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December 25, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
After more than 40 years, it will be a silent night this Christmas Eve for the Bergen Square neighborhood's lively church choir, La Tuna de la Alegria. Every Sunday until recently, choir members of all ages - many of them second- or third-generation relatives of those who founded the Camden choir in 1969 - sang and played traditional Puerto Rican religious music for Masses at Our Lady of Mount Carmel/Fatima Church. Two years ago, the Camden Diocese ordered the parish to merge with North Camden's Holy Name and downtown's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
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October 28, 2002 | By Paddy Noyes FOR THE INQUIRER
Sabrina, 8, is thankful for any kindness, and always has a ready "thank you. " She appreciates good meals, special treats and being included in family activities. She would like to be in a church choir. Her social worker heard her sing "God Bless America" and says Sabrina has a lovely voice. At a school for performing arts, she took tap dancing and jazz and did well at the recital. She also likes swimming. Therapy is helping Sabrina deal with the loss, abuse and neglect she suffered in her past.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
At age 10, TyteYonna already has the hallmarks of a natural-born leader. Intelligent, energetic, personable, she enjoys meeting new people - she prefers to be called Tyte ( Tot-tee ) - and can hold up her end of almost any conversation. She is eager to learn new things and, her social worker says, looks forward to challenges. Interested in many activities, Tyte is a skilled gymnast. But she particularly loves to sing - she creates her own songs - and dance. And if she can perform for an audience, all the better.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Jesenia is a 12-year-old with big dreams and big talents. Passionate about music, she loves singing, and her beautiful voice can be heard each Sunday in her church choir. Although she aspires to sing professionally, like her idol Selena Gomez, she also thinks about another career. "I want to be a child advocate," she says, "so I can help children who are going through some of the things I did. " Jesenia volunteers at community soup kitchens and has found great satisfaction in helping others.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Tanasia is a soft-spoken, articulate 16-year-old with a captivating smile. Social, playful, and loving, she easily makes friends and enjoys engaging in conversations. She keeps busy with a variety of activities. Musically talented, she loves to play the piano and violin, and sings in her church choir. Tanasia is also interested in technology, including computers and electronics. Tanasia had the opportunity to travel to Paris and still talks about the wonderful, exciting trip. She hopes one day to return.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2012 | BY ROGER MOORE, McClatchy-Tribune News Service "J
OYFUL NOISE," sort of a "Glee!"-meets-gospel-music choral-competition musical, makes a pleasant-enough racket. A cheerful, not-quite-off-color crowd-pleaser that rarely breaks formula, it's the big-screen equivalent of a sloppy smooch from your overaffectionate aunt over the holidays. You grimace. You stand there and take it. And you don't let anybody see you grin afterward. Writer-director Todd Graff, who specializes in this sort of cheerful, campy musical ("Bandslam," "Camp")
LIVING
June 2, 1995 | By Paddy Noyes, FOR THE INQUIRER
"We play TV tag outside," Akeema said. "Like when somebody tries to get next to you - you gotta call off a name of a TV show, quick. If you can't think of one - you're it. " Swimming is at the top of the list of things Akeema, 8, likes to do. A pool is fine, but the ocean is exciting and salty and she's not afraid to go under water, even in a wave. Getting dressed up, wearing a bow in her hair and singing in the church choir are other treats. And her shyness doesn't stop her from singing a duet with a friend.
NEWS
July 12, 2012
Calvin Marsh, 91, a lyric baritone who sang more than 900 performances with the New York Metropolitan Opera before forsaking the stage for a life in religious music, died June 18 in Dallas. The cause was a stroke, a son-in-law said. Mr. Marsh made his Met debut in 1954 as Nachtigall in Wagner's Meistersinger von Nurnberg and remained a company stalwart for more than a decade, mostly in secondary parts, until 1967. He was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Renovo, in north-central Pennsylvania; while in high school, he answered a want ad recruiting singers for a church choir in Trenton.
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January 17, 2002 | By James M. O'Neill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Sarah Potter Smith, 99, the first African American woman to be ordained into the local order of the Methodist Church and for more than 50 years an assistant minister at Mother Zoar United Methodist Church in North Philadelphia, died Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. Born in 1902 in Chester, Mrs. Smith was given little chance of living past age 12 because of a congenital heart condition that kept her bedridden for much of her childhood. She would have been 100 on April 30. At 18, while still very ill, she felt a call to preach, and took courses at Philadelphia College of Bible.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 10, 2012 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Despite her recent appearance on the top tier of Billboard's blues chart, hanging any one tag on Texas singing and songwriting guitarist Ruthie Foster would be a mistake. Since her career's start (as a child she sang as the leader of her church choir), Foster has made like Bonnie Raitt and used the blues the way a great chef uses a stock - as a rich base for all manner of spices and mood. She doesn't use blues to exclude, but to include. It has been a recipe for success - Foster's new album, Let it Burn , appears on Billboard's Heatseekers list and Top 200 albums chart.
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July 31, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Arnetha N. Williams, 91, of Philadelphia, a longtime educator in the city's public schools and a dedicated church member, died Friday, July 22, at home of complications from an earlier stroke. Born to Luther and Lula Bates-Williams, Ms. Williams received religious training at a very early age. She was 8 when her mother died. She turned for solace to Miller Memorial Baptist Church in North Philadelphia, where she participated in Sunday school and the Baptist Young People's Union. Later, she joined the church choir, raised money for scholarships, planned the women's group lunches, and researched and wrote the church's history.
NEWS
October 2, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
On Saturday, God and the devil had a duel, and God won. Pope Francis came to town on the same day the pointy-cap-wearing, skull-masked singer Papa Emeritus III and his sacrilegious Swedish metal band Ghost sold out Union Transfer. And it's only fair to give the nod to the Holy Father, who drew hundreds of thousands. But Ghost did a pretty great show. Emeritus and each of his Nameless Ghouls (each masked instrumentalist is called that) were rumored to be driving on Spring Garden Street in a satanic procession.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2015 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Jesenia is a 12-year-old with big dreams and big talents. Passionate about music, she loves singing, and her beautiful voice can be heard each Sunday in her church choir. Although she aspires to sing professionally, like her idol Selena Gomez, she also thinks about another career. "I want to be a child advocate," she says, "so I can help children who are going through some of the things I did. " Jesenia volunteers at community soup kitchens and has found great satisfaction in helping others.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | BY JOE BRANDT, Daily News Staff Writer brandtj@phillynews.com, 215-854-4890
SOMETHING beautiful happened last night at Mother Bethel AME Church. In the wake of the massacre that left nine dead Wednesday night at Emanuel AME Church, a sister church in Charleston, S.C., the parishioners were not solemn during a memorial prayer service at Mother Bethel, the original African Methodist Episcopal church. In fact, they cheered together with folks of several faiths as the church choir delivered a rousing rendition of Richard Smallwood's 1996 hymn "Total Praise. " As the choir began to end the song, Mother Bethel's own the Rev. Mark Tyler took to the podium and began to speak.
NEWS
March 6, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
JIM RHINEHART looked out over the hungry people enjoying a hot meal at the Church of the Advocate and pronounced it good. "This is my spiritual fulfillment," he said one day in 2006. "It's the whole idea of working with people and being part of a movement for the betterment of people. " The historic Episcopal church had been feeding hungry people in need since 1981, and Jim Rhinehart had been part of it from the beginning. His work with the church soup kitchen was only one of the ways in which Jim Rhinehart served his community.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
At age 10, TyteYonna already has the hallmarks of a natural-born leader. Intelligent, energetic, personable, she enjoys meeting new people - she prefers to be called Tyte ( Tot-tee ) - and can hold up her end of almost any conversation. She is eager to learn new things and, her social worker says, looks forward to challenges. Interested in many activities, Tyte is a skilled gymnast. But she particularly loves to sing - she creates her own songs - and dance. And if she can perform for an audience, all the better.
NEWS
July 29, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
LELIA Savannah Smith Holman had a fond memory of the apple tree that grew and flowered on the lot in Germantown where her church was to be built. The tree may be a cherished memory, but when Providence Baptist Church was built on that lot on Haines Street near Germantown Avenue in 1942, Savannah Holman was a founding member. In fact, her name and those of her mother and sisters were placed in the cornerstone when the church was dedicated in 1942. At her death July 19 at age 98, Savannah was the oldest founding member.
NEWS
May 9, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
WHAT YOU SAW was what you got with Emma Irene Horton. No pretense, no airs, just the honest, straightforward personality that charmed the people who knew her. Others, those who might have taken offense to her directness, just didn't know what they were missing. "Those who understood her loved her," said her daughter, Vivian H. Butler. "You took her as she was. " Irene Horton, stalwart churchgoer, devoted family matriarch and an outstanding cook in the Southern style, died April 27. She was 95 and living in Ambler but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
NEWS
May 5, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Rev. William H. Webster, 83, of Mount Laurel, a Baptist minister who served congregations in New York state, Rhode Island, and northern New Jersey, died of congestive heart failure Sunday, April 20, at the retirement community Cadbury at Cherry Hill. In retirement, Mr. Webster "was the moderator of our church," the First Baptist Church of Moorestown, "which meant he conducted the business meetings" for about the last five years, Hal Cooper, of Mount Laurel, said in a phone interview.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Tanasia is a soft-spoken, articulate 16-year-old with a captivating smile. Social, playful, and loving, she easily makes friends and enjoys engaging in conversations. She keeps busy with a variety of activities. Musically talented, she loves to play the piano and violin, and sings in her church choir. Tanasia is also interested in technology, including computers and electronics. Tanasia had the opportunity to travel to Paris and still talks about the wonderful, exciting trip. She hopes one day to return.
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