June 4, 2015 |
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.
February 18, 2013 |
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.
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.
April 18, 2011 |
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.
June 29, 2010 |
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.
May 23, 2004 |
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.
June 16, 2002 |
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.
January 3, 2002 |
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.
April 16, 2000 |
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.
October 8, 1999 |
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.