Across America, Winter Celebrations

Americans love a party, and winter offers several holidays for family and friends to meet and celebrate religious and cultural events. Winter solstice celebrations mark the return of the sun following the longest, darkest night of the year in the Northern
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Obama Issues His Last Thanksgiving Turkey Pardon

VOA President Barack Obama got the holiday mood started at the White House on Wednesday with the traditional pardoning of the national Thanksgiving turkey, this time with his nephews standing in for daughters Malia and Sasha. The lighthearted ceremony in the Rose Garden also featured Iowa-raised turkeys Tater and Tot, with the (more...)

You Are Welcome To The Oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade In Philadelphia

First held in 1920, the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade has a vibrant legacy as the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in America. The parade was created by Gimbel Brothers Department Store for the children and residents of

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Thanksgiving: A Cornucopia of Culinary Traditions

In the autumn of 1621, almost one year after the English Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts, they gathered with the Wampanoag Indians for a feast celebrating the colonists’ first successful harvest. A blend of Native American and English Puritan customs, the three-day celebration combined eating (more...)

Snow Blower Safety Tips: Keep Best Practices In Mind This Winter

With winter snows arriving, homeowners, contractors, and business owners will again rely on their snow blowers to clear driveways and walks. The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) is offering tips for safe and correct use of snow blowers. “Your indispensable winter friend, the snow blower is ready to be powered up (more...)

Zuckerberg Makes $45 Billion Charity Pledge to Baby Daughter

VOA News Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan introduced their new baby daughter to the world Tuesday along with a $45 billion initiative to improve the lives of those in her generation and those that follow. Presented as a letter to Max, who was born last week, Zuckerberg and (more...)

Americans Give Thanks with Feasting, Holiday Shopping

Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama reminded Americans that Thanksgiving is about more than shopping. The holiday, he said, is a day for food, football and hoping "the turkey didn't turn out too dry.'' VOA News This year's holiday shopping season in the U.S. got off to a brisk start as (more...)

The HIAS Pennsylvania Family Celebrates Thanksgiving November 22

It’s that time of year again – on Sunday, November 22, the HIAS Pennsylvania family will gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving with a meal of turkey, sweet potatoes, Burmese curries, Eritrean stews and so much more. Back for the 7th year, Refugee Thanksgiving will take place from 2pm to 5pm (more...)

Making Holidays Bright – And Affordable

By Nathaniel Sillin Already dreading what you'll spend this holiday season? It doesn't have to be that way. Gifts aren't the only budget-busting culprit during the holidays. The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's are also a peak time for spending on groceries, travel, events, entertainment, energy, clothes and meals out. Financial advisors (more...)

In Philadelphia, Pope Concentrates on Family

VOA News Pope Francis this week has met in Washington and New York with the world’s most powerful leaders, pressing them to care for the environment and the poor. Now, on the third and final stop of his historic U.S. visit, the pontiff is giving his full attention to what (more...)

WalletHub Study: 2015’s Best & Worst States for Working Dads

With Father’s Day approaching and nearly 93 percent of dads with kids younger than 18 in the labor force in 2014, the leading personal finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis on the Best & Worst States for Working Dads. In order to help dads balance their dual role as (more...)

Pennsylvania Awarded $3,107,268 For Family Violence Victims

Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) formula grants totaling $3,107,268 have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to support Pennsylvania domestic violence victims and organizations. “ACF is proud to be partnering with communities to identify solutions and support services addressing the traumatic (more...)

Is Your Teen Ready for a Summer Job?

By Jason Alderman For many teens, there's nothing more exciting than receiving the first paycheck from a summer job – a sure-fire ticket to fun and freedom. It's also a great opportunity for parents to encourage proper money management. Parents or guardians need to do some necessary paperwork first. Working teens will (more...)

The Feisty 50s Feel Better Than Ever

But only 13% of the over 50's say that their priority is to see their children happily married • A ¼ feel 10-14 years younger • 22% say health is the most important priority • 45% feel so confident they don’t care what others think LONDON: November 27th 2014: New research (more...)

Thanksgiving: A Favorite U.S. Holiday

Thanksgiving in the United States is a time to gather with family and friends, share a traditional meal and express gratitude for the good things in life. It can also be a time of service to others in the community. Celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, the (more...)

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