January 4, 2014
After workers finish tearing down Christmas Village at LOVE Park, the plaza will return to its dowdy appearance, dominated by gray granite slabs and intermittent encampments of the homeless. To the northwest lies the splendid Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with its museums, generous setbacks, and streams of runners and cyclists. The boulevard offers a stark contrast with the drab plaza, especially on a cold winter's day. How long that gulf in appearances between the two settings lasts may be up to Council President Darrell Clarke, who these days seems to cast every decision as part of some power struggle with Mayor Nutter - which is interesting because although Clarke may run for mayor, it won't be against Nutter, who is in his final term.
December 14, 2013 |
Less than two weeks before Christmas, Philadelphia is up for sale. School buildings. Roadside views. City parks. Pretty soon, we could be auctioning off naming rights to the years, like they do in David Foster Wallace's dystopian novel, Infinite Jest . How does "Year of the Depend Adult Undergarment" sound? Unfortunately, the reality in what we are still calling 2013 is that tax revenue isn't nearly enough to pay the bills, and Philadelphia is under increasing pressure to come up with clever ways to fund services.
December 4, 2012
TWO THINGS happen to City Councilman Bobby Henon as he makes his way through the crowd at Mayfair's first-ever Christmas Village at Frankford and Cottman avenues on Sunday. Revelers see him approaching and greet him with a 'Bobby,' or a 'Hey, Bobby,' or, if they're a little older, a 'Councilman.' Then they want to talk about methadone. "Are you going to the meeting?" a community organizer asks him. "Make you sure you tell him about the methadone clinic," another urges Henon when they see a Daily News reporter following him. There's a hearing Wednesday at City Hall about a proposed methadone clinic less than a mile from all the festivities.
December 2, 2012
Dirty ex-Senate leader gets 16-mo. sentence Robert Mellow, a former leader of Pennsylvania's Senate Democrats whose portrait hangs in the state Capitol, was sentenced Friday to 16 months in prison on public-corruption charges. U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky ordered Mellow, who pleaded guilty in May to a federal conspiracy charge, to pay nearly $80,000 in restitution to the state Senate and a $40,000 fine to the federal government. Mellow has already paid $31,000 in restitution for filing a bogus tax return.
November 26, 2012 |
To an unknowing patron, the Christmas Village in LOVE Park may seem no different from a flea market with a holiday twist. But to the large population of German Americans in the Philadelphia area, the village is an homage to a German Christmas tradition that goes back to the Middle Ages. The renowned Nuremberg Christkindlmarkt served as inspiration for Philadelphia's Christmas Village, which this year features more than 60 vendors selling holiday gifts from the United States and abroad.
November 25, 2012 |
Saturday marked the seasonal grand opening of the Christmas Village, located in the heart of Love Park. The outdoor village consists of over 60 vendors selling holiday gifts and treats from both the United States and Europe. The village, now in its fifth year in Philadelphia, is inspired by a similar tradition held in Germany that began as early as the Middle Ages. On hand to kick off the Christmas celebration were representatives from German American Marketing, Inc. and One Main Financial, the village's main sponsors.
December 23, 2011
HOLIDAY A VICTORIAN LAP There's still time to see the beautifully illuminated Victorian homes of Cape May. Board a trolley at Washington Mall for a 30-minute ride through the town's historic district Monday through Thursday. Guides talk about Victorian holiday traditions and lead Christmas sing-alongs. Visit today or next Friday and take a two-hour trolley ride that includes a living history program and refreshments. Holiday lights tour, Monday through Thursday, leaving from the Washington Mall, $10; Spirit of Christmas Tour, Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St., Cape May, today and Dec. 30, $18 adults, $13 children.
December 20, 2011 |
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Everywhere you go, people are bludgeoning one another with verbal stockings full of coal. Yes, the War on Christmas is back, complete with comedy from Jon Stewart, outrage from Fox commentator Bill O'Reilly, and complaints from believers and atheists alike. In Pitman, a national group has criticized a "Keep Christ in Christmas" banner over a street. In Western Pennsylvania, a mayor has barred the same group's "there are no gods" banner from his town's Nativity scene.
December 16, 2011
Antiques/Art/Crafts Annual Gingerbread House Competition & Display Over 100 creations are displayed throughout the season in the Village Gazebo. Peddler's Village, Rtes. 202 & 263, Lahaska; 215-794-4000. To 1/7. Christmas Village European food, sweets & drinks, international holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry & high quality arts & crafts. LOVE Park, John F. Kennedy Blvd. www.philachristmas.com . To 12/24. Crafty Balboa Holiday Works by 50 artists & crafters.