Friday, August 31, 2012
From parking to new events and everything in between, Patch explains what you can expect from the state fair this Labor Day weekend.
Maryland State Fairgrounds president and general manager Howard “Max” Mosner remembers the irate — although he calls them “funny” — phone calls he received during the 2011 state fair. “How dare you run that fair and use up our electricity,” he said, reciting the common theme of calls relating the massive outages caused by Hurricane Irene. Of course, the state fair’s power use did not impact the surrounding the community. The hurricane, followed by Tropical Storm Lee, however caused the lowest attendance at the Maryland State Fair in Mosner’s 50-year legacy, which was decidedly not comical. “You can never make up what we lost that first weekend,” Mosner said. But you can learn a lesson or two. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Drop by the front of the Cole Student Activities Building today between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Need to stock up on supplies for your Labor Day cookout? The Farmers Market at Maryland has you covered. Drop by the front of the Cole Student Activities Building Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a selection of fresh, local fare, including gluten-free confections from new vendor Goldilocks Goodies. Goldilocks uses locally grown ingredients in baked goods such as zucchini bread, peach cake, and chocolate whoopie pies. This week's lineup also features: For more information, visit the market's website or Facebook page.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Staying in town for the holiday? Not to worry—there's plenty nearby to do.
Labor Day Weekend marks the "unofficial" end of summer and the last holiday weekend of the season. But with the start of school—and soaring gas prices—it may be tough to get away. Fear not, there are plenty of options nearby. We've rounded up some of the area's best picks for Labor Day weekend: Happy Labor Day weekend!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
More than 30 companies seek to fill more than 2,000 positions in the Washington, D.C. metro region.
Are you a military veteran in search of a job? A major hiring event for vets, wounded warriors, transitioning service members and military spouses is planned for Saturday on the campus of Bethesda’s Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The event is organized by the 100,000 Jobs Mission – a coalition of 59 companies aiming to hire 100,000 U.S. military vets by 2020. More than 30 major employers seek to fill more than 2,000 positions in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region and thousands more across the country, according to a media announcement. Industries include defense, technology, customer service, health care, financial services and retail, among others, and open positions range from entry-level to senior management. Some …
Planning a Labor Day getaway? You're not the only one -- 33 million Americans are heading out for the long holiday weekend.
If you’re getting tickets to the University of Maryland’s first home football game this Labor Day weekend, you may be one of the few sticking around the region. According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, 33 million Americans will choose to vacation 50 miles or more from home this Labor Day – a 2.8 percent increase from those who traveled last year. The number of holiday travelers this Labor Day signals a new post-recession high, and is following a trend in increased holiday travel. AAA reported that Memorial Day and Independence Day travel also increased this year. “Despite a sluggish economy and recent rises in gas prices, the increase in expected Labor Day holiday weekend travelers is driven by improving consumer confidence compared to one year ago …
Sunday, April 22, 2012
Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says Maryland's families and economy would benefit from a later school year start. Do you agree?
Should public schools open after Labor Day? Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says they should. Citing the benefits to Maryland families, small businesses and tourism, Franchot called for a policy change to have all school systems in the state begin classes after Labor Day weekend, according to a press release. Most state school systems now begin classes a week to 10 days before the end-of-summer holiday, which takes place this year on Monday, Sept. 3. For the 2012-2013 school year, Montgomery County Public Schools will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 27. Nearby, in Prince George's County, students will begin classes on Monday, Aug. 20. Teachers generally report back to school a week before the students. "The chance for families to spend …
Monday, September 5, 2011
What's the holiday for anyway?
1. What does Labor Day celebrate? The social and economic achievements of the American worker 2. When was the first Labor Day celebrated? Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882 3. What was the first state to pass Labor Day legislation? Oregon 4. Who founded Labor Day? No one knows for sure. Some records show that it was an idea of Peter McGuire, the general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners; other records show it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist. 5. Where can I celebrate Labor Day today? Monday is the last of a four-day celebration of Labor Day in Greenbelt, including the parade at 10 a.m., and art and photo show awards at noon. Check out the Greenbelt Patch for a schedule and coverage. Learn more about the holiday on the U.S. …
Friday, September 2, 2011
Mini-bites of news to start your morning.
1. Labor Day The Greenbelt Labor Day Festival kicks off today. Check out the ride preview, which includes ticket cost and height requirement; also check out the times today when you can drop of photo and art submissions. 2. Labor Day For more details about this weekend's happenings, check out today's Featured Facebook Page, which belongs to the Greenbelt Labor Day Festival. 3. Pepco Pepco said in a release Thursday that it restored power for all 220,000 customers who lost power from Hurricane Irene. 4. Money On this day in 1969, the first ATM opened for business in New York. Over the past 42 years, one ATM has grown to well over 1 million ATMs, with a new one added approximately every five minutes. 5. Weather Theres's a slight chance of …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Get ticket costs and height requirements as well, for rides at Greenbelt's annual Labor Day Festival, running Sept. 2 through Sept. 5.
Art, Photo entries accepted today and Friday.
The 57th Greenbelt Labor Day Festival will kick off Friday with attractions that include amusement park rides, art and photo contests, a parade, crafts and much more. You can find a complete schedule for the four-day celebration on the event website, but here are a few things to know today: