Tuesday, February 14, 2012
From candy to flowers, some facts and figures on the heart-themed holiday, courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau — plus a shout-out for the Village of Romeoville.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Expressing one’s love to another is a celebrated custom on Valentine’s Day; whereby sweethearts and family members present gifts to one another, such as cards, candy, flowers and other symbols of affection. Opinions differ as to who was the original Valentine, but the most popular theory is that he was a clergyman who was executed for secretly marrying couples in ancient Rome. In A.D. 496, Pope Gelasius I declared Feb. 14 as Valentine Day. Esther Howland, a native of Massachusetts, is given credit for selling the first mass-produced valentine cards in the 1840s. The spirit continues today with even young children exchanging valentine’s cards with their fellow classmates. Candy 1,177 Number of U.S. …
Monday, February 13, 2012
What are your picks for best movie love story?
The big day is coming — the one with the flowers and chocolate and candy hearts: Valentine’s Day. And as I was recently scouring the Web, looking for Valentine’s Day inspiration, I came across this 2009 article from Moviefone declaring the best romantic comedies of all time. I agreed with a couple of the picks, while others surprised me — so I decided to come up with my own list. An admitted sucker for romantic movies and general sappiness, I’m not hard to please when it comes to rom-coms or chick flicks. So here, in no particular order, are my 10 favorite romantic movies. Peruse the list, and then let me know if you agree or disagree with my selections — and add your own top picks in the comments.
Friday, February 10, 2012
As Valentine’s Day approaches, love is in the air at Patch. Share your romantic advice, and don’t forget to post photos of yourself and your significant other.
To some, Valentine's Day is an excuse to be romantic and sappy. To others, it’s nothing but a Hallmark holiday, or a dreaded reminder of a relationship gone bad. But what about the good ones? The relationships that work and stand the test of time? This Valentine’s Day, Romeoville Patch is asking readers to share their relationship and marriage advice — and their photos. If I had to offer one piece of advice, it would be this: Find someone who makes you laugh. My husband and I are coming up on our fifth wedding anniversary, and we’ve been together for almost nine years. We’re not perfect, and neither is any relationship, but no matter what ups and downs we’ve faced, one thing has remained constant: We make each other laugh. All the time. I …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Separate boycotts criticize coffee chain's stances on national issues.
Some religious and political groups are urging Starbucks customers to grab their morning coffee elsewhere in light of the company's stance on gay marriage and its policy on guns. USA Christian Ministries, a group boycotting Starbucks for its recent support of gay marriage in the state of Washington, said in a news release that the coffee chain's decision has angered Christians. "Christians are upset with Starbucks for turning against God," Steven Andrew, president of USA Christian Ministries, said. The group hopes that, with full support from Christians, Starbucks, which operates one standalone location in Romeoville and one inside the Weber Road Target store, could lose up to 80 percent of its business. Starbucks joined Microsoft and Nike…