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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.
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.
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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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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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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 2, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sidney R. Weiss, 94, of Voorhees, a family doctor who made house calls and took care of his patients from birth to old age, died Monday, June 29, at home of complications from kidney failure. He began his practice in Camden in the 1950s and later worked at practices in Pennsauken and Voorhees, specializing in family medicine and geriatrics. He retired in 2001. "He never said no to his patients. He was always accessible," said son Richard, also a physician. Richard Weiss, who followed his father's footsteps in family medicine, joined his father's Pennsauken practice in 1983.
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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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August 22, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
They met at Dirty Frank's, the storied taproom at 13th and Pine Streets in Center City, on June 7, 1997. Terry Lytle was a lawyer in the Office of the Public Defender in Camden. Teresa Gimenez was an accounts coordinator for an advertising agency in Narberth. "His father had passed away a week before, and his colleagues had taken him out for drinks," Gimenez said. "I was with a girlfriend, and we made a point of not talking to any guys," she said. "At the end of the night, there was a Guinness promotion, and they gave out shirts and I put one on. "And he patted me on the back and said, 'That's a nice shirt.' " They were married on Jan. 5, 2001, at a Cistercian monastery in her hometown of Barcelona, Spain.
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August 20, 2015 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno dropped by the Adventure Aquarium in Camden on Tuesday, observing African penguins, sand tiger sharks, and a swarm of jellyfish as she promoted the waterfront attraction during her weekly state tourism tour. Such appearances are part of the workday for Guadagno, who has maintained a steady schedule of speaking engagements, ribbon-cuttings, and tourism promotion while Gov. Christie is on the presidential campaign trail. "People need you to show up at parades.
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August 19, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joseph M. Lentz, 81, of Carolina Shores, N.C., who retired in 1994 as owner of Dugout Sporting Goods in Lindenwold, died on Friday, July 24, at the Hospice House of Brunswick in Bolivia, N.C., following a stroke. He had lived in North Carolina since 2006, the year he moved from Marlton. Born in Camden, Mr. Lentz graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School there in 1952, and studied accounting and bookkeeping in night school, a son-in-law, Carlo DeProphetis, said. Mr. Lentz began as a teller at Camden Trust Co., became a loan officer there, and left to buy a luncheonette on 27th Street in the Cramer Hill neighborhood in the mid-1960s, he said.
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August 13, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
A decision from New Jersey's highest court on Tuesday could reignite the battle between Camden activists and elected officials over whether the police force patrolling the city should be run by Camden County. The local chapter of the NAACP and two city activists said they are considering a petition that would call on voters to bring back a city police department, disbanded more than two years ago in favor of the current force. "We're going to take our police department back," said Eulisis Delgado, 62, a Camden resident who is one of five petitioners listed in the case.
NEWS
August 2, 2015 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two South Jersey men have been sentenced to state prison for their roles in an international drug ring that shipped cocaine from California to New Jersey, acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced Friday in Camden. The two were charged in January 2014 in connection with "Operation Next Day Air," which investigated the ring allegedly led by a Jamaican recording star, Andrew K. Davis, formerly of Swedesboro. More than $1.4 million in drugs, cash, and weapons were confiscated. Authorities alleged that the ring, which extended to Jamaica, used the U.S. mail and other parcel delivery services to send shipments of cocaine.
NEWS
July 31, 2015 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
The late July heat is blooming inside the Camden County Community Greenhouse, but the volunteers seem unfazed. Tina McHugh and Christine Pike fill wheelbarrows with ungainly petunias destined for the nearby compost pile. Steve Politowski arrives with tools so he can help finish the roof on the new potting shed. And Jane Elkis Berkowitz is ready for a plant propagation class. "The power of the flower," Freeholder Michelle Gentek-Mayer says. "It goes very far. " The once-abandoned greenhouse at the Lakeland complex in Gloucester Township will yield 15,000 flowering plants this year to beautify the county's park system and public buildings.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
One thousand tour buses parked along the Camden waterfront. Huge crowds at PATCO stations. A mass of pedestrians making the 1.7-mile trek across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. That is a potential glimpse of South Jersey during Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September. And transportation and law enforcement officials in Camden County, who provided initial details Wednesday, had a message: Don't think South Jersey won't be affected just because it's across the river from the papal festivities.
NEWS
July 19, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County Police officers have been required to work on their days off in recent weeks, stirring concern among the rank and file about burnout in a department already coping with high turnover. Chief Scott Thomson said the directive was issued after an officer was shot at and hit by a bullet fragment July 1, an incident that prompted an intense manhunt. Off-duty officers now must call their sergeants to see if they are needed to come in on overtime. The officers call in on a rotating schedule.
NEWS
July 12, 2015 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Oscar Camacho Sr. points to the bullet holes in the tan siding of an East Camden home. He is standing a few feet from a collection of empty Corona bottles, a blue T-shirt that reads "Super Dad," and a picture of his son - who was the father of three young boys - on the sidewalk corner. "Bang," Camacho says, motioning toward one hole. He points toward at least four others, repeating it. "Bang, bang, bang. " This is where his 33-year-old son, Oscar Jr., was fatally shot by two Camden County police officers July 3. Authorities said Camacho Jr. aimed a weapon at them and was suicidal.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Plans for a developer to build a large commercial and residential development on the Camden waterfront, including a hotel, are in the works. The mixed-use project, being considered for an area north of the Adventure Aquarium, would involve about 400,000 square feet of retail, office, and commercial space, as well as residential buildings and the hotel, according to individuals familiar with the plans. The state Economic Development Authority on Thursday approved a four-month extension of a financing deadline on a development agreement with Camden Town Center L.L.C., a realty company with links to Steiner & Associates.
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