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May 29, 1998 | Inquirer photographs by Vicki Valerio
The Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships on the Cooper River in Camden County this week have drawn hundreds of rowers from all across the country. About 40 colleges and universities were invited to send teams. The competition is a battle among the cream of the crop. Races will continue through Saturday. It's the fourth time the event has been held on the Cooper River. The championships date back to 1895.
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May 28, 1999 | Inquirer photographs by David M. Warren
The 97th Intercollegiate Rowing Association National Championship Regatta swooped into action yesterday morning on the Cooper River in Camden County. By tomorrow, 160 crews from as far away as the West Coast will have competed over the 2,000-meter course in the three-day regatta. Heats for the men's varsity eight and lightweight eight finals and the women's lightweight finals are scheduled to take place tomorrow.
SPORTS
April 9, 1995 | By Mayer Brandschain, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
In the cold twilight, six crews raced to a blanket finish no more than three boat lengths apart as the seventh annual La Salle College Invitational Regatta ended dramatically yesterday on the Cooper River in Camden County Park. The Mercyhurst oarsmen powered the prow of their shell ahead of Washington College of Chestertown, Md., by one-quarter of a length for a varsity eight triumph by virtue of a strong sprint late on the 2,000-meter course. Mercyhurst sped the distance in the face of a cold crosswind in 6 minutes and 31.9 seconds as against 6:32.
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June 8, 1997 | By Tamara Audi, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Think about the protection that lashes afford eyes, and you'll have an idea of how the Cooper River is affected when its banks are bare of vegetation. "Pollutants are free to enter the river as the bank continues to erode," said Westmont resident and environmental activist Fred Stine. "Soil erosion is a major problem for the river. " Delaware Riverkeeper Network, Stine's nonprofit, volunteer environmental-action group, has been working to slowly restore the eight miles of riverbank along the Cooper River by organizing hundreds of volunteers for mass plantings.
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May 30, 1996 | By Rusty Pray, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sure, Temple's heavyweight eight is the big fish at the Dad Vail Regatta, but that's an event for small fry. The Intercollegiate Rowing Association Regatta, which will be held today, tomorrow and Saturday, is a much larger pond. The Owls, small-program beast that they are - they've won the Dad Vail eight straight times - might be swallowed whole by the giants trolling the Cooper River in Pennsauken this weekend. Sure, Penn's varsity eight surprised everyone by winning the Ivy League championship 11 days ago at the Eastern Sprints in Worcester, Mass.
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South Jersey law enforcement officials are investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains in the shallow, muddy waters of the Cooper River on Saturday afternoon. The remains were found in an area of the river along the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, across from Zinman Furs, Pennsauken Police said. The human bones were found by volunteers picking trash out of the river. Pennsauken Police as well as the Camden County Prosecutor's Office are investigating. - Bob Fernandez
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August 21, 1988 | By John Way Jennings, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden firefighters yesterday recovered the body of Tia Pratt, 5, who drowned Thursday with her father after the small boat they were riding in on the Cooper River near 10th and State Streets took on water and overturned. A search continued for the body of Robert Lee Pratt, 35, of Ablett Village. Fire Capt. William Huelas said that shortly before 11 a.m. rescuers found the girl's body in shallow waters of the Cooper River, about 800 feet south of the 10th Street Bridge. He said firefighters searched the area from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. when rough waters forced them to discontinue dragging operations.
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February 16, 1986 | By Doreen Carvajal, Inquirer Staff Writer
A "mountain" of silt has sparked a dispute between two Camden County government agencies that had been cooperating to clean up one of New Jersey's worst polluted waterways - the Cooper River. State officials have entered the fray to try to smooth over the differences between the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Camden County Park Commission. Last week, the park commission accused the CCMUA of creating a sandbar in the river through improper construction practices.
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August 19, 1988 | By Ralph Cipriano and David Lee Preston, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden man and his 5-year-old daughter were missing and presumed drowned in the Cooper River in Camden last night after a boating accident that the man's 9-year-old son survived, police said. Police received a report at 5:14 p.m. that three people had fallen from a boat into the river near 10th and State Streets, Camden police Detective Richard G. Desmond said. Rescuers arriving at the scene found the boy, Michael Searles, who told them he had been with his father and sister on the boat when it flipped.
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August 23, 2016 | By Dan Geringer, STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia-area breast cancer survivors were disappointed Sunday when a forecast of late afternoon thunderstorms canceled their dragon boat races on the Schuylkill but said the joy of paddling together provides both physical and psychological therapy during their April-through-October season. "There are 20 paddlers, two to a seat, and a steerer and a drummer, and we all have to work together as an engine to make this boat go forward," said Peg Schofield, a 21-year breast cancer survivor from Ardmore and president of the Hope Afloat USA dragon boat team.
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August 13, 2016 | By Allison Steele, Staff Writer
A snow-white egret stood silently in the shallows off a bank of the Cooper River as a blue heron dipped below the tree line and flew west. Nearby, a bald eagle took flight and crossed the water, gliding on arched wings before landing somewhere in a cluster of treetops. Just beyond the forest was Camden High School, and the constant traffic on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard. But all was quiet as a phalanx of canoes paddled down the river early one morning this week, manned by five teenagers from Camden and others who came to explore the hidden world that flows through the heart of the city.
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August 8, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
The growth in local rye has been inspiring for those who see the spicy grain as the pride of Pennsylvania's spirit heritage. Dad's Hat in Bristol and Pittsburgh's Wigle led the charge, followed by Pipersville's Hewn Spirits, Thistle Finch in Lancaster, and the newly revived Kinsey brand in Kensington. And now comes rye from South Jersey. It's fair to assume anything from Cooper River Distillers in Camden would reflect roughly the same terroir as those from just across the river in Philadelphia.
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July 28, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Nearly a year after a major dredging operation began shutting it down, boating on the Cooper River seemed back to normal Tuesday. Sailboats tacked into light breezes, a kayak skimmed along the Pennsauken shore, and three sleek shells packed with young rowers from Moorestown glided west. But shouts and a shrill whistle - even a waterborne visit from "law enforcement" - will greet any boater who gets close to that new line of white buoys stretched across the river. To its east lie the two miles of submerged pipes, suction equipment, and dredge boats of Camden County's $10.5 million channel-deepening operation, which resumed July 1 after a three-month pause.
NEWS
May 14, 2016 | By Aubrey Whelan, Staff Writer
Two weeks ago, Paul Laskow watched plumes of mud rise in the Schuylkill as rowers tried to push their boats off from the docks at Boathouse Row. Normally, the water surrounding the docks is six feet deep. But these days, outside some boathouses, Laskow says, you can sit on the dock, put your hand in the water, and touch the river bottom. Sediment buildup caused by the Schuylkill's various dams has long been a problem along Boathouse Row and the racecourses just upriver. With the annual Dad Vail Regatta getting underway Friday, the river is long overdue for a dredging, said Laskow, who runs the river restoration committee of the Schuylkill Navy, the governing body of Boathouse Row. Funds to dredge the river, however, are hard to come by. Laskow and his committee have been working for three years to get a dredging barge up the Schuylkill.
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April 30, 2016 | By Melanie Burney, Staff Writer
The spectacular view of the Cooper River remains the same at the new Cooper House restaurant, while the place has been given a complete makeover and new menu. More than a year after upgrades began to spruce up the once-popular Lobster Trap, the restaurant is only weeks away from opening. Besides its new name, the restaurant, closed since 2013, will have a new lease when it officially opens June 5. The building is owned by Camden County. There will be no TVs or stools at the bar, which will offer locally brewed beer and wines from South Jersey.
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South Jersey law enforcement officials are investigating the discovery of skeletal human remains in the shallow, muddy waters of the Cooper River on Saturday afternoon. The remains were found in an area of the river along the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, across from Zinman Furs, Pennsauken Police said. The human bones were found by volunteers picking trash out of the river. Pennsauken Police as well as the Camden County Prosecutor's Office are investigating. - Bob Fernandez
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April 9, 2016 | By Rita Giordano, Staff Writer
A soon-to-be released report commissioned by Camden County is expected to bring greater potency to residents' and county officials' demands for the dredging of Kirkwood Lake. The report by Sadat Associates will claim that contamination from the upstream Superfund site is entering the lake and passing downstream to the Cooper River, according to Emery Coppola Jr. of Sadat. It will also say the lake is threatened without dredging. Preliminary findings of the report were discussed at a public meeting Thursday night at Voorhees Town Center.
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March 8, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
A dredging operation on the Cooper River is taking longer than expected, Camden County officials say, and rowing teams likely will not be allowed on the water before May 1, disrupting the practice schedules of hundreds of rowers. A May start would be two months later than the county told a meeting of coaches in early February, and not what the Haddon Township Crew Club imagined as members towed their floating docks into place on Feb. 21. "My expectation was that we'd be starting practices out there two days ago," Haddon's visibly disappointed head coach, Gregg Francis, said Thursday on learning of the delay.
NEWS
February 19, 2016
Eight flood-prone lanes of traffic and two miles of dreams that have been stalling, falling short, or failing for nearly 100 years. That's how I see the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, which recently became the first South Jersey highway included in the online Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia (philadelphiaencyclopedia.org). But the erudite author of the encyclopedia entry takes a longer, broader, bigger-picture view of what is arguably one of the region's least loved, yet most lore-laden, thoroughfares.
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