August 7, 2014 |
Officials drove their cars around semitrucks and shipping crates and parked in the large space between a licorice factory and Camden County's waste water treatment plant. This industrial five-acre lot on Camden's Waterfront South is slated to become Phoenix Park come Spring. It would be the neighborhood's first access point to the Delaware River and a welcome escape for the community which has for decades been impeded from its riverbank by power, sewer and cement plants, and an incinerator.
August 5, 2014 |
Camden County officials have begun to explore the possibility of interim dredging to save a dying lake that is part of a cluster of Superfund sites. One scenario suggested by the county to paint maker Sherwin-Williams, which operated on the sites, is dredging Kirkwood Lake, removing contaminated and uncontaminated soil. Sherwin-Williams would reimburse the county for operations involving the contaminated soil, and the county and company would split overhead costs. A spokesman for Sherwin-Williams acknowledged receipt of a proposal from the county.
August 4, 2014 |
Dozens of teenagers gather in downtown Camden each day, sleepily dragging backpacks - voluntarily - onto buses at 7:45 a.m. This is the summer? It is when your summer camp goes beyond theme parks, camping, and an obstacle course. Also on the agenda: homework, learning about slaughterhouses, and a trip to a landfill. Rowan University's Champ/Gear Up summer program isn't your stereotypical summer camp. Then again, it's not supposed to be. With the mission of supporting a path to college, the six-week summer program accepts dozens of middle and high school students from Camden each year, busing them from the city to day camp in an environmental center in Hammonton or the Rowan campus in Glassboro, where academic work is mixed with field trips and other activities that craftily combine learning with fun. "We're guiding you through, but the whole time, we're embedding in your mind the importance of school, the importance of learning," said Derrick Gallashaw, 34, a Champ/Gear Up staffer who helps lead the program.
August 3, 2014 |
A Camden man charged with murder in the 2012 stabbing of a homeless woman was ordered held on $2 million bail Friday. The arraignment of Tino Cruz, 32, marked the initial court proceeding in the first solved case credited to Camden's recently formed Cold Case Unit. Assistant Prosecutor Christopher St. John said in court that two witnesses cooperated with investigators, and another source told officials that Cruz had admitted killing Georgianna Jedrzejewski, 55. Jedrzejewski, an Air Force veteran, was known in the neighborhood as the "Cat Lady" because she cared for stray cats.
July 31, 2014 |
Angel Alamo sat quietly at the head of a conference table at Monday's Camden parking authority meeting, having fended off a City Council attempt to remove him. Alamo, chairman of the authority's board of commissioners since 2009, sued the city after a July 8 vote to replace him with Jose Martinez Jr. The vote came after it was determined that Alamo was also working as a clerk in the finance department. State law says a commissioner - an unpaid appointment - cannot also be an employee.
July 31, 2014 |
It was Saturday afternoon at the Public Safety Initiative Youth Market, and Corrine Goodman was ready with a beverage dispenser full of pink lemonade, a stack of cups, and her game face. There was just one little challenge, the 10-year-old said, glancing to her right, where Malik Thompson, 14, was standing behind a tray filled with his own ice-cold bottled beverages. "Malik's my competition, because he's selling lemonade that's homemade," she said, acknowledging that hers came from a mix. "But his is $2," she added, "and mine's $1.50.
July 26, 2014 |
The text message to Gerald van Wilgen, the president of the Camden Youth Soccer Club, was purposely vague. The sender, a coach with the club, hinted at news and asked van Wilgen to give him a call. Van Wilgen did so and could hardly believe what he heard: Liverpool FC, one of the world's most famous teams, wanted to come to Camden. And not just come, but put on a soccer clinic. "We just have to deliver the kids," van Wilgen said this month. And van Wilgen has plenty of those.
July 25, 2014 |
Summer is Wiz Khalifa time. His tune "Shell Shocked" is on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sound track. His new album, Blacc Hollywood , drops in August. And the rapper will take his third Under the Influence of Music summer tour through Scranton on Thursday and to Camden on Friday. "I always wanted to make Under the Influence something to talk about," says Khalifa, "not just the day after the show, but the rest of your life. " He's a Pittsburgh native. His 2010 hit "Black and Yellow" was a pledge of allegiance to the Steelers.
July 25, 2014 |
A Camden man died at Cooper University Hospital on Tuesday, three days after he was struck by a van in East Camden, authorities announced Wednesday. Alfredo Siguenza-Trejo, 39, had been in critical condition since the accident on Saturday, around 9:20 p.m. on 27th Street near High Street. Police said Siguenza-Trejo was entering his parked car when a vehicle hit him. The vehicle - thought to be a white van - then fled down 27th toward River Avenue. On Wednesday, a 54-second video, uploaded to YouTube by the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, revealed some details from the incident.
July 24, 2014 |
Jason Allen would like to spend the summer reaching out to the community, organizing exhibits, tours, and special programs that tell the history of Camden County. But lately, the executive director of the Camden County Historical Society has been dealing more pressing needs: rehabbing the organization's deteriorating building complex in Camden. A new roof is desperately needed for Pomona Hall, an 18th-century plantation house, and that site, along with the adjacent Camden County Museum, is awaiting about $150,000 in repairs to fix water damage caused by leaking pipes.