July 15, 2016
It's understandable that people are still talking about the Collingswood third grader questioned by police at school for making a racially insensitive remark about brownies. The seemingly innocuous incident adds context to the rallies and marches protesting the over-the-top police tactics that have made many in minority communities fear any cop they see. Collingswood schools have rescinded their policy of calling the police for any incident of alleged misbehavior. Officers had been responding to complaints ranging from a game of tag being too aggressive to a girl being called "Aunt Jemima.
November 5, 2015 |
Former Collingswood High School boys' basketball coach Joe McLoughlin said Tuesday night he was "totally vindicated" after agreeing to a $250,000 settlement with the school district to drop his lawsuit that claimed he had not been retained because of his refusal to play more white athletes. McLoughlin, who still is a teacher in the Collingswood district, expressed relief and satisfaction at the outcome of his nearly three-year battle with the school district. "My parents, who are both deceased, taught me to stand up for what is right," McLoughlin said.
August 21, 2013 |
A former Collingswood High School basketball coach has sued the Collingswood Board of Education and three administrators, claiming he lost the job because he defended black players against "racist practices and acts. " Joseph McLoughlin, who was coach from 1998 through 2012 and is the school's all-time leader in boys' basketball victories, alleged that principal Edward Hill and athletic director Ronald Hamrick made derogatory comments about black players on the Collingswood team.
May 18, 2013 |
James M. Smith Jr. was not just a good quarterback. He was a championship quarterback at Collingswood High School and a record-setting quarterback at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, his son Andrew, a lawyer for players on the Eagles, said Thursday. On Wednesday, May 8, Mr. Smith, 66, of Collingswood, a high school teacher and coach in South Jersey, died of cancer at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Born in Camden, Mr. Smith graduated from Collingswood High in the mid-1960s, where he was the quarterback for three years.
July 16, 2012 |
After a typical Collingswood High School boys' basketball game, coach Joe McLoughlin would stand on the court and exchange handshakes and hugs with former players, parents, and longtime fans of the Panthers' powerful program. Those relationships were built over McLoughlin's highly successful 14-year career as a coach at the Colonial Conference school. But about three weeks ago, McLoughlin lost the job he loved, and many in the Camden County borough aren't clear why. At the June 25 school board meeting, Collingswood Superintendent Scott Oswald recommended against retaining McLoughlin as basketball coach.
April 14, 2011 |
Karl P. Suelke, 91, of Haddon Township and Cape May, a retired pressman and real estate agent, died Monday, April 11, at Cape Regional Hospital in Cape May Courthouse. Mr. Suelke grew up in Collingswood and spent summers at his family home in Cape May. He graduated from Collingswood High School. His class, "The Old Grads," had reunions every five years and socialized regularly, his daughter, Paula Wachter said. During World War II, Mr. Suelke served in the Coast Guard on ships on the Great Lakes and sailed through the Panama Canal.
November 19, 2010 |
Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Powell, 86, of Collingswood, a longtime chemistry teacher at Collingswood High School who had a street named after her, died of a heart condition Monday, Nov. 15, at her home. With a serious demeanor and a straightforward attitude, Mrs. Powell took no nonsense from her students. She would look at them straight in the eye and demand only the best from them. "You couldn't pull a fast one on her," said former student Lorraine Ryan, whom Mrs. Powell once caught forging her father's signature on an interim report.
November 6, 2008 |
William K. Dickey, 88, a former speaker of the New Jersey Assembly who later chaired the Delaware River Port Authority, died of Parkinson's disease Monday at his home in Haddonfield. Elected to the Assembly in 1963, the Republican lawyer was majority leader in 1968 and 1969 and speaker in 1970. During Mr. Dickey's 10 years in Trenton, prominent bills that he sponsored provided for, among other things, the construction of state colleges and institutions, the extension of student-loan programs, compulsory police training, regional state police crime laboratories, feeder buses to the Lindenwold High-Speed Line, and right turns at red lights.
July 11, 2008 |
Relatives of Vaughn Peterson, a June graduate of Collingswood High School who died at the Jersey Shore this week, yesterday described the 18-year-old as well-behaved and a consummate jokester. Peterson, who played basketball on Collingswood's championship team last season, was visiting his grandmother in Atlantic City last weekend and looking for summer jobs, Vaughn Peterson Sr. said. He was still deciding whether he wanted to go to one of the several colleges that had sent him acceptance letters.
December 1, 2006 |
Jason Brogsdale has signed a national letter of intent to attend Holy Family University next fall, men's basketball coach Alfred Johnson announced yesterday. The 6-foot-5 Brogsdale, who transferred to Collingswood High School midway through last season from Paul VI High, averaged 14 points per game for Collingswood. "We are truly elated that a player of Jason's basketball and academic talents has not only chosen our program but has decided to sign early, as a belief of faith in the coaching staff and the direction of the program," Johnson said in a statement.