Thursday, December 29, 2011
Burlington sparkles in this national holiday decoration contest that goes to support our schools.
Thank you so much Matt Beaven for submitting the entry of your amazingly decorated home in the Patch Deck the House contest. You're the Burlington local winner! Congratulations! Tonight, Dec. 29, we'll find out if you are among the 24 National Finalists so keep your fingers crossed. Each Top 24 Finalist from around the country is guaranteed $500 to help pay those holiday-sized electric bills and have a shot at winning a $100,000 donation for their school district. A special thank you to everyone who entered. You made our dark drives home more festive and made this holiday season a bit more merry. National voting begins Friday morning, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m. ET. Vote once a day, every day, for your favorite — and feel free to share the link …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
What will you work on in 2012?
In a few days we will all bid adieu to 2011 and welcome a new year. As always, many area residents will be making resolutions to change or improve something in 2012. We want to know what you’re doing (or not doing) differently come Jan. 1. Be sure to vote in our poll above and leave a comment below.
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Get out the lights and holly. Your decorating could net $100,000 to our schools.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win a $100,000 gift to the Burlington Public Schools.
Patch.com is launching a nationwide contest to find the best dressed home in its Patch communities, and the winner’s school district will receive $100,000, no strings attached. Here’s how the contest works. Beginning on Dec. 8 and continuing through Dec. 26, you can nominate your home by uploading a photo to the contest entry form on the site. During that same time period you and your neighbors will also be able to vote for your favorite festive home. The winning entry will be forwarded to a national Patch judge that will select 24 finalists. Each finalist will receive $500 that they can apply to their December electric bill. From Dec. 30 through Jan. 8 you will be able to vote for the Best Decked House in all of Patch. The grand prize …
Monday, December 26, 2011
Vote in our poll and comment below.
Smartphones and tablets are all the rage right now and we want to know if you were one of the millions who received a new gadget as a gift this year.
Goals for mom and dad in 2012
As we come to the end of 2011, most people take time to reflect upon the year and consider positive changes going forward. Eating healthier and exercising more are always in the back of my mind, but I thought I would also set some realistic resolutions around parenting. These are my hopes for me, my son, and my family in the new year. Unplug: This applies to everyone in our household. Many times during a typical day I find that I will have my laptop open, while my husband is on his smart phone and my son sits in front of the TV. These things are all okay in moderation, but it’s easy to get sucked down the rabbit hole of technology. We already resolved a few months ago that phones are not allowed at the dinner table. Going forward we will …
Sunday, December 25, 2011
A look at what is open and closed in Burlington and the state on Dec. 25.
Municipal offices, including Burlington Town Hall, state offices and courts: Closed The Burlington Public Library: Closed Post Offices: Closed Banks: Closed The Burlington Mall: Closed Supermarkets: Closed Retail stores: Closed Convenient Stores: Open at owner discretion Restaurants: Open at owner discretion Liquor Stores: Closed Stock Markets: Closed
How to use your new mobile device with Patch.
Did you receive a new smartphone for Christmas? Do you want to know how to use it to stay connected to local Patch news, no matter where you go? We’re here to help! Patch has apps for iPhones and Android phones, and also makes it easy for you to upload photos, news and comments from anywhere. Here's a look at a few ways you can connect with Patch through your mobile device. Patch for iPhone Patch for iPhone keeps customers connected to the latest news, weather, local business listings and current events happening in their neighborhood. Patch’s app will keep them engaged and mobile by delivering 24/7 local community coverage. Patch’s useful features include: Plus, they can save anything from favorite stories to business listings direct to …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Find out when Santa is near your home.
Our friends at NORAD are tracking the whereabouts of Santa Claus and Burlington Patch will keep you updated through Christmas Eve night!
Police typically see an uptick in burglaries and house and car breaks during the holiday season, but just because you're leaving home doesn't mean you have to leave it unprotected.
Traditionally, the holiday season is a time of good-natured giving and receiving of gifts and other tokens of appreciation. It’s also a time when thieves take what does not belong to them. Police often see an uptick in burglaries and break-ins to houses and vehicles this time of year, as many locals leave town to visit loved ones in other cities states or countries. "I don't know if it's just the Holidays but we always hear about breaks-ins around the area," said Sgt. Gerard McDonough of the Burlington Police Department. "Not just Burlington but around the whole region." McDonough recommended that anyone traveling should arrange ahead of time to make sure mail and holiday deliveries are not piling up in front of the house. The best …
Locations in and around town where you can give back.
‘Tis the season for giving back! While the holidays symbolize many things for many people, they come at a time of year when community groups are in the most need of local support. Below you will find a map of locations in and around town where you can give back. If you head an organization in town that can use some extra support right now, please let us know in the comment section.