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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.
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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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December 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police Officer Jordan Plitt squeezed into a red chair designed for a kindergartner, extending his legs beneath a table just two to three feet high in Camden's Bonsall Elementary School. Next to him, in a same-size chair, was a smiling kindergartner with a ponytail. She peered at Page 30 of the children's book Snow , trying to copy a picture of a young boy skiing down a hill with a dog. "I don't know how to make a dog," Jeanette Ramos told Plitt, 24, who has been on the force for a year.
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November 20, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Outdoor ice skating is returning to a once-popular spot in Camden County. An ice rink is set to open next week, on Black Friday, in Pennsauken's Cooper River Park. The 50- by 70-foot rink will be surrounded by music, strings of lights, and tents selling hot chocolate and pretzels, county officials said. "This is our crown jewel," Camden City Council president Frank Moran said. "We are turning the park into a winter wonderland. " The park was a popular skating location decades ago, county officials said.
NEWS
November 14, 2014
A graphic accompanying an article in Thursday's Inquirer about voter turnout in the Nov. 4 election contained incorrect voter numbers for New Jersey. In Camden County, 113,880 voters cast ballots, or 31.2 percent of the 364,500 who were eligible; in Burlington, 121,829 voters of 292,500, 41.6 percent, and Gloucester, 74,748 of 196,400, 38.1 percent.
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November 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County police officers and detectives will receive a 2 percent raise as part of a contract agreement between the police union and county officials Monday. The pay increases will bump the department's budget to approximately $63 million this fiscal year from the $62 million originally estimated, county officials said. The City of Camden - which, along with the state, has paid for the department - will cover the additional costs, officials said. The Metro police force, as it is known, was formed in May 2013 after the disbanding of the city force.
NEWS
November 6, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Jan Hefler, and Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writers
All will be the same in 2015 in terms of leadership in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties following Tuesday's general election. For Camden and Gloucester Counties, that means the all-Democratic freeholder boards will retain their current makeup. In Burlington County, on the other hand, a tense race with the potential to end nearly four decades of GOP control once again ended in another victory for Republicans as an incumbent and a former freeholder were returned to office.
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November 4, 2014 | By Andrew Seidman, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Gov. Christie isn't the only one gearing up for a presidential campaign. Over a recent nine-day span, Monmouth University pollster Patrick Murray, whose work is usually confined to New Jersey, released surveys of voters in six states where Tuesday's midterm elections could swing control of the U.S. Senate to Republicans for President Obama's last two years in office. Murray says the polling blitz - of Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, South Dakota, and Georgia, on top of 11 other surveys he released in October - presents a challenge that will test his models.
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October 31, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Promenade greenways, nature trails, and water views for a townhouse development will sprout next year at a location along a commercial corridor that local leaders hope will mark a rebirth for Clementon. The developer joined elected officials and other dignitaries Wednesday behind shovels in the old Acme shopping center on the White Horse Pike, where they broke ground for the first phase - 49 upscale townhouses in Leewood Villages at Rowand Pond. Clementon, a two-square-mile borough in Camden County, has about 5,000 residents.
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October 31, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE OLDEST house in Bellmawr, Camden County, sat in the back corner of a sprawling cemetery, mostly unnoticed, for centuries. The Hugg/Harrison/Glover house, as one local historian called the brick home, had additions tacked on over time, paint splattered over paint and covered in wallpaper. The date "1764" painted across the bricks of its west wall were hidden by trees and vegetation. Now the home's age is visible to thousands, day and night, unveiled atop a hill of dirt where South Jersey's busiest highways meet thanks to a Department of Transportation project that could turn it into rubble.
NEWS
October 30, 2014 | By Brielle Urciuoli, Inquirer Staff Writer
It has been a rough two years for Scott Smith of National Park since he lost his job in manufacturing. However, he remained optimistic Tuesday alongside the other hopeful candidates who filled the Collingswood Grand Ballroom at the Camden County Job Fair. "I'm looking for anything," said Smith, 55. "Two years is a long time. " While the attendees looking for a job represented a wide spread of age and education levels, the potential employers were no less diverse. More than 100 companies, from newspapers to Pepsi-Cola, were looking for candidates to hire.
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October 28, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
The family of Autumn Pasquale, the Clayton, Gloucester County, girl killed days shy of her 13th birthday, have filed a lawsuit claiming her death could have been avoided if the investigation into her abduction had been properly handled. The lawsuit was filed last week in Gloucester County against several townships that aided in the investigation as well as against the county Prosecutor's Office, said Gregg Zeff, the Mount Laurel lawyer who represents the girl's estate. "They didn't do the appropriate perimeter search," Zeff said Sunday.
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