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December 19, 2008
FOR CHILDREN, the sight of toys under their Christmas tree is one of the earliest memories of fundamental joy. The sight is a once-a-year magical promise that they will always be given what they want, and will never know deprivation. And that's why there's probably nothing sadder than the trees barren of toys. Every year, too many children experience that deprivation. This year is no exception. In fact, this year, more children than ever may be deprived of Christmas' promise.
NEWS
December 17, 1998 | by Renee Lucas Wayne, Daily News Staff Writer
"I know it's a puzzle, but what does it do?" "You want me to read a book? That's no fun. " "Do we have to go to Aunt Aggie's Christmas Day? They don't have Play Station over there. " The responses above confirm what any parent on his way to camp out in hopes of scoring a Furby already knows: We've fallen down in this age of technology, and we can't get up. Or rather, we can't get back to a time when kids actually played with toys, rather than watched toys play for them.
NEWS
November 8, 1999 | DAVID MAIALETTI/ DAILY NEWS
Carrying good intentions motorcyclists set out from Columbus Boulevard yesterday as part of the Toys for Tots Bike Run. Thousands of bikers participated in the annual trek, transporting toys to kids at Children's hospital of Philadelphia in West Phila.
NEWS
July 19, 2010
This week's Adopt-a-Pet at the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society is Alice, a 3-year-old American Staffordshire terrier mix. Alice is friendly and gets along with dogs and cats. She enjoys small playgroups and chew toys. To adopt Alice, contact PAWS, 100 N. 2nd St., at 215-238-9901. When inquiring, please provide her tag identifier, which is "Clinic. " A $75 fee includes sterilization, vaccines and microchipping.
NEWS
September 29, 1987 | By GINA BOUBION, Daily News Staff Writer
They didn't know little Cecilia Cichan, but after yesterday, they consider her a friend. Today, they'll play with the toys she gave them. Stuffed bears, dogs, tigers and mice, Barbie dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids and baby dolls flooded the playroom at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia. The toys were only a fraction of gifts from Cecilia, the lone survivor of a plane crash on Aug. 16 in Detroit that killed 156 people, including her immediate family.
NEWS
November 25, 1989 | By David Iams, Inquirer Staff Writer
With Christmas one month away, auction companies next week will conduct four sales specializing in two holiday-gift categories: toys and jewelry. The first toy sale will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday at West Hanover Township Fire Hall three miles east of the Harrisburg suburb of Linglestown. There Tom and John Golden will offer a variety of dolls and stuffed animals, including a 1962 "bubble-cut" Barbie and a 1906 F.A.O. Schwarz bear. The bear from the New York toy store is one of a quantity of ursine items to be offered.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 1986 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
It's often said that toys are designed to appeal as much to adult buyers as to the child-recipients of the playthings. When it comes to techno toys, that grownup appeal goes double. At the recent American Toy Fair in New York, this grownup gadgeteer was regularly inspired to take out the charge card and buy-buy-buy, entranced by the latest in sound and vision, mechanical and computerized toys. However, the Toy Fair is "wholesale only," and many of the products introduced there by manufacturers won't actually be available until spring or summer.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 8, 1987 | By JOSEPH P. BLAKE, Daily News Staff Writer
Those cartoon shows that are no more than animated versions of kids' toys are "robbing children of better programming" and making them more aggressive, according to a Harvard developmental psychologist. Ronald G. Slaby, of Harvard's Center for Research on Children's Television, said in the June 13 issue of TV Guide that he feels there is a "unique interaction between television violence and a set of toys that are marketed and readily available to the children for possible aggressive play and outright agressive behaviour.
NEWS
March 17, 1990 | By NICHOLAS H. MORGAN
Don't give your children toys. Give them things they can play with. The force of this home truth struck me between the eyes after the holidays, as those lovely, expensive toys we had lavished upon our 6- and 9-year-old "mystery beings" were discarded in favor of - things. What sort of things? Watch your children at play. What do they do? Ours play-act. That is, they recreate the events of the day, the week, the month and most often the hour, on their own terms. We went to a Broadway play, a big splurge, Cats.
NEWS
June 24, 1989 | By David Iams, Inquirer Staff Writer
Now may not be the time to worry about Christmas shopping for the kids. But if you think the price of stuffing a stocking in December is outrageous, consider the prospects of a sale next Saturday in the Baltimore suburb of Timonium, Md. Starting at 10 a.m., Richard Opfer will conduct a toy auction at which a 40-year-old tin representation of Popeye the Sailor in an airplane is expected to sell for $5,000 to $7,000. The sale is one of four over the next eight days that also will offer bidders new plants and old books.
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BUSINESS
September 8, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
The news is bad. Bad for the weary, end-of-day Chestnut Hill West commuters who get off the train at Evergreen Avenue and stop by this fanciful place - not necessarily to buy something, but to be someplace fun. Bad for the legions of frazzled parents of birthday-party invitees who have counted on it for a last-minute present and free gift wrap on a Saturday morning. And bad for the guy who drove the hour-and-a-half to it from Jim Thorpe just to buy six pimple balls. O'Doodles toy store, a fixture on Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill since 1997, is the bearer of the bad news: It is closing.
BUSINESS
September 8, 2014 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
I'm probably the last person you'd expect to wax nostalgic about the loss of - what to call it? - a shopping opportunity. I work at the edge of a mall, but I rarely set foot in its stores. When my wife eyes quaint shops on vacation, I've got other ideas. Even craft shows full of beautiful objects tend to try my patience. So why do I care about the closing of O'Doodles, the Chestnut Hill toy store about to begin a going-out-of-business sale? Trust me, it's not just the loss of a favored source for kids' toys and gifts, though I'll miss the convenience.
NEWS
August 18, 2014 | By Ilene Raymond Rush, For The Inquirer
On a midsummer Tuesday morning at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center at Penn Medicine, the children's waiting room is bustling. Preteens punch up basketball video games while younger children squash Play-Doh through a plastic mold or check doll heart rates with toy stethoscopes. At a round table in the center of the waiting room sits Carlin Beasley, a delicate 3-year-old in a pink tutu whose mischievous eyes gaze out above a wide sterile mask. Chemotherapy for a brain tumor has compromised her immune system, but it hasn't stopped Carlin from pulling out the pieces of a real-life prep kit designed to deliver anesthesia.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, For The Inquirer
Good vision in low light is essential to enjoying Alchemia , which Momix brought to the Annenberg Center last weekend. The gloam can hide the scraps and bits that would make the piece seem magical. But for those with healthy peepers, Alchemia is a brilliant journey into a surreal otherworld where earth, water, air, and fire - in the form of dancers, music, lighting, and props - do their thing. Moses Pendleton, choreographer of the "Doves of Peace" segment of the Sochi Olympics' opening ceremony, is the "Mo" in Momix.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 17, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Hello there Kate was getting ready for a Fourth of July 2010 barbecue when her friend Melissa, who was going with her, asked if she could bring her friend Bettner. Sure, Kate said. This was a come-one, come-all kind of summer shindig. Kate caught Jon Bettner's eye at hi. "She was a tall blonde with blue eyes wearing white jeans," Jon said. "That's a trifecta for me. " Jon assumed Kate was dating someone at the party, but enjoyed their conversation. Kate did, too. "I thought Jon was funny.
NEWS
February 21, 2014 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Columnist
AT THE RECENT American International Toy Fair in New York, Gizmo Guy found playthings so profoundly juiced with tech magic he longed to be a kid again. MAKE-IT-YOURSELF TOYS: The concept has gotten a major rethink. Industry leader Hasbro announced the first kid-oriented (and reasonably priced, we hope) 3-D printer, a programmable device that spits plastic goop in precise layers to build a play-ready object. Expect it by Christmas. Hasbro's venture partner is printer maker 3D Systems, which just bought a toy modeling company with rights to "Star Wars," "Harry Potter" and "Hobbit" collectibles.
NEWS
January 25, 2014 | By Julie Xie, Inquirer Staff Writer
Logan Milleman bounced down a hallway of Wills Eye Hospital on Wednesday, showing off his new ID badge: Master Logan, Commander in Chief. He was in good spirits. His right eye has been cancer-free for almost five years. The 6-year-old's parents, Robert and Jeri Milleman, trailed behind him with three large Kohl's bags filled with stuffed-animal toys they had brought for the children in the hospital. He has come a long way. In 2009, Logan's right eye was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer that is blinding and life-threatening.
NEWS
December 15, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dexter, a purebred Australian cattle dog, gnawed on a stuffed animal until he found the sweet spot that made the toy squeak. "They love that squeaker," Marianne Ahern said this month as Dexter and two other four-legged creatures played with the squeaky item at her half-acre house near Langhorne, Bucks County. The toy was originally a Beanie Baby that would have ended up in a landfill, but Ahern reclaimed it, cleaned it, and converted it into a Glad Dogs Nation product. "I see this as my retirement business," said Ahern, 57, president and founder of Glad Dogs Nation.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
ON SATURDAY, family and friends of Aimee Willard, a 22-year-old college lacrosse star who was slain in 1996, are holding a collection drive to benefit a community center in the North Philadelphia neighborhood where her body was found. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., donations of unwrapped toys and coats for children ages 5 to 15 will be collected outside Riddle Ale House at 1073 W. Baltimore Pike in Media. Monetary donations will also be accepted. All donations will go to the Hero Community Center at 3439 N. 17th St.
BUSINESS
September 10, 2013 | By Jane Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The United States' trade deficit with China topped $30 billion last week. In Hatfield, Michael Araten, 43, chief executive of K'nex Brands L.P., the toy company, is making that trend go the other way. President Obama visited K'nex in November to highlight the company's decision to bring back most of its manufacturing from China. In August, K'nex began exporting its toys to China. Question: What struck you about your visit with the president? Answer: He was personally incredibly charming.
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