Thursday, September 1, 2011
Better Business Bureau asks people to be wary of those seeking to make a buck off of Irene.
Your home and wallet may take a serious beating when a big storm like Hurricane Irene hits. The Better Business Bureau is warning consumers to be wary of fly-by-night “storm chasers,” as well as fraudulent charities promising to provide relief. Storm chasers and other door-to-door salespeople often peddle dubious deals that may cost homeowners thousands of dollars and create serious headaches. BBB recommends doing your research to avoid getting taken advantage of by untrustworthy home contractors and the like. For those who seek to aid in relief, BBB Wise Give Alliance urges donors to check trustworthy charities before making any donations. Not only do Americans need to be concerned about avoiding fraud, they also need to make sure their …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Four kids, two types of lemonade, one dog; mix and you get a good deed.
The summertime lemonade stand: it is about as American as it comes in terms of rites of passage for kids everywhere. And while most pint-sized vendors see this as their chance to stretch their entrepreneurial wings into the business world, four neighbors decided that their stand at the corner of Waverley and Waverley Terrace would go to helping the flood victims of Hurricane Irene in Vermont. So Drew Bates, 10, and her seven-year-old brother and their friends and neighbors, Quinn Manion, 10, and Ana Oteri, 9, created a sign, made two types of semi-sweetened lemonade (regular and pink) priced at 75 cents a glass, a dollar for two, brought out a table and chairs and along with the stand's mascot, Katie the dog, prepared for an afternoon of …
Monday, August 29, 2011
A video roundup of the area's latest developments for Monday, Aug. 29.
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Send in your Irene photos for our hurricane wrap up. Here are two from residents.
For Tom Younger, Belmont's Town Administrator, for this one time, getting less than what you had expected was actually a good thing. As Tropical Storm Irene skirted Belmont Sunday, Aug. 28, the damage from "the hurricane of our lifetime," was much less then town officials had been anticipating. "We planned all last week, meeting with town departments Thursday, Friday, Saturday and then were operational Saturday and Sunday," said Younger. "And I am very pleased with the results," said Younger, saying that as a town, "we really prepared to handle the worse but the storm was much less then what we expected." And the data compiled by the Department of Public Works, the Belmont Municipal Light Department and other departments, Irene, while …
We want your opinion.
Sunday's visit by Tropical Storm Irene did impact many Belmont residents. Trees fell on seven homes, falling branches damaged cars and more than a thousand homes went without electricity. But for the majority of people, Irene was a chance to watch a lot of weather broadcasts on the television, spend time with the kids or read the Sunday papers. With most commercial establishments closed due to the weather – including BOTH Starbucks – Belmont resembled a ghost town with Belmont Center and Cushing Square strangely quiet. Only Waverley Square with an open Shaw's Supermarket showed signs of life. So, how did you spend Sunday surviving Irene? Hunkered down? Outside to experience mother nature? Expecting your property damage?
Sunday, August 28, 2011
With the storm petering out at 2 p.m., departments were kept busy with calls of lost power and downed trees.
With as many trees as residents, it should be expected that a tropical storm such as Irene even skirting by Belmont would leave a number of the town's arbor population damaged or toppled. And throughout the late morning and into the afternoon, the town reverberated with the loud "crack" of limbs and branches separating from their hosts, falling onto electrical lines, disrupting power for customers to the town's light utility for anywhere between 15 minutes to several hours. Irene's winds created the most havoc in town as the town's brooks and ponds were well within their banks in the early afternoon. "Tons of calls," had been coming into the Belmont Police station as of 11:30 a.m., according to the officer on call, with the overwhelming …
Click through the gallery below to see images of Irene’s run through the state.
As Tropical Storm Irene continues to pummel Massachusetts, Patches throughout the state are mobilizing to cover the news that matters to you. Click through the gallery to see the storm in photos. Pictures have been collected from Patch editors, freelancers and readers from all over Massachusetts. As of 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, Irene had been blamed for 14 deaths across six states and more than 4.5 million people were without power along the Eastern Seaboard, according to the Huffington Post. Get more great coverage and photos of Irene and its aftermath from Patch and the rest of the Huffington Post Media Group.
Up-to-the-minute posts from the field, and the community as Irene batters the local area.
Hurricane Irene is set to soak the suburban Boston area this weekend, with devastating storm surges, high winds and a lot of rain. But while the storm rages, we've got you covered with live updates using our Cover it Live feed. Flip through for live posts, and jump in at any point to add comments of your own on what you are experiencing as the hurricane hits.
Share your photos, video clips, stories of the storm.
Tropical Storm Irene is predicted to be biggest storm to travel by Belmont since last year's "Graduation Day" microburst and you can be a part of the Belmont Patch coverage of the event. We want to see your photos and video clips from the storm. Now, to be clear, we are not asking anyone to go out into the storm and risk their lives. But you can get an excellent view of what is going on in your neighborhood from your own front porch. Sharing your video clips and photos is easy. You can either upload them directly to this story or you can email them to me at email@example.com Be safe and enjoy welcome Irene to the neighborhood!
Keeping up with the latest news concerning the tropical storm affecting Belmont.
What was once hurricane and now tropical storm Irene is making its way through New York City as of 10 a.m. and moving into New England. In Belmont, what was a quiet if wet night has transformed into a stormy Sunday, with repeated bands of heavy rain and strong winds buffering the town. Wind gusts in East Arlington have been reported to have reached 40 mph, according to a station with the Weather Underground network. So far, there has only been reports of tree limbs down in town. Earlier this morning, Belmont Police asked residents to call the Belmont Municipal Light Department at 617-993-2800 to report any loss of power and not call the emergency line 911 to report power outages unless lives are at risk. Currently, three million …