October 6, 2010 |
City Council has spoken: The bell at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Manayunk most likely won't be silenced. "You are preaching to the choir," Majority Leader Marian B. Tasco told a neighboring minister who argued in favor of St. John's bell ringing at a hearing Tuesday by Council's Committee on Public Health and Human Services. On Thursday, the full Council will consider the legislation, which would exempt churches and schools from Philadelphia's noise ordinance. A final vote could occur next Thursday.
September 11, 2002 |
At 8:45 a.m. today the bells of First Presbyterian Church in Haddonfield will begin to toll. For three to four hours, the bells will sound once for every life lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 one year ago. In a re-creation of last year's moving ceremony, a line of solemn people, young and old, will climb the stairs to the tower to ring the bell. Each person will pause at the entrance to the belfry; then, as the name of a victim of the terrorist attacks is read aloud, the next ringer will move forward, grasp the rope, and pull.
May 20, 1994 |
The church can keep playing its music and Leonard Doyle can keep singing the blues. That was the word yesterday from Commonwealth Court to Doyle, the Wyoming County man who said bell music blaring from the church next door was driving him bonkers. Doyle, of Nicholson, went to court to try to get local officials to enforce the borough's nuisance ordinance and forbid St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Church from piping the recorded music from amplifiers at 7 a.m., noon, 12:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Doyle, a retired contractor in his 60s, told the court that he suffers from "labile diabetes mellitus, degenerative disc disease, vascular disease, arthritis and stress-related maladies" and that the bell music interfered with his sleep and caused him "undue stress.
June 14, 1999 |
From a stone tower, the notes rolled over Locust Street yesterday, tumbling to earth in a cascade that reminded passersby of those moments that nothing but bells can properly commemorate - the beginning of a century, perhaps, or the end of a war. And now, at St. Mark's Church, the bells commemorate themselves, and the resumption of a Sabbath tradition that had been dormant for more than a century. For the first time in 123 years, the church on the 1600 block of Locust Street tolled its bells the way they were meant to be rung - a process known as a change ringing.
December 29, 2000 |
At midnight Sunday, Gregory Jaskolka wants Philadelphia to ring in the New Year with bells, not bullets. He wants church bells to ring so loudly that they will drown out the din of celebratory gunfire that makes some city neighborhoods sound like war zones. His hope is that the illegal practice of discharging weapons will end if no one can hear the shots. Two years ago, Jaskolka's son, Joe, was struck in the head by a stray bullet fired by a New Year's reveler in South Philadelphia.
February 3, 1994 |
As a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace," John Redmond's buddies lifted his flag-draped coffin onto Ladder Truck No. 11. Then they strapped him down for a hero's last ride. Only last Friday, Redmond and the rest of Ladder Company 11, at 12th and Reed Streets, had ridden this same 100-foot aerial ladder truck to a fire at Rising Sun Baptist Church, 12th and Fitzwater Streets. Redmond, 41, of Holmesburg, a 17-year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, didn't make it back.
June 28, 1991 |
The three pieces that made up the William Kapell Memorial Concert last night at the Mann Music Center by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor David Zinman played out like an essay on the many ways a composer can use dissonance. For Richard Strauss, a composer who went as far with atonality by the middle of his life as he would ever go (with the wicked tale of Elektra), clashing notes meant evil and uncertainty. To Sergei Prokofiev, the use of dissonance meant violence, and sometimes humor.
April 15, 2007 |
My wife and I took a 30-day vacation to Switzerland, and yes, we certainly were enthralled with its scenic beauty. But when we dug deeper into the customs and way of life of these industrious citizens, we found a society that is a bit gentler than we are used to here in the United States. Here are five examples of this kinder society - maybe we could adopt some of them? Church bells. Church bells in every village, town and city toll the hour of the day. In addition, at 6 p.m. Saturday, all churches, regardless of denomination, ring their bells for 15 minutes to remind citizens to stop and prepare for Sunday and to give thanks for all the good things in life.
July 31, 1996 |
FED UP WITH CHURCH BELLS, WOMAN TAKES AX TO BELFRY Ask not Midge Mather for whom the bell tolls - truth be told, it's tolled once too often for her. Fed up with visitors ringing the church bells in the picturesque western England town of Compton Bassett, she took an ax to the 500-year-old church door this weekend and chopped down the belfry ropes. Mather's family has lived in Compton Bassett almost as long as St. Swithun's church has been there - 400 years - and she said she felt remorse for what she did. But she also felt that, after repeated pleas to church elders over the years, she could no longer take the bells pealing 100 yards from her home.