August 19, 2016 |
This fall, children who join the Camden Youth Soccer Club will have two fields to play on, twice as many as last year. For $5, they will get uniforms, shin guards, socks, and 10 weeks of Saturday games and practices. More than 100 new players will be part of the action. The league's expansion is the first step taken by the newly formed Camden Health and Athletic Association (CHAA), a youth sports nonprofit launched in June by representatives of the Cooper Foundation, the charitable arm of Cooper University Health Care.
August 13, 2016 |
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
July 10, 2016 |
About 50 people standing on Camden's Farnham Park green Friday afternoon shouted, "Change" and "Enough is enough," while some prayed. Cars passed and honked, and some pedestrians joined the crowd. Representing about a dozen community advocacy groups and organizations in Camden, the 50 gathered to show solidarity with the city and country in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. "Camden does not agree with what's going on in the nation, but we do agree on keeping love, peace, and respect present," said Arnold Steward, 59, of Operation Camden for Christ.
June 26, 2016 |
George D. "Bob" Pugh, 74, a former Camden police chief and director of public safety in Atlantic City, died at Fox Chase Cancer Center on Tuesday, June 21, of a heart attack following surgery. Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd said in a statement that the city and its residents "deeply mourn the loss of one of its own. " "Bobby Pugh was born in Camden, lived in the Parkside community, and led a long, distinguished policing career," she said. He became a Camden police officer in 1965, was named chief in 1988, and retired in 1996, Redd said.
June 20, 2016 |
Classes were not yet underway at Camden High School when the two teenagers slipped out of the building unnoticed. Half a mile from school they came across an unlocked silver Cadillac DeVille, police said, and they began cruising through the city's streets. They were driving north on the cobblestone-paved Seventh Street in the city's Lanning Square section just before 10 a.m. on April 25 when they passed a police cruiser. By then the owner of the Cadillac had reported it stolen, and the officer made a U-turn behind them.
June 20, 2016 |
Brad Hawkins never planned on becoming a multisport star at Camden High School. He never planned on playing football, period. "I was all basketball," Hawkins said. "I knew so much about the tradition of Camden High basketball. I always wanted to be a part of that. "I didn't even think I would play football. " Hawkins played football. He played basketball. He ran track. He is the Inquirer's senior boys' athlete of the year because he excelled in all three, moving from sport to sport during the course of the school year as easily as he shed would-be tacklers on the football field or skirted around defenders on the basketball court.
June 8, 2016 |
Camden High School junior Janayzia Morris' typical commute to school is just under 2.5 miles on foot through some of the city's dangerous neighborhoods. Camden students who make a similar trek say they have witnessed shootings, stabbings, drug sales, and gang fights. Often, people are just yelling in the streets, no matter the time of day. Prostitutes are part of the neighborhood landscape. Morris, 18, fears for the safety of younger students she sees walking alone. "It's stuff that we shouldn't be seeing," Morris, who lives in the Fairview section, said, shaking her head.
May 29, 2016 |
Camden is hosting its first citywide spelling bee in more than two years next month. The event will offer entertainment and food to students and their families, as well as prizes that include cash, headphones, and tablets. The spelling bee, open to students enrolled at any Camden school, will be held over two Saturdays, June 11 and June 18, at Camden High School. The first Saturday will host children in grades 5 through 8, with June 18 hosting children in grades 9 through 12. The event was organized by members of the Village, a new grassroots community organization that has been meeting in recent months to work on events and programs that support Camden's families.
May 26, 2016 |
Camden's Night Gardens will take over the plaza in front of City Hall on Friday with an "Intergalactic Block Party" that includes colorful light projections, art installations, live music, and more. The free outdoor event, from 7 to 10 p.m., is the third annual Night Gardens festival, but the first time it will be at Roosevelt Plaza. It's also the start of a series of summer events, including outdoor movies, concerts, and Tuesday evening yoga on the waterfront, that are part of the city's "Connect the Lots" program.