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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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June 29, 2015 | By Caroline Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County police are investigating the shooting death of Javan Boyd, 32, in the 1100 block of Lansdowne Avenue in Camden early Saturday. A second victim, Lashayna Davis, 28, was shot in the leg in the same incident. She is in stable condition. The victims were found at 4:45 a.m. Both were taken to Cooper University Hospital with gunshot wounds, and Boyd was pronounced dead there at 6:33 a.m. Police do not have a suspect or a motive. Anyone with information should call 856-757-7042 or email tipsgroup@ccprosecutor.org ----- csimon@philly.com 215-854-2413 @carolinesimon66  
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June 29, 2015 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
For 45 shining minutes Saturday morning, a massive yellow duck rose proudly above the Camden waterfront, ready once again to entertain the crowds that had flocked to see the 61-foot-tall waterfowl, billed as the largest rubber duck in the world. But as winds buffeted the Wiggins Marina, the inflatable beast known as Mama Duck was deflated once more, to the chagrin of spectators. The duck, in town as part of the four-day Tall Ships festival, has had a rough week. On its way down the Delaware River on Thursday, the pontoon boat towing it sprang a leak and began taking on water, said Ryan Whaley, spokesman for the group that organized the show, Draw Events.
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June 29, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the nails of a monstrous claw emblazoned on their side, the two large trailers buzzed with life as their internal steel blades chomped through a smorgasbord of paper. It was a Saturday morning and hundreds from Gloucester County had arrived in Clayton, anxious to feed the beasts. Don't question the appeal of a paper shredder. Car after car pulled in carrying boxes and trash bags filled with documents - credit card statements, old bills, the type of miscellaneous records that find a way to pile up. Tom Black showed up with a box of such files destined for obliteration sitting in his passenger seat.
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June 26, 2015 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
TRENTON - The dispute over whether Cooper University Hospital should take over emergency medical services in Camden intensified Wednesday, as the CEO of one of the current providers suggested that the legislative process was resembling "communist China. " Cooper quickly shot back, pointing to data released by Camden County claiming that Virtua frequently does not meet industry standards for response times. At issue is a bill, introduced this month and expected to reach the Legislature for a vote Thursday, that would let Cooper take over paramedic and basic life services in the city.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writers
Work to restore power to thousands of South Jersey residents could stretch into Friday and the weekend, following the violent storm Tuesday evening that uprooted trees, knocked out cellphone service, halted PATCO trains, and tore off part of a convent's roof. The storm - which brought straight-line winds that were powerful enough to match the strength of an EF-0, or low-grade, tornado - cut power to more than 400,000 PSE&G and Atlantic City Electric customers across South Jersey. As of late Wednesday, about half of them had power restored.
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June 25, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Admier Franklin recalls using so many drugs that he sometimes didn't know what they were. "I did a little bit of everything," said Franklin, 38, of Camden. That was before he entered the drug court program - for the second time - five years ago in Camden County. On Tuesday, upon graduating from the program with 20 others, he had a high school diploma, a wife, and a job at Atlantic Avenue Meats in Camden. And most of all, he said, he was clean from drugs. Stories of recovery such as Franklin's echoed through the packed sixth-floor courtroom in Superior Court in Camden, as each graduate accepted a plaque for fulfilling requirements.
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June 23, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
A FAMILY is unfolding in a rented flat in Los Angeles for the first time right now - six sisters and their big brother, crying, laughing, confiding and bumping shoulders in all the bathrooms they never got to fight over. They have the same parents, similar features and talents, and some even had shared the same weird dreams about their teeth falling out. Sometimes they'd lie awake at night under different roofs in adoptive homes in South Jersey or out in Oklahoma with a loving grandfather, wondering where the others were and why it had to be this way. The woman who gave birth to all seven is smiling in South Jersey, knowing that her children are together for the first time.
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June 21, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anthony Perno watched closely as Joshua George sprinkled tomatoes and mozzarella onto flatbread. George, a chef and dietitian, was manning the grill outside the Merchantville Fire Department, making the unusual pizzas for firefighters and their family members Friday as part of a Camden County and Cooper University Health Care program to promote healthy living among local first responders. About 75 percent of firefighters are obese, according to Cooper officials. Perno, 39, has been a volunteer firefighter with the Merchantville department for 13 years.
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June 19, 2015 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO's plan for special fares and schedules for the papal visit to Philadelphia in September was approved Wednesday by the transit system's board. Officials expect that as many as 100,000 riders a day might use the system on Sept. 26 and 27. On a typical weekday, about 38,000 riders use the system. PATCO will sell a one-day pass for $5 and a two-day pass for $10, beginning in mid-July. The passes will only be available on PATCO's electronic Freedom cards. (PATCO will waive the usual $5 charge for a card.)
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June 19, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
Aquatic ecologist Mike Haberland wades into Newton Lake, grabs a stalk of spatterdock, and struggles to pull it out of the water. "Holy cow," he says, pointing to the plant's knobby chunk of root. "I didn't think it would be so difficult. " A common local variety of water lily, the spatterdock is proliferating so ferociously that parts of the scenic Camden County lake are starting to look like a salad bar. These bumper crops are merely a symptom of the nutrient-rich runoff and sediment plaguing similar man-made lakes in Moorestown, Oaklyn, and elsewhere in South Jersey, says Haberland, a county agent with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.
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