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February 14, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia Braungart ignited Camden Catholic's offense Thursday night. The junior netted 11 of her 17 points in the first quarter of a 69-50 win over visiting Bishop Eustace in an Olympic National basketball game. Taiah Thorton led the Irish with 19 points. Brittany Garner contributed 12 points. Elsewhere in the Olympic National, Ciarah Bennett, Tamara Sellers, and Ly'ayshia Stevens each scored 13 points to carry Woodrow Wilson over Camden, 64-19, at home. Olympic Patriot. Amaiya Melvins scored 12 points as Winslow Township rolled over visiting Cherry Hill West, 46-10.
SPORTS
February 14, 2015 | By Chris Melchiorre, For The Inquirer
It's such an obvious comparison - and a bit cheesy - but it's one that is hard to resist. "People are always telling me, 'You know, you actually remind me of her,' " said Brittany Garner, the 6-foot-3 freshman sensation for the Camden Catholic girls' basketball team. Garner's name happens to be just two letters off from that of 6-8 basketball star Brittany Griner, the best women's post player in the world, known for her two-handed slam dunks. Last year, Garner visited New York to watch Griner's Phoenix Mercury take on the New York Liberty.
NEWS
February 13, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A group of Camden dispatchers who handle emergency calls to county police fear an evaluation of the unit could put them out of work. City Council this week authorized a request for proposals to determine whether if Camden could provide better service for less money using a contractor. City spokesman Vincent Basara said that the city is simply seeking to review the cost efficiency of the unit, and that any future action would go before Council for discussion. But the president of Communications Workers of America Local 1014, representing the dispatchers, said members worry that the city is looking to phase them out. "They need experienced, professional dispatchers, and that is who our members are," Karl Walko said Wednesday.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a holistic effort to address some medical needs in Camden, students from Rutgers-Camden and Rowan University will provide health care alongside legal services in a new medical-legal partnership. The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors authorized $25,000 in seed money for the program during its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon. Students at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University already provide care through student-run clinics. Rutgers-Camden law, nursing, and social-work students will join the Rowan students, alongside faculty from both universities and staff from the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, to help Camden residents with health-care needs beyond direct medical assistance.
NEWS
February 12, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Less than a month after Camden officials trumpeted the launch of a project to demolish nearly 600 of the city's abandoned properties, the company that signed on for most of the work has backed away from the deal. National Demolition & Recycling, the Hamilton, N.J., company that submitted winning bids for 531 of the properties slated for teardown, told the city in a letter last week that it was withdrawing, citing concerns over asbestos removal as one reason. Camden spokesman Vincent Basara said the city had discussed the asbestos issues with the company before bidding took place.
SPORTS
February 10, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Taylor waited all season for a win as significant as this one. "We finally got a big one," Taylor said after leading Holy Spirit to a 41-37 victory over previously top-ranked Camden Catholic in the final game of the Shoot Down Cancer Classic at St. Augustine Prep on Sunday. Taylor, a 6-foot-5 senior, scored 15 points with nine rebounds, and senior guard John Middleton added 12 points despite battling foul trouble, for Holy Spirit (15-4), the No. 7 team in The Inquirer Top 10. "We played [Egg Harbor Township]
NEWS
February 10, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
On Saturday mornings in Camden, dozens of kids haul themselves out of bed and lace up their cleats to run drills and kick soccer balls toward goal nets. Bleary-eyed parents line the bleachers, sometimes with younger siblings in tow, as they sip coffee and watch. The routine is not new for members of the Camden Youth Soccer Club, which has been coaching local players on weekends for more than a decade. But last month, the league moved indoors for the first time, setting up shop in the pristine gymnasium of the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, the city's new community building on Harrison Avenue.
SPORTS
February 9, 2015 | By Matt Hoffman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rasool Hinson and Jamal Holloway played big for Camden in a close win over Penns Grove, 56-54, in the Shoot Down Cancer Classic on Saturday at St. Augustine. Hinson scored a game-high 18 points and added five rebounds, four assistsm and a block. He scored six points in the fourth period, shooting 4 for 7 from the free-throw line to help quell a late surge by Penns Grove. Holloway finished with 16 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal, and a blocked shot to earn player of the game honors.
NEWS
February 9, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the Parking Authority of the City of Camden decided it wanted to tear down the decades-old Commerce Building in the heart of downtown to put up a parking garage, it made an offer far below the property owner's expectations. The Estate of Milton Rubin, a real estate investor in the city, had been paying property taxes on an assessment of $1.66 million, and in 2007 had prepared to sell it for $4.5 million. The Parking Authority's offer came in considerably lower. In a letter in June, the agency raised the specter of eminent domain as it offered minus $200,000 - essentially asking the estate to part with the building and pay on top of it. The authority based its offer on an appraisal it commissioned that said the cost of renovating the building would exceed its potential income.
NEWS
February 8, 2015 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
Some big shots late in Friday night's basketball game at Bishop Eustace led to a 49-44 victory for Camden. Rasool Hinson connected on 5 of 6 foul shots in the final 53 seconds to help the Panthers defeat Wildwood Catholic in the Tri-State Showcase. The senior finished with 13 points. John Evans and Brad Hawkins each added 12 points. Evans sank four three-pointers, including two in the final frame. D.J. Smith scored a game-high 15 points for Wildwood Catholic. TRI-COUNTY DIAMOND Glassboro 45, Cumberland 42: Deonte Rowland netted 11 points to aid the host Bulldogs.
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