Monday, January 2, 2012
A round-up of places that are open and closed this New Year's weekend.
It's a three-day weekend for most of us because of New Year's Day on Sunday, Jan. 1, and the bonus observation day of Monday, Jan. 1. However, this also means lots of other folks get a few days off too, meaning various stores and government offices will be closed. Here's a quick rundown of the types of places that are open. If you're uncertain, call ahead to save yourself a trip. Attention business owners: Feel free to leave a note in the comments with your business' specific open/closed schedule. Open: Closed: New Year's Day Observed—Monday, Jan. 2
Friday, December 30, 2011
This week's winner won a $25 gift certificate to Harrington's in Wakefield.
We asked for shopping tips and you delivered. Jeanne E. Craigie won this week's prize: a $25 gift certificate to Harrington's in Wakefield. Here are some of the great tips we got this week: 1) Old Navy is offering $10 off for every $20 you spend, according to Athena. Old Navy is also running several year-end web-only sales, too. 2) Dress Barn in Stoneham has 60 percent off all items, according to this week's contest winner Jeanne E. Craigie. 3) The Avon Beauty Center is having $2 and $3 sales along with 20-25 percent off sales. Also, when you spend $100 you receive $10 off your next purchase, this promo is ending on Dec. 31 but will restart from Jan. 1 to the end of March, according to Diana Ardagna Cavanaugh.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The 'Sweet Without Wheat' Christmas house order deadline is Tuesday—today!—at 5 p.m.
They’re building houses—and adding “curb appeal” touches like gumdrops on the roofs. Obviously their building material isn’t wood or concrete. It’s gingerbread. Without wheat! Sisters Christine Penney and Sandy Federico, owners of Something Sweet Without Wheat, are, for the first time this year, baking and selling wheat-free gingerbread houses at their bakery here in Woburn. Penney developed the recipe last year, she told Woburn Patch Thursday, when her son asked her for wheatless gingerbread cookies and bread. They got some calls for their special gingerbread houses last year, the sisters said, too late to make and sell. They’re making them this year. First they make the gingerbread walls and roof. Then they assemble the houses. Some of …
Friday, December 16, 2011
Got a favorite tune you enjoy most during the holiday season? Let us know in today's poll.
The holidays aren't just a time for giving - they're also a time for music. Some of the most memorable music hits the airwaves this time of year, and even if you're sick of the same old Christmas Carols that play over and over on the radio, you may have others that you feel are underplayed. And so, with just a little more than a week before Christmas, we're wondering what you think are the best carols of the season. Weigh in by voting in today's poll or add comments below on what you think are the best songs of the season.
Performers' families, friends and a special mentor fill the audience.
Samantha Coull has sung in a choir since she was in third grade. On Thursday night, the WMHS 10th grader sang with the Woburn Memorial High School Chorus at the high school’s WinterFest. In the audience sat Coull’s grandmother, who is also her vocal inspiration, Deborah Doucette of Lynn. “I come to all (Samantha’s) concerts,” Doucette said before the concert began. “I sing myself.” She entertains, she said, at nursing homes and music clubs, singing everything from tunes from the ‘40s to country style. Farther back in the auditorium, Andrew Krause of Woburn waited to hear Jaimee Winer, his girlfriend, sing in both the chorus and with the WMHS a cappella singers. Even farther back in the auditorium, Kathy and Ed Sullivan – not that Ed …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Performers’ families fill the auditorium.
The family of Sean Callahan took up almost one whole row of seats in the center of the Joyce Middle School auditorium Wednesday night, from one aisle to the other: his mother, Debbie, and father, Sean; his sister, Shayla, a sixth grader at the Joyce; his brother, Aiden, a second grader at the Goodyear Elementary School; and his two grandmothers, Jean Callahan and Mary Ames. They all came to hear him play saxophone in the Joyce intermediate seventh and eighth grade band at the Joyce WinterFest concert. Sean started to play the saxophone this year, according to his grandmother Ames. “He practices a lot,” she said. A few rows closer to the stage, in a bank of seats along the side of the auditorium sat the extended family of Sarah Helmar. …
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Bringing a gentle spirit of Christmas.
At three years old, Dhruvaite Upmanyu is just begining to understanding the concept of Santa Claus. He knows, according to his mother, Geetika, that he can’t be on Santa’s “naughty” list. Even though Dhruvaite doesn’t plan to ask Santa for anything for Christmas, his mother said, he does plan to write Santa a Christmas letter, with some help from his father. So imagine when Dhruvaite, who lives in Wakefield, met Father Christmas in person yesterday afternoon. Father Christmas is, according to his business card, “The spirit of Christmas.”’ He stands for “loving and giving.” Like Santa, his bushy eyebrows are white. So are his moustache, long beard and flowing hair. He wore a long, red, hand-made cape with only a hint of Santa’s “bowl full …
Monday, December 12, 2011
Answer today's poll and be sure to submit your comments in the section below to add to the discussion!
The holidays are an ideal time to enjoy with friends and loved ones, and one of the best places to do so is in front of the TV screen. As soon as Thanksgiving ends, a large variety of holiday movies hit the airwaves, and we're wondering which ones you go to time and again to enjoy with your family each year. Below we've provided a roundup of some popular movies to watch during the holidays. Weigh in on today's poll and let us and your fellow readers know what your favorite holiday film is, and be sure to comment below to add to the discussion.
Just let us know about a good deal in town in the comment section below and maybe you'll be this week's winner.
Each week until the end of the year, Patch is running a shopping tip contest. All you need to do is offer a shopping tip in the comment section below and we’ll pick a winner at random each week. Shopping tips can include sales or deals on anything: from supermarket bargains to sales on holiday gift items. And although we hope to find out about sales at local small businesses, large chain store deals are fine too. Each week, we’ll announce a new winner, as well as list all of the great deals that were submitted to help you with your shopping. For this week’s contest, all entries must be received by noon on Thursday, Dec. 15 (Eastern Time). This week’s prize: A $25 gift certificate to the Fat Cactus Restaurant in Lynnfield. Please note: …
Friday, December 9, 2011
After the holidays, need remains, says food pantry director.
Instead of toys or clothes for the holidays, some Woburnites have been collecting a totally different kind of gift: food for a holiday dinner. The Council of Social Concern’s Food Pantry has begun to distribute holiday food baskets. Need is “greater than ever,” according to council food pantry Director Karen Colatrella; the community is responding with “an amazing outpouring of generosity.” The pantry distributed more than 400 meals at Thanksgiving, Colatrella told Woburn Patch. “Thanksgiving,” she said, “is about food.” She anticipates the pantry will give out as many turkeys with trimmings for the December holidays, even though “The mindset at Christmas is to donate toys.” The pantry does not include any toys in its food packages, she …