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December 12, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police Officer Jordan Plitt squeezed into a red chair designed for a kindergartner, extending his legs beneath a table just two to three feet high in Camden's Bonsall Elementary School. Next to him, in a same-size chair, was a smiling kindergartner with a ponytail. She peered at Page 30 of the children's book Snow , trying to copy a picture of a young boy skiing down a hill with a dog. "I don't know how to make a dog," Jeanette Ramos told Plitt, 24, who has been on the force for a year.
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December 12, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
All the guys who hung out at 10th and Lowell in Whitman Park had nicknames. There were Moose, Winky, Dickie Doo - and a wiry fellow they called Muscles. "That's because I didn't have any," explains Stan Bednarczyk, who's written and published My Wagging Tail , a detailed, deeply felt memoir about a Camden corner boy, the neighborhood he loved, and the man he became. The author, now 81, grew up the youngest of five children of an immigrant Polish couple who spoke little English.
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December 11, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
DARLENE SMITH and her husband, William, watched with a mixture of pride and concern at what was going on in their South Philadelphia neighborhood. Abandoned properties were being bought and fixed up, and condos were springing up where empty lots once stood. The problem, as the Smiths saw it, was that open space was being gobbled up rapidly. Pretty soon there would be nothing but concrete and brick. Darlene, a longtime educator, and her husband had lived in that neighborhood for more than 30 years, and they felt that something needed to be done to save some space.
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December 11, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
TRENTON - The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Tuesday approved $118 million in tax incentives for Subaru of America and an additional $40 million for Cooper Health System to relocate their operations in Camden. The health system, whose Cooper University Hospital already is a major presence in the city, intends to move 353 back-office jobs from Cherry Hill and Mount Laurel to Federal Street in downtown Camden and add 19 new jobs in the city, according to the application made to the EDA. Camden Mayor Dana Redd, who attended the EDA board's meeting, said the projects would help Camden return to its former glory as an economic hub of South Jersey.
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December 8, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The nine oak benches in Camden Municipal Courtroom No. 2 held a squirming crowd. Tightly packed, their thighs almost touching, some sighed impatiently. There were 60 or so in the room, with more in a line out the door, waiting to see the judge about tickets - for loud music, tinted car windows, trespassing, loitering, littering. The clock crept toward 11 a.m. Two-and-a-half hours since court started on the fourth floor of City Hall. The painter from North Philadelphia whose shift would begin in three hours was growing anxious.
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December 8, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
In the 35 years I've been writing about Camden, the city has often appeared to be on the verge of a comeback. But while a bit of skepticism is advisable - even amid the latest flurry of economic development announcements - I do get a sense of actual optimism in the air. Because the latest proposals look stronger, smarter, more realistic, and less grandiose than many of their predecessors. "I remember those grand announcements," says Cooper Health System Chairman George E. Norcross 3d. "Sadly, most of [them]
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December 7, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Subaru of America plans to move its headquarters from Cherry Hill to Camden, the company said Friday, and set up operations at the site of the former Sears store. The property on Admiral Wilson Boulevard is part of the 45-acre Gateway Office Park and sits near Campbell Soup Co.'s world headquarters. Campbell bought the 13-acre Sears site two years ago with an eye toward development. To make the move, Subaru has requested $118 million in tax credits over the next 10 years from the state Economic Development Authority, which is to consider the application Tuesday among other proposed projects.
NEWS
December 6, 2014
Two stories Thursday - one on a shooting in Camden, the other on crime statistics - erred in reporting the number of homicides in Camden so far this year. There have been 32 homicides in the city.
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December 5, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man was fatally shot Tuesday night while sitting in his car outside Centennial Village Apartments in Camden, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office. Camden County Metro Police were called to Centennial Drive about 9:30 p.m. after residents in the area heard gunshots. Officers found Wallys Sanchez, 38, in the driver's seat of a 1994 Toyota Camry in front of Building 22. Sanchez had been shot once and was pronounced dead at the scene. The engine was running, authorities said.
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December 5, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
This week, Camden Mayor Dana Redd told a crowd at a public event that more big news was on the horizon for the city's economic development. Officials won't say more publicly, but two people with knowledge of the project said Wednesday that Subaru of America will soon announce its move from Cherry Hill to Camden. Michael McHale, a spokesman for Subaru, said the company has been scouting possible sites for some time, including property in Philadelphia, but declined to say whether a decision had been made.
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