Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Aficiandos of Hess toy trucks can rest assured that Christmas sales of their toy trucks will continue at the corporation's convenience stores.
Recent headlines announcing Hess Corporation's exit from the energy marketing and refining end of its global business will not affect what is perhaps its second-most-coveted consumer item after the petrol: the Hess Toy Truck. "The toy trucks which have been a tradition for 48 years will continue," a Hess spokesperson said, adding that "this November, the company will continue to sell the trucks at their stores." Since 1964, Hess Corporation has sold its classic toy trucks; offering a variety of collectible miniature trucks to consumers at the start of the holiday season each year in November. Despite the corporation's impending closure of its 1,350 retail gas stations, consumers will still be able to find the eclectic toys at Hess …
Monday, December 24, 2012
From lighting your mouth on fire to taking on the Puritans' Christmas ban, learn some holly jolly Christmas facts.
Whether your love of Christmas is rooted in religion or you’re more of the “be good for goodness sake” variety, the Christmas trappings are common to all of us who celebrate the season: the trees, the candy canes, the bird poop-inspired traditions. Just trust us. Here are five things you need to know about Christmas. 1. Americans buy 25-30 million Christmas trees annually, according to the National Christmas Tree Association (Yes, such a group exists.) And at any one time, there are 350 million Christmas trees growing on tree farms in the U.S. — that’s almost 42 million more Christmas trees than people living in America. 2. What’s your favorite Christmas tradition? A Yule log? Cookie baking? Bor-ing. Snapdragon is where it’s at. Snapdragon…
Sunday, December 25, 2011
Go home again, while you still can
Editor's note: This column ran last Christmas, little more than a month after Brick Patch launched and few people knew about us. The time references have been updated. The author, Patricia A. Miller, is editor of Berkeley Twp. Patch. I read an online column last year during the holiday season written by Jodi Helmer, a native Canadian who for various reasons wouldn't be home for Christmas. Her article was entitled "Home for the Holidays...Not This Year." Her parents beseeched her annually to make the trek up north. But for the last decade, her answer has always been no. She loves her family, but prefers to visit at other times of the year. She prattled on about how cold it is in Toronto in December, how hectic her "close-knit little clan" …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Organizations decorate the municipal complex
For many years, nonprofit organizations in Brick have set up trees at the municipal building in celebration of the Christmas season. The tradition continues this year.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"It's going to be a lot of money," Block tells Patch
"It will be a budget bomb.'' That's the assessment of Ocean County Administrator Carl W. Block of the cost of digging out after Sunday's blizzard dumped two and a half feet of snow and spread it around with winds that continued to howl into Tuesday, today. "It's going to be a lot of money,'' he said, while workers continued to plow away drifts and spread salt as snow that melted during Monday turned to ice as the sun sank in the west. County crews were ordered out en masse at 8 a.m. Sunday as snow began to fall and worked throughout the night to open and reopen 620 miles of county roads. Other county workers from the Buildings and Grounds Department struggled to clear sidewalks at county facilities, which were open for business on Monday, …
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Brick crews responsible for clearing 1,700 streets during snowstorms
Meteorologists are predicting that up to 18-inches snow may fall in Ocean County by Monday afternoon due to a nor'easter that will come closer to the coast than previously expected. A winter storm warning, in addition to a coastal flood warning, is set to go into effect for the entire county by Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Mt. Holly. The weather service is predicting the snow will begin during the early morning hours Sunday and begin to accumulate by sunrise. The winter storm warning will begin at 6 a.m. Sunday and last until 1 p.m. Monday. In addition to the snowfall, which may total between 12 and 18 inches, the weather service is predicting seas running 7 to 10 feet and moderate coastal flooding. …
Patch's guide to Christmas for couch potatoes
Whether Santa brought you a new TV for Christmas, or you're settling in to watch the tube on your old standby, local cable customers have plenty to choose from over the holiday weekend. Christmas Day: 12:30 a.m.: "A Diva's Christmas Carol" (WGN) Vanessa Williams stars in this humorous "Christmas Carol" adaptation as Ebony Scrooge, a songstress with a heart of stone—excellent late-night fodder. ** 10:00 a.m.: "Scrooged" (AMC) Bill Murray stars in yet another modernized Dickens tale, prepare for an all-day marathon. ** 11:45 a.m.: "A Christmas Carol" (TCM) There are many imitations, but nothing touches the original 1938 version starring Reginald Owen, guaranteed to put a smile on your face. **** 2:30 p.m.: "The Santa Clause" (ABC Family) …
Friday, December 24, 2010
Go home again, while you still can
I just finished reading a column online written by Jodi Helmer, a native Canadian who for various reasons won't be home for Christmas. Her article is entitled "Home for the Holidays...Not This Year." Her parents beseech her annually to make the trek up north. But for the last decade, her answer has always been no. She loves her family, but prefers to visit at other times of the year. She prattles on about how cold it is in Toronto in December, how hectic her "close-knit little clan" is at Christmas. Somebody's always doing something, she says. Christmas can be tough, I'll give you that. But the stress is largely man-made. There's no need to max out credit cards, shop till you drop, turn out a gross of cholesterol-laden goodies or chug …
Forecasters have ruled out the possibility of snow for New Jersey this Christmas, but it isn't out of the question this weekend.
Locals hoping for a picturesque Christmas morning will have to ask Santa for it again next year. Meteorologists have all but ruled out the possibility of a winter storm blanketing the area with snow on Saturday. In fact, that Currier and Ives scene hoped for by many on Christmas Day will more than likely be replaced by abundant sunshine, a high temperature of 37 degrees and light, variable winds. Earlier this week the weather community buzzed with the possibility of a large winter storm moving across the eastern seaboard in time for Christmas. Some forecasters had even called for several inches of snow throughout New Jersey. More recent forecasts have downplayed the size of that storm and also delayed its estimated arrival. According to …
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
A round-up of local deadlines for the final hours of the holiday shopping rush
We're down to the final days to get a lot done for Christmas holiday. And if you are among the procrastinators with a lot left to do, sometimes it helps to know the final hour before stores close and postal workers call it a season. That zero hour, where it's just not possible to do anything more - the closing announcements are being made over the loudspeaker and shop clerks are giving you that "it's time to go" look. When is it time to go, exactly? Here is a timeline for the procrastinators among us in Ocean County: Wednesday, Dec. 22 Thursday, Dec. 23 Friday, Dec. 24 Saturday, Dec. 2, Christmas Day