(ARA) – Tough economic times may mean your holiday budget is tight this year. But trimming your holiday spending doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. With some creativity, you can add extra icing to your holiday decor – for less than $25.
“We’re all more conscious of our spending right now, so that means it’s time to be imaginative and resourceful, especially when it comes to decorating for a specific season,” says Gary Babcock, a design expert with Arhaus Furniture (www.arhaus.com). “By using existing items in your home and purchasing just a few ‘key,’ but inexpensive elements, you can create a show-stopping holiday display within your budget.”
Babcock offers some festive and fresh ways to deck the halls:
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Photo caption: Mayor Jerramiah T. Healy and Lt. Joe Delaney, Pres. of the PSOA, place cellphones into a box at the kick-off of Jersey City’s Cell Phone for Soldiers campaign.
The Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association will be participating in Cell Phones for Soldiers, a national cell phone drive for military personnel overseas. All used cell phones will be collected at each of the citys four police districts in specially marked boxes from November 15, 2008 through January 15, 2009.
The phones are then sent to ReCellular, which pays Cell Phones for Soldiers for each donated phone — enough to provide an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. The goal of the Jersey City drive is to collect enough cell phones for more than 150 troops overseas, while nationally the non-profit hopes to obtain 12 million minutes of prepaid calling cards.
Cell Phones for Soldiers was founded by teenagers Robbie and Brittany Bergquist from Norwell, Mass., with $21 of their own money. Since then, the registered 501C3 non-profit organization has raised almost $2 million in donations and distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.
The Jersey City Police Superior Officers Association and Cell Phones for Soldiers address an everyday emotional need that many have experienced: the imperative to phone home, to hear a familiar voice while far away. Although overseas calls are expensive, to a military family, a phone call home is priceless. Please help our troops by donating your used cell phones today. For more information, go to www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com.
Ontario Town Says Pony’s Smell Is Problem
Pony named Emily is therapy for three year old little boy with Cerebal Palsy who can’t walk or crawl
Town threatens to evict disabled boy’s pony Boing Boing
“Anyone interested in helping the mother of the boy has established a PayPal account to fund the legal work of keeping the pony. That address: email@example.com
Caffeinated Chocolate Energy Chews Creating Quite A “Buzz” Among Consumers.
12 tablets of Foosh Energy Mints has the caffieine content of 12 cups of coffee, 15 cans of energy drink, 36 cans of the leading cola, 24 cups of tea, 17 cans of Jolt, 6 Tablets of No Doz, 13 lbs of chocolate
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Local Actor Sees Big Things on the Homefront
by Oded Shoshan + Jon Garcia
As a working actor, George Pogatsia considered a move to Los Angeles
A Brooklyn native who’s called Jersey City his home for the past six years, Pogatsia was doing well. Over the past few years, he’d starred in more than 20 art-house films like Bookies,Your Honor and Showdown Of The Godz. He won key roles in some of the most popular television series in recent history. His career was on the right track here at home. But, he found himself planning a move to the West Coast to take things to the next level.
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The following photo’s depicts the task that firemen across the country have fighting fires and saving lives every single day and night.
When an early morning fire was called in on November 24th in Bayonne, New Jersey; our photographer for the River View Observer was there, and very happy the Bayonne Fire Department responded in less than 5 minutes….because this fire broke out in a home under repair- right next door to our photogaraher’s.
Thanks Bayonne Firemen for a job well done!
The Bayonne Town Center’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting was held on Monday November 24th at 6pm
On hand for the festivities was Mayor Mark Smith and members of the Bayonne City Council, former Mayor and Bayonne’s Finance Director Terrence Molloy, Megan Janusksa Assistant to the Bayonne Town Center Executive, Mary Divock ;who was also in attendance.
Entertainment was provided by Sweet Harmony (Bayonne High School) and the Choir from Holy Family Academy.
The event was hosted by Leo Smith; Vice Principal of Bayonne High School ,who is also Mayor Mark Smith’s Brother.
Santa Claus arrived on a fire truck to kick off the Bayonne Holiday Season.
By Tom Dwyer
A Helping Hand On Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day is a special time to be with family and friends and enjoy a great meal while giving thanks. But not everyone is so lucky on Thanksgiving, so this November 27th, 13 charitable organizations through out Hudson County will open their doors to those less fortunate and serve up a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.
Jimmy King’s Civic Association in Jersey City (440 Hoboken Avenue) has been hosting Thanksgiving dinner for Jersey City residents for the past eleven years. Most of King’s Thanksgiving Day guests are from Jersey City Heights and the Journal Square area. Last year, King’s association delivered more than 300 hot meals to shut-ins and senior citizens, and at the club they served an additional 200 guests a sit-down Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. “We started this Thanksgiving event at Nico’s, a Jersey City restaurant. Our plan was to help people in the area who had nowhere to go on Thanksgiving, or couldn’t afford a Thanksgiving meal,” King said. Today, with 300 association members, King has a small army of volunteers to deliver meals, and help shuttle people to the club.
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President-elect Obama wants to get rid of daylight saving time in the United States to conserve energy.
Turns out, according to two academics on the NYT Op-Ed page, there is little scientific proof that this reduces energy consumption. It also turns out that this practice could be wasteful, a bit annoying, and a lot of people, including Obama, want to get rid of it.A study in Indiana, a state that recently started DST, showed an overall increase of 1 percent in residential electricity use with occasional increases of 2 to 4 percent in late spring and early fall. So much for conserving energy.
Obama looks to axe daylight savings time