December 15, 2012 |
Dan Weiss is a trusting guy. For more than 20 years during the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, he has put a bin outside his Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop to collect toys for the Marine Corps charity Toys for Tots. Many nights, he left it out for after-hours donations. "I guess I was looking for the brighter side of humanity," said Weiss, whose father started the business in 1962. Until last weekend, humanity had never let him down. Every morning, Weiss would arrive to open his store and the bin would be right outside the front door where he'd left it the night before, usually piled higher with toys.
December 6, 2012 |
IT IS NO SECRET the 76ers struggle with teams that possess strong inside games. That was evident once again Saturday in a tough loss in Chicago. The fear Tuesday was a repeat performance as the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves own the game's best rebounder in Kevin Love and surround him with rugged Nikola Pekovic in the starting lineup. That backup guards Jose Barea and Alexey Shved were the dynamics in Minnesota's lopsided, 105-88 victory was as unexpected as it is concerning. The tiny Barea, generously listed at 6-foot, sped off the bench and contributed 11 points and 10 assists, while rookie Shved scored 17. Barea simply got wherever he wanted all night.
December 2, 2012 |
In a campaign-style visit to a Montgomery County toy factory Friday, President Obama warned that Republicans in Congress were on the verge of giving millions of Americans a "lump of coal . . . a Scrooge Christmas" by refusing to renew the lower Bush-era tax rates for those making less than $250,000 a year. The GOP is holding tax cuts for the middle class "hostage" to preserve them for the rich, he argued, adding that as far as he is concerned, any negotiated deal to avoid the fiscal cliff must increase tax rates on the wealthy.
December 1, 2012 |
President Obama is making history this afternoon, becoming the first U.S. President to speak in front of an American flag made of 49,000 K'nex pieces. At 11:30 a.m., Marine One landed at the Rodon Group plant, in Hatfield, Montgomery County, and a crowd of about 350, including company employees, awaited his arrival at the toy factory. "Its'a once-in-lifetime experience for the people here," said company designer Rob Simon, 52, of Plumsteadville, Bucks County. He said that while he didn't vote for the President, "You've got to respect his position regardless of party affiliation.
November 30, 2012
AROUND THIS time of year, some people like to celebrate the season the same way they have in years gone by. They see "The Nutcracker," attend a tree-lighting, admire the lights in Rittenhouse Square or window shop on Walnut Street. And those traditions are wonderful ways to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year. But some of us are - shall we say - nonconformists. Some observe "Buy Nothing Day" instead of Black Friday and would rather not endure a concert of Christmas carols. It's for those rebels that we've searched through holiday performances, exhibits, and events to find the most interesting, unusual, and under-the-radar happenings.
November 30, 2012 |
When President Obama comes to Montgomery County on Friday, he will speak in front of a two-foot-tall toy helicopter, a toy roller coaster, a toy grandfather clock, a motorized toy carousel, and an American flag made of 49,000 K'Nex pieces. The Hatfield plastics factory that makes Tinkertoys and Lincoln Logs as well as K'Nex will provide a colorful holiday backdrop for the president to talk about the advantages of extending middle-class tax cuts and the dangers of the fiscal cliff.
November 10, 2012 |
Next weekend, Rago Arts & Auction Center will offer high-end fine art at its Lambertville gallery with 148 lots of 19th- and 20th-century American and European works followed by 350 lots of postwar and contemporary pieces. This weekend, Bertoia Auctions will conclude its liquidation of the Richard T. Claus collection of nautical toys and boats with a 350-lot sale at its Vineland gallery. Guess which sale is expected to bring the highest single price. In terms of quantity, the Rago sale, whose first session begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 17, with the second scheduled to start at 1 p.m., comes out ahead with three dozen lots expected in the five-figure price range.
November 9, 2012 |
NEW YORK - We have dolls that wet, crawl and talk. We have dolls with perfect hourglass figures. And we have plenty that come with itty bitty baby bottles. But it's a breast-feeding doll whose suckling sounds are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of little girls that caught some flak after hitting the U.S. market. "I just want the kids to be kids," Bill O'Reilly said on his Fox News show when he learned of the Breast Milk Baby. "And this kind of stuff, we don't need this.