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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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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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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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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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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.
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.
NEWS
December 29, 2011
Police in Winslow Township, Camden County, are searching for a man with Alzheimer's disease who disappeared Thursday afternoon. Lyndsay Shannon was last seen at 3 p.m. Thursday wearing blue jeans, brown shoes, and a blue sweater. He was not wearing a jacket. In the past, the man has been found in Marlton and in Blackwood. He is black, 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 190 pounds with short gray hair and a beard. Police ask anyone with information to call Detective Brian Barret at 609-561-3300.
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March 23, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 22, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 13, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 9, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
NEWS
February 26, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
February 25, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 24, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 19, 2015 | Inquirer Editorial Board
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.
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February 15, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 13, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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