Monday, September 3, 2012
For Labor Day, Patch looks at how jobs have changed during the last century.
This is a story about jobs that, by and large, simply don’t exist in the United States anymore. Or if they do, are holding on by the fiber-optic thread that will soon extinguish the occupation for good. Some are ancient history, like the iceman who has not cometh since the Eisenhower Administration. And others – including the minimum wage Wal-Mart “greeter” - were here just yesterday. A LESS DISPOSABLE TIME At The Sun newspaper of Baltimore – where many wonder if reporters will eventually go the way of the typewriter (and the skilled folks who repaired them) – there used to be an aged, exceedingly polite elevator operator named Barney Barney. [Yes, his first name and his last name were – inexplicably - the same.] Though extraordinary …
For Labor Day, Patch examines why some professionals are willing to travel hundreds of miles every week for work.
At 5 a.m. three days a week, Mark Schofield wakes up in his home in Washington, D.C. to prepare for his commute—to Philadelphia. By 6:15 a.m., he grabs a cup of coffee from the Starbucks in Washington’s Union Station. “The coffee there is stronger” than on Amtrak train No. 130, he says. It’s no wonder he needs a potent blast of caffeine: Schofield spends more than 15 hours riding each week to Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station. From there he catches a local train to his job at Haverford College in Delaware County. The commute adds roughly two and a half hours and 140 miles onto both ends of a 9-to-5 workday. His three-day commute, roundtrip, totals 840 miles—roughly the distance between Washington and Orlando, FL. For Schofield, and …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
In a difficult economy, many graduates return to their childhood homes looking for work.
- Joe Dowd
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Many college graduates are finding themselves in a decidedly retro phenomenon, where economic independence starts from the security of their parents' homes. "What seems to be changing is not that kids are returning home for a while after college, but how long they are living at home before they can leave," said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Long Island's Hofstra University. That could have widespread implications for local communities. Changing economic dynamics and cultural shifts are among the reasons experts cite for the re-emergence of nuclear, multi-generational family homes not unlike family units of post-WWII America. More Kids at Home, Less Stigma A study by the Pew Research Center …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Check this list to plan ahead for the 2012 Labor Day holiday.
Ah, Labor Day. While about three weeks separate it from fall, it still is the unofficial end of summer. For better or worse. The kids are back at school. The leaves will soon begin to change colors and fall to the ground. The temperatures will grow cooler, then colder. But, until then, we have a day of relaxation and celebration for Coventry on Monday. The following Coventry offices will be closed on Monday: Be sure to call ahead to your favorite local businesses before venturing out, just in case they have changed their hours to observe the holiday.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Gas prices have climbed 22 cents this month across Rhode Island, and 32 cents nationwide. How will this impact holiday travel?
As town residents gear up for Labor Day weekened, local gas prices continue to creep up. According to AAA Southern New England, the average price of a gallon of gas in Rhode Island is currently $3.86, up 22 cents from this time last month. That is 7 cents, on average, more expensive than motorists pay in Massachusetts, but 17 cents less expensive than pumps in Connecticut. The local spike is not as bad as the national average, which has seen an increase of 32 cents per gallon this past month. Prices in the area range between $3.70 a gallon and $3.96, with the cheapest price currently at Stop & Shop at 720 Tiogue Ave. (cheaper if you use your Stop & Shop card.) According to AAA, gas prices should go down after Labor Day. Will the …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The unofficial final summer weekend is almost here. If you're planning to celebrate, try these tasty recipes to share with friends and family.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
The Dog Days of summer are coming to a close, which means Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is creeping up on us. Most Americans celebrate with a barbecue, inviting friends and family for one final celebration before the leaves begin to change color. This year, instead of just throwing burgers and hot dogs on the grill, wow your guests with these easy, yet tasty, recipes that will leave them with fond memories of the sultry season. Triple Berry Salsa Ingredients Directions Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face. Mo's Sticky Ribs Ingredients Directions Factory Workers Chicken Ingredients Directions Frozen Lemonade Pie Ingredients For the Crust: For the …