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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 9, 2015 | Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Hopkins has reinvented himself six times. Almost once for every decade. There's Matt Hopkins, Scrabble master. Jazz musician. Playwright. Actor. Classical musician. Now, there's Matt Hopkins, hip-hop dancer and rapper. At age 70, he pops, locks, and occasionally drops on 15th Street near City Hall, and also in the corridors leading to Suburban Station. Recently, he's been performing at Christmas Village in LOVE Park. He dances to tracks by Fetty Wap, Drake, and Chris Brown.
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.
TRAVEL
January 11, 2016 | By Martin R. Farrell, For The Inquirer
My son, Martin, a junior English major at St. Joseph's University, is taking full advantage of the many opportunities that have come his way at SJU - including the study abroad program. He spent the last semester in Galway, Ireland, at the University College of Galway. Being of Irish heritage, and with a great love of Irish folk music (along with a great love for my son), I was quick to jump at the chance for a visit. We spent a special and memorable week together in Galway, Cork, and Dublin.
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January 11, 2016 | By Martin R. Farrell, For The Inquirer
My son, Martin, a junior English major at St. Joseph's University, is taking full advantage of the many opportunities that have come his way at SJU - including the study abroad program. He spent the last semester in Galway, Ireland, at the University College of Galway. Being of Irish heritage, and with a great love of Irish folk music (along with a great love for my son), I was quick to jump at the chance for a visit. We spent a special and memorable week together in Galway, Cork, and Dublin.
NEWS
December 21, 2015
Megan Ritchie Jooste is a Colorado writer who is missing Christmas in Philadelphia We've been celebrating the holiday season for a solid two months in my household. It all began at some vague point in time around late September, when a Curious George Christmas movie popped up among the "you might enjoy" selections on our Netflix home page. (Giving our 2-year-old full rein of the remote has wreaked havoc on our preferences.) "It's Christmas!" our daughter shrieked, throwing herself off the sofa and at the television set. "It's Christmastime!
NEWS
December 9, 2015 | Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Matt Hopkins has reinvented himself six times. Almost once for every decade. There's Matt Hopkins, Scrabble master. Jazz musician. Playwright. Actor. Classical musician. Now, there's Matt Hopkins, hip-hop dancer and rapper. At age 70, he pops, locks, and occasionally drops on 15th Street near City Hall, and also in the corridors leading to Suburban Station. Recently, he's been performing at Christmas Village in LOVE Park. He dances to tracks by Fetty Wap, Drake, and Chris Brown.
NEWS
November 21, 2015 | By Dani Blum, Inquirer Staff Writer
For a month beginning this weekend, Dilworth Park will spotlight local artists and their unique creations in a new holiday-theme festival and market. The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park will have 30 vendors, including purveyors of hand-popped kettle corn and "potato tornados," artisan woodcrafters, and makers of eco-friendly neck warmers. It will open Saturday and stay until Dec. 27. It will be closed Christmas. While it is there, the park will be filled with decorated tents stocked with arts and crafts, jewelry, accessories, and food and drink booths, all from the Philadelphia area.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
ISSUE | CONGRESS Maiden budget effort a bad sign Once again, our supposed leaders brought us to the brink of a government shutdown as another short-term spending plan was about to expire, the members scrambling to put into place another eleventh-hour agreement so that they could begin their lengthy holiday recess ("Congress passes $1.1 trillion bill," Dec. 14). There was no possibility that a clean spending blueprint would be proposed. Rather, we found shenanigans, an unwillingness to fund the Department of Homeland Security for more than a few months, and special-interest poison pills inserted into the legislation that were unrelated to the matter at hand, but provisions that a sufficient number of Democrats were willing to accept.
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
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.
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