June 22, 2016 |
An East Camden community garden called Resilient Roots is helping nourish a neighborhood - and connect communities, cultures, and generations. "Taro, turmeric, lemongrass, ginger, and four different kinds of mint," says Lan Dinh, walking me through the rows, raised beds, and containers of lush crops on what had been a trash-strewn vacant lot at 29th and Cramer. "We have Asian squashes, gourds, bitter melons, and long beans," she says. "Edible chrysanthemum, sweet potato greens - we eat the greens - and Vietnamese corn.
June 21, 2016 |
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new arts center just a block from his church Friday evening was an event the Rev. Michael Doyle didn't want to miss. So he had friends push him in a wheelchair from Sacred Heart Church to the former firehouse - another landmark that's been brought back to life during his tenure in Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood. "I could walk, but when I get inside I'll have no place to sit," said Doyle, 81, who since March has had two surgeries and undergone radiation treatment for cancer of the jaw. "It's hard to be tied down so much," he said.
June 20, 2016 |
Brad Hawkins never planned on becoming a multisport star at Camden High School. He never planned on playing football, period. "I was all basketball," Hawkins said. "I knew so much about the tradition of Camden High basketball. I always wanted to be a part of that. "I didn't even think I would play football. " Hawkins played football. He played basketball. He ran track. He is the Inquirer's senior boys' athlete of the year because he excelled in all three, moving from sport to sport during the course of the school year as easily as he shed would-be tacklers on the football field or skirted around defenders on the basketball court.
June 19, 2016 |
A 23-year-old man has been charged with fatally shooting another man in Camden last month. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office said Friday that Jermaine Burnett is facing a charge of first-degree murder in the May 28 slaying of Britton Knox. Knox, 28, of Camden, was shot on the 1300 block of Browning Street shortly before 2:30 p.m., one of a recent string of deadly daytime shootings. He was pronounced dead about a half-hour later at Cooper University Hospital. Prosecutors said Burnett was served with the murder charge while in custody in state prison for violating parole in an unlawful-use-of-handgun case.
June 18, 2016 |
In 2012, the Camden City School District was in a crisis. Twenty-three of 26 district schools were performing in the bottom 5 percent in the state, and many of the schools were in need of significant renovations. Fewer than half of Camden's students were graduating from high school on time, and those who did graduate were far too often underprepared for the challenges of college, employment, and life. As chairman of Cooper University Health Care, the largest employer in the city and the county, it was clear to me that students in Camden were being shortchanged and fundamentally needed more from their education system.
June 16, 2016
A grand jury in New Jersey has indicted a 47-year-old Texas man on a first-degree murder charge in the 2010 death of his girlfriend in the residence they shared in Camden. Timothy Simon is accused of strangling Lawanda Strickland, 31, in their home on the 900 block of Jackson Street the morning of July 10, 2010. Strickland was found dead on a couch. An investigation by Cold Case Squad detectives from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Police Department resulted in charges being filed against Simon in December 2015, the Prosecutor's Office said.
June 15, 2016 |
For months, Carlos Pacheco told his mother, his sisters, and anyone who would listen that he was behind bars because a police officer had arrested him for no reason, then lied about it. Last week, Pacheco learned that the charges against him, which included threatening the officer, had been dropped. His case was one of 18 that have been dismissed by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office in the wake of charges filed against Camden County Police Officer Douglas Dickinson, who is accused of filing false reports and simple assault in two incidents over the last year.
June 15, 2016 |
The young woman became a U.S. citizen 15 years ago. But her husband, the father of her two children, is undocumented. During a visit to the Mexican consulate in Philadelphia, the Delaware couple share their story with Jeffrey S. DeCristofaro and Evelyn Sabando, who are making a presentation about the services of the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. At the center's downtown Camden office, meanwhile, Lisa M. Incollingo handles cases like those of a Gloucester Township senior citizen and a Camden mother of five, both of whom recently got protection from an abusive family member.
June 13, 2016 |
The little girl appeared out of nowhere, materializing at Tawanda Jones' side so suddenly that she drew Jones' attention away from the members of her drill team, the Camden Sophisticated Sisters, as they rehearsed in the low-ceilinged union hall. "Hi, honey," Jones said, startled. "Did your mom bring you? Did she come in?" "She just dropped me off," the girl said softly. "OK," Jones said, resting her hand on the child's shoulder. "Well, let's take off your jacket. " Jones had not seen her in eight months.
June 12, 2016
A 24-year-old man was arrested and charged Friday with murder in the shooting death of a 26-year-old man in Camden earlier this week, authorities said. Zaire Tate is accused of killing Jahquae Walker, who was shot inside a residence in the 800 block of Walnut Street early Wednesday. The Camden resident was taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he died later that morning. Tate, also of Camden, was arrested druing a traffic stop near Collings Road and North Constituion Road just after 10:45 a.m. He was being held at the camden County Jail in lieu of $1 million cash bail.