The Christmas Issue

Dec 20, 2010
3:00 PM

OMG! It's pet night with Santa!

Last week at the Steeplegate Mall, Santa spent some quality time with his furry friends during animal night. These photos, sent to us from reader Jane Toumpas show Santa with Tony Soprano Pony and Sullivan O'Toumpas, the black Lab. Santa got hungry, so Sullivan shared his rubber chicken.

Dec 20, 2010
3:05 PM

Police Log

Stealing from the Salvation Army kettle On Dec. 14, about 1 p.m, Officer Matthew Nelson was dispatched to Market Basket on Ft. Eddy Road to assist the Concord Fire Department with a Salvation Army bell ringer who appeared intoxicated and was acting strangely. When Nelson arrived, he saw a man, later identified as John Fitzpatrick, 46, of Concord walking away from the firefighters and heard him say, “Leave me alone.” Nelson followed Fitzpatrick through the parking lot and could smell an “obvious odor of alcohol” coming from Fitzpatrick, who appeared unsteady on his feet, Nelson wrote.…

Dec 20, 2010
3:08 PM
The Revelator

Why must I separate?

A while back, reader Jim Place from Penacook e-mailed us the following: “I have a question about the trucks picking up our recycling. In Concord we’re supposed to separate paper and cardboard from cans and bottles, but I noticed that they are all dumped into one bin on the truck and mixed together in the truck. Why separate?” Well, Jim Place from Penacook, we would have gotten back to you sooner but we were busy dividing up our empty eggnog cartons from our bare bottles of rum. And when we weren’t doing that, we were drinking the said eggnog and rum. Sick of the creamy spiked beverage,…

Dec 20, 2010
3:14 PM
Ball & Chain

All I want for Christmas is Casper & Bill

Dear Casper and Bill, I need to get my boyfriend’s parents a snazzy Christmas present but I’m stumped. They’re pretty wealthy and seem to have everything they need. Any ideas of something small and sweet to get for them this holiday season? Dear stumped-no-more: We have the perfect solution to relieve you of deciding on something useless think about this. I’m only 5’ 6” ..considered…

Dec 20, 2010
3:17 PM
My year abroad

A different kind of festivity

I’m sitting in the airplane on my way to North Carolina. It’s great – not just the plane, but this whole journey. The U.S. is so big and I’m just very happy to say that I have already visited five states. It may sound very fancy when people from Europe talk about all the countries they have visited, but it’s not! I just need one hour to the Netherlands and two hours to Paris with the car. London is just…

Dec 20, 2010
3:21 PM

Missed Connections

That’s right – we’re bringing your favorite unedited, anonymous pick-up lines from Craiglist’s Missed Connections. Merry Christmas. Mcdonald’s Drive-thru Window - m4w - 34 (Concord Heights) I went through the drive thru last night and you were running the register at the first window. You had an issue with your drawer not working correctly when I came to the window. You are very sexy, with dark hair and a beautiful smile. I would really like to talk sometime, I hope you read this and respond. Bye. Cooking store - m4w - 39 (concord) you talked me into buying a new item and had a cool…