Thursday, November 22, 2012
West Bloomfield Clergy Association gets patriotic at annual interfaith Thanksgiving service.
Religious communities from all around West Bloomfield came together in unity at Temple Kol Ami Wednesday night to celebrate Thanksgiving. The West Bloomfield Clergy Association's annual event, including representatives Kol Ami, Pine Hill Congregational Church, the Islamic Cultural Association and the West Bloomfield United Methodist Church, featured a litany of gratitude for the diversity of American culture as well as traditional prayers. Offerings were made to Gleaners Community Food Bank.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Visiting family or taking a trip this Thanksgiving? Here's what to know before you leave town for the holiday weekend.
It's almost Thanksgiving, and for many, that means packing up the family and celebrating with relatives across the state, the country or across the globe. According to AAA, 46.3 million Americans are expected to hit the road this Thanksgiving, up 0.7 percent from last year and making the fourth year of growing holiday travelers since 2008. Before you head out of West Bloomfield, here's what you need to know: The good news for travelers is that according to USA Today, the weather should make traveling easy this Thanksgiving, whether you're flying or driving. On Wednesday, temperatures should hover in the 50's and 60's along the East Coast and Midwest. If you're heading down south, temperatures are expected to be in the 70's. The skies …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Government offices, schools, grocery stores, trash pickups and more alter their schedules for holiday week.
Are you staying in town this Thanksgiving? Here's everything you might need to know about what's open and when: Run out of cranberries during your Thanksgiving dinner? Need another can of pumpkin pie filling? Or, among all the hubbub, did you forget to buy milk last week? Don't fear, here's what will be open Thanksgiving Day: Town Hall will be closed Thursday and Friday, reopening at 8 a.m. Monday. For any problems, contact the West Bloomfield Police Department at 248-975-9200. The Fire Department can be reached at 248-409-1540, but for an emergency (or fried turkey accidents), dial 911. The U.S. Postal Service branch at 6725 Daly Rd. will not be open Thanksgiving Day, nor will there be any mail delivery or pickup. The post office will be…
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
From Beaujolais Nouveau to Eiswein, there are a whole variety of wines to complement your Thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving means turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and other great things to eat. All that good food deserves something good to drink. Fortunately, your local wine seller has plenty of options for Thanksgiving Day, including the ever popular Beaujolais Nouveau, which goes on shelves Thursday, a week before Thanksgiving “It’s a bottle to celebrate the harvest,” said Calvin Khemmoro of Merchant’s Fine Wine in Grosse Pointe Woods. The red wine, best served chilled, is young (about 6 weeks old) and does not age well. The price of a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau ranges from $8.99-$12.99, Khemmoro said. “People look forward to it,” Khemmoro said. “It’s very fruit forward. It’s very dry.” But if Beaujolais Nouveau is not your style, Khemmoro …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
There are 30 days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We'll fill every one of them with ways to give back in West Bloomfield, but we need your help.
What a memorable year it's been so far at "the Patch." From launching this site in the dead of winter — Feb. 21 this year — to where we are now, I've written myriad stories that will stick with me long after they're tucked away in my portfolio. When running around the township's 31 square miles, "You're everywhere!" is still a popular greeting for yours truly, right after "Tim!" The residents make it easy to feel thankful. Whether it's a government official willing to take the extra five minutes during election night to spell out something I don't immediately understand, or a store owner nice enough to offer coffee on a cold, rainy morning, or an athlete willing to offer precious quotes after a bitter defeat, people make the work worth it…
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tips for creating an enchanting tablescape that’s also comfortable.
To catch up on Megan Swoyer's first 11 steps of the “turkey day” planning process, read the full series. There are dozens of torn-out magazine pages in my recipe files that don’t have recipes on them. Instead, the worn sheets showcase beautiful images and tips for the second (food is No. 1) most important key to a good meal: dining table ambiance. I come from the land of linger. My family sits at the table long after dessert is served, for coffee, after-dinner drinks, chitchat and big laughs. So the table décor, seating, etc. need to be as inviting as if we were sitting in front of the fireplace in the living room (which usually follows the table talk, before card games begin). I’ve been hosting Thanksgiving pretty regularly for the past …
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Quirky, heartwarming traditions and thoughtful additions create a treasured holiday.
To catch up on Megan Swoyer's first 10 steps of the “turkey day” planning process, read the full series. Thanksgiving is turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. It’s pulling on warm sweaters and indulging on warm pies. It’s Jell-O, football, wine toasts, good china and whipped cream. But it’s also rutabagas and Neil Diamond music. Yep. On Nov. 24 the Chisholms of Huntington Woods tuck their forks into a not-exactly-popular-but-totally-traditional rutabaga dish, while the Cherry family of Macomb Township taps their toes to a special Neil Diamond tune. It’s those quirky traditions and absolute must-dos that make Thanksgiving our own. My own “it’s-not-Thanksgiving-until-we-do-this” tradition involves a couple of wax figurines. Every year in my…
Monday, November 21, 2011
The Detroit Lions face a big task when the 10-0 Green Bay Packers visit Ford Field on Thanksgiving.
Can the Lions defeat the unbeaten Packers? That’s the question heading into Thanksgiving, when the defending Super Bowl champion and 10-0 Green Bay Packers visit Ford Field to take on the hometown Detroit Lions. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, and the game will be televised on Fox. While locals sports fans long have viewed the Thanksgiving game with pride, even when the Lions have struggled, this year’s Turkey Day matchup figures to draw national attention because both teams are surging. The Lions and the Packers enter the game with a combined record of 17-3, and Sports Illustrated’s Peter King says this is the best Detroit Thanksgiving game since 1962. In addition, the Lions are one of the few remaining challenges as the Packers look …
Sunday, November 20, 2011
Frugal minded this Turkey Day? The experts at Bloomfield Hills Financial offer up these surefire ways to save a little cash this week.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011
By shopping on Sunday night, there will be fewer people and you’ll still find plenty of produce to choose from instead of having to deal with the last-minute rush leading up to Thanksgiving. Take a look at the Sunday newspaper and clip coupons to enjoy some additional savings. And be sure to double check your shopping list – nobody enjoys having to make a second trip back to a crowded store! Gas prices this season are expected to be slightly higher than last year, so be prepared. Check out websites like www.detroitgasprices.com, where you can find updated gas prices at your local pump. Consider making carpool arrangements with your extended family members to save even more money on transportation costs. Save some money by creating your …