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January 29, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a half-century ago, the laborers of Atco - carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and bricklayers, many of them first- or second-generation Italian immigrants - raised Assumption School from the ground up. They toiled free on weekends so that Catholic children in the growing Camden County town would have a school of their own. "This is something they had wanted for a long time," recalled Sandy Pistone, whose bricklayer father was among...
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March 21, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A month after they lost a bid to save their school, parents from Assumption School in Atco have sent a letter to Camden's new bishop accusing their pastor of a "contrived and deceptive charade" and a "gross lack of financial accountability" involving more than $340,000. As they push back against the school's closing in June, parents say the Rev. Thomas Barcellona of Christ the Redeemer Church always intended to close the school despite telling parents that he would keep it open if they met enrollment and financial targets.
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January 19, 2012
A photo caption Jan. 9 with a package of stories on Catholic schools wrongly described a vigil held at St. Mary of the Assumption School in Manayunk on Jan. 8. The vigil was held to bring together and support the Catholic community in Manayunk, emphasize the values of the faith, and offer support for archdiocesan leaders, according to the pastor, the Rev. Charles Zlock. In some editions Wednesday, a headline with a story about a new law to permit the direct shipping of wine in New Jersey mischaracterized a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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April 19, 1992 | By Marguerite P. Jones, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Lower Southampton supervisors whisked through seven items on the agenda in 20 minutes Monday morning. There was little haggling, no politics, and a unanimous vote every time. The supervisors were reticent, perhaps even intimidated, when it came to asking questions about the township budget or purchases of new vehicles. If the event was an anomaly in local government, perhaps that is because the place was being run by a bunch of rather green politicians. The 10 eighth graders from Poquessing Junior High School and Assumption School were participating in the township's sixth annual local government day. During the event, students got a tour of the township facilities, a chance to talk to officials and an opportunity to play supervisors and other township officials during a mock meeting.
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October 14, 1993 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Mary B. Condon Washart, a reading teacher at the Laurel Springs Public School for more than 20 years and volunteer librarian at the Stratford Library, died of kidney failure Tuesday at her home in Stratford. Mrs. Washart taught reading and a gifted children's program in kindergarten through sixth grade at the school until retiring in January 1992 because of illness. She had also served as the school's affirmative-action officer. She had previously taught at the Assumption School in Atco for five years and at St. Mary's in Camden for two years.
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February 12, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Ann Nederostek, 100, a teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died Friday, Jan. 31, of cardiopulmonary failure at Assisi House in Aston Township, Delaware County. Sister Ann entered the convent in 1933 and professed her first vows in 1935. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 79 years. Born in Fullerton, Lehigh County, she was a member of St. Mary Parish in Catasauqua. She often talked of how the Franciscan nuns she met as a child at St. Mary's impressed her. "She mentioned it frequently in interviews and reflections at significant times in her life," said colleague Sister Ann Marie Slavin.
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February 8, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parents and grandparents of Our Lady of Assumption School sprang into action when they were told by their pastor to raise $156,000 and sign up 150 students in order for the school to remain open next year. They held a golf outing and fashion show, cooked spaghetti and crabs, organized a 10K race, sold hoagies, played Bingo, signed up corporate donors, erected billboards, and hoisted a few at beef and beers. The hard work paid off when the tiny Atco school exceeded the first benchmark, which was to raise $78,000 by Oct. 1. On Friday, after a frenzy of calls to undecided parents, Assumption surpassed a second goal - securing $100 deposits from at least 150 students.
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February 8, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
For one short moment last Friday, parents and supporters at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Atco thought they had passed the enrollment goal of 150 students to stay open next year. But on Thursday, the Diocese of Camden came down with devastating news - they were never even close. The diocese said it was closing the school next year despite "valiant efforts" from parents to meet financial and enrollment goals. As word of the shutdown trickled out, parents who just last week celebrated their success in registering 151 students by Feb. 1 - one of three benchmarks for the school to stay open next year - were shocked.
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February 12, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Ann Nederostek, 100, a teacher in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, died Friday, Jan. 31, of cardiopulmonary failure at Assisi House in Aston Township, Delaware County. Sister Ann entered the convent in 1933 and professed her first vows in 1935. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 79 years. Born in Fullerton, Lehigh County, she was a member of St. Mary Parish in Catasauqua. She often talked of how the Franciscan nuns she met as a child at St. Mary's impressed her. "She mentioned it frequently in interviews and reflections at significant times in her life," said colleague Sister Ann Marie Slavin.
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March 21, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
A month after they lost a bid to save their school, parents from Assumption School in Atco have sent a letter to Camden's new bishop accusing their pastor of a "contrived and deceptive charade" and a "gross lack of financial accountability" involving more than $340,000. As they push back against the school's closing in June, parents say the Rev. Thomas Barcellona of Christ the Redeemer Church always intended to close the school despite telling parents that he would keep it open if they met enrollment and financial targets.
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February 9, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
For one short moment last Friday, parents and supporters at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Atco thought they had passed the enrollment goal of 150 students to stay open next year. But on Thursday, the Diocese of Camden came down with devastating news - they were never even close. The diocese said it was closing the school next year despite "valiant efforts" from parents to meet financial and enrollment goals. As word of the shutdown trickled out, parents who just last week celebrated their success in registering 151 students by Feb. 1 - one of three benchmarks for the school to stay open next year - were shocked.
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February 8, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
Parents and grandparents of Our Lady of Assumption School sprang into action when they were told by their pastor to raise $156,000 and sign up 150 students in order for the school to remain open next year. They held a golf outing and fashion show, cooked spaghetti and crabs, organized a 10K race, sold hoagies, played Bingo, signed up corporate donors, erected billboards, and hoisted a few at beef and beers. The hard work paid off when the tiny Atco school exceeded the first benchmark, which was to raise $78,000 by Oct. 1. On Friday, after a frenzy of calls to undecided parents, Assumption surpassed a second goal - securing $100 deposits from at least 150 students.
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January 29, 2013 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a half-century ago, the laborers of Atco - carpenters, electricians, plumbers, and bricklayers, many of them first- or second-generation Italian immigrants - raised Assumption School from the ground up. They toiled free on weekends so that Catholic children in the growing Camden County town would have a school of their own. "This is something they had wanted for a long time," recalled Sandy Pistone, whose bricklayer father was among...
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January 19, 2012
A photo caption Jan. 9 with a package of stories on Catholic schools wrongly described a vigil held at St. Mary of the Assumption School in Manayunk on Jan. 8. The vigil was held to bring together and support the Catholic community in Manayunk, emphasize the values of the faith, and offer support for archdiocesan leaders, according to the pastor, the Rev. Charles Zlock. In some editions Wednesday, a headline with a story about a new law to permit the direct shipping of wine in New Jersey mischaracterized a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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August 26, 2009 | By Anndee Hochman FOR THE INQUIRER
When Lamont Dixon was a scrappy kid growing up in Southwest Philadelphia, he and his buddies roamed the neighborhood until dark. Dixon walked - or sprinted, if it was cross-country season - 15 blocks to John Bartram High School. "Sometimes we'd go around the corner, hop on the No. 13 trolley" and head into Center City, he recalls. "It was our little adventure. " That was then. Now, Dixon is the 46-year-old father of two teenage daughters, living in a leafy suburb near Cherry Hill.
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March 9, 2003 | By Martha Woodall and Melanie Burney INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
As the nation has grown more tense about impending war with Iraq, area schools quietly have been assessing their security and making contingency plans in case of terrorism or other disasters. In Cherry Hill, "sheltered environment drills" were conducted at all 19 public schools after the federal government raised the homeland-security level last month. Students practiced moving to a secured location inside the school as they would do in a biological attack. In the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, administrators at its 232 Catholic schools across five counties are assembling "shelter-in-place" kits so students, teachers and staff can be sealed safely for several hours in designated areas using duct tape and plastic.
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