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An Irvington resident pled guilty in federal court on February 20 to participating in a $30 million scheme to defraud his employer and insurance regulators in connection with the bogus purchase of an Oklahoma insurance company.

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National RE/sources developer, Joe Cotter, continues to be busy building down by the Tarrytown riverfront.
Phase One of the approximately 25-acre Hudson Harbor development (which will ultimately consist of 238 residences north of West Main Street) is complete. Cotter started with 20 condominiums in the Stonehouse, fashioned after Rockefeller’s Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, with impressive stonework and woodwork enhancing its façade, as well as 36 Manhattan-style townhouses that have been likened to Georgetown in Washington, D.C. with their brick and limestone facades.

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A house of worship in Tarrytown, recognized for its inclusiveness, is delving into the scriptures to shed light on an issue of contemporary debate.  What does the Bible really say about homosexuality? That is the question Christ Episcopal Church and San Marcos Mission plan to explore in four workshop sessions open to the public this month.   
“We have welcomed gays and lesbians into our Church for many years,” the rector of the church,  Reverend Susan Copley, noted. “But we also know that there are many people in the community who still have questions, and there are not too many safe places where people can go and ask those questions.” She added that she thought that people are often “uninformed about what the Bible says or really means on the subject.”
The free educational series begins on Sunday, March 8, with the screening at 4 p.m. of the award-winning documentary, “For the Bible Tells Me So,” and continues with workshop discussions on succeeding Sundays, March 15, 22, and 29, all at 4 p.m.  The series is a project of the Church’s Integrity Group, which welcomes the inclusion of lesbian, gay and bisexual persons into the church. The Group itself is composed of gay, lesbians and straight people.
“We showed this film many years ago for the parish to open up the conversation, and it was very well received, so we felt like  it would be  appropriate for us to offer it to a wider audience,” the Reverend Copley explained.  “People of many faiths or no faith make assumptions about what the Bible really says.”   
“There is no denying that the film, however inelegant, fills a need,” wrote Matt Zoller Seitz in a New York Times review of the 2007 documentary. He continued, “The inevitable DVD should be packaged in a plain cardboard sleeve, so that viewers can carry it in their pockets and, if confronted by a homophobe, hand it over and say, ‘Watch this, then get back to me,’” Seitz wrote.
Those attending the church’s sessions will also receive a free16-page booklet, “Homosexuality and the Bible,” written by Walter Wink. According to the Integrity Group, the booklet  “...explores the historical, cultural and social meanings of the several passages that have been interpreted in numerous ways over the millennia.”
Christ Episcopal Church espouses the concept of acceptance for all. It has a welcoming message, acknowledging that it serves a diverse community, that reads, “ We are young, we are elderly; we are straight, we are gay; we are couples, we are singles; we speak English, we speak Spanish; we are traditional and non-traditional family units.”
The church was founded in 1837 and served as Washington Irving’s home church. Reverend Copley is its 16th rector. She joined the Tarrytown church in 2007, following a similar post at St. John’s Church in Hampton, Virginia, with her husband, David. Both graduated from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2003. She met her husband earlier while serving as an Episcopal missionary nurse during the civil war in Liberia, West Africa, where he was an aid worker.  
As for her thoughts on the subject of the workshops, Reverend Copley stated, “God loves everybody as they are. And I am fully committed to that message. “
For more information on the four workshops, call the parish office, at 914-631-2074.

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