Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The New Year's Day holiday will be observed on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
Today is New Year's Day. Here's a run down of what's open/closed: All municipal, state and federal offices and facilities will be closed. This includes schools and the post office. All MBTA buses and trains will running on a reduced weekend/holiday schedule. Liquor stores: Open at the owner's discretion. Retail and convenience stores: Open at the owner's discretion. Restaurants and bars: Most will be open, but call ahead. It's up to the owner. Happy New Year!
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Choosing the appropriate sparkling wine for New Year's Eve can make you dizzy before the first sip. Here's a handy guide to the intoxicating world of bubbles on a budget.
The pop of the Champagne cork is as much a part of the New Year’s Eve soundtrack as "Auld Lang Syne" and fireworks. The tiny, tickling bubbles evoke celebratory moods. With so many sparkling wines to choose from, picking the best bottle can be daunting. Prices for sparkling wine range from less than $10 to more than $500 per bottle. Keep in mind that while you usually get what you pay for, there are some great options for those of us on a budget. Large “negociant” champagne houses that purchase much of their fruit, such as Veuve Clicquot, Bollinger, Roederer, Taittinger, Perrier Jouet and Nicolas Feuillatte, dominate the market. However, in the last decade or so, Champagne from small growers has gained some traction with Champagne …
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Share your moments of joy!
"Opening presents is like playing air hockey with God," is what Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal once wrote in trying to capture the joy of children opening gifts on Christmas morning. There's not much better than a child's face when they run to the tree in the morning and start ripping into all the gifts Santa brought them. Let's share those moments here and put a smile on everyone's face with a gallery of Milton kids opening their gifts on Christmas morning. Click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button to add your photo or video to our gallery.
Find out what's open and what's closed on December 25, 2012.
Christmas is obsevered each year on December 25. Here's a handy list of what's open and closed for the holiday: Do you own a business? Let us know if you're open today in the comments.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Get in the holiday spirit, test your candy cane knowledge.
What do you know about candy canes? We visited the National Confectioners Association website to gather the questions and answers for a quiz dedicated to the striped peppermint candy synonymous with the season. The quiz is available as a PDF so it's easy to print off and share with friends or family gathered at your house for the holidays. Or just test your knowledge below: Candy Cane Quiz 1. Legend places the origin of the candy cane in the: A. 1900s B. 1800s C. 1700s D. 1600s 2. According to legend, candy canes began as a means of: A. Rewarding shepherds for successfully guarding a flock. B. Bartering for the Christmas ham. C. Keeping choir children quiet during Christmas mass. D. Decorating the Christmas tree. 3. The candy canes shape …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is urging residents to drive safety and use public transportation.
During the holidays, we're all in a rush to get to our respective celebrations and enjoy the holidays. But also during this time of the year, the weather doesn't always cooperate. Information for Drivers With some wintry weather in the forecast, drivers should be prepared to encounter varying roadway conditions as they head to their holiday destinations, according to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT.) MassDOT encourages residents and visitors to drive safely and use public transportation where possible during the upcoming holidays. Although holiday traffic is the worst around Thanksgiving, road conditions can still get pretty congested during peak travel times. “Historically the days surrounding Christmas and New …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
While you're thinking of others this holiday season, make sure you're also keeping the planet in mind.
Before you buy another roll of gift wrap and leave those holiday lights on all night, think about how you can have a waste-free holiday this year. The holiday season can be one of the most wasteful times of the year. You can prevent this, though, with home made gifts, energy-conscious Christmas lights and alternative ways to wrap presents. Give gifts that not only last a long time, but help reduce packaging waste. The gift within a gift – instead of wrapping paper, use tea towels to wrap cups or silverware, a pair of gloves for rings or bracelets, a bath towel for oils and bubble bath, or gardening tools inside a composter! Reusable wrapping – wrap presents in newsprint comics, old calendars or magazines. How about using reusable …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Help chose the national favorite for Patch's Deck the House contest
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Who has the best “decked” house? We had tons of national entries in this year’s Deck the House contest and in our quest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in the country, we’ve seen everything from a life-size Santa to holiday lights so bright they could blind the neighbors. We loved showcasing everyone’s holiday spirit, but Deck the House isn’t over yet. We’re still looking for the one home so spectacularly decorated that it could be the national grand prize winner of our contest. We will choose 25 finalists from all our entries across the country. From Dec. 18- Dec. 28, vote for your favorite and that person could win $100,000 for his or her local school district. All you have to do is visit this page to browse a gallery …
There were 56 reported thefts of packages from porches and doorways during the 2011 holiday season, according to Somerville Police.
In December, 2011, days before Christmas, Somerville police, working with other police departments in the area, arrested a man and woman for allegedly stealing delivered packages from people's porches and doorways. With this being the last week before Christmas, there is likely to be a last minute push of holiday packages arriving on Milton doorsteps. According to a recent announcemnt by Somerville police, there were 56 reports of package thefts last holiday season. Here, police offer some advice on preventing such thefts. Here's the announcement: Somerville. Police Offer Tips to Prevent Package Thefts SOMERVILLE – This week marks the beginning of the annual holiday gift buying season. Each year, more and more shoppers are using on line …
Monday, December 3, 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!
Monday, December 3, 2012
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. Our contest is right around the corner, so now’s the time to get your …