Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The two days, originally scheduled as days off for the students, are makeup days for time lost due to Hurricane Sandy.
According to The Times Herald, the Norristown Area School Board added two days to the district's calendar at Monday night's meeting to make up for time lost during Hurricane Sandy. Friday, March 22, and Monday, April 1, originally scheduled as days off are now back on the student calendar, though March 22 will be a half-day to allow for report card conferences. According to the Herald, the state Department of Education requires students to lattend a minimum of 180 days in a school year. Read more about last night's meeting here.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Municipalities, hospitals, school districts and some nonprofits can apply for aid.
The following information comes from Montgomery County government: The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) has notified Montgomery County Department of Public Safety that Montgomery County has been added to the major disaster declaration (DR-4099) related to Hurricane Sandy, for Public Assistance. Montgomery County has exceeded its $2.65 million threshold of damage and costs associated with the late October storm. The Public Assistance Program provides federal disaster grant assistance for debris removal, emergency protective measures (overtime and contracted services), and the repair, replacement, or restoration of disaster-damaged public property. The PA Program, is based on a partnership between FEMA, State, and local …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The board is looking to make up school time lost during Hurricane Sandy.
According to The Times Herald, the Norristown Area School Board considered making some changes to school calendar at its Monday night meeting in an effort to make up for the two days lost as a result of Hurricane Sandy. Possible fixes discussed reportedly include a shorter spring break and/or extending the school year by a day or two. It's also possible the state Department of Education will grant waivers to districts affected by the storm which would allow them to have fewer than the 180 school days mandated. Paul Fly Elementary in East Norriton faces an additional problem with the May primaries. The school is a polling place and the school's layout reportedly makes it impossible to keep the students separated from the polls. The school …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sterigere street is closing for railroad crossing repairs.
According to the Municipality of Norristown, CSX will be making railroad crossing repairs and upgrades to Sterigere Street this week. The road will be closed between Stanbridge Street and Harding Boulevard from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting Monday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 16 while repairs are being made. The street will be closed to all traffic. Drivers should seek alternate routes during those times. The repairs were originally scheduled to be made Oct. 29 thru Friday, Nov. 3., but were rescheduled to do complications caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Hundreds of AOL and Patch employees showed up this weekend with their families to drop off supplies for people in affected Patch communities.
We Patch editors are always telling people we're more than just journalists, we're part of our communities. Well this weekend we showed it. Patch and AOL employees mobilized this weekend in Dulles and Baltimore to drop off supplies for people in Patch communities hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy. We even commissioned our own tractor trailers that will roll out Monday morning at 10:30 a.m. to deliver supplies to New Jersey. More Patchers and AOLers will be meeting the trucks at their drop-off locations to help unload and to meet with local officials. It's not everybody who can say that their job helps make people's lives better. I'm really happy that I can. Thank you for reading and being part of Norristown Patch.
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Know what to do in the aftermath of the epic storm.
The historic Hurricane Sandy has blown through the northeast U.S., with flooding rains and devastating winds, leaving a wide swath of destruction in her wake. In the days following the epic storm, we're assessing the damage and beginning clean-up efforts. If you live in one of the harder-hit areas, you may be feeling overwhelmed and not know where to start. And you may need some guidance on picking up the pieces safely. First and foremost, in your haste to return to life as "normal," don't forget to be cautious and careful. If you were forced to evacuate and return to find your home damaged, don't go inside before determining that the structure is safe and sound. You should also have the property checked by a professional, to look for gas …
The insurance company's mobile claim center will be stationed at the Home Depot in King of Prussia through the weekend to help homeowners wade through the claims process.
Allstate is going mobile. The insurance company has deployed mobile claims centers across the Northeast to help customers file claims for damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. In our area, Allstate's mobile claim center is spending the weekend camped out at the Home Depot, 181 South Gulph Road in King of Prussia. The claim center will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and customers can talk to catastrophe personnel, get answers to claim questions and file a claim against their Allstate policy. What's more, you don't have to be an Allstate customer to confer with the specialists. While they can't start a claim for another insurance carrier, Allstate representatives can advise you on your policy and help you navigate the complex …
Friday, November 2, 2012
East Norriton Fire Department is reaching out to help communities in New York and New Jersey who were devastated by Hurricane Sandy.
While our area saw some damage from Hurricane and some residents are still without power, communities in New York and New Jersey saw much more devastation. Homes and lives were lost and residents of those communities are still struggling to pick up the pieces. The East Norriton Fire Department is hoping to help our neighbors in need by collecting donations of money and supplies to send to these storm ravaged communities. According to Fire Captain Derek Thomas, area residents wishing to help can drop off donations of water, non-perishables, batteries, hand warmers, flashlights, toiletries and blankets at the Norriton Fire Engine Company, 2830 Swede Road in East Norriton, this Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 4, from 8 a.m…
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Governor Tom Corbett advised insurance companies that deductibles, which can be up to five percent of the insured value of a home, should not be applied to any Hurricane Sandy homeowner insurance claims.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Below is a press release from the Pennsylvania Insurance Department: Harrisburg – Governor Tom Corbett today announced that Pennsylvania homeowners will not have to pay hurricane deductibles on insurance claims stemming from damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. “Insurance deductibles could have added significant costs to Pennsylvanians already struggling to clean up and rebuild after Hurricane Sandy,” Corbett said. “Insurance companies have deployed catastrophe teams to Pennsylvania and they have been advised that hurricane deductibles should not be applied to any homeowner’s insurance claims.” Some homeowner’s insurance policies for properties in Pennsylvania have special “hurricane,” “tropical storm” or “named storm” deductibles based on a…
Drivers licenses, safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31 have been extended until Nov. 15
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Information provided by PennDOT: Because of the damaging effects of Hurricane Sandy, PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch today announced that effective today, PennDOT has authorized an extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses, identification cards and vehicle inspections/registrations. The expiration date for vehicle registrations and safety and emissions inspections scheduled to expire on Oct. 31, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. The expiration date for driver licenses and identification cards scheduled to expire between Oct. 26, 2012, and Nov. 15, 2012, has been extended until Nov. 15, 2012. These extensions apply for customers statewide. For more information on driver licensing or motor vehicle …