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NEWS
October 6, 1998
If you won't be spending Thanksgiving with relatives, who will you be with and why? Send essays of no more than 200 words to Community Voices/Thanksgiving at the addresses listed in the Where to Write box above. The deadline is Oct. 23. Questions? Call Cynthia Henry, assistant editor, at 215-854-2959.
NEWS
November 21, 1995 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
To commemorate the Thanksgiving holiday, many churches and synagogues will host Thanksgiving interfaith community services tomorrow. Among them are: West Chester community service, 7:30 p.m. at SS. Peter and Paul Church, 1325 Boot Rd. Rabbi David Glanzberg-Krainin of Kesher Israel Congregation will be one of the speakers. Marple-Newtown Clergy Association service, 8 p.m. at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church, 3302 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square. Rabbi Barry Blum will deliver the sermon.
NEWS
November 29, 2004 | MICHELLE MALKIN
My 4-year-old daughter recently learned to say grace at mealtimes. I taught her the same little prayer my mom taught me in childhood: God is great, God is good. Let us thank Him for our food. By His hands we all are fed. Give us Lord our daily bread. Amen. At first, my daughter questioned the need for reciting this strange passage. "Why do we have to thank God?" she wondered. "To show that we are grateful for our daily bread," I explained. " 'What is 'grateful?' " she asked.
LIVING
November 24, 1996 | By Ellen O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Before the toasts, before the stuffing, sometimes even before the kickoffs, comes the grace. At Thanksgiving tables far and wide this week, parents and grandparents will rise and offer their blessings to the assembled. This can be an awkward moment in households unaccustomed to praying aloud. In many other homes, though, the blessings are joyous and freely offered. From the first, Thanksgiving has been set apart as a prayerful day, and it has brought a rich trove of blessings.
SPORTS
April 10, 2007 | By Shannon Ryan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Villanova has learned the rest of its possible competitors for the Old Spice Classic basketball tournament over Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando, Fla. The field also will include Penn State, George Mason, Kansas State, Central Florida, North Carolina State, Rider, and South Carolina. The Old Spice Classic games will be televised by ESPN2 and ESPNU from Nov. 22 to 25. All eight teams will play three games in a bracketed-tournament format at the Milk House at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex.
SPORTS
November 20, 1989 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just as they share at the dinner table on Thanksgiving, many families share football - on TV or in a stadium of high school fans. Especially fathers and sons, some of whom have suited up in the uniform of the same school to play Thanksgiving games. At least six families share the distinction of having played, or participated, in the same Thanksgiving game. In one case, four generations have played for the same school. Interestingly, all these combinations of fathers and sons - the Pettines, the Millers, the Deckers, the Baurs, the Gilberts and the Morgantis - have passed the same first name down at least one generation.
NEWS
November 21, 1989 | Inquirer photographs by Michael S. Wirtz
The Jaindl farm in Orefield, Lehigh County, is a family affair in the fullest sense. On one side are Fred Jaindl, his four sons and three daughters. On the other are about 1.1 million turkeys who are bred, hatched, grown and processed at the farm each year - including 200,000 that get gobbled up for Thanksgiving. The Jaindls even grow their own crops for feed on the 10,000- acre operation, which has been a going concern for about 50 years.
NEWS
December 1, 1991 | By Stephanie Banchero, Special to The Inquirer
The students - some outfitted in American Indian and Pilgrim attire, others dressed as turkeys or cranberry bushes - enthralled their standing-room-only audience. Flash bulbs popped and video cameras hummed, while parents offered last-minute stage direction - "Tilt your feathers," "Straighten your hat" and "Comb your hair down" - from the audience. It's not all turkey and stuffing at Thanksgiving. At least not for the 200 youngsters who attend Conshohocken Elementary School. As part of a special Thanksgiving celebration, the students spent last month focusing on the origin of the holiday and on being thankful.
NEWS
November 26, 2009 | By Paul F. Bradley
There were still deposits of strange makeup in a few hard-to-reach places. Choice candy bars rested atop the trick-or-treat haul. And the jack-o'-lantern still had a good week or so to go before it would decay into a reeking pulp. And yet, there it was: a smarmy Christmas commercial for Kay Jewelers, where every kiss begins with K - and ends with a maxed-out credit card. Kay wasn't the only perpetrator. The Gap's annoying cheer factory was pumping out bilious chants about the pressing need to stuff stockings before Veterans Day. Kmart, Wal-Mart, and Hyundai were hot on their heels with must-shop-now Christmas advertisements.
NEWS
November 22, 2005 | By HARRY E. ADAMSON
THANKSGIVING is my favorite holiday. It is our most splendid American feast day, a celebration of abbondanza, our teeming abundance. Thanksgiving is also special for me because it is the day my partner Greg and I celebrated the anniversary of our first meeting, and even after we parted, we still observed this day of thanks for each other. And 20 years ago, I thought Thanksgiving 1985 would be my last. My friend, Dr. John Fryer, a psychiatrist at Temple University, suggested in July 1985 that I apply for an opening at the Philadelphia AIDS Task Force (PATF)
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NEWS
December 9, 2013
By at least one measure, the ominous onset of the holiday shopping season was rated a success. As a Time headline put it, it precipitated "Only 1 Death, 15 Injuries. " But now that any number of consumer casualties can be portrayed as a triumph, it may be time to reflect and reconsider. Moreover, the exercise doesn't seem to have been particularly successful by its own standards. A survey by the National Retail Federation estimated that spending from Thanksgiving through last Sunday fell 2.9 percent compared with last year.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
SIX UNRULY TEENS were charged with disorderly conduct on Thanksgiving for allegedly throwing beer bottles at police as officers tried to disperse a large crowd in Mayfair. Cops responded to a wooded area near Ryan and Sandyford avenues about 10:30 a.m. and found roughly 300 juveniles drinking and hanging out, police said. Six teens, ages 15 and 16, were cited for disorderly conduct, a summary offense. Their names were not released due to their ages. "Basically, they were drinking in the woods and fighting," said Officer Jillian Russell, a police spokeswoman.
NEWS
November 30, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Before Macy's doors in Center City opened Thursday night - before a momentary hush fell, before hundreds of shoppers pressed their way in from the cold - two young visitors from Lebanon were looking in through the glass, making faces at the trio of security guards keeping an eye on the slowly gathering crowd. "You know what would be cool? If they took our names" and told us we could go in whenever we wanted, Omar Nahhas, 24, said. This was the first year Macy's opened on Thanksgiving, so Nahhas, who in his native Lebanon had never experienced Thanksgiving and the retail frenzy that follows it, wasn't sure what to expect.
NEWS
November 29, 2013
Even on Thanksgiving, most people forget to count their blessings. Instead of toasting their good fortune, people get so worked up criticizing this country's shortcomings that if you didn't know better you might think they want to live somewhere else. Criticism is fine. Free speech is a core principle of our nation, and there is plenty to criticize. But some individuals, groups, political organizations, and cable news networks keep hitting the same sour notes over and over and over until you finally realize that complaining is their life's blood.
SPORTS
November 29, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than bragging rights between traditional rivals will be on the line for several South Jersey football teams during Thanksgiving weekend games. Among the games with championship implications: The winner of Thursday morning's clash between visiting Clearview (4-5) and Kingsway (7-3) will earn a share of the West Jersey Football League National Division title. Both teams enter the game with 3-1 division records. Shawnee has clinched a share of the title with a 4-1 mark. Delran (7-2)
NEWS
November 29, 2013 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a wet start to the Thanksgiving holiday, travelers and shoppers in the Philadelphia region can expect mostly sunny weather through the weekend. Rain and some freezing precipitation moved up the Eastern Seaboard on Wednesday, but building high pressure was expected to keep the area dry for the next few days, said Lee Robertson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. Overnight lows will dip into the 20s in most of the area, Robertson said. Temperatures should stay above freezing starting Saturday, and highs will hit the mid-40s for the first half of next week.
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
The first time Deptford High School hosted its traditional Thanksgiving football game on the night before the holiday, athletic director Maureen Bilda heard several comments from fans. Most were positive. "Especially the moms who had to cook" on Thanksgiving, Bilda said. Deptford will host its season-ending game on Thanksgiving Eve again, on Wednesday night against Glassboro. The Spartans are one of several programs in South Jersey that have moved their annual Thanksgiving Day games to Thanksgiving Eve. Other games set for Wednesday night include Penns Grove at Pennsville, Cherry Hill East at Cherry Hill West, Collingswood at Sterling, and Pennsauken at Bishop Eustace.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Thanksgiving, we give thanks for friends, family, and food, but no one is particularly grateful for the traffic and transit nightmare that challenges the holiday. Luckily for Robert M. Henry, 38, executive director of the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Management Association, a nonprofit designed to advocate a viable transit network, his family's T-day trip will be a relatively short stint on Route 309 from his home near Quakertown to his in-laws' in Horsham. But to Henry, who leads an organization that studies, communicates, and creates transportation alternatives, Thanksgiving represents everything about a system gone wrong.
NEWS
November 24, 2013 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Barikian still remembers walking to midfield before the Thanksgiving Eve game between Collingswood and Sterling in 1999. Barikian was both the coach of visiting Collingswood and the father of Sterling's senior captain. "We got to midfield, and he went one way and I went the other," Barikian said of his son Michael. That scene underscored the uniqueness of the annual rivalry between Collingswood and Sterling. The teams will meet for the 49th time Wednesday night at Sterling.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 23, 2013 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Ask any bartender: Aside from New Year's Eve, the Night before Turkey is the busiest party night of the year. And the post-turkey weekend gobbles like crazy, too. Folks returning to their hometown for family Thanksgiving visits are trolling for a little fun with their erstwhile homies. Marrieds-with-kids find sitters and hit the town. College kids do what college kids will do. And there are those who just want to get lubricated before and/or after Thursday's turkey-centric blowout - some all the way until they hit the road/train/plane on Sunday.
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