Thursday, January 3, 2013
There were two last year, according to figures provided by the Woodbury Public Safety Department.
Among the more than 300 people arrested on suspicion of DWI in Minnesota over the New Year’s Eve timeframe, there were six in Woodbury. That’s a slight jump from the two who were busted for drinking and driving last year, according to numbers provided by the Woodbury Public Safety Department. From Dec. 1, 2011, to Jan. 1, 2012, there were 19 people arrested on DWI charges. This past month that number was 26. The total number of DWI offenses in Woodbury in 2011 was 130; for 2012 it was 150. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety on Wednesday reported that at least 300 people were arrested for DWI statewide on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, according to its preliminary arrest information. The arrest numbers come from the State Patrol…
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Shake off the gloom that may have settled on your shoulders like a cold wet blanket. Smile at someone. Be patient. Be compassionate. Get on that random act of kindness bandwagon.
I may have mentioned before that I’m not a fan of even-numbered years. I don’t want to over emphasize a silly superstition after we’ve successfully survived the “Mayan apocalypse.” But still… 2012 might be one of those years that I’m glad to leave in the rearview mirror. Maybe it’s because 2012 wound down with a tragic super-storm, mental-health mayhem and a fiscal cliff that makes the entire 12 months seem as if they’ve were darkened by a grey cloud of gloom. I will resist this Debbie Downer mood and usher in the New Year with three things. First, I’ll look back over 2012 and count my blessings. My husband had a health scare that turned out to be not much more than a nuisance. I’ve had more writing work than ever before. (A blessing and a…
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Adler Greg Morris was born at 5:28 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2012.
Cheyanne Morris had her fourth boy on New Year’s Day. He was the first baby born in Woodbury in 2012, and it was the first time Morris delivered using a water birth. When Morris had her three other children, she used pain medication during delivery, “which made me feel a little groggy and not always in the moment.” Morris spoke with her HealthEast midwives, who suggested she try a water birth. She also heard from her sister-in-law, who had a great experience giving birth at Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury. Now, her new son, Adler Greg Morris, is the first baby of 2012 for Woodbury. “We were thrilled,” Morris said of having the city's first baby of the year. “We thought that was great. We were excited about having a New Year baby in …
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Big life moments for me have happened in odd years, but there were many other “odd” occurrences in 2011.
I tend to prefer odd-numbered years. I’m not into numerology. It just seems the most notable events in my life have occurred in odd years. I was born in an odd year, graduated high school and college in odd years, got married and had both of my children in odd years. So when 2011 rolled around, I anticipated an amazing year based solely on my simplistic qualification of it being odd. Well, 2011 was odd indeed. It kicked off with one of the longest, coldest, and snowiest winters I’ve endured since moving here. Summer didn’t fare much better. First oddly rainy. Then oddly hot. Now oddly dry and snow-free. An economy that has yet to rebound, which some economic prognosticators say is odd. Minnesota Twins and Vikings were/are oddly abysmal. …
Monday, January 3, 2011
Patch recently asked people what they plan to do in 2011.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Ann Simpson
Monday, January 3, 2011
Woodbury Patch recently asked folks about their New Year's resolutions.
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Fear can rob a person of joy and spoil moments of "have" with fear of not having. Instead, let's resolve to savor joyful moments and share our blessings with others.
It's been said that living through hard times teaches appreciation for good times. That going without helps us to value what we have. Not always. Sometimes uncertainty causes us to cling tighter to things for fear of losing them. The poor economy has triggered a recalibration and refocus toward practical things like how to cook at home, how to do more with less and how to carefully consider our choices instead of impulsively chasing the "BBD" (Bigger, Better Deal). But these times have also brought about an elevated level of anxiety for some, fear about the future and fear of loss. What once seemed an endless party of potential has morphed into a gray winter morning where some hope that careful steps will prevent economic slips and falls. …