Get out those holiday sweaters: this Thanksgiving in Philly could be the coldest in over a century. Guess you'll just need extra turkey to keep you warm. Something else to warm you up: reporter Frank Fitzpatrick's story on a Delaware County tradition for the ages. Each Thanksgiving, thousands of fans descend upon a Turkey Bowl matchup between two elementary schools in Drexel Hill, and tomorrow marks a big anniversary.
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Tomorrow a special tradition will mark its 60th anniversary at Steel Field in Havertown: The annual Thanksgiving Day football game between St. Bernadette and St. Dorothy elementary schools.
It started out as a dare in 1958, but over the years the "Turkey Bowl" has become as popular as any of the local holiday match-ups, drawing thousands of spectators — despite the fact that it pits seventh and eighth graders on fields without grandstands and sometimes even a scoreboard.
Two Jewish police officers have filed a federal lawsuit against the Philadelphia Police Department claiming a pattern of anti-Semitism by colleagues in their Franklintown-based district.
In the suit, the officers allege that racist comments and anti-Semitic acts by a supervisor and more than 10 officers created an unsafe working environment and violated their civil rights.
The acts included the scratching of a Nazi "SS" symbol into a locker, drawing a Star of David onto a door of a patrol car, as well as ethnic slurs and daily jokes at their expense.
In September, the Philadelphia public library system announced that only 23 of its 54 branches would open on Saturdays this school year due to a lack of funding.
The news was disappointing to communities with the affected branches and, apparently, to Mayor Kenney; his office worked with Free Library leadership to reallocate staff and identify unfilled vacancies.
Now, officials announced, the library system will be hiring for 62 vacant positions, enabling it to open 35 of the 54 neighborhood branches six days a week. But advocates say more needs to be done to help the system thrive.
Join us for a memorable evening of recognizing Philadelphia's most iconic business leaders, including our beloved H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, on Wednesday, Nov. 28 as we induct them into the Inquirer Business Hall of Fame! Reserve your tickets here.
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