Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A listing of what will be closed today.
Today we celebrate Christmas, and many local offices and businesses will be closed for the day. Here's a list of places that are closed in and around Wrentham: Town Hall and all government offices will be closed today. The post office is also closed. The Fiske Library will be closed today and will resume normal hours tomorrow at 10 a.m. Wrentham and King Philip Schools are in recess, and will resume on Janurary 2. Local bank branches are closed today. Retail and liquor stores will also be closed today. Some restaurants may be open later in the day but that is up to the individual restaurant. If you’re taking the MBTA Commuter Line (or the subway or buses), be aware that trains are running on a Sunday schedule. If you know of other closings…
Monday, December 24, 2012
According to weather forecasts, there is a chance of snow on Christmas.
For those dreaming of a White Christmas, they may get their wish when they wake up on the morning of December 25. According to the National Weather Service, there is a 70% chance of snow on Christmas Eve. The snow is expected sometime after midnight. On Christmas Day, there is a 60% of snow and freezing rain before 11:00 a.m. The wintry mix and freezing rain may form some slippery spots on the roads so afternoon drivers are advised to use caution. Chris Lambert of WHDH also discussed the possibility of snow during the holiday. According to Lambert, the snow should come in around midnight on Christmas Eve before tapering off during the mid-morning. The rest of Christmas should be sunny with a high of 37 degrees. The big snow, according to …
A roundup of where to attend services in Wrentham, Plainville, and Norfolk
Looking for a place to attend services on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day? Wrentham Patch has complied a list of various churches in Wrentham, Plainville, and Norfolk that will be holding services for the holiday. Don't see a church on our list? Feel free to list any churches we missed along with the time services will be held. Christmas Eve Services: Sheldonville Baptist, 1044 West Street , Wrentham Trinity Episcopal Church, 47 East Street, Wrentham Original Congregational Church, 1 East Street , Wrentham Saint Mary's, 130 South Street , Wrentham Saint Martha Parish, 227 South Street, Plainville New Beginning Christian Fellowship, 80 East Bacon Street, Plainville The Plainville United Methodist Church, 16 East Bacon Street, …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Consumerism surrounds the holiday season: is greed inevitable, and how do you avoid it?
For those children who celebrate, Christmas' biggest connotation can be a pile of gifts under the tree. With this in mind, a panel of staff contributors at The Chicago Tribune tackled the question of whether it's inevitable to see greed in their kids around Christmastime. The parents weighed in on suggestions to remind kids of Christmas spirit. Among their suggestions? Help your kids round up some old toys to donate to charity before giving them new toys. Sign them up to participate in a community service project. The Tribune's advice got us thinking at Patch about how we were taught or are teaching our kids to be less greedy around the holidays. Some of our suggestions? Find a giving tree and let your child pick a name or two off of it, …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Does the lovable children's holiday classic send the wrong message? Tell us your thoughts.
In October, Patch asked readers how they felt about one parent's view that "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" condoned bullying. Specifically, blogger DadCamp wrote that the show sends the wrong message to children because of its "continuous teasing and bullying" It's not the first time a parent has spoken out against a classic children's program with such a claim. Last December, news spread that author and special ed professor George Giuliani said that "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was also a program laden with the theme of bullying, considering how much Rudolph was an outsider due to his glowing red nose. Giuliani, as such, wrote a book titled "No More Bullies at the North Pole," which re-tells the story of Rudolph. What do you …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The holiday has come and gone — tell us what you got!
Another Christmas season has come and gone, and we at Wrentham Patch hope you enjoyed the holiday! So, Wrentham, tell us: what presents did you get this year? Did you get everything you wanted? If you don't see the answer in the poll, tell us in the comments below!
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Wishing the best to you and yours this holiday.
By the time you read this, you've most likely wrapped up (or unwrapped) the early-morning Christmas festivities. We here at Wrentham Patch just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you the best of the holiday season. We hope you've enjoyed the day so far, and hope that the good feelings continue throughout the year. Thank you very much for reading, and we hope you'll stick with us through the new year. Merry Christmas.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Columnist uses his senses to sniff out gifts.
My name is Mike. I'm a gift guesser. When I was a wee lad, I would wake up in the middle of the night, go downstairs and start shaking my gifts. I would sneak out of my bedroom when everyone was asleep and execute my game plan. I'd wake up in the middle of the night and raid the Christmas tree to see what was under it. I'd try to look under the wrapping to see if anything was sticking out. Rattling was usually good. That usually meant something to play with. No rattling usually meant a sweater or a shirt or pants. No fun there. My mom would say, "You want to look nice for Christmas Day." I'd say, "I'd much rather have a toy truck." The key was not to rip the wrapping paper or damage it in any way. That was a dead giveaway that my midnight …
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Some holiday traditions of the Sullivan family household.
Well, everyone has their holiday traditions, and here at my house, we love to sit down and watch some of our favorite heartwarming (if not strictly holiday-themed) films and shorts. Here are some recommendations for getting the whole family to come together and enjoy the magic of the season. While half of the films here are not coherent or based on the magic of the holidays, they are a staple of our Christmas ritual, and I hope they become classics in your house as well. The Snowman 1982 Now this brings back some memories. A bit before my time I will admit, but still an amazing holiday film. Based on author Raymond Briggs' children's book, the movie is wonderfully animated and extremely enjoyable. The story follows a young boy who builds …
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Foot traffic and bag counts are on the rise as Christmas shopping season hits home stretch.
Apparently, local holiday shoppers are feeling better about the economy this year, based on the amount of business Wrentham merchants large and small are seeing in the weeks leading up to Christmas. At the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, foot traffic and bag count per shopper appear to be on the rise compared to last year, while the Wrentham Downtown Merchants Association reports a "very steady" pace among local sellers. "It's definitely better than last year," said Maria Meomartin-Leonard, spokeswoman for the Downtown Merchants Association. "People are definitely more willing to spend." After getting an early look at Wrentham's holiday spirit last week, Santa will make another downtown stroll on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., giving …