Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Holiday spirit still alive with outdoor decoration.
It's a shame the owner of this Butler home did not enter our Deck the House contest. This larger-than-life white deer decoration can be spotted on a lawn in a culdesac between Hamburg Turnpike and Decker Road.
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Karen Becker shows holiday pride with lights and decorations.
Butler resident Karen Becker showed her holiday pride and represented the tri-boro as the only local contestant in the Patch Deck the House contest. While Becker did not become a finalist for her entry, she was rewarded with some Patch schwag.
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Don't know what to buy a loved one? Save the cash and get cooking.
Have I said that the winter-holiday season is among my favorite times of the year? It's true: It's amazing how much joy comes from seeing twinkling lights on a tree, from hearing Christmas carols sung by a passionate chorale, from feeling the warmth that emanates from a nearby menorah, from experiencing the wonder of what happened in a Bethlehem stable 2000-odd years ago. And of course there is the glow on children's faces—there is nothing like the feeling that comes with the sight of a kid anticipating a visit from Santa or running through a field covered in wintry white or gorging himself on candy gelt. Accompanying these magnificent joys is one proclaimed in an old adage: It's better to give than to receive. Don't get me wrong: I love …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
We catch up with the man in red.
One would think, having so many places to visit around the world, the tri-boro would not stick out in Santa Claus' mind. But as we learned from him in an exclusive interview, Santa has a special place in his heart for Kinnelon, Butler and Bloomingdale kids and said the tri-boro is one of his favorite places to visit. Tri-Boro Patch caught up with jolly old Saint Nick this week to talk about how the reindeer have been preparing for Saturday night, what Mrs. Claus has been up to and why he is excited to visit our area. Q: Are you ready for Christmas? A: Santa's very ready. The elves have been working very hard to get the toys ready for children and to make sure all the lists are filled. Q: What are some toys kids have asked for? A: There's …
NORAD tries to predict when you might expect St. Nick coming to your home.
For 364 days out of the year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spends its time tracking airplanes, missiles, space ships—anything flying near the United States and Canada. But on Christmas Eve, a team of volunteers spends the night tracking a very special pilot: Santa Claus. "We are the only organization that has the technology, the qualifications and the people to do it," NORAD said on its website. "NORAD tracks Santa, but only Santa knows his route, which means we cannot predict where and when he will arrive at your house." Santa usually starts at the International Date Line in the Pacific Ocean and travels west, NORAD noticed, meaning he moves from the South Pacific to New Zealand, Australia, Asia, Africa and Europe …
A moderated version of the classic poem.
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through Butler Residents shut off their holiday lights in an effort to be subtler Than their neighbors who boasted bright lights that would frighten a mouse, But those neighbors were smart, they entered Patch's Deck the House. In Kinnelon, young children and their parents baked cookies. Meanwhile teenagers flipped on MTV and watched Snooki. Bloomindale kids stayed up late and waited for Santa, Their parents talking about local politics, but they ignored the banter. But when the kids went to sleep, all their parents went on Tri-Boro Patch To catch up with local news, and read our latest Dispatch. Of concern to Bloomingdale was field lighting on the Walter T. Bergen School Field and when if BASS will …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Firefighters donate toys to underprivileged family.
The Butler Fire Department brought Santa Claus to six-year-old Dominc Daniele's home, in Butler, Wednesday night for a special visit. While Daniele was visiting with Santa in the firetruck, elves in firefighter uniforms snuck bags of presents into his home to be re-delivered by Santa on Christmas morning. Toys were all donated or purchased through donations. If you'd like Santa to pay your family a visit in Butler, contact the Butler Police Department.
A list of nearby activities for you and your family.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
'Tis the season for menorah lightings and Christmas carols. What else needs to be said? Here's what's happening in this week's Get Out: Christmas Eve Candlelight Worship When/Where: Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Kinnelon Reformed Church. Why Go: Pray for peace on earth and worship with others in observance of Christmas Eve. Cost: Free Menorah Lighting When/Where: Friday, 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Municipal Building Why Go: To celebrate Hanukkah Cost: Free Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol When/Where: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 23, 24 and 25, 8 p.m. at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, 36 Madison Ave, Madison. Why go: What's Christmas without Scrooge, especially in this new incarnation of the funny, dark, and haunting morality …
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Butler kids to have mail answered by jolly St. Nick.
Santa Claus can be pretty busy this time of year, but not too busy to answer the letters of Butler children. Kids had the opportunity to write their favorite man in red letters over the past several weeks and drop them off at the Butler Public Library. Santa Claus even answers their letters. "They get an individual letter from Santa Claus sent to their home address," said children's librarian Arlene Walk. Writing on behalf of Santa is Butler Recreation Department Secretary Judy Fields, who has been running the Santa letter program for the past 30 years. This year, Fields said the library received over 75 letters. "They were short. [The kids] only wanted one or two things. Many asked for a safe or happy family," Fields said. Fields said the…
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Student sing special song for retiring teacher.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
On Thursday, St. Anthony of Padua School held its annual Christmas Concert. The students practiced very hard under the direction of Eric Goletz, their music teacher, and it showed. It was a joyful concert as it provided many opportunities for all students to demonstrate their faith through song and dance. From the kindergarten students who, in the spirit of St. Francis, re-enacted the Nativity, to the various vocal and instrumental solos performed by select students, to the grand finale, "Feliz Navidad," dedicated to Senor Rene Ruiz, their Spanish teacher who is retiring this month, a good time was had by all.