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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.
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
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
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 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
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
February 13, 2016
Five men with "CAMDEN COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY" printed on their mustard-yellow scrubs sit in plastic chairs facing Stephen Michael Tumolo. "We usually start," he says, "with a moment of stillness. " The beige, bare-bones classroom goes quiet. But elsewhere in the minimum security unit of the massive facility in downtown Camden - currently home to some 1,400 male and female inmates - an undercurrent of boisterous voices flows on. And staccato chatter ("Mental health 1-2-3, Mental health 1-2-3")
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NEWS
June 15, 2016 | By Kevin Riordan, Columnist
The young woman became a U.S. citizen 15 years ago. But her husband, the father of her two children, is undocumented. During a visit to the Mexican consulate in Philadelphia, the Delaware couple share their story with Jeffrey S. DeCristofaro and Evelyn Sabando, who are making a presentation about the services of the Camden Center for Law and Social Justice. At the center's downtown Camden office, meanwhile, Lisa M. Incollingo handles cases like those of a Gloucester Township senior citizen and a Camden mother of five, both of whom recently got protection from an abusive family member.
NEWS
June 12, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A Camden County police officer has been charged with filing false police reports and simple assault in two incidents in Camden over the last year, leading prosecutors to dismiss 18 cases in which he was involved. County Prosecutor Mary Eva Colalillo said her office had tossed cases in which Officer Douglas Dickinson would have been the only witness called to testify. She said in a statement that her office was still reviewing the officer's work and expected more dismissals. "Our office has a legal obligation to dismiss cases tainted by the possibility of police misconduct," Colalillo said.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden officials, residents, and business leaders Wednesday applauded political power broker George E. Norcross III's launch of a citywide youth athletics organization, a group Norcross said would help children in Camden enjoy the same opportunities for team sports as those who live in the suburbs. The Camden Health and Athletic Association, which also will function as a health-care organization for families, will be funded initially by $1 million from the Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care, and the Norcross Foundation and AmeriHealth New Jersey.
NEWS
May 30, 2016
Two people were taken to a hospital after the vehicle they were in overturned early Saturday on the Atlantic City Expressway in Camden County, authorities said. The accident happened about 3:15 a.m. in a westbound lane near Exit 38 in Winslow Township. One vehicle overturned into the woods, a county dispatcher said. The New Jersey State Police, which is investigating, said two people were taken to a local hospital. No information was immediately available on the extent of their injuries.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A stretch of Haddon Avenue leading into Camden west from Collingswood is set to be revamped as part of a $4.4 million road-improvement project, Camden County and city officials said Thursday. Financed by the county and with $1.1 million in federal highway funding, the project involves reconstructing the road between Vesper Boulevard and the White Horse Pike, building a drainage and storm water management system, and installing new traffic signals, lighting, bike lanes, and disabled-accessible curbs.
SPORTS
May 28, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, STAFF WRITER
One year ago, Shakira Dancy was competing for New Manchester High School in the Douglas County, Ga., track and field championships. Three months ago, Dancy was competing for Eastern High School at the New Jersey indoor track and field championships. On Friday, Dancy will lead Winslow Township High School into the South Jersey Group 3 championships at Central Regional High School. "I adapt quickly," Dancy said of her nomadic lifestyle over the last 12 months. Dancy also runs quickly.
NEWS
May 28, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
The First Congressional District Democratic primary in New Jersey easily could have been a sleeper: an incumbent with big name recognition facing a challenge from an upstart newcomer. But that has not been the case. The June 7 race pits long shot Alex Law, 25, of Voorhees, hoping to score a political upset over Rep. Donald Norcross in his first reelection bid. The winner will face Republican Bob Patterson in the November election. Patterson, of Haddonfield, is unchallenged in the GOP primary.
NEWS
May 26, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
Camden's Night Gardens will take over the plaza in front of City Hall on Friday with an "Intergalactic Block Party" that includes colorful light projections, art installations, live music, and more. The free outdoor event, from 7 to 10 p.m., is the third annual Night Gardens festival, but the first time it will be at Roosevelt Plaza. It's also the start of a series of summer events, including outdoor movies, concerts, and Tuesday evening yoga on the waterfront, that are part of the city's "Connect the Lots" program.
NEWS
May 22, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
For most women, bringing work home with them involves a laptop or pile of papers - not a high-energy, tail-wagging bundle of fur. But for Officer Gabrielle Camacho, work during off-duty hours now means caring for her new partner, Peyton, a 11/2-year-old Labrador retriever. Camacho is training to become the Camden County Police Department's first female K-9 officer. "It's a huge adjustment," said the 23-year-old officer, who has been with the department for two years. "It's kind of like having my own kid now. " Camacho and Peyton, who are midway through a 10-week training program, will work in narcotics and community relations.
BUSINESS
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.
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