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January 17, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
At St. Joan of Arc School in Marlton, Mary Ellen Cermack Verdeur spent more than a decade volunteering as a teaching assistant with kindergartners. From the early 2000s to June 2013, a few days a week, she helped "teach their letters, teach their numbers," her son Mark said. "She really loved that," he said. On Sunday, Jan. 12, Mrs. Verdeur, 88, of Marlton, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the Kresson View Center in Voorhees. Her husband, Joseph, won a gold medal in swimming at the London Olympic Games in 1948, held several world and U.S. swimming records, and coached the men's swimming team at Temple University.
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January 15, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
GLORIA SICKEL didn't like to stop moving. "If I stop moving, I'll never move again," she would say. And so, Gloria made sure she always had something to do, that is, after her four children were grown and she was left a widow 24 years ago. She worked as a crossing guard around her Oxford Circle neighborhood, a lunch monitor and door monitor at her church, St. Martin of Tours, a boys club softball coach and other volunteer activities....
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January 15, 2014 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
BRIGHT HOPE BAPTIST Pastor Kevin Johnson on Sunday related to his congregation the story of Caleb, who urged Moses to lead the Israelites into Canaan - a land of powerful enemies that few believed could be conquered. Perhaps it is with this story in mind that Johnson, 39, is exploring the possibility of running for mayor in 2015. Like Canaan, Philadelphia's political arena is filled with mighty tribes and entrenched power - a land, you could say, that "devours those living in it. " And like the Israelites, Johnson is essentially an outsider.
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January 7, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The toils and snares that led the First Baptist Church at Conshohocken to what it describes as an amazing new year back home were sparked by an errant blowtorch. It touched off a fire that engulfed the Neo-Gothic church built in 1902 and flattened everything but its bell tower and an adjacent stone wall. That was eight years ago. It has taken that long for the congregation of 60 to muster the money and labor that has enabled them to spend the start of 2014 in their new building at Fourth Avenue and Harry Street.
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January 3, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LAWYER representing the Catholic church official whose child-endangerment conviction was overturned last week by the state Superior Court said yesterday that District Attorney Seth Williams was "unprofessional" for criticizing the ruling and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia's decision to pay his client's bail. Thomas Bergstrom said he will send letters to the Pennsylvania Bar Association and the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania detailing Williams' misconduct in response to Monsignor William Lynn's case.
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December 31, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Under a steady rain Sunday, Judy and Chuck Miller took up spots that have often been occupied by child-abuse victim advocates: the steps of the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Judy Miller leads the Delaware branch of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), a group that hosted regular protests after the 2011 grand jury report about clergy sex-abuse in Philadelphia. Her return Sunday was prompted by last week's Superior Court ruling that overturned the conviction of Msgr.
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December 23, 2013 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
LONGPORT, N.J. - It was unfathomable that this spot where the island narrows along a rock wall beside the bay had lost its beacon and landmark, the Church of the Redeemer. Consumed not by water but by fire during the terrifying derecho storm of June 2012, flames shooting out of stained-glass windows, the 100-year-old Spanish Mission-style church was a total loss, including those singular windows combining the iconography of the life of Jesus and the seashore. You might think the church, and particularly those windows, created in the 1930s at Willet Stained Glass Co. at 39th Street and Girard Avenue in Philadelphia, would be irreplaceable.
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December 20, 2013 | BY LARI ROBLING, For the Daily News 'I
DON'T KNOW how many churches and schools pierogi have built," said Nadia Opuszynski, as her mother, Anna Matkowsky, vigorously nodded her head in agreement. The mother-daughter team, 91 and 66, respectively, are the ring leaders of the St. Nicholas Ukranian Catholic Church pierogi sale. The weekly sale has roots back to the 1970s - with a few breaks when the church at 24th and Poplar streets didn't need the money. About four years ago, as parish numbers diminished, volunteers revived the sale to raise money and help young families learn the tradition.
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December 9, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Preparing to play Jesus requires plenty of prayer, says Tim Hunt, who returns to the role for this year's Living Nativity at Fellowship Community Church in Mount Laurel. "Jesus calms the winds, the sea. . . . This had power from God," Hunt, 30, says of a scene that awes him both as a believer and as an actor. "It's powerful, playing that role," adds the Pennsauken resident, who is the church's assistant youth pastor. "It's also humbling. " "Living Nativity" is something of a misnomer for the church's production.
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December 6, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Dewaine Osman digs Dixieland banjo. Sanford "Sandy" Catz has a thing for swing. But what these two Tri-State Jazz Society volunteers really love to hear is applause - for the rootsy, traditional jazz performers they present in the Philadelphia area. "We're helping keep something alive," says Catz, 70, a retired engineer who is the society's president. Adds Osman, the vice president, "Without promotion, this music would probably disappear into history. " The monthly concerts feature local, national, and occasionally international artists whose music echoes the early 20th century sound of New Orleans, as well as subsequent jazz forms that flourished before bebop took off in the 1940s.
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