Friday, February 15, 2013
All public school students in Burr Ridge have the day off on Monday for President's Day.
President's Day is Monday and you may be wondering what's open and closed. Patch has answers for you: CLOSED OPEN Did we miss anything? Tell us in the comments.
Friday, December 21, 2012
Years can take their toll and returning home to see a relative or friend who has aged significantly can be difficult.
One of the most wonderful parts of the holiday season is reconnecting with loved ones. Still, the years can take their toll and returning home to see a relative or friend who has aged significantly can be difficult. It’s also a good opportunity to make sure your loved one is receiving the medical care and attention he or she needs. Talk to him or her about their health and find out if they have a physician they are seeing on a regular basis. A primary-care physician to coordinate care is essential to the wellbeing of someone who is in his or her later years. Find out who your loved one’s physician is and check to ensure the physician is referring the relative to proper specialists and monitoring medications. Sometimes, more than a …
Friday, November 23, 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. Starting Monday, enter the contest at http://deckthehouse.patch.com/contest/burrridge. 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 …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Two weeks of unstructured free time can be an autistic kid's worst nightmare. Not to mention their parents'.
Although the weather doesn’t seem to indicate it, we are smack in the middle of the winter school break. School children everywhere get two to three weeks off to…I don’t know, what are they doing? Playing with their Christmas toys? Nah, that was over about five minutes after they opened them. They sure aren’t tobogganing or building snowmen, at least not in this part of the country. I guess the only certainty is that they are all enjoying not being in school. But not so much for most children with autism. See, autistic kids love nothing more than their routine, and winter break leaves them all kinds of out-of-sorts. Two weeks of unstructured time off without the benefit of their usual, predictable schedules can be their worst nightmare…as…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
When I wasn’t paying attention, department store Santas evolved from obviously fake to scarily authentic.
The first time I took my daughter to see Santa Claus she was about 20 months old. She hadn’t yet been diagnosed with autism, but she had been diagnosed as a major fussbudget pain-in-my-hump. I knew that she wouldn’t be able to handle big crowds or long lines, so I set out to find the most abandoned mall with the lousiest selection of off-brand stores and the fewest patrons. I was living in California at the time and was looking for the equivalent of Brementowne Mall, if anyone remembers that gem from Tinley Park circa 1973. (You know, one of those dead malls that are anchored by a Walgreens and a Jo-Ann Fabrics with battery kiosks and sock outlets in between.) That way, if my daughter decided to have an epic meltdown, there would be no …
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Trying to live up to holiday car commercials will only drive you to depression.
I just don't understand Christmas, I guess. I like getting presents and sending Christmas cards and decorating trees and all that, but I'm still not happy. I always end up feeling depressed. Poor Charlie Brown. He really is the Charlie Browniest. But he’s not the only one having a blue Christmas, just the most famous. We all know that Christmas can be a stressful time of year, what with all the gift buying, card writing, cookie baking, tree decorating, and party-going. There’s a free-floating anxiety in the air that is very specific to this time of the year—the pressure to be ever-so-very-merry and for your life to resemble as closely as possible the picture-perfect scenes that we are bombarded with in television specials, commercials, …
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Give thanks by giving back to local organizations on Thanksgiving.
'Tis the season to be thankful, and for those who want to show their appreciation by giving back this upcoming Turkey Day, there are plenty of area holiday volunteer opportunities. The DuPage Convalescent Center, 400 N. County Farm Road, in Wheaton, needs help Thanksgiving Day transporting residents to and from the holiday parade, as well as serving residents the Thanksgiving meal. “Volunteers are always welcome,” said coordinator Barb Kolton. The parade begins at 9 a.m. Volunteers are needed from 8:45 to 11:30 a.m. The center’s Thanksgiving meal begins at 11:30 a.m. Volunteers are needed from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kolton said some families will use the holidays to volunteer. “We see a lot of that,” she said. “It’s something they …
Saturday, December 18, 2010
If the experience works, a farmers market won't be only a summer event. And the market's organizer, Make it Happen DuPage, hopes customers like this new twist on holiday shopping.
As I walk quickly through Marshalls and into the open area next to the Lucky Strike bowling lanes in Lombard's Yorktown Mall, I am greeted by waist-high tables covered with blue, black and silver tablecloths, lining the outside aisles and taking over the center of the floor. The tables are filled with items for sale, including clear bags of white and peppermint-colored chocolate balls and dark brown, edible cups in caramel-tinted bags; large- and small-cloth green, turquoise and red purses, and long table runners with brown, orange and pink blocks stitched on carefully. If you crave farmers market, and can't wait until next summer, don't fret: The Yorktown Winter Farmers Market is open every Wednesday through Feb. 9, except for Dec. 29. …
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Social justice and environmentalism are at the core of Judaism and Hanukkah reminds us to care for the earth.
The blue menorah smiles, pointed chin jutting downward and spreading slightly outward to support its weight. Long, slender teeth curve upward, with cavities atop that are filled with candles. The menorah, also known as a hanukkiyah, peers out the window at the snow that melts quickly when it touches the windowsill. The first night of Chanukah was Wednesday, Dec. 1. During this time of year, lights are prevalent, including the Christmas bulbs adorning trees; the small earthen lamp lit for Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights; and the candles that shine for African-American Kwanzaa. Hanukah is a Hebrew word that, when written in English, has about as many spellings as there are nights to celebrate it. Other spellings include Channukah, …
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Last week Student Council raised money to buy presents for children at a homeless shelter in Chicago.
Hinsdale South junior and Student Council member Emma Smoczynski has a new holiday tradition. For the past two years, she's worked with the Student Council to raise money that will make Christmas a little bit brighter for homeless children in the area. "You raise money and then you see reactions of people you're helping," Smoczynski said. "It's so rewarding," Through Help Change the Holidays for Kids, Student Council members spent last week collecting spare change from their peers to buy presents for children at the Chicago Christian Industrial League (CCIL)/A Safe Haven, a Chicago homeless shelter and recovery center. CCIL provides people facing tough times with temporary homes, along with counseling, technical training and employment …