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May 24, 2002 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
A visit to Ocean City, Md., originally led me along Route 1. And after passing "Ann Taylor Outlet" and "Timberland" signs the first time, I found myself driving that stretch of highway again - only this time for tax-free shopping at Rehoboth Outlets. But until recently, I didn't realize Route 1 was the gray-paved road to much more: beaches! Delaware beaches are quite a treasure - clean and free. And unlike Atlantic City or Ocean City, there aren't miles of boardwalk with T-shirt shop after T-shirt shop and pizzeria after pizzeria.
NEWS
September 7, 1995 | YONG KIM/ DAILY NEWS
Steve Reeder shoots some hoops while traffic hums along above him on Interstate 95 yesterday afternoon. it may be after Labor Day, but Mother Nature continues to give the city a sweltering dose of summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 23, 1991 | By Michael Harrington, Special to The Inquirer
If you're staying in town for Labor Day weekend, you'll be be able to send the summer out in traditional Philadelphia style. That's right, with brass bands and belly dancers. Two annual events celebrate the workers' day off. The first, the Old City Labor Day Fete, is a street festival featuring international food specialties from local restaurants, plus live music and belly dancers. A special event this year is a Christopher Columbus look-alike contest, with the top prize of $100 going to the best impersonation of the explorer.
NEWS
September 7, 1989 | By Peter J. Shelly, Special to The Inquirer Correspondent Jeff McGaw contributed to this article
They plant trees, pave roads, pack produce and sell real estate. And during the Labor Day holiday weekend, they did a little bit of everything, from the traditional barbecue and family outing to a kite-flying session. Most laborers didn't work during the weekend. Nor did many bother with the deeper meaning of the three-day holiday weekend. For the most part, the only task at hand was rest and relaxation. Unlike the first Labor Day in 1882, when 10,000 workers marched in New York City, many of today's laborers look at the day as the unofficial end of summer and a chance to enjoy some cold beer and hot dogs - not a celebration of working men and women such as themselves.
NEWS
August 20, 1988 | By Victoria Donohoe, Inquirer Art Critic
The exhibit "Labor Through the Eyes of New Jersey Artists" at Mercer County Community College marks Labor Day and the 75th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Labor. It focuses, appropriately, on the work of Lewis W. Hine and Ben Shahn. Hine's affecting, turn-of-the-century photographs of working families and underprivileged working children, in New Jersey settings, attempted to dispel misconceptions and ignorance about employment conditions and child-labor practices. There is no sense that this "reformer with a camera," as he was called, intruded in order to make these pictures.
NEWS
August 22, 1989 | By Lisa Ellis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Standing on the steps of Carpenters Hall at Fourth and Chestnut Streets, the nation's oldest union hall, about 20 labor leaders yesterday announced plans for the city's first Labor Day labor march in many years. The Sept. 4 march in Center City from JFK Plaza to the Judge Lewis Quadrangle has been in the planning stages for months, co-chairman Jim Moran, director of the Philadelphia Project on Occupational Safety and Health, said at the news conference. The march will be followed by a rally.
NEWS
August 30, 1990 | By Christopher Shea, Special to The Inquirer
On this Labor Day holiday of family picnics and a few parades, Main Line residents will take the day off to mark the official end of summer. "So many people are in transition at this time of year that they don't need extra events to go to," said Bill Martin, borough manager in Narberth, where a total lack of planned activities stands in sharp contrast to busy Memorial Day and July 4 holidays. Two Main Line civic organizations, however, will take full advantage of the Labor Day weekend void, replacing expensive productions such as fireworks shows with neighborhood-scale activities.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peco Energy Co. on Tuesday blamed impurities in the natural gas delivered to its system for an odiferous outbreak that prompted more than a thousand customers to complain over Labor Day. Pipeline gas delivered to Peco's West Conshohocken plant on Aug. 30 contained elevated levels of hexane, said Cathy Engel Menendez, prompting a flood of complaints about suspected gas leaks from customers in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Peco called in crews from four other states to help investigate the complaints.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1992 | By Anita Myette, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
At a crossroads as to what to do Labor Day weekend? Consider heading to the junction of Routes 100 and 401 in Ludwigs Corner in northern Chester County, site of the 49th annual Ludwigs Corner Horse Show and Country Fair. Four days of nonstop entertainment await visitors to the fair, which starts next Friday. This year's theme: "Fun at the Crossroads. " The main events are the horse shows and competitions all four days, with more than 100 equestrians coming in from more than six states.
NEWS
September 4, 1992 | BY TOM FOLEY
In tough economic times, there is an understandable desire to assign blame - for losing a job, for the movement of an entire plant out of state, for the general lack of pizazz in the economy (and consequently, our paychecks and our lives). A frequent target for such blame in the past has been the worker. Labor Day, when we celebrate the American work ethic, is a good day to debunk three myths about the American worker. MYTH No. 1: "American workers are lazy, greedy and lack a good work ethic," charged by a Japanese prime minister.
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NEWS
August 6, 2015
I'M JUST BACK from a week's vacation in North Wildwood and I'm happy to report there are still American college and high school kids working at jobs like servers in restaurants and life guards in a water park we visited.   Sadly, they are vastly outnumbered by an annual influx of foreign workers,mainly from Russia and surrounding central European countries. I don't think this is a good thing.I believe it plays into the great debate we're having over the manner in which legal and illegal workers are undercutting the American worker.
NEWS
July 25, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. - Up on the boardwalk, the lunchtime beach crowd was teeming past shops offering body piercings, tattoos, and ice cream cones, and the warm air, redolent of sausage and fried onions, was filled with happy screams from the carnival rides. But 30 feet away, on Ocean Terrace, Doug Maday was frowning at a parking kiosk that read, "No Wet Bills. " "How does this thing work?" he muttered one day this week, jabbing at its buttons. All he wanted was 10 minutes on the beach.
NEWS
March 7, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thursday's heavy snowfall did not deter Doug Maday, the South Jersey used-car dealer who has been plunging into the ocean at Seaside Heights every day since Labor Day, 187 days ago. With the air a brisk 23 degrees, and the water a bone-chilling 32.5, Maday took the latest plunge of his yearlong quest shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. "It's usually the warmest time of the day," he said. He went in on the south side of Casino Pier, as he often does, because it provides some protection from the wind.
NEWS
January 29, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
A blizzard was supposed to shriek up the Atlantic seaboard overnight, but Doug Maday went to bed Monday knowing what he would do. As chill winds swept over Seaside Heights, N.J., on Tuesday morning, Maday crunched across its snow-heaped beach to the south side of Casino Pier. There, he stripped to his swim trunks. "Could be worse," he muttered to his friends as he eyed the heaving sea. But still, he took up their offer and put a rope around his waist. The undertow the day before had been "scary.
NEWS
December 8, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Come Labor Day, a long melancholy creeps over the Jersey Shore. "It's sort of depressing," Doug Maday remarked recently, and swept his arm at the vast, empty curve of sand where Seaside Park meets the sea. Dusk was approaching. "All summer there's so many interesting people on the beach," he said. "Then everybody leaves. Everything clears out. " It is a pattern that Maday, a used-car salesman who grew up in this Ocean County borough, and lives in nearby Island Heights, has seen play out for 49 summers.
BUSINESS
September 25, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peco Energy Co. on Tuesday blamed impurities in the natural gas delivered to its system for an odiferous outbreak that prompted more than a thousand customers to complain over Labor Day. Pipeline gas delivered to Peco's West Conshohocken plant on Aug. 30 contained elevated levels of hexane, said Cathy Engel Menendez, prompting a flood of complaints about suspected gas leaks from customers in Delaware and Montgomery Counties. Peco called in crews from four other states to help investigate the complaints.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
For six days last week, the heartbreaking scenes played out as if they were on repeat. Hundreds - and sometimes thousands - gathered each day at Bucks County churches and funeral homes and inside Council Rock High School South to mourn three sophomores killed in a Labor Day weekend SUV crash. "There's no manual for how to handle a tragedy such as this one," principal Al Funk told about 2,000 people at a Tuesday vigil for Cullen Keffer, Shamus Digney, and Ryan Lesher. The tragedy, days before the school year opened, presented a practically unthinkable scenario: Teens waiting all summer to return to chorus practice, pep rallies, and meeting new classmates were confronted instead with funerals and memorials.
SPORTS
September 4, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Jet lag is common for those who travel long distances. Roughly a 7-hour flight from Dublin to Pennsylvania? Yeah, that normally will put someone in a groggy, out-of-sync feeling for 24 hours or so. But the Energizer Bunny himself, James Franklin, said he and his coaching staff don't feel the effects of jet lag. In fact, they don't even use terms like "jet lag" or "tired. " "We don't use those words," Franklin said yesterday at his weekly news conference with a solemn look before changing moods.
NEWS
September 4, 2014 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - In the end, the Revel ball did not roll off the tower into the ocean, and no buyer emerged in the middle of the night to save the day. Instead, Revel merely unraveled through the night to an anticlimactic predawn closing Tuesday of its moribund casino floor. Employees of Ivan Kane's Royal Jelly Burlesque Club held a stubbornly spirited after-party as remaining on-duty dealers watched from emptying tables, waiting to inventory final stacks of chips. One supervisor put fingers to his head like a gun and rolled his eyes.
NEWS
September 3, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The T-shirted battalions of union members showed up, as usual, for the annual Labor Day parade along the Delaware River waterfront. Right on cue, the politicians were there, as well, courting union support for the upcoming election cycle, just as they always do. But something was missing from Monday's Labor Day activities. Rain. Driving, pavement-lashing buckets of it. "The Big Guy whispered in my ear that we'd be dry until 5 p.m.," the city's top labor leader, Patrick J. Eiding, told an appreciative crowd of hundreds gathered for a pre-parade rally at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 union hall on South Columbus Boulevard.
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