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January 28, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Hundreds of vehicles, some from as far away as New York and Washington, rallied from the Ukrainian Educational and Cultural Center in Jenkintown to Independence National Historical Park on Sunday in support of antigovernment protesters in the beleaguered former Soviet republic. "I feel I have to be in Ukraine at this moment and I can't. I feel I have to stand with all those people and I can't," said rally organizer Olena Mishchuk, 31, of Northeast Philadelphia. Instead, she and hundreds of native Ukrainians assembled at the center, their vehicles decorated with ribbons and their country's blue-and-yellow flags, and formed a caravan that snaked out of the overflowing parking lot and headed south on Route 611. The cars then cruised south on Broad Street to City Hall, went by the Liberty Bell and the Museum of Art before doubling back to the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception on North Franklin Street.
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January 27, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The deaths last week of antigovernment demonstrators in Ukraine rocked the former Soviet republic and shocked the large Ukrainian immigrant community of Philadelphia and its suburbs. Pennsylvania has the nation's second-largest Ukrainian-descended population, after New York. New Jersey ranks fourth. "We were raised in households that told us to remember where we came from, cherish our heritage, and keep it going," said Zoriana Strockyj, 21, of Philadelphia, a Temple University junior.
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January 25, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA A coalition of neighborhood groups operating near the proposed Provence casino project on North Broad Street has signed a pact with developer Bart Blatstein that spells out his commitments, improvement plans, and financial contributions to the community. The North Broad Community Coalition, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, West Poplar Community Development Corp., and Callowhill Neighborhood Association, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints signed the agreement Thursday.
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January 24, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
A COALITION of community organizations yesterday signed an agreement with Bart Blatstein to not oppose his Provence Casino plan for North Broad Street. In return, Blatstein's Tower Entertainment pledged to keep the area clean, provide security-van patrols and pay hundreds of thousands of dollars a year into a community-development fund should the Provence win a casino license. City Council President Darrell Clarke, who represents the district in which the property sits, attended the signing at Blatstein's office at Tower Place Apartments, Broad and Spring Garden streets.
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January 22, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard J. Abdill, 85, who retired in January 1990 as an executive vice president of United Jersey Bank in Cherry Hill, died of complications from cancer on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Masonic Home of New Jersey in Burlington Township. At the time of his retirement, Mr. Abdill was lauded by Gary F. Simmerman, president and chief operating officer of United Jersey Bank. Mr. Abdill was a valuable asset in the banking community, Simmerman said, and "his expertise will be greatly missed.
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January 20, 2014 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
The icy-road collision that killed 29-year-old Roxana Ortega in Pine Hill, Camden County, brought tears to her fellow immigrants from El Salvador last week. A Funeral Mass in Spanish at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Shrine in Lindenwold on Tuesday was packed. "We seat 800," said the Rev. Joseph Capella, "and had close to a full house. " The priest estimated that half of the 5,100 families in the parish are Latino, with immigrants from the Central American nation of El Salvador, many of them undocumented, making up the largest group of Spanish speakers.
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January 17, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four community leaders were honored Wednesday by the philanthropic arm of one of Camden's most prominent corporate citizens for working to improve life in the city. "A lot of issues get attention in Camden, and what's overlooked are these individuals who really make an impact and try to get to the root of poverty and the different things it affects - be it education, jobs, housing, and health," said Amanda Bauman, program director of the Campbell Soup Foundation, of the awards for Anthony J. Perno 3d, Curtis Myers, Bridget Phifer, and Sabine Mehnert.
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January 16, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
In December 2005, Murray J. Gass of Cherry Hill received the Nostra Aetate award from the Catholic-Jewish Commission of Southern New Jersey. Mr. Gass shared the award with Gloria Mazziotti of Audubon "for their leadership in improving interfaith understanding and cooperation in Southern New Jersey. " The 2005 announcement by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Southern New Jersey commended "their years of interfaith work, including the creation of the Catholic-Jewish Institute of Understanding, a program of adult religious study for Jews and Christians in an ecumenical environment.
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January 16, 2014 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
IT'S NOT UNUSUAL for a casino developer to negotiate a benefits agreement with its neighbors once the casino's license is granted - in 2008, two years after they were awarded the first-ever casino license in Philadelphia, owners of Fishtown's SugarHouse Casino signed one. But Bart Blatstein's Tower Entertainment - which wants to open Provence Casino at Broad and Callowhill streets - has been trying to get an agreement with its neighbors signed,...
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January 15, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
WITH A CHILD in seventh grade, Philadelphia resident Sarah Forrest has already begun navigating the high-school application process. Although it's fairly simple for district-run schools, she said, the process can be anything but for charters. She said information on the charter application process is available, but the schools have different timelines, "and it's kind of all over the map," said Forrest, who also has a third-grader in the district. Forrest is hardly alone. She was among a few hundred community members who debated a proposal for a single application and common enrollment for district-run, charter and parochial high schools last night at a School Reform Commission meeting.
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