Episode: Local News
WPKN Local News
Monday November 5. 2012
This is the WPKN local news from Connecticut and Long Island heard Monday – Friday at 6:55 PM.
Connecticut’s four coastal counties — Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London — were declared federal disaster areas last week and so far 2,400 people have registered for federal help in Connecticut.
$368,000 in aid money has been approved. Gov. Dannel Malloy is hoping at least three of the four remaining counties will also be ruled eligible for disaster relief soon.
Federal officials, including Janet Napolitano, head of the Department of Homeland Security, which includes FEMA, toured the state late last week with local, state and federal elected officials. Most shelters have been closed and most Nutmeggers have their lights back on, though there are still many utility customers without power.
Mark and Luz Colville, who run the Amistad Catholic Worker House of Hospitality, in the Hill section of New Haven, were among the last to get their power back on Sunday after losing it almost a week ago. But they were still able to serve breakfast and lunch all week to even more people than usual, because many of their neighbors joined the mostly homeless crowd that usually comes for meals. WPKN’s Melinda Tuhus spoke to Luz after the power came back on.
In the days following Hurricane Sandy, social media networks and Long Island Patch inboxes have been inundated with the same question: How can I help?
A growing list of opportunities is emerging to help the thousands of Long Islanders who remain without power, water and in many cases lost property and homes, especially in hard hit areas such as Long Beach and Lindenhurst on the South Shore.
The Occupy-backed grassroots group@SandyVolunteer has been compiling a list of volunteer opportunites.
Here are some of the items. Go to a Long Island Patch site for more.
In devastated Long Beach: Call 516-301-0932 – to volunteer, please let us know your specialties. We are accepting donations at the Ice Arena. Food & water donations are also being accepted at East & West Schools and Waldbaum’s Plaza.
Long Beach Rec Center could use more volunteers to help unpack/sort clothing and distribute donated items
Long Island Cares in Hauppauge needs volunteers to help sort food donations. Check their website for details: http://www.licares.org or call (631) 582-3663 ext 119
Occupy Storefront is collecting goods at 59 Railroad Ave Ronkonkoma, New York 11779 Contact (631) 648-8811 you can also check out their webpage here: https://www.facebook.com/occupystorefront
All Long Island Ace Hardware locations are serving as drop-off locations for non-perishable food items and clothing donations to those in need on the south shore.
The Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center in Riverhead has teamed up with Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank, and has become a donation site for storm victims. Click here for more info
New York state’s Department of Environmental Conservation reports that shellfishing is still closed across Long Island.
The closure, which extends to practically all shellfishing waters in the region, is due to health concerns following coastal flooding and power outages from Hurricane Sandy. Extreme flooding, which can wash chemicals and other materials into bays, could pollute waters.
Shellfishing will be closed through Nov. 13.
The news is unfortunate for areas on the East End, since Peconic Bay scallop season was slated to open on Monday.
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