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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.
SPORTS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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May 28, 2012 | By James Os­borne and IN­QUIR­ER STAFF WRIT­ER
With its his­tor­ic boathouses and mon­u­ment to Olym­pic gold med­al­ist John B. Kel­ly, the Schuylkill has been at the epi­cen­ter of Amer­i­can row­ing going back to the 19th cen­tu­ry. But when it comes to the realities of mod­ern racing — with records on the line and arguments over slow lanes — many race or­gan­iz­ers now­a­days head across the Ben Frank­lin Bridge to the Coop­er River. This week­end and next the Coop­er will host scho­las­tic and col­le­giate na­tion­al championships — bringing thousands of rowers and spectators to a riv­er that many of the sport's elite have come to know in­ti­mate­ly in re­cent years.
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May 3, 2014 | By Barbara Boyer and Michaelle Bond, Inquirer Staff Writers
By the time commuters were getting ready to venture home Wednesday, a colossal traffic jam already was developing - in the atmosphere. A cluster of showers moved into the Philadelphia region at midafternoon, and then, "it just kind of stopped," said Valerie Meola at the National Weather Service in Mount Holly. The result was the region's wettest spring day in 142 years of record-keeping, widespread major flooding along suddenly chocolate-brown waterways, a rash of water rescues, streets more suitable for kayaks than cars, and prodigious cleanup chores likely to lap into the first weekend of May. More than a half-foot of rain - or two months' worth - fell on some areas, and flood warnings remained posted for the Schuylkill from Philadelphia to the Norristown area, the site of major flooding, into Thursday afternoon.
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January 31, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Retired Camden City firefighter Bill Bain introduced his daughter-in-law - "Have you met Saint Janet," he asked, hugging Janet Bain. "You have to be a saint to put up with all this," he said, laughing as Janet Bain grinned. She'd heard that before. The all this indicated by Bill Bain - eight fire trucks, all shiny, and on display for a national antique fire truck convention Saturday at Cooper River Park - wasn't actually all of the all this. The all is the 23 fire trucks, plus a few military vehicles, that Janet's husband, Camden firefighter Joel Bain owns, refurbishes, loves, and houses, sardinelike, in a warehouse in South Camden.
SPORTS
July 22, 2013
              Uncle Dave's Ice Cream Jog 'n' Hog : 8:30 a.m. Run 2 miles, eat a pint of ice cream, run 2 miles back. Shady Brook Farms, Yardley. jognhog.com Christmas in July 5K : Atlantic City. Starts at Boardwalk Hall on the Boards. Benefits Salvation Army youth summer camp programs. Entry fee $25. Run From the Sun 5K: Avalon, $30 race-day entry. Starts at 27th Street and Avalon Avenue. Registration at the Avalon Community Center three blocks away.
SPORTS
July 1, 2013 | BY JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
HE HAD A WAY of touching everyone around him. With his smile, with his quick wit and snappy remarks. With his candor and spontaneity. Paul Pratt had a way of impacting lives. It's why those who knew him, rowed with him, saw him every day, find it hard to fathom that he's gone. Two summers ago, Pratt once accidentally severed two fingers and part of another on his left hand. The Episcopal Academy junior was never supposed to row again. He did, not only making the Churchmen team, but making it onto their top boat.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Barbara Boyer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Arson claimed four boats at the Camden County Boathouse in Pennsauken early Wednesday, leaving the crew team of Bishop Eustace Preparatory School partly in ruins. Head coach Chris De Young said the vandalism would not stop his team when the season resumes in September, even if it means "begging and borrowing" throughout the summer. "It's devastating," said De Young, who surveyed the damage Wednesday afternoon. Two 16-foot launches were destroyed, leaving one submerged next to the dock on the Cooper River, which is known nationally as a top venue for competitive rowing.
SPORTS
May 24, 2013
The Scholastic Rowing Association of America national championship regatta is scheduled for Friday and Saturday on the Cooper River in Camden. Gonzaga (Wash.) is the defending champion in the boys' varsity eight grand final, and National Cathedral (Wash.) is the defending champion in the girls' varsity eight grand final. For complete results of the weekend's 186 races and more information on the regatta, go to www.sraa.net . The SRAA was formed in 1935 to foster scholastic rowing and to stage an annual regatta open to all schools of the world, the winner to be recognized as North American champions.
NEWS
March 20, 2013 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
To walk the upper Cooper River trail is to discover a secret hidden in plain sight. Who knew so much woodsy, watery, almost-wilderness awaited visitors to this corner of South Jersey, where Cherry Hill and Haddonfield meet? "I've lived here all my life," says Bob Feltoon, an attorney from Voorhees. "I take Park Drive all the time. And I've never walked back here. " Says Merchantville businesswoman Marilyn Axler, an active gardener and park patron, "I didn't know about this.
NEWS
July 17, 2012 | By Jason Nark and Daily News Staff Writer
HE WAS an enigma to the authorities and a curiosity to collectors, a man who could have made bundles with his brains. But not all of Francis L. Henning's plans were foolproof or legal, and he fled South Jersey in 1955 with the feds on his tail, dumping buckets full of shiny evidence in local waterways. On Oct. 28 that year, Henning, looking both distinguished and defeated in a light suit, stood for a mug shot in Cleveland, where he was making $700 a month as a mechanical engineer — more than twice the national average for the era. Henning was a counterfeiter who strategically dreamed small, it seems, to fly under the radar of the agency he figured would be looking for fakes: the Secret Service.
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