Saturday, December 24, 2011
It's nearly Christmas. Tell us how you think the year went.
This is it. Christmas Eve is here and the day is slipping by fast. If things didn't go the way you'd intended this year, it's probably too late to make up for it now. By the same token, if you've been behaving yourself for the most part, it's going to take an awful lot to ruin a whole year in a single day, or what's left of it. Still, anything's possible. At any rate, you've got less than 24 hours before the clock stops on the Christmas countdown. So tell us, were you naughty or nice? Let us know by voting in the poll below. And if you feel the need to explain yourself, you can give us excuses or brag about how great you were in the comments. Not that it matters. Santa Claus has already made the list and checked it twice. Don't think you'…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Does wishing people a happy holiday really water down the meaning of Christmas?
Happy holidays. Did that offend you? How about if I wished you a merry Christmas instead? There seems to be a growing number of people who get ticked off if they hear the wrong greeting. A friend once told me a story about how he, his wife and two daughters were filling up at a gas station. A woman across the pump wished him a merry Christmas. He smiled and replied the same. Then, she got a little smug and asked, "That's OK for me to say, isn't it, 'merry Christmas?'" My friend laughed as he told me the story. "Probably the only four Jews in the entire town happened to be in my vehicle at that moment," he said. He wasn't offended that a Christian woman wished a Jewish man a merry Christmas. Another example, my girlfriend declined coming to…
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Actually, he wasn't scary at all. But that didn't stop Elyse Hosey from throwing a fit.
It's not all cookies and milk and sleigh rides — screaming babies are a big part of the Santa Claus job too. At least Gracie was happy.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The Shorewood Police Department, Target, village workers and representatives from The Timbers brightened Christmas for 23 local school children.
An army of police officers swarmed Target with an even bigger group of children for the fourth annual Shop With A Cop. A dozen Shorewood police officers escorted 23 local school children on a shopping excursion through the store and then returned with them to Village Hall for a pizza lunch from Canella's and a chance to have a photograph taken with Santa Claus. Shorewood Police Officer Kim Giugler started the Shop With A Cop program and continues to organize it, along with Shorewood Recreation Supervisor Linda McCluskey. Residents from Shorewood Glen volunteered to gift wrap the children's purchases and the King and Queen of The Timbers of Shorewood — Tom Putnam and Ann Schurna — were on hand to help give out Christmas cookies and …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The time is now for your children to get their Christmas wish lists in to Kris Kringle, and there's no shortage of local events where the man himself will be making an appearance.
WHAT: Kids can visit with Santa Claus and his elves at this Naperville Park District event. WHERE: Naperville Riverwalk WHEN: On the weekends of Dec. 2 to 4 and Dec. 9 to 11, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; on the weekend of Dec. 15 to 18, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and on the week of Dec. 19 to 23, 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special needs nights are from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 to 8, and pet night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. COST: Free MORE INFO: Visit the Park District's website, or call 630-848-5000 WHAT: The popular one-hour train rides depart from Naperville and travel to the Brookfield area, switch tracks and return to Naperville, allowing children time…
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Start the holiday season by shopping locally in the Channahon, Minooka and Shorewood areas.
The air is crisp, the wheel of the year is turning, and old man winter is right around the corner. With the cold weather comes the hustle and bustle of the impending winter holidays and of course, all the shopping that goes with it. It is with thoughts like these that I encourage everyone to buy local in the coming months. Why buy local? Locally owned and operated establishments in your community provide goods and services with everything from soup to nuts. Buying local is good for the environment because it saves energy by using less packaging and less transportation. Buying local preserves the individuality of your community; those cute mom and pop diners and quaint little boutiques are what make your community interesting. Keeping …
Sunday, January 2, 2011
Wildly fluctuating temperatures are unusual, according to the National Weather Service, but no cause for alarm.
It went from a white Christmas to a wet New Year's Eve. In less than a week, kids went from riding snowboards down Shorewood hills to rolling skateboards down wet sidewalks as frigid temperatures spiked into Springtime climes, ice turned to slush, and snow flakes melted into raindrops. Despite the drastic change in temperature between the two holidays, and the balmy temperatures on a stormy New Year's Eve, the weather really isn't that much out of the ordinary. "I don't want to say it's never happened before," Amy Seeley, a National Weather Service meteorologist working out of the weather station at the Lewis University Airport in Romeoville, said of the extreme weather fluctuations between Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. But Seeley was …