Thursday, December 19, 2013

Winter Storm Falco: New York City Plans for Possible Rush Hour Headaches Tuesday

Winter Storm Falco is forecast to sweep into parts of the Northeast Tuesday morning, just in time to make rush hour ugly.

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"It won't be the biggest snow storm in the world, but what's going to happen is it's going to impact an entire stretch of tens of millions of people," explained Dr. Tom Niziol, winter weather expert for The Weather Channel.

The New York City tri-state area is among the major areas that could see wintry weather Tuesday before rush hour starts, and the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued a Travel Advisory. OEM is reminding people to check road conditions before they head out. The agency is also asking pedestrians to "have heightened awareness of cars" as they head to work Tuesday.

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The city's Department of Sanitation has also issued a snow alert for Tuesday at 4 a.m.

Residents can monitor the status of the storm at, or by calling 311.

This latest brush with winter comes just days after Winter Storm Electra brought as much as half-a-foot of snow to parts of New York City.

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Trafford pensioners Christmas present appeal success

More than 300 presents were donated to an appeal to provide gifts for elderly people, who might otherwise not receive anything

Rev Barbara Sharp and Alan Savage with all the gifts donated

The community has rallied round to spread Christmas spirit to pensioners.

More than 300 presents were donated to an appeal to provide gifts for elderly people, who might otherwise not receive anything.

The 'Be a Santa to a Senior' appeal, was organised by care company Home Instead and community group Sale Square Mile.

The presents will be delivered with a guide to local events and handmade Christmas cards from children from St St Mary's, Woodheys and Springfield Primary Schools.

The gifts were wrapped at a community open day at St Paul's Church in Sale, which was attended by organisations including Washway Road Medical Centre, Trafford Carers Centre, Age UK, Parkinsons UK, the Stroke Association and local businesses.

The organisations will help to distribute the gifts to older people in Sale and Altrincham and Wythenshawe Hospital.

Owner of Home Instead Altrincham and Sale, Alan Savage, said: "It's great to see the whole community get behind what we were trying to do.

"It's wonderful how everyone has worked together to bring a bit of festive cheer to some of our elderly people this Christmas.

"I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone involved, including all the retailers and the children who made blank christmas cards to accompany the gifts."

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

'American Idol' on the Charts: For Carrie Underwood, the Sound of Music Is Ka-Ching!

DOWN NONNBERG ABBEY ROAD: Combine hit recording artist Carrie Underwood and a Richard Rodgers/ Oscar Hammerstein score and there's no way you can miss the Billboard charts. The cast recording of NBC's The sound of music soundtrack of Music makes its debut just one week after the live broadcast, entering The Billboard 200 at No. 17, the Top Soundtracks tally at No. 2 (unable to dislodge Disney's Frozen) and Top Digital Albums at No. 17.

The two previous major recordings of The Sound of Music both did very well on the Billboard album chart. The Broadway cast LP, released in 1959, spent 16 weeks on top in 1960. The film soundtrack, issued in 1965, replaced another soundtrack at No. 1 -- the Beatles' Help! -- and remained in pole position for two weeks.

It isn't just the album that's doing well on this week's charts. Underwood's duet with Audra McDonald on "My Favorite Things" debuts at No. 47 on Holiday Digital Songs. This is the second time the song has appeared on this chart in the last two months. In November, Kelly Clarkson's take on the song, from her album Wrapped in Red, bowed at No. 7.

Idols have charted with the same song before, but for a different reason (and a different season). Season four's top two -- Underwood and Bo Bice -- both released the coronation song "Inside Your Heaven" in 2005. Underwood's recording went to No. 1 and Bice's version peaked at No. 2.

In 2009, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert both recorded the coronation song "No Boundaries" and both versions were released. Allen's peaked at No. 11 on the Hot 100 and Lambert's at No. 72.

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DOING 'WITHOUT': This is the 26th week on the Adult R&B chart for "Without Me," the single by Fantasia featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott. After half a year on the survey, the track springs to a new peak position, jumping 4-2, after seven consecutive weeks at No. 4. That puts the song in reach of first place. If "Without Me" moves up just one rung next week, it will be Fantasia's fourth Adult R&B chart-topper, following "Truth Is," "Free Yourself" and "Bittersweet." If the song does ultimately end up peaking at No. 2, it will be Fantasia's second time topping out in the runner-up spot. "When I See U" reached No. 2 in July 2007.

Fantasia currently has two other songs on the Adult R&B list. "Love & Sex," a duet with Joe, is down one notch, 16-17, and her new single, "Side Effects of You," is up 25-23.

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'TREE' PERSON: Kelly Clarkson's holiday ode "Underneath the Tree" spends a second week at No. 1 on the Adult Contemporary and Adult Contemporary Audience charts. She has two more songs in the AC top 10: "Blue Christmas" leaps 12-7 and "Please Come Home for Christmas" jumps 13-8.

"Underneath the Tree" is growing on a number of charts. It soars 34-12 on Holiday Songs, debuts at No. 92 on the Hot 100 and No. 41 on the Canadian Hot 100, rockets 17-6 on Holiday Digital Songs and bows at No. 24 on Pop Digital Songs.

The parent album, Wrapped in Red, rebounds 6-3 on The Billboard 200, climbs 9-6 on Top Internet Albums, advances 9-3 on Top Digital Albums and holds at No. 2 on Holiday Albums.

BITS AND PIECES: Jennifer Hudson's latest single, "I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)," moves up again on Adult R&B, 15-13... Mandisa's "Overcomer" is No. 1 for the 12th week on Christian Adult Contemporary... Scotty McCreery's "See You Tonight" takes a 12-point hike, up 42-30 on Country Digital Songs, and his Christmas With Scotty McCreery bounces 8-4 on Top Country Catalog Albums while jumping 165-116 on The Billboard 200... Kellie Pickler's The Woman I Am travels 31-28 on Top Country Albums and re-enters The Billboard 200 at No. 194, while the single "Little Bit Gypsy" is up 53-50 on Country Airplay.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Church news for Saturday, December 14, 2013

Christmas Play, 4 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 1501 Rivermont Ave., entitled "Centenary Card Shop, After Hours," written and directed by Denise Bryson and youth assistant, Rick Smallshaw, followed by our traditional birthday party for Jesus.

Christmas Program, 4 p.m., Tyreeanna United Methodist Church, 5219 Tyreeanna Road, entitled, "An Old Fashioned Christmas In Tyreeanna," presented by Tyreeanna Choir.


Women In Red Program, 5 p.m., First Baptist Church Coolwell, guest preacher, Minister Pearl Braxton, with music by her daughters.


Christmas Play, 5 p.m., Mt. Plain Baptist Church, 3746 Johnson Mt. Road, Evington, entitled, "Christmas Family Reunion," followed by a fellowship meal. Sponsored by The United Sunday School Fellowship of Evington & Vicinity.

Gospel Concert, 6 p.m., Bethany-Ebenezer UMC, 663 Dearingford Road, Lynch Station, featuring Bishop Hardy and the Sons of Thunder, along with an opening group.

Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Yellow Branch Baptist Church, 8395 Wards Road, Rustburg, many vendors will be present for your Christmas shopping, and baked goods will be for sale.



Christmas Cantata, 11 a.m., Keystone Baptist Church, 212 Fleetwood Drive, entitled, "A Decade of Christmas Praise," by the animated christmas card Choir.

Honorees Service, 4:30 p.m., Promise Land Ministries, 612 Grady St., guest speaker, Evangelist Denise Rose. For more information or transportation, call: (434) 528-3342 or 509-5136.

Christmas Musical, 6:30 p.m., Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 4660 Fort Ave., entitled, "Let There Be Light."

Gospel Singing, 3 p.m., Peaceful Baptist Church, 2009 Park Ave., featuring Pilot Mountain Men's Chorus, sponsored by the Senior Usher's Ministry.

New Pastor, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 11 th and Court Sts., the Rev. Jim Carter will preach his initial sermon.

Candle Light Service, 6 p.m., Fifth Street Baptist Church, 1007 Fifth St., Pastor Moore will deliver the Christmas Sermon, with music will be provided by the combined choirs of Fifth Street.

Advent Adult Offerings, 9:30 to 10:15 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, 200 Boston Ave., (1) NOOMA: films exploring our world from Jesus' perspective, featuring Rob Bell; (2) Book discussion: Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters, by Phyllis Tickle.

Advent Cantata, 10 a.m., Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church, 5810 Fort Ave., the Chancel Choir will present "Nun Komm, Der Heiden Heiland" (Now Come, Savior of the Heathens), under the direction of Dr. Jong Kim. Featured soloists, Lynchburg College students, Gillie Martin, soprano and Tevin Ware, tenor, and Chancel Choir member, Gerald Doyle, bass; and organist, Rose Peak and a woodwind ensemble.

An Afternoon of Christmas Music, 2 p.m., Peakland United Methodist church, 4434 Boonsboro Road, featuring the Children's, Chancel, Handbell Choirs, guest instrumentalists, and the Horizons Praise Team. Free.


Christmas Program, 3 p.m., ScottZion Baptist Church, Madison Heights, followed by refreshments, sponsored by the Youth Ministry.

Christmas Cantata, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church of Monroe, 139 Francis Ave., Monroe, entitled, "One Small Child."

Christmas Play, 2:30 p.m., Bolling Hill Baptist Church, Madison Heights, sponsored by the Sunday school.

Appreciation Service, 3 p.m., Timothy Baptist Church, 2061 Buffalo Springs Turnpike, for Deacon John Carter, guests: the Rev. Meredith Tinsley, male chorus, ushers and church family of Galilee Baptist Church, Gladstone.


Christmas Cantata, 11 a.m., New Hope Baptist in Vera, 6227 Old Courthouse Road, filled with joy by song and music; and at 7 p.m., children's program, followed by light refreshments.


Christmas Cantata, 3 p.m., Bethany United Methodist Church, Bethany Church Circle (behind VA Memorial Park), entitled, "Emmanuel."


Christmas Program, 6 p.m., Evington United Methodist Church, corner of Colonial Highway and Church Lane, followed by light refreshments.

Christmas Program, 11 a.m., First Baptist Church, 12 th and Franklin Sts., Altavista, a Christmas program and dinner.

Christmas Program, 5 p.m., Staunton Baptist Church, Long Island, entitled, "Let's Celebrate the Birth of Jesus."



A Christmas Miracle, 7 p.m., Keystone Baptist Church, 212 Fleetwood Drive, presented by the Keystone Kids Muppets.

Midweek Community Advent Service, 11:45 a.m., prelude, Fort Hill UM Church, 106 Oakridge Blvd., guest minister, the Rev. Rick Ecklund, Centenary UM Church; Organist-Johnson Scott, Centenary UMC; Soloist-Marcia Thom, soprano, Sweet Briar College.

Midweek Advent Service, 12:10 and 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1000 Langhorne Road.



Lesson and Carols, 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew's Chapel, 1916 Redfields Road, the text taken from Messiah libretto, with guest minister the Rev. Davidson Morse, New Covenant Schools; Messiah (Christmas portion) Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Liberty Baptist; and Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service, 11 p.m., at St. Andrews.


God's Storehouse, 2 to 5 p.m., Lakewood Baptist Church, 2469 Sunburst Road, Evington, food bags and hygiene/paper products for families in need. Please have driver's license or photo ID with a current address. Call: (434) 525-1234.



Christmas Program, 4 p.m., New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Rt., 60 W. to 778 S., entitled, "The Shepherds," with singing and praise dancing.