Thursday, December 20, 2012
First class mail shipped by close-of-business on Dec. 20 likely to arrive before Christmas.
Post offices serving Hyattsville, Riverdale Park and University Park were a bit busier than normal this morning as area residents lined up to get their packages and letters shipped before the holidays. Thursday, Dec. 20 was the last day by which the United States Postal Service said a first class letter would make it to its destination before Christmas day. Those procrastinators among us will be forced to use priority mail (pre-Christmas arrival shipping deadline Dec. 21) and express mail (pre-Christmas arrival shipping deadline Dec. 22).
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
There will be no trash collection on Christmas Day.
Even the government closes for Christmas. Here are the closings for the the Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources on Dec. 25. Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill Closed Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center Closed Electronics Recycling Acceptance Site (Located at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill) Closed Household Hazardous Waste Acceptance Site (Located at the Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill) Closed Missouri Avenue Solid Waste Acceptance & Recycling Center Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility Closed Closed Trash Collection in County-Contracted Areas No Collection (Collection will resume on the next regularly scheduled collection day) Curbside Recycling…
Friday, December 14, 2012
Looking for exciting things to do? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Christmas Greenery Workshop The Legend of the Civil War Santa Holiday Trains and Planes Breakfast with Santa College Park Moose Lodge #453 Hosts a Christmas Dinner Dance Mishkan Torah Synagogue Annual Chanukah Party Bowie Senior Chorale Holiday Concert Maryland: A House Divided, an Exhibition Holiday Ornament Emporium Evangel Cathedral Christmas …
While the two holidays fall in close proximity to each other and are celebrated in popular culture together, Hanukkah does not hold the religious significance for Jews that Christmas holds for Christians.
Each year, Hanukkah falls in close proximity or during Christmas according to the Hebrew calendar. Because of that, the two are celebrated side by side under the “Happy Holidays” moniker. But in terms of religious significance, Hanukkah doesn’t rank as high for Jews as Christmas ranks for Christians. “It’s hard to not make a big deal of out Hanukkah living in America, and I’m not sure it’s a bad thing,” said Rabbi Rhoda Silverman of Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown. “That’s not a problem for me as long as we don’t forget about everything else that makes us Jewish.” Jonathan Schwartz, senior aide to Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and a member of Temple Emanuel, sees Hanukkah as having two roles in the lives of American Jews…
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Young and not-so-young gather to ring in the holidays with St. Nick at city hall.
Hyattsville's children got to hang out with Santa yesterday during the city's breakfast and lunch with Santa event at the Hyattsville Municpal Building on Gallatin Street. Kids had the opportunity to tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas, as well as the chance to create some cute arts and crafts. This was the second event of the weekend in Hyattsville designed to ring in the holiday season. The night before, city residents gathered at Magruder Park for the lighting of city's holiday tree.
Friday, December 7, 2012
Looking for some exciting things to do this weekend? Check out some of the fun things going on around town.
Each week, Patch puts together a list of local activities and events going on in your area this weekend. Check back weekly and tell us in the comments if you know of any additional activities coming up. To submit an event in the Patch events calendar, click on “Events” at the top of the page and then click on the green "Add an event" button on the right side of the page. Holiday Candlelight Tours Maryland: A House Divided, an Exhibition Holiday Ornament Emporium Santa's Cookies and Crafts Winter Wonderland Vansville Elementary 3rd Annual Winter Bazaar Red Note Art Exhibit - ART FINALE Evangel Cathedral Christmas Celebration 13th Annual, Gingerbread House Contest and Show Winter Festival of Lights Holidays in the …
Friday, November 16, 2012
St. Nick's coming to Montgomery and Prince George's county malls this month and here's where you can go a snap a picture with the family and your pets, too.
It's that time of year again! Santa Claus is coming to town and he's available to take those adorable family photos with you and your children. Here's where Santa will be this holiday season. Wheaton Westfield Wheaton, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd Silver Spring, MD 20902 Santa will be perched in his chair, waiting to take a photo with your child, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Nov. 17 through Dec. 24. Photo packages run between $21 and $45, and all come with a gift card to Shutterfly. Bethesda Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Blvd Bethesda, MD 20817 In Bethesda, you can have your child’s photo taken with Santa on the lower level of the mall, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Employees of the retail giant hope to take advantage of one of the year's busiest shopping days.
Employees of DC-area Walmart and Sam's Club locations are joining a national strike effort this Black Friday to protest what they view as low wages, poor scheduling practices, and worker intimidation on the part of the retail giant. The campaign, organized by Making Change at Walmart and linked with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, is planning demonstrations outside dozens of stores nationwide on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. In the DC area, Nov. 23 protests are scheduled for Walmart and Sam's Club locations in Laurel, Hyattsville, Bowie, Gaithersburg, Woodlawn, Severn, Clinton, Abingdon, Alexandria, and Fairfax. (Both chains are owned by parent company Walmart Stores, Inc.) The strike action …
Sunday, November 11, 2012
How will your finances affect your holiday spending?
Two-thirds of respondents to a recent poll by the NPD Group said they “plan to spend about the same” as last year, while 10 percent planned to “spend more.” With the economy and job situation still in flux for many families, we want to know what families in Montgomery County and Prince George’s County plan to do for Christmas, Hanukah, or Kwanzaa gifts in 2012. Will you be more creative with your gifting? Use sites like Groupon, Living Social, etc? Brave Black Friday sales? Cook or bake for familty and friends?
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Early Thanksgiving means more shopping time.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Saturday, November 3, 2012
While you may just be putting the Halloween decorations away, retailers are already getting out the Christmas trees, Hanukkah menorahs and Kwanzaa candleholders, prepping for the longest holiday shopping season possible. For decades, now, Black Friday has heralded the start to the month-long holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving, celebrated the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 when Congress passed a law, falls on Nov. 22 this year, which means that there are a whopping 32 days of shopping, assuming you are not the type who buys gifts of lottery tickets and beef jerky from the convenience store on the way to your Christmas celebration. In that case, you have 32 days during which to procrastinate. According to the National Retail …