Monday, January 2, 2012
There are tons of ways to try and be a better person, but which ones are you choosing?
How are folks in the South End going to transform themselves in big and small ways in 2012? Is this the year you start volunteering? Are you planning to finally quit smoking, for good? Whether you're going to give online dating a try, make fewer junk food runs, or spend more time with family, we want to know about it. Leave a comment with your resolution, and let's get a discussion going! Who knows, maybe posting about your plans on Patch will even help you stick to them...
This is your chance to share your holiday spirit and let folks know you care on Patch!
Have someone in your life who you think deserves a public commendation? Or someone who just might be cheered up reading their name on Patch? Scroll down to our comments section and leave a New Year's greeting to your sweetheart, a message to your neighborhood, a note to family here or abroad, or a thank you to anyone who might appreciate it. Profess your good wishes and we can bring some cheer to this little corner of the internet. Oh, and, lest we forget, have a very happy New Year yourself!
Today is Monday, Jan. 2. Here are five things you need to know today:
1. It is expected to be windy today with temperatures in the low 40s. 2. With New Year’s Day on Sunday, Monday, Jan. 2, is the official government holiday. Government offices will be closed; the T will be running on a Sunday schedule; but most retail and restaurants should be open. Check out our full list of what’s open and closed for more. 3. Go away last week? Our “Week in Review” will get you caught up to speed on everything you missed. 4. Our “Year in Review” coverage featured a list of our top 50 stories of 2011 and a gallery of our top 50 photos of the year. 5. Miss our First Night photos? Check out our galleries of the daytime festivities, ice sculptures and the parade and fireworks.
Friday, December 30, 2011
Most restaurants and bars open, MBTA operating on a Sunday schedule.
Welcome to 2012! Here's a handy list of what's open (and closed) during New Year's Day. Keep in mind that many places are observing the holiday on Monday, Jan. 2, meaning that while restaurants will be open, government offices will be closed and the T will continue to run on a Sunday schedule.
A West Roxbury home is one of 24 national finalists in Patch's Deck the House contest. Vote now, vote often and let's bring home $100,000 for Boston Public Schools!
You can help Boston Public Schools win $100,000! Just click on this link and vote for Richie DiSalvo's West Roxbury home in Patch's nationwide Deck the House contest. Contestants across the country submitted photos and videos of their homes decked out for the holidays. Patch selected 24 national finalists and the West Roxbury home pictured above is the only contestant in the BPS district. Starting today through Jan. 8 you will be able to vote for the Best Decked House in all of Patch. The grand prize winner’s school district will receive a $100,000 check from Patch! Post this article on your Facebook account, tweet it and send it around. What better way to start the new year than to help our schools win $100,000!
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Calls first night "one of our city's greatest traditions."
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
The following was sent over by the city of Boston. Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino held his annual First Night public safety conference, encouraging people to come to Boston to ring in the New Year during Boston's 36th Annual First Night celebration. Joined by officials from the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services and the MBTA, Mayor Menino reminded revelers to celebrate the holiday safely and encouraged people to take advantage of public transportation when traveling through the city. “Boston’s First Night celebration is one of our city’s greatest traditions. It’s a fun event for families and an opportunity to gather with friends and neighbors to celebrate our diverse cultures and ring in the new …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Keep tabs on Santa as he makes his way to your home on Christmas Eve.
Sure, he sees you when you're sleeping. But now it's your turn to keep tabs on the Man in Red. This season you can track Santa's flight in Google Earth, receive mobile phone updates on his whereabouts, and check in regularly for high speed-photo and video footage of his reindeer and sleigh as they deliver presents around the world. He's also on Facebook and Twitter. How, exactly? The Colorado-based North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) is charged with keeping the United States and Canada safe from dangers originating from the sky or space. So it stands to reason they would use radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets to track Santa's flight path from the North Pole, across North America. According to their …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
For Maurice Beaudet, one of Boston’s homeless, Christmas was always about family. Now, it's about self-reflection.
When Maurice Beaudet was growing up, his father never owned a wedding ring. “We were poor,” Beaudet, now 58, said recently, “and my father, he was the type of guy who never bought anything for himself. The only time he got something good was when someone gave him something for Christmas.” Beaudet’s father worked long hours as a foreman in a plastics factory in Fitchburg, where he and his wife raised their family: Beaudet, his brother and their three step-siblings from their parents’ previous marriages. When Beaudet, who now lives in transitional housing on Shawmut Avenue run by the Pine Street Inn, was 15, he became frustrated with school, dropped out and joined his father at the factory. About a decade later, when Beaudet was in his mid …
Today is Thursday, Dec. 22. Here are five things you need to know today:
1. It should be sunny and pleasant today, with temperatures reaching the low 50s. 2. More than 150 seniors came out for United South End Settlements’ annual Senior Holiday Dinner Dance Friday at the Harriet Tubman House. The Platinum Singers, USES’ senior choir, kicked off the event with holiday tunes, while state Sen. Pat Jehlen, Rep. Byron Rushing and Rep. Gloria Fox helped serve food. “Our seniors look forward to this event year after year,” USES President and CEO Kevin Hepner said. “There is nothing more warming than to see these dear people gathered in a spirit of joy, celebration and care for one another. It never ceases to amaze me when I see them hit the dance floor after enjoying our meal. Some of them can dance circles around me…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It’s Christmastime, and I’m thinking about home. Maybe you are, too.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- John Keith
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
What does “home” mean to you? A place to lay your head at night? Where your parents live, and you and your children? Or, is it much more than that? How do you feel when you’re home? Safe? Secure? A home, physically, is nothing more than a house - four walls and the roof over our condo, or our apartment. Home, emotionally, is quite a different thing. Childhood Memories I have fond memories of waking up Christmas mornings as a child and sneaking downstairs to check out my presents. I can barely remember anything I got; instead, I remember spending time with my mother and father and my brother and sisters. Our old Polaroid prints (well, the ones that came out …) and slides (remember slides?) show us around the Christmas tree. I can remember …