Monday, September 3, 2012
The history of the holiday that celebrates the American worker.
Most Americans know Labor Day as a time of barbecues, parades and the symbolic end of summer. But the holiday, always on the first Monday of September, has a history that stretches back more than 100 years. The first Labor Day was celebrated in New York City on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. It was proposed by the Central Labor Union, an early trade union, to honor the social and economic contributions of workers. In 1884, the labor union selected the first Monday in September for the day, urging other cities and their unions to celebrate this “workingmen’s holiday.” The first municipal ordinances recognizing the holiday were passed in 1885 and 1886. Oregon became the first state to make the holiday a …
For Labor Day, Patch looks at how jobs have changed during the last century.
This is a story about jobs that, by and large, simply don’t exist in the United States anymore. Or if they do, are holding on by the fiber-optic thread that will soon extinguish the occupation for good. Some are ancient history, like the iceman who has not cometh since the Eisenhower Administration. And others – including the minimum wage Wal-Mart “greeter” - were here just yesterday. A LESS DISPOSABLE TIME At The Sun newspaper of Baltimore – where many wonder if reporters will eventually go the way of the typewriter (and the skilled folks who repaired them) – there used to be an aged, exceedingly polite elevator operator named Barney Barney. [Yes, his first name and his last name were – inexplicably - the same.] Though extraordinary …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
In a difficult economy, many graduates return to their childhood homes looking for work.
- Joe Dowd
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Many college graduates are finding themselves in a decidedly retro phenomenon, where economic independence starts from the security of their parents' homes. "What seems to be changing is not that kids are returning home for a while after college, but how long they are living at home before they can leave," said Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Long Island's Hofstra University. That could have widespread implications for local communities. Changing economic dynamics and cultural shifts are among the reasons experts cite for the re-emergence of nuclear, multi-generational family homes not unlike family units of post-WWII America. More Kids at Home, Less Stigma A study by the Pew Research Center of …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Activities, closings and trivia, all in one handy guide.
What's closed, what's happening and what's cookin': According to the US Department of Labor: The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families.
The unofficial final weekend of summer is here. If you're planning to celebrate, try these tasty recipes to share with friends and family.
The Dog Days of summer are coming to a close, which means Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer, is creeping up on us. Most Americans celebrate with a barbecue, inviting friends and family for one final celebration before the leaves begin to change color in northern parts—and in our wistful Floridian minds 'round here. So if you're throwing a shindig this weekend, try these tasty, easy recipes to gussy up the tried-and-true burgers and dogs. Triple Berry Salsa Ingredients Directions Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face. Mo's Sticky Ribs Ingredients Directions Factory Workers Chicken Ingredients Directions Frozen Lemonade Pie Ingredients For the Crust: For the …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Sure, school is back in session, but the kids don't have to be the only ones hitting the books.
Although Labor Day marks the last hurrah for white pants, it is not the end of the season. Until the clock strikes midnight on Sept. 21, it's still summer. And that means there's just enough time to squeeze in another good book atop your favorite lounge chair. (You know, till the heat of summer fades into the heat of fall. We really don't have to squeeze in our outdoor time in the Bay area, but an excuse to lounge around reading is an excuse to lounge around reading.) To help you find that perfect holiday weekend page-turner, we've cobbled together some best-sellers from The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, along with a few staff favorites from summers past. All you need to make your experience complete is a nice cold glass of …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Here are a few events going on this weekend in Land O' Lakes and beyond. Know of another event? Tell us in the comments!
Land O' Lakes: Land O' Lakes: Around Town: Around Town: Around Town: Check out our calendar for regular events and church services. Know of an event going on this weekend? Put it on our calendar or post it in a comment below!
Government offices, courts, rec centers and animal services will be closed Monday.
Pasco County Government offices, including the constitutional offices and the courts, will be closed on Monday. All government offices and the courts will reopen on Tuesday, Sept. 4. The Pasco County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 1 and Monday, Sept. 3. The office will reopen on Tuesday. All Pasco County Libraries will reopen to the public at their regular operating hours on Tuesday. Pasco County Recreation Centers will be closed; however, the parks and beaches will remain open to the public from dawn to dusk. Pasco County Animal Services: The Pasco County Animal Services Administration Office, Adoption Center, Intake/Reclaim Shelter and Field Services will be closed on Monday Sept. 3 and reopen on Tuesday, Sept. …
Have bills to mail, or a package to send? Don't forget Monday's a federal holiday.
US Postal Service Offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 3 in observance of Labor Day. There will be no regular mail pickup or retail services available. You also cannot schedule a hold or redelivery to begin or end on any postal holiday, according to the USPS website. For a list of other postal holidays, check out the USPS FAQs and click on "2012 holidays."