Thursday, December 29, 2011
Here's how not to have a "complete and epic fail."
For an example of a “complete and epic fail” in keeping a New Year’s Resolution, Patch thanks Port Washington-Saukville reader Jason Godersky, who told us on Facebook that his 2011 promise to avoid fast food lasted until Jan. 5. “Darn McChickens and Dollar Menu,” he wrote. Undoubtedly, similar stories abound. How to do better in 2012? We asked those who make a living offering such support, “life coaches” in and near various Southeastern Wisconsin Patch Communities. Jamie Durner of BodyMind Coaching in Brookfield recommends spinning your resolution toward the positive — for example, don’t commit to losing weight, commit to running a 5K race. “If you focus on the negative, you want it more and more and more,” Durner said. In addition, she …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Looking for something fun to do locally on New Year's Eve? Patch has you covered.
You've recovered from a massive Christmas dinner, nursed the egg nog hangover and reprogrammed all of your new electronics since the holiday weekend. Now it's time to set your sights on how you're going to ring in the New Year. For a comprehensive New Year's guide to events and parties in Milwaukee, read the Shepherd Express' cover story this week. For some more local ideas, Patch is here to help. Shorewood Bayshore Town Center Fox Point Port Washington
Sunday, December 25, 2011
North Shore pastors talk about the spiritual significance of the holiday.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Patch asked clergy members at area churches to share with our readers some of their thoughts about the meaning of Christmas and the significance of this day.As you share this day with your friends and family, please take a few minutes to read what local pastors have to say about the true meaning of Christmas. ______________________________ The Rev. Seth Dietrich Christ Episcopal Church, Whitefish Bay There was no room in the world for Jesus. There was literally no room for him and his parents at the inn that night in Bethlehem. And this foreshadowed how Jesus would eventually be rejected and killed. But even the world did not make room for God’s Son, God’s Son responded with love. Jesus was all about making room for others. He dined with …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Scott Walker delivers holiday message during this week's radio address.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177. To download an mp3 file you can visit http://walker.wi.gov/section.asp?linkid=1761&locid=177, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.” Here is the transcript from this Thursday’s radio address, which is titled Happy Holidays: Hi, this is Scott Walker. About a decade ago, Tonette and I started a wonderful tradition in our household. After opening a few gifts with our sons Matt and Alex, we took a break and helped serve a feast …
Friday, December 23, 2011
Whitefish Bay police and North Shore Fire Departments offer a couple holiday safety tips.
The holidays are a time for family, reflection and brightened spirits, so it can be easy to let your guard down when it comes to protecting your home from safety hazards and intruders. To help you stay safe this holiday season, Whitefish Bay Police Sergeant Beth Formella and North Shore firefighter Daniel Tyk helped Patch assemble a list of safety tips to make the holiday experience more enjoyable. In the throes of large family gatherings and time away from home, Formella distilled her police safety concerns down to a few basics. Keep valuables out of plain view Leaving valuables in cars during the holidays is not a good idea, especially if it includes purses, cameras or laptops. Too many people do their shopping and park their car in a …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It's family and food and gifts and food and stockings and food and ....
Christmas is about … love? faith? giving? All of those, perhaps, but when we asked Patch readers for their holiday traditions, the unmistakable theme was … food. Take a minute to read some of the traditions we've received from our readers and share your family's holiday traditions in the comments section below. “In days past (before adopting a more healthy eating lifestyle) my mom would bake her brains out for about two weeks before Christmas,” wrote Nancy Ball Carmody on our Port Washington-Saukville Patch Facebook page. “We would have at LEAST 8 different varieties of cookies. My favorites were her coffee cherry bells … the cut-out, press into a mold, bake, and then elaborately decorate Santas, stars, trees, angels and stockings. … I …
Maps, road conditions, weather forecast and more are available here.
Will you be among the estimated 1.8 million “Sconnies” who plan to travel during the extended holiday season? Here’s what you need to know. AAA Wisconsin reports the average gas price will be $3.23 per gallon, about 90 cents cheaper than the summer. Research local gas prices by clicking the "Traffic & Gas" link in the navigation bar at the top of the page. Winter isn’t expected to bare its teeth for at least the first leg of vacation, making driving reasonable. According to the early forecast from the National Weather Service, Christmas weekend will be sunny with highs hovering around freezing. Don’t forget that on Christmas Day, there’s the not-small matter of a Bears-Packers game at Lambeau Field. That will add to the traffic on highways…
Monday, December 19, 2011
We asked for the biggest flops from beneath the tree, and Patch readers delivered.
We laughed, we winced, we instinctively began to search for a gift receipt. Patch asked you to share the stories of your Worst Christmas Gift Ever on our Facebook pages, and you obliged with some real winners (losers, that is). And if you've got some holiday gift horror stories, it's not too late to share them with us. Just post a comment at the bottom of this story and let us hear your tale of the ugly tie, the sweater you can't bear to take out the closet, or other Christmas gift gaffes. Kristen Kvool Martin, Port Washington: “When I was a kid, probably about 11 or 12, my older brother pulled a pair of my dirty underwear out of my clothes hamper, wrapped it up and gave it to me as a Christmas gift. I eagerly unwrapped it at our family …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A guide to volunteering and donating locally this winter.
As you celebrate the people and things you value in your life this holiday season, you might find yourself wishing to give back some of your fortune to your community. Beyond dropping spare change in the red kettle at your local grocery store, there are many ways to act on the holiday spirit of giving. Here are just some of the options. Donate food and clothing Many food pantries are experiencing record numbers of visitors and hoping for an extra boost of giving around the holidays. Cindy Hilgendorf, assistant director of Family Sharing, an Ozaukee County food pantry, said the pantry had a record number of patrons in November and she expects December to be equally busy. She said families are in especially great need of hats and mittens, …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Event kicks off three-week toy drive.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Milwaukee County Courthouse Christmas tree will be lit during a ceremony that begins at 5 p.m. Thursday. The ceremony, which is open to the public, will take place in the rotunda on the first floor of the courthouse and includes music by the Salvation Army Brass Band and ornament decorating for children. The ceremony serves as the kick-off for the county’s toy drive, held between Dec. 1 and Dec. 20. Attendees are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to the event to donate to the drive. All toys will be donated to the Salvation Army at the end of the drive. If you are unable to attend the event, toys can be dropped off in the county executive's office, Courthouse Room 306, until 5 p.m. on Dec. 20. This year’s tree donors, John and Helen…