Saturday, April 20, 2013
Across Patch's network of 900 sites, people felt the effect of the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
On mobile? You can see a scrollable, full-screen view of the map here. Monday's terror attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shocked the country and touched communities far from Massachusetts. The Boston Marathon is a national and international event, drawing participants and spectators from far away. When the bombs went off, they reverberated among families, friends and people who joined vigils honoring the victims. To illustrate the reach of this story, we've created this interactive map which displays every Patch site that wrote a story about local people touched by the attack. Each marker on the map is clickable and includes the name of the local person connected to the story and a link to their story. The 400+ markers on …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Employees help out, and you can too.
It has been said that it's far better to have a neighbor who's near than a brother who's far away, but in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Americans across the nation have proven to be the best neighbors and the strongest of families. This past weekend, AOL and Patch employees took an opportunity to pitch in, packing two tractor trailers worth of food, water and supplies in Dulles, Va., and Baltimore. The donations are headed to Hurricane Sandy-ravaged areas in New Jersey and Long Island. Want to join the relief efforts? Donate to the Red Cross through AOL's Network for Good page. "When a catastrophe of this size hits, we all feel it, both the hundreds of us who live in the impacted towns, and our colleagues who are watching and wishing they …
Monday, August 20, 2012
We asked and you answered.
Downers Grove Patch posted a request Aug. 9 for more Facebook “likes” to get the site up to a nice round figure: 900. The Downers Grove Public Library saw the post, and suggested that it would be nice if Downers Grove Facebookers would help the library get 900 likes, also. So, a friendly competition was launched. The library started the race with 870; Patch with 854. Both sites missed the mark by the self-proclaimed deadline. And Patch went about its business serving Downers Grove. Fast forward to today: Patch's Facebook site got its 914th like. What a nice way to welcome Amanda Luevano, who starts today as Downers Grove Patch's new editor. Our newest like: Jeff Rosendahl about 5 a.m. this morning. Jeff, what were you doing up that early…
Monday, May 21, 2012
We can help you get the word out to your neighbors, and it's free.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Garage sale season is shifting into high gear, and Patch is a great place to publicize your sale. It's easy and it's free. Here's how to do it: On the bottom right part of the page, under "Contribute," click on "Put an event on the calendar." (If you're not one already, you will be prompted to become a registered user on Patch.) Next, add your garage sale to our calendar of events. Fill out the information in the form. Give your sale a name, fill out the date and time, provide the address, give a short description of what you're selling and under "Categories" check off the "Garage Sales" box. Those are all the basics you need. But you can also upload photos of the cool things you're selling. If the sale goes for more than one day, click …
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Missy is a beagle/lab mix waiting for a home at Angel4CauseRescue in Burr Ridge.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sabrina Wu
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Name: Missy Breed: The shelter believes she is a beagle/lab mix. Age: The shelter believes she is 1 - 1 1/2 years old Background: Missy was brought to the shelter as a stray. She has been fully vetted and is ready for adoption this week. Personality: Sweet and loves people. To Adopt: Visit www.Angel4CauseRescue.com and fill out an application.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Instead of playing the lottery, just send me the money care of Patch.
No! I did not buy a lottery ticket, thank you very much! In fact, I haven’t purchased a heinous slip of paper in more than 20 years. I know y’all love to label me as a liberal, but this fiscal conservative refuses to fall prey to what’s nothing more than a voluntary tax. Because when it comes to winning the ping pong ball sweepstakes, you have a better chance of dying in an asteroid strike, being struck by lightning, dying of a snake bite, being attacked by flesh easting bacteria, or watching your golf foursome hit two holes-in-one on the same hole. But despite those incredible odds, apparently everyone in this bloody country but interim Patch editor Dan Campana and myself shelled out $1.5 billion for the privilege of participating a one …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Some red carpet moments are just too good to be true, while others make us cringe. What will it be like this year?
Going to the movies with friends is always fun, but most of us see movies in our living rooms these days. Call me old fashioned, but I still love seeing a good film in a real theater where the screen is huge and the lights are low. I'm not what one would call a movie buff—you could fill a thimble with my knowledge of the industry. However, I am a huge fan of watching the Oscars. This year Billy Chrystal will be back at the helm, and it's anybody's guess as to which flick will get best pick. Although my favorite, Midnight in Paris, is an unlikely winner, overall it was a wonderful year for movies. There was literally something for everybody. And it should be a very good year for fashion as well. If the Golden Globes were any indication, …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
For this opinion column, we're talking about Baby Boomers on, so "It Happened One Night" and "Some Like It Hot" don't count. I've got my list. What's yours?
I was shocked—shocked!—to find out what Moviefone picked as the Top 25 romantic comedies of all time. Although I might agree with their top choice. Yes, I'm a 54-year-old man, and I shouldn't admit it (in the off chance my high school or college buddies actually read this) but I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. Unfortunately, I don't think we get a lot of good ones anymore. There was a time when it seemed like Hollywood was producing a truly great romantic comedy once a year. Nowadays, the movies that fall under that heading come off (to me, at least) as unscripted or over-the-top, lacking the elegance or charm of their counterparts from the 1980s or '90s. That's my opinion, anyway, and I'm sticking with it. Here are my top 10 of the past…
Friday, February 3, 2012
I just don't understand all the animosity directed at teachers these days!
I still don’t get it! Back in December I lamented the fact that teachers, school bus drivers, daycare workers and the folks with whom we charge our children in general don’t get paid nearly enough for their excellent efforts. Though I haven’t really tackled the teacher topic directly (until now), in addition to the dismissive comments coming out of that column, it would seem that whenever the subject of educators arises, the educators always come out on the short end of the stick. Trust me, I can clearly recall all of Sister Camilla’s shouting, and I still have those deep yardstick imprints on my back, but that single, bad Catholic-school experience hasn’t soured my attitude toward teachers. In fact, I’m still friends with some of those St…
Friday, January 20, 2012
With girls high school sports what it is today, it's time to retire the pom pons!
Oh, man! Am I gonna get it for this one! But when you add the story of fools and angels to an uncanny capacity to speak my mind, we may as well just let the chips fall where they may! I can’t remember in which of the five newspapers arriving daily on my doorstep I saw it, but one of ‘em ran a photo of local cheerleaders participating in a state competition. The question that immediately popped into mind without any premeditation whatsoever was, “We still have cheerleaders?!” There was no disrespect intended. It was just the kind of thing you might whisper to yourself when walking into a store still selling cassette tapes, PDAs or bell-bottom blue jeans. You can’t help but think, “I thought we were past that.” Before Title IX, cheerleading …