Wednesday, December 26, 2012
If you could make a New Year's resolution for Brighton, what would it be?
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- Noel Aliseo
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money. As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Brighton to make it an even better place to live? The City of Brighton has been working on a Mill Pond Master Plan update to improve Mill Pond Park and is also working with SELCRA to install a splash plan during summer 2013. What is on your Brighton wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013? Tell us in the comment section below or add a note in our Local Voices section about why you love living here!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
We want to see your furry friends decked out for the holidays.
Rover and Fluffy may not appreciate those cutesy holiday costumes and accessories us owners just have to buy - but hey, how can we resist when the furballs look so adorable dressed as Santa Claws or a reindog? Do you have holiday photos of your pet? Share them with us! Just click the green "Upload Photos & Video" button above this gallery.
From a 24-hour 'A Christmas Story' marathon and a trio of 'The Santa Claus' movies, there's plenty to watch this Christmas.
It's Christmas, the coffee has been poured and the presents are unwrapped — now what do you do? While you wait for the inlaws to arrive and Christmas dinner to finish cooking, flip one of these holiday classics to keep the kids, as well as the adults in the family, entertained.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Here is a roundup of feel good stories about people helping those in need to bring on some holiday spirit.
A group of approximately 50 Fenton area friends are helping make Christmas brighter for kids at Whaley Children’s Center in Flint this year. They fulfilled the wish lists of a 10-year-old girl, Destiny, and an 11-year-old boy, Brenden, and purchased more items to help others at the children’s center. The gifts the group provided will help all 48 of the formerly abused and neglected children, ages 5-17, in the residential program at Whaley Children’s Center. The young people receive clinical therapy there. Sarah Cromer, of Brighton, and Stephanie Perkins, of Hartland, organized a donation effort to buy 26 American Girl Dolls for sick children, reported Hartland Patch. By the time the order for the American Girl dolls needed to placed, …
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Brighton residents speak out on which Christmas songs make them grind their teeth.
Christmas music comes to stay on radio stations earlier and earlier every year. And it seems like the same songs are remade over and over and then they're all played on the radio repeatedly, like a broken record. Brighton Patch readers shared certain songs that they just can't stand this time of year on Facebook. Trish Kilbane commented that all Christmas music is too much when that's all she hears for hours on end at work. Linda Rowland Bowen's vote went to "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" by Gayla Peevey. "That horrid hippopotamus song was cute the first time I ever heard it...afterwards, not so much," she wrote. "I just want to hear some of the songs sung in the 'old classic' way they are meant to be sung," Jill Sullins wrote. "I …
Here are 10 ways to have fun and spread holiday cheer in Novi without breaking the bank.
This year’s holiday season can be special for you and your family regardless of your budget. Here are some fun tips for creating new holiday traditions while saving money. 1) Make your cards from recycled materials. Cards can be made from paper grocery bags, cereal boxes, used file folders and even last year’s holiday cards. Feature your family’s artwork and use recycled wrapping paper or paper from catalogs and magazines for backgrounds. A great resource for making cards from recycled materials is "Creative Correspondence" by Michael and Judy Jacobs, available at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon.com. 2) Have fun together and create a festive decoration by making a gingerbread house. You can bake the gingerbread yourself and use royal icing to…
Saturday, December 22, 2012
When things get to be too much, it's okay to take a moment for yourself.
Let's face it, the holidays are not always filled with peace, love and happiness. In fact, for some people, they can be downright stressful. I'm one of the later people. Every year as December rolls around, I start to cringe. See, in my family, not only do we celebrate Christmas, but we happen to celebrate six birthdays too: mine, my husband's, my brother's, two of my sisters in law and my grandfather's. So in addition to all the Christmas gifts I get to buy, I also have to come up with birthday gifts. Not to mention the incredibly nice Happy Birthday message from the State of Michigan reminding me to pay my tabs. It's enough to make a saint stress out. The holidays have not always been this way. Not too long ago, they were something to …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Local bars and restaurants host parties to ring in 2013 with a bang.
What: Second Annual New Year's Eve Ball Where: Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille When: Monday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Cost: $55 per person or $100 per couple Ticket Includes: Draft beer, featured martinis wine, appetizers, party favors, midnight snack, DJ Will's Dance Music and a champagne toast Dress to impress. Advanced ticket purchases only. What: Celebration 2013 Presented by Maxim Magazien and Crystal Renee Where: The Pound! Bar and Grill When: Monday, Dec. 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Cost: Dinner & Nightlife: $35 per person or two for $60 / Nightlife Only: $10 for men, $5 for women Ticket Includes: Dinner & Nightlife: choice of New York Strip or Salmon filet, potato and asparagus, shrimp cocktail appetizer, champagne toast, dessert …
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A storm that threatens to dump a foot of snow on parts of northern Michigan just in time for the holiday is only expected to dust Brighton with precipitation.
The first major storm this winter – which could leave portions of the Great Lakes region under a foot of snow as the season officially gets under way Friday, Dec. 21 – largely will spare the Brighton area The National Weather Service has issued blizzard warnings throughout the Midwest and Great Lakes regions and hazardous travel conditions are expected through Friday, the forecasting agency warns. More than a foot of snow could accumulate across portions of the Midwest and into the Great Lakes, according to the NWS. [Are you headed Up North for the holiday? Stay safe and upload your snow photos here!] Brighton, which is on the edge of the storm, will experience rain turning to snowy drizzle with a high around 44 degrees and winds gusting …
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
World peace, good health, an iPad—tell Santa what's on your wish list!
There's no need to wait in long lines to sit in Santa's lap. This year, you can tell Patch's virtual Old Saint Nick what you (or your kids) would like to see under your Christmas tree. Whether it's peace on Earth or a day at the spa, Santa is online (it's 2012, after all) and ready to listen. Post a comment below and tell us what you want for Christmas!