Friday, November 23, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our 'Deck the House' contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. So what are you waiting for? Now’s the time to get your holiday …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Share your funny pet holiday photos with Patch! We'll even get you started.
'Tis the season to trim the tree, deck the halls—and dress the dog in a Santa suit? It's OK—a lot of pet owners seem to get a kick out parading their favorite four-legged friend in a red felt hat topped with a puff of white. And kids aren't the only ones starring in photos with Santa Claus. I admit to slipping a pair of antlers on my horses Ziggy and Finn, though Finn prefers the Santa hat. And my dog Huck doesn't know it yet, but there's a Santa suit with his name on it. I've showed you mine, now how about you show me your photos of pets decked out for the holidays. Just log in, click "Submit Photo and Video" and then select your desired photo to add to the album. Don't forget to proudly claim the photo and pet by leaving your pet's name …
Monday, December 5, 2011
After the tree was illuminated Friday night, Tinley's holiday weekend kicked off with parades, old fashioned carriage rides, photos with Santa and more. Catch a glimpse of the action.
The sounds of sleigh bells filled the streets of downtown Tinley Park over the weekend as old fashioned horse-drawn carriages made their way up and down Oak Park Avenue. Along the horses' routes was The Landmark Church, Museum and Schoolhouse — home to the Tinley Park Historical Society — where children worked on crafts. Hundreds shopped under the big tent known as the Tinley Park Holiday Market. While local business' sold Christmas items, dancers from Heart & Sole entertained the crowds. Ice carvers from the Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts program amazed the crowd with their reindeer creations. Visitors took a break from the cold on Saturday and Sunday to enjoy classic Holiday movies at Landmark Church. Look for yourself or see what …
Friday, November 18, 2011
With retailers starting to think about opening on the holiday, has Turkey Day become just another day? Tell us what you think.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Joe Vince
Friday, November 18, 2011
Earlier this week, Steve Grzanich, an afternoon anchor and reporter for WBBM-AM (780), tweeted an interesting thought: Are we losing #Thanksgiving as a holiday? Christmas season starts now before Halloween w/very little mention of Turkey Day. #stoprushingxmas Right now, grocery stores have limited—and sometimes full—hours on Thanksgiving. Retailers are opening earlier and earlier to catch the Black Friday wave. Target is opening at midnight, and Toys R Us will be open at 9 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Has Thanksgiving lost its holiday appeal? Will it eventually become as significant as Arbor Day or Columbus Day? Have we lost it as a day off to be spent with family and copious amounts of food? Take our poll and tell us what you think in our …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
With the pantry in serious need of donations this holiday season, local schools and businesses are doing what they can to help.
The Orland Township Food Pantry provides food to area residents who need immediate help, and with the holidays around the corner the organization could use a hand. Loma “Gigi” Hall, food pantry vounteer, said that the shelves are nearly bare in the storage room at the Township's main building in Orland Park. “This is one of the busiest times of the year for the pantry that provides 250-300 families with meals every month,” Hall said. The pantry is need of an array of donated goods to help meet demands around the winter holidays. Boxed pastas and sauces, canned veggies, soups and other non-perishables as well as some refrigerated and frozen items are in high demand at the pantry, according to Hall. Kim DiPofi of Pompei Restaurant said she …
The Will County Health Department reminds area residents that simple precautions can help to ensure that foodborne illnesses don’t ruin your holiday feasts.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Vic Reato
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Family dinners take on special significance during the holiday season. And you certainly don't want that wonderful experience to be ruined with a preventable sickness. Foodborne illnesses killed nearly 8,000 Americans during 2010 and result in many thousands of annual hospitalizations. By following a few simple precautions, you can help to ensure that your festive holiday meals are safe to eat. The Will County Health Department is reminding Tinley Park residents that simple precautions can help to ensure the safety of your holiday food. The following tips should help to ensure that your meals are a smashing success. Remember that successful meal planning takes time. Begin planning for your special meal days in advance, especially if you …
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Although we think of Halloween and picture kids having fun in costumes, the night can pose safety hazards. Here are some tips to remember.
When we think of Halloween, we picture children laughing in colorful costumes, jack-o-lanterns glowing in house windows, and buckets brimming with candy and treats. Experts warn, however, that this fun-filled night can pose safety hazards. Keep these 10 reminders in mind to make sure that your kids have a safe Halloween, courtesy of Silver Cross Hospital. 1. Safe Costumes: Make sure your child’s costume is flame-resistant and manageable. Avoid top-heavy costumes that could topple him or flowing costumes that could get wound around her feet and cause her to fall. Avoid using anything around the neck that may pose a strangulation hazard, and skip the high heeled shoes. “The last thing any child or parent wants is to end up in the emergency …
Friday, December 24, 2010
Track Mr. Claus' location all night long courtesy of the North American Air Defense Command.
For up-to-the-minute Santa-spotting, visit www.noradsanta.org. While Santa Claus makes his trip around the world, with Rudolph lighting the way, the men and women at NORAD will be tracking his travels and alerting children of his progress. Santa's magic is powerful and much more technologically advanced than that of NORAD, the North American Air Defense Command, said U.S. Army Major Mike Humphreys. Humphreys is stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, in Colorado Springs, Colo. The command is confident that Santa will be able to handle anything he encounters on his Christmas Eve trip. "We have satellites in space that pick up heat signatures, and those satellites pick up threats," Humphreys said. "Rudolph's nose comes in quite well on those …
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Customers and vendors flocked from miles away to purchase and sell handmade goods at the Fall Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, Oct. 9, in Tinley Park.
Tissue boxes resembling miniature couches. Chocolate covered dehydrated pineapple pieces. Ornamental seashell flowers. Those were just a handful of the goods sold at Tinley Park's biannual arts and craft fair, held Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center. About 100 vendors and 700 customers flocked from miles away to purchase and sell handcrafted trappings and trinkets ranging from the conventional to the unique. For over a decade, the fair has attracted vendors from as far as Oswego and Kankakee. The most recent event took place last March. Grace Moore, a Joliet native and administrative assistant, made the journey to sell the handcrafted silk floral arrangements and wreaths that she creates in her spare time. It was…