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October 15, 1996 | By Rosland Briggs, Christian Davenport and Patricia Smith, FOR THE INQUIRER
The frost is on the pumpkin, and it's beginning to look a lot like . . . Christmas. Enter some area retail stores, and you'll swear you took a two-month version of a Rip Van Winkle nap. Yesterday was Columbus Day. It's two weeks until Halloween, and Thanksgiving is a month away, but the decorated Christmas trees, holiday dinnerware, nativity scenes and "Christmas smells" have left the storeroom and burst onto the sales floor - with 71 shopping days...
NEWS
November 14, 1996 | For The Inquirer / BILL CAIN
With the nip of coming winter in the air yesterday, Mark Foresman, 25, got busy putting up Christmas decorations around lampposts at Peddler's Village in Lahaska. The temperatures will continue to be low today, and some flurries may fall.
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December 22, 1991 | Special to The Inquirer / JILL ANNA GREENBERG
Dried flowers, pine cones, fungi, weeds and pods - normally left to decay - are used to create beautiful holiday ornaments at the Peace Valley Nature Center in Doylestown. Dot Scheingold, of Fountainville, led a workshop this month for adults on making Christmas decorations from natural materials.
NEWS
January 29, 2012
Christmas decorations all put away? Good. Now, kick back and catch up on your reading. Here are some good titles you may want to check out. They'll take you right up to azalea time. - Michael D. Schaffer, Inquirer books editor, and John Timpane, staff writer
NEWS
December 2, 1991
SEASON TO BE CLUMSY From a list, compiled last July by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, of injuries related to Christmas decorations sustained by Americans, circulated by Harper's magazine. Patient fell off table onto Christmas ornament. Patient putting up Christmas lights fell off roof. Cast-iron Christmas decoration fell off a ledge, causing laceration to forehead. Patient was holding glass ornament in hand, and it broke. Patient accidentally swallowed Christmas ornament.
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August 14, 1988 | By Charlotte Kidd, Special to The Inquirer
Conshohocken Borough Council is looking for more than a stocking full of Christmas spirit because it thinks a business group has decided to play Scrooge. For as long as anyone can remember, the Conshohocken Chamber of Commerce financed and arranged the Christmas decorations and lighting along the Fayette Street business district. This year, what's now known as the Greater Conshohocken Chamber of Commerce has handed the responsibility to the borough. But Borough Council members are saying no thanks, thinking it is too expensive and an insurance liability to boot.
NEWS
June 6, 1993 | By C.R. Harper, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Although it's not even summer yet, about 60 local residents gathered Wednesday night to begin brainstorming about whether snowflakes or manger scenes would be appropriate school decorations in December. The public meeting, held at St. John Chrysostom's school gym, gave people an opportunity to discuss to a new religious neutrality policy passed by the Wallingford-Swarthmore school board in April and scheduled to take effect in September. The policy forbids school officials or teachers from promoting, opposing or showing any preference for a religion but is unclear on specifics such as holiday decorations.
NEWS
December 15, 1991 | By Rose Simmons, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cold weather arrived in the Philadelphia area with a bang last night, as 60-m.p.h. gales snapped tree limbs and power lines and tossed around Christmas decorations. The lights went out about 7 p.m. in the business section of Chestnut Hill, putting the staff at the Under the Blue Moon restuarant in the black and making owner Gene Gosfield see red. "Why, why couldn't the storm have happened on Tuesday night, when it's a slow night, not on Saturday, our meat night?" asked Gosfield, who said he had to close early.
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December 5, 1995 | By Angie Cannon, INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
As she uncovered the Christmas decorations at the White House, Hillary Rodham Clinton said yesterday that the administration is going to be asking Americans to show they care about the soldiers headed for Bosnia. "There will be specific things the President and others of us will be asking Americans to do to support our troops," she said. "I will also be asking people to support the families of our troops. " She said one example is writing to the troops, particularly single soldiers.
NEWS
January 16, 1992 | By Mac Daniel, Special to The Inquirer
Abington police are still searching for the culprits in two vandalism sprees that resulted in a total of $6,700 damage to headstones at the Lawnview and Montefiore Cemeteries. The first incident was reported Jan. 5 at Montefiore, Church Road and Borbeck Avenue, where 35 headstones in five sections in the back of the cemetery were overturned, causing an estimated $5,000 in damage, according to police reports. None of the stones was broken, according to Robert Shay, president of Montefiore Cemetery.
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December 15, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
MOHAMMAD HOSSAIN has sold jewelry from his Gold Center kiosk in the Gallery mall on East Market Street for 10 years, and yesterday he wore a weary expression. Despite the holiday season, Hossain and other merchants weren't feeling cheerful. PREIT, the owner of the Gallery, has told them to vacate by either Dec. 31 or Jan. 31. PREIT has plans to redevelop the Gallery, which means the stores and kiosks will be moved out for at least a year. George Thomas, who has operated a jewelry kiosk there for 20 years, said merchants are angry.
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December 15, 2014 | BY PATRICIA MADEJ, Daily News Staff Writer madejp@phillynews.com, 215-854-5938
WHEN Ashley Broaddus, 14, of Germantown was released from the hospital last Christmas Eve after suffering a stroke that left her paralyzed from the chest down, she refused to use a wheelchair. "She says, 'I'm not going to do it,' " said Yvonne Farrell, Ashley's mother. "So we went to therapy twice a week at CHOP . . . and we're just believing that she'll totally recover. " Now that wheelchair sits in her house covered in clothing. While in the hospital, Ashley was nominated for a wish to be granted through the Make-A-Wish foundation.
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December 6, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas, Alexander, and Nadia Harriman were well-known among the families in their Burlington County town. They attended birthday parties at friends' homes. They rode scooters and played in the backyard after school. They laughed with fellow classmates. Many of those friends will remember the Harriman children Saturday at a service in Tabernacle Township, a rural community of 7,000. "We need this, as a community, for closure," said Jenn Quartarone, 38, whose children attended school with the Harrimans.
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November 26, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman was charged with theft after allegedly snatching Christmas decorations and lawn ornaments from two houses in Gloucester Township. Authorities said Monday that Jeanette P. Montanez, 47, of Sewell, Gloucester County, pulled her minivan up to two houses along the 400 block of Dearborne Avenue on Sunday night and took holiday decorations there. A nearby resident saw one of the heists and called 911 with a description of the alleged grinch and a partial license plate. Police traced the information to Montanez's car and went to her address on Salem Avenue in Sewell, where they said they found ornaments and decorations hidden in a wooded area at the end of the street.
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October 29, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA & STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writers vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
JOSEPHINE has been decorating her porch in South Philly for 40 years. But it's taken some convincing from her family to make it to year 41 - having your decorations stolen twice in 11 months can do that to a homeowner. "I like decorating, and everyone tells me it looks good," said Josephine, whose last name is being withheld at her request. "I can't understand why someone would do this. " Late Thursday, some punk swiped the "scary butler" doll that Josephine had put outside her home on Fitzgerald Street near 11th, police said.
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December 25, 2013 | By Alfred Lubrano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometimes, the breadth and din of a big city conspire to make a person feel alone, anonymous, unseen. But on East Passyunk Avenue in South Philadelphia, neighbors are not only known, but celebrated. During the holiday season, 27 photos of neighborhood residents have been displayed from the windows of a three-story building at Passyunk and Tasker Street. Lights illuminate the 18- by 24-inch black-and-white photos, displayed on translucent corrugated plastic. Between 4 p.m. and 1:30 a.m. each day, the guy from down the corner and the lady across the street glow in the early winter darkness, and mere people are transformed - into Christmas decorations, into neighborhood icons, into art. "Turning this building we bought into a giant holiday greeting is our Christmas wish for our neighbors," said Kate Mellina, whose husband, Dave Christopher, took the photos.
NEWS
November 28, 2013
Goodwill . . . no, wait When an anonymous letter purportedly from neighbors arrived complaining about our Christmas decorations being up before Thanksgiving, my wife and I were both very upset. Our decorations are in no way outrageous, and we live on a semi-rural road outside a subdivision. We have a grand total of eight strings of lights on our four-acre property - three illuminated bushes. Being friends with a diverse group of people, we not only display the traditional red and green of Christmas, but also the blue and white of Hanukkah and the winter season in general.
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December 24, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEWTOWN, CONN . - Bells and lights and gifts: These have always shown us it's Christmastime. But this year, in this town, the bells toll in mourning. The brightest lights glare from TV satellite trucks. And gifts? Some around town suggest that presents and other rituals really ought to be put off in this joyless season. Could anyone imagine celebrating Christmas under the pall that has spread here since the horror at Sandy Hook Elementary School? The answer, somehow, is yes. The spirit of Christmas has pushed through, even here, where people are seeing lights and hearing bells in ways they never had before, and reminding themselves which gifts are truly most precious.
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December 8, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
For Fred Duling, always, the river beckoned. He grew up on the Schuylkill, arriving at Malta Boat Club in 1960 as a difficult boy of 16. On the river he found purpose. And strength. From there he launched a lifetime of rowing and coaching achievement that took him around the world. Yet Duling, now 68, had come to accept their permanent separation, the end of a 50-year relationship between him and the water. It disappeared in an instant on Dec. 6, 2010, when he tumbled over a banister at the Malta house on Boathouse Row, fracturing his spine in four places and leaving him paralyzed from the chest down.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2012
DEAR ABBY: When I was an adolescent, my father molested me. It took me 20 years to finally confide this secret to my mother. Afterward it felt as if a huge weight had been lifted from my shoulders. That feeling lasted about two minutes. That's how long it took for her to get on the phone and spread the news to everyone she could think of. This was two years ago and, after repeatedly asking her to stop, she continues to tell. Two days ago, I caught her spilling the beans to an acquaintance she hadn't spoken to in more than a decade.
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