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August 27, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
A historic Ukrainian Orthodox church in East Oak Lane was gutted by fire Sunday afternoon while the bishop, the pastor, and a large part of the congregation were at a picnic celebrating Ukrainian Independence Day. The Associated Press reported one firefighter suffered minor injuries. No other injuries were reported in the blaze at St. Mary the Protectress Ukrainian Orthodox Church, first reported about 1 p.m., but all of the intricate stained-glass windows, woodwork, and artifacts inside were believed to have been destroyed.
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November 23, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
PHILLY'S POPULATION of Korean Buddhists doesn't have to travel far for spiritual guidance. Tucked away on a quiet street in East Oak Lane is the Wongaksa Buddhist temple, an institution that rose from humble roots to become a major spiritual center for this tight-knit community. Abbot Monk Do-Myung leads the faithful at the temple, located inside an unassuming house on Chelten Avenue near 6th Street. WHO WE ARE: Wongaksa got its start in the early 1970s, when South Korean expats sought out ways to practice their faith in their new city, Do-Myung said.
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January 3, 2013
A 42-year-old man was in critical condition after being shot Wednesday evening in the city's East Oak Lane section, police said. The man was shot twice in the right leg around 6:30 p.m. in the 6600 block of North 12th Street, police said. He was transported to Einstein Medical Center. No arrests were reported.    - Robert Moran
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August 27, 2013 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
A UKRAINIAN Orthodox church in East Oak Lane was severely damaged during a four-alarm fire yesterday. The fire was reported about 1 p.m. at St. Mary's Protectress Ukrainian Church, on 12th Street near 66th Avenue. Firefighters arrived at the scene to find smoke billowing from the roof, Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison said. The flames continued to spread along the roof, prompting officials to ring the fourth alarm. More than 100 firefighters responded, and the blaze was eventually put under control at 3:19 p.m. - but not before the damage was done, with flames tearing through the entire building and spreading to a school connected to the church.
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March 15, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
Residents of a 54-unit East Oak Lane condominium building were bracing Thursday night for an eviction that could come as early as Friday afternoon. The city has posted a cease-and-desist order at the Oak Lane Garden condominiums, 6751 N. 13th St., citing life-threatening safety violations throughout the common areas, including no working fire alarm system, broken sewer pipes, blocked exits, exposed wiring, and other faults. Rebecca Swanson, spokeswoman for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, said that although the structure is not imminently dangerous, the lack of safety systems places occupants at risk.
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October 24, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police released video surveillance Wednesday of a man armed with a machete who robbed a 7-Eleven store in East Oak Lane on Sunday morning. At around 6:03 a.m., police said, the man came into the store at 6771 N. Fifth St. carrying a machete. He walked behind the counter and told the shopkeeper to open the cash registers, police said. Video surveillance footage recovered from the store shows the man carrying the large knife and taking cash from the registers, shoving it into a white plastic bag and walking out. Police said he was last seen walking north on Fifth Street, then turning west on Cheltenham Avenue.
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January 17, 2014 | BY JULIE SHAW, Daily News Staff Writer shawj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2592
SENIORS WHO are homebound but wish to be surrounded by new friends and activities have something to look forward to. Penn Asian Senior Services, an agency that trains and provides home health aides, is expected to soon open a new adult day-care center on Old York Road in East Oak Lane, near the Montgomery County border. "Who wants to stay at home? No one," Im Ja Choi, the agency's executive director, said yesterday. PASSi, as her agency is called, moved from Jenkintown to Philadelphia, on Old York Road, near 70th Avenue, in December.
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August 24, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer, vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EXCESSIVE SPEED contributed to a crash that claimed the life of an off-duty police officer in Roxborough, police said Sunday. Sgt. Rafael Ali, 32, of East Oak Lane, was a 10-year veteran of the department whose close friends described him Sunday as a hard worker and a doting father of two. He lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck about 11:43 p.m. Saturday on Henry Avenue near Valley, according to Capt. John Wilczynski, head of the Accident Investigation Division. Ali was traveling "well above" the posted 35 mph speed limit when he drove into a wide curve, Wilczynski said.
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June 7, 1990 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / VICKI VALERIO
CLUTCHING HER PRIZE CATCH, Mary Delia of East Oak Lane carries one of many food-theme balloons released during the reopening of the food court at the Gallery in Center City. The food court reopened yesterday after a five-month, $2.6 million renovation.
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August 25, 2015 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
EXCESSIVE SPEED contributed to a crash that claimed the life of an off-duty police officer in Roxborough, police said yesterday. Sgt. Rafael Ali, 32, of East Oak Lane, was a 10-year veteran of the department whose close friends described him yesterday as a hard worker and a doting father of two. He lost control of his 2007 Dodge Ram pickup truck about 11:43 p.m. Saturday on Henry Avenue near Valley, according to Capt. John Wilczynski, head of the Accident Investigation Division.
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June 4, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter H. Gers, 94, of Ambler, a longtime funeral director who was present at the 1962 canonical inspection of Bishop John Neumann's remains prior to the future saint's beatification, has died. Mr. Gers died at Dock Terrace in Lansdale on Saturday, May 30, due to complications from a fall. He first worked for the Harold B. Mulligan Funeral Home in Philadelphia. In 1947, he opened his own funeral parlor in Olney, and then moved to East Oak Lane. Mr. Gers sold the property in 1989 and moved to Ambler, taking a job as a funeral director at the Anton B. Urban Funeral Home.
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May 25, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maker Brad Litwin, 59, makes kinetic sculptures in his East Oak Lane studio, including a line he calls MechaniCards - intricately laser-cut paper made into tiny, greeting-generating machines. They're sold online, at MechaniCards.com, and at museum stores, including those of the Princeton Art Museum and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His start Litwin can't really pinpoint it: He's worked as an engineer, animator, musician, and artist. "In 2010, I was sitting in my studio and looking at some boxes I had on the shelf, CD mailers actually . . .. I was thinking it'd be neat to have a machine inside one of those.
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November 23, 2014 | BY VINNY VELLA, Daily News Staff Writer vellav@phillynews.com, 215-854-2513
PHILLY'S POPULATION of Korean Buddhists doesn't have to travel far for spiritual guidance. Tucked away on a quiet street in East Oak Lane is the Wongaksa Buddhist temple, an institution that rose from humble roots to become a major spiritual center for this tight-knit community. Abbot Monk Do-Myung leads the faithful at the temple, located inside an unassuming house on Chelten Avenue near 6th Street. WHO WE ARE: Wongaksa got its start in the early 1970s, when South Korean expats sought out ways to practice their faith in their new city, Do-Myung said.
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October 24, 2014 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia police released video surveillance Wednesday of a man armed with a machete who robbed a 7-Eleven store in East Oak Lane on Sunday morning. At around 6:03 a.m., police said, the man came into the store at 6771 N. Fifth St. carrying a machete. He walked behind the counter and told the shopkeeper to open the cash registers, police said. Video surveillance footage recovered from the store shows the man carrying the large knife and taking cash from the registers, shoving it into a white plastic bag and walking out. Police said he was last seen walking north on Fifth Street, then turning west on Cheltenham Avenue.
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August 17, 2014 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
  Philadelphia's collective heart was beating for the Taney Dragons on Friday - loudly. As the region marveled at another masterful performance from Mo'ne Davis, over a hundred fans gathered around four big-screen TVs in City Hall's outdoor courtyard to watch the game, cheering wildly through every inning. They hooted at strikeouts. They applauded at hits. And when Davis struck out the final batter of the game, they rose to their feet and threw their hands in the air. Chants of "Let's Go Dragons!"
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July 3, 2014 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
THE LAST TIME police told Bishop Barry Connelly they had little information and no leads in the death of a loved one, it was 1968. His brother George Connelly, a 33-year-old father who was putting himself through school by driving a cab, had been found bound by the neck to a tree in a wooded area of Southwest Philadelphia. His hands were tied behind him. He had been stabbed repeatedly in the face, neck, head and body. Now Bishop Connelly, the longtime pastor of Cathedral of Faith Baptist Church in North Philly, sat in a detective's car as he was told that his youngest son, Eugene Connelly, was dead.
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May 16, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jean L. Brodey, 85, of Flourtown, a retired Temple University professor who helped launch the careers of many public-relations professionals in the Philadelphia region, died Wednesday, April 30, at her home of complications from Parkinson's disease. Last year, a collection of poetry she had written more than 50 years earlier was published in a book called My Way to Anywhere . Ms. Brodey was born in Philadelphia and grew up in East Oak Lane, said her daughter, Lisette. She graduated from Olney High School and earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Pennsylvania State University.
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March 16, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
EAST OAK LANE All morning Friday, rental trucks and vans pulled up to the curb outside the Oak Lane Gardens condominiums at North 13th Street and 68th Avenue. Residents hurried in and out of the building, hauling their possessions to the sidewalk. The clock was ticking. City workers with hammers and nails waited to board up the doorways of the four-story building at 2 p.m. One man had ripped out his kitchen sink to take away. Another had hauled a refrigerator to the sidewalk.
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