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January 15, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden school officials have taken the first step toward selling the Front Street building that houses the district's central offices, a structure they say has fallen into disrepair and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars a year to maintain. The eight-story edifice was constructed almost a century ago to hold executive offices of the Victor Talking Machine Co., later RCA Victor, which had numerous buildings throughout downtown Camden. On Tuesday the district posted a request for qualifications, seeking bidders interested in buying and renovating the property.
NEWS
January 15, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Big businesses moving in. Less crime. A school district under new leadership. Camden was front and center during portions of Gov. Christie's State of the State address Tuesday, as he revisited now-familiar talking points about the city as Mayor Dana L. Redd, School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson listened from the front of the legislative chambers. Five years ago, Christie said, violence-wracked Camden was "devoid of hope," with corrupt leadership and failing schools.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
For close to a decade, a group of Camden health-care providers has used a database of information culled from the city's three hospitals to evaluate medical costs, identify hot spots in neighborhoods, and develop outreach programs. Soon, the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers will also be able to look at data from the criminal justice system, housing, and other public networks - information it hopes will lead the way to root causes of recurring problems. "You may have people who are calling for an ambulance numerous times, having contacts with the police and having contact with various city agencies," said Aaron Truchil, an associate director for the nonprofit coalition.
NEWS
January 13, 2015 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A historic Camden townhouse that was home to a prominent Camden doctor will again be filled with life and learning when Rutgers University students and faculty move in to their new Writers House. The Henry Genet Taylor House, undergoing renovations at 305 Cooper St., will open next academic year as the home of Rutgers-Camden's graduate programs in English, with space for classes, workshops, offices, and public events. "This building is a gem - maybe one of the best of its type in the region - and I do think it has got to be more inspirational than sitting around chipped, cramped classroom desks in a 1960s building," Lisa Zeidner, an English professor at Rutgers-Camden and a novelist, wrote in an e-mail.
SPORTS
January 10, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Julia Braungart made sure the efforts of Kate Deutsch and Sierra Taylor did not go to waste on Thursday night. Braungart scored three points in overtime, including the free throw that put Camden Catholic ahead for good in its 44-40 victory over visiting Timber Creek in a nonleague girls' basketball game between Top 5 teams. Deutsch and Taylor both scored all six of their points in the second half, to help the Irish erase an eight-point halftime deficit. Taiah Thornton scored 11 points to lead Camden Catholic, which is ranked No. 3 in South Jersey by the Inquirer.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Michael Boren and Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writers
The day began with a robbery, and ended with a multicounty chase. The Medford News Shop on Stokes Road was the starting point. A man wearing a heavy brown coat and black pants barged into the Medford store around 9:05 a.m. Thursday, showing a handgun and demanding money. Once he had driven off, township police notified other agencies about his gold pickup. A few hours later, according to several people involved in the investigation, the suspect was found in Camden. Then came a pursuit that carved through Camden and Burlington Counties, and brought out multiple agencies - and a state police helicopter - before it ended around 1:30 p.m. in Wharton State Forest, where the suspect was caught after bailing from his vehicle, police said.
SPORTS
January 10, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jamal Holloway said he was "exhausted. " No wonder. The Camden junior played all 44 minutes, generating 23 points with 13 rebounds as the Panthers outlasted Shawnee, 85-79, in triple overtime on Thursday night in an Olympic Conference instant classic. Junior guard Brad Hawkins scored 27 points and senior guard Rasool Hinson added 17 for Camden (6-1), the No. 2 team in The Inquirer Top 20. Senior forward Luke Cooper scored 24 points and senior guard Alec Warren scored 23 for No. 18 Shawnee (4-2)
SPORTS
January 8, 2015 | By Mark Macyk, Inquirer Staff Writer
Demola Onifade continued to make his presence felt for Camden Catholic on Tuesday night. The 6-foot-8 senior from Nigeria scored a season-high 10 points and added 10 rebounds and four blocks as the Irish hit the road and defeated Woodrow Wilson, 53-45, in the Olympic National boys' basketball opener for both teams. Courtney Cubbage scored 20 points for Camden Catholic (4-1), which is ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. Elsewhere in the Olympic National, Brandon Cazan had 16 points, 20 rebounds, and 2 blocks to help Bishop Eustace get by Paul VI, 54-31, in Haddonfield.
NEWS
January 7, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
The teams of seventh-grade students huddled over stacks of playing cards on the table, exchanging strategies for how they could best build a tower out of them. They spoke quietly, and when a makeshift tower collapsed, the students griped in good-natured frustration but quickly moved on to try out another idea. The mood in the classroom of Camden's H.B. Wilson Family School on Monday was calm and polite - just what teachers and administrators hope to encourage, as the school becomes one of five in the district to adopt a program aimed at rewarding students for good behavior instead of solely punishing them for bad. "A lot of kids, when they walk into school, the first thing they hear is what the rules are," Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard said.
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