Monday, September 3, 2012
It’s a holiday to recognize working people by giving them a day off, yet there are still people who have to clock in today. Are you one of them?
Monday, September 3, 2012
Today, Americans will celebrate Labor Day, a federal holiday that started in the late 19th century with protests by union workers. It’s also a day in which its significance has changed over the years, as noted by businessdailynews.com, which explained how many Americans think of it as an official end to summer rather than a holiday for workers. And, while office staff, corporate employees and government workers all get the day off, there still are thousands of Americans who will clock in. Supermarkets, department stores, restaurants and bars have been opening their doors on Labor Day in recent years, meaning just another day of work for those employees. Are you one of those employees? Are you working this Labor Day?
Probably not Atlanta's, if Allstate's statistics are right.
If you're headed through Spaghetti Junction this Labor Day, keep both hands on the wheel. Atlanta drivers are almost 30 percent more likely to get into an accident than the national average, according to a study released by Allstate Insurance. The report ranks Atlanta 161st on its list comparing accident records of the nation's 200 biggest cities. The average Atlanta driver is in an accident every 7.7 years. The city with the best drivers, according to the report, is Sioux Falls, S.D., with an average of 13.8 years between collisions. Allstate offers these tips to help you keep safe: Big-city driving Small town and suburban driving Are you a safe driver? What are your best/worst habits? Tell us in the comments.
What books have your noses been in this Labor Day weekend, Lawrencevile?
Labor Day might be the last great summer holiday, but until the clock strikes midnight on Sept. 21, it's still summer. And that means there's just enough time to squeeze in another good book atop your favorite lounge chair. Not sure what to read for your last summer hurrah? Fear not, we've cobbled together some bestsellers from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, along with a few staff favorites from summers past. All you need to make your experience complete is a nice cold glass of iced tea lemonade. Fiction Non-fiction What have you been reading this weekend? What are you hoping to get to next?
Sunday, September 2, 2012
For Labor Day, Patch examines why some professionals are willing to travel hundreds of miles every week for work. Would you consider a super commute?
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…
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Descend 531 steps, crawl in a cave, ride in a hot air balloon and more suggestions for Labor Day weekend fun.
Were you too busy to make plans for Labor Day this year? Here's some stuff close to home you can take advantage of. And check out these other opportunities, too. Ever hiked the floor at Tallulah Gorge State Park? Here's your chance! The park will be leading hikes on a strenuous trek down 531 steps to the gorge floor Sept. 1-3. Participants will cross a river by jumping rock to rock and climb boulders to reach Bridal Veil Falls where they will be given the chance to cool off with a swim. Hikes will cover approximately 3.5 miles, no pets are allowed and children should be ages 10 or older. Hikers need to bring their own food and water. Hike times begin at 10:30 a.m. and finish around 2:30 p.m. Hikes require a $5 fee in addition to the $5 …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Where can you go to celebrate the end of summer without spending a ton on gas?
Athens – There’s more to do in Athens than just cheer on the Dawgs. Just about 50 minutes away from Lawrenceville, you can easily get there and back on one tank of gas. Check out the Athens Institute of Contemporary Art or the Georgia Museum of Art. Or tour one of the city’s many historic houses. When your day is done, dine at one of Athens many delicious restaurants. Check out Athens Patch’s directory for where to find great eats. Augusta – Home to the Augusta National Golf Club and James Brown, there’s plenty to see and do in Augusta. The drive is about two and half hours from Lawrenceville. Take a one-hour boat tour on the Augusta Canal or tour the childhood home of President Woodrow Wilson. End the day with a walk on the Riverwalk and…