Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Does the lovable children's holiday classic send the wrong message? Tell us your thoughts.
In October, Patch asked readers how they felt about one parent's view that "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" condoned bullying. Specifically, blogger DadCamp wrote that the show sends the wrong message to children because of its "continuous teasing and bullying" It's not the first time a parent has spoken out against a classic children's program with such a claim. Last December, news spread that author and special ed professor George Giuliani said that "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was also a program laden with the theme of bullying, considering how much Rudolph was an outsider due to his glowing red nose. Giuliani, as such, wrote a book titled "No More Bullies at the North Pole," which re-tells the story of Rudolph. What do you …
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Where is Santa? Patch will be offering NORAD's reports about Santa Claus’ whereabouts on Christmas Eve.
Santa Claus is preparing his sleigh and his workshop is putting the final touches on the toys. On Christmas Eve, Santa will make his worldwide trek – and Patch will be there to let you know his location and when he comes to Massachusetts. Check back with Patch on Christmas Eve (Saturday, Dec. 24) and we’ll provide NORAD's latest information about Santa Claus’ location. You can check Santa's current whereabouts with the map above (from NORAD) or by clicking here: http://www.noradsanta.org/en/
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Columnist still believes in Santa Claus despite not getting a big screen TV.
Dear Santa, How have you been? I hope this letter finds both you and Mrs. Claus in good health. I've been meaning to write you my list for this year, but I've been kinda of busy with this Patch thing. Anyway, for the last 20 years or so, I've asked for a big-screen TV, and I'm still waiting. I know I haven't always been good. Just the other day, a nice police officer pulled me over because I forgot to put my registration sticker on my license plate. It was due in July. Procrastination is a problem. I'm not exactly neat around the house. I have this bad habit of making a mess in the kitchen when I cook breakfast. I know my wife has spoken to you about this on more than one occasion. In fact, I think it has been one of her Christmas wishes…