Sunday, December 23, 2012
An estimated 1,200 participate in annual holiday event.
The cold temperatures didn't deter the spirits of the more than 1,200 participants in the 2012 Santa Pub Crawl VII. The event was held in a host of bars and restaurants around the Green in Morristown. Lines of Santas waited to enter the eight bars that were part of the event.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
A look at the hot toys for tots this holiday season.
Every holiday season, the mailbox fills with the latest toy catalogs. Children peruse the pages as they scribble their lists, daydreaming about what they will find under the tree come Christmas morning. Parents pull out their pocketbooks, spending hard-earned cash as they anticipate the joy on those little faces. What will be the runaway favorites this year is always a guess, but here are some of the latest trends, mixed with tried-and-true perennial favorites. jChews Smartphone teether by Jellystone No tears for parents or babies. Babies love nothing more than to gum Mom and Dad’s cell phone, but now they’ll be too intrigued with their own smartphone to chew on. The Jellystone smartphone teether comes in seven funky colors and is BPA …
Santa makes deliveries throughout the area on the Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge fire engine.
It was a brisk morning, but Santa didn't mind as he boarded the Liberty Corner and Basking Ridge firetrucks to deliver presents Saturday morning. Santa's deliveries were a fundraiser for both all-volunteer fire companies as well a chance to conjure up some holiday magic for local kids, both little and not-so-little. Even those who didn't order a gift got to see a glimpse of Santa riding through town along with some "elves" in firefighting suits. For the Liberty Corner Fire Co., organization is critical to completing Santa's route. First Asst. Chief Peter Aprahamian has been mapping out Santa's deliveries for more than ten years and runs a tight ship. "Each of the routes has to be coordinated with the appropriate bags of presents and we …
As you look over the list of gifts you need this holiday season, an unsettling feeling starts. How will I pay for all these gifts? How about homemade gifts?
Gift-giving is meant to be a time for sharing how much you appreciate others, but rising prices and tight budgets take the feel-good vibes right out of gift-giving traditions. This year, take the money stress out of the holidays by turning to homemade gifts. Homemade gifts are a great way to show you appreciate someone while also adding a personal touch. Gifts don’t need to be expensive to be special. Get the family involved in the fun and you will be creating memories while making unique gifts for those who mean the most in your life. Patch explores the homemade holidays in hopes that you will find something to inspire you to enjoy the season more. Healthy options: Pack energy in a jar with healthy snacks like energy bars, dark chocolate…
Annual caroling around this year's holiday in Basking Ridge begins at 7 p.m. sharp.
It's a tradition that draws many every year and certainly is remembered even by those who've left Basking Ridge. 2012 Christmas Eve Holiday singalong on the Basking Ridge Green in downtown Basking Ridge is scheduled for 7 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. As always, no reservations are needed. Flashlights are suggested, and hot chocolate is common. Song sheets will be distributed starting at 6:45 p.m., said Jim Felter, who has coordinated the caroling for many years. The tradition is believed to date back to the 1920s. The caroling will be held regardless of the weather. Singers can gather around this year's holiday tree — which was a bit of a challenge to select after Sandy damaged so many trees this fall. Likewise, musicians just can show…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Kim Guadagno stops by for backstage visit with Matheny Choir before their performance.
Friday, December 21, 2012
As members of the Matheny Medical and Educational Center's choir prepared for their appearance with Holiday Express on Thursday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in Newark, the Matheny students and patients received good luck wishes from an unexpected visitor — New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno. Guadagno reportedly told choir members, who attend or live at Matheny, which is located in Peapack-Gladstone, "You guys are going to be great!" according to a blog submitted by Matheny. Guadagno then chatted with each choir member and promised adult patient Jessica Evans that she would visit Matheny soon. During the concert, Holiday Express founder and leader Tim McLoone welcomed the choir members, saying, "We go to a …
The bikes are serviced and then delivered to families in Newark.
It is official! Since 1994, the inception of Liberty Cycle's bike collection program, the owners of the shop in downtown Basking Ridge have reached their goal of collecting 2,000 bikes this year. "Thank you to all the generous people in our area, who now have cleaner garages!" said Liberty Cycle's co-owner Greg Cordasco. The owners set the goal for this holiday season, during which the shop collected 75 bikes this year to hit a total of 2,006 bikes donated since the program started in 1994. After receiving the donations, the bike shop serviced and performed any needed repairs on the bicycles before delivering them to World Impact, which will distribute the bikes to families in Newark, he said. "What a wonderful holiday season!" Donated …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Children donate and wrap gifts to be distributed through area organizations.
Students at Oak Street Elementary School in Basking Ridge continued a tradition of reaching out to needy children in New Jersey with “Holidays for Children” — donating the kind of holiday gifts they themselves would like — as part of the Character Education program. A list of children was provided to the school by a local organization that works with various social service agencies such as Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge Interfaith Council for the Homeless, and Children on the Green, according to the school. Each class received a written profile of one child and his or her holiday wish list. The students brought in gifts for that child purchased with their own money, saved from piggy banks or earned through extra chores, according to…
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Our Patch Elf on the Shelf has gotten ahold of our computer and now wants to know what his buddy elves are up to. Share your photos here!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Hi friends! I'm the Patch Elf on the Shelf. Call me Patchy. I've heard about more of my friends hanging around the area lately, and I wondered what they were up to. Could their families post pictures here on Patch to show me? I'd love to catch up with them. We all go back to Santa on Christmas Eve, but in the meantime, we'll be watching you! Cheers, Patchy the Elf Add your photo by clicking on the green "Upload Photos and Videos" icon.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
You voted and this house was the top local vote-getter in our Deck the House contest.
Who has the best “decked” house in Basking Ridge? According to users who voted in our annual Deck the House contest, this home submitted by Sue L. has the best holiday lights in Basking Ridge. We had tons of national entries in this year’s Deck the House contest and in our quest to find the most over-the-top holiday decorations in the country, we’ve seen everything from a life-size Santa to holiday lights so bright they could blind the neighbors. We loved showcasing everyone’s holiday spirit, but Deck the House isn’t over yet. We’re still looking for the one home so spectacularly decorated that it could be the national grand prize winner of our contest. We will choose 24 finalists from all our entries across the country. From Dec. 18—Dec. …