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Underwhelmed by Sears and Some Ways to Save Money

A column highlighting the trends, thoughts and news from Facebook and Twitter.

Here at Marlborough Patch, we take social media pretty seriously.

The platform is one way we look to interact with you, answer your questions and get to see what's on your mind. Social Media Saturday is a weekly feature where we highlight your questions and thoughts you've shared on FacebookTwitter and other media throughout the past week.

We'll also point you to some new and interesting pages you may not have known about before.

Highlights of the Week:

Currently, we've got 928 fans liking us on Facebook, which is a great thing. We've also got 975 followers on Twitter, with numbers growing every day. Here are some highlights of what took place this week:

1. Readers do not seem overly wistful about the announcement of the pending  and Kmart store closings. Marlborough Patch talks about the news . Even though the poll in the article shows a relatively even split between whether or not the Marlborough Sears would be missed if it closed, the comments said otherwise. For now, the local retail store in the is not in danger.

"Sears should have given up the ghost years ago. Lousy help, scattered inventory [and] very spotty quality. As for Kmart, the Blue Light has more than had its day. I won't miss either one," says one of Marlborough Patch's Facebook readers. Though slightly more positive, this commenter is also not impressed, "Other than Lands End, Sears has put nothing into their 13 year old Marlborough store. Add in manager du jour and the store has no continuity to care about the store. Sears last three owners bought it for real estate, not retail reasons. That said, many good things remain at Sears for a comeback to happen."

2. During the month of December, the Marlborough Patch community was asked to send in their in the City of Marlborough and what makes that person so special. There are many worthy teachers here, no doubt, but Mark Vital of the received the most votes from Marlborough Patch readers.

Vital says, "...I love teaching and regularly count my blessings. I have the great privilege to teach my amazing students every day. I also love coaching cross country and track. In both capacities, teaching and coaching, I can set high expectations for my students/athletes, show them how to be successful and then motivate them to exceed. This is truly an amazing opportunity." His passion has certainly been noticed and appreciated!

3. Saving money is something we all like to do year-round but especially after the holidays. In this week's , we heard about a website called SavingStar. It's a whole new way to use coupons and save money at local grocery stores! A commenter sang the praises of RetailMeNot (coupon codes and discounts for online stores) and Printapons (printable coupons) as her favorite ways to save money while shopping on the internet. She also claims that "...it makes the online shopping lots more fun when you get the discount!"

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter you know that whenever there is breaking news in Marlborough you'll hear about it first through our social media outlets.

Social Media Page of the Week

They have everything an artist, art enthusiast or just about anyone who appreciates art can dream up. It's all in that purple house on Boston Post Road East, otherwise known as the . The center does custom framing, has a wide selection of art supplies and shows the work of local artists. It's also a great place to find hand-made jewelry and special gifts. Visit Post Road on Facebook, check out its website or stop by.  Just look for Mona Lisa on the door!

For more Facebook pages Marlborough residents might find interesting, check out our list of "liked" pages on Marlborough Patch's Facebook. And don’t forget to follow us while you are there.

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