March 23, 2015 |
Frank R. Filipek, mayor of Bellmawr borough since 2000, treated Regina Kaminski Piontkowski with the respect that he reserved for Catholic nuns. "I used to call her Sister Regina," Filipek said. Mrs. Piontkowski served on Bellmawr Council from 1994 to 2012, alongside Filipek beginning when he was on council. "She would try to help anyone" through her work on council committees, the mayor said. Beyond that, "her main interest was her church and helping the young in Bellmawr.
March 22, 2015 |
The Camden County freeholders on Thursday approved a $66,800 raise for Metro Police Chief Scott Thomson, bringing his annual salary to $230,000. Thomson's new contract guarantees that he will stay in Camden until at least 2019, county spokesman Dan Keashen said Friday. "This is about retaining one of the sharpest law enforcement minds in the country," Keashen said. No county funds are used for the operation of the Camden County Police Department, which is paid for by Camden City and the state.
March 13, 2015 |
Gaetano James Matro oversaw workers on more than 500 acres of fruit and vegetable farmland, but he still liked to get his boots muddy. "When he got out of the hospital the first time, on Jan. 6, he went right back to work that same day," son Guy said, referring to lung problems his father, known as James, was battling. He was out in a field, his son said, trimming blackberry vines. On Sunday, March 8, Mr. Matro, 74, of Hammonton, N.J., owner of the Matro Family Farms in Winslow Township, died of his lung problems at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.
March 9, 2015 |
The filmmakers ask Richard Norcross to pull over at the house where he was shot five times - the house where his younger brother and another law enforcement officer were gunned down 20 years ago. "It's a very eerie feeling," says Norcross, who was a Haddon Heights police detective when Leslie Nelson's bloody rampage made national headlines. Glancing at the innocuous two-story dwelling on Sylvan Drive where his life changed forever on April 20, 1995, Norcross adds, "There are no good memories here.
February 26, 2015 |
Growing up in East Camden, Virginia Matias wasn't allowed to ride her new bike around the block, or walk to the corner store. Her mother was robbed at gunpoint when Matias was in kindergarten, and when Matias was 17, her uncle was shot dead as he manned the cash register in his bodega. Matias, now a 28-year-old Camden County police officer, doesn't think about any of that when she walks the streets of North Camden. She thinks about the children she sees coming out to play and the business owners who know her name and face, or how she can gain the trust of the city's most cynical residents.
February 25, 2015 |
This summer, leaders of Camden City and County plan to start moving the area's homeless population into permanent housing, which they say will keep people off the streets and reduce the public cost of caring for them. Assembled in the sunny lobby of Cooper University Hospital on Monday, a panel including health-care providers, freeholders, and state officials announced the launch of a "housing-first" program. The pilot program, paid for by the state, the county, and local health-care providers, will start by giving housing and support services to 50 people deemed chronically homeless or high-cost health-care users.
February 24, 2015 |
City and county officials on Monday are expected to announce a long-term strategy for addressing Camden's homeless population. Details will be offered at an afternoon news conference in Camden. The state's poorest city, Camden has historically had a large homeless population. A study by the group NJ Counts found the state's homeless population increased last year, with Camden County up 2 percent. A survey by an advocacy group counted about 650 homeless individuals in Camden County last year.
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.