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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
July 5, 2016 | By Chris Brennan, Columnist
In retrospect, this appears to be a union destined for an early end. Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, a Democrat seeking a third term next year, put a crew of Harrisburg Republicans in charge of his campaign finances earlier this year. That caused consternation among some local Democrats, including a few known to be recruiting for a candidate to challenge Williams in the 2017 primary election. The whole thing has been sort of topsy-turvy. Normally, folks throw a big party and then clean up the mess later.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
ISN'T IT always the way? The best Shore weekend of the year is the one when you gotta say goodbye. Friday and Saturday, the sun shone brightly, even if light winds caused beachgoers to turn their backs to blowing sand, and swimmers and surfers to brave choppy waves. But Sunday and yesterday saw gentle breezes, occasional clouds and peaceful, 76-degree waters - near-perfect conditions. You could practically read the regret on the faces of folks packing up their cars. On the other hand, the whole summer was pretty darn nice.
NEWS
September 9, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Candidates came a-courtin' to Philadelphia's annual Labor Day parade and rally Monday, but only one of them - a man already elected - got to speak. The rest, including Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney, worked the crowd, posing for pictures, shaking hands, and slapping backs. "Today is about jobs, jobs that pay, and jobs that fairly recognize the work that people do," Gov. Wolf said, addressing a cheerful crowd where people were as interested in catching up with one another as listening to his remarks from a podium set up in the parking lot of the Sheet Metal Workers union hall in South Philadelphia.
SPORTS
September 6, 2015 | By Jen A. Miller, For The Inquirer
Jen Miller's Running column and the complete Racing Schedule can be read online at philly.com/Jenrun and philly.com/racingschedule. They will return to the Sports section next Saturday. Here are races scheduled on Labor Day: Hot Diggity Dog 10K Trail Race and 2-Mile Fun Run, 9:30 a.m., Mercer County Park, West Windsor, N.J. Fee: $38 (10K), $23 (fun run). buckscountyspeedsters.com. Rock 'n' Roll Run Back to School 5K, 1 Mile, & Tots Dash, 9 a.m., St. Charles Borromeo School, Cinnaminson; RunBackToSchool.com; overall, team, and age-group awards; T-shirt for preregistration.
NEWS
September 6, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he was growing up at the Jersey Shore, Wildwood Mayor Ernie Troiano Jr. remembers the mood that used to settle over his hometown like a wet beach blanket the day after Labor Day. Summer residents would board up their houses and decamp to permanent homes elsewhere. Shops and restaurants would close. Streets that only hours before were clogged with cars and people were so empty the traffic signals would become blinking lights until spring. "Growing up, Labor Day was the end of summer, and it got so quiet you could shoot a cannon off and run down the street naked and nobody would see you. . . . Even the good weather seemed like it left town," Troiano said.
NEWS
September 6, 2015 | Ellen Gray
*  MASTERS OF SEX . 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. The story of sex researchers William Masters and Virginia Johnson reaches one of its most controversial points with the initiation of their surrogacy program. *  THE CIVIL WAR . 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, WHYY12. With the Confederate flag so much in the news, the timing couldn't be better for the 25th anniversary rebroadcast of the Ken Burns classic - restored for high-def. *  EMPIRE: SEASON 1 MARATHON . Noon Monday, FX. Get ready for the Sept.
NEWS
September 2, 2015 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
SEASIDE PARK, N.J. - Doug Maday, the car dealer who resolved on Labor Day to plunge into the Atlantic Ocean every day for a year, finished his sometimes brutal, sometimes serene, often lonely "endless summer" on Monday with a splash. A Philadelphia television crew, newspaper reporters and photographers, leaders of a North Jersey charity, the borough's mayor, neighbors, friends, and members of the high school's marching band were among the 40 who clapped and cheered as Maday made his way toward the waves for the 365th day in a row. It was 11:17 a.m. Skies were overcast.
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.
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