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March 11, 1988 | By Bob Tulini, Special to The Inquirer
Sen. Bill Bradley (D., N.J.) heard from about 100 of his younger constituents during one of his annual leadership conferences for high school students, held yesterday at Camden County College in Blackwood. Seniors from public and private schools in eight South Jersey counties participated in small group discussions and a "town meeting. " The gathering was part of the eighth annual series of such conferences. A similar conference was held Wednesday at William Paterson College in Wayne, and one is scheduled for today at Rutgers University in Piscataway.
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July 4, 1991 | By Karen Petersen, Special to The Inquirer
Gloucester Township has received a $100,000 loan from the New Jersey Urban Development Corp. that will be applied to developing the Blackwood business district, Mayor Ann A. Mullen said. The money will be allocated in the form of a grant from the township to the Blackwood West Development Corp., a nonprofit company formed to administer federal, state and private money targeted for the Blackwood district. The funds are expected to help owners expand, renovate or buy equipment for Blackwood businesses in a district that recently was nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.
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March 31, 1999 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Blackwood man pleaded guilty yesterday to murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend's estranged husband. During a hearing before Camden County Superior Court Judge Louis F. Hornstine, Harold Thompson, 33, said that he fired six shots at Robert Barr with a .38-caliber handgun in 1997 as Barr stood in the front doorway of his Cherry Hill home. At the time, Thompson was living at the Lakeside Apartments in Blackwood with Barr's wife of five years, Michelle. The Barrs were going through a bitter divorce and custody battle over their son, Brandon, then 2 years old, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 21, 2013 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Mainstage Center for the Arts presents its annual Holiday Concert & Family Festival this weekend at the Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre at Camden County College. The two-day festival will feature performances by the Harmony and Encore Show Choirs, members of the Mainstage Dance Company (and the School of Dance), and the Mainstage Hip Hop performance group. Featured vocalists will be opera soprano Robin Wilson, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera, and country recording artist Sherry Lynn, who has performed with Crystal Gayle.
NEWS
March 31, 2012
A former Blackwood resident is facing up to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to a slitting the throat of a cab driver during a robbery in Deptford Township in June 2010. Randy S. James Jr., 22, of Secane, is scheduled to be sentenced on first-degree robbery charges on June 1. He remains in the Gloucester County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail. James, who has a history of psychiatric problems, was accused of stealing cash from a cab driver who had picked him up in Clementon on June 10, 2010.
NEWS
April 11, 1986 | By Maureen Graham, Special to The Inquirer
A Blackwood woman was killed and her infant son was slightly injured yesterday morning when their car was struck broadside at County House and Mount Pleasant Roads in Washington Township. The driver of the other car, a Turnersville woman, was critically injured. Stephanie Miller, 24, of the 400 block of South Black Horse Pike in Blackwood, was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:20 a.m. by Gloucester County Medical Examiner Claus Speth. Her son, Anthony, 18 months, was treated at John F. Kennedy Hospital, Washington Division, and released.
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August 17, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Bethenny Frankel speaks, she's direct and unblinking. Honesty is very much a part of her brand - and her fans love her for it. More than 200 of them lined the VIP Shopper's Lounge for Frankel's appearance Saturday as part of the four-day grand-opening celebration at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood. Fans cradled bottles of Skinnygirl alcoholic drinks or Frankel's books, ready for her signature. "She's real," Heather Blum, 40, said. "I never met a celebrity like that.
NEWS
October 31, 1997 | By Eric Dyer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Blackwood man has been charged with sexually assaulting a 10-year-old boy he met in front of the garden shop where he worked as a laborer, police said yesterday. Gary R. Drach, 31, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with two counts of aggravated sexual assault in connection with the molestation of a Washington Township boy between June and September, police said. Drach was released from Gloucester County Jail on Wednesday after posting $75,000 bail, police said.
NEWS
August 30, 2009 | By Edward Colimore INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They might be a little old to be holding up banks, and the use of a cordless drill as a weapon was unorthodox. But, authorities said yesterday, that didn't stop two Cherry Hill men - one 52 and the other 71 - from robbing the TD Bank on College Drive in Blackwood late Friday. The two were later arrested by Gloucester Township police; a Camden County sheriff's officer with his K-9 partner, Axel; and Cherry Hill police. Timothy Connell, 52, was charged with robbery, resisting arrest, terroristic threats, and weapons offenses.
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May 13, 2016 | By Thomas Fitzgerald and Allison Steele, STAFF WRITERS
Democrat Hillary Clinton attacked presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's character and questioned his refusal to release his tax returns as she campaigned Wednesday in New Jersey ahead of the state's June 7 primary. Clinton was just beginning an assault on Trump's proposal for steep tax cuts for the wealthy when a man in the audience at Camden County College in Blackwood shouted, "What about his tax returns?" She smiled and said, "We'll get to that. " "Because when you run for president, especially when you become the nominee, that is kind of expected," Clinton said.
NEWS
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | PHILADELPHIA POLICE Recruit harder for educated candidates Former Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey was headed in a positive direction when he required more-educated, less-violence-prone Philadelphia officers. Now, because a 60-college-credit (or two years in the military) requirement poses a recruitment challenge, new Commissioner Richard Ross sadly wants to ditch it ("Police recruiting woes may end college credit requirement," Tuesday). What's needed is more-aggressive recruiting, including of recruits of color, not backsliding on standards that are important to the public's interests.
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April 26, 2016
BILLY PAUL, 81, the acclaimed Philadelphia soul singer best known for the No. 1 hit ballad "Me and Mrs. Jones," died of cancer Sunday morning in Blackwood, N.J., according to his manager Beverly Gay. Mr. Paul, born Paul Williams in Philadelphia in 1934, was hospitalized last week at Temple University Hospital, Gay said. Mr. Paul was one of many artists who had success with the Philadelphia-based writing and production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Mr. Paul attended the West Philadelphia Music School and the Granoff School of Music.
NEWS
February 24, 2016
Three adults and one teenager have been arrested in connection with the robberies of a 7-Eleven convenience store and a pizza delivery driver late last year, Gloucester Township police said Monday. Ricky Smith, 18, of Blackwood, Tyreek James, 23, of Mount Royal, and Simieon Alicea, 19, of Paulsboro, face charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and armed robbery. A 17-year-old male also was arrested. The 7-Eleven, located on Church Street, was robbed Dec. 2 and Dec. 16. A pizza delivery driver at a nearby apartment complex also was robbed Nov. 11, police said.
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November 16, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she was helping to coach softball players at an elementary school, Robin McLaughlin Spadaro was said to treat them like family. "The kids loved her because she was very personable," said Joseph Bonafiglia, an energy-firm manager who coached with her at what was then St. Jude's Regional School in Blackwood. "She treated all the kids as if they were her own kids," Bonafiglia said. Before St. Jude's was merged to form Our Lady of Hope Regional School in 2008, Bonafiglia and Mrs. Spadaro coached third graders through eighth graders from the late 1990s through 2005.
NEWS
August 19, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she was a child at the school of St. Adalbert Church in Port Richmond, Elaine Szumanski was singled out. "One of the nuns told her mother, 'This young girl has a beautiful voice,' " said her husband, Joseph Fydrych. "Her parents began giving her singing lessons, piano lessons. And then, her parents hooked up with a person putting children's acts together. " And that led, years later, to a local production of the musical comedy Nunsense, in which she portrayed a nun. On Thursday, Aug. 13, Elaine Szumanski Fydrych, 63, of Runnemede, a former actress at the Broadway Theatre in Pitman, died of lung cancer at home.
NEWS
August 17, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Bethenny Frankel speaks, she's direct and unblinking. Honesty is very much a part of her brand - and her fans love her for it. More than 200 of them lined the VIP Shopper's Lounge for Frankel's appearance Saturday as part of the four-day grand-opening celebration at the Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood. Fans cradled bottles of Skinnygirl alcoholic drinks or Frankel's books, ready for her signature. "She's real," Heather Blum, 40, said. "I never met a celebrity like that.
BUSINESS
August 15, 2015 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
When you're tucked between Philadelphia and Atlantic City, you fight for attention. Unless a huge outlet mall opens in your backyard. That was the case for Blackwood, Gloucester Township, in South Jersey, on Thursday. All eyes were on the grand opening of Gloucester Premium Outlets, just off Route 42 at Exit 7B and a stone's throw from the Atlantic City Expressway entrance. It's not a big deal, said Gloucester Township Mayor David Mayer, who grew up in Runnemede. "This is tremendous," he said.
NEWS
August 7, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Elsie Alberghini Kandrak taught briefly at elementary schools in Connecticut after she graduated from college there. But Mrs. Kandrak dropped out of teaching to raise her four youngsters, daughter Deborah McCracken said. Then, after moving to South Jersey in 1964, she decided to blend teaching and caring for her children, and ran the Catalina Hills Nursery School in Magnolia for six to 10 preschoolers at a time. She did it from 1968 to 1985, in her converted garage, next to her house.
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June 14, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like the scene at a mall on the day of a door-buster sale, scores of hopeful job-seekers thronged a job fair Friday in pursuit of work at the new Gloucester Premium Outlets in Blackwood, set to open in August. Before the event at Camden County College in Blackwood began at 10 a.m., hundreds had already shown up. Many brought resum├ęs and a willingness to accept any of the 800 positions available at the 90-store center. "I think it's a positive day," said Precious Jemibewon, 29, of Sicklerville, who has been out of work since a car accident in December.
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