Sunday, January 1, 2012
Yes? Benjamin Franklin would be proud.
"Each year one vicious habit rooted out, in time might make the worst man good throughout," Benjamin Franklin wrote in Poor Richard's Almanac. It was part of the first set of published New Year's Resolutions, according to Yahoo News. And the tradition lives on. Today, we promise ourselves every Jan. 1 that this will be the year we lose weight, quit smoking or save money, in our own personal mission to make ourselves "good throughout." Will you be making a New Year's resolution this year? Take the Patch poll, and tell us about it in the comments.
Friday, December 30, 2011
2011 has been a busy year for Hyattsville.
This year has been busy for Hyattsville with two city council elections, a hurricane, an earthquake, snowstorms, the opening of shops at EYA's East Village and tragedies that claimed young lives. In Patch land, the top stories of each month are as follows: January—Takoma Park / Langley Park: Capital One Bank Robbery Suspect Shot and Killed February—Anti-Gay Church Set to Protest at Northwestern High School March—Shooting at Mount Rainier CVS April—Fire at Mall at Prince George’s in Hyattsville May—Gas Prices Falling for Memorial Day June—Hyattsville Woman Identified as Victim in Fatal Motorcycle Crash July—Fatal Stabbing at University Town Center August—Beloved Educator Passes Away after Illness September—Road Services, Activities …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Here are five things you might not have known about Christmas.
Merry Christmas, Hyattsville! Here are five things you might not know about the holiday: 1. What does Yuletide even mean? Thesaurus.com says the Yuletide is the Christmas season, traditionally Dec. 24 through Jan. 6. 2. The original Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, was from Turkey! (Maybe he should be the patron saint of Thanksgiving!) In Greece, he’s the patron saint of sailors; in France he was the patron of lawyers; and in Belgium the patron of children and travelers. 3. Did you know that Santa’s reindeer are all female? According to Snopes.com, only female reindeer keep their antlers past spring, but it is possible—though highly unlikely—for males to also retain theirs at Christmastime. Then again, they are magic reindeer that can fly…
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Hank's has the sweet/tart Granny's Apple drink for Christmas Eve.
This Christmas Eve, head to Hank’s Tavern & Eats and let the bartender create a drink that is both naughty and nice. A glass of Granny’s Apples is just right for the holidays. If you can’t leave the kids at home, Santa’s little helpers could serve up a mocktail. And guess what! It is equally fantastic. “Our customers love this drink. So we had to feature it as our holiday special,” said Francesca Moquete, manager at Hank’s. Granny’s Apple: Moquete said the sweet tart apple flavor “compliments the holiday season and the restaurant’s homemade dishes.” This cocktail is festive yet simple. This bold drink is not offered in the happy hour lineup but never fear! Santa’s reindeer don’t hit the sloped roofs ‘til late anyhow and they’ll need …
Check out some places to worship this Christmas weekend.
Feeling like a candlelight service tonight? Perhaps just some Christmas carols and holiday cheer? Here’s a list of some Hyattsville-area churches that are holding services this weekend: First United Methodist Church of Hyattsville Christmas Eve: 6 p.m. family service and 9 p.m. candlelight service. Christmas Day: 10 a.m. St. Jerome’s Church Christmas Eve: 4:30 p.m. children’s service with Fr. Jim Stack; 7:30 p.m. service with Fr. Clinton Sensat; midnight service with the choir and Fr. Stack. Christmas Day: 7 a.m. service with Fr. Charles Edeh; 8:30 a.m. service with the folk singing group and Fr. Stack; and 10:30 a.m. service with the choir and Fr. Stack. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church Christmas Eve: 7 p.m. candlelight service and …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
You're probably running last-minute errands this holiday week, but you might want to take a look at some of these schedule changes in Hyattsville and Prince George's County to make sure you're in the loop.
With the holiday season here, some of us may have already shut down and are in official hibernation mode until the start of 2012. But Hyattsville and Prince George's County offices are still kicking for the week, and many transportation services will be available throughout the holidays. Here's a summarized schedule for various offices and services in the county. If you think I've missed something important, please email me at Sarahn@Patch.com. Operation will be suspended on Monday, Dec. 26 for the following facilities: Brown Station Road Sanitary Landfill, Brown Station Road Public Convenience Center, Electronics Recycling Acceptance Site, Household Hazard Waste Acceptance Site, Missouri Avenue Solid Waste Acceptance and Recycling …
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Did you win an award this year? Send us your decoration photos.
Here are the winners of this year's Claus Applause holiday house decorating contest: 5703 40th Avenue
Do you know a parent who shares custody of her children and won’t have them this Christmas? Call her up and take her out to a movie!
The day is approaching that almost every child has been looking forward to for months — Christmas morning. My children are no different; they have been making their wish lists since their birthdays passed. I, on the other hand, am having a hard time getting in the celebratory mood. My children’s father and I are divorced, and we share custody on a weekly basis. It actually works out great — We update each other through emails about the boys. We coordinate a Google calendar to remind each other of special days or extra curricular activities. And each year we take turns for the holidays. I had them for Thanksgiving this year, so they will be with their father for Christmas. Whether it’s Thanksgiving, Easter, their birthdays … any holiday …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Here's all you need to know about Christmas shopping at Hyattsville's mall.
Less than a week to go until Christmas, Hyattsville! Here are five things you need to know about last minute shopping at The Mall at Prince George’s: 1. Check out the mall’s interactive holiday planner. You can enter to win a $300 gift card each week. 2. Speaking of the Mall, it’s open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. this week except Christmas Eve, when doors close at 8 p.m. 3. Looking for great deals on Christmas presents? Check out the sales before you hit the stores. 4. Hate wrapping? All Shades of Pink will gift wrap your presents from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Proceeds will go to Pink Signature Initiatives. 5. Here’s a great holiday checklist for your family so you don’t get lost in the craziness of it …
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Area police suggest using a non-metal ladder when installing Christmas lights.
You don't want to end up like Clark Griswold in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation when putting up your holiday decorations. So check out these tips from area police. Outdoor tips: Indoor holiday lighting tips: Outdoor lighting considerations: One more thing—after you decorate, be sure to snap a photo and enter Patch's Deck the House contest to win 100K for Prince George's County Public Schools.