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TRAVEL
February 5, 2012 | The Rev. Barry M. Ridge, For The Inquirer
For our first Christmas after retirement, we chose to do something different. As a pastor, my previous 39 Christmas Eves had been spent leading worship. As happy as that experience was, the thought of being free was also exciting. So on the morning of Dec. 24, my wife, Hope, and I left the quiet central Pennsylvania town of Gratz (population 662) and drove to New York City. At lunch before seeing War Horse at Lincoln Center, Hope whispered that Hoda Kotb was at the next table.
NEWS
December 28, 2011 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
GINO GAETANO PAPOLA was not only a busy physician, but a devoted Catholic who found time to lecture around the country on the sanctity of life. He also was a regular visitor to the Vatican, where he was honored by two popes, met Mother Teresa (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta) and other Catholic dignitaries and clergy. He received Communion from Pope John Paul II and was honored with the Knighthood of St. Gregory by John Paul II and Pope Paul VI. Dr. Gino Papola, who served leadership roles at St. Agnes Hospital, had his private practice for many years in Upper Darby, was two-term president of the International Association of Catholic Physicians, an Army veteran and devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Christmas Eve. He was 91 and was living in a nursing facility in West Brandywine, but had lived in South Philadelphia, Drexel Hill and Bryn Mawr over the years.
SPORTS
December 27, 2011 | BY BOB COONEY, cooneyb@phillynews.com
PORTLAND - While the start of an NBA basketball season is one that is filled with emotions for players, coaches and fans, sometimes reality rears its head and gives a whole new perspective as to what is important in life. Sixers coach Doug Collins gave the team off on Christmas Eve so his players could enjoy the holiday as they were scheduled to fly to Portland on Christmas Day and practice there later that night. It was on the team's off day that guard Lou Williams found himself in a little bit of a mess.
NEWS
December 27, 2011 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
A NORTHEAST Philadelphia man left out some vital information when he called 9-1-1 at 6 a.m. yesterday to report that his mother was experiencing chest pains. As paramedics were taking the 78-year-old woman out of the Kirkwood Road home on a stretcher, he mentioned that his pop was lounging in a recliner. Dead. For awhile now. "When the rescue guys are taking mom out, he says, 'Can you take my dad with you?' " said a source in Northeast Detectives. The 84-year-old father, who hasn't been identified, apparently spent Christmas in the recliner, but likely died on Christmas Eve. "He was dead for a couple days," the source said.
NEWS
December 26, 2011
Obama, in Hawaii, marks Christmas HONOLULU - President Obama exchanged gifts with his family, sang carols, and attended church services as he celebrated Christmas in Hawaii. The president and his family woke up early Sunday to exchange gifts, the White House said, then had breakfast and sang Christmas carols at the multimillion-dollar house they are renting in Kailua Beach, near Honolulu. Later, the Obamas made the short trip to the chapel at Marine Corps Base Hawaii for Christmas services.
NEWS
December 23, 2011
By Todd R. Nelson In 11th-grade shop class, I worked all fall on a dining room table. It would be a Christmas present for my parents, and a great surprise. My teacher offered me the project based on something he had seen in a woodworking design book - a butcher block table five feet in diameter. It was the biggest shop project I had ever done. Week after week, during the two periods before history class, I worked away, sawing two-inch-thick pine boards into square strips, laminating them into 12-inch sections, joining the sections, and then cutting a circle out of the large square blank.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | Staff Report
Heavy rain tonight and tomorrow should give way to a crisp, but chilly, Christmas weekend. Today should see mild weather with highs approaching 58 degrees. Rain will move in tonight, heavy at times, with the possibility of an inch or more. More rain is likely tomorrow, with a high of 52. But accumulation does not look heavy, according to the National Weather Service. By Saturday, the skies should clear in time for Christmas Eve, with a high of 46, and low of around 34. Christmas Day looks to be partly sunny, with a high near 47. The low overnight Sunday into Monday will remain above freezing, with a low of about 35. Last year, a snowstorm rolled in the day after Christmas.
FOOD
December 22, 2011 | By Ashley Primis, Inquirer Staff Writer
As chef Jean-Marie Lacroix pulls a shallow copper pan out of the oven, the smell of garlic, butter, and parsley-rich escargots hits the nose before the dish hits the table. To Lacroix, the fragrance is rich with nostalgia - snails mean Christmas to this French chef. It's really all his Center City home needs to complete the motif. He is as adept with pruning shears as he is with prunes, so his cozy abode is filled with greenery, and now, overflowing with glitter-dusted poinsettias.
NEWS
December 22, 2011 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Kelsey Bozarth and her family always celebrate Christmas Eve with a special song. They cue up Bing Crosby's "Mele Kalikimaka," often called "the Hawaiian Christmas Song," and sing along. Sometimes they even dance. It's doubtful this endearing ritual, begun decades ago by Bozarth's grandfather, had ever been the subject of a scholarly discussion in a university classroom. Until this year. "I told my professor, 'I have this family tradition and I'm really passionate about it,' " explains Bozarth, 21, a Rowan University senior from Burlington County.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Every Christmas Eve after singing "Silent Night" and "The Twelve Days of Christmas" in perfect Wellington off-key pitch, my mom gets up from her wooden rocking chair and retrieves two gifts from under the Christmas tree. She hands one to me and one to my sister, Jennifer. Inside each box (signed "from Mrs. Claus") is a pair of brand-spanking-new pajamas. My sister and I are in our mid-30s now, but we take our decades-old Christmas tradition seriously. Soon after opening the boxes, we take quick showers, put on our new PJs, and twirl around the house like teenagers.
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