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For over 50 years, the Hess Toy Truck has been a tradition for families on the East Coast - one that's spread Nationally, and even Globally as its legendary status has continued to grow. Originally launched in 1964 as an affordable, high-quality toy to be sold at Hess Gas Stations, many worried about the fate of the annual truck when the Hess Corporation sold their Hess Express Gas Station business to Marathon last year - the stations converted to Speedway locations, something we've long-had here in the Midwest. The good news is that the Hess Corporation has made a pledge to keep the tradition alive, and while the trucks will no longer be available at the neighborhood gas station, they're available to families throughout the U.S. on HessToyTruck.com, and at Kiosks at 10 Malls across New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Just how popular is the Hess Toy Truck? The November 1st online launch led to a massive site crash and a virtual queue thousands of people deep... and when the Mall Kiosks first opened for in-person pick-up, lines were lengthy - hours long. The good news is, Hess has plenty available for the next few weeks, and the 2015 Hess Fire Truck and Ladder Rescue is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Published in Rock Father Rides

With today's release of Chuggington Fire Patrol Rescue on DVD (complete with a new TOMY Diecast Toy), the folks at Ludorum and Anchor Bay Entertainment have declared this to be Chuggington Fire Patrol Rescue Day, a prime opportunity to educate kids and remind families of the importance of fire safety and having a plan. In this new collection of Chuggington adventures, children are introduced to Asher, a "Firechugger" who brings a new element of excitement to Wilson and the gang. If my own adventure as a parent (nearly six years in already) has taught me anything, it's that kids love trains and firetrucks... and Fire Patrol Rescue puts those two together seamlessly.

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Earlier today, Chicago Firefighter John Joyce (a friend of mine, and this site) made an appearance on Chicago's Very Own WGN TV as their "Firehouse Chef of the Week." John isn't just a Firefighter and fine cook - he's also the frontman of POOCHAMUNGAS, a kindie rock band that hopefully you've heard me talk about... and if not, go grab their new album, BLOCK PARTY, right now! Check out John's appearance below, along with his recipe for some tasty turkey chili... which oddly enough, isn't far off from what we make here at Rock Father HQ. Chicago style!

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Chicago!Alright, friends... I get pretty excited when I share news like this. You see, I've actually had (on quite a few occasions) people contact me thinking that THE ROCK FATHER is a New York-based website. The reason? Particularly in Brooklyn, there's been a sort of Kindie-rock explosion taking place these past few years, and thus I cover a lot of artists and news that have an East Coast connection. REALITY: I'm Third Coast... from The Second City, and THE ROCK FATHER carries the Chicago flag high, representing The Land of Lincoln on a Global scale. This is the 52nd article on the site to mention the word "Chicago" within it's text, and today I'm bringing you news of a Chicago-based Kindie-rock band... POOCHAMUNGUS. On September 17, POOCHAMUNGAS will release their sophomore album, BLOCK PARTY!

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