February 19, 2015 |
Assemblyman John J. Burzichelli (D., Gloucester) had a choice to make. He could stay in the Assembly, where he has served for 13 years, or he could take a $100,000-a-year job as head of the Gloucester County Improvement Authority. Burzichelli chose to do both. Amazingly, that's legal in New Jersey. Why? Because he and the rest of the state's 120 legislators get to make the rules, and the rules say they can, under certain circumstances, collect more than one government paycheck. Such double dipping may be legal, but it's also "very, very much unethical," according to former State Sen. Bill Schluter, vice chairman of the state Ethics Commission.
February 15, 2015 |
Camden County Freeholder Ian K. Leonard will not seek a third term this year, he said Friday, citing his growing responsibilities as political director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Leonard, 37, has been on the board since 2009, when he became the state's youngest elected freeholder. "Serving as a Camden County freeholder has been one of my greatest achievements, and I'm enormously appreciative of the support I've received from the people of Camden County in my two prior runs," Leonard said in a statement.
February 13, 2015 |
A group of Camden dispatchers who handle emergency calls to county police fear an evaluation of the unit could put them out of work. City Council this week authorized a request for proposals to determine whether if Camden could provide better service for less money using a contractor. City spokesman Vincent Basara said that the city is simply seeking to review the cost efficiency of the unit, and that any future action would go before Council for discussion. But the president of Communications Workers of America Local 1014, representing the dispatchers, said members worry that the city is looking to phase them out. "They need experienced, professional dispatchers, and that is who our members are," Karl Walko said Wednesday.
February 11, 2015 |
Bishop Eustace Prep, which won back-to-back state titles in 2008 and 2009, is planning to drop wrestling as a varsity sport at the end of this season, veteran coach Vince Angelucci confirmed Monday. "I'm heartbroken," Angelucci said. Angelucci told wrestlers and parents after Friday night's match against Triton that the school administration has decided to cancel the program after this season. "I'm disappointed that the school would bail on it," Angelucci said. "Wrestling teaches hard work, dedication, commitment - things you need to be successful in life.
February 9, 2015 |
The "Romance Room" will be empty soon. So will the shelves stacked with sci-fi, westerns, biographies, and mysteries. And when the books are gone, a piece of local history will disappear as well: After 30 years on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, the Book Trader is closing. "It's time," owner Mary Alice Curley says. "I'm done. " A mother of six, grandmother of 14, and great-grandmother of two, Curley was 52 when she got into the used-book business. She's 82 now; age, as well as rising rent and dwindling patronage, inspired her decision to shutter the store by the end of February.
February 5, 2015 |
A position in the Camden County Jail that has faced high turnover will be filled on an interim level this month, making that person who fills it the sixth jail population manager since 2011. The move comes amid a vacancy in the position and a letter from U.S. District Judge Jerome Simandle, who told county officials on Jan. 26 that he was "very concerned" about the turnover. The jail population manager focuses on how inmates are processed, from arrest to court date, and makes recommendations on how to improve their movement in the system.
February 4, 2015 |
The Superior Court judge in Camden instructed William A. Clark III to not speak about his murder case, but Clark stood up anyway. "I've got something to say," Clark, 50, a man with dirty blond hair, a thick beard, and tattoos of wings on his arms, told Judge Edward J. McBride Jr. Then he gave his two cents about his roommate, Steven Johnston, 52, whom he admitted fatally shooting in the head Saturday: "He's a child molester, your honor. " Clark's outburst Monday - while true - drew another admonition from McBride to stop talking.
February 3, 2015 |
Camden County homeowners, gardeners, and fix-it-yourself types will soon have a new money-saving resource. This summer, county officials hope to launch a tool library in Gloucester Township that can help residents work on home projects without having to buy special equipment. The program will be similar to the West Philly Tool Library, which Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek visited last year, along with Chris Waldron, county director of sustainability and shared services. "In the short time we were there, about 20 people came through the door," Gentek said.
January 30, 2015 |
When the grass needed cutting and money was running out, he brought in his lawn mower and took care of the grounds himself. When funds were unavailable for salaries, he didn't take a paycheck, so he could pay his small staff. And when the heat failed last winter and leaks sprouted from water pipes, he fought for quick repairs - a frustrating process still underway. Clearly, Jason Allen had his share of challenges as the first African American executive director of the Camden County Historical Society.
January 30, 2015 |
In Burlington County, four people were living in a pop-up trailer with no heat, one woman lost her home through a divorce, and another woman got kicked out of the house where she was living with her boyfriend. These stories, and many others, were told to advocates for the homeless since early Wednesday, as volunteers in seven out of 21 of New Jersey's counties visited shelters, wooded encampments, and the streets to conduct the annual "Point in Time" survey. The survey every January tries to count how many homeless live in each county.