Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The trees will be turned into mulch.
When the egg nog is gone and the gifts are unwrapped, make sure to recycle your Christmas tree with the county. The Prince George’s County Department of Environmental Resources’ (DER) Waste Management Division will provide County residents with Christmas tree collection and drop-off services for recycling of their live Christmas trees, at no charge, beginning Dec. 26 and continuing through Feb. 1, 2013 Residents should put live, undecorated Christmas trees at the curb before 6:30 a.m. on their regularly scheduled collection day. Residents may also bring their undecorated tree, at no charge, to the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility located at 6601 Southeast Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro, Monday through Friday from 7:30…
Friday, December 21, 2012
Planetary nebula called NGC 5189 that looks a lot like a glass-blown holiday ornament.
Do they celebrate the holidays in space? Looks like it. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a nearby planetary nebula called NGC 5189 that looks a lot like a glass-blown holiday ornament with a glowing ribbon entwined.
Wednesday, December 12, 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 12, 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.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Last years display contained over 16,000 lights.
If it weren't for a feral cat named Wiggles that wandered to Jason Keirns house three years ago, Alley Cat Rescue in Brentwood may not have the holiday support of donated blankets, cat food and toys. Starting next week, Keirns house in the 3400 block of 41st Avenue, will be lit up with a holiday display and a spot for people to drop off supplies to be donated to the cat rescue. According to Keirn, he's outside accepting donations most of the day and evening. Keirns fell in love with cats when he brought Wiggles into his home and now has several other rescued cats. To get an idea of the size of the display, last year Keirns used 14,600 lights. And last year alone he collected over 250 cans of cat food, four bags of blankets, four cat …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Hyattsville, Laurel, UMd, Greenbelt, Bowie and a host of local law enforcement officers pitch in to make sure underprivileged children aren't forgotten on Christmas.
Even grown police officers can cry as evidenced by a local Christmas shopping program for underprivileged kids. Capt. Carl DeWalt with the Laurel Police Department couldn't keep the tears from falling when he shared his story about a boy who wanted to buy boots at Christmas, according to Hyattsville Police Sgt. Michael Rudinski, who started the program Operation Santa With a Badge. It was the captain's first time in the program, and he picked a boy from Laurel Elementary to go shopping with, DeWalt recounted. Once at the mall, the boy immediately went to buy two gifts for a newborn that DeWalt recalls may have been his niece. DeWalt kept telling him he only had $100 to work with and gave him updates on how much he had left, but next the …
Monday, November 19, 2012
A handy guide to donating toys this holiday season.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- Ben Gross
Monday, November 19, 2012
In 1947, Diane Hendricks made a doll and asked her husband, Maj. Bill Hendricks, US Marine Corps Reserve, to find a local charity in the Los Angeles area that would give it to a needy child. When he was unable to locate one, she suggested that he start one. That year, Maj. Hendricks teamed with other Marine reservists, collecting and distributing 5,000 toys to children that year. In 1948, the Marine Corps adopted the Toys for Tots program and it has been running steadily since, with the help of celebrities such as Bob Hope, Kenny Rodgers and First Lady Michelle Obama. One little known fact – Walt Disney designed the organization’s logo. You can drop off toys at Toys and/or Babies R Us, or one of the locations listed below. You can also …
Friday, November 16, 2012
St. Nick's coming to Montgomery and Prince George's county malls this month and here's where you can go a snap a picture with the family and your pets, too.
It's that time of year again! Santa Claus is coming to town and he's available to take those adorable family photos with you and your children. Here's where Santa will be this holiday season. Wheaton Westfield Wheaton, 11160 Veirs Mill Rd Silver Spring, MD 20902 Santa will be perched in his chair, waiting to take a photo with your child, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Nov. 17 through Dec. 24. Photo packages run between $21 and $45, and all come with a gift card to Shutterfly. Bethesda Westfield Montgomery, 7101 Democracy Blvd Bethesda, MD 20817 In Bethesda, you can have your child’s photo taken with Santa on the lower level of the mall, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturday and 11 a.m. to …