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10 Ways to Use Patch in 2012

January 3, 2012

It’s a new year, and we’re ready to serve the Beverly Hills community in a bigger and better way—but we need your help. Beverly Hills Patch is as much your site as it is ours. Here’s how you can use Patch to make an impact. Share the news.  When we know about community news, we’re on the case. From important city announcements to power outages and crime, Patch is covering news 24-7. See something you think others should read? All you have to do is click the Facebook “recommend” button above an article or blog to share it with your neighbors and friends. Comment.  If you have relevant information to add to an article, jump in and make a comment. We’ll follow up and possibly add it to related articles in the future. Most community stories continue to evolve after they are reported—you can be a real-time source by commenting. Connect with the local editor.  Email Beverly Hills site editor Marie Cunningham at, or call her at 310-809-4882 if you have any tips or information to share.  Follow us on Twitter.  When we write an article, we tweet the news out to our followers. Want the info the fastest way possible? Follow  @BevHillsPatch . Get the iPhone or Droid app.  Your smartphone is an awesome tool for getting the info on what’s going on in your community. Click here to get the Patch app for free on iTunes. Not only can you read news on it, but post photos and videos as well. For information about the Driod app, click here . Take photos.  Patch has launched a new  community gallery , where you can post any of your own photography. Have a cool photo of something you spotted around town? Share it with us. Shoot videos.  The community gallery is not just for photos—send clips of anything around town you think is newsworthy. If you also give us a heads up via email that you’re uploading a video, we can feature it prominently on the homepage. Add to the calendar.  Have an event you want to make the community aware of? Don’t be shy. Post it in our  events calendar  for all to see. It’s free! Volunteer.  The same goes for our announcements section on Patch. Are you looking for volunteers for a service project?  Share it . Blog.  Everybody in any community has a story to tell. Don’t keep them to yourself. Sign up to be a blogger on Patch . Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read more here: 10 Ways to Use Patch in 2012

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Winter Solstice Is Wednesday

December 20, 2011

The winter solstice will arrive Wednesday night, marking an astronomical turning point observed since ancient times that also presents a chance to consider the long-term winter weather forecast. The solstice will occur Dec. 21 at 9:30 p.m local time, signaling the moment when the North Pole is farthest away from the sun. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. For many ancient and indigenous cultures throughout history, the winter solstice was a critical time for survival.  “It was really regarded as a time of potentially great crisis,” said Ed Krupp, an astronomer and director of the Griffith Observatory, who specializes in ancient traditional astronomy. It used to be necessary for people “to engage in ritual activity in order to help the cosmos go the way that benefits people,” Krupp said. Many of these rituals involved lighting candles or fires to symbolize the return of the sun and ensure the survival of a people. The winter solstice, on the bright side, marks the point at which the North Pole begins its steady but inevitable return towards the sun. The days will get longer after the winter solstice and the sun will appear to climb higher in the sky. The weather, unfortunately, takes considerably more time to catch up with the warmth of the sun.  This season’s long-term winter weather forecast, according to the National Weather Service, calls for below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.  “So far, we had a cool summer and a cool fall,” said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the National Weather Service. “If La Niña plays out, we’ll have a colder winter, too.” La Niña is a weather phenomenon involving cooler sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean that interact with eastward trade winds to affect global weather patterns. For Southern California, La Niña makes the winters colder and drier. Last winter’s onslaught of rain and snow storms in Southern California made it an atypical La Niña winter. The Old Farmer’s Almanac  agrees with this winter’s weather predictions for a cooler and drier climate in Southern California.  Although the weather may be unpredictable, winter solstices have served to remind humans of the natural cycle of things; that every winter eventually turns into spring and that darkness eventually succumbs to light. Be sure to follow Beverly Hills Patch on  Twitter  and “Like” us on  Facebook . Read the rest here: Winter Solstice Is Wednesday

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