Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Patch asks when Christmas jingles jive with you – and which songs are your favorites.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
In Detroit, Fresh 100.3 started playing Christmas music Friday morning, and other local radio stations will soon also dust off their holiday records in preparation for seasonal Yuletide spinning. Some area businesses and coffee shops are also already playing holiday music. But is it too early for "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" if Tom the Turkey hasn't even been stuffed? When should Christmas and holiday music start playing on the radio and in stores? Take our poll and tell us your favorite holiday song in the comments!
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Day after Thanksgiving? Day after Halloween? How soon is too soon to decorate for the holidays?
As shoppers headed to the store for Halloween candy in October, they were met with a now-familar sight: holiday decorations. Christmas trees, lights, blow-up Menorahs and manger scenes line the aisles already at Home Depot, Target, Walmart and other area stores. So when it comes to your holiday decorations, how soon do you start? Whether your tree goes up while the jack-o-lanterns are still on the porch; or if you stick to the nothing-until-after-Thanksgiving rule, tell us: When will you decorate for the holidays?
Sunday, June 10, 2012
House will consider joining Senate to make daily ceremonies mandatory.
We’re one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all – a familiar phrase that some state legislators believe should be a required way for students to start each day. The House Education Committee on Wednesday passed a bill to mandate Pledge of Allegiance ceremonies daily in public elementary and secondary schools. Students still could choose not to recite it. A companion proposal, also sent to the full House, would require an American flag in each classroom. "It's about the foundation of our country," Committee Chair Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a Republican, is quoted by Mlive Media Group as saying after this week’s vote. "It gets students thinking about the United States and what we stand for." Democrats joined Republicans in voting …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Blockbuster film opening this week raises sensitive question for some parents.
Ladies and gentlemen, let The Hunger Games begin on screens near you. Tickets are on sale for Friday's 12:01 a.m. debut of the thriller based on the lead book in Suzanne Collins' young adult trilogy. It opens nationally that day in 4,000 theaters and is sure to be a box office smash. Local showings in IMAX or regular format are scheduled in Birmingham (Palladium 12), Farmington (Dipson West River Centre), Dearborn (AMC Star Fairlane), Canton (Goodrich 7) and Emagine theaters in Canton, Novi, Rochester and Royal Oak. A searchable Metro Detroit list is here. Though the 2008 best-seller's gory violence has been notched back enough to snare a PG-13 rating, the film spurs discussion about age-appropriateness – just as Collins' provocative …
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Temperatures likely to stay in mid-60s or higher at least a week.
Sure, you've opened windows and lowered the thermostat this lovely week before spring's official start. But have your flip-flops moved from storage to feet yet? Are shorts still hibernating? The sunny caress of summer-like temperatures will linger at least a week, forecasts say. Daily highs of 68 to 70 degrees are projected through Monday. "We could break the consecutive 60-degree days in March record, which was set back in 1945 in Detroit," National Weather Service meteorologists in White Lake say at their website. That 67-year-old record, incidentally, was nine straight days above 60. Normal peaks for March 11-22 in Detroit are 44 to 48 degrees, the service notes. "The going forecast is calling for readings 15 to 20 degrees above …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder's State of the State speech at 7 p.m. Wednesday will set second-year policy agenda.
Gov. Rick Snyder begins pushing his second-year priorities during a 7 p.m. State of the State address to legislators at the Capitol in Lansing, which will air on WTVS (Detroit Public TV) and WDET (101.9 FM). Advocacy groups have sketched some wish lists of what they'd like to hear, such as: The speech previews budget plans coming Feb. 9. With a surprise surplus of $457 million left from the last fiscal year, Snyder has room to expand initiatives and propose new ones. Tonight's address is about "setting a tone for the entire year," Snyder said this week. He's expected to "discuss public schools and universities, improving public transportation in southeast Michigan, how the state pays for roads, and reform of personal property taxes that …