Christmas en State Officials Urge Residents To Recycle Their Christmas Trees <p>With Christmas over, many families have already started to take down the tree. &nbsp;State officials are urging people to recycle them.</p><p></p><p>Most Rhode Island communities provide curbside pick-up of Christmas trees. The trees are hauled to the central landfill in Johnston, where they’re ground up for use as mulch in the spring.</p><p>Sarah Kite, director of recycling services at the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation which operates the landfill, said they accept all organic Christmas decorations provided they’re stripped bare.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 13:52:43 +0000 Flo Jonic 26962 at State Officials Urge Residents To Recycle Their Christmas Trees Target Security Breach Doesn't Keep Local Shoppers Away <p>Big box store Target announced last week that a security breach exposed the credit and debit card information of some 40 million customers.</p><p>But asthe hours ticked down toward Christmas that didn’t keep Ocean state shoppers away.</p><p></p><p></p><p>With less than 48 hours to go before Christmas morning, a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;steady stream of customers moved in and out of the Target store at the Warwick Mall.</span></p><p>Many customers seemed unfazed or unworried by the security breach, and most continued to use their credit and debit cards.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:10:14 +0000 John Bender 26752 at Target Security Breach Doesn't Keep Local Shoppers Away A Good Year For Rhode Island's Christmas Tree Growers <p>Rhode Island Christmas tree growers are reporting a profitable year.</p><p>There are about 50 Christmas tree growers in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p>Eric Wat<span style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_297S" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span>ne, president of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association said it was his best year ever, with sales rising 20 percent over last year.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 14:06:27 +0000 Flo Jonic 26751 at A Good Year For Rhode Island's Christmas Tree Growers Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas <p>Rhode Island set a record high temperature yesterday when the mercury hit 63 at T.F. Green Airport. The previous record was 61 set in 1990.</p><p>The unusually warm weather wiped away most of the snow on the ground.</p><p>So how often Rhode Island gets a white Christmas?</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 14:44:20 +0000 John Bender 26703 at Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas Secular Decoration Adorns Statehouse Alongside Christmas Tree <p>There’s a new Christmas decoration at the Statehouse this year.&nbsp; And it’s anything but traditional.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Secularists have placed a banner on the second floor of the Statehouse to celebrate the birth of Rhode Island founder Roger Williams. He was born December 21<sup>st</sup>, 1603.&nbsp; The banner was erected by a group called the “Humanists of Rhode Island.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:29:34 +0000 Flo Jonic 26100 at Secular Decoration Adorns Statehouse Alongside Christmas Tree Chafee: Tree Controversy Became Focus of "Too Much Anger" <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee is responding to critics regarding the hot-button holiday tree controversy at the State House.</p><p>In a statement, the governor starts by saying, "In 2011, my first year celebrating December in the State House I gave a simple six word instruction to the planners of the annual tree lighting: 'Do what they did last year.' ”</p><p>Chafee was criticized in the past for describing the Statehouse Christmas tree as a "holiday tree."</p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:28:52 +0000 Ian Donnis 25628 at The war is on Thanksgiving, not Christmas <p>Right wing cable television networks and websites love to yammer on about the ``War’’ on Christmas. But when was the last time you saw Fox News talk about the war on Thanksgiving, which seems to many a much more serious threat.</p><p>Exhibit A: the growing list of national retail chains opening their doors for the Christmas shopping season on Thanksgiving Day. This year, more than a dozen big retail chains will open Thanksgiving, giving their workers scant chance to celebrate the holiday over a stuffed turkey with their families.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 22:26:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 24841 at Nutcrackers on display at URI <p>If you’re looking to continue the holiday spirit you might want to check out a special display of German Christmas figures at the URI library. The display contains twenty nutcrackers, an orchestra of angels, and a collection of cute incense smokers. &nbsp;<br>Retired URI professors Gerald and Sylvia Krausse collected the figures which are all from the Ore Mountains in Germany. Nutcrackers were first created in these mountains and were used to crack nuts but also served another purpose. Wed, 26 Dec 2012 13:07:50 +0000 Summer Allen 1830 at