Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Some of the biggest names in music will play a benefit concert Wednesday. All proceeds will go to Hurricane Sandy victims, via the Robin Hood Foundation.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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, “…
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Task force that came together to help victims of Allentown gas explosion reunite to help low-income seniors and disabled who need home repair help after Superstorm Sandy.
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Saturday, November 24, 2012
The task force that came together to coordinate the outpouring of good will following the February 2011 gas explosion in Allentown has organized a volunteer-based effort to assist Lehigh Valley residents whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The project, announced last week, is being coordinated by Hal Black, a volunteer who is a retired Air Products executive. Black and the task force recruited teams of volunteers to visit the homes of eligible households to assess the damage. If the repairs needed fall within the scope of the volunteers' skills, they will be made immediately. In situations where the home requires more specialized skills, the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley will use the contractors that work in its…
Friday, November 16, 2012
Rock For Relief will feature various Lehigh Valley bands peforming at The Meadows in Lower Saucon Township. The Nov. 28 event will benefit the Red Cross and victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Patch will make a $1 donation to AmeriCares for every tweet with the hashtag #PatchRebuilds.
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, rebuilds.patch.com, and tweet directly from the site. A customized tweet that starts “My heart belongs to…” is created from the Patch Rebuilds website, and …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Carol Schneider says many local residents benefited from the kindness and quick-thinking of the Saucon Valley School District's administration and staff during the recent power outages.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
To the Editor: I would like to thank Dr. Sandra Fellin and Wally Zimpfer, both from Saucon Valley School District. These two people were quick to get a handle on the needs of the residents within the school district by putting together a warming station/shelter for those affected (by the power outages). A fellow co-worker and I volunteered on Saturday night at the SVSD shelter/warming station and we saw firsthand how residents of the school district (Lower Saucon Township and Hellertown Borough) benefited from their kindness. As Dr. Fellin stated to me, “it takes a team,” and she is absolutely correct. I would also like to thank Giant in Hellertown, the Hellertown Diner and the many residents who donated food to the shelter and all the …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Saucon Valley schools will reopen on Monday, Nov. 5, after being closed for a week due to widespread power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Saucon Valley students will return to class tomorrow, superintendent Dr. Sandra Fellin announced late Sunday afternoon. Students were off from school for a week due to widespread power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy's high winds. Since a few parts of the area are still without power, Fellin said accommodations will be made for students and staff who haven't had service restored yet. "Locker rooms will be open to staff and students if needed," she said. And "those students not is attendance due to power outages and road closures will have excused absences." Monday will be a catch-up day for students; Tuesday and Wednesday will be the end of the first quarter; and Thursday will be a half-day grading day. Fellin said all Lower Saucon …
The Saucon Valley Middle School will close as a storm shelter Sunday night at 9pm.
Saucon Valley School District superintendent Dr. Sandra Fellin announced Sunday morning that the middle school shelter that opened Thursday will close Sunday evening at 9pm. The school first opened last week as a warming center and a place for local residents to take hot showers and charge electronics. As the power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy stretched beyond Thursday, and temperatures dropped, the school was opened on a 24-hour basis so residents without heat could have a warm place to sleep. Today, "everyone is welcome for one last hot shower or to power up their devices," Fellin said Sunday. She also issued a "heartfelt thank you" to the volunteers who helped staff the shelter on a 24-hour basis, including teachers, custodians …
Hellertown resident Randy Yardumian left for storm-ravaged Staten Island, N.Y. Saturday with storm aid he and his wife Star collected. Ready-to-eat food, bottled water, baby wipes and many other items will be donated to the victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Hellertown resident Randy Yardumian undertook a mission of mercy to storm-ravaged Staten Island this weekend, where he delivered donated emergency supplies to the Uniformed Firefighter Association Staten Island Borough Trustee in Tottenville. The donated items were collected locally by Yardumian and his wife Star. Many families in the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Queens "lost everything," Randy Yardumian said, and the donated items have been earmarked for 12 Staten Island families of New York firefighters whose homes were destroyed by the wind and waters of Superstorm Sandy. After the Staten Island families take what they need, the remainder of the goods will be transferred to the UFA's Queens Borough Trustee, who has a list…
Friday, November 2, 2012
All admission fees for Saturday's Saucon Valley football game will be waived as a way to help rally community spirit in the wake of the power outages caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Editor's Note: This article has been updated with additional information about the game. The Saucon Valley School District hopes that Saturday's home football game against rival Palisades will be an opportunity for the community to rally in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and the widespread power outages that have affected many Hellertown and Lower Saucon Township residents. With that in mind, Saucon Valley Athletic Director Bob Frey announced Friday afternoon that all admission fees will be waived in order to encourage attendance and get residents out of their homes--which in some cases remain cold and dark more than four days after the storm struck. As of Friday thousands of borough and township residents were still without power, according…
Saucon Valley Middle School will continue to serve as a shelter for storm-weary local residents who lost power during Superstorm Sandy. The Saucon Valley Compost Center will also open for extended hours. Volunteers are needed at both locations.
A day after opening the Saucon Valley Middle School gym as a temporary shelter for local residents dealing with a days-long power outage, Saucon Valley School District superintendent Dr. Sandra Fellin announced that the school will remain open as a shelter until Sunday, Nov. 4 at 9pm. The school's locker rooms and showers are also open during the daytime for the thousands of local residents who have been without power since Superstorm Sandy brought down trees and utility lines Monday night. Fellin said Thursday that falling temperatures and the number of local residents still without heat prompted the decision to open part of the school as a shelter. Friday night's low is forecast to be 36 degrees, and the low Saturday night is forecast to…