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July 19, 1998 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT Inquirer correspondent Angela Galloway contributed to this article
It was, said the Rev. Richard Streeter, the worst thing that had happened to him in his 27 years as pastor of Paoli Presbyterian Church. In fact, shortly after he learned last month that his youth minister, the Rev. Robert Atchinson, had been arrested and accused of molesting a 12-year-old member of the church, he released his anger by slamming his fist on the desk - and breaking his hand. "It's almost surreal," Mr. Streeter said, sitting in his cluttered but cozy church office, surrounded by dozens of pictures of his own family and his church family.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Central Pennsylvania church and its youth pastor have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a mock kidnapping of a youth group that was meant to be a lesson on religious persecution. Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Lower Swatara Township and Andrew David Jordan, 28, of Elizabethtown, waived an appearance Thursday at a formal arraignment in Dauphin County Court on charges of false imprisonment and simple assault. Prosecutors said the half-hour ordeal in March included interrogation and staged torture using power tools.
NEWS
February 9, 1994 | By Kay Raftery, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It's no longer blue, but the Lownes Free Church, on Baltimore Pike, is still known as The Blue Church. The church was built of Pennsylvania blue limestone, which would turn blue in the rain. Although the building is now covered in white stucco, the colorful name has remained. The Rev. James Kutnow, the senior pastor of the nondenominational church, said the chapel was built in 1832 by George Bolton Lownes. Lownes was a descendant of Jane Lownes, who is considered the original settler of Springfield.
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June 29, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a Chester neighborhood once known as the "Circle of Death" and on a street with the same name as a notorious drug gang, a 36-year-old man was found dead just hours after the last cars left Sunday's celebratory home opener for the Philadelphia Union. The body of Keith Edmonds of Chester was discovered just after 11 p.m. in the Highland Park neighborhood, about a mile north of the riverfront stadium, on the city's west end. Chester is under a state of emergency, with curfews in five high-crime areas, that is scheduled to stay in effect until July 23. The killing was the fifth homicide in Chester - which since 2004 has averaged 20 homicides a year - since June 1, and the 12th this year.
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June 23, 1998 | By Angela Galloway, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The congregation of Paoli Presbyterian Church last night voted unanimously to accept the resignation of a youth pastor accused of improperly touching a child at the church. The Rev. Robert A. Atchinson, 39, was arrested last week and charged with indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors stemming from a February incident involving a 12-year-old boy. After seven years with the church, Mr. Atchinson submitted his resignation a week earlier after the allegations surfaced.
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February 18, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania, they sleep behind Dumpsters, in baseball dugouts, huddled in dark tunnels and abandoned houses. They have been kicked out or walked out by choice, but the result is the same. They have no place to live. Shane Burroughs, 39, spends his days patrolling the streets and looking for them. He is a one-man street team for Bucks County's Synergy Project, an initiative to help young people, 21 and under, who are homeless. "I was kicked out and going from friend's house to friend's house.
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June 4, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
PASTOR JOEY FURJANIC didn't have time to shower the morning we met. He'd only slept a few hours, and even if his phone wasn't constantly buzzing with calls and texts from parishioners and reporters, he still wouldn't have gotten much rest. His mind was racing from the night before. He and his wife Lauren were relaxing in their Port Richmond home on May 12 with a few friends when sometime around 10 p.m. his phone started going off with texts from family and friends asking him about a train crash.
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January 3, 2002 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Martyr's Torch Youth Rally will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Trinity Assembly of God Church in West Chester. The rally is designed to empower young people to live for God and celebrate the New Year. Open to all teens and college-age students, the day will include drama presentations, seminars, worship, and music by the "Salvage" choir from the Valley Forge Christian College. The speakers will include Eran Holt, a youth pastor at Valley Forge Christian College, and Ben Strong of Paducah, Ky., who witnessed the tragic Heath High School shooting on Dec. 1, 1997.
NEWS
December 9, 1993 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
It will take more than the Christmas spirit from Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol to sweep you back in time this holiday season. The task of conjuring up the sights and sounds of Christmas past will fall to hundreds of volunteers, dressed in 1700s garb, demonstrating crafts, and singing carols this weekend in Newtown Township and Washington Crossing. Crossing Community Church in Newtown Township is hosting "A Colonial Christmas," complete with craftspeople, a military encampment, a one-act play and a live Nativity scene on Saturday and Sunday.
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May 23, 2004 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Rev. Ray Tate likes to practice what he preaches. A sign he posted in the vestibule of Kingsway Church in Cherry Hill reads: "Form your own small group around your passion: Be as creative as God has been in creating you. " And parked beneath the sign is Tate's 1999 Honda Aero motorcycle, black with orange trim. "I've been in love with motorcycles ever since I was about 14 years old," said the senior pastor, who admitted that it was hard to have the motorcycle inside instead of outside with him on it. But "it's a sacrifice I'm more than willing to make.
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June 4, 2015 | By Helen Ubinas, Daily News Columnist
PASTOR JOEY FURJANIC didn't have time to shower the morning we met. He'd only slept a few hours, and even if his phone wasn't constantly buzzing with calls and texts from parishioners and reporters, he still wouldn't have gotten much rest. His mind was racing from the night before. He and his wife Lauren were relaxing in their Port Richmond home on May 12 with a few friends when sometime around 10 p.m. his phone started going off with texts from family and friends asking him about a train crash.
NEWS
February 18, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one of the wealthiest counties in Pennsylvania, they sleep behind Dumpsters, in baseball dugouts, huddled in dark tunnels and abandoned houses. They have been kicked out or walked out by choice, but the result is the same. They have no place to live. Shane Burroughs, 39, spends his days patrolling the streets and looking for them. He is a one-man street team for Bucks County's Synergy Project, an initiative to help young people, 21 and under, who are homeless. "I was kicked out and going from friend's house to friend's house.
NEWS
November 16, 2012
HARRISBURG - A Central Pennsylvania church and its youth pastor have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a mock kidnapping of a youth group that was meant to be a lesson on religious persecution. Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Lower Swatara Township and Andrew David Jordan, 28, of Elizabethtown, waived an appearance Thursday at a formal arraignment in Dauphin County Court on charges of false imprisonment and simple assault. Prosecutors said the half-hour ordeal in March included interrogation and staged torture using power tools.
NEWS
April 18, 2011 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Play's the thing in Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre's toy-strewn, youthful production of As You Like It , currently running in repertory with Hamlet . In the latter, Mary Tuomanen dons the heaviest pair of man-pants in English theater to decry the world's "unweeded garden. " But here she goes gamine, frolicking in set designer David Gordon's neatly trimmed forest of Arden as Rosalind, expelled from Duke Frederick's court with her cousin Celia (a sweet Victoria Rose Bonito). Of course, Tuomanen still ends up dressed in boy clothes, but only temporarily, and to comic, rather than tragic, effect.
NEWS
June 29, 2010 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a Chester neighborhood once known as the "Circle of Death" and on a street with the same name as a notorious drug gang, a 36-year-old man was found dead just hours after the last cars left Sunday's celebratory home opener for the Philadelphia Union. The body of Keith Edmonds of Chester was discovered just after 11 p.m. in the Highland Park neighborhood, about a mile north of the riverfront stadium, on the city's west end. Chester is under a state of emergency, with curfews in five high-crime areas, that is scheduled to stay in effect until July 23. The killing was the fifth homicide in Chester - which since 2004 has averaged 20 homicides a year - since June 1, and the 12th this year.
NEWS
May 23, 2004 | By Louise Harbach INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Rev. Ray Tate likes to practice what he preaches. A sign he posted in the vestibule of Kingsway Church in Cherry Hill reads: "Form your own small group around your passion: Be as creative as God has been in creating you. " And parked beneath the sign is Tate's 1999 Honda Aero motorcycle, black with orange trim. "I've been in love with motorcycles ever since I was about 14 years old," said the senior pastor, who admitted that it was hard to have the motorcycle inside instead of outside with him on it. But "it's a sacrifice I'm more than willing to make.
NEWS
June 16, 2002 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
It took two years for Gordon Douglas, an aspiring comedian, to make it to Hollywood, and two weeks to decide that the nightclub circuit wasn't for him. So, he put away his routines - the fat jokes, the skinny jokes, the big-nose laughs, and started working with youths at his hometown church in Glen Mills in the late 1970s. He started a business, married, and headed to Bible college. Then, in a business disaster in 1987, he lost just about everything. But the Rev. Douglas, now pastor of Garden City Chapel in Wallingford, Delaware County, didn't lose his sense of humor or his gift for making people laugh by poking fun at his own struggles.
NEWS
January 3, 2002 | By Catherine Quillman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Martyr's Torch Youth Rally will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Trinity Assembly of God Church in West Chester. The rally is designed to empower young people to live for God and celebrate the New Year. Open to all teens and college-age students, the day will include drama presentations, seminars, worship, and music by the "Salvage" choir from the Valley Forge Christian College. The speakers will include Eran Holt, a youth pastor at Valley Forge Christian College, and Ben Strong of Paducah, Ky., who witnessed the tragic Heath High School shooting on Dec. 1, 1997.
LIVING
April 16, 2000 | By Don Beideman, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Ted Mingle listened as a high school student prayed at a youth group meeting he was leading. "She prayed for more time in the day so she could get all of her schoolwork done," recalled Mingle, the director of youth and young adults at Media Presbyterian Church for the last four years. The prayer surprised Mingle. It led him to realize the pressures facing young people, from academics to relationships, from drug use to security. There are also the underlying issues that go with them: respect, character, morals and ethics.
NEWS
October 8, 1999 | By Elisa Ung and Thomas J. Gibbons Jr., INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Police Commissioner John F. Timoney yesterday publicly apologized to an Olney pastor who was roughed up by police the night before, when officers tried to arrest a gunman who was exchanging shots with them. Pastor Frank Buelna was driving in Fairhill on his way to youth services Wednesday evening with his student and 10-year-old son when the suspect whom police were chasing jumped into his car. Timoney said Mr. Buelna and his student, 20-year-old Jose Rodriguez, were injured in the confusion of apprehending the suspect.
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