Tuesday, January 1, 2013
We have a list going for locations open or closed today.
Here's a list of some of the Salem government, school, office and other closures for Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of New Year's Day, organized by location: Know of other closures not reflected above? Post them in the comments.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Five easy steps to throw an easy and inexpensive New Year's Eve party at home.
Want to avoid the hectic crowds this New Years? Invite a few close friends over and throw your own party at home. Here are five steps to having your own New Year's Eve party: 1. Food. Start your party at 7 p.m. or later so your guests will eat dinner before they come over. That way, all you have to provide is snacks. Pick up a vegetable platter and some sweet treats for dessert. Want to make something yourself? Here is a quick an easy recipe for a snack everyone will love: Ingredients you'll need for salsa dip: Spread the whole package of cream cheese on the bottom of a deep plate. Pour a little more than half of the jar of salsa over the top and spread. Sprinkle a layer of shredded cheese on top of the salsa. Heat in the microwave for 30 …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Town Hall will close early on both Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.
The Town of Salem recently released information on holiday hours and schedules at the Salem Town Hall and the Ingram Senior Center. On Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, Town Hall and the Senior Center will close at 12 p.m. There will be no regular programming or lunch served at the Senior Center that day. On New Year's Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, Town Hall and the Senior Center will close at 3 p.m. There will be regular programming or lunch served at the Senior Center that day.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Consumerism surrounds the holiday season: is greed inevitable, and how do you avoid it?
For those children who celebrate, Christmas' biggest connotation can be a pile of gifts under the tree. With this in mind, a panel of staff contributors at the Chicago Tribune tackled the question of whether it's inevitable to see greed in their kids around Christmastime. The parents weighed in on suggestions to remind kids of Christmas spirit. Among their suggestions? Help your kids round up some old toys to donate to charity before giving them new toys. Sign them up to participate in a community service project. The Tribune's advice got us thinking at Patch about how we were taught or are teaching our kids to be less greedy around the holidays. Some of our suggestions? Find a giving tree and let your child pick a name or two off of it, …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Our annual holiday contest has returned, so upload photos or video of your house to our contest page (details inside)!
Friday, December 7, 2012
Enjoy these snacks during the busy holiday season.
Friday, December 7, 2012
The following text was provided by the Dana Farber Cancer Institute: The holidays are here and so is all the festive food. Some of it is naughty, but much of it can be nice. “When party planning during the holidays, it’s important to have variety,” says Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. “Many of the foods we enjoy around the holidays are not only delicious to eat, but they may also contain cancer-fighting nutrients.” Kennedy says it’s easy to include them in any menu when you know what to look for. Here is a list of foods and recipes from Kennedy and her colleagues that belong on anyone’s “nice list.” Ho-ho hummus Skip those holiday dips that are buried in excess fat and calories. …
We ask you to contribute your own pictures and video to this page.
Thursday night Salem came out with a holiday spirit in the air and watched as the town Christmas Tree was lit at Veterans Park. Guest speakers included Salem Sen. Chuck Morse and former Barron and Fisk School Principal Richard O'Shaughnessy. Carols were sung, as always, by the Haigh School Grade 3 class, with families in the crowd joining. The event was staged by the Salem Lions Club. If you took pictures or video of the event, you can contribute them to this page by clicking the "Upload Pictures and Video" button above.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Share your photos of tonight's annual holiday gathering with us.
Salem will officially kick off the holiday season locally with the annual town Christmas tree lighting. The Salem Lions Club will host the Christmas tree lighting tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. The tree is located at Veterans Park at Salem Common on Main Street at the intersection with Bridge Street. If you are attending this year's ceremony, we'd love it if you could share your photos or videos of the ceremony. You can do it by clicking the "Upload Photos and Video" button above. Check out our gallery from last year's ceremony here.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Find out where to bring your Toys for Tots donations in Salem.
The Toys for Tots annual drive is underway and there are several locations close by to drop your toys off. Bring new, unwrapped toys to the drop-off locations. Salem Police and the U.S. Marine Corps are teaming up for the drive once again this year. The age group that is most needed is age 0-2 and 11-14 years-old. Here's a look at the drop-off locations in Salem: Know of any locations we've missed? Post them in the comments.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The third and final gallery of images provided by Paquette Photography.
Paquette Photography took so many photos of Sunday's Salem Holiday Parade that we've had to split up the shots into multiple galleries. Take a look here of the first batch depicting Sunday's holiday fun and the second batch here. If you have photos of Sunday's parade, please upload them directly here.