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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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ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2016 | By Alexandra Villarreal, Staff Writer
Walking into a rehearsal where cast members wave and twirl massive sex toys should be shocking. After a career as an entrepreneur, Yoel Wulfhart wrote and produced Cat-A-Strophe , his first attempt at theater since moving to the United States from Israel in 1975 as a drama student. The absurdist farce puts sex front and center. It's one of the offerings at this year's Fringe Festival, opening Thursday at the Papermill Theater. "It's there in the script, the phallic imagery," said director Kevin Fennell, who joined the production after the first director quit.
TRAVEL
August 7, 2016
Traveling with children invariably includes taking along animated toys and electronic gizmos that require batteries - and then battery changing. And that means tackling those dreaded tiny little screws on the battery covers. No surprise, there's a neat new tool for that - and also no surprise, it's battery-operated. The Toydriver is a mini power screwdriver that fits comfortably into the palm of an adult hand, and it's infinitely easier to manipulate than those mini manual screwdrivers.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
With gas prices low, family road adventures should be rampant this summer. And we're tripping on some nifty new tech toys and apps that could make your long distance outings more fun and safer. Hit me with your best shot. Dash cams first became notorious as defensive tools in Russia, where insurance scammers slam on brakes or throw themselves on car hoods to fake an accident. (It's a living.) But when the team from Cobra Electronics showed me their new Drive HD Dual Channel Dash Cam System (CDR 895)
NEWS
February 17, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, STAFF WRITER
NEW YORK - Regional toy-makers outslugged their weight at the just-concluded Toy Fair 2016 in New York, at times besting even top-of-mind brands. Most notably - Just Play Products, a "restart" in Newtown, took the top "Toy of the Year" award from show sponsor Toy Industry of America for its Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center (about $80). "A wonderful thing," shared Just Play copresident Geoffrey Greenberg. And that's just one in its growing series of McStuffins toys that, like the Disney Jr. TV show of the same name, makes seeing the doctor seem fun. Just Play also is going to the bank this year with toys tied to a new  Lion King -evoking Disney Jr. TV series  The Lion Guard,  as well as with plush huggables celebrating the likes of Snoopy and Hello Kitty, "moms' favorite characters to share from their childhood," said JP marketing/product development guy Jimmy Chang.
BUSINESS
February 14, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Staff Writer
Can presidential candidates rival the popularity of a pope? We are about to find out. Coming off heavenly sales of its Pope Francis plush figure (more than 65,000 at $19.99), collectible-dolls maker Bleacher Creatures, of Plymouth Meeting, is debuting a line of political figures at Toy Fair 2016 in New York City this weekend, a big-deal event for the industry. "We are brand-new to the political landscape," said Micah Levy, director of sales and marketing at the company, best known for its figures of professional athletes and action heroes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016
'CONSTRUCTING PLAY: CLASSIC BUILDING TOYS' The long: Each winter, the Center for Architecture exhibits 50-plus antique, vintage and modern toy building sets. This go-round, the center gallery is closed for renovation, so the smallish show goes on in City Hall. The short: Lotsa little LEGOS, and friends. The demo: Budding builders old enough to resist touching the displays. The oldie: Friedrich Froebel's 175-year-old wooden building blocks, considered the first of their kind, inspired Frank Lincoln Wright the kid to become Frank Lloyd Wright, architect.
NEWS
December 31, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
At least Gov. Wolf is acting like an adult. The same cannot be said of Republican legislators who passed the "garbage" budget that includes expenditures that Wolf says he will selectively veto. The governor plans to leave intact funding for schools and charities, which have suffered the most during the six-month budget impasse. Wolf's words dripped with anger Tuesday as he discussed the budget stalemate, but he remained dignified in rejecting the "pretend" budget dumped on his desk by the Republican-led legislature last week.
NEWS
December 27, 2015 | BY DR. MARTY BECKER, Universal Uclick
INSIDE EVERY CAT is a lion. Or a tiger. Or a lynx. Or, really, all of these great hunters. And in your cat's mind, he's a wild predator, too. In fact, all cats are. They love to lurk, prowl, chase and pounce. An indoor cat doesn't have the opportunity to go after real prey (unless you have mice in your home), but he still has strong hunting instincts. This genetic coding doesn't disappear just because he lives a royal lifestyle in your home and has his meals delivered on the feline equivalent of a silver platter.
SPORTS
November 3, 2015 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
PENN STATE (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten), whose losses were at once-beaten Temple and at top-ranked Ohio State, toyed with visiting Illinois (4-4, 1-3), 39-0. It was a season high for points for the Nittany Lions, and the most they've scored since Sept. 26 (37-21 against San Diego State). Christian Hackenberg (21-for-29) threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns (both in the first 11 minutes) and also caught a 14-yard TD from running back Nick Scott that made it 22-zip early in the third period.
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