Saturday, December 22, 2012
Here are the hours and traffic around area malls through Monday, a quick reference for those last-minute shoppers and those planning ahead to Monday's day-after-Christmas sales.
Saturday, Dec. 22: 9am-10pm Sunday, Dec. 23: 9am-9pm Monday, Dec. 24: 9am-5pm Tuesday, Dec. 25: Closed Wednesday, Dec. 26: 9am-9pm Thursday, Dec. 27: 10am-9pm Saturday, Dec. 22: 7am-11pm Sunday, Dec. 23: 7am-11pm Monday, Dec. 24: 7am-6pm Tueday, Dec. 25: Closed Wednesday, Dec. 26: 10am-9pm Thursday, Dec. 27: 10am-9pm
Saturday, December 31, 2011
Sort through the myths and remedies for a night of partying.
Are you actually thinking ahead about how much you want to have fun tonight but don't want to get a hangover? Or maybe you partied a little too much last night and now you have a whopper of a hangover. What to do? Let's start with how to ward off a hangover in the first place. The best advice, of course, is don't drink any alcohol or stay out late. That's the first thing. But if you do intend to drink and ring in the New Year, Henry Ford also offers tips on preventing a hangover: Royal Oak Beaumont Hospital Emergency Center Dr. Edward Walton is a big fan of drinking a lot of water and eating hardy foods to keep a nasty hangover away. "You should make sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach and if you are drinking, try to have a glass…
Of 24 finalists in the holiday lights contest, one will earn $100,000 for their public school district.
The local winners of the Deck the House holiday lights contest have been narrowed down to 24 national finalists, eligible to win a $100,000 donation for their public school district. Although there are no Michigan homes in the final pool of 24, we celebrate the local winners, including: To vote for one of the homes competing nationally to win a $100,000 donation for their lucky public school district, visit www.deckthehouse.patch.com/entries. A special thank you to everyone who entered and/or voted. You've made our dark nights more festive and "oooh-worthy" this holiday season. National voting continues through 9 p.m. ET Jan. 8.
A look back at the police stories that made headlines this year.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Jen Anesi
Saturday, December 31, 2011
The Troy Police Department kept busy this past year, handling everything from barking dogs and traffic stops to armed robberies and homicides. Here are a few of the biggest stories from the past year. For the latest police news in Troy, click here. On Sept. 18, Troy Police arrested and charged 46-year-old Warren resident Betty Jean Turner with drunken driving after pulling her over for driving erratically in excess of 90 mph on I-75. Turner, whose preliminary breath test showed a .23-percent blood alcohol content, later pleaded guilty to the offense. Turner's 7-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old daughter of a friend were in the vehicle at the time. "We're scared," one of the girls said to a police officer in a video taken by the patrol …
Fitness experts, entrepreneurs and others weigh in with New Year's resolutions and tips on how to make them stick.
Those making New Year's resolutions would be well-advised to consider the root of the problem they are trying to resolve, according to a local life coach. During the first three months of the year, those interested in changing their behavior call Farmington Hills resident Paula Kirsch, 55, more than any other time of the year. "There’s this time between Christmas and New Year’s when the days are short, the nights are long, and people have time to think," said Kirsch, who has worked full-time as a life coach since 2008 with her company Energetic Living. "You’re looking at the last year and what they like and didn’t like and how to move forward." They call her with the promises they have made to themselves — including becoming more …
Tips from a Matt Prentice restaurants expert on everything picking the right glassware to serving it at just the right temperature.
Ready for New Year's Eve? Eric Djordjevic, chief operating officer of Matt Prentice Restaurant Group, has a five Champagn tips and tips for party-givers and partygoers: By "clean" I don't mean free of dirt and debris, but instead free of soap residue, as many liquid detergents don't rinse off completely. Aside from imparting undesired lemon and lavender scents in your wine, they will cause Champagne to go flat faster or prevent your wine from adhering to the glass and releasing aromatic qualities. Tip: For hard to clean decanters use a nonscented denture cleaner. After a little soak and good rinse, your crystal is good as new. Each wine has various qualities and aromas; science has proven that these molecular compounds release …
Friday, December 30, 2011
Troy area sparkles in national holiday decoration contest for our schools.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Jen Anesi
Friday, December 30, 2011
Thank you so much Armida Johnson for submitting the entry of your amazingly decorated home in the Patch Deck the House contest. You're the Troy local winner! Congratulations! Tonight, we'll find out if you are among the 24 National Finalists — fingers crossed! Each Top 24 Finalist is guaranteed $500 to help pay those holiday-sized electric bills and a shot at winning a $100,000 donation for their public school district. A special thank you to everyone who entered. You made our dark drives home more festive and "oooh-worthy" this holiday season. 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 on all your social networks! Voting ends at …
If you need a ride this holiday, make sure you have these ride services on speed dial.
Heading out to The Met this New Year's Eve? Or, perhaps you're hitting up a nice restaurant for a low-key dinner on the last night of the year? Or maybe you'll be celebrating the arrival of 2012 at a friend's house. Whatever you do this New Year's Eve, if you're out and drinking, it's important to keep safety in mind. According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes during Christmas and New Year's than during comparable periods the rest of the year. And 40 percent of traffic fatalities during both holidays involve a driver who has been drinking. In Troy, Troy Police are stepping up drunken-driving patrols on New Year's Eve to help ensure safety on the roads. …
Area chefs share their secrets for great bowl game snacks, from crowd-pleasing dips to a variety of flavored meatballs.
You’d expect that a professional chef would know how to throw a no-holds-barred, great party at home, right? That’s precisely why, with a variety of bowl games already sprinting full speed into our lives and more to come (MSU plays Jan. 2 and U-M plays Jan. 3; 35 bowl games total through Jan. 9, and don’t forget Feb. 4 is Super Bowl day), we checked in with our favorite “kitchen quarterbacks.” Cutting right to the party chase, here's the lowdown on everything from crowd-pleasing dips to big-guy sandwiches. “When I have parties at my home, I like to use big, round sourdough or Tuscan loaves, like 10 inches in diameter to make great sandwiches,” said Chef Pete Loren of Nino Salvaggio International Marketplace in Troy. “These are different; …
Thursday, December 29, 2011
With a little silver wrapping paper, spray paint and tinsel, you can inexpensively glam up your party table.
It’s just about time to make your New Year’s resolutions. If they include being a bit more budget-conscious in 2012, why not start now with your New Year’s Eve celebration? There’s no need to spend a lot of money to pull off a memorable, treasured New Year’s Eve celebration, said Caroline von Weyher, owner/designer of Von Haus Design, a Birmingham-based interior design firm. “For example, you don't have to spend much money to create a glamorous silver and gold New Year’s Eve table,” she said. Here are Von Haus’ tips for taking your table from fine to fabulous: • Use a roll of silver wrapping paper to create a glamorous table runner over a plain white tablecloth. “The silver will bounce candle light and create a gorgeous anchor for your …