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February 5, 1994 | Photographs for The Inquirer by Scott Rowan
The Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Division of the Salvation Army installed new leaders Thursday night in Plymouth Meeting. The new officers, W. Todd and Carol Bassett, both lieutenant colonels, will supervise a body of 46 area corps, or churches, with more than 5,000 members.
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May 6, 1988 | By PAUL BAKER, Daily News Staff Writer
Glenn Sheehan and his wife Anne Jensen want to make sure no more ex- convicts with violent backgrounds are unloaded on trusting people like themselves who participate in prison-reform programs, according to the couple's attorney, Thomas V. Hunt. Sheehan and Jensen are still recovering from injuries they suffered April 1 during a stabbing rampage at their Lower Merion Township archaeological firm. Two women who worked for them were killed, one of them allegedly after being raped.
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February 18, 1986 | By TONI LOCY, Daily News Staff Writer
For homeless Victor Athy, a possible shutdown of some or all of the Salvation Army's soup kitchens simply means that he will have to "move on. " The 33-year-old man and other homeless men interviewed yesterday at the Salvation Army soup kitchen at 715 N. Broad St. said they hope the Army doesn't run out of money. "I'll just go from one (kitchen) to the next if they shut them down," said Athy, who has been a regular in the soup line for the past nine months. The Salvation Army is experiencing its worst financial crisis since it began operating its four soup kitchens in January 1983, said Emily Klenk, director of community relations.
NEWS
December 21, 1986 | By Anthony Gnoffo Jr., Inquirer Staff Writer
Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, anywhere from 40 to 60 hungry people show up at the Salvation Army's Darby Corps Community Center for a free, hot meal. But last week, any of the food program's beneficiaries who had not heard the news about the Tuesday night fire at the center were greeted by a makeshift sign announcing that the program was indefinitely postponed. The food program is just one of the social services that the Salvation Army has provided in Darby Borough.
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December 24, 1988 | By Howard Goodman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Life was hitting James Francis hard. His wife abandoned him and the two kids. The job was going sour. Finally the electric company sent a shut-off notice. The Philadelphia native swallowed his pride and took himself to the Salvation Army. Praise God, another light bill paid. That was long ago. Francis is Lt. Francis now, married to a fellow lieutenant in the same blue-suited army, doing the Lord's work. In a Frankford neighborhood that is trying to stave off encroaching drugs and despair, he runs day-care, latch-key and senior-citizen programs, a soup kitchen, basketball leagues and music classes.
NEWS
December 25, 1994 | By Beverly M. Payton, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Salvation Army is on the front lines of helping the needy in the area, and a representative says the group's clientele is changing. Capt. Carl Carvill, pastor and administrator of the Salvation Army of Lower Bucks County, said the "emerging new poor" have led the organization to expand its client base. During the Christmas season, the Salvation Army distributes food baskets to needy families and invites the parents to pick out two donated toys for each of their children from a central location.
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January 28, 1991 | By Ramona Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Some are stressed out. Some face an emptying cupboard or a dwindling supply of baby formula. Not yet in a flood, but in a rising stream, the families of troops sent to the Persian Gulf are calling a hot line operated by the Salvation Army in Philadelphia. "Right now, they're wanting food assistance and some help with utilities, and a lot of them need support services, such as counseling," said Maj. Shirley Cox, coordinator of the Operation Home Town Shield phone line. "We had one lady, she needed diapers," added Salvation Army spokesman Capt.
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June 14, 2013 | BY DAVID GAMBACORTA & WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writers gambacd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5994
IT'S DAMN NEAR impossible to get a straight answer from most of the people involved in the tragic Market Street building collapse. Even the Salvation Army. Fingers are now being pointed in the organization's direction for the first time since a four-story building crumbled on June 5 and flattened the neighboring Salvation Army thrift shop at 22nd and Market streets, killing six people and injuring 13 others. Two lawyers have claimed that the Salvation Army rebuffed requests to have protective scaffolding installed on the store's roof before demolition workers began haphazardly tearing down the property next door.
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August 16, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
INSTEAD OF HEEDING written warnings of a potentially catastrophic collapse, the Salvation Army played "a dangerous game of chicken" with the owner of a building being demolished next door, an attorney said yesterday. The collapse on June 5 killed six and injured 14 who were inside the Salvation Army's thrift shop at 22nd and Market streets. So attorney Robert Mongeluzzi, citing emails among the city, the demolition-site owner and the Salvation Army that showed the charity was warned of dangerous conditions, said yesterday that he would add the Salvation Army as a defendant in litigation seeking civil damages.
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March 22, 2014 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA The Salvation Army has agreed to donate its property at 22d and Market Streets for use as a memorial park to honor the victims of the building collapse that killed six people there in June. The agreement was announced Thursday by Mayor Nutter, who praised the charity for its generosity. The transfer still needs approval from several authorities in New York state, where the Salvation Army is headquartered. Maj. Robert W. Dixon, the Salvation Army's regional director of operations, attended Nutter's news conference but, by prior arrangement, did not speak.
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March 21, 2014 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer benderw@phillynews.com, 215-854-5255
CITY TREASURER Nancy Winkler attended the press conference in Mayor Nutter's reception room yesterday, but she wasn't behind the podium. Winkler sat in the audience, holding her husband's hand, as city officials announced that the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia would donate 2,445 square feet of prime real estate for a memorial park at 22nd and Market streets - the site of last year's demolition accident that killed Winkler's 24-year-old daughter,...
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January 26, 2014
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January 16, 2014 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
This story was updated at 10:a.m. Wednesday. Calling the Center City spot where six people died in the collapse of a Salvation Army thrift store "a sacred site," relatives of two victims have joined a diverse group of civic and business leaders and design experts to advance the idea of a memorial at the location. The 15-person committee wants to establish a permanent park at 22d and Market Streets, but as a first step would like to have a temporary memorial in place by the one-year anniversary of the collapse on June 5. The committee includes the parents of one of the victims, Anne Bryan, and the fiancée of another, Kimberly Finnegan.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Amid seasonally cold weather, about 70 people of different faiths gathered at a Center City church on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the June 5 Market Street building collapse to remember the six people who died and the 14 injured when a four-story wall fell onto a Salvation Army thrift shop. Sarah Clark Stuart, who lives near the site where a building was being demolished, came up with the idea for the interfaith service. She said it was necessary to "provide a moment for family and members of the public to remember victims of the tragedy.
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
For days, the workers at the Salvation Army thrift shop on Market Street said, they heard noises from outside and above. "Like a giant mouse running down the wall," assistant manager Richard Stasiorowski testified. "Every day, at some point, we would hear something. " "All of us would say, 'Oh, my God,' " manager Margarita Agosto said. " 'Imagine if this falls on us.' " But they did not alert the demolition crew next door or their Salvation Army supervisor. They said he already knew.
BUSINESS
December 2, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
Like many people this time of year, Ardmore resident Betty-Jane Stoeckle is feeling a bit overwhelmed - not, in her case, by the arrival of the holiday season, but by the daily onslaught of charity solicitations. Stoeckle welcomes at least some of the pitches. A retired Germantown High School English teacher, she is a regular, cheerful giver to groups as diverse as the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Philabundance, Habitat for Humanity, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. But she doesn't like making assumptions, especially when it comes to the dozens of other requests her generosity attracts - a small fraction of more than a million nonprofits that competed for more than $316 billion in donations last year, according to Giving USA. "I'd like my money to be well-spent," Stoeckle says.
NEWS
September 19, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Speaking publicly for the first time since they lost their daughter, Anne, in the Market Street building collapse in June, city Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, John Bryan, called Tuesday for the city to convene a panel of nationally recognized experts to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the Department of Licenses and Inspections. "We believe an independent blue-ribbon panel of national safety experts . . . should look at what happened and fully evaluate what system should be in place . . . so that in the future, citizens of the city of Philadelphia can feel confident, when they walk the streets and enter buildings, that they will be safe," Winkler told reporters.
NEWS
September 9, 2013 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
SOME PEOPLE in City Hall are saying that city Treasurer Nancy Winkler must be "out of her mind with grief" over the death of her daughter, Anne Bryan, 24. Otherwise she wouldn't do what no other city employee who serves at the mayor's behest would be reckless enough to do: She has started an online petition that drops a gauntlet at her boss' feet. Specifically, Winkler's petition on change.org calls on Mayor Nutter, City Council President Darrell Clarke and the Salvation Army to fund a memorial park at the southeast corner of 22nd and Market streets.
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September 5, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE SALVATION ARMY knew that its Market Street thrift store was already unstable and could collapse due to demolition work planned next door - but did nothing to prevent the eventual June collapse, according to a wrongful-death lawsuit filed yesterday by the family of a woman who died in the rubble. Mary Lea Simpson, 24, was among six people who died June 5 when the thrift store at 22nd and Market streets was crushed by the falling wall of a building being demolished next door. An additional 13 were trapped but survived.
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