Monday, December 3, 2012
Welcome to the first Monday of December, 2012 — start it off right with a check of weather, events, and celebrity birthdays.
Smithfield Weather: Skip the Mall: The Children's Workshop on Cedar Swamp Road in Smithfield is hosting holiday shopping with products from Lia Sophia, Mary Kay, Avon, Wildtree, and others tomorrow afternoon at 5 pm. Free admission; you don't need to have children enrolled to shop. Window Painting: The sun will probably help highlight the window painting project in the Andrew Greene Young Adult Room at Mohr Library in Johnston. Stencils and paints available; art starts at 2:30 pm. Get Your Game On: Mohr Library is also hosting video games for kids in grades 6 to 12 starting at 3:30. Celebrity Birthdays:
Friday, November 30, 2012
Start your day with a check of weather, news, and events in Johnston.
Smithfield Weather: Bowling to Benefit the Holiday Fund: Tonight starting at 5:30 pm, Town Hall Lanes in Johnston hosts the 3rd Annual Bowling Tournament to benefit the Smithfield Welfare Department's Holiday Fund. Christine Mollo at the Fire Department was trash-talking a couple of local officers yesterday; see if she's got the game to back up her smack. Toys for Tots Spots: Smithfield's got two designated drop-off sites for Toys for Tots this year. Click here for details. Save on Gas: Okay, so it may not be that far to Warwick Mall or your favorite holiday shopping spot — but saving money on gas is good, all the same. Use the SmithfieldPatch Commute page to find the cheapest gas nearby — and check traffic conditions. Celebrity …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Do you plan to go shopping today?
Named for the color used to show that businesses have turned a profit, "Black Friday" has become an indicator for predicting how well the holiday shopping season will be. But with America still recovering from The Great Recession and stubborn unemployment, there's a chance that this year's Black Friday may be further proof of ongoing problems. Then again, the first official day of the holiday shopping season — and the deep discounts offered by most retailers — usually draw hordes of deal-hunting shoppers and could be a sign of a rebound in consumer spending. So, which are you — a deal hunter, or someone who avoids Black Friday? Let us know by casting a vote in our poll, and posting your comments below.
Find today's weather for Johnston and the facts — and myths — about Black Friday.
Smithfield Weather: Friday: Mostly sunny. Highs in mid/upper 50s. Saturday: Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. Highs in the upper 40s. Sunday: Partly cloudy. Highs in the 40s. What It's About: The term “Black Friday” was coined in the 1960s to mark the kickoff to the Christmas shopping season. “Black” refers to stores moving from the “red” to the “black,” back when accounting records were kept by hand, and red ink indicated a loss, and black a profit. Ever since the start of the modern Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the Friday after Thanksgiving has been known as the unofficial start to a bustling holiday shopping season. Myth about Black Friday: Facts about Black Friday: Stats You May Not Know: