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January 14, 1986 | By RON AVERY, Daily News Staff Writer
To the mayor, business leaders, press and scores of excited Camden residents in attendance, it sounded like New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean was pledging state financing for a multimillion-dollar aquarium in Camden. Kean's Camden visit last April 24 announcing the tourist attraction provided the most cheerful news the economically depressed city had heard in years. Almost a year later, there is doubt what Kean - then beginning a re- election campaign - actually said in Camden. His press aide says Kean pledged state "support," "coordination," "study" and "help in planning the financing" for the $15 million to $20 million project.
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September 18, 1987 | By Jeff Brown, Inquirer Staff Writer
For two years, it has been the subject of scarcely concealed skepticism. How could Camden, to many people a model of urban malaise, pull off such a coup? How could local boosters - yes, Camden boosters - convince anyone that a million tourists a year would flock to an aquarium on the long-dilapidated waterfront? Few people today doubt that it's really going to happen or that it will raise hopes for a grand waterfront revitalization scheme that includes a hotel and conference center, trendy shopping promenades, new housing, a corporate headquarters for the Campbell Soup Co., recreational boating and, possibly, restored ferry service to Philadelphia.
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May 20, 1990 | By Deborah Lawson, Special to The Inquirer
Fish are ideal pets for people whose jobs take them away from home for relatively long periods of time or whose leases prohibit dogs and cats. Although a fish won't be the buddy that a dog or cat can become, having fish can be enjoyable, and researchers have found that watching the fish relieves tension and can lower blood pressure, just as owning a canine or feline can. Fish can be left alone for up to a week if proper precautions are observed....
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February 11, 1992 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A group of about 50 Camden residents gathered last night to object to the formation of a 35-block special improvement district encompassing the new state aquarium on the waterfront. The meeting came after officials introduced a 17-member board, including eight Camden residents, to supervise the new district. Opponents declared that they would march on the aquarium on its opening day, Feb. 29, to oppose "lack of community input" into jobs, procurement and public services at the new state facility.
NEWS
February 12, 1992 | By Henry J. Holcomb, INQUIRER TRENTON BUREAU
Bill Donaldson's dream passed its first reality test yesterday. Six hundred schoolchildren saw what the late Philadelphia Zoo president's dream has produced - the new state aquarium on Camden's Delaware River waterfront - and declared that, as one put it, "It's neat. " In fact, Katie Sorenson, 10, of the Burlington County Special Services School, said, "It's nicer, neater than Sea World . . . there we couldn't pet nothing. " The Thomas H. Kean New Jersey State Aquarium will open daily beginning Feb. 29, but Katie and 600 other schoolchildren, representing every county in New Jersey, were given a sneak preview tour by Gov. Florio yesterday.
NEWS
March 25, 1992 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To avoid a "costly" referendum on the issue, Camden City Council is expected to move tomorrow to dismiss plans to create a controversial special improvement district that would upgrade the Camden aquarium area. "It is not something we need to do right now," Council President James Mathes said yesterday at a Council caucus meeting. "It would cost $70,000 to $80,000. " Council yesterday reviewed, without objections, the ordinance that would repeal creation of a planned 35-block area of the waterfront that would have been managed by a nonprofit private management agency.
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June 26, 1991 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Special to The Inquirer
Lured by fliers promising jobs and business opportunities at Camden's new aquarium, 250 area residents packed a city gym last night. "We need jobs. Any jobs," said Jorge Villanueva, one of 200 workers laid off last week by Jack Lambersky Poultry in South Camden. But the residents last night learned little about available jobs. Instead, the standing-room-only crowd was treated to a half-hour speech by Freeholder Director Michael A. DiPiero, who urged residents to take to the streets against unnamed "plantation masters" who he said controlled city waterfront redevelopment, to protest the aquarium's failure to hire city workers.
NEWS
March 4, 1987 | By Jeff Brown, Inquirer Staff Writer
The state is moving closer to a decision on how to pay for a $42 million aquarium that is the key to a massive Camden waterfront improvement plan, but the plan raises doubts about whether construction can begin by July, as scheduled. Gov. Kean is leaning toward including the aquarium in another proposal that would enable the state Sports and Exposition Authority to borrow money to build a major-league baseball stadium in North Jersey, Kean spokesman Carl Golden said yesterday. If the governor decides to go ahead with the proposal, it would have to be presented to the legislature and, if approved, would then be put before voters in a November referendum.
NEWS
October 28, 1988 | By Craig R. McCoy, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Two key antagonists in a legislative impasse over state money for Camden's aquarium snarled at one another yesterday during an emotionally charged hearing - and funding for the project remained on hold. Literally sputtering with rage, Democratic state Sen. Walter Rand of Camden, normally a mild and fatherly figure, lashed out at North Jersey Republicans who have been blocking $32 million for the project and accused General Assembly Speaker Chuck Hardwick (R., Union) of "continuing to hold the city of Camden hostage for some private political reason.
NEWS
February 28, 1992 | PETER KOHAMA/ DAILY NEWS The Thomas H. Kean New Jersy Aquarium at Camden, The Hiller Group
Come on in - the water's fine. But the ocean isn't the whole story. Waterfalls, waves crashing on a jetty and shorebirds skittering on a beach also help provide, as the aquarium's slogan puts it, "A New Way to Sea Life. " MEET THE NEIGHBORS The aquarium's entire first floor tells the story of life in local waters. OPEN OCEAN Windows on one of the world's biggest fish tanks let you see for leagues and leagues. FISHES OF THE ATLANTIC Snoop on fish from neighborhood waters in smaller glass houses nearby.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 24, 2016 | By Casey Gilman, STAFF WRITER
Did you know that some sea turtles blow bubbles out of their noses and eat them? It's one of the many fascinating things I learned at the new Sea Turtle Cove exhibit at Adventure Aquarium . You can feed Stitches, Bob, and Old Green, and meet the hatchling, Koopa. You can also find out about conservancy efforts and what you can do to help the turtles. Here are a few more unexpected things I discovered while visiting the exhibit: 1. Adult sea turtles can be massive What surprises people most when they first see the turtles up close is their size.
NEWS
May 12, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
Visitors to Adventure Aquarium will soon see a slightly more populated penguin exhibit. Two African penguin chicks were born last month, the Camden aquarium announced Tuesday. The baby penguins were born April 6 and 10. Their genders aren't yet known, and they haven't been named. Officials said the chicks were doing well and had grown from the size of a golf ball to about 3 pounds over five weeks. When full grown, African penguins range from 5 to 9 pounds. "They are very active, growing strong and have hearty appetites," Michele Pagel, the curator of birds and mammals, said in a statement.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2016 | By Sienna Vance, Staff Writer
At Camden's Adventure Aquarium, visitors can swim with sharks and touch sharks. And now they will be able to walk above them. Shark Bridge will allow the most daring visitors to walk the 81-foot-long, V-shaped rope suspension bridge across the aquarium's 21-foot-deep Shark Realm, a 550,000-gallon exhibit housing the aquarium's massive collection of sharks. A "Dare to Cross" sign invites you to stand only inches away from some of the ocean's fiercest predators. Continue walking, as sharks swim beneath your feet.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2016
The long: Eight of the world's smallest, bluest penguins left a zoo in Sydney, Australia, to live in . . . Camden. See them swim, preen, stretch their li'l flippers, and be adorable behind glass at their new li'l indoor beach. The short: You're gonna wanna take one home. (You can't.) The demo: Ironically, the taller the better. If you're under four feet, it's hard to see above the water level to the sand. Lots of "oohs" and "ahhs" from moms. Color: Called blue. Looks more gray, maybe slate.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 16, 2016
Special Events     Art & Architecture Tour Tour focusing on the Center's architecture & the artwork on display. Sat. 10:30 am. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999.    Big Philly Beerfest Sample 300+ beers from over 100 local & national breweries. Benefits Animal Rescue Partners. Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St.; 215-418-4700. www.bigphillybeerfest.com.  ;  $40-$50 advance; $50-$60 day of event; $15 designated drivers. Closes 1/16.     American Camp Association Bucks County Camp Expo Meet representatives from nearly 50 traditional and specialty day and overnight camps, teen travel and adventure programs, and camps for children with special needs, to fin the right camp for your family and budget and take advantage of early registration discounts.
NEWS
December 17, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden's Adventure Aquarium has given up on long-delayed plans to build a 300-foot-high tower offering panoramic views of Philadelphia and the Delaware River. Representatives of the aquarium, who announced the $5 million project in 2013, said the company that was given the task of designing the tower - United Kingdom-based Tower Systems - could not make the plan work. The tower would have been the first of its kind for that company to build. "The proposal for the Skyview Tower prototype was promising; however, the concept did not successfully translate into an attainable project," Vince Nicoletti, executive director and vice president of Adventure Aquarium, said in a statement Tuesday.
NEWS
October 30, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden City officials will hold a job fair Thursday at the Adventure Aquarium. The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in Lot 7 of the aquarium's parking area. The event will include vendors from colleges and universities, trade organizations, contractors, and health-care institutions. Representatives from some of the companies with plans to move to Camden will be in attendance, city officials said. Companies including Lockheed Martin, Holtec, and Subaru of America have recently announced plans to build new facilities in Camden - projects that city officials have said will lead to thousands of construction jobs.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
It's not a myth; they do exist. Catch the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs at Adventure Aquarium Saturday through Nov. 9. Watch the graceful mermaids perform underwater routines and feats among the aquarium's inhabitants including stingrays, turtles, sharks, and other creatures. Guests can meet the mermaids and get a photo keepsake. The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Florida have been performing for 67 years doing aquatic performances, acrobatics, and cool tricks including drinking and eating underwater.
NEWS
May 31, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hippos Button and Genny - the largest residents at Camden's Adventure Aquarium - just got a $1 million upgrade to their shared home. The two females have spent their days grazing and wading since 2005 in "Hippo Haven" - the only hippopotamus exhibit in an aquarium anywhere in the country (the large mammals are often found at zoos). Starting Saturday, the renovated exhibit officially opens with newly installed lighting, decorative flower and plant projections, an African-inspired original musical score (think Lion King )
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