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March 4, 2010 | By Chelsea Conaboy INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Heidi Azar of Cherry Hill knew her mother needed help. Caring for Azar's 91-year-old grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease, had become a 24-hour-a-day job as his condition worsened over the last two years. "My mom's the one that suffers to some degree," Azar said. "She doesn't want to put him in a home but . . . everyone needs some time away in these situations. " Azar suspected her mother would be reluctant to have a stranger come into her home to help. Then she heard of a new product offered by TLC HomeCare Services of Moorestown: respite packaged as pampering.
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November 30, 2011 | Carolyn Nicander Mohr, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
How do you take the most popular gift in America and make it better? How do you enhance the gift-giving experience for both the giver and recipient? A company tackled these questions a year ago and in September launched the answer: Giftly, a service that takes gift cards to the next level. Recently I spoke with Tim Bentley, the CEO of Giftly, about how he is revolutionizing the gift card industry. According to Bentley, nearly $100 million worth of gift cards will be given this year and 95 percent of adults have either given or received gift cards.
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June 22, 2011 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Chester will hold a gun exchange on Saturday, the mayor's office announced. In exchange for a weapon during the "Goods for Guns" program, participants will receive $100 ShopRite supermarket gift card, that can be used at the Eddystone location. Those who turn over an assault weapon will receive additional money. There is a two-gun limit for the gift cards. The weapons will be collected between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at either of the Chester firehouses, located at 320 E. 14th St. and 1501 W. Third St. Last year, close to 300 guns were exchanged in a similar program, the mayor's office said.
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December 27, 2005 | By Thomas Ginsberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As shoppers snapped back into action yesterday, one self-described Scrooge sat alone in Franklin Mills Mall, surveying and scorning the scene. "A bunch of idiots!" said Bill Lawn, 74, a Philadelphia retiree calmly sipping coffee and reading a newspaper at Gloria Jean's Coffee. "People allow their religious beliefs to be so commercialized that they don't even know what Christmas means anymore. " Religion aside, the meaning of Christmas may be changing - for merchants. Retailers said yesterday's big crowds at the malls affirmed that Dec. 25 had come to be an intermission in seasonal sales rather than a finale, thanks to the ever-growing business in gift cards.
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February 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mr. Parsons' robotics club needs an updated Lego Mindstorm bot if the members want a chance of placing in future competitions. Mrs. Rodriguez's fourth and fifth graders would love a carpet in their book corner, so they don't have to sit on cold linoleum while reading. And Ms. Gail, the art teacher at Henry L. Bonsall Elementary, has an idea for a stepping-stone garden that would line Mount Ephraim Avenue - if she could just get the funding for 20 mosaics. The projects, all listed on the teacher fundraising website DonorsChoose, aren't the traditional requests for notebooks and protractors, but Camden teachers say they're exactly what their students need.
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December 21, 2012
GIFT CARDS, so useful around the holidays. I love them and I hate them. I love them because they're easy. I hate them because they're too easy. They are great for the clueless (you?) who - even today - haven't finished Christmas shopping. Gift cards arose partly, I think, because cash can be seen as gauche or crass. (If you have any of that gauche, crass stuff taking up valuable drawer space, send it to me. I know how to safely dispose of it.) U.S. gift-card transactions passed $100 billion last year for the first time, according to the research firm TowerGroup.
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April 6, 2012 | By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press
TRENTON - Two major players in the gift-card market announced plans Thursday to pull out of New Jersey rather than comply with a law that lets the state claim the value of unredeemed cards after just two years. Blackhawk Network and InComm made separate announcements that they would quit doing business in New Jersey in June unless the law is reversed. The companies - third-party providers of gift cards to malls, groceries, and convenience stores - told the Associated Press it was too hard to comply with the changes in New Jersey's unclaimed-property law. The law requires gift-card sellers to obtain zip codes from buyers so the state can claim the value of unused cards.
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January 6, 2012 | By Michael Smerconish
It's been 12 days since Christmas. Go redeem your gift cards! That's my takeaway after a chat with Brian Riley, a senior research director in the retail banking and cards practice at TowerGroup. He studies the retail industry and calculates that in this new year, $2 billion in gift-card purchases will go unredeemed. Some will be lost. Others misplaced. And some recipients are simply not motivated to shop at certain retailers. Believe it or not, the $2 billion figure will represent an improvement.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2003 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After a one-day Christmas break, the late surge in holiday shopping continued yesterday, giving retailers hope that December revenue would top pessimistic forecasts made after last weekend's lackluster sales. "The last two or three days [before Christmas] were really a huge surge," said Brian Ford, partner and retail specialist at Ernst & Young in Philadelphia. "We're also anticipating huge after-Christmas sales. This year, gift cards created a situation where a lot of people are out using them now. " After a disappointing final weekend before Christmas, Ford had thought early this week that the increase in holiday sales over last year might be only about 3 percent, far below the 4.9 percent his firm predicted earlier in the year.
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January 10, 2007 | By Stacey Burling INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's bad enough that the Christmas shopping season starts around Halloween. Now, thanks to those ubiquitous gift cards, there's a debate about when it ends. It's clear, though, that it wasn't when you sent your tree to the curb or the attic. The National Retail Federation still calls November and December the prime holiday shopping season, and news organizations and analysts still pay special attention to revenue from those months. But, because income from gift cards does not show up on the books until recipients use them to buy something, more and more retail experts have concluded over the last year or so that the season does not really end until January.
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November 21, 2014 | Inquirer Editorial Board
With pornographic e-mails circulating among prosecutors and judges, lawmakers accused of taking cash in a sting that wasn't even pursued by the state's top law enforcement officer, and featherweight ethics rules that are rarely enforced, Pennsylvania richly deserves its place, by one measure, among the nation's five most corrupt states. In that context, the gift ban Gov.-elect Tom Wolf has imposed on his transition team, which he promises to carry over into his administration, hits the right note.
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April 24, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
FORMER JAGUARS linebacker Russell Allen said he suffered a stroke during a game last season and will never play football again. What he can do, he said, is alert other players to take head injuries more seriously. Allen, 27, told Robert Klemko of MMQB that he thought he'd had his bell rung when he collided with Bills center Eric Wood in the third quarter of a Dec. 15 game. He finished the game even though he had double vision. "You're thinking, I can't come out, because what if someone else comes in and takes my job?"
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April 11, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - The state Senate unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would ban lawmakers from accepting cash gifts from lobbyists or others seeking to "influence the legislative process. " "Senate approval of this legislation gives hope that an ugly problem is about to yield a responsible solution," said Sen. Lisa Baker (R., Luzerne), sponsor of the bill. "It sets basic ground rules everyone can grasp. " The 49-0 vote followed an unusually quick path for a piece of legislation, and came just weeks after The Inquirer first reported that four Philadelphia lawmakers had been caught on tape taking money from a lobbyist.
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April 7, 2014
Wage-hike tip In Pennsylvania, the average salary of an experienced tipped employee is $16 per hour ("America deserves a raise," March 28). Therefore, raising the minimum wage to $12, as proposed by Democratic State Sens. Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, would most likely eliminate tips entirely, resulting in servers making less than their current wages. Additional consideration needs to be given to the job losses that will occur when restaurants must close their doors due to a 400 percent increase in labor costs.
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March 26, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Dismayed at reports that their colleagues in the House took cash from an undercover informant, Republican and Democratic state senators are proposing legislation to ban lawmakers from accepting cash gifts. Reforms that closely mirror each other are being drafted by two Republicans - Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County and Lisa Baker of Luzerne County - and a Democrat, Daylin Leach of Montgomery and Delaware Counties. The GOP proposal would prohibit lawmakers from accepting monetary gifts, including cash, money orders, checks, and gift cards, from lobbyists or anyone else with a stake in the legislative process.
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February 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mr. Parsons' robotics club needs an updated Lego Mindstorm bot if the members want a chance of placing in future competitions. Mrs. Rodriguez's fourth and fifth graders would love a carpet in their book corner, so they don't have to sit on cold linoleum while reading. And Ms. Gail, the art teacher at Henry L. Bonsall Elementary, has an idea for a stepping-stone garden that would line Mount Ephraim Avenue - if she could just get the funding for 20 mosaics. The projects, all listed on the teacher fundraising website DonorsChoose, aren't the traditional requests for notebooks and protractors, but Camden teachers say they're exactly what their students need.
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December 23, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
KING OF PRUSSIA The temperature reached nearly 70 degrees, but the Wilmoth family ventured inside the King of Prussia mall on Saturday anyway, searching not for deals, but for the Christmas spirit. Because if the spirit can be found anywhere, it's in the second-largest mall in America the weekend before Christmas. "We don't do much shopping while we're here," said Jason Wilmoth, 43, of Dresher. "We just like to get out and feel the hustle and bustle. " Wilmoth said his wife stayed up until 4 a.m. on Black Friday, waiting in line for deals.
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December 22, 2013 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Five days before Christmas, and Megan Schafer was in a giving mood. The senior point guard for the Neshaminy girls' basketball team had her head constantly on a swivel Friday afternoon, feeding her teammates the ball on the fastbreak, down low on the block, and even on the wing for a quick jumper. More than a handful of times, Schafer even surrendered her body to the hardwood to collect a loose ball or to plow through a screen on help defense. Schafer's court vision and aggressive play helped the visiting Redskins defeat Suburban One League National Conference opponent Abington, 56-39.
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November 25, 2013 | By Reid Kanaley, Inquirer Columnist
Gift cards have swiftly become the default present for holiday giving. With the season upon us, let's look at the financial risks and rewards for gift-card givers, receivers, and sellers. Nothing beats the warm feeling you get from giving a gift - except for the hot prospect of getting something for yourself in return. At PocketYourDollars.com, a post by Carrie Rocha lists scores of gift-card deals that include discounted cards and free gift cards in return for purchased cards. Outlets offering the deals include restaurants, websites, movie theaters, and grocery stores.
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October 31, 2013 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GLADYS MARY SMITH was one of the best friends the Daily News and Inquirer ever had. For more than 20 years, Miss Polly, as she was affectionately known, delivered the newspapers in the West Philadelphia area with an unrivaled passion and dedication. Folks who lived near her home on Catharine Street would hear her car rev up at 3 or 4 a.m. on Sundays to handle the Sunday Inquirer. Those who knew her - and just about everybody did - would roll over and say, "There goes Miss Polly to deliver the papers.
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