<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - ]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/the-scene/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia https://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 24 Nov 2017 11:20:01 -0500Fri, 24 Nov 2017 11:20:01 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Academy of Music Celebrates 160th Anniversary]]> Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:55:13 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Orchestra_evening.jpg

The Academy of Music celebrated its first inaugural ball in 1857. Now, 160 years later, the Academy is ready to dazzle the audience once again.

The Academy of Music’s annual Academy Ball and Concert was held Saturday night and featured Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra with Special guest Martin Short. Soprano Vanessa V. Vasquez also  performed.

This year, a digital show opened the concert highlighting the history of the Academy of Music before guests heard the evening performances.

Proceeds from the event benefit the preservation of the historic ‘Grand Dame of Locus Street”—not only the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1900 to 2001, but where many historic moments in Philadelphia history have taken place, including a speech by Susan B. Anthony in 1870 and where mourners watched Abraham Lincoln’s funeral from the balconies in 1865.

Additionally, ‘The Acoustic Causeway’ began around 9 p.m. and featured performances by the Mainstage Center for the Art-Harmony Show Choir, the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble and the Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School choir as guests made their way from the Academy of Music, past the Palm and into the ballroom at the Bellevue.

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<![CDATA[Philly Restaurant Week Begins ]]> Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:47:56 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Restaurant-Week-Generic.jpg

Foodies rejoice! Philly’s restaurant week is back! The annual event which features discounted meals from over 100 of the city’s best restaurants, began Sunday and will last until January 27. The event will also take place from January 29 to February 3.

All of the participating restaurants are offering a three-course dinner for $35 while select restaurants are also offering a three-course lunch for $20.

CLICK HERE to view the full list of restaurants and make your reservation.

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<![CDATA[Free Italian Ice at Philly Rita's Stores]]> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:25:55 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/ritas+italian+ice+first+day+of+spring.jpg

Rita’s Italian ice stores across the city celebrated the first day of spring with the 24th annual Free Italian Ice Giveaway. Philadelphia stores gave away free Italian ice in limited edition “First Day of Spring” cups to all guests who visit Sunday.

Stores at the following locations participated:

  • Manayunk, 5420 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19128
  • City Ave, 7718 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19151
  • Wissahickon, 2271 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19140
  • South Street, 239 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
  • 15th & Spruce, 1511 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • South Street West, 2124 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146

<![CDATA[Mummers Strut Down Main Street in Manayunk ]]> Sat, 20 Feb 2016 22:07:54 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Mummers-Mardi-Gras-Manayunk1.jpg

Don’t put that Mummers strut to sleep after New Year's Day. The Mummers — known for strutting down Broad Street — once again added Main Street to the mix.

The Mummers marched down Main Street in Manayunk on Saturday as a late Mardi Gras celebration.

Mummers joined Manayunk Development Corporation officials and U.S. Congressman Bob Brady (D-Pa. 1st District) to announce plans for this year's parade at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

After weather pushed back last year's first-annual Manayunk strut, the Mummers enjoyed warm and sunny weather Saturday for this year's event.

Organizers kept the February edition of the parade — dubbed the “Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk” — a family-friendly affair by keeping alcohol off Main Street and instead in the bars. The string bands even used some local haunts as temporary houses once the parade wrapped up.

The parade brought some extra business to Main Street bars and restaurants.

The parade route ran from Green Lane to Lock Street — about 1 mile — and exclusively featured string bands playing the length of Main Street.

<![CDATA[Usher to Headline 9th Annual Roots Picnic ]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 07:18:16 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/AP_278858826757-LACMA.jpg

R&B and Pop superstar Usher will headline this year’s Roots Picnic in Philadelphia.

The lineup was revealed Tuesday for the 9th annual concert which will take place at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on June 4.

Aside from Usher, who will be backed by the legendary Roots crew, DMX, Willow Smith, Future, Leon Bridges, Migos, Jidenna and Cheltenham Township native Lil Dicky are also among the scheduled performers.

CLICK HERE for the full lineup. Tickets are set to go on sale this Friday at noon.

Photo Credit: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP
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<![CDATA[Philly's Restaurant Week Begins ]]> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 10:31:04 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/food+generic+09012015.jpg

Philly foodies rejoice! Restaurant week is back!

Center City’s restaurant week officially began Sunday and will continue through January 22 then resume from January 24 through January 29.

Participating restaurants are offering three-course dinners for $35+ per person while some are also offering a three-course lunch for $20+.

CLICK HERE to view the full list of participating restaurants. Make sure you make your reservations quickly as they fill up fast during the event.

CLICK HERE for more information, including menus, top picks and restaurant parking.

<![CDATA[St. Patrick's Day Recipes to Add Irish Flavor]]> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 06:40:04 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/stpattysfoodtoday-food-al-roker-150313-04.jpg

Celebrating St. Patrick's Day is the perfect excuse to throw an Irish-themed party full of traditional foods and drinks. 

Simple and authentic flavors are the way to go, experts say, but adding some modern spin will keep your guests asking for more. Take a look at these food and drink recipes that will help you add flavor to your St. Patrick's Day festivities:

Chef Matt Murphy shows "Today" show's Al Roker how to whip up an easy meal of corned beef and cabbage. He also suggests serving a classic Irish dessert, Gur cake, which is a tasty, fig-based pastry. 

A hearty stew is another great choice for a dinner party. Chef Conrad Gallagher shows Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager how to prepare a lamb variation that combines authentic taste with modern flavors, like butternut squash and pearl onions. Gallagher says it goes perfectly with a flavorful Irish stout bread.

Martha Stewart suggests switching out the typical celebratory green beer or Guinness for this scotch and whiskey-based Irish cocktail. Combining the liquors with lemon and bitters, Stewart gives you a simple Celtic mix cocktail that's full of flavors. 

The more dessert the better! Stewart shows how to make a simple yet authentic recipe for buttery Irish Oatmeal cookies. 

On celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's YouTube channel DrinksTube, you can can find the perfect recipe to wind down your party. Coffee expert Mike Cooper shows how to make a warm cup of traditional Irish coffee. 

Photo Credit: Samantha Okazaki/TODAY
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<![CDATA[Vai, Tracy, Sheena Take a Ride for a Good Cause]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:50:41 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000012961620_1200x675_577472579918.jpg NBC10’s Vai Sikahema, Tracy Davidson, and Sheena Parveen took a ride on the “Can Drop” at Preston and Steve’s Camp Out For Hunger food drive. It’s the nation’s largest single-location food drive. You can donate canned goods up until 11am Friday at Xfinity Live.]]> <![CDATA[Pop That Champagne! Getting Ready for New Year's Eve]]> Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:52:11 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/fireworks+generic+1.jpg 2016 is still a month away, but it’s not too early to start planning your New Year’s Eve celebrations! NBC10’s Keith Jones has everything you need to know to kick the year off right.]]> <![CDATA[Former Governor Kicks Off Philly Beer Week]]> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:50:41 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly-Beer-Week-Kickoff.jpg

Former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell threw down the hammer and tapped the keg, officially bringing in the annual Philly Beer Week.

Rendell received the “hammer of glory” at the 23rd Street Armory Friday night after a day-long Olympic torch-style relay throughout the city.

First created in 2008, Philly Beer Week is the largest beer celebration in the country, consisting of festivals, dinners, tours and pub crawls throughout the city of brotherly love.

The following breweries are participating in this year’s event:

  • 2nd Story Brewing
  • Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery
  • The Boston Beer Company
  • Conshohocken Brewing Company
  • Dock Street Brewery
  • Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
  • Doylestown Brewing Company
  • Evil Genius
  • Evolution Craft Brewing
  • Flying Fish Brewing Company
  • Free Will Brewing
  • Home Sweet Home Brew
  • Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
  • Keystone Homebrew Supply
  • Lancaster Brewing Company
  • The Lion Brewery
  • Manayunk Brewing Company
  • Naked Brewing
  • Neshaminy Creek Brewing
  • Nodding Head Brewery
  • Philadelphia Brewing Company
  • Philly Homebrew Outlet
  • Prism Brewing Company
  • River Horse Brewing Company
  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
  • Round Guys Brewing Company
  • Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
  • Saint Boniface
  • Saucony Creek Brewing
  • ShawneeCraft Brewing Company
  • Sly Fox Brewing Company
  • Spring House Brewing
  • Stoudt’s Brewing Company
  • Susquehanna Brewing Company, Troegs Brewing Company
  • Twin Lakes Brewery
  • Victory Brewing Company
  • Weyerbacher Brewing Company
  • Yards Brewing Company
  • Yuengling

Click here for more information on the venues and schedule.

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<![CDATA[Hammer of Glory Found ]]> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 10:03:47 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hammer-of-Glory.jpg

It was a "glorious" Sunday for Philly Beer Week. Not only did the annual beer event finish off another successful year, but officials say they also found their own personal "Olympic torch" after it had gone missing.

Officials say the infamous "Hammer of Glory," was stolen late Saturday afternoon. The over-sized keg hammer was last seen Saturday around 4:30 p.m. at the FestivALE event in Fishtown, Pa.

“The event was highly attended,” said PBW spokeswoman Jennie Hatton. “Someone took it for a photo op and it disappeared into the crowds.”

After spreading the news via social media, PBW officials announced that someone turned the hammer in Sunday afternoon at Frankford Hall restaurant.

"The person who turned it in said they were not responsible for taking it and found it under 95," said PBW spokeswoman Jennie Hatton.

The person, who wanted to remain anonymous, told PBW officials that his "dumba** friend" took the hammer and threw it under I-95. Fortunately the hammer wasn't damaged.

"No harm was done to the Hammer," said Hatton. 

The Hammer of Glory is the official mascot for PBW, the largest beer event of its kind in the country.

The Hammer is considered the symbol of Philly Beer Week and is passed from venue to venue during the annual event so that people can take a picture with it. Mayor Michael Nutter uses it every year to open the first keg of PBW.

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<![CDATA[Best Super Bowl Deals]]> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 23:07:43 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/trophy14.jpg

Not sure where to watch the big game on Feb. 3? Check out these super Super Bowl deals that are sure to satisfy every fan.

For the adventurous foodie:

Le Viet

1019 S. 11th Street

This Super Bowl Sunday, Le Viet is combining its modern Vietnamese cuisine with traditional football favorites. The restaurant is offering complimentary wings at the bar from 6 to 9 p.m. in addition to its other Vietnamese all-night specials. More unconventional Super Bowl snacks include $2.50 spring rolls, $4 crispy tofu, and $5 papaya salad. The bar houses two large televisions and will feature $3 beers, $5 cocktails, and $5 glasses of wine.

For the wing connoisseur:


627 S. 3rd Street

Prefer to watch the Ravens take on the 49ers from home? Ela is offering a special Super Bowl wing take-out menu, featuring an eclectic variety of flavors. For $10, you get a dozen wings with your choice of dipping sauce -- the options range from classic, regular hot sauce to truffled Parmesan and herb. Make sure to get all orders in by February 1, and they will be ready for pick-up between 10 am and 5 pm on Sunday.

For the football fan who wants to give back:

Phillies Bar and Grill

1235 E. Passyunk Avenue

This Super Bowl Sunday, Phillies Bar and Grill is hosting its annual Female Football Frenzy to benefit the American Heart Association. The event known as F3 will be hosted by Tashyra Ayers if the Tashyra Ayers Show and will feature heart healthy food and drink specials. The pre-game festivities start at 5:30 pm and tickets are $10 at the door.

For the sports bar classic:

Perch Pub

1345 Locust Street

Super Bowl fans at Perch Pub will not only enjoy $15 buckets of domestic beer and cheap bar snacks but will also have the chance to win a $50 gift certificate. Starting at kickoff, appetizers will range from $2.75 to $5.50, and the bar will feature shot specials on Bourbon and Jaegermeister. You can also take advantage of the 8 - 10 pm happy hour when 14 crafts drafts will be offered at half price.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Marathon Winners]]> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 04:35:13 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/philly-marathon-edit.jpg

About 30,000 runners flocked to Pennsylvania's largest city for the 20th annual Philadelphia Marathon and related events.

The winner of Sunday's men's race was Abebe Mekuriya of Ethiopia, who finished in two hours, 17 minutes and 35 seconds. The women's winner was Irina Alexandrova of Russia, who turned in a time of two hours, 39 minutes and six seconds. (Both pictured)

Both winners will receive the top prize of $3,500.

The top local runner was 24-year-old Nick Hilton, who finished third in the men's race. The Arizona resident is originally from Reading.

Weekend events also included a half marathon, an 8k race and a Kids Fun Run.

Here are the full results and times:

Men's Division Marathon                
Abebe Mekuriya, City Falls, NY 2:17:35
Tesfaye Dube, New York, NY 2:18:15
Nicholas Hilton, Flagstaff, AZ 2:19:36
Birhanu Mekonnen, Washington, DC 2:19:59
Abiyot Endale, Bronx, NY 2:20:55
Women's Division Marathon
Irina Alexandrova, Hebron, KY 2:39:06
Tezeta Dengersa, Washington, DC 2:40:13
Meseret Basa, New York, NY 2:40:51
Aregash Abate, High Falls, NY 2:42:41
Amanda Marino, Jackson, NJ 2:43:57
Men's Masters Division Marathon
Jae Yung Hyung, Alburquerque, NM 2:24:40
Rich Burke, Morristown, NJ 2:31:20
Ray Pugsley, Potomac Falls, VA 2:34:06
Doug Fernandez, Richmond, VA 2:37:49
Women's Masters Division Marathon
Mary Pardi, Falmouth, ME 2:53:39
Myriam Grenon, Longueuil, QC, Canada 2:59:16
Catherine Spiess, New Albany, OH 3:06:15
Kim Redden, Ottawa, MB Canada 3:06:45
Men's Wheelchair Marathon
Grant Berthiaume, Tuscon, AZ 2:04:26
Men's Division Half Marathon
Elijah Karanja Hebron, KY 1:02:59
Direba Yigezu New York, NY 1:03:23
Jordan Chipangama Flagstaff, AZ 1:03:28
Yonas Mebrahtu East Flagstaff, AZ 1:03:53
Henry Rutto Royersford, PA 1:04:10
Women's Division Half Marathon
Rkia El Moukim Queens, NY 1:10:53
Adrienne Herzog, Boulder, CO 1:12:59
Jane Murage, Royersford, PA 1:12:59
Ingrid Mollenkopf, Flower Mound, TX 1:13:04
Allison Mendez, Austin, TX 1:13:47
Men's Masters Half Marathon
Eric Shafer, Pittsburgh, PA 1:13:21
Paul Thompson, Peekskill, NY 1:13:23
Kevin Beugless, Media, PA 1:17:05
Martin Fontaine, Otterburn Park, QC Canada 1:17:51
Women Masters Half Marathon

Vicky Jasparro Fredericksburg, VA 1:25:24
Jill Tenny, Harrisburg, PA 1:21:24
Susanne Vanzijl, Elkton, MD 1:29:49
Vicki Boyer, Elizabethtown, PA 1:29:42
Men's Wheelchair Half Marathon
Shannon Franks, College Park, MD  1:09:53
Daniel Wheeler, Shamong, NJ  2:11:44         
Women's Wheelchair Half Marathon
Michelle Wheeler, New York, NY 1:30:51

Photo Credit: G. Widman]]>
<![CDATA[Save on Your Halloween Costume: Here's How]]> Thu, 24 Oct 2013 21:39:57 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/saving+on+halloween+costumes.JPG People are cutting back on Halloween costume spending this year, but there are ways to get around shelling out big bucks for one night. Here's one place were you can get costumes on the cheap.

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<![CDATA[Certain Poor Shepherds, Scene 1]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:03:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/l_christmas_story01_600.jpg Today we resume a holiday tradition, the annual Christmas story by Chris Satullo and Tony Auth. This year's story, Certain Poor Shepherds, follows a young Philadelphia woman who befriends and tries to help an unusual old gentlemen she meets on the street.
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<![CDATA[Grabby Grinch Steals Prada Sneakers]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 18:00:09 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/209*120/porch_grinch_package.jpg About 30 minutes after a Feasterville woman's package arrived on her front porch it was stolen. A security camera caught the woman swiping the package with two pairs of sneakers inside right off the porch. NBC10's Doug Shimell shares the story.

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<![CDATA[Feds Warn Online Shoppers to Be Careful]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:47 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/online_shopping_phone.jpg The FBI is warning online shoppers that cyber crimes are on the increase. NBC10's Harry Hairston reports. To file an internet crime compliant click here.

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<![CDATA[Philly Breaks Guinness 'Soul Train' Dance Record]]> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:50:15 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Philly+Soul+Train+Dance+Line.jpg

Philadelphia’s most soulful dancers -- and non-dancers for that matter -- hit the Art Museum steps in February in an attempt to set a world record.

Nearly nine months later, the group, which included Mayor Michael Nutter, was recognized by Guinness World Records for the largest organized Soul Train dance line ever.

“We’re elated, overjoyed and so very proud to claim this record in Philadelphia’s name,” said organizer Sheila Simmons,.

Simmons says she submitted the application for the group and received word back on Monday that it was a record. A photo of the certificate was posted to Facebook.

The event was held to give area music fans a chance to express some Brotherly Love while also honoring the memory of Soul Train host and creator Don Cornelius, who died earlier this year.

“Considering how Philly responded to events like Live Aid, Unity Day, Million Woman March, Welcome America and our normal annual events, I thought 211 -- we can do that,” said radio host and fellow organizer Manwell Glenn, who hatched the dance line record idea. “It’s Soul Train and Don Cornelius. Everybody wants to get involved.”

To set the Guinness World Record at least 212 people needed to dance down along a line of fellow dancers. It took around two hours and in the end they wound up with 291 dancers, according to a certificate received from Guinness.

Despite the certificate, Guinness still hadn't updated their website to acknowledge the new record, Instead, it still listed by a group of students at Berkeley, Cal. school.

Photo Credit: Guinness World Records/Martin Regusters/Leaping Lion Photo]]>
<![CDATA[Old Rockefeller Tree Used for Philly Homes]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:42 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/rock-tree-2011.jpg

Ever wonder what happened to the Rockefeller Christmas Tree after it’s removed from Rockefeller Plaza?

Well, the next time you’re driving around Philadelphia you might just drive right by it.

The 2011 Rockefeller Christmas Tree, which came from Mifflinville, Pa., was milled into lumber that Habitat for Humanity used to build homes on the 1900 block of Morse Street and on Gratz Street in North Philadelphia helping two families realize their dreams of owning homes.

Tishman Speyer, co-owner of Rockefeller Center, participated in the building of the Christmas tree wood-built homes.

“Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia is looking forward to hosting the Tishman Speyer team to work on homes that will incorporate lumber from the 2011 Rockefeller Christmas Tree,” Frank Monaghan, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, said in May. “The homeowner families are equally excited that a portion of the Rockefeller Tree will be used in their new homes. It will bring as much joy to them as it did to the visitors of Rockefeller Center.”

Since 2007, wood from past Rockefeller Christmas Trees have been used to build homes in Stamford, Conn., Hudson Valley, N.Y. and other locations in the same state where the tree was grown. No word yet on where this year’s tree will go after the holidays but New Jersey seems like a good bet with this year's tree coming from Mount Olive.

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<![CDATA[WARNING: Get Your Old Bike Off Philly Sidewalks]]> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 20:14:34 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/generic_bike_lock_bikes.jpg

Have an abandoned bike that has been taking up space in your neighborhood? By this weekend, the matter will be history.

Starting Thursday through next Thursday (Dec. 6) the City of Philadelphia hold their annual removal of uninhibited bicycles in Center City.

All bicycles scheduled by the Street Department for removal from racks, posts or other structures will be tagged with an alert notice to the owner at least one week prior to the removal date. These bicycles are considered in un-useable condition and that have been locked in the same location for one month or more with damaged or missing parts.

The following bicycles’ tags will be bright yellow and will contain information pertaining to the current status and pick-up information of the bikes. All bikes and parts will be donated to local charities.

Why is this such a big deal, you ask? The City of Philadelphia believes this will help free up existing space for cyclists in sometimes hard-to-find sidewalk parking areas.

To help with the cause, report an abandoned bicycle by calling 3-1-1 or use the Philly311 smart phone app to report it. Be sure to include the description of the bike, its location, and any damage or where it is locked to (i.e. tree, parking meter, etc).

But what if your bike has been caught up mistakenly in the sweep-up? Simply remove the yellow tag and relocate the bike to nearby bicycle rack. Call the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities at 215-686-9000 if you are unable to move your tagged bicycle or if you have any questions.

Photo Credit: Mary Schwind/ NBC Philadelphia]]>
<![CDATA[White House Holiday Decorations ]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:14:26 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Michelle-Obama-Christmas.jpg With the holiday season just around the corner, Christmas trees and piles of present decorate the White House. Take a look at some of its best decorations.

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<![CDATA[Packages Delivered But Not Received]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:41 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/package_stolen_porch.jpg Online shopping is extremely popular especially during the holiday season, but the problem is not everyone is getting their deliveries. NBC10's Tracy Davidson explains why.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Gift Card Giving 101]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:26:27 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gift+card+warning.jpg What you need to know about possible fees attached to gift cards. NBC10's Tracy Davidson reports.]]> <![CDATA[Record Gun Sales on Black Friday]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:30:45 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/gun_generic_xxx.jpg According to the FBI, gun sales nationwide spiked on Black Friday to record levels. NBC10's Dawn Timmeney spoke to some local gun stores about increased sales.]]> <![CDATA[Who's Going to Win the Jackpot?]]> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:26:25 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/powerball_ticket11_28.jpg The Powerball Jackpot continues to grow and has reached a record at $550 millon. NBC10's Monique Braxton spoke to Powerball ticket buyer who are keep their fingers crossed.

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<![CDATA[Shopping at the Mall Vs. Shopping Online]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:53 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WEBMallvsOnlineAR_8193793_722x406_9793091518.jpg Are you more of a stay-at-home shopper or the type of shopper who likes the hustle and bustle of going to stores during the holiday season? NBC10's Aditi Roy talks to some folks that like the physical experience of going to the Christiana Mall.

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<![CDATA[Cyber Monday: Who Has the Best Deals?]]> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 16:51:00 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/107176992.jpg

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<![CDATA[Get Your Skate on at Penn's Landing]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:53 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/iceskatingrink.jpg

Looking for a cool way to kick off the holidays?

Well, you're in luck, the Blue Cross RiverRink opened for business Friday. The city's only outdoor rink located at Penn's Landing gives skaters a great view of the Delaware River as they glide along the rink.

For the 19th season, the Olympic-sized rink is frozen on top of a parking lot -- and will stay frozen throughout the whole season thanks to some confusing technology having to do with water and anti-freeze and little tubes keeping it solid.

Admission is $9 depending on the hours and skate rentals will run you $4.

If skating isn't your thing -- or you just need to warm up on a cold winter day -- you can head inside to enjoy the snack bar and arcade.

New this year, you can track your skating and check out mini tutorials with the "Go Figure!" app available for free download in the iTunes store.

The rink is located on Columbus Blvd. at Market Street. For a full schedule of skating times and other events at the rink, click here.

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Madness Hits Local Malls]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 18:07:18 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/121711+shopping+mall+generic.jpg

With Thanksgiving dinner barely digested, thousands of people headed to area malls Friday for the other big holiday tradition – Black Friday shopping.

Earlier store openings in Philadelphia, New Jersey and Delaware for the traditional holiday shopping rush appear to be a hit with customers.

Starting at 11 p.m., deal-seekers pounded the well-polished floors, looking for anything and everything on sale.

"First we started out at Toys-R-Us. Then we made our way over here because of midnight madness. Now we're just waiting for JC Penney's to open up,” said Jessica Petsch of Clayton, New Jersey.

NBC10 was there as thousands of shoppers packed out the King of Prussia Mall as doors opened at midnight. Most retailers offered major discounts as much as 50-percent off many items. Unfortunately some shoppers looking for the best bargains by Friday morning ran out of luck.

“I think you had to be here way too early for me to get the good stuff,” said Martina Cade of Aberdeen, Maryland.

And shoppers began hitting more than 150 stores at the Deptford Mall in New Jersey at midnight. Shoppers waited in long lines - as long as two hours in some cases - to get deals on high-priced items at a fraction of the cost.

NBC10 found Daniel Boadrus whipped by the shopping frenzy around 4 a.m.

“My mom is a shop-a-holic along with my cousin, and they're both here. So we've been here since 12, and I'm stuck here until they're done,” Boadrus told NBC10’s Jesse Gary.

Executives say despite a sluggish economy, the crowds have grown each year.

“The day after Thanksgiving has become as much of a tradition with shopping as it is turkey for Thanksgiving,” said Jim Mackey, Deptford Mall Sr. property manager.

The tri-state region saw people walking packages to and from vehicles, and then turning around and heading back for more, in this gender neutral sport now known as "marathon shopping".

“I'm actually getting all of my shopping done in a couple of hours.  I'm good to go,” said Petsch.

The holiday shopping madness is expected to continue throughout the weekend.

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<![CDATA[Tips for Price Matching Your Holiday Shopping List]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 19:40:35 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Money+Wallet+Generic.jpg See a printed price for a toy but it's for another store? NBC10's Tracy Davidson has tips from the retailers on how you can use price matching, or ad matching, to get a lower price for an item than it's marked price.]]> <![CDATA[Black Friday 2012 Store Hours]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:56 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/holiday+shopping+11212012.jpg


The following malls open at Midnight on Friday, November 23, 2012:

  • King of Prussia Mall
  • Franklin Mills Mall
  • Christiana Mall (opens at midnight, but some stores don't open until 6 a.m.)
  • Plymouth Meeting Mall
  • Cherry Hill Mall
  • Moorestown Mall

Best Buy = 5 a.m. on Friday

Kohl's = Midnight on Friday

ToysRUs = Midnight on Friday

Limerick Outlets

  • Opening at 9 p.m. Thanksgiving Day and will stay open until Friday at 10 p.m.

Tanger Outlets in Atlantic City = 6 a.m. Friday

Media, Pa. = Stores along State Street open at 10 a.m.

Avalon, N.J. = Business district hosting Festive Friday. Stores open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Plenty of other stores will also be open around the region.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Entertainment Guide]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:28:02 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/hol_5_lg.jpg
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<![CDATA['Tis the Season for Pickpockets]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 22:52:59 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pickpocket_Generic.jpg Police and a former pickpocket have a warning for holiday shoppers, stay off the phone and keep your purse and your wallet where you can see them -- in front of you. SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel is also urging travels to be nosy and keep an eye on what's going on rather than what's on your phone. NBC10's Harry Hairston reports.

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<![CDATA[Water Pipe Breaks at KOP Mall]]> Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:02:56 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/waterpipe1.jpg

Crews worked Friday afternoon to repair a water pipe break at the King of Prussia Mall that caused some bathrooms at the mall and two restaurants to close during busy Black Friday.

It happened around 1:30 p.m. in back of the Macy’s store.

Bathrooms located in the Court area were shut down due to low water pressure, according to a mall spokesperson. California Pizza Kitchen restaurant was also closed and managers at Morten's Steakhouse said they had to close due to low water pressure.

"The only thing that it's affecting is the common area restrooms so our guest services team is helping to refer people to another restroom that they can use," said mall spokesman Kate Johnson.

Mall officials said they hoped to have the problem fixed within a few hours and had it contained by 7 p.m. to just one upper floor restroom.

By 11 p.m. only a small area of the mall remained closed.

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<![CDATA[Better Watch Out for Santa on SEPTA]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 09:24:39 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/santa-claus-generic-5000.jpg
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<![CDATA[Black Friday Shopping]]> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 11:59:48 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/221*120/BF21.jpg Here's your photos of the craziness that is Black Friday shopping.

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<![CDATA[North Broad: Street of Dreams]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:12:31 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/now_then_n_broad_20121119_1889826748.jpg
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<![CDATA[Thanksgiving Shopping: A New Tradition]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 22:11:25 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/shopping+bags.jpg Some shoppers made it out to Old Navy, Target and other stores on Thanksgiving meaning they can possibly avoid Black Friday crowds while still getting great deals.

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<![CDATA[Spielberg Joins Commemoration of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address]]> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 10:54:29 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt-steven-spielberg.jpg
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<![CDATA[The Line Forms Now for Pre-Black Friday Deals]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:55 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Black_Friday_Line_Sign.jpg Folks were lining up outside the Best Buy in Deptford, N.J. ahead of Black Friday deals. And other shoppers already got shopping done Thursday during Thanksgiving deals. And stores like K-Mart planned on reopening Thanksgiving night for more doorbusters. NBC10's Vince Lattanzio talks to shoppers and shoppers in waiting.

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<![CDATA[A Model Train Christmas]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:11:01 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/111408-model-train.jpg

Get on the train for some affordable family fun to get in the holiday spirit in Chadds Ford.

The Brandywine River Museum’s “A Brandywine Christmas” features an interactive, hands-on holiday display including locomotives, ornaments and other holiday favorites.

Starting Nov. 23 through Jan. 6 kids of all ages can smile with delight as more than 150 O-gauge model trains and 300 model freight cars on nearly 2,000 feet of track. The display is nearly 30 years in the making and you can check out the “Train Cam” to see what to expect.

In addition to the tree, be amazed by stunning towering fir trees that will include hundreds of whimsical critter ornaments made from natural materials by conservatory volunteers.

But beyond the tradition, comes the holiday thrills. Be sure to check out Pop-Up! Illustration in 3-D, a virtual selection of pop-up books that range from late 19th century to the present. This visual experience incorporates an element of surprise and the excitement of motion, pop-up books that will definitely delight the young and the young at heart.

And don't miss the museum's collection of regional and American art.

The museum is located on Route 1 in Chadds Ford. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors ages 65 and over; students, and children; and free for children 6 and under and for Brandywine Conservancy members.

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<![CDATA[Harmony on the Street and on the Stage of the Uptown]]> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 09:01:25 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/022609-James-Brown.jpg
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<![CDATA[Black Friday: Good for Buzz, Not for Predicting Sales]]> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 11:39:00 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/93446410_10.jpg

There is perhaps no more glaring exhibition of American consumerism than Black Friday: shoppers spending their long Thanksgiving weekends camped outside big-box stores for the chance to fight through crowds for the latest gadgets and toys.

Retailers invest a lot of hope in that day, because it can be used to build momentum for the six-week holiday shopping season, their most profitable time of year.

But Black Friday isn’t the economic bellwether that it used to be. The thrifty financial landscape, and the growth of online shopping, have arguably diminished the event’s impact, even as it grows in popularity, with more stores opening on Thanksgiving or offering sales weeks earlier.

“Everyone’s going to hype it, and there are a lot of deals out there, and some people make it an experience in itself, but I don’t think it’s as much of a leading indicator of the holiday season,” said Dennis Jacobe, chief economist for Gallup, the research and polling firm.

The biggest reason, Jacobe said, is that while the recession has abated, consumer caution has not. His studies show that that more Americans say they’re confident in the economy, but they aren’t as willing to exercise that faith by opening their wallets. That includes upper-income shoppers, who may be growing anxious about the looming fiscal cliff’s impact on their taxes. The lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy could be a factor as well.

Many researchers have reported modest spending in the weeks leading up to Black Friday.

In other words, the crowds that turn out for door-buster deals this weekend can’t necessarily be expected to remain enthusiastic.

From an economic researcher’s perspective, Black Friday is more sport than science. Analysts say that sales figures during this brief period are less a function of the broader fiscal climate than of the effort retailers go to in drawing people to their stores.

Because that effort grows every year, Black Friday—and the rest of the weekend—typically performs well, said Allen Sinai, chief economist and strategist at Decision Economics Inc. The zeal usually fades a bit, then picks up again in the days right before Christmas.

Sinai also recalled a couple occasions when a Black Friday turned out to be “a dud,” but sales rallied later in the holiday season.

That record, he said, was why he didn’t “place a lot of stock” in Black Friday as an accurate gauge of holiday-season shopping.

Tell an economist you're trying to get accurate data on Black Friday sales, and the response will often be “good luck.” Many organizations—retail trade groups, market researchers, polling firms—try it, but methods, and margins of error, vary. U.S. Commerce Department statisticians don’t break down economic data that narrowly.

Barry Ritholtz, director of equity research at Fusion IQ, takes to his popular blog every year to bemoan the “wildly optimistic” surveys that the media quotes at the end of Black Friday weekend.

Without fail, he says, the reports exaggerate consumer enthusiasm. He pointed to last year’s National Retail Foundation’s claim that sales had spiked by 16 percent – which, if true, would have been a record-breaking sum. There was no apparent attempt to check the data later on, but economists generally agree that consumer spending increased by less than 6 percent over the entire 2011 holiday season.

The NRF has predicted a slight decrease in the number of Black Friday shoppers this year.

“You should be reluctant to draw too big a conclusion from one day,” Ritholtz said. “As we’ve seen, it never lives up to the hype. In fact, part of the reason there’s so much hype and false signals is there are so many people trying to get a read into that one day, far more than what you should typically be willing to see in one day. This is an economy, not an event.”

His prediction, shared by many other researchers, is that no matter how frenetic Black Friday turns out to be, holiday season spending will enjoy a modest uptick this year. Bain & Co., for example, predicted a 3.5 percent increase in spending, compared to a 3.7 percent increase in 2011 and 3.8 percent the year before. Gallup has predicted a "good, though not great" performance.

The biggest variable, many say, is the fiscal cliff, the expiration of Bush-era tax cuts and automatic spending reductions that will go into effect Dec. 31 unless President Barack Obama can reach some kind of deal with Congress. If there is no solution before Christmas, consumers may get nervous, and hold back on holiday spending, some economists say.

Lawmakers are expected to get back to work on the issue after Thanksgiving weekend.

“Uncertainty is even greater than usual at this point,” said Scott Hoyt, senior director of consumer economics for Moody’s Analytics. “Whatever sales are like this weekend, it doesn’t really help to address that uncertainty."

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<![CDATA[Tips, Apps to Get You Through Thanksgiving Weekend]]> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 15:10:58 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/LIM_Shopping120011_28_mezzn_448x336.jpg

Thanksgiving week is upon us, and with travel (be it near or far), Black Friday shopping and a long weekend ahead it can be overwhelming.

But we've broken it down by sharing a few links to help get you where you're going, tips on what to do once you're there, and some apps to use along the way.

Start by checking our NBC10 Traffic map before you head out the door.  Check out SEPTA for special weekend schedules and fare information. And for the best gas prices check out Gas Buddy.

And if you plan on braving the crowds for those great Black Friday Deals, here is your guide to Black Friday Deals and Steals.

We've found a set of great, FREE apps that can help you save money and your sanity this Thanksgiving weekend. So before you start shopping, download our Top 4:

Avoid Traffic Jams: WAZE

It's not your typical GPS navigation app.
Waze pings other app users to get you real-time conditions. It also offers turn-by-turn navigation that will re-route you as jams occur.

Best Gas Prices: Gas Buddy

Save some cash when you're filling up for your weekend travel with Gas Buddy. This app will tell you gas prices for stations near you or near wherever you are headed. If you see a deal, you can share the updated price through the app.

Find Places: AroundMe

Traveling to a place you may never have before? AroundMe will use GPS to locate restaurants, pharmacies, banks and more near you. It also has menus, phone numbers and foursquare tips.


Live Music: Pandora

Like Christmas music or not, Pandora lets you listen to the type of music you want, and may introduce you to something new. They're streaming for free and you can listen to your customized Internet radio station, too, even if it's a combination of Nine Inch Nails, Christmas jingles and Kelly Clarkson (try it out).

And you can help make the holidays even more special for local kids by giving to NBC10's and B101's Stockings for Kids campaign.
NBC10's Weather APP

And never be caught off guard by weather this weekend (or any day of the year!) with the NBC10 Weather app. Get the latest NBC10 forecast, weather alerts and interactive radar, for wherever you are.

<![CDATA[Philly Marathon Champ: I Had Hometown Advantage]]> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:57:03 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/Michael+McKeeman+Philadelphia+Marathon+Winner+Thumbs.jpg

“I feel like I’ve never really won something that big.”

A day later, Ardmore’s Michael McKeeman was still coming to terms -- and working out the aches and pains -- after winning the Philadelphia Marathon in a time of 2:17:47 Sunday morning. The time was just seconds off his career best but good enough for his his first marathon win.

McKeeman says he had a secret weapon -- his knowledge of the course, especially the twists and turns of the river drives that make up about half of the marathon course -- during his winning performance.

“One of the reasons I wanted to run here this fall was because I know the course so well. I did a lot of my training out on the course. A lot of my long runs I started out in Manayunk and I would run down the Kelly Drive.

“I just know every little turn and I know how the wind blows even. Because I feel it’s almost always the same wind direction out there. So I know from doing so many runs out there alright we’re  gonna come around this corner the wind’s going to be in our face for a while so I need to kind of relax or tuck in but then once we make this other curve then it’s gonna be at the side so we can push the pace a little more -- so that definitely helps.”

The 36-year-old (who could easily be mistaken for a college student with his young looks) also wore a secret weapon.

“It definitely helps to have Bryn Mawr Running Company on your chest,” said the employee of the running store who also wore a company shirt during his visit to NBC10 studios Monday. “It is something that everybody knows in the area.”

He even got to see some of his co-workers and friends outside the Manayunk location of the running store.

He also almost drank a beer during his trip through Manayunk.

“Someone did try to hand me a beer. I guess around mile 19 there’s a group of guys who do beer but I had to turn it down.”

McKeeman was too busy dropping runners as he pushed the pace on his return trip down the Kelly Drive.

“I was the instigator after we passed the halfway point.

“I usually go out pretty conservative and I run a strong second half. So I have a lot of experience running races like that where I’m either catching people or I’m the one trying to push the pace.”

He pushed away all challengers and by the time the Art Museum came into view McKeeman was all alone but that didn’t mean he hit cruise control.

“At that point, probably the biggest thing I was thinking about was keep going because I was hurting. I didn’t know how far ahead I was.”

Turned out that the North Penn High School grad had plenty of cushion -- he beat second-place Scott Macpherson of Austin, Texas by 42 seconds.

McKeeman says the support of his wife and parents (his biggest fans) helped him reach his goal. They even took turns riding alongside on the bike as he trained.

“It’s an individual sport once you’re out there in the race… there’s nothing anyone can do for you but the process of getting ready for the race isn’t an individual thing for me.”

What’s the fuel of this champion? McKeeman eats balanced throughout the day before the race with some rice, pasta and other carb-loaded foods but doesn’t buy in to eating a huge pasta dinner the night before the race.

“If you’ve properly fueled all week and the day before you don’t need to eat that much in the morning to make it through the race. You already have all that stuff stored up.”

He opts simply for a bagel or power bar the morning of the race.

But after the race McKeeman, who says he loves to eat, let’s loose.

“After the race I went to Jake’s Sandwich Board and had a turducken sandwich and a Peanut Chew milkshake. And then for dinner, I had a bacon cheeseburger that had a grilled cheese for each bun.”

The online running coach, running store employee and semi-pro runner’s win in Philly was his first win in seven marathons and McKeeman says his last.

“This is probably the first time in 20 years where I finished a race and didn’t have at least some semblance of a plan for the next step.

“I’m going to go out on a high note. I don’t want to do it again. It hurts. … it’s just a lot of time and effort and sacrifices and I’ve been doing it for so long… I’m gonna still train and run some shorter races but I think for the marathon I need to step back… If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it 100 percent and I don’t feel like I can do that anymore. I put everything I had into this one so I could do it well and go out on a high note.”

So will he actually pull a Brett Favre and come back to defend his crown?

“I keep telling people I’m going to retire from the marathon and no one believes me… I’m George Costanzo, I’m going out on a high note. There was that one episode (of Seinfeld) where he would tell the joke, people would laugh and he would just leave. That’s what I want to do.”

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<![CDATA[Black Friday Guide: How to Get the Best Deals]]> Thu, 22 Nov 2012 09:47:23 -0500 https://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/black+friday+target.jpg

Black Friday — it's the mother of all shopping days. A day when millions of people wielding billions of dollars scratch and claw for the biggest bargains. So what's the best plan of attack?

"My advice is to skip it entirely," says Jody Rohlena, senior editor at Shop Smart magazine.

Black Friday has been such a staggering marketing success that it's spawned Black Thursday, Cyber Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday… the list goes on. The upside, as Rohlena sees it, is there's no need to focus all your energy, time and money on one day.

"We're gonna see really good markdowns all the way up to the Holidays, and guess what — when retailers have inventory that they're trying to unload, they're going to keep setting up new sales, so there can be advantages waiting," says Rohlena.

But whether you brave the crowds of Black Friday or not, you still need to be prepared. Even if you're a dedicated brick-and-mortar shopper, the Internet is your best starting point. There's a host of websites — BFAds.net, BlackFriday.com and SlickDeals.net — dedicated to tracking the best deals out there, as well as store hours.

"Take a look at those ads beforehand and really find out if they're great deals or not," advises Rohlena. "You can do quick searches at PriceGrabber.com, for example. Don’t assume because it's in a Black Friday circular that it's a great deal."

To help assuage your fears of overpaying, Rohlena says the big news this holiday season is in the realm of price matching. At a lot of stores, if you buy something and then find it cheaper someplace else, they'll refund you the difference.

If big box stores and national chains aren't your thing, Rohlena is a big fan of Small Business Saturday.

"People may think that prices are higher in those smaller independent retail stores — they may not necessarily be," he said. "And there's an advantage: If you ask for a better deal, you might be dealing directly with the owner, they have a lot more leeway to give you a better price. If you ask nicely, of course.

"If you go on AmericanExpress.com, you can register you card, if you use your AmEx to shop on Small Business Saturday at a participating retailer, they will give you a $25 credit. Spend $25, get the credit back on your bill — there's another really good reason to participate: free money."

If there's something you just have to have in-hand, Rohlena suggests a reconnaissance mission: going to the store a few days early to find out where your prey will be on display, the nearest entrance and the exact hour it will be available.

Among the other Internet tools available to the modern bargain hunter is the Black Friday Survival Guide app, which has a newsfeed, lets you search each store by category or each category by item, tells you exactly when each sale begins, provides competitor prices and lets you build a shopping list you can email to a loved one.

If the thought of the traffic and the crowds makes your chest tighten, the Internet is here to help but still requires a good plan. Rohlena recommends CyberMonday.com, CyberMonday2012.com, FreeShipping.org to see who's got free shipping and @cybermonday at Twitter.

With all of the new shopping tools at our disposal, why wade into the insanity of Black Friday at all?

"For those of us who really want to make sure we're giving a nice gift to someone we care about, I think it's important to be able to compare things physically, if you know what I mean, as opposed to virtually, online," says Dr. Tina Lowrey, professor of marketing at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and editor of "Brick & Mortar Shopping in the 21st Century."

"And for a lot of people, I think they enjoy being around other people that are in the holiday spirit, it's sort of an infectious kind of social gathering to be around… the communal nature of going out and being with other people who are out for the same reason."

Rohlena is unmoved.

"I know too much," he said. "I'm not going anywhere on Black Friday."