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January 31, 2012 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
For years Camden City, under a state law, has provided sample ballots in Spanish because of its high concentration of residents who list Spanish as their primary language - more than 10 percent of its registered voters. But now the U.S. Department of Justice is mandating that every municipality in Camden County provide actual ballots, not just samples, and all election material in both English and Spanish. Under the federal Voting Rights Act, a mandate for bilingual ballots in a county is triggered when: At least 10,000, or 5 percent of the voting-age citizens of the county speak a language other than English at home and speak English less than "very well.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even for those who don't live within its borders, Voorhees is an incredibly useful place. It has just about everything, including an emerging town center that Val Nunnenkamp, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services Fox & Roach, says is turning the township's west side into very hot property. "People once looked at it as an apartment area, but the town center is making the area trendy," Nunnenkamp says.
NEWS
March 20, 2000 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The state tournament was a showcase for Camden County schools, which won three of the six South Jersey boys' basketball crowns. The titlists were Highland in Group 4, Camden (Group 3), and Haddonfield (Group 2). The other South Jersey champions were Parochial A's Christian Brothers Academy of Monmouth County, Parochial B St. Augustine (Atlantic County), and Group 1 Florence (Burlington County). Thanks to Florence, Burlington County has the longest current streak of sectional champions.
NEWS
November 25, 2011 | Associated Press
Camden County officials are outraged over a court program that rewards juvenile offenders with gifts such as computers and iPods for completing their probation, according to the Courier-Post of Cherry Hill. Freeholders issued a news release this week demanding the state courts end the program, which is offered only in Camden County. The statement described the program as a "disgraceful expenditure of taxpayers' funds" that sends the wrong message. The freeholders said many other children are working hard in school to get good grades or to find jobs to help their families and cannot afford iPods, notebook computers, and similar items.
NEWS
July 22, 2011 | By James Osborne, Darran Simon, and Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writers
Efforts to create a Camden County regionalized police force will, for now, focus on specialized services such as a central detective bureau and SWAT team, officials said Thursday. A countywide force remains the goal, said Board of Freeholders spokeswoman Joyce Gabriel, but a combined detectives and K-9 unit may happen "before anything else. " The move, discussed at a closed-door meeting of county, municipal, and law enforcement officials Tuesday, was read by some as stepping back from plans to disband municipal police forces.
NEWS
May 10, 1995 | By Herbert Lowe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Robert D. Melson has resigned as Camden County's public safety director after three months on the job, Freeholder Annette Castiglione-Degan announced yesterday. In his resignation letter, dated May 5, Melson said that he plans to return to his rank as captain in the Cherry Hill Police Department. Melson had spent 26 years in the Cherry Hill department before accepting the $65,000-a-year position as county public safety director on Feb. 23. Melson, whose last day as director will be May 19, could not be reached for comment.
NEWS
September 18, 1986 | Special to The Inquirer / ELIZABETH VORHAUER
A three-alarm fire yesterday adamaged the Oaklyn Garden Apartments in Oaklyn, Camden County. No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze in the two-story, two-building, 20-unit complex at Newton and Oakland Avenues. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
NEWS
March 3, 2013
A 15-year-old boy was found shot multiple times Friday night in Camden County, officials said. The teenager was found in a wooded area near the 2400 block of Mount Ephraim Avenue in Woodlynne about 10:15 p.m., county officials said. An officer on patrol heard him calling for help, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. The teen, whose name was withheld, was listed in critical and unstable condition at Cooper University Hospital. No arrests had been made.
NEWS
July 20, 2012
A 44-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly exposed himself in public and masturbated in front of a woman and her 15-year-old daughter Thursday afternoon in Camden County, police said. Gloucester Township police responded at 2:18 p.m. to a report of a man taking his clothes off on Oak Avenue. The officers arrested John Boyle Jr., who police said masturbated in front of the mother and daughter as they were getting into a car. A young boy also saw the incident, police said. Boyle, of Black Horse Pike in the township's Hilltop section, was charged with fourth-degree lewdness and was being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500.
NEWS
March 17, 2013
A Camden County grand jury has indicted a 62-year-old Voorhees man who allegedly murdered his neighbor in a June dispute that began with an argument about pet birds. David Giordano of Sherry Court is charged with fatally stabbing 52-year-old Michael Taylor. Giordano allegedly dumped water on Taylor's pet birds because they were chirping loudly from the porch beneath him. Taylor then confronted Giordano, who allegedly stabbed him several times. The indictment was presented March 6 and made public Wednesday.
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April 16, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Teary-eyed family members, facing a struggle from within, packed four of five rows in the Camden County courtroom Monday. They were mourning the death of Scarlett Wilson, 42, a pregnant woman stabbed Sunday night - while also trying to support the suspect, her 21-year-old son, Leon. As an assistant prosecutor read Leon Wilson's possible sentence - 30 years to life - some of the nearly three dozen family members moaned in despair. Then one stood. "I love you, dude!" he yelled through tears in Leon Wilson's direction.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even for those who don't live within its borders, Voorhees is an incredibly useful place. It has just about everything, including an emerging town center that Val Nunnenkamp, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services Fox & Roach, says is turning the township's west side into very hot property. "People once looked at it as an apartment area, but the town center is making the area trendy," Nunnenkamp says.
NEWS
April 12, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN The homeless living in tents throughout Camden are facing new problems with trash piling up, as local authorities prepare for spring cleaning. Residents said they hope the garbage is removed, but are concerned they could lose their campsites. In recent days, officials bulldozed away from the highway trash that blocked the main entrance to the "backwoods," an encampment off Admiral Wilson Boulevard near North 12th Street. Throughout Camden, there are at least six sites where people live outside - 50 to 60 people overall.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Richard S. Kozieja, 83, of Bellmawr, a former elementary school principal in Camden, died of complications from heart disease on Friday, April 4, at his home. Born in Camden, Mr. Kozieja grew up in its Whitman Park neighborhood, graduated from Camden Catholic High School, and served in Army chemical operations, son Thomas said. He earned a bachelor's degree at what is now La Salle University in 1957 and a master's in education at Rutgers University in 1960. He also earned a master's in science at Villanova University.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
GIBBSBORO Fifth grader Raymond Ennis penned a sticky scenario for his classmates: Would you keep your promise to play with your little brother or jump at the chance to hang out with a friend? The response was swift and decisive from the youngsters in his reading group during a lesson on character at Gibbsboro Elementary School. "If you make a promise, you should keep it," said Raymond, 11, drawing nods of agreement from a small circle of students. At Gibbsboro Elementary, character-building is part of the curriculum for all ages and subjects.
NEWS
March 31, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb announced Saturday that he intends to run for Congress, hoping to represent New Jersey's First House District. Cobb, now a WIP radio sports personality who has never run for office, has said for weeks he intended to run for the open seat centered on Camden County but had not made his decision official. He plans to make his announcement in Cherry Hill on Monday, the filing deadline. Cobb will run as a Republican and will face an uphill fight to win the seat vacated in February by Rep. Rob Andrews after 23 years.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
VOORHEES Last year's passage of the Economic Opportunity Act rejiggered the formula to give South Jersey access to grants and tax incentives to lure businesses and investors - development carrots that the more heavily populated northern end of the state previously held claim to. Six months after the measure became law, many say the ripple effect is already being felt regionally. Among them are officials in Camden County and those as far south as Cumberland and Salem Counties who gathered Friday in Voorhees.
NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
Buddy may be the only member of St. Rita of Cascia parish in Bellmawr unconcerned that his church might close. But then, Buddy is a dog. The pastor's golden retriever is a familiar sight in this Roman Catholic congregation as he trots down the aisle most Sunday's alongside the Rev. Carmel Polidarmo. Both were in their usual high spirits Sunday, greeting parishioners as they exited onto the sidewalk shortly before noon. "How you doing?" Polidarmo asked an older couple.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN COUNTY Faced with low Mass attendance and declining revenues, three Roman Catholic parishes in Camden County may be facing consolidations or other changes. Letters were distributed last month to parishioners at St. Joachim and St. Rita parishes, both in Bellmawr, and Emmaus Catholic Community Church in Mount Ephraim notifying them that changes were likely, Peter Feuerherd, a diocesan spokesman, said Thursday. "There are issues that need to be addressed," Feuerherd said, though the letters from the parishes' pastors do not offer specifics.
NEWS
March 15, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Barbara Smith Johnston, 81, of Cherry Hill, a social worker for Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, N.J., and the Merchantville School District, died of complications from a stroke Thursday, March 6, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Mrs. Johnston chose social work for a career, daughter Jennifer said, because she wanted to be "an advocate for those who may not have a voice. " Born in Hampton, Va., Mrs. Johnston was the valedictorian of the class of 1951 at Huntington High School in Newport News, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1955 at Virginia State University.
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