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Thanksgiving parade artifacts on display

Organizers of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade are getting the balloons and floats ready for the big day Thursday.

But the parade already has started at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The museum on the Upper West Side on Saturday opened an exhibit celebrating the beloved parade.

The exhibit uses photos, posters and audio and video recordings to showcase the parade's history. It includes five original models from which balloons such as Curious George and Snoopy were made.

The Thanksgiving parade started in the 1920s. Its huge, whimsical helium balloons make it one of the city's most popular annual events, and it continues to be televised nationally.

The exhibit about the parade runs through Jan. 17.

City Council examines fight against hunger

Two City Council committees are examining the fight against hunger.

According to a survey commissioned by the United Way of New York City, nearly 40 percent of New Yorkers struggled to afford groceries over the past year.

According to the New York City Coalition Against Hunger's 2010 Hunger Survey Report, more than half of emergency food agencies don't distribute enough food to meet current demand.

Nearly half reported turning away hungry New Yorkers, cutting portion sizes or reducing their hours.

One focus of a hearing Monday was a proposal to eliminate a finger-imaging eligibility requirement for food stamp applicants.

Catholic Charities leader: Pass wage bill

A Catholic leader spoke Monday at a rally on the city's controversial wage bill.

But the executive director of Catholic Charities stresses that the Archdiocese of New York has not taken an official position on the bill.

Msgr. Kevin Sullivan told The New York Times that he's addressing the Manhattan rally on the topics of economic hardship and unemployment. He says he'll read a statement from Archbishop Timothy Dolan.

A coalition of religious, labor and community leaders scheduled the rally to urge passage of the bill.

It would require most businesses in city-subsidized developments to pay $10 an hour with benefits, or $11.50 without benefits. The state's minimum wage is $7.25.

Small businesses and manufacturers would be exempt.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the bill would hurt economic development.

Compiled from wire services

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