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July 11, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
WHAT KEEPS bands craving and competing to be part of the Vans Warped Tour - the caravan of contemporary music celebrating its 20th annual tour-stop today at the Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden? Nearly 100 bands (!) will be playing on 10 different stages, for a crowd of "somewhere between 10- and 15,000," guesstimated Jess Bowen, drummer for the Summer Set, a Warped third timer. With ticket prices kept low ($45 at the gate), "nobody's getting rich on this tour," she added, with a laugh.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
The New Jersey Economic Development Authority on Tuesday disclosed a proposal to award Holtec International Inc. a 10-year, $26 million tax credit to locate some of its operations in Camden. News of the potential project, listed online as part of a meeting agenda, comes a month after an $86 million tax credit was awarded to the 76ers to build a practice facility on the city's waterfront, moving there from Philadelphia. Holtec, based in Marlton and Jupiter, Fla., is a multinational power-plant supplier founded by Krishna P. Singh, who has an engineering doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.
NEWS
July 10, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ryan Brady was volunteering at Cooper's Poynt School in Camden, helping 5- and 6-year-old kindergartners with early reading and math skills, when he noticed something super about their wardrobe and backpack choices. "The kids there, they all have Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, all these superheroes from faraway cities," Brady said. "I thought, maybe if they had a superhero who was from their city, they'd have something to be excited about. " Thus, the Bolt was born. Brady, 25, a self-described geek who has loved comic books since before he could read, created Sean, a college student at Ruttledge-Camden (a stand-in for Rutgers-Camden)
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philip Iapalucci, 73, of Moorestown, an avid hiker, an environmentalist, and a former Municipal Court judge, died Tuesday, July 1, from complications associated with Alzheimer's disease at Virtua Memorial hospital in Mount Holly. Even as he battled the disease, Mr. Iapalucci, who was raised in Camden, didn't let it hold him back from his love of the Pine Barrens. He went as recently as two months ago, said Josephine, his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years. "He had a great passion for the environment," she said.
NEWS
July 5, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five years from now, the majority of Camden's 14,000 students could be attending "Renaissance" schools - a hybrid of district and charter schools - though district officials dismiss that prospect as theoretical. Two applications - from Mastery and Uncommon Schools - are awaiting approval from the state. They would join the already approved KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy in opening networks of Renaissance schools in the struggling district. If the enrollment numbers proposed are hit - which administrators say is highly unlikely - the three schools could be serving 60 percent of the students in Camden.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sometime this year, school bus driver Bruce King, 64, of Mount Ephraim, and 1,443 other plaintiffs will receive a check from their employer, First Student Management L.L.C., to settle a wage and hour class-action lawsuit. For King and dozens of New Jersey drivers, it won't be the first time that First Student has paid up in a federal lawsuit involving accusations of not paying overtime and off-the-clock work. "They haven't changed their policies," said King, who was among 42 local drivers involved in a case settled in October 2012.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Horse-racing enthusiasts in Camden County have had two choices when gambling in person: Drive an hour to the nearest offtrack betting facility in New Jersey, or across the Delaware River to one in Philadelphia. Now, Camden County gamblers can bet on a shorter commute. Favorites, the state's fifth offtrack betting facility, opened Tuesday in Clementon. Penn National Gaming Inc., which is managing it, hopes the new site will draw South Jersey gamblers and, ultimately, compete with the betting parlors in Pennsylvania.
NEWS
June 30, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden-specific bill expanding facility-use options available to "Renaissance" schools narrowly passed Thursday in the state Legislature, to the frustration of the state's largest teachers union. The bill, approved in both the Senate and Assembly, also authorizes early retirement incentives for Camden City School District employees - a provision the union supported. "On the whole, we consider this a loss, but hopefully it will allow some of our members to continue doing what they love, which is working with and teaching New Jersey's children," said Ginger Gold Schnitzer, government relations director for the New Jersey Education Association.
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | By Clark Mindock, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their voices echoed as they moved south down Haddon Avenue and under I-676, bouncing back from the light-green metal supports of the overpass as traffic rumbled overhead. "Watch out for kids! Put your cellphones down!" Gabby Colon chanted toward the cars that passed by, some honking in support. Around her walked more than 80 people, crowding and spilling over from the sidewalk into the street. Many wore white T-shirts with a picture of 5-year-old Richard Pagan superimposed on a Captain America shield.
NEWS
June 29, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden promoted two employees at a special City Council meeting Friday, making the business administrator a Municipal Court judge and the city spokesman the business administrator. Christine T.J. Tucker, who worked as business administrator for more than a decade, was appointed to the bench and sworn in Friday afternoon. The court previously had one full-time and two part-time judges, but Council passed an ordinance to add an additional full-time judge. The ordinance was approved by former Assignment Judge Lee A. Solomon and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.
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