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November 18, 2012 | BY CATHERINE LUCEY, Daily News Staff Writer luceyc@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
IT'S BEGINNING to look a lot like the Christmas Village over in LOVE Park. Organizers of the outdoor shopping bazaar inspired by German Christmas markets are setting up on JFK Plaza, with plans to open Thanksgiving Day. The fair, now in its fifth year, moved last year to the park on JFK Boulevard near 15th Street from Dilworth Plaza, outside City Hall The village drew national attention two years ago, when the word Christmas was removed from the...
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
December 1, 2010 | By Marcia Gelbart and Stephen Jiwanmall, Inquirer Staff Writers
It began when word got to Managing Director Rich Negrin that some city workers and residents were offended by the giant "Christmas Village" sign erected on Dilworth Plaza's northwest corner. After all, there are a few Jewish and Muslim vendors among the nearly 50 wooden booths that make up Philadelphia's version of the traditional German Christmas village, which officially opened here Thursday. There was also a story that reached Negrin about a little Jewish girl walking with her father who asked, according to Negrin: "Dad, don't we get a village?"
NEWS
October 22, 2011
The Christmas Village, an outdoor marketplace that has been erected in November in Dilworth Plaza, will set up at JFK Plaza this year. Though Occupy Philadelphia is encamped at Dilworth Plaza, that's not the reason for the move. The plaza on the west side of City Hall is scheduled to undergo renovations starting in November. It's not clear what will happen to Occupy Philadelphia when it does. The Christmas Village was the subject of national controversy last year when an organizer of the traditional German-style market took down the word Christmas from the light-festooned archways leading into the village.
NEWS
December 2, 2010
MR. NEGRIN, I want to thank you for making Philadelphia a disgrace on every national news media outlet this morning, and also for reaffirming our city's image as the sixth-largest joke in the nation. It's people like you who actually foster discrimination against the majority by the tyranny of the minority. In this age of political correctness, elected and bureaucratic appointed officials show their gutless appeasement of a segment of society. You foster a society of complainers when you grovel to the haters of freedom.
NEWS
December 4, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
Just as Santa Claus was put on trial at Christmastime in the film "Miracle on 34th Street," so too will Philly Jesus be put on trial just days before his namesake's big day. Perhaps the old "In God We Trust" defense will work this time too. Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant, was at the Criminal Justice Center yesterday for a status hearing on two charges against him - disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. In front of a packed courtroom, Grant, 28, dressed in his trademark white robe, pleaded not guilty to both charges and was scheduled for trial on Dec. 15. Grant turned many heads as he entered the courthouse on Filbert Street near 13th dressed as Jesus and carrying his trademark wooden staff.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
December 2, 2010 | By BOB WARNER & CATHERINE LUCEY, warnerb@phillynews.com 215-854-5885
CHRISTMAS is back at City Hall. (But don't tell the tree.) After two days of controversy that grew to national proportions, Mayor Nutter announced last night that the word "Christmas" will be restored to the 15-foot-tall arch that welcomed visitors to a German-style Christmas market outside City Hall. The word, spelled out in tiny white lights, had been removed Monday afternoon after city Managing Director Richard Negrin said he had responded to complaints from an unspecified number of city employees and visitors.
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December 4, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
Just as Santa Claus was put on trial at Christmastime in the film "Miracle on 34th Street," so too will Philly Jesus be put on trial just days before his namesake's big day. Perhaps the old "In God We Trust" defense will work this time too. Philly Jesus, whose real name is Michael Grant, was at the Criminal Justice Center yesterday for a status hearing on two charges against him - disorderly conduct and failure to disperse. In front of a packed courtroom, Grant, 28, dressed in his trademark white robe, pleaded not guilty to both charges and was scheduled for trial on Dec. 15. Grant turned many heads as he entered the courthouse on Filbert Street near 13th dressed as Jesus and carrying his trademark wooden staff.
NEWS
November 29, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
The McBride family from Northeast Philadelphia started their Christmas season with a trip to Christmas Village on Thanksgiving Day. By 5:30 p.m., Dylan, 6, and Danny, 3 - both of whom are on Santa's "nice" list - were with their parents in the Macy's lobby on Juniper Street, waiting for the store to open. "Since we were here walking around, we figured we'd wait since the opening was at 6," said Robert McBride, the boys' father. Their mother, Jamie, had the day off for the first time in years.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2013 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 25, 2012 | By Joe Trinacria, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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