Thursday, December 6, 2012
Christmas tunes are on the airwaves: tell us which songs get you into the holiday spirit.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Whether you love it, hate it or merely accept it as an unavoidable component of the holiday season, we at Patch want to hear your thoughts on Christmas music. What's on your Christmas playlist? Does Wham's, "Last Christmas," make you break out and dance? Do you serenade your special someone with Mariah Carey's, "All I Want for Christmas is You?" Does The Pretenders', "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" get you into the holiday spirit? Artists have been releasing Christmas albums in recent months: Blake Shelton's Cheers, It's Christmas, has been on my iPod this week. Last year, we offered readers a poll to weigh in on their favorite songs, and no one tune was the clear winner. This year, we're simply asking: What's your favorite …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is hosting a 'holiday tree' lighting next week, despite objections.
Holiday tree or Christmas tree? Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee is calling the 17-foot spruce tree that will be lit inside the Statehouse rotunda a "holiday tree," even though the General Assembly passed a resolution calling it a "Christmas tree" earlier this year. According to The Providence Journal, the governor is defending his use of the term, saying it honors Rhode Island's heritage as a refuge for religious tolerance three centuries ago. Some state lawmakers criticize his position, and an Associated Press story on the issue has been picked up across the country. News outlets such as The Washington Post, MSNBC and the Huffington Post have all run with the story. The governor is inviting all Rhode Islanders to join him and his wife …
Sunday, December 26, 2010
One Portsmouth mother explains how the holidays mean spending quality time in freezing-cold ice rinks with friends and family.
I love the holiday season. I love to watch the streets come alive with lights and decorations. I love to watch the young children dance around with excitement. And, I love hockey. Professional, college and, yes, high school hockey. I am fortunate to have a son play on our local Portsmouth High School Patriots team. While I love watching him play, I love the atmosphere in the stands. This past week was the beginnings of the Coastal Cup, a local tournament between the island teams and Bristol. As I set up the concession stand, I was visited by many friends, young and old, with greetings of "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays." Handing out hot chocolates resulted in catching up on current local events and each face through the window was …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
The Beach House Bar in Island Park sponsors their first toy drive to benefit local families in need.
The Beach House owners Ken and Dave O'Brien of Portsmouth, reached out this year to local churches in hopes of finding an outlet for their humanity. Fifty-five families in all were surprised by gifts from Santa Claus as a result of their first toy drive. Using the social-networking Web site Facebook and word of mouth advertising to their loyal customers, the O'Briens were able to help many in need this Christmas.
Local residents wish "Seasons Greetings" to loved ones near and far.
We stopped by Custom House Coffee and Cindy's Country Cafe recently and asked local residents to share their "seasons greetings." Featured in the video below is what they had to say. We also wish everyone: Happy Holidays!
The Portsmouth Garden Club created holiday wreaths this season as part of an annual tradition.
The Portsmouth Garden Club was hard at work this holiday season creating wreaths to deck the (town) halls. Roberta Stevens, president of the Portsmouth Garden club, meets with fellow members of the club in the Mello room of the Portsmouth Free Public Library every December to create wreaths to hang on the doors of public offices in Portsmouth. Amidst the evergreen branches, ribbons and wire, 12 women busily create these beautiful decorations for the town. While it is clearly a major undertaking, this industrious bunch is all smiles. "At present, 17 town wreaths are made under the supervision of the Civic Beautification Committee of the Portsmouth Garden Club for the Town Hall, school administration building, historical society, police and …
Here's a look at what's open and closed this Saturday, Dec. 25.
One stingy, literary character once asked, "You boy, what day is it today?" Why, it's Christmas Day, sir. And, since it is Christmas Day, there are many local businesses closed. Here's a look at what's open and closed this Saturday, Dec. 25: U.S. Post Office (Portsmouth location only)—The post office will be closed all day today. There will also be no mail delivery today. Portsmouth Free Public Library—Closed all day on Saturday, Dec. 25, and Sunday, Dec. 26. The library will reopen on Monday, Dec. 27. Portsmouth Transfer Station—The transfer station will be closed all day on Christmas, Saturday, Dec. 25. Grocery Stores Convenience Stores/Gas Stations Coffee Shops Restaurants/Take-out Taverns
Friday, December 24, 2010
Here's how you can follow Santa Claus as he makes his way to your home this Christmas.
Friday, December 24, 2010
Kids and adults can follow St. Nick's every move thanks to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). NORAD is charged with keeping the United States and Canada safe from dangers originating from the sky or space. Tonight, however, the Colorado-based government agency adds one more important task to its daily list of duties. The agency will again provide its Official Santa Tracker (which can be found by clicking here) that marks the Big Man's every move as he makes his way throughout both hemispheres. Included on the site is a countdown and activity page (http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html) and a flight tracking system (http://www.noradsanta.org/en/track3d.html). Kids and adults can enjoy this very entertaining site that …
Looking to attend midnight Mass or a Christmas service? Here's a look at where to find services on Friday and Saturday.
Looking to find a midnight Mass, but don't know where to go? Or, maybe you missed your church's service by an hour and need to find an alternative place to worship. Below is a list of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day religious services happening in Portsmouth this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 24 and 25. Christmas Eve 8:30 a.m. Noon 4 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. 10 p.m. 10:30 p.m. 11 p.m. Midnight Christmas Day 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Update: We've just added one more service (a midnight Mass at Portsmouth Abbey) to tonight's schedule.
Getting a pet is a big decision that is best made by the person who will be caring for it, say our local animal advocates and rescue experts.
Nearly everyone has seen those adorable commercials and catalogs with tiny puppies poking their heads from big red boxes to surprise the person on the receiving end. This idyllic scene may be tempting to re-create during the holidays, but it may not be the best decision. Getting a pet is a very personal decision, warns local animal advocates and rescue experts from the Potter League for Animals, where they've seen many unwanted or discarded pets that started out as gifts and fell into the shelter system for a variety of reasons. For starters, many people have preferences for certain types of pets, often for specific breeds or types of animals as well, said Pat Heller, Director of Development and Outreach for the Potter League, which is …