to help us gauge how well Nstar did (is doing) responding to Hurricane Sandy.
The pain of last year's freak October snowstorm had only just begun to fade for many Weston residents ... and then Hurricane Sandy hit. In October 2011, thousands of Weston residents sat in the dark (and cold!) for days -- some for as long as a week -- after a late October snowstorm left Nstar scrambling to restore power. Many residents this year are experiencing deja vu (without the sub-freezing temps) this year after Hurricane Sandy wiped out power lines across Weston. In the year between the two storms, Nstar received harsh criticism from customers, town officials and even the state Attorney General, who is seeking a nearly $10 million fine against Nstar for its failure "to adequately prepare, respond, and communicate during Tropical …
Friday, November 9, 2012
(Oct. 29-31) The following information was supplied by the Weston Police Department.
Monday, Oct. 29 6:17 p.m. – Suspicious activity was reported on Silver Hill Road. Tree/limb down in roadway: 27 calls Wire into tree/tree down: 51 calls Tuesday, Oct. 30 9:08 a.m. – A car accident with injuries was reported on Rte. 128 South. 10:47 a.m. – Traffic lights were reported not working on South Avenue. 11:40 a.m. – A suspicious car was reported on Sherburn Circle. 1:26 p.m. – Suspicious activity was reported on Colchester Road. 6:17 p.m. – A well-being check was requested on North Avenue. 8:14 p.m. – A well-being check was requested on Hallett Hill Road. Wire into tree/tree down – 14 calls Wednesday, Oct. 31 6:40 a.m. – A power outage was reported on Hickory Road. 7:34 a.m. – A power outage was reported on Boston Post Road…
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out — and you can, too.
- COUNT US IN
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 both the best of 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…
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Weston was the slowest town to return to full power in Massachusetts. Why do you think this was?
Weston regained full power Friday, but was in the dark for almost all of last week. Some have said the tall, old trees are to blame. Others say NSTAR was simply too slow, others still say the town was unprepared, and officials say communication was lacking. What do you think caused Weston to stay in the dark for so long following Hurricane Sandy? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, November 2, 2012
NSTAR has returned power to over 99 percent of the town.
The nightmare of a week in Weston is over. NSTAR reported power has returned to 99.56 percent of Wellesley as of this afternoon.
While most of the power returned around Massachusetts by Wednesday, much of Weston remained in the dark, making it the slowest community to return to full power in Massachusetts.
While children around Massachusetts attended school and went trick-or-treating on cleared, well-lit streets on Halloween, children in Weston were enduring a third consecutive powerless night due to Hurricane Sandy. Weston was the slowest town in Massachusetts to return to full power. According to NSTAR figures, 50.7 percent of Weston NSTAR customers were without power Tuesday. On Wednesday that number had shrunk to 38 percent, still a much greater percentage than any other town in the state. Weston Police Lt. John Lyons said the communication between town officials and NSTAR was bad from the beginning. “We started notifying NSTAR in the afternoon Monday, and we did not see an NSTAR truck until Tuesday after 11 a.m.,” Lyons said. Lyons said…