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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.
NEWS
May 24, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Of the eight counties in the Philadelphia region, only Camden County lost population between April 2010 and July 2013, Census Bureau population estimates released Thursday show. Much of the county's 0.2 percent population loss represented residential fall-offs in the city of Camden (0.6 percent), Gloucester Township (0.5 percent), and Winslow (0.8 percent), census numbers showed. But there were notable exceptions on the New Jersey side of the Delaware, based on the Census Bureau's 2013 population estimates for the region's 340 municipalities.
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.
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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
July 2, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sidney R. Weiss, 94, of Voorhees, a family doctor who made house calls and took care of his patients from birth to old age, died Monday, June 29, at home of complications from kidney failure. He began his practice in Camden in the 1950s and later worked at practices in Pennsauken and Voorhees, specializing in family medicine and geriatrics. He retired in 2001. "He never said no to his patients. He was always accessible," said son Richard, also a physician. Richard Weiss, who followed his father's footsteps in family medicine, joined his father's Pennsauken practice in 1983.
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
May 27, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
As Camden County seeks to expand its police force beyond the city of Camden, the only place it patrols now, a hurdle has emerged: Most of the county's 36 other municipalities want no part of it. Officials in those towns say replacing their police departments with one run by the county would erase their identity and the relationships between officers and residents. They also fear the county would send more officers into Camden, one of the nation's most dangerous cities, than into their towns.
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
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
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.
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May 21, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, REAL ESTATE WRITER
The number of U.S. houses left vacant because of foreclosure was down at the start of the second quarter compared with the same period last year. But New Jersey's share of these "zombies" continues to be tops in the nation, real estate information provider RealtyTrac said Thursday. Zombie homes are defined as houses that mortgage borrowers vacated for which the foreclosure process was never completed. In the United States overall, just 19,187, or 4.7 percent, of residential properties in the foreclosure process were zombies as of May, according to the Irvine, Calif., company, which monitors foreclosures nationwide.
NEWS
May 16, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden officials are hoping to double the size of the city's Department of Code Enforcement through a partnership with Camden County that would target deadbeat landlords, unsafe buildings, and other quality-of-life issues. The proposed shared-services agreement, which must be approved by City Council, would provide up-front funding from the county for an estimated 10 to 12 part-time building inspectors who would work only in Camden, as well as for training, vehicles, and technology such as handheld tablets, allowing inspectors to file electronic reports.
NEWS
May 13, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
'Mockernut hickory. Tulip poplar. Beech," says Lloyd B. Shaw, guiding me through a majestic stand of trees around Laurel Lake. He points to a turtle sunning itself on a log as the water ripples below. "Painted turtle. No, a red-bellied!" As for the birds ("that's a cardinal singing"), Shaw has counted 200 species in this lush little corner of Laurel Springs, where he grew up and lives. "What you get to see in your own backyard," he says, "really is amazing. " Welcome to "Whitman Woods" (whitmanwoods.org)
NEWS
May 11, 2016 | Staff Report
Hillary Clinton will campaign in South Jersey this week. The former secretary of state is scheduled to appear at Camden County College's Joseph Papiano Gymnasium at 1 p.m. Wednesday. Doors open at 11 a.m., according to her campaign website. The venue is located at 200 College Drive in Blackwood. The presidential candidate is appearing in the region ahead of New Jersey's June 7 primary. Her opponent for the Democratic nomination, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, campaigned at Rutgers University on Sunday and in Atlantic City on Monday.
NEWS
May 9, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Mark Bryant, the longtime CEO of Camden's community health center, CAMcare, has been ousted from the organization. Though Bryant's name still appears on CAMcare's website as "President/CEO," Bryant confirmed Friday that he was suspended from his job last November and terminated in early March. Speaking from his home in Lawnside, the borough where he served as mayor for 20 years, Bryant declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his departure. The president of CAMcare's board of trustees, Duane Myers, said he could not comment in any way on Bryant's current relationship to the federally funded organization.
NEWS
May 8, 2016
A 37-year-old Camden County man pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to harboring undocumented immigrants who worked at his dry-cleaning business and dodging payroll tax payments for those workers. His partner, a Williamstown woman, pleaded guilty to the same charges earlier this week. Prosecutors said Phillip Hui, of Sicklerville, and Kathy Lei, 35, of Williamstown, owned New Eastern Cleaners in Voorhees, and paid their workers in cash in 2012 and 2013. The workers lived at a house owned by Lei and two other people.
NEWS
May 5, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A possible sighting of a state prison inmate who escaped from custody in Camden County this week prompted lockdowns near the Shore on Wednesday. Schools in Barnegat Township were put on lockdown and residents were told to lock their doors until further notice after a stolen Chevrolet Silverado, believed to be driven by Arthur Buckel, was seen at a CVS store there Wednesday morning, police said. Buckel, 38, was last seen at Bayside State Prison's satellite unit at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
May 1, 2016 | By Allison Steele, STAFF WRITER
Community leaders in Camden are holding a rally for peace Saturday morning at 11 a.m. in response to a recent surge in violent crime. The rally starts at the Camden County police building, at 800 Federal Street, and the group will walk to City Hall. Several people are expected to speak about their personal experiences with violence, including Camden's Taisha Mercado, whose 13-year-old son Nathaniel Plummer was shot and killed in January. A 17-year-old girl has been charged in his murder.
NEWS
April 29, 2016 | By Jonathan Lai, Staff Writer
Donald A. Borden, a longtime Camden County schoolteacher and administrator, will inherit a campus in motion when he becomes Camden County College's president this summer. Like other community colleges, the school has resorted to layoffs and budget crunches to respond to enrollment and revenue declines. The college has about 100 fewer jobs than two years ago, including six people laid off just a few weeks ago at Borden's recommendation. "I've seen it in so many places, when you're cutting and you're cutting, and the money's going down, and your student body's going down - you just fall into this malaise," Borden said.
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