Monday, January 2, 2012
Will your resolution fade after the winter months?
January is a hopeful month. It's a new year, a fresh start. We make resolutions to eat better, save money, be a better person. But come spring, many of those promises have been left behind. So we ask, what was your New Year resolution and will you keep it? Vote below and leave your resolution in the comments.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Are you staying in and going to sleep early?
New Year's Eve is a big time for parties and other extravaganzas. But some people just like to stay in. What are you doing for New Year's Eve? If you're looking for celebrations around Montgomery County, check out our New Year's Eve guides on the Wheaton Patch, the Silver Spring Patch, and the Bethesda Patch. And don't forget that if you're out on the town in D.C., you can get a safe ride home for free through the SoberRide program. Happy New Year!
Take a free cab in D.C. if you're feeling tipsy.
During the last decade, the highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities occurred on New Year’s Day, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. And even though D.C. wasn't rated as one of the top 25 drunkest cities in the United States, there will likely be a lot of imbibing happening in the DMV. That can make getting home safely tricky, but there is a way back if you find yourself without a designated driver and with empty pockets. Although AAA is not offering their tipsy tow program in any of the Mid-Atlantic states this New Year's Eve, adult partygoers in the Washington area can take advantage of the SoberRide program, which is co-sponsored by the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). On Dec. 31, from …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Mulch from county recycled trees can be picked up in February.
It’s the second day after Christmas and for some the ever-green decorations of holiday cheer are devolving into a drab-brown, needle-dropping mess. Take charge of the situation before your happiness starts drooping along with the ornaments. Montgomery County will give residents the opportunity to recycle Christmas trees through February. Trees should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of your regular recycling schedule. All decorations should be removed from the tree prior to collection. Trees with root balls are considered “live” and cannot be collected as part of the county’s regular recycling program. Artificial trees will not be collected, but can be donated to area charities. After collection, the trees are shredded into mulch…
Check the hours, before you go.
If you want to use the Takoma Park Community Center over the holidays, be sure to check this schedule provided by the city to see if it's open. The City of Takoma Park Community Center New Year hours are as follows: Monday, January 2nd: Closed Library Hours: Monday, January 2nd: Closed
Monday, December 26, 2011
And this year’s New Year’s resolutions: Yes, these two are connected.
My husband made me wonderfully happy two days ago. We were buying toys for the kids (hockey sticks! pajamas! calendars!) while looking at of mounds basement clutter that was made up largely of the Toys of Christmas Past (a small trampoline! a plastic bowling set! Legos and more Legos!). My husband is a good husband and a kind man, but not someone who happily throws out Things That Might Be Useful Some Day to Some One. This explains the rusted shut pipe wrench in the tool room that he found on a construction site decades ago. So, when he said IT, I got shivers of love and joy. Not to delay the momentous moment any more, my darling husband held up a small screwdriver with a busted tip, and he said, “I think I’ll throw this out.” I showered …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Check out these winter safety tips from the Takoma Park Police Department.
With snow, ice and stormy weather, injuries are common in winter. So on this first day of the season, here are some tips from Takoma Park Police on how to stay injury free this winter. Some Winter Facts: You should have the following supplies in your disaster supply kit: Prepare your Home and Family: Portable Space Heater Safety: Fireplaces and Wood Stove Safety:
Are you from the D.C. area?
The D.C. region is know for being transient. A lot of people move here for work. We want to know if you're staying here for the holidays or not. Are you from D.C. or are you going back to your hometown. Leave details in the comments.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Are you looking for a way you can give back this holiday season? Patch has put together a list of nonprofits who need your assistance.
Looking for an opportunity to give back to your community this holiday season? Here are several organizations looking for donations and help from community members in Montgomery County. Please feel free to add to this list in the comments section below. Donate grocery gift cards from $10 to $20 dollars for adults-only families 9159-C Brookville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910 Mon. thru Sat. from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m and Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Holiday hours: Christmas Eve from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Christmas Day 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monetary donations, clothing, fresh vegetables, small furniture, coats, socks and toiletries Mon. thru Thurs. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Food donations. Click on the grocery items that you would like to donate. P.O. Box 1612 Germantown…