Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A consumer alert offers tips to make sure your donations really go to those who need assistance.
As the giving season approaches and thousands of Northeast residents continue a long, difficult recovery from Superstorm Sandy, the IRS is reminding people to be careful with their donations to avoid scams. "Following major disasters, it’s common for scam artists to impersonate charities to get money or private information from well-intentioned taxpayers. Such fraudulent schemes may involve contact by telephone, social media, email or in-person solicitations," according to an IRS consumer warning. The IRS provided these specific tips in their consumer warning: Taxpayers who think someone is trying to run a disaster-related fraudulent scheme should call IRS disaster assistance line at 866-562-5227. Or, visit IRS.gov using the keywords “…
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 …
Franchise owner drives more than 15,000 sandwiches from Northern Virginia to New York and New Jersey to help storm victims.
Firehouse Subs in Manassas is part of a local effort that sent thousands of sandwiches to hurricane victims and fire responders in New York and New Jersey this month. Firehouse Subs on Sudley Road, along with the Annandale franchises, sent thousands of box lunches to aid workers, National Guard troops, hurricane victims and first responders in Staten Island, N.Y., Hackettstown, N.J. and Howard Beach, N.Y., according to a recent news release. Edwin Merrigan, the owner of the Manassas franchise, drove all night with his sister and a family friend to take the food to New Jersey. The trio slept in a truck along the way, the news release noted. Merrigan and the team worked with the New York City Mayor's Office, the Newark Mayor's Office, the …
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 …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The meeting was supposed to happened Tuesday but is now scheduled or Nov. 7.
The Manassas City Public Schools Finance Committee meeting that was canceled this week because of Hurricane Sandy has been rescheduled and will now take place in November. The meeting was scheduled for Tuesday Oct. 30, but was rescheduled for 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Central Office Conference Room at 9000 Tudor Lane in Manassas.
While we prepared, rode through and assessed the damage, technology informed us, entertained us and connected us to friends and family.
The oft-repeated advice in news reports, conversations with family and on-line in the lead up to the storm was to charge your cell phones. The new twist this year was the addition of instructions on how to use Twitter via text messaging (SMS). The Wall Street Journal included it in a list of storm-related apps and advice. Twitter shared its own list of who to follow for emergency updates (as did Patch in Northern Virginia). For complete Hurricane Sandy coverage from Patch, click on the news tab above and then click on the Hurricane Sandy section. The American Red Cross encourages us to post that we are Safe and Well in areas that may be cut off from reliable information in situations when disasters lead to mass displacements of people. …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The governor said power should be restored to all Dominion customers by Thursday.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said in his final press briefing for Hurricane Sandy that Virginia was "spared a significant event." “First responders and private partners, they have really done an amazing job preparing for the storm and applying lessons learned from previous storms and putting in an incredible amount of hours,” McDonnell said. McDonnell cited concerns about rivers cresting as flood waters go into the major arteries, and he expected an update on that later Tuesday. Virginia was awarded a federal disaster declaration yesterday, said McDonnell, noting he was “delighted” that President Barack Obama and FEMA were on it immediately. "That is only for federal direct assistance to allow them to provide resources directly and as we do our …
One Woodbridge absentee voting location is closed.
Absentee voting is underway in Prince William County Tuesday. Prince William County Office of Voter Registration and Elections reports that although the Woodbridge DMV office is closed today, other voting sites are scheduled to open barring any power outages. Call 703-792-6470 for the latest update. The Woodbridge DMV Office is closed today, Tuesday, Oct. 30. The Manassas office is open. Other voting sites are scheduled to be open today, barring power outages. The deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you is today, at 5 p.m. The following absentee voting locations are open Tuesday, Oct. 30:
An update of road conditions from Prince William County communications office.
Treat intersections where traffic signals are out as four-way stops. For a complete update of Virginia roads from the Virginia Department of Transportation, call 511 or visit 511virginia.org. The following list was provided by the Prince Wiliam County communications office. New as of this email: LOCATION STATUS: Old Church Rd at Slate Run High water / road closed with cones & signs – PD on scene Piper Ln at Observation High Water – Signs posted **NOT Passable** Location Ingram Dr at 1 lane bridge High Water at the bridge **NOT Passable** Little River Rd / Log Mill Rd High Water / Tree Down **NOT Passable** Artemus Rd / Pageland Dr High Water – Cones **NOT Passable** 2628 Alvey Dr Power pole down blocking road – Dominion …
Prince William County operated shelters will be closing Tuesday.
Prince William County's shelters at Stonewall Jackson High School and the Ferlazzo Building will close today. County officials advised the SJHS shelter will close at 10 a.m. Tuesday. "A total of 17 residents used the shelter last night," said an email from the communications office. "There are no residents at the shelter currently." Prince William County opened two emergency shelters at noon Monday. One at the Ferlazzo building in Woodbridge and another at Stonewall Jackson High School at 8820 Rixlew Ln. in Manassas.