November 21, 2014 |
As security guard Carlos Cadiz walked down the sixth-floor hallway around 2:30 a.m. making his nightly rounds, the air around him started to feel cooler, denser. He fought back an overwhelming feeling that someone was striding along with him, close but not quite touching his arm. Suddenly, a locked door leading to the old jail started rattling violently. "I just ran for the elevator," said Cadiz, a guard at Camden City Hall. "I got out of there fast as I could. " This month, with the help of 10 paranormal investigators who blanketed the sixth floor with spirit-detection technology, Cadiz was introduced to his walking mate.
August 18, 1988 |
According to Camden police, Delores Bennett is in the real estate business - the only problem is that she may be selling property she does not own and bilking unsuspecting home buyers. Police said yesterday that they had obtained arrest warrants for Bennett, 49, of the 3300 block of Mitchell Street in Camden, charging her with theft by deception in the sale of vacant Camden houses to two Camden residents. One of the properties - in the 1200 block of DuPont Street - is actually owned by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
July 20, 1993 |
Republican mayoral candidate Keith A. Walker said yesterday that he had no intention of withdrawing from the race, despite reports questioning his Camden residency. Walker was supported at yesterday's news conference, in the lobby of Camden City Hall, by members of the city and county Republican committees. "We do not intend to back away from Keith Walker," said Roy Jones, chairman of the city's Republican Party. "We're 100 percent in his corner. Camden deserves a candidate of his caliber.
June 25, 2014 |
The red bricks are laid out carefully on the corner of East State Street and Harrison Avenue, the black engravings on them reminders of lives lost in Camden. "May the angels watch over you," one brick reads. On it and others are the names and ages of Camden's homicide victims and others who died tragically in recent years. Here, their families find a place of solace. Bill Hargrove, 69, a longtime Camden resident and owner of W. Hargrove Demolition, started laying the bricks outside his company's building in 2007.
April 9, 1996
Camden, one of America's five poorest cities, was largely ignored by the nation for about 20 years, until it was awarded a $21 million federal empowerment zone grant. It would be a colossal tragedy if the administration of Mayor Arnold Webster wastes this crucial opportunity to use these rare federal dollars to spur development and hope. And make no mistake: Mayor Webster, who has a habit of minimizing constructive criticism from both the state and federal governments, will be largely responsible if Camden squanders this chance.
December 19, 1992 |
Tears streaming down her face in the cold night air, the 32-year-old mother told a crowd of close to 350 in Camden of the pain in her heart. "Hi, my name is Delores Gomez," said the woman as she huddled against the cold. "On Nov. 13, 1991, my son (Juan Carlos Ortero, 14) was shot to death . . . I don't know what to say. There is so much hurt. I just hope and dream that Camden can stop all the violence. " Gomez was one of the hundreds of candle-carrying residents who converged on Camden City Hall from four city locations chanting "Peace on the Street.
April 19, 1996 |
Philadelphia empowerment-zone officials have offered to send one of their top people to help, and perhaps run, the Camden zone. It's an offer the struggling Camden zone may be unable to refuse. Philadelphia officials said the offer was made with the support of federal officials, who have voiced concern about the progress of the Camden part of the bi-state Empowerment Zone. The man offered to Camden is Pedro Rodriguez, who was instrumental in getting the Philadelphia zone off the ground last year.
September 30, 1989 |
While the smell of barbecue wafted through downtown Camden, Pat Jones of Barrington bounced gently to the beat of a live jazz band as she waited in line for a chili dog. Amid the balloons, the patio umbrellas and the scores of vendors hawking foods, crafts and clothing, the scene at noontime yesterday was reminiscent of a sunny outing at Penn's Landing. Only this was in heart of downtown Camden between Federal Street and Mickle Boulevard, only a block from the Camden City Hall, where officials daily are working to revitalize a city that has been on the ropes for two decades.
March 6, 2005 |
Ed Gramigna isn't sure he'll ever be able to repay the debt he feels he owes to his former high school football coach. But he keeps trying. Every year since 1991, Gramigna and others have held a St. Patrick's Day extravaganza in memory of Tom Kenney, Camden Catholic High School's legendary football coach. This year's event is scheduled for Saturday at the Quality Inn Conference Center in Maple Shade, and, as always, the proceeds will provide scholarships to Holy Name School graduates attending Camden Catholic, where Kenney coached from 1946 to 1955, and where the gymnasium bears his name.
July 14, 2013 |
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Steve Lonegan came out swinging Friday at Newark Mayor Cory Booker, attacking his Democratic rival as a rubber stamp for "the failed policies" of President Obama and a champion of an unchecked welfare state. Standing in front of Camden City Hall, Lonegan decried the condition of Camden, referring to vacant buildings and a failing school system. Camden has "become reliant on subsidies on every level . . . just to survive," Lonegan said at a news conference.