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July 4, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
It might have been any social function: a buffet table, a bar, and the buzz of conversation about theater, about books, about kids. But this was no typical affair - although it's been going on for generations. The Annual Fellowship Dinner for Two Congregations, as it is simply named, has for almost 70 years brought together members of Philadelphia's Christ Church and Congregation Mikveh Israel, two institutions steeped in American colonial history, and intertwined with each other for just as long.
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June 26, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The report released Monday by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane into the three-year investigation of child sex-abuser Jerry Sandusky did little to change opinions of a Pennsylvania State University community still deeply divided over the scandal. Those who believe mistakes were made in the investigation, including delays by investigators under Gov. Corbett when he was attorney general, continue to believe so, and contend that they see such evidence in the report. Those who think Corbett and his successors did right by taking time to build a strong case without political motive say the report only buttresses their views.
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June 25, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
FBI agents raided a Fairhill mental health clinic Monday, two months after a former employee sued, claiming she was fired for questioning what she described as fraudulent Medicaid billing. In April, Sheree Brown of Yeadon sued Juniata Community Mental Health Clinic, claiming its administrator, Sandy Acosta, and director, Carlos Matos, who is also a Democratic ward leader in Kensington, pushed her out of a job last year after she voiced her concerns. Federal authorities would not say whether their search of the practice, at 2637 N. Fifth St., was tied to Brown's allegations.
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June 24, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
When funeral director Lou Galzerano entered the family business 35 years ago, cremation wasn't an option for his clients in lower Bucks County. But he built a crematory in Bristol Township in 2009 to meet growing demand. His customers include people who want to save money and Hindus who spread their loved ones' ashes in the Ganges River. Galzerano is now in a not-in-my-backyard-style fight to build a second crematory in Tullytown. The borough, concerned about environmental and other issues, has so far prevailed against him in the courts.
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June 21, 2014
ISSUE | COMMUNITY Studying history where it happened We should all be ashamed of the callous and cavalier attitude taken by some Haddon Heights residents who objected to the installation of memorial plaques to enslaved African Americans ("Slavery markers stir a local debate," June 10). According to Mayor Ed Forte, "The slavery issue seems to have upset people. " Forte also suggests that a library might be a more fitting place to acknowledge this history. But I humbly submit that the American people are not willing to move the Martin Luther King Jr. statue or the Lincoln Memorial or Philadelphia's President's House from their historic locations.
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June 16, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Paul Lewis, 86, of Wyndmoor, a longtime counselor at Community College of Philadelphia, died Thursday, June 5, of complications from dementia at Gwynedd Square Nursing Center. Mr. Lewis was born in Philadelphia and raised in Jenkintown. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps when he was 17, although induction took place a year later. After being honorably discharged, he attended Temple University on the G.I. Bill, earning a bachelor of science degree in business administration. He worked in private industry and for the City of Philadelphia's Personnel Department for a total of 10 years.
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June 7, 2014 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Shirley Wilhelm was an active 78-year-old who enjoyed helping the homeless in Pottstown and taking a daily five-mile walk. Last year, she was killed when a school bus driven by Donna M. Engler struck her on one of those walks. On Thursday, Engler, who had pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, was sentenced to 600 hours of community service - working with the homeless of Pottstown. The accident occurred at 7:08 a.m. Sept. 9 at Charlotte and Mervine Streets, on the border of Lower Pottsgrove Township and Pottstown Borough, according to a court document.
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June 4, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Three recent graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music will become inaugural fellows of ArtistYear, a pilot program designed to bring a year-long AmeriCorps-like community service opportunity to the world of the arts in Philadelphia. The program, launched as part of the Aspen Institute's Franklin Project, which aims to create one million service-year positions by 2023, will kick off in the 2014-15 academic year. Former U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, chair of the Franklin Project's Leadership Council, said the project aims to make community service a standard practice for all young Americans.
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May 30, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
How do you fix a broken neighborhood? It's a question that has proved painfully persistent in Philadelphia. And nobody among the five dozen activists who gathered Wednesday had the solution. But they believe they might have the beginnings of an answer, at least for one impoverished area. They began hashing out what the new federal Promise Zone designation could mean and do for a desperately poor and blighted part of West Philadelphia. "I'm really hopeful," said Gwendolyn Morris, a retired educator who is secretary of the Mantua Civic Association and a 42-year neighborhood resident.
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May 29, 2014 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
CNN, NPR, and CBS have grilled Scott Charles about the youth violence-prevention program he cofounded at Temple University Hospital. A group of middle-school journalists? No problem. Then the team of reporters from Healthy NewsWorks asked Charles, a trauma outreach coordinator at Temple, how he feels when he must counsel victims of the gun violence his program warns young people about. "I thought, 'Are you kids trying to make me cry?' " said Charles, 47, cofounder of the Cradle to Grave initiative.
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