Saturday, April 20, 2013
Across Patch's network of 900 sites, people felt the effect of the bombing at the Boston Marathon.
On mobile? You can see a scrollable, full-screen view of the map here. Monday's terror attack near the finish line of the Boston Marathon shocked the country and touched communities far from Massachusetts. The Boston Marathon is a national and international event, drawing participants and spectators from far away. When the bombs went off, they reverberated among families, friends and people who joined vigils honoring the victims. To illustrate the reach of this story, we've created this interactive map which displays every Patch site that wrote a story about local people touched by the attack. Each marker on the map is clickable and includes the name of the local person connected to the story and a link to their story. The 400+ markers on …
Friday, June 1, 2012
We're looking for volunteers to help the new baseball team out this summer! Also: You can still score free tickets to Sunday evening's game at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex.
Batter up! The DuPage County Hounds are a new collegiate wood-bat team with players from Patch towns such as Darien, Downers Grove, Lemont, Lisle and Western Springs. The team's opening weekend begins Friday, and Patch is ready to help them celebrate. All season long Patch is sponsoring the opportunity for young baseball fans to participate as a bat boy or girl for a Hounds home game at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle. The child will receive a Patch baseball hat, and get to wear an official jersey supplied by the Hounds during the game. Participants must be 8-12 years of age and a resident of DuPage County. There are three home games this weekend! Do you know a child who wants to help out the team? 1. …
Monday, May 21, 2012
We can help you get the word out to your neighbors, and it's free.
Monday, May 21, 2012
Garage sale season is shifting into high gear, and Patch is a great place to publicize your sale. It's easy and it's free. Here's how to do it: On the bottom right part of the page, under "Contribute," click on "Put an event on the calendar." (If you're not one already, you will be prompted to become a registered user on Patch.) Next, add your garage sale to our calendar of events. Fill out the information in the form. Give your sale a name, fill out the date and time, provide the address, give a short description of what you're selling and under "Categories" check off the "Garage Sales" box. Those are all the basics you need. But you can also upload photos of the cool things you're selling. If the sale goes for more than one day, click …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
For this opinion column, we're talking about Baby Boomers on, so "It Happened One Night" and "Some Like It Hot" don't count. I've got my list. What's yours?
I was shocked—shocked!—to find out what Moviefone picked as the Top 25 romantic comedies of all time. Although I might agree with their top choice. Yes, I'm a 54-year-old man, and I shouldn't admit it (in the off chance my high school or college buddies actually read this) but I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. Unfortunately, I don't think we get a lot of good ones anymore. There was a time when it seemed like Hollywood was producing a truly great romantic comedy once a year. Nowadays, the movies that fall under that heading come off (to me, at least) as unscripted or over-the-top, lacking the elegance or charm of their counterparts from the 1980s or '90s. That's my opinion, anyway, and I'm sticking with it. Here are my top 10 of the past…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
From a new murderer database to stricter seat-belt enforcement, here’s a look at some of the new legislation taking effect in the new year.
As the clock strikes midnight Jan. 1, more than 200 new laws will go into effect in Illinois, including a database of first-degree murderers, stricter seat-belt enforcement and legislation that gives the public greater access to government information. “Though many Illinois residents may not realize it, every Jan. 1, hundreds of new laws take effect in Illinois," said State Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno (R-Lemont). "While some of the measures will have a greater impact than others, I always think it’s a good idea to let the public know about the new laws—some of them could have a significant influence on someone’s life or career." Here's a look at some of the new laws: Illinois residents and law enforcement agencies will be able…
Saturday, December 17, 2011
November home sales in the Chicago area show signs of stability, according to sales statistics issued by one real estate company.
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Home sales activity in the metropolitan Chicago real estate market during November delivered another indication that a gradual increase in the number of homes changing hands is beginning to help stabilize home prices, according to an analysis by RE/MAX of sales statistics gathered by Midwest Real Estate Data, LLC. November home sales in the seven-county metro area totaled 5,408 units, 19 percent more than a year ago. Compared to sales in the prior month, November transactions were down 6 percent, a favorable result when considering that the average decline in sales from October to November during the prior five years was 13 percent. The median home sales price in the Chicago area for November was $150,000, 14 percent lower than in …
Friday, December 9, 2011
Check your credit cards and account balances. I-PASS customers may notice unnecessary charges and refunds.
The Illinois Tollway issued a statement at about 10:56 a.m. Friday announcing a software issue that could result in bad charges or refunds. On the morning of Dec. 9, the Illinois Tollway's I-PASS system encountered a software issue and erroneously began a cycle of account charges and refunds to I-PASS accounts that were scheduled for automatic balance replenishment. As a result, I-PASS customers may notice unnecessary charges and refunds from the Tollway on their credit and debit cards. "We are currently working to ensure that all I-PASS automatic replenishment accounts have been correctly refunded," the statement said. "We are also working with our banks to ensure that customers do not incur overdraft fees as a result of this computer …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Put Steve Jobs in the same category as Walt Disney. They were magic-makers of the first order.
When the world found out in February 1999 that Walter Payton needed a liver transplant, I was not particularly moved. It just didn’t pertain much to my life. Then, a few weeks later, film critic Gene Siskel died. “I am so very, very sad,” I told my husband when he delivered the news. “That’s the way other people feel about Walter Payton,” he said, mildly, but with import that has stuck all these years. That sadness I felt when Siskel died doesn’t BEGIN to cover how I felt when my middle daughter, the child who loves all things Apple, who convinced me that giving her dad an iPad for Christmas would be a fabulous, if extravagant gift, who couldn’t wait to order the MacBook she received for her high school graduation, called Wednesday …
Friday, November 11, 2011
Add your pet's cutest holiday-themed pictures today!
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Friday, November 11, 2011
Welcome to Patch's 2011 Holiday Pet Photo Gallery! We are eager to see photos of your handsome hounds, festive felines, partying parrots or holiday hamsters. During the last year's holiday season, a slew of folks put their pet pictures on Patch. Now, you can, too! All you need to do is open this story (which you already did :) and add your photo. Please include caption information to ID your favorite animal and the context. Pictured here are our 2011 pets as well as some earlier contestants. Enter often, and happy holidays from Patch!
Monday, November 7, 2011
Drafts and stories at the hippest bar in town.
Have you ever stepped off the Metra train at the Downers Grove Main Street station or been strolling along downtown after date night dinner and had your curiosity piqued as you glanced up at the imposing brick building just North of the tracks with the letters LOYAL ORDER OF MOOSE pin-mounted to the façade in bold all caps? I have. True story. Stepping off the train one August evening with a neighbor back in 2004 we found ourselves with no wives to report home to (Bunco night) and so I suggested Ballydoyle and a pint of Guinness. My neighbor had another idea. “Let’s go to the Moose Lodge,” he said. “The Moose lodge?," I replied, eyebrows raised. “Are you serious? The big scary building kiddie corner from that other big scary building that …