July 10, 2016 |
About 50 people standing on Camden's Farnham Park green Friday afternoon shouted, "Change" and "Enough is enough," while some prayed. Cars passed and honked, and some pedestrians joined the crowd. Representing about a dozen community advocacy groups and organizations in Camden, the 50 gathered to show solidarity with the city and country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Camden does not agree with what's going on in the nation, but we do agree on keeping love, peace, and respect present," said Arnold Steward, 59, of Operation Camden for Christ.
March 23, 2016 |
Anyone interested in the future of new music in the city might have paid close attention to Timothy Weiss' dates last weekend with Orchestra 2001. The ensemble's search for a new artistic leader hasn't exactly gone as planned - snow prevented one candidate's appearance, and another withdrew - but Weiss reminded listeners this was less a search for conducting competence than for taste. It's safe to consider Sunday night's program at Christ Church Neighborhood House an expression of Weiss' interest in a particular aesthetic.
December 25, 2015
Vonette Bright, 89, who with her husband cofounded Campus Crusade for Christ, has died of complications from leukemia in Orlando. A spokeswoman for the organization, Alison Geist, confirmed the death Tuesday. Mrs. Bright and her husband, Bill Bright, helped build the ministry into a worldwide evangelical force with a presence in 173 countries and 25,000 staffers. The Brights launched Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951 at UCLA, and the ministry soon spread to other university campuses.
June 6, 2015 |
The title of Seth Rozin's new comedy The Three Christs of Manhattan is also more or less its content. There's Dr. Posner (Leah Walton), an atheist-Jewish psychiatrist, single and childless, to whom the deluded Christs each make the case for their divinity, - but really, it's just a matter of figuring out which Christ is the truest measure of our time. The Three Christs of Manhattan receives its world premiere at the InterAct Theatre Company, where Rozin is also founding artistic director.
February 11, 2015 |
After decades of performers tirelessly homing in on the kernel of any Bach masterpiece, the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia revisited a wide-lens view of the St. Matthew Passion on Sunday - specifically, the 1841 Leipzig edition adapted and conducted by Felix Mendelssohn, who helped the world realize how great Bach was. The concert was the U.S. premiere of that edition (and one that was to feature star bassist Eric Owens, who was sidelined by...
August 1, 2014 |
Becoming a consecrated virgin, says Judith Stegman, means there's one thing you'll do without - obviously - and one you'll definitely need: A sense of humor. In the era of The Bachelorette and Dating Naked , of Fifty Shades of Grey and Snoop Dogg's "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)," a woman who chooses to live in reverent chastity can seem a curiosity. " 'Are you married?' - it's a common question," Stegman said. "I say, 'Well, I have a ring. I'm a consecrated virgin in the Catholic Church, and that means I'm married to Christ.'" Stegman, 58, is president of the U.S. Association of Consecrated Virgins, dozens of whom gathered Wednesday at the Philadelphia Archdiocese's offices to talk about their lives in advance of a formal convocation in Malvern.
March 7, 2014 |
Anthony Siedlecki, 92, a longtime resident of Haddonfield who was a career lineman for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. from 1949 to 1988, died Tuesday, March 4, at Ann's Choice, the retirement community in Warminster where he had lived since 2008. Mr. Siedlecki, who was born in Philadelphia, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden and studied briefly at what is now Drexel University. After completing a welding course at the Pennsauken campus of what is now Camden County Technical Schools, he worked a night shift helping to build oceangoing tankers at the Sun Shipbuilding plant in Chester.
January 17, 2014 |
Jimmy B. Oldham, 89, a Churches of Christ minister who retired in 1989 after three decades as a junior high school English teacher in Cherry Hill, died Saturday, Jan. 11, of complications from infections in the Old Bridge division of Raritan Bay Medical Center. In February 1995, Mr. Oldham and his wife, Sara, were the victims of an invasion of their home in Willingboro, their son James T. said. "When the guy was on top of him, with a knife at his throat, he started preaching to the kid," his son said.
November 26, 2013 |
During the summer, a few longtime friends went to visit Margaret Hurff Toudy at Virtua Health & Rehab Center in Lumberton. "Three of them came in and spent about three hours with her," daughter Judy Meli said. "A real hoot. A whole lot of laughter. " Before she was injured a few years ago, her daughter said, Mrs. Toudy was one of a group of eight high school friends - the Girls' Club, they called themselves - who met about once a month. For more than 70 years. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Mrs. Toudy, 92, of Lumberton, president in the 1960s of the parent-teacher association at Christ the King Regional School in Haddonfield, died at Samaritan Hospice Inpatient Center in Mount Holly.
June 25, 2013 |
Malcolm M. Drummond was a self-taught hoofer from North Philadelphia. As a boy, he cut the lids off cans, nailed them to his shoes, and tapped for coins on the sidewalk across from City Hall. His dancing took him to New York, where he performed in musicals like Hello Dolly and also worked as an extra in soap operas. Hollywood beckoned, and Mr. Drummond found steady jobs in the 1980s as a stunt man in movies. But with his professional highs came personal lows, including a period of cocaine addiction and stretches of homelessness.