July 11, 2016 |
M ark Stettler 's Camden roots go deep. As a kid he lived in Cramer Hill, playing at the fire-prone Harrison Avenue Landfill, near the ex-boatyard where his great-grandfather Rickenbach built tugs, barges, and yachts. Now, he works rebuilding Camden: Stettler is vice president at T&M Associates , consulting engineers to the sprawling, taxpayer-backed Holtec International , Subaru , Camden County , and South Jersey Port Corp. projects transforming the waterfront and downtown of the Philadelphia region's long-depressed second city.
April 29, 2016 |
A law that would require Camden liquor stores to close at 10 p.m. has drawn both criticism and support from the city's business community, and approval from residents, who said it could reduce crime in some neighborhoods. Councilman Angel Fuentes, who drafted the proposal based on his talks with some residents of East Camden, met Wednesday with more than two dozen business owners and residents at City Hall to discuss the idea. Tom Jenkins, owner of a liquor store and a bar, was one of several who said city officials should target nuisance establishments, such as stores where customers linger outside and drink on the street.
April 7, 2016 |
Investigators are searching for leads in the murder of a couple who were found dead in their East Camden home this week, making them the city's third and fourth fatal shooting victims since Friday. The bodies of John Valerio, 23, and Aleshia Schmincke Hill, 25, were found just before 1:45 p.m. Monday by their landlord, who went to the property to make a repair and called 911. Police who responded to the house on North 26th Street found a gruesome scene: Valerio's body was downstairs, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation, while Hill was found in an upstairs bedroom.
August 10, 2015 |
In 2000, Hopeworks 'N Camden launched a website design class for city teenagers in a room with five PCs and a single server. "People didn't know what we were doing," recalls Father Jeff Putthoff, who founded the forward-thinking, entrepreneurial program. " We didn't know what we were doing!" That learning curve is history: In 15 years, Hopeworks has assisted 3,000 young people, 380 of whom have enrolled in college. Many also have been placed in paid internships through Hopeworks' Web design company, GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
July 10, 2015 |
Twenty-one years after community activist Luis Galindez was stabbed to death in his North Camden home, the neighborhood he fought for is showing signs of renewal. The construction of houses and schools, the demolition of a waterfront-hogging state prison, the restoration of Pyne Poynt Park, and the rise of a Little League program are energizing North Camden. Galindez, who helped pave the way for this fledgling renaissance, was only 31 when friends - alarmed that he had not shown up for work - entered his unlocked house and discovered his body on July 19, 1994.
June 15, 2015 |
When Susan Piliro helped start the Francis House AIDS ministry in Camden two decades ago, it wasn't unusual to lose a dozen clients in a year. "Once we had three funerals in two days. Kenny and Edna were on the same day, and the next day we went to Dennis'," Piliro, 66, recalls. "I had to go to grief counseling myself. " So far in 2015, not a single name has been added to the 100 inscribed on the Francis House memorial at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Cramer Hill. But tears are abundant nevertheless, because the lay ministry - which offers a hearty lunch and even heartier fellowship three days a week - is set to end Tuesday.
February 1, 2015 |
As Camden leaders tout a budding renaissance in the city, one Rutgers-Camden project will be keeping an objective eye by tracking neighborhood changes in the Cramer Hill section. The Camden Neighborhood Change Study, nearing completion of its initial data-collection phase, will create a database of every property in Cramer Hill, along with a variety of indicators of condition: broken windows, graffiti, vacancy status. Once complete, an online map will allow anyone to explore the baseline information.
January 26, 2015 |
Lynne Rogers met the Rev. Carl A. Browne Jr. in the late 1990s, when he was director of Christian education at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Oaklyn. "He was gifted at relating to the youth in the church," Rogers said. "And when I became principal at the Urban Promise Academy in Camden," in August 2000, she said, "he came once a month to do a chapel service and the kids just loved him. " And so, "in the summer of 2008, he enthusiastically joined Pastor Carol Book and me in our quest to begin a high school.
October 7, 2014 |
When the doctors-to-be from Camden wore their white coats outside this month for the first time, a young man pulled his car over and shouted a question: Why are you guys wearing those doctors' costumes? Samantha and Susana Collazo recognized a former classmate from Brimm Medical Arts High School in the Whitman Park section of the city. "Oh, we're medical students," replied the Collazos, twins from Cramer Hill who this fall became the first Camden residents to attend Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.
October 1, 2014 |
Light shimmers through the trees and scatters on the surface of the Delaware River's back channel. About 45 of us have crossed a two-lane bridge from the mainland, cleared security, and parked on Petty's Island. "Welcome to Acquikanasara," tour guide Bob Shinn says, launching the vivid volley of vowels in the Lenape name for this place. There's anticipation, as well as the unmistakable aroma of autumn, in the air; the private island we stand upon has pretty much been closed to the public for 100 years.