June 25, 2015 |
IS CAMDEN a hopeless case? Britt Starghill didn't think so. As pastor of Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church, Britt wasn't only concerned with the souls of his parishioners, but also with the soul of the impoverished city around him. He was founder of the Nehemiah Project, a community development corporation devoted to fighting the blight afflicting the Gateway section of the city. He adopted the Whittier School, with the aim of seeing to it that its students got the best education to ensure their success in the world beyond the classroom.
April 28, 2015 |
Loud talking. Gunfire. "Oh, s-! Get out of the way!" Then a faint voice calling, "Help. " Liz, a 44-year-old resident of the Gateway neighborhood in Camden, heard the confrontation on Mechanic Street as midnight Friday gave way to Saturday morning. She looked outside and saw someone helping a person on the ground struggling to get up. Immediately, she called 911. By the time she ran outside, police and paramedics were already there. That's when she saw a young man, shaking and struggling to hold himself up, lock eyes with her. To her horror, it was her 18-year-old cousin Ja'Meer Bullard.
April 27, 2015 |
A Camden High School football star and Division I prospect known as a team leader, intensely driven on the field, and immensely likable in the locker room, was shot and killed in the street early Saturday morning, authorities said. Jameer Bullard, 18, was pronounced dead around 1 a.m., minutes after police found him with a gunshot wound lying on the sidewalk on the 1200 block of Mechanic Street. He was just one block from the new, larger home that he, his siblings, and his parents had left their old neighborhood for about a month ago. Authorities were searching for a motive, had made no immediate arrests in his death, and were releasing no other information Saturday evening, said Andy McNeil, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
March 27, 2015 |
When Dr. Alexander A. Colalillo Sr. was 14, in the depths of the Depression, his father, Adam, was laid off as an elevator operator at RCA in Camden. Adam then hoped to open a shoe repair shop, because he had been a shoemaker in the Italian province of Abruzzo. But his son "convinced him to open a candy store in South Camden," said Dr. Alexander A. Colalillo Jr., speaking of his father. "My father and my grandmother Marie sold frozen chocolate-covered bananas," among other sweets, over the counter at Alex's Candy Store.
March 20, 2015 |
Robert L. Tatum Sr., 79, of Camden, who retired in 1992 as a detective lieutenant in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, died of heart problems Saturday, March 14, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. Born in Camden, Mr. Tatum graduated from Camden High School in 1954 and earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice at Glassboro State College in 1981, daughter Donna Drummonds said. He was a Camden City police officer from 1960 to 1977, serving for a time as a detective sergeant, she said.
March 17, 2015 |
They had the lead in the fourth quarter of the state championship game. Again. They missed some key free throws and rushed a couple of shots from the floor. Again. They lost to Newark Tech in the Group 2 final. Again. "Last year it was there and they stole it," Camden coach John Valore said. "This year it was there and they stole it. " History repeated itself in frustrating fashion Sunday for the Camden High School boys' basketball team in a 57-51 loss to Newark Tech in the Group 2 title game at the Rutgers Athletic Center.
March 16, 2015 |
Vic Carstarphen says sometimes John Valore will call him on his cellphone and ask, "Victor, where am I?" It's a fascinating question. In a narrow sense, Valore is just asking his assistant coach for directions. He's driven another player home after a practice or a game at Camden High School and he's trying to find his way around an unfamiliar section of the city. But Valore could ask the same thing about his coaching career in his 38th season and his life in his 70th year. As he paces the sideline during games in his black sweat suit with Camden insignia, the tall, thin Valore doesn't look out of place.
March 15, 2015 |
History always hangs heavy in the air when Camden High School boys' basketball strikes deep in the state tournament. But this season, it's not only the rich tradition of the fabled program that has provided some extra motivation for the players and coaching staff. It's also the recent past - the result of last season's state championship game. "It stayed with me all summer, all through the offseason," Camden junior forward Jamal Holloway said of the team's 48-44 loss to Newark Tech in the Group 2 state finals in 2014.
March 15, 2015 |
Edmund E. Anyzek Sr., 80, of Gloucester City, owner of Anyzek Fuel there since 1957, died of cardiac arrest Tuesday, March 10, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. Born in Camden, Mr. Anyzek graduated from Camden High School and worked for a time at the former GAF paper mill in Gloucester City. In 1957, he became owner of the firm founded by his father, Edward S., in 1932. "We specialize in residential and commercial heating oil and diesel fuel deliveries," Mr. Anyzek's son, Edmund E. Jr., said.
March 13, 2015 |
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. - His first coaching victory was in December 1976: Cherry Hill East over Eastern. "A long time ago," John Valore said. Valore still is going strong, and so is his Camden High School basketball team. With junior Brad Hawkins leading the way with 25 points, Camden beat Manasquan, 64-49, on Wednesday in the Group 2 state semifinals at Perth Amboy High School. The victory was the 600th of Valore's career, which has encompassed 35 seasons at Cherry Hill East, one season at Cumberland, and two seasons at Camden.