September 18, 2014 |
David Goree made dozens of big plays in the passing game for one of the most exciting teams in Woodrow Wilson football history. Now, the former star quarterback is better at handoffs. Goree is about to surrender his longtime status as the city of Camden's all-time leader in career touchdown passes to current Camden High quarterback Khalil Williams, who is a remarkably similar athlete in terms of size, surprising arm strength, and style of play. Goree has passed along something else, as well.
September 17, 2014 |
The trial opened today in the case of Ronald Galati, a South Philadelphia auto shop owner and alleged mob hanger-on charged with orchestrating a hit on his daughter's boyfriend. Galati, 64, faces 15 years in prison if convicted of the attempted murder and conspiracy charges in U.S. District Court in Camden. Andrew Tuono was shot three times in Atlantic City in November, 2013, as his then-girlfriend, Tiffany Galati, stood by his side, but survived the attack. In his opening remarks, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Richardson called it a "simple case.
September 17, 2014
ISSUE | SMOKING Expand N.J. ban Congratulations to CVS for its decision to stop selling tobacco products. And shame, shame on Gov. Christie for his recent veto of a smoking ban in public parks and beaches, especially after New Jersey lawmakers approved the bill. His disregard for our representatives in Trenton and the health and future of New Jerseyans should be remembered. |Mary T Gramkowski, Haddonfield ISSUE | CONCERTS Share those vibes Sarcasm aside, it's a great suggestion from a recent letter writer that Made in America concerts take place in a different neighborhood.
September 16, 2014 |
The blogger Brian K. Everett posted this image of himself documenting open sidewalks at Radio Lofts in Camden, nearly two weeks after a city inspection concluded the site should be fenced off to protect public safety. Four weeks after the Camden blogger questioned the stability of a vacant downtown building - and a day after he posted two-week-old municipal inspection documents urging immediate action - the city is finally moving to secure the structure. "If sounding a little alarmist is what it took to make sure people aren't killed by falling objects, so be it," said Everett, whose NJ Poverty Reality blog suggested the Cooper Street landmark may be in danger of collapse, or could be demolished.
September 16, 2014 |
With the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in the background, Holtec International's chief executive, Krishna P. Singh, in July faced the news media, Gov. Christie at his side, and talked about plans to build a $260 million factory on Camden's waterfront, bringing, eventually, 3,000 jobs to the impoverished city. Maybe, someday, Camden would be the place where newly designed small nuclear reactors would revitalize the nuclear power industry. "We look at this as our social responsibility," Singh, 67, told reporters as officials described how New Jersey would provide $260 million in tax incentives and Singh would guarantee 400 jobs.
September 15, 2014 |
In the 1970s and 1980s, Samuel W. Madara and his wife, Connie, traveled overseas several times to share ideas about insurance "with a broad group of insurance people," she said. They and others in their group were not simply Americans bringing their methods to other cultures, she said, but were also learning in seminars from foreign insurers. "It was an exchange of ideas peculiar in China" at the time, she said in a phone interview, because in the days before private enterprise, "they were all government workers.
September 14, 2014 |
The newly elected head of the National Education Association - the largest professional employee union in the country - visited Camden on Friday, and criticized standardized testing and the financial drain charter schools can put on traditional public schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia was elected Sept. 1 to head the union, which represents 3.2 million members nationally. She is a former Utah teacher of the year, the first Latina to hold the post, and the first woman elected in 25 years. Garcia came to Camden's Pyne Poynt Middle School at the suggestion of New Jersey Education Association president Wendell Steinhauer.
September 13, 2014 |
Gov. Christie on Thursday asked the Legislature to beef up tax incentives for non-gambling projects in Atlantic City as part of an economic development bill. He conditionally vetoed the bill, passed by the Democratic-controlled Legislature in June, which would revise the state's economic incentive programs. Under Christie's revisions, non-gambling businesses in Atlantic City would be eligible for many of the same incentives as those in other poor cities, such as Camden. "Similar to Camden and other targeted cities in New Jersey that are in need of economic rejuvenation, I am recommending that non-gaming development projects and private-sector job growth in Atlantic City be eligible for the strongest possible incentives," Christie wrote in his conditional veto message.
September 13, 2014 |
When Luis Soto drops his son and daughter off at Pyne Poynt Middle School, 13-year-old Christopher goes through the front door dressed in a red polo shirt and Alianna, 10, walks through the side door to greet other students in Mastery blue. "They both seem to come home happy," Soto said two weeks into classes while waiting for them outside before dismissal. Mastery Charter Schools' newly opened North Camden Elementary School, a district-charter hybrid known as a "Renaissance" school, is renting space inside Pyne Poynt Middle this year.
September 12, 2014 |
TEARS WILL BE shed Sunday night along the Atlantic City Boardwalk when one lucky lady is crowned Miss America. For Miss Delaware's family, win or lose, tears will flow - joyous tears for Brittany Lewis beaming up on the stage, and tears for her sister Gina Clarke-Lewis, who was slain in Camden County in 2010. "She's keeping Gina's memory alive just by being up there," Brenda Lewis said of her daughter. Brittany Lewis, 24, is about as close as it gets to a hometown favorite, having grown up a few miles away, across the inlet in Brigantine.