Monday, December 31, 2012
State police have also increased patrol efforts for the holiday.
In connection with what has been called one of the year’s most deadly days to be on the road, Montgomery County police will amp up traffic patrols for New Year’s festivities. Residents will see an increased police presence on roads, as well as sobriety checkpoints throughout the county beginning at 8 p.m. and lasting through 6 a.m. Jan. 1. “Task force members will be watchful for aggressive and impaired drivers,” police said in a press release. “There will also be officers who are certified as drug recognition experts to aid in apprehending drug-impaired drivers.” New Year's patrols come in addition to the 2012 Holiday Alcohol Enforcement Task Force campaign, which focuses police efforts on stopping impaired driving and traffic enforcement…
If you're out celebrating on New Year's and don't have a designated driver, here are some choices for getting home.
The highest number of alcohol-related traffic fatalities in the last decade occurred on New Year's Day, according to Michael Green, AAA spokesman. But once you start your 2013 pre-celebration, you may not be thinking about statistics. So right now while you're thinking clearly, consider your options. Getting a designated driver or hailing a cab are some of your choices. But if you find yourself with empty pockets and no driver, you have options. Sober Ride Call Sober Ride 1-800-200-TAXI (1-880-200-8294) for a free ride home (up to a $30 fare) from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., according to the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP). It says rides started Dec. 14 and are available every night until Jan. 1, 2013. People using the service must be 21…
Sunday, December 30, 2012
On New Year's Eve, Metro trains will run later than usual for a weekday.
This New Year's Eve, using "rushing to catch the last Metro" as an excuse to gulp down the Champagne won't work: Metro will remain open until 2 a.m. on New Year's Eve (technically New Year's Day by that time) "for the benefit of holiday revelers," Metro reported on its website. Here's the holiday schedule for Metro: On New Year's Eve, Metro will be open for regular weekday service. The Metrorail system will stay open two hours later than usual (closing at 2 a.m.). Last train times will vary by station—Metro advises adding on two hours to weekeday last train times. On New Year's Day, Metrorail and Metrobus will operate on a Sunday schedule. Metrorail will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight. MetroAccess subscription trips will be cancelled.
Friday, December 28, 2012
AAA Mid-Atlantic offers tips for safe traveling during the holidays.
According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, New Year's Day consistently ranks among the deadliest days to be on the road due to alcohol-related traffic incidents. Statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) back up that contention. To help reduce the number of drunk-driving and alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA Mid-Atlantic offers the following safety tips for New Year's Eve and Day: NIAAA also debunks a few common myths about "sobering up". Myth: You can drive as long as you are not slurring your words or acting erratically. Fact: The coordination needed for driving is compromised long before the signs of intoxication …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Welcome in 2013 at one of these events.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Ben Gross
Thursday, December 27, 2012
From large-scale, themed, multi-room extravaganzas to more subdued music and art events, the Washington, DC, area has something for just about everyone on New Year’s Eve. If you like the more traditional big crowd, big event type celebration, “Big Night DC” at the Gaylord National Resort at the National Harbor may be the destination for you. With 15 themed party areas, five dance floors, more than a dozen bands and DJs, VIP rooms and a number of full and open bars, this six-hour party could see more than 7,000 attendees! Cost: Tickets are currently $149.99 per person for the main event, $199.99 for the VIP area and include drinks, food, a fun casino lounge—meaning no gambling—and music. Another event that is sure to be on the raucous …
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The popular Silver Spring restaurant will create a "pop up" menu with a new chef, the Washington Post reports.
Approaching the holidays sans head chef may have forced 8407 Kitchen Bar to get creative, the Washington Post reports. Jerry Trise, proprietor of a food truck Chef Driven and former executive chef at Yin Yankee in Annapolis, will prepare a four-course meal for New Year's Eve revelers with prices ranging from $65 to $100 a person, depending on the time of the meal and whether wine is included. The special dinner is billed as a "pop up" New Year's Eve, the Post said. Trise, who is general manager Nancy Hart's partner, the Post reports, hasn't nailed down the exact menu items yet. 8407's owner Theo Margas recently fired the restaurant's longtime executive chef Pedro Matamoros, whose speciality was lamb Bolognese, Bethesda magazine reported…
Friday, December 16, 2011
Seven o’clock makes a perfect midnight for the under-10 crowd.
- HOLIDAY GUIDE
- Ben Gross
Friday, December 16, 2011
When I was little, I remember trying stay up with the adults and watch Guy Lombardo (yes, there were New Year’s Eve TV hosts before Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark) help America ring in the New Year, but I don’t ever remember actually making it to that magical hour. Kids love any excuse to party, and seeing how big people celebrate New Year’s Eve on TV and in the movies is a thrilling and always elicits a “Mommy, Daddy, I want to get dressed up and wear a hat and blow noisemakers just like those people!” Fast forward 30 years, now I am the “adult” and have little ones of my own. Rather than watching them rub their eyes for hours upon end and desperately try not to fall asleep, we decided to get together with some other friends and have an …
Saturday, January 1, 2011
Happy New Year from Patch!
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Don't worry about a sitter for these parties.
New Year's Eve is still exciting, even if you're parents of young kids. Instead of shelling out for an overnight babysitter, ring in the new year with them. Better yet, take them to a daytime or early evening event and, after the kids are in bed, you can have an all-adult celebration as well. Here are some local (or a short drive) family friendly New Year's Eve celebrations: Have a fun and safe New Year's Eve! Though Thien-Kim Lam is still sleep deprived thanks to Baby J, she plans on ringing in the New Year on her comfy couch with a glass of champagne. Her parent column appears on Colesville Patch each Tuesday. You can also find her blogging at I'm Not the Nanny.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Where in Silver Spring is this? Hint: it's featured in our New Year's Eve Round-up!