Monday, January 14, 2013
A resident reported holiday decorations missing and thrown around the yard just days before Christmas, Darien police said.
Merry Christmas? Not for one resident, who days before Christmas found her outdoor decorations broken or missing. At about 11:30 p.m. Dec. 21, a resident in the 400 block of 67th Street told Darien police that several lighted decorations were broken and thrown around her yard. One reindeer decoration was also reported missing. The officer who responded to the call said several decorations were found laying in a nearby ditch. Most of the decorations were kicked around the yard, the resident said, but some were damaged and had the electrical cords pulled out of them. The estimated amount of damage is $100, police said. Are you a fan of true crime? "Like" the Crime-n-Shame page on Facebook and get clued in on mischief making and weird …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Still looking to get rid of that Christmas tree? The city is picking up trees the weeks of Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. You can also recycle old lights at the police station.
Are you still looking to get rid of your Christmas tree? The City of Darien has partnered with Veolia Environmental to provide free Christmas tree pick-up again this year. This week and next (starting Jan. 14), Veolia Environmental will collect Christmas trees left in the parkway on your normal garbage day. For the trees to be picked up, they must be free of all ornamentation, including garland, lights and tinsel. If the tree is bagged, it will need a sticker to be picked up. If you have any questions regarding this program, call 630-852-5000. Don't know what to do with the old strands of Christmas lights that are tangled and broken? Don’t throw them in the garbage - recycle them! The City of Darien has also partnered with Elgin Recycling …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The National Weather Service plays Santa Claus with a forecast that looks good for snow on Dec. 25.
If you love a white Christmas and you live in Darien or Woodridge, you just might be in luck in 2012. The National Weather Service-Chicago forecast for our neck of the woods calls for a slight chance of snow showers on Christmas eve (Monday, Dec. 24) and Christmas day (Tuesday, Dec. 25.) That, coupled with the small amount of snow that fell on Geneva Thursday and Friday, might translate to at least a little of the white stuff covering the ground and making the season a little more bright. The forecast indicates the snow could melt off, however, over the weekend. The high temperature for Saturday is 40 degrees, and it's supposed to get up to 38 degreees on Sunday. But after that: Merry Christmas to all in Darien and Woodridge!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Louis W. Sagan, who provided the winning punchline to last week's Doctor and Bear cartoon: If you think I'm letting you anywhere near me with a scalpel, you can…
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Did you decorate your house for the holidays this year? Enter our "Deck the House" contest and you could win $100,000 for your local school district and $500 to pay your electric bills!
We’re launching our annual Deck the House Contest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in America—the best “decked” house in the country—the one home so spectacularly decorated that everyone in town jokes your holiday decorations could rival Rockefeller Center’s. If this sounds like your house, upload a photo or video of your home to our contest page from Nov. 26 to Dec. 16. CLICK HERE FOR THE CONTEST PAGE Only residents of Patch towns are eligible to enter. We’ll select 24 regional finalists, and from them, pick one grand prize winner. Patch will pay up to $500 of the utility bill for each finalist, while our national winner will have $100,000 donated to his or her local school district. Our contest is right around the corner…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Darien Lion’s Club and Darien Park District are collecting items for the annual Food Basket program and toy drive.
Looking to spread some cheer this holiday season? The community is invited to help two Darien organizations who are working together to help the area’s needy families. Starting Nov. 24, the Darien Lions Club will begin collecting non-perishable food items for its 38th annual Food Basket program. Bags containing goods such as canned food and boxed macaroni and cheese, as well as fresh meat and produce will be given to about 200 families in need in and around Darien. In cooperation with the Lions Club program, the Darien Park District is conducting its annual toy drive. The items will be distributed along with the Lions Club's food baskets. “This is by far the largest outreach program in our community and we are helping so many families to …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
How much will we spend this year? And what's the best-selling Christmas song of all time? Find the answers below.
We know that there were three Wise Men, 12 days of Christmas and that Santa delivers all his presents around the world in one night. But did you know... $23,439.38 How much it would cost to buy your "true love" all the gifts in the 12 Day of Christmas . 12.9 billion hours, $447 billion How many hours Americans were expected to spend shopping, wrapping and returning gifts last year. That was about 42 hours and $688.87 per person. Get your postman/postwoman a gift According to Hallmark, Christmas is the largest card-sending occasion . Nearly 1.5 billion cards are sent to friends and family every Christmas Season. (That's actually down 400 million cards since 2004.) $983 million The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Christmas came early for six HCS Family Services client families; two of the families live in Hinsdale.
More than a week after the pile of gifts arrived, Ellen Tucker was still shocked when she looked at the donations under the Christmas tree in her family’s Willowbrook home. “I’ll do anything for anybody,” said Tucker, a 43-year-old single mother of two and client of HCS Family Services in Hinsdale. “But I don’t expect anything back ever.” The Tuckers were one of six area families selected as recipients of a $5,000 Christmas from Gibson Consulting Group, LLC. The business consulting firm, led by founder and longtime Hinsdale resident Wes Gibson, partnered with HCS and decided to dedicate $30,000 that would’ve otherwise gone to a black-tie company Christmas party to give struggling DuPage County families a holiday to remember. It turns out…
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Does wishing people a happy holiday really water down the meaning of Christmas?
Happy holidays. Did that offend you? How about if I wished you a merry Christmas instead? There seems to be a growing number of people who get ticked off if they hear the wrong greeting. A friend once told me a story about how he, his wife and two daughters were filling up at a gas station. A woman across the pump wished him a merry Christmas. He smiled and replied the same. Then, she got a little smug and asked, "That's OK for me to say, isn't it, 'merry Christmas?'" My friend laughed as he told me the story. "Probably the only four Jews in the entire town happened to be in my vehicle at that moment," he said. He wasn't offended that a Christian woman wished a Jewish man a merry Christmas. Another example, my girlfriend declined coming to…
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The time is now for your children to get their Christmas wish lists in to Kris Kringle, and there's no shortage of local events where the man himself will be making an appearance.
WHAT: Kids can visit with Santa Claus and his elves at this Naperville Park District event. WHERE: Naperville Riverwalk WHEN: On the weekends of Dec. 2 to 4 and Dec. 9 to 11, 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays; on the weekend of Dec. 15 to 18, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and on the week of Dec. 19 to 23, 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Special needs nights are from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 5 to 8, and pet night is from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 1. COST: Free MORE INFO: Visit the Park District's website, or call 630-848-5000 WHAT: The popular one-hour train rides depart from Naperville and travel to the Brookfield area, switch tracks and return to Naperville, allowing children time…