April 4, 2015 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Jon Bon Jovi is coming back to Camden. The New Jersey rocker and humanitarian will return to the city May 21 to receive an honorary doctor of letters degree from Rutgers-Camden and deliver a commencement speech. He will be joined by social justice and human rights lawyer Bryan A. Stevenson. Rutgers' board of governors unanimously approved Bon Jovi, Stevenson, and the commencement speakers for other campuses during a meeting Thursday. Rutgers' main governing body also signed off on a deal to sell Campbell's Field, home of the Camden Riversharks minor league baseball team, to the Camden County Improvement Authority for $3.5 million.
January 5, 2015 |
Other than for college and work purposes, Chris Widger has always remained tied to his hometown of Pennsville. A 1989 Pennsville graduate, Widger spent parts of 10 seasons in the major leagues with six teams and was a member of the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Series championship team as a reserve catcher. He would always return to Pennsville during the offseason, and now his newest venture will continue to allow him to stay close to home while being heavily involved in baseball. Widger said that one of the reasons he accepted the position of manager of the Camden Riversharks last month was because of the team's proximity to Pennsville.
December 11, 2014 |
Chris Widger, the 1989 Pennsville graduate who was a catcher on the Chicago White Sox' 2005 World Series championship team, has been named the new manager of the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League. Widger, who remains a Pennsville resident, served as the Riversharks pitching coach the previous two years. He replaced Ron Karkovice when the Riversharks decided to go in a different direction, according to a team official. "Managing is something I eventually wanted to do, and I feel so fortunate to be able to it 30 minutes from my home," Widger said Tuesday in a phone interview.
February 26, 2014 |
IT HAS BEEN a long, strenuous fight for Temple baseball coach Ryan Wheeler since he heard his program would be cut, effective July 1. The fight that began in December ended yesterday with Wheeler and his team still looking for answers. While the board of trustees met yesterday afternoon and announced it was able to save men's crew and women's rowing, thanks to an outside donation, baseball was one of five sports that was not restored. "I kind of had an idea [Sunday] night in talking with our lawyer behind the scenes who has been working to help us," Wheeler said after the meeting.
February 25, 2014
THE STATUS of seven endangered sports at Temple will be decided by the Board of Trustees at 1 p.m. today. The board will meet with student-athletes, coaches, parents and alumni at Sullivan Hall. In December, Temple announced it would terminate baseball, softball, crew, women's rowing, men's track and field, indoor track and field and men's gymnastics. A group called "T7 Council" was created, formed by parents and alumni hoping to reverse the university's decision. Last month, the T7 Council met in a closed meeting with Temple president Neil Theobald and some board members.
December 15, 2013 |
CAMDEN Citing missed payments, a bank that helped finance the development of Campbell's Field, where the Camden Riversharks play, is suing to recover $4.6 million in loans. Santander Bank, a Wilmington-based entity formerly known as Sovereign Bank, filed the suit in federal court in Camden on Dec. 4. The bank is asking for a judgment against CFDA Baseball Property Inc., the Cooper's Ferry Partnership subsidiary that took the loans out to build the stadium. It is asking for the same judgment against Camden Baseball L.L.C., owner of the Riversharks, as the guarantor of the loans.
December 8, 2013 |
ONE MONTH AGO, there was nothing but excitement for Temple baseball coach Ryan Wheeler and his players as the team announced it would play all but one of its 2014 home conference games at Campbell's Field in Camden, home of the Camden Riversharks. That excitement turned into anger yesterday after Temple's Board of Trustees approved a recommendation from athletic director Kevin Clark to eliminate seven intercollegiate sports, including the school's history-rich baseball program. "It was just unbelievable," said Matt Hockenberry, a senior pitcher and team captain.
October 30, 2013 |
* BEHIND THE MASK. Premieres today at Hulu.com and on Hulu Plus. JON "Jersey" Goldman doesn't need Halloween to dress up. If there's a team or cause that needs a mascot, he's there. "I've been cows, sharks, Superman," said Goldman, whose stints as a mascot began at Collingswood (N.J.) High School - where he was the Panther for a couple of years, before graduating in 2007 - and included a tour of duty as Finley the Rivershark (and sometimes Mr. Trash), with the Camden Riversharks.
June 22, 2013 |
At minor-league baseball games, the draw is not on the field but off it, where children can climb rock walls, ride carousels, or swing a Wiffle bat at a Wiffle ball floating on a cushion of air. Walk through minor-league parks in Wilmington, Camden, or Reading (or anywhere else in America, for that matter) and you'll see scores of children, from infants in arms up to 12 or so, because Mom and Dad have discovered that minor-league baseball is inexpensive, fan-friendly entertainment.
June 16, 2013 |
A subcommittee of the LEAP Academy University Charter School charged with looking into the Camden school's food-service contract has found no irregularities in the choice of a new vendor for the 2012-13 year, according to a board statement. While the LEAP board - through its attorney, Nicholas Repici - declined to release documents from the May 14 subcommittee meeting that discussed the solicitation of bids and ultimate award of a food-service contract for the 2012-13 school year, the board issued a statement saying in part: "Following an investigation, the board found no evidence that any school official or board member violated or compromised any laws, regulations, or code of ethics.