Tuesday, December 25, 2012
A Christmas poem is the latest contribution to the Alvarez Book Page.
You ain’t no virgin, his father said as the boy drove west on Franklin Street his first time behind the wheel You’ve done this before, and he had, one Christmas eve, a few years back his father dead drunk and snoring in the bed upstairs when Midnight Mass let out and their maroon and crème ‘53 Plymouth blocked traffic on Lyndhurst street with its rear end protruding where Pop had tried to park it without the bicycle in the trunk for his daughter because the shop was closed when he finally arrived, half-in-the-bag and rapping at the door before coming home to yell at his family for the injustices of shopkeepers and closing times. Please move the car, boy his mother unhinged from the shouting and crying, asked him and soon the lights of the …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Trash and recycling will not be collected on Christmas and New Year’s days.
There will be not trash and recycling collection on Christmas and New Year’s days, and citizen drop off centers will be closed, according to the Department of Public Works. Make up days for trash and recycling collection will be held on Dec. 29 and Jan. 5. Both Christmas and New Year's days are city holidays, so street sweeping will also be cancelled and parking meters will not be in effect, according to a news release.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The famous lights in Hampden were selected as the background for the search engine.
While the two holidays fall in close proximity to each other and are celebrated in popular culture together, Hanukkah does not hold the religious significance for Jews that Christmas holds for Christians.
Each year, Hanukkah falls in close proximity or during Christmas according to the Hebrew calendar. Because of that, the two are celebrated side by side under the “Happy Holidays” moniker. But in terms of religious significance, Hanukkah doesn’t rank as high for Jews as Christmas ranks for Christians. “It’s hard to not make a big deal of out Hanukkah living in America, and I’m not sure it’s a bad thing,” said Rabbi Rhoda Silverman of Temple Emanuel in Reisterstown. “That’s not a problem for me as long as we don’t forget about everything else that makes us Jewish.” Jonathan Schwartz, senior aide to Baltimore County Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond and a member of Temple Emanuel, sees Hanukkah as having two roles in the lives of American Jews…
Monday, November 21, 2011
For the first time merchants will be holding a decoration contest and the winners will be named in time for the Mayor's Christmas Parade on Dec. 4.
There’s something new going on for the holidays this year in Hampden. The Hampden Village Merchants Association is holding its first storefront holiday decorating contest. “Since this is the first contest, we are keeping the rules fairly loose. There isn't a theme, though eventually the contest might evolve to have one,” Missi Kibelbek, the association's vice president, said in a news release. The contest has been scheduled to coincide with the association’s First Friday events and the annual Mayor’s Christmas Parade. The 17 merchants competing must complete their decorations by Sunday and will be judged next Monday by the merchants association. The winners will be announced on Dec. 2 in time for the parade on Dec. 4. Follow North …