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December 21, 1986 | Inquirer photos by John Costello
The Northeast is ablaze for the season as residents display twinkling, blinking symbols of the holiday. Some blocks decorate in a cooperative effort, such as in the 6600 block of Jackson Street, where 37 of 38 twin houses are lit up. Some residents carry on longstanding family traditions, displaying Santa scenes or creches in their yards. Other residents simply drive around and enjoy the sights.
NEWS
November 13, 1988 | By Charlotte Kidd, Special to The Inquirer
Christmas lights will shine in Conshohocken by Thanksgiving, thanks to an offer by the AMBUCS - the American Business Clubs - to install the strings of colorful bulbs in the business district. Conshohocken had faced a dreary holiday season after the Greater Conshohocken Chamber of Commerce voted over the summer to discontinue responsibility for maintenance and installation of Conshohocken's Christmas lights. At the time, chamber executive director Bob Behrman said it would be unfair for the chamber to take care of one borough's lights while other municipalities that now are chamber members handle their own Christmas decorations.
NEWS
November 27, 1997 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / JONATHAN WILSON
Longwood Gardens will turn on its annual holiday display today. Senior arborist Jim Dilworth this week gave a bunch of lighted grapes a final check. The theme of this year's extravaganza is "A Gardener's Christmas. "
LIVING
January 6, 2006 | By Alan J. Heavens INQUIRER REAL ESTATE WRITER
Question: This is our first house, and there is a really nice tree in the front on which we strung Christmas lights this year. Can we keep those lights up all year, instead of having to string and unstring then annually? We like the effect, but the work is a big pain, especially when it's cold. We'd also like to get the lights to the top of the tree, but our ladder isn't long enough. Answer: You've touched a nerve here. Two years ago, I hung lights on the weeping cherry tree in front of our house for Christmas and left them up after the holiday.
NEWS
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
January 6, 1995 | For The Inquirer / BOB HILL
Harry Sheldon is busy helping take Christmas lights off the shrubbery at the home of fiancee Meg Haines of Mickleton. He had taken time off from his job at Haines Pork Store, which belongs to her father.
NEWS
December 25, 2010 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
No other time of the year is as musically formalized as Christmas. From Bing Crosby to The Nutcracker , the repertoire is so narrow that what should be cheering you up works on your nerves instead. That's why A Christmas Concert From Norway , which airs at 7 Saturday night on WYBE (Channel 35 for broadcast) is worth seeking out: It exudes deep-winter calm. The usual traditional music is rendered with restraint, taste, and sincerity. Snow is abundant. So is charisma, with the spirited Canadian opera star Measha Brueggergosman and attractive Princess Martha Louise, who, without the slightest irony, recalls Christmases past in sentences beginning, "When I was a little princess . . . . " Shot only weeks ago at the Vang Church in the smallish city of Hamar (a venue for the 1994 Winter Olympics)
NEWS
January 5, 1990 | Marc Schogol from reports from Inquirer wire services
CHRISTMAS-LIGHTS RECALL Take care when taking down your Christmas lights. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled light sets that it says may present a shock or electrocution hazard to people as they return them to storage. The miniature "string-to-string" Christmas lights, manufactured by Taiwan-based Toyo Industrial, were sold in sets of 35, 50, 70 and 100 and are imprinted "TOYO" or "TP-6" on the end of one of the connectors. Unplug them before removal, and call Toyo at 800-545-8330 between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. SMELL OF SUCCESS More and more men are on the scent of something.
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.
NEWS
December 21, 1986 | By Maureen Graham, Special to The Inquirer
It won't be a blue Christmas in Monroe Township. It won't be a green, red or yellow one either. Despite $4,000 worth of new Christmas lights, Main Street will be dark this year. The saga of the Christmas lights is one that only the Grinch could appreciate. At first, the problem was one of economics. Then it became political. Now, it's simply electrical. Main Street has been without Christmas lights since 1977, when, according to local lore, a careless maintenance worker packed the lights away in a tangled mess.
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NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Where do you suppose that Champagne bottle is you uncorked on New Year's Eve? And whatever did you do with the cork? The molded Styrofoam that delivered your new laptop, the cardboard cup from Starbucks that held this morning's latte, the Sunday Inquirer, Friday's pizza box greasy with pepperoni, the aluminum foil that wrapped the turkey, and that string of Christmas lights that blinked out over the weekend: Where are they now? If you live in Burlington County, chances are good that your recent paper, metal, plastic and glass trail has been dumped, tumbled, crushed, and flattened, scanned by infrared light, puffed by air jets, and sorted by magnets at a plant in Westampton.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 2, 2016
Q: I live near a lot of people who go over the top with Christmas lights. Last year, I got into the spirit and got a bunch of lights for the outside of my house. But this year, they were such a tangled mess that I recycled them and bought new ones so I wouldn't need to deal with it. To avoid this next year, how should I take them down? - C.S. A: This is such a great question. Storage is always a big problem, and strings of lights really do tangle easily. The downside to LED lights - and upside, if you think about it - is that we can use long strings because we don't have to worry about the electrical load.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2015 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Soon after Rose and Aaron Harris bought their Tacony home four years ago, a neighbor stopped by. His first question on that warm fall afternoon? "Do you do Christmas?" "I said, 'Yeah, sure. We'll do Christmas. We'll put some lights up,' " Aaron Harris recalled. Fast-forward to a Saturday morning a few months later. The Harrises were nestled in their new home - all snug in their bed, as it were - when they heard the loud buzz of a drill. Away to the window, Aaron flew like a flash.
NEWS
December 2, 2015 | By Matthew Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three people were found dead late Sunday in a home in Hatfield Borough after what the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office called an apparent double homicide and suicide. A 48-year-old woman and her 28-year-old son were found shot to death. Also discovered was the body of Paul Marshall, 48, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The woman and other man were not identified by officials. "This is a quiet neighborhood. It's not something that you would expect," said Lynne Barnes, 66, who has lived in the area since 1973 and whose house is down the street from where the victims were found, at 138 Diamond St. Hatfield Township police responded to the house about 11:34 p.m. Sunday after a report of a shooting.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
The new novel from Inquirer columnist Lisa Scottoline, "Don't Go" (St. Martin's Press), is in bookstores Tuesday. Excerpts continue Tuesday in Magazine and Wednesday in Style & Soul.   Chapter One Chloe woke up on the floor, her thoughts foggy. She must have fallen and knocked herself out when she hit the hardwood. She started to get up, but felt dizzy and eased back down. The kitchen was dark except for pinpoints of light on the coffeemaker, TV, and cable box, like a suburban constellation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013
DECEMBER was normal. We bought the kids' Christmas gifts and hid them safely away. We watched as our children searched every corner of the house. Then Christmas arrived, and our extended family gathered around our beautiful Christmas tree. We sang carols. We told stories. We exchanged gifts. Love was the order of the day. Unfortunately, Christmas lasted longer than expected, because it's almost Valentine's Day, and our Christmas tree is still up. I'm not sure how it came to this.
NEWS
December 24, 2012
By Ellen Scolnic and Joyce Eisenberg We're Jewish. Our husbands are Jewish and our kids are Jewish. We've been Jewish for thousands of years. It's not news to us that we don't celebrate Christmas. We've never had a Christmas tree. Never cooked a holiday ham. Never strung the bushes outside our homes with colored lights. But that doesn't mean we don't enjoy yours. We love the trappings of Christmas. We are in the minority - among the 3 percent of Americans who celebrated Hanukkah.
NEWS
December 21, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana woman ran afoul of police when she gave her neighbors an unusual holiday greeting, hanging Christmas lights in the shape of a middle finger. Sarah Childs was in a dispute with some of her neighbors in Denham Springs, just east of Baton Rouge, so she decided to send a message with her decorations. Neighbors complained and police threatened to arrest her, so she and the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana sued the city. A judge ruled in her favor Thursday.
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
For David April, the improbable road from Fishtown to GQ Spain started with a run and ended with a beer. A Kenzinger, no doubt. And a toast. "To the professor!" "To the professor!" echoed the endorphined crowd Thursday night at the American Sardine Bar in Point Breeze. To the professor? Is this Gilligan's Island? A brainy fraternity? No, it is the Fishtown Beer Runners' weekly homage to the scholar - Professor Manuel J. Castillo of the School of Medicine, University of Granada, Spain - who supplied them with a rather happy, not to mention hoppy, organizing principle.
SPORTS
August 9, 2012 | By Tom Mahon and Daily News Staff Writer
THEY CAME to London as gymnasts. They're leaving as rock stars. On Wednesday, Gabby Douglas, Jordan Wieber, Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross — aka the Fierce Five — got a glimpse of their futures. Kellogg's gave them a sneak peak of the Corn Flakes box that will sport their images. Procter & Gamble created an ad congratulating them. And, they discussed their 40-city gymnastics tour, which visits Philly's Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 9. Life is good for the girls who combined to win five medals, including three golds.
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