As the turkeys, mashed potatoes and other goodies are about to be placed on dinner tables across the Northeast on Thursday, what do we have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving?
There’s the opportunity to see four high school football games on Thursday morning, right in our backyards. The games are Archbishop Ryan at George Washington, Father Judge at Abraham Lincoln, Fels at Frankford and — the granddaddy of them all — Central at Northeast. We predict the winners will be Ryan, Judge, Frankford and Northeast.
We should also be thankful for strong neighborhoods, from Fox Chase to Somerton to Parkwood to Lexington Park and elsewhere.
What makes those neighborhoods strong?
For one, many feature playgrounds with modern equipment and open space. If your local playground needs some tender loving care, call your City Council representative. Then there’s all the public park space. And the Delaware River City Corporation is making the waterfront more accessible. Now, we need the economy to improve so the owners of the privately held land finally do something, as promised a decade ago.
The neighborhoods boast top-notch Catholic and charter schools and public elementary schools.
And check out what some civic associations are doing. The folks at Lawncrest Community Association regularly draw more than 100 people to their monthly meetings. And there’s always something happening in Mayfair. Head to Frankford and Ryan on the afternoon of Dec. 8 for a Christmas Village and tree-lighting ceremony.
As Black Friday nears, shoppers should be happy that we have so many nice malls and commercial corridors to buy presents for loved ones. Remember, “Buy American.”
We are home to plenty of thriving religious institutions. For those about to celebrate Christmas, remember that Jesus, not Xbox One or PlayStation 4, is the reason for the season.
Finally, we are thankful for the military personnel, firefighters, paramedics, police officers and others who are protecting us while missing Thanksgiving with their families.
Happy Thanksgiving! ••