April 16, 2014 |
CAMDEN Teary-eyed family members, facing a struggle from within, packed four of five rows in the Camden County courtroom Monday. They were mourning the death of Scarlett Wilson, 42, a pregnant woman stabbed Sunday night - while also trying to support the suspect, her 21-year-old son, Leon. As an assistant prosecutor read Leon Wilson's possible sentence - 30 years to life - some of the nearly three dozen family members moaned in despair. Then one stood. "I love you, dude!" he yelled through tears in Leon Wilson's direction.
April 14, 2014 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even for those who don't live within its borders, Voorhees is an incredibly useful place. It has just about everything, including an emerging town center that Val Nunnenkamp, an agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services Fox & Roach, says is turning the township's west side into very hot property. "People once looked at it as an apartment area, but the town center is making the area trendy," Nunnenkamp says.
April 12, 2014 |
CAMDEN The homeless living in tents throughout Camden are facing new problems with trash piling up, as local authorities prepare for spring cleaning. Residents said they hope the garbage is removed, but are concerned they could lose their campsites. In recent days, officials bulldozed away from the highway trash that blocked the main entrance to the "backwoods," an encampment off Admiral Wilson Boulevard near North 12th Street. Throughout Camden, there are at least six sites where people live outside - 50 to 60 people overall.
April 9, 2014 |
Richard S. Kozieja, 83, of Bellmawr, a former elementary school principal in Camden, died of complications from heart disease on Friday, April 4, at his home. Born in Camden, Mr. Kozieja grew up in its Whitman Park neighborhood, graduated from Camden Catholic High School, and served in Army chemical operations, son Thomas said. He earned a bachelor's degree at what is now La Salle University in 1957 and a master's in education at Rutgers University in 1960. He also earned a master's in science at Villanova University.
April 1, 2014 |
GIBBSBORO Fifth grader Raymond Ennis penned a sticky scenario for his classmates: Would you keep your promise to play with your little brother or jump at the chance to hang out with a friend? The response was swift and decisive from the youngsters in his reading group during a lesson on character at Gibbsboro Elementary School. "If you make a promise, you should keep it," said Raymond, 11, drawing nods of agreement from a small circle of students. At Gibbsboro Elementary, character-building is part of the curriculum for all ages and subjects.
March 31, 2014 |
WASHINGTON Former Eagles linebacker Garry Cobb announced Saturday that he intends to run for Congress, hoping to represent New Jersey's First House District. Cobb, now a WIP radio sports personality who has never run for office, has said for weeks he intended to run for the open seat centered on Camden County but had not made his decision official. He plans to make his announcement in Cherry Hill on Monday, the filing deadline. Cobb will run as a Republican and will face an uphill fight to win the seat vacated in February by Rep. Rob Andrews after 23 years.
March 23, 2014 |
VOORHEES Last year's passage of the Economic Opportunity Act rejiggered the formula to give South Jersey access to grants and tax incentives to lure businesses and investors - development carrots that the more heavily populated northern end of the state previously held claim to. Six months after the measure became law, many say the ripple effect is already being felt regionally. Among them are officials in Camden County and those as far south as Cumberland and Salem Counties who gathered Friday in Voorhees.
March 18, 2014 |
Buddy may be the only member of St. Rita of Cascia parish in Bellmawr unconcerned that his church might close. But then, Buddy is a dog. The pastor's golden retriever is a familiar sight in this Roman Catholic congregation as he trots down the aisle most Sunday's alongside the Rev. Carmel Polidarmo. Both were in their usual high spirits Sunday, greeting parishioners as they exited onto the sidewalk shortly before noon. "How you doing?" Polidarmo asked an older couple.
March 15, 2014 |
CAMDEN COUNTY Faced with low Mass attendance and declining revenues, three Roman Catholic parishes in Camden County may be facing consolidations or other changes. Letters were distributed last month to parishioners at St. Joachim and St. Rita parishes, both in Bellmawr, and Emmaus Catholic Community Church in Mount Ephraim notifying them that changes were likely, Peter Feuerherd, a diocesan spokesman, said Thursday. "There are issues that need to be addressed," Feuerherd said, though the letters from the parishes' pastors do not offer specifics.
March 15, 2014 |
Barbara Smith Johnston, 81, of Cherry Hill, a social worker for Ancora Psychiatric Hospital in Hammonton, N.J., and the Merchantville School District, died of complications from a stroke Thursday, March 6, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Mrs. Johnston chose social work for a career, daughter Jennifer said, because she wanted to be "an advocate for those who may not have a voice. " Born in Hampton, Va., Mrs. Johnston was the valedictorian of the class of 1951 at Huntington High School in Newport News, Va., and earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in 1955 at Virginia State University.