October 24, 2014 |
Eufracia Mora and her husband run a commercial and residential painting business, and often have to drive from two to three hours for a job. The parents of two small children ride the whole way unlicensed and on edge. "I'm always nervous every time I get in the car," Mora said, "Every day I drive for work, or I drive the kids to school, I'm worried I'll see a police car. " Mora is undocumented and cannot legally obtain a driver's license. She joined nearly 300 people Wednesday night for a forum on immigration issues largely focused on whether driver's licenses for undocumented residents will be allowed in New Jersey.
October 22, 2014 |
What's the value of a high school education? Recent U.S. Census data says it's worth at least $10,386 - the difference between the average income of high school graduates and the income earned by dropouts. Seeking to help county residents earn high school diplomas - and potentially more money - the Camden County Library System has enlisted in a New Jersey State Library-aided program that offers a second chance to dropouts. The Career Online High School (COHS) program, which has brought a slew of new laptops to the county library system, can accommodate up to 35 county library card holders who are at least 19 years and have completed their freshman year of high school before dropping out. First to enroll in the program was Nancy Torres, 29, of Camden.
October 20, 2014 |
Republican Camden County freeholder candidates Kimone Smith and Teddy Liddell are running a shoestring, shoe-leather campaign. They're knocking on doors and shaking hands in hopes of serving on a board that has been GOP-free for 21 years - in a county government where the last elected Republican left office in 1996. And they're campaigning in a county of 228 square miles and half a million people where their party is locally competitive in just a handful of municipalities. "Yes, you can call me something of an idealist," Smith, 25, a fitness trainer who lives in Camden's Parkside section, says with a smile.
October 19, 2014 |
Camden's final play of the first half summed up everything that preceded it. A ball floated so perfectly to the back of the end zone, over the shoulder of a defender in tight coverage and straight down, that the play seemed almost impossible even to the receiver who caught it. "I was going to stop and try to outjump him," JaMir Washington said. "But when I saw the throw, I saw that I could keep running, and I did. " The 25-yard touchdown throw by Khalil Williams put Camden up by three scores after a near-flawless first half.
October 19, 2014 |
Camden officials hired two partners this week to help orchestrate the demolition of nearly 600 houses in the city, as some residents expressed concern over the number of empty lots that will result from the initiative. Camden will partner with the Cooper's Ferry Partnership and the Camden County Improvement Authority to organize and expedite the demolition of the houses in the next two years. City Council voted this week to pay the authority $250,000 to oversee all demolition contracts.
October 17, 2014 |
Vinny Papale gets excited when he thinks about a couple of the football games in his future. But he's trying to stay focused on the present. "My mind is on Bishop Eustace right now," said Papale, a senior all-purpose standout for the undefeated Crusaders. "That's my main focus, our season. " Papale received some big news this week when he learned he had been selected to the U.S. under-19 national team. He will represent his country in the International Bowl against Team Canada on Feb. 7 in Arlington, Texas.
October 17, 2014 |
In the year since Camden's Pathmark supermarket closed, leaving cashier Eunice Miller without a job, she has struggled financially, and has missed working at what she calls a central gathering place for the region. "I'm so glad to be back," Miller, 52, of Woodlynne, said Wednesday at the grand opening of a PriceRite store as she greeted shoppers with a complimentary goody bag and a warm smile. Those shoppers, who now have a nearby, fair-priced, produce-lush supermarket to shop in, echoed her sentiment.
October 16, 2014 |
A group of Camden high school seniors will have the opportunity to complete a medical apprenticeship and training program with the hope of landing jobs in the city's growing health-care field. Ten to 15 seniors will be selected in December to participate in a paid apprenticeship at an area health-care organization and then go on to a training program to get officially certified as a medical assistant. The program is the first launched by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden board of governors, created in April.
October 15, 2014 |
Within a two-block stretch of Sheridan Street in Camden, 13 homes have boarded-up windows and bright-orange Department of Public Works stickers marking them for a demolition day that has yet to come. "I face four of them," said Valerie Roberts, 26, who grew up in the neighborhood and now lives on the 1200 block. "I would love to see them come down. They've been like that 15, 20 years, though. " For decades, Camden's 77,250 residents have lived among vacant dwellings, which drive down property values, harbor crime, and create upkeep nightmares for residents whose homes are attached to crumbling structures.
October 14, 2014 |
"RACE RECORDS. " Today, the term sounds prejudiced - evil in a not-quaint, old-fashioned way. But with "Hand Me Down the Silver Trumpet," a musical world premiering at Rutgers University Camden this week, race records are being remembered and evoked anew as a great breakthrough for and celebration of African-American culture. "That's what this ragtime, blues and gospel music represented in the 1920s and '30s, when it was first being recorded and released," said Rutgers professor and show author Kenneth Elliott.