Thursday, January 5, 2012
When do you remove Santa from the front yard: January or July?
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Is it too early to take down the Christmas decorations? Some families traditionally take down their holiday decorations on New Year's Day, while others wait until much later in the month and much, much later, too. On Tuesday, the Christmas trees that were placed next to everyone's green bins full of wrapping paper made it apparent that many people had spent the long weekend cleaning up and gearing up for a new year. On Facebook, we asked users when they plan to take down their decorations. A few agreed that the first week in January is a good time to pack it up for the year and another user expressed his frustration that stores have long since packed up everything Christmas related and are already pushing Valentines Day items. But we …
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Bristol business owner shares her dos and don'ts for losing weight.
For many, "losing weight" or "being healthier" are toward the top of New Year's resolution lists, but one local business owner hopes to clarify the difference between simply dropping the weight and doing it the correct and safe way. Below, Kara Rocha, owner of Nutrition 4 Life, in Bristol, shared her list of the top five rules that any person who is trying to lose weight should follow. Did you make a New Year's resolution to lose weight or be healthier this year? What steps are you taking to achieve that goal? For more information, contact Kara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, January 2, 2012
The 1st Annual Winter Wish Swim drew a crowd to Bristol Town Beach.
A large group of scantily clad locals started off 2012 with a shock to the system as they dipped into the frigid waters of the bay on New Year’s Day morning at Bristol Town Beach. Though some had come on their own, most were there for the 1st annual Winter Wish Swim 2012, a fundraiser benefiting Children’s Wishes, a Warwick-based non-profit that grants wishes to Rhode Island children with life-threatening illnesses. Executive Director Dana Hrabcsak, who founded Children’s Wishes two years ago, collected $20 donations from participants and handed out mugs, while Ben DeCastro, promotions director at Cardi’s Furniture, gave out brochures about the organization. DeCastro said Cardi’s has supported the organization at various fundraisers, and …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Here are some places that will be open and closed on New Year's Day.
Here's a look at some places that will be open and closed on New Year's Day. Do you know of other businesses in Bristol in Warren that will be open on New Year's Day? Tell us in the comments section!
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Programs offering free rides in some areas are not available in the state.
You may have seen it on Facebook. "No excuses, folks. Don't drink and drive-and don't ride with anybody who does. Tipsy Tow offered by AAA: You don't have to be a AAA member, from 6pm-6am on New Year's Eve/Day they will take your drunk self and your car home for FREE. Save this number... 1-800-222-4357. Please re-post this if you don't mind" The message went viral this week, posted on Facebook pages and shared on sites across the country. The problem is, the service is not available in all areas. In fact, according to the AAA website, clubs in only 17 states are offering the free rides home and no programs in the New England region make the list. An additional "AAA Justice Link" website lists outside resources aimed at reducing drunk …
Patch wants to know what your New Year's Resolution is.
The first day of January marks a new year with a seemingly fresh slate. Every year, Bristol and Warren residents make New Year's Resolutions. In 2012, my resolutions are to find a new hobby and to travel more. So what do you want to start new in January? Whether you're looking to lose a few pounds, cut down on the sweets, kick an old habit, or start a new hobby, we want to know about it. What is your 2012 New Year's Resolution?.
Friday, December 30, 2011
We've compiled the top five most popular stories of 2011.
With 2011 finally coming to a close, we've rounded up the top five most popular stories on Bristol Warren Patch. See what stories made big news in Bristol and Warren in 2011 and share your own most loved or shocking stories to hear this year in the comments section. Juggalos - Mt. Hope Fight Sparks 'Gang' Tension This story, based from a fight that broke out at Mt. Hope High School in November, spiraled off in to an array of stories which were all ranked very popular this year. Related stories include a Juggalo student speaking out to claim that he and his friends are not a gang, the suspension of a student who refers to herself as a Juggalette, and the fight victims father's plan to pursue charges against another student. Fires - Bristol …
These recipes are taste-tested favorites that will have your guests asking for the recipe after the first mouthful.
You told your friends and family that you would host a New Year's Eve party this year. Now what? What do you serve to eat? You don't want to just dump some chips into a bowl for dipping into store-bought packaged dips, do you? You want to make a real splash and have them coming back for more, don't you? Here are a few appetizer recipes that can give your party some zip. I pulled the first one from the stack of recipes in my own kitchen. I got it from a colleague a few years ago, who got it from her mom. So you know it's good. Cook-extraordinaire Linda Lee of Barrington provided the others for a column she wrote last year for Patch. Each is uh-umh good! You will not go wrong, believe me! Black Bean Ole Dip Ingredients: One brick of softened…
Thursday, December 29, 2011
Union Street home sparkles in national holiday decoration contest for our schools.
Thank you so much Rhonda Byrd for submitting the entry of your amazingly decorated home in the Patch Deck the Halls contest. You're the Bristol Warren Deck the House Contest finalist! Congratulations! Tonight we'll find out if you are among the 24 finalists—fingers crossed. Each Top 24 winner is guaranteed $500 to help pay those holiday-sized electric bills and a shot at winning $100,000 for their school district. A special thank you to everyone who entered. You made our dark drives home more festive and "oooh-worthy" this holiday season. National voting begins Friday morning, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m. Vote once a day, every day, for your favorite — and feel free to share the link on all your social networks! Voting ends at midnight Jan. 8.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
This Christmas week has been much milder (and drier) than last year.
The past few days have been pretty mild in Bristol and Warren, but last year at this time many residents were still snow blowing and shoveling themselves out of their homes. Do you remember what you were doing on the days following Christmas of 2010? How long did it take you to clean up nature's winter wonderland? Share your photos and memories in the comments section!