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March 10, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Cheryl Chavis walked through Lanning Square on Thursday, fliers in hand, Bluetooth in her ear, in search of Camden's youngest residents. "I see little ones!" she exclaimed, jogging across the street to greet a mother and her soon-to-be 3-year-old with information about Camden's prekindergarten program and how to sign up. In a school district rarely mentioned without noting its dismal test scores and low graduation rate, the preschool program is growing, celebrated for its success, and even drawing interested parents from suburbs where free full-day pre-K isn't offered.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Julia Terruso and Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writers
In Camden City schools, class will be in session during all of the previously scheduled spring break. Inclement weather, resulting in seven snow days, forced the decision. State law requires students to have 180 instructional days. That means school will be in session for students and staff from April 21 to 25, which is the week after Easter. Camden's last day of school also was bumped one day, to June 25 for students and June 26 for staff, to accommodate Monday's snow day. Should there be any more cancellations, additional days will be tacked on to the end of the year.
NEWS
March 8, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN Cetshwayo Byrd, who was dismissed as the Camden High School boys' basketball coach last April after leading the Panthers to back-to-back South Jersey titles, has filed a lawsuit against the district and several of his former supervisors. Byrd, who guided Camden to South Jersey Group 3 crowns in his two seasons with the team, 2011-12 and 2012-13, filed a civil action Feb. 24 in Superior Court. The lawsuit names the Camden School District and Board of Education as defendants, as well as former Superintendent Reuben Mills, Camden High School principal James Thompson and athletic director Mark Phillips, and former district human resources director Maryann Greenfield.
SPORTS
March 7, 2014 | By Tim McManus and Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writers
Courtney Cubbage took control in overtime and Camden Catholic outlasted visiting Monsignor Donovan, 73-60, in double OT on Wednesday in the first round of the South Jersey Non-Public A boys' basketball tournament. Cubbage scored 19 of his 31 points in the extra sessions, and the seventh-seeded Irish pulled away from No. 10 Monsignor Donovan. Rob Brosh added 18 points. Bishop Eustace 45, Holy Cross 36: The fifth-seeded Crusaders used a 21-7 run spanning the second and third quarters to seize control.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writer
Edgar Trinidad Mendez no longer lives in fear. But that was not always the case for the Mexican undocumented immigrant, who came to the United States when he was 6. Mendez, 24, of Deptford, was a high school sophomore when he learned how his life and aspirations would take a different course because he was undocumented. "Since I [can] remember, I have been undocumented. My life has been consumed by uncertainty, always apprehensive about an unclear future," Mendez said. "Being undocumented is like having ball chains tied to the limbs of your body, preventing you to move forward.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN A 57-year-old Camden woman has tested positive for meningococcal disease and is recovering at home after being hospitalized, Camden County officials said. The victim, whom officials did not identify Wednesday, began undergoing treatment Feb. 28 at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill for an unknown illness. The patient's serology blood test showed she had meningococcemia, a disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis , officials said. The Camden County Health Department and New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services were notified Monday, and others in the woman's household were found to be free of the disease.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
CAMDEN As contractors laid groundwork outside for the state's first "Renaissance" school, Gov. Christie and South Jersey political figures gathered inside - at the neighboring Cooper Medical School of Rowan University - to raise silver shovels to ceremonially launch the work. KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy is slated to be the first of the hybrid district/charter schools established under the Urban Hope Act. It will open in a temporary facility in the fall of 2014 with 100 kindergarten students, who will then move to the permanent 110,000-square-foot facility for elementary and middle school students in the fall of 2015, organizers say. "This stuff isn't easy to do," Christie said of turning around the city's struggling public school district, "but nor should it be easy for us to continue to ignore these children.
SPORTS
March 3, 2014 | By Evan Cross, Inquirer Staff Writer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Andrew Stevens didn't want to use too much of his injury timeout. The Camden senior had gotten accidentally poked in the right eye by his opponent, Robbinsville's Tyler Gildner. Stevens took a short break to collect himself, but after about 20 seconds, he hurried back to the center of the mat and crouched, ready to continue. Stevens then pushed Gildner straight off the mat, causing the match to stop again. When the bout resumed once more, Stevens bulldozed Gildner again, nearly sending the heavyweight pair toppling into a crowd of other, mostly smaller wrestlers sitting at ringside.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
  CAMDEN He's frayed, flaking and faded. Over time, his seven-foot-tall portrait, in a stairwell of the Camden County Historical Society, has aged badly, like the painting in Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray. Lord Camden, who gave the city its name, has a green pallor. His flowing wig, lace cuffs and full-lined robe are dingy. Creases and tears have shown up across the canvas. But that's about to change. The Richard C. von Hess Foundation in Philadelphia, which has provided grants to the arts and conservation communities, contributed the $5,000 needed to restore the painting to its original glory.
NEWS
March 2, 2014 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. - Tyler McBride gripped a bottle of Gatorade with his palm and four fingers. His thumb dangled to the side. The knuckle was indented and swollen. The thumb itself was puffed up, red and awkwardly bent. "It's hurt," McBride said. "There's nothing I can do about it. " A completely torn ulnar collateral ligament and broken bone in the right thumb is easily a season-ender in just about any sport. But McBride is a wrestler. "This is my last season. And something like this isn't going to bring me down," the Camden Catholic senior said after a gutsy win at Friday night's Region 7 quarterfinals at Robbinsville High School.
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