Cool Air Creations, Inc. Custom Banners, Screen Printing, Embroidery, Vehicle Wraps, Promo Products and more...
Click to view the current issue

Smithfield, RI Weather

Featured Articles: December 2016

Hometown stores brighten Christmas shopping

By Jane Fusco Major retail stores have been decking the halls since Halloween and advertising extended Black Friday deals. The big box stores decorated their large appliances and electronics with holly and bows to remind shoppers that these items have arrived just in time for the holidays. Though these displays are enticing, many Rhode Islanders…

Real vs. Fake – The Great Christmas Tree Debate

By Marilyn A. Busch In the world’s most important disputes, there are always two distinct sides. Democrat vs. Republican. Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. Coke vs. Pepsi. Real farm-grown Christmas trees vs. artificial store bought ones. Over 25 million Christmas trees are purchased in the US each year. Reflecting the fact that many families keep…

Small traditions make Christmas memories

By Brittni Henderson “Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself.”- Francis C. Farley…

The Twelve NOPEs of Christmas

By Leah BouRamia The groans we emit when that first jerky radio station starts playing Dominick the Donkey every hour on the hour, isn’t just because we are all Scrooge-like killjoys. It’s because we can no longer harbor the illusion that the next two months will be fun. Now, some folks thrive on this energy.…

Vintage Christmas cards show Santa didn’t always wear red

By Jim Ignasher If someone was asked to describe Santa Claus, they would most likely provide a description of Santa as we know him today – a big guy in a red suit, white beard, carrying a sack full of toys, flying in a sleigh pulled by reindeer. However, if the question was posed more…