Tuesday, November 27, 2012
If you're car shopping, you'll want to be on the look out for vehicles that saw the worst of Hurricane Sandy.
Information provided by AAA: Thousands of vehicles were damaged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, but not all were total losses. AAA Mid-Atlantic warns potential car buyers that flood-damaged vehicles may soon be making their way to used car dealers throughout our region and across the country for resale. “If you’re looking at buying a used car, inspect it carefully for food damage. Also, you should research the car’s Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) prior to purchase, and be sure to contact your insurance company before purchasing a flood-damaged vehicle,” advises Jenny M. Robinson, Manager of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. Flood-damaged vehicles can be shipped anywhere for resale, and they often continue to …
Monday, November 26, 2012
If you're in the market for a used car, make sure it's not one of the thousands of vehicles damaged during Superstorm Sandy .
The National Insurance Crime Bureau and Amica Insurance are warning against inadvertantly purchasing vehicles that were declared total losses as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Amica Insurance released a press release last week, offering tips to help consumers identify and avoid water-damaged cars, which were declared a loss by insurance, then potentially fraudulently resold to new buyers. "Salvage operators and dealers may try to conceal the fact that a car has been damaged," said Shannon O'Brien, an Amica Insurance assistant vice president, "leaving potential buyers as potential victims of a bad deal." The NCIB offers VINCheck, a free consumer protection service to help potential car buyers identify cars which may have sustained flood or …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The students comes from all over the county.
Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by Technical College High School Pickering Campus. Chester County escaped the worst of Hurricane Sandy, but many in neighboring states were not so fortunate. It’s hard to imagine there are those just a few hours away still without basic necessities like food and blankets, but in the wake of the storm, students at Technical College High School (TCHS) Pickering Campus sprang into action to meet those needs. Students organized a donation drive in less than a week’s time, collecting 29 boxes and bags of supplies ranging from winter jackets to notebooks and pencils. The donated goods are bound for Tuckerton Elementary School in New Jersey, an area that was hit particularly hard by the …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The group is collecting supplies for the hurricane's victims.
A grassroots team of Phoenixville residents is collecting supplies for Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey, and, while they’re thankful for the generosity of the borough, they insist the job is still far from over. “These people are going to need everything,” said Karen Johns from the group’s makeshift 115 Main Street headquarters, shaking her head at the scope of the devastation. “Everything.” On Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the group will be collecting supplies from the storefront. So far, the collection has been a success. Thanks to the generosity of Faulkner Swamp Nursery School in Gilbertsville, the Chester Valley Soccer Club, and a host of other small donors, the group has …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Nicole Platt, hurricane be darned, coordinated successful heart and liver transplants last month.
Hurricane Sandy disrupted school schedules, the power supply, and even—if conservative pundits are to be believed—a presidential campaign. What it didn’t disrupt was organ transplants in the Philadelphia region. And, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer, a Phoenixville resident was at the center of a surprisingly smooth effort to connect Philadelphia region patients with the organs they needed during the storm. While Sandy ravaged the region, Nicole Platt coordinated transplant efforts for the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from her Phoenixville home. She didn’t miss a beat: both of the patients she handled during the course of the storm—a Bucks County man who needed a new liver and…
Hurricane Sandy has caused severe damage to many local businesses. if you're a small business owner, here's some helpful advice for how to recover.
1) File insurance claims as soon as possible, if you haven't already done so. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners offers important advice and tips for filing your claim. The National Flood Insurance Program also provides information on filing a flood insurance claim. 2) The Small Business Administration offers several low-interest, long-term disaster loans to small businesses in declared disaster areas, including business physical disaster loans and economic injury disaster loans. You can apply for loans up to $2 million for both uninsured and underinsured damages. You can apply directly online. Once submitted, the SBA will send an inspector to estimate the cost of damage. 3) Apply for tax relief if needed, which will allow…
Friday, November 9, 2012
Find out where locally you can drop off items to go to Hurricane Sandy victims.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Employees help out, and you can, too.
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, 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 could …
New Jersey residents are in desperate need following the devastation of many shore communities and are in need our immediate help.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
Monday, November 5, 2012
The following release was submitted by Karen Johns. The process of returning life to normal may take a very long time but together we can help our neighbors by donating items, distributing flyers about this effort, volunteering at the collection center when it opens, and help to make a positive impact on many lives. We have received a list of needed items. Please see below. Wednesday, November 7 at 7 p.m. we will meet at the Episcopal House, 601 Center Street, Phoenixville, to collect any immediate donations and to organize volunteers to drop flyers, staff a collection center, and deliver supplies to New Jersey. Please make plans to attend! Manny DeMutis has graciously offered a collection site for donations next door to Generations which …
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Find out what's been going on around the region this week that you might have missed.