April 29, 2016 |
When Jeannette Fithian and William Adams were in a band at their West Philadelphia church in the 1930s, she played a clarinet and he was a drummer. And from their church and from Overbrook High School, daughter Susan Adams said, "he would walk her home. " The couple "went together six or seven years before they were married," their daughter said, and it had lasted "almost 73 years when he died in May 2013" at age 95. It was a long walk. On Friday, April 22, Mrs. Adams, 97, of Manahawkin, N.J., a former Sunday school teacher in Mount Holly, died at her home.
April 27, 2016 |
A Montgomery County church congregation gathered in prayer Monday night as officials continued to investigate the altercation that led one man to fatally shoot another during Sunday services. Hundreds of members of Keystone Fellowship Church filed into a private service at the church's Skippack campus - 13 miles from the Montgomeryville church, where the shooting happened. As the service began, and people continued to slowly file in from the parking lot and an overflow field across the street, the sound of quiet singing spilled out of the open doors.
April 26, 2016 |
Congregants at the Keystone Fellowship Church in Montgomery Township were singing a hymn Sunday morning as gunfire erupted, fatally wounding one man and terrorizing hundreds of worshipers, including children. People dove beneath chairs in the spacious sanctuary, afraid for their lives. The victim was Robert Braxton, 27, a member of the church, according to Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele. He said that the shooter, also a church member, fired at least one shot from a semi-automatic handgun at Braxton, striking him in the chest.
April 5, 2016 |
We can't ignore the truth: America has a disgraceful history of racial prejudice and racially motivated violence. While we would like to think that this is a problem of the past, recent events prove otherwise. Over the last 18 months, simmering racial tensions have boiled over across the United States. Thankfully, Philadelphia has not made national news, but in Ferguson, Baltimore, Staten Island, North Charleston, and Cleveland, the reality of racial tensions rose to the fore, surprising many within these communities and beyond.
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.
March 23, 2016 |
A Bucks County woman sought in Feb. 3 theft of the proceeds of a school book fair at St. Martha Parish in Northeast Philadelphia. Police had been looking for Sarah Higgins since identifying her as a suspect on Feb. 12. after reviering surveillance videos. Higgins, 29, of Bristol was arrested Sunday morning on the 3100 block of Cedar Street in Port Richmond, police said. She has been charged with burglary, criminal tresspas and related offenses. The Rev. Al Masluk, pastor of the church, at 11301 Academy Road, has said that about $1,700 was stolen from a basement auditorium where the book fair had been held.
March 14, 2016
ISSUE | CATHOLIC CHURCH Change is possible I'm happy to be Roman Catholic, and I think a letter critiquing some teachings of the church was justified ("Tough to take," Tuesday). The writer said she found it "difficult to understand" those Catholics who accept the church's "regressive stance" on issues including the ordination of women, married priests, homosexuality, and contraception. Those regrettable teachings run contrary to the church's stance on human dignity, equality, justice, and grounded love.
March 12, 2016
The 70-year-old man suspected of shooting an employee at a fried-chicken restaurant in Tioga was charged Thursday with attempted homicide. Police had been seeking Ronald Graham, who also goes by the name Roland, since Sunday evening, when a 19-year-old employee was shot at Church's Chicken at 3650 N. Broad St., police said. Graham got angry when a 21-year-old employee began cleaning tables near where he was eating, argued with the worker and a manager, and then briefly left the building, according to police.
March 11, 2016 |
Philadelphia police are searching for a 70-year-old man who allegedly shot and injured a 19-year-old Church's Chicken employee at the Tioga restaurant on Sunday. An arrest warrant has been issued for Ronald Graham, who also goes by Roland, police said. Graham allegedly became enraged Sunday around 5:30 p.m. when a 21-year-old employee of Church's Chicken, at 3650 N. Broad Street, began cleaning tables near where Graham was eating. Graham argued with the employee and a manager, then left the building for a few seconds, Capt.