November 19, 2015 |
Camden school officials announced plans Tuesday for Mastery Charter Schools to open a new high school in North Camden. Mastery intends to operate a charter-public hybrid "Renaissance" school out of the former Pyne Poynt Middle School building, which currently houses students attending Mastery's North Camden Elementary School. Those students will eventually move into a new facility that Mastery is constructing in Cramer Hill. North Camden has never had a high school, and public school students in the area traditionally attend Woodrow Wilson in East Camden, about two miles away.
November 17, 2015 |
When four police officers showed up at Steve and Debbie Huffnagle's Evesham Township home in September, the couple expected to see their son, Maxwell, in handcuffs. Instead, the police wanted to talk. That afternoon, a body had been found in a parked minivan in Camden. A fire had destroyed the van. The man in the driver's seat, police believed, was Maxwell Huffnagle, a 23-year-old with broad shoulders who loved lacrosse and his Labradoodle, Eddie, and who was such a good salesman that people joked he could convince Eskimos to buy ice. But Maxwell Huffnagle was also a heroin addict.
November 16, 2015 |
The lifelong resident and former city councilman was only slightly exaggerating in describing Camden's love for the indoor sport with the orange ball. "There are three religions in Camden," the man said. "Christianity, Islam, and basketball. "Basketball is No. 1. " On a brisk, breezy Friday night in Farnham Park, Camden looked like a football town. That's how many people gathered at the lit-up corner of Park Boulevard and Vespers Boulevard. That's how much excitement was in the air when Camden and Woodrow Wilson took the refurbished field for the first-round game of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament.
November 15, 2015 |
Drew Harris didn't know much about Camden High School's storied rivalry with Woodrow Wilson before Friday night's playoff game. "He found out, didn't he?" Camden coach Dwayne Savage said. Harris, a junior who transferred to Camden from Philadelphia before this school year, was more than just an interested observer as seemingly half of the city crowded into Farnham Park for the first playoff game between the crosstown teams. Harris probably played his best game of the season, throwing three touchdown passes to spark Camden to a 31-6 victory in a first-round game of the South Jersey Group 3 tournament Friday night.
November 13, 2015 |
Demian Thomas writes the same thing on the tape on his wrists before every game. Gian Perez stashes some money away every month to make a more permanent display of the same sentiment. The two senior football standouts will have something extra on their minds when Camden hosts Woodrow Wilson on Friday night in perhaps the most intriguing game of the first round of the state playoffs. Not that there aren't plenty of other storylines swirling around this rare postseason clash of crosstown rivals.
November 13, 2015 |
Carolyn Ruggeri went to Camden on Wednesday to help heroin addicts avoid the fate of her daughter, Rose, who died a drug-related death in 2012. Patty DiRenzo was there for her late son, Sal. And for Tom Bush, the effort was likewise personal: He's lost three extended family members - all in their 20s - to heroin in recent years. "We're trying to spread awareness about this epidemic," Bryan J. Bush, assistant business manager of Sheet Metal Workers Local 19, told about 50 law enforcement officers, union members, and other volunteers in front of Camden County police headquarters.
November 12, 2015 |
Camden school officials on Tuesday unveiled the district's new enrollment system, which they said would streamline a process they described as burdensome and overly complex. The system comes with a family-friendly guide and website at camdenenrollment.org with information on the 38 traditional public, charter, and renaissance schools participating. "As a parent, I know that finding the right school for my child is absolutely critical," state-appointed Camden School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said.
November 11, 2015 |
Policing for DRPA officer Kenya Joyner is about problem solving. Growing up, he regularly saw his father, retired Camden cop George Joyner, resolve situations without using cuffs or gun. "If you're somebody who enjoys helping others, this job puts you on the front line to do that," Joyner, 43, of Wilmington, said. That's all Joyner was trying to do, he said, when he was caught on video over the weekend buying shoes for a man without any. The video taken by Kayla Palmer, of Pine Hill, received 16,754 likes on Facebook by Monday night, and has been a social media hit. It also drew praise from the Delaware River Port Authority brass.
November 10, 2015 |
A 44-year-old man was shot to death in Camden early Sunday morning, Camden County Police said. Andre Matthews, 44, was found lying on the sidewalk on the 1400 block of Pershing Street around 3:12 a.m. Camden County officers were sent to the scene after the city's gunshot-detection system, ShotSpotter, reported bullets fired in that area. Matthews, of Camden, survived for an hour at Cooper University Hospital but was pronounced dead at 4:32 a.m. No arrests had been made in the case.
November 8, 2015 |
It was only a matter of time. Bishop Eustace Prep played sturdy defense and controlled the football and the clock with a burly offensive line and some hard work by its running backs. The Crusaders hung tough with undefeated Camden Catholic through three quarters of a West Jersey Football League Royal Division game Friday night. But eventually, Camden Catholic's big-play athletes tend to seize the spotlight. That's what happened on a warm, damp night at Shamrock Field, as senior quarterback Tyree Rodgers fueled a fourth-quarter surge that lifted Camden Catholic to a 35-0 victory over Bishop Eustace.