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.
August 20, 2014 |
ON THE outside, Fernando Ramos' house behind a chain-link fence in the Cramer Hill section of Camden still seemed immaculate despite the fire, the paint still a vivid yellow against the charring around the newly boarded windows. The 71-year-old retiree took pride in the two-story home, a neighbor on 31st Street said, in each blade of grass that sprouted in a small square beyond the patio in a backyard devoid of furniture, plants or anything else. "You can tell a lot about a man by the way he takes care of his lawn," Qadir Syms, 29, said Tuesday from his front porch next door.
June 6, 2014 |
In North Camden, five men made their way down State Street on Wednesday morning, taking the city's problem of abandoned properties into their own hands, one building at a time. Broken windows and doors were replaced with sturdy boards decorated with painted foliage. Red flowers were planted along the sidewalk. Those in the group, all but one of whom live within a few blocks of where they were working, had jobs to keep them occupied and help pay the bills. "I feel like I'm cleaning up the city, giving it a better name," said Jose Porrata Jr., who lives around the corner.
March 10, 2014 |
Ramon Gonzalez's first customer asked him to build a wrought-iron facade enclosure - folks in Camden call them "belly porches" - at her house on 20th Street. It was 1993, and he had just become an independent contractor. "I didn't have a shop. I didn't even have a truck. I was driving a 1973 Thunderbird with my ladder on the roof, Puerto Rican style," Gonzalez recalls. I didn't know what I was doing. " He does now. Gonzalez, 48, and his wife, Maribel, 42, own R&M Ornamental Iron Designs, a Cramer Hill shop that custom-fabricates security gates, doors, window guards, handrails, and fences.
December 21, 2013 |
N. Harry Gartzman, 94, of Philadelphia, a family physician who spent 23 years as chief physician for Camden schools, died Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Kennedy University Hospital-Cherry Hill. Music provided the theme to his life, with him asking for piano lessons at age 8 and playing at a saloon in Camden by 14. Graduating from Camden High School as valedictorian in 1937, Dr. Gartzman played parties to pay his tuition at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he received his bachelor's degree in 1941.
June 4, 2013 |
Three years. $26 million. Seven neighborhoods. Since 2010, various Camden agencies and groups have been working to improve conditions in those targeted neighborhoods with a large chunk of federal money designated for communities affected by foreclosed and abandoned properties. A major component of the Camden plan was to stabilize neighborhoods through home ownership. "All homes built and sold by February 2013," Mayor Dana L. Redd declared during her 2011 "Renewing Our Neighborhoods" forum.
April 4, 2013 |
Two Camden men were killed in unrelated shootings Tuesday night, authorities said Wednesday. Quenzell Morris, 31, was shot several times in an apparent robbery shortly after 8 p.m. at the intersection of North 26th and Cramer Streets in the Cramer Hill section, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and city police said. An 18-year Camden resident who was with Morris was pistol-whipped. He fled but returned to find Morris shot and helped transport Morris to Cooper University Medical Center.