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 …
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Wheaton Patch recaps some of the top news from the week of May 13-19.
Here are some of this week's top stories on Wheaton Patch: A Suburbanite’s NATO Summit Survival Guide Some major expressways, roads and businesses will be closed at times throughout the weekend during the Chicago NATO Summit. State's Minimum Wage Could Become Highest in Country The Illinois Senate is studying a bill that would give Illinois the highest minimum wage rate in the country. Don't want to miss this stuff during the week? Click to sign up for the Wheaton Patch newsletter Milton Township Names New Trustee Milton Township Officials chose Martin Keller to replace former trustee Chris Edwards at a meeting Tuesday. Wheaton Residents Prefer Tennis, Street Parking to Lot at Hurley Gardens The Wheaton Park District will resurface the …
Friday, May 18, 2012
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Friday, May 18, 2012
The season of garage sales 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: If you get the info about your garage sale posted on our calendar by Wednesday, we'll link to it in a story about the weekend's local garage sales on our homepage on Friday and Saturday. And, also on those days, we'll help alert people to your sale in the email newsletter that goes out to our registered users. Use Wheaton Patch to publicize your sale to your neighbors in your own town—the people you really want to reach! Oh, and don't forget, it doesn't cost a thing.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Instead of playing the lottery, just send me the money care of Patch.
No! I did not buy a lottery ticket, thank you very much! In fact, I haven’t purchased a heinous slip of paper in more than 20 years. I know y’all love to label me as a liberal, but this fiscal conservative refuses to fall prey to what’s nothing more than a voluntary tax. Because when it comes to winning the ping pong ball sweepstakes, you have a better chance of dying in an asteroid strike, being struck by lightning, dying of a snake bite, being attacked by flesh easting bacteria, or watching your golf foursome hit two holes-in-one on the same hole. But despite those incredible odds, apparently everyone in this bloody country but interim Patch editor Dan Campana and myself shelled out $1.5 billion for the privilege of participating a one …
Thursday, March 29, 2012
You may notice a few changes to how our site looks today – we've done a little 'nip and tuck' to make it more user-friendly. What do you think?
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Thursday, March 29, 2012
No, you're not losing it! Patch looks different today. We did a quick visual nip-and-tuck to the homepage to make it even more user-friendly. And we've moved a couple pieces of furniture. For those keeping score: While the site might look a little different today, we still offer the same robust coverage of everything happening in your community. That was, is, and will always be our mission. We hope you'll let us know what you think of our tweaks. It's important to us that your experience with the site is as clear and easy as possible. Drop me a line at Charlotte@patch.com, 630-589-7732, or offer a comment below!
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Patch recaps the top stories from the week of March 5-10.
Wheaton Professor Tells Investigators Child Porn is "Potentially Therapeutic" Prosecutors provide details of the charges against Donald Ratcliff, 60, who admitted to downloading child pornography due to curiosity. Ratcliff's bail was reduced from $750,000 to $300,000 in court Thursday. He will appear for arraignment March 26. 6th Congressional District Candidates Sound off at Forum Democratic Congressional candidates Leslie Coolidge and Geoffrey Petzel and independent candidate Khizar Jafri fielded questions from the audience Thursday night regarding health care, taxes and term limits. VIDEO: Wheaton North Presents "Hello Dolly!" "Hello Dolly!" opened Thursday at Wheaton North High School. Remaining performances are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, …
Thursday, February 23, 2012
A convicted murderer who resides in Tinley Park must now register on the Illinois Murderers and Violent Crimes Against Youth Registry. He is listed by the state as "compliant."
A local parolee convicted of murder has registered with Tinley Park police in compliance with a new law that took effect Jan. 1, 2012. Andrea’s Law, named after Andrea Willis, an Eastern Illinois University student killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1998, creates a first-degree murderer database, similar to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. The database also includes those convicted of general violent crimes against youth. Willis' ex-boyfriend, Justin Boulay, formerly of St. Charles, was convicted of strangling the 19-year-old Batavia woman to death while both were students at EIU. Boulay was sentenced to 24 years in prison before a change to the state’s “Truth in Sentencing” system that required those convicted of crimes to serve 85 percent …
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Some red carpet moments are just too good to be true, while others make us cringe. What will it be like this year?
Going to the movies with friends is always fun, but most of us see movies in our living rooms these days. Call me old fashioned, but I still love seeing a good film in a real theater where the screen is huge and the lights are low. I'm not what one would call a movie buff—you could fill a thimble with my knowledge of the industry. However, I am a huge fan of watching the Oscars. This year Billy Chrystal will be back at the helm, and it's anybody's guess as to which flick will get best pick. Although my favorite, Midnight in Paris, is an unlikely winner, overall it was a wonderful year for movies. There was literally something for everybody. And it should be a very good year for fashion as well. If the Golden Globes were any indication, …
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…
Friday, February 3, 2012
I just don't understand all the animosity directed at teachers these days!
I still don’t get it! Back in December I lamented the fact that teachers, school bus drivers, daycare workers and the folks with whom we charge our children in general don’t get paid nearly enough for their excellent efforts. Though I haven’t really tackled the teacher topic directly (until now), in addition to the dismissive comments coming out of that column, it would seem that whenever the subject of educators arises, the educators always come out on the short end of the stick. Trust me, I can clearly recall all of Sister Camilla’s shouting, and I still have those deep yardstick imprints on my back, but that single, bad Catholic-school experience hasn’t soured my attitude toward teachers. In fact, I’m still friends with some of those St…