May 13, 2016 |
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.
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.
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.
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.
November 16, 2015 |
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.
August 19, 2015 |
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.
August 17, 2015 |
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.
August 15, 2015 |
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.
August 7, 2015 |
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.
June 14, 2015 |
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 resumés 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.