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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
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 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
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 3, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Horse-racing enthusiasts in Camden County have had two choices when gambling in person: Drive an hour to the nearest offtrack betting facility in New Jersey, or across the Delaware River to one in Philadelphia. Now, Camden County gamblers can bet on a shorter commute. Favorites, the state's fifth offtrack betting facility, opened Tuesday in Clementon. Penn National Gaming Inc., which is managing it, hopes the new site will draw South Jersey gamblers and, ultimately, compete with the betting parlors in Pennsylvania.
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.
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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January 19, 2015 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities . On the plus side, Weichert Realtors agent Candy Niedoba says, Pennsauken is South Jersey's best-kept secret: a traditionally blue-collar Camden County community with affordable housing that draws a variety of buyers. The still-recovering economy that has stymied the efforts of low- to moderate-income Americans to buy homes has been a boon to this town across the Delaware River, whose unusual name purportedly means tobacco pouch in Leni-Lenape.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE MUSCLES that Kyle Crosby piled onto himself didn't make him strong. Crosby, 28, of Mount Laurel, N.J., a personal trainer, had been straining to hold on to two lives pulling him in opposite directions. On one end was drug addiction and a history of related arrests. On the other was his wife, Erica Crippen, who'd loved him enough to send him through rehab even though he had stolen her car once, her family said. Even the birth of their daughter in October wasn't enough to pry Crosby from drugs, and Crippen, 26, felt that the marriage had reached a breaking point, her friends and family said yesterday.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Big businesses moving in. Less crime. A school district under new leadership. Camden was front and center during portions of Gov. Christie's State of the State address Tuesday, as he revisited now-familiar talking points about the city as Mayor Dana L. Redd, School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson listened from the front of the legislative chambers. Five years ago, Christie said, violence-wracked Camden was "devoid of hope," with corrupt leadership and failing schools.
NEWS
January 6, 2015 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE FINAL MOMENTS of Marques Johnson's life felt like an unexpected plot twist to his family - a sad and confusing ending to an otherwise normal story of a young, hardworking dad they say had never been in trouble before. So the family all sat together in the living room of their home in Pennsauken, N.J., rewinding his life, trying to figure out what they missed or what they could have done to prevent him from shooting his ex-girlfriend and her father with a shotgun Saturday morning before using the gun to take his own life outside Cooper University Hospital.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Samuel M. Gans was stationed on a Navy base in Guam, he boxed well enough, his family said, that he became a welterweight champ of the Mariana Islands. "Throughout his life, he had a toughness combined with tenderness," Robert DeLambily, a friend and owner of Planned Financial Programs in Collingswood, said. "He was strong. He built himself up from a rowhouse in South Philadelphia to owning a number of successful businesses. " On Tuesday, Dec. 30, Mr. Gans, 89, of Ventnor, former owner and president of Manpower Inc. offices in the Delaware Valley, died of complications from congestive heart failure at Delray Medical Center, near his vacation home in Delray, Fla. Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Gans grew up near Fourth and Morris Streets, graduated from South Philadelphia High School in 1943, and served as a Navy typist from 1943 to 1946, his son Jeffrey said.
NEWS
January 5, 2015 | By Sofiya Ballin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A domestic dispute that started early Saturday morning in Pennsauken left a woman and her father hospitalized in Camden and the woman's ex-boyfriend dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Camden County police said. At 3:45 a.m., a woman called her father after finding her tires were flat. Once her father arrived, they began to drive off. However, police said, the woman's ex-boyfriend Marques Johnson, 23, of Pennsauken, pulled up alongside them near the corner of Baird Boulevard and Marlton Pike in Camden.
NEWS
December 31, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
ON A BITTER November afternoon, a bit of good news parked outside a Camden rowhouse, and the word spread up the stairs, along a front porch full of people and into a living room where DaCorey Rex was wedged between grownups. "A woman's outside asking about you," they told the boy, "and she has a present. A big present. " Those words coaxed DaCorey out into the waning daylight in nothing but shorts and a T-shirt, and he seemed a bit bewildered by the crowd outside and the stranger on the street.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE CALENDAR can sting for some in Camden, on birthdays with no cakes, Thanksgivings without turkey, or a cold day in December called Christmas that mostly just feels like another Thursday. On some days, though, the calendar can surprise, as it did Dec. 18, when Christmas came early for about two dozen young adults and kids sitting inside a Caribbean restaurant on Federal Street, thanks to a local nonprofit and sacks of donations. Toddlers were bouncing off one another inside the Reggae Grill, and mothers held babies on their hips with one hand while carrying heaping containers of curry oxtail or jerk chicken back to their tables with the other.
NEWS
December 24, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
EVERY CHRISTMAS morning, after the cookies are gone and crumpled wrapping paper covers the Earth, Santa parks his sleigh in a back yard in Cherry Hill and takes Uncle Izzy's 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow out for one last holiday mission. The car is snow white, just like the Santa beard Dr. Joseph Hassman, 79, adjusts in his dining room before pulling his uncle's beloved, mint Rolls out of the garage. Hassman, who is Jewish, drives down an empty Interstate 295 South toward Camden dressed as Santa every year on Christmas morning He visits the Ronald McDonald House of Southern New Jersey with a growing number of family members, his elves, in tow. Santa's become a universal figure who almost never fails to elicit smiles, Hassman said, and thinking of families living at that home during difficult times brings him to tears two days before Christmas.
NEWS
December 23, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Like many stretches of Camden's notorious Whitman Park neighborhood, crime blooms around the 1500 block of Louis Street. With seven vacant houses in less than a tenth of a mile, the area has been the scene of at least two recent fatal shootings, and, since late 2012, police have seized more than 400 bags of marijuana, cocaine, crack, and heroin, thousands in cash, and six illegal guns within a one-block radius. A year ago, after neighbors told police they feared one empty house on the block had become a haven for illegal activity, officers raided the building and found a safe loaded with a shotgun and drug paraphernalia.
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