May 22, 2015 |
Seven months after eliminating its juvenile curfew, fearful of the prospect that legal challenges could arise, Paulsboro officials have instituted a new policy. Borough Council unanimously gave final approval to the new curfew Tuesday night, and officials say the nighttime restrictions for those younger than 18 is to take effect Friday. The new curfew will prohibit minors from being out between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sunday through Thursday; the curfew on Fridays and Saturdays runs from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m., beginning an hour later than before.
January 20, 2015 |
It's a word teens dread - a notion viewed as an unsavory limitation on adolescence - and it's a concept under scrutiny in some towns. Say hello (or goodbye) to the curfew. Though policies that govern how late children and teens can be out unsupervised have for years been approved by local governments in the name of safety, a number of New Jersey towns have moved to modify or drop their ordinances. Paulsboro lifted its curfew just before Halloween. Other South Jersey towns that have repealed curfews in recent months are Logan, Greenwich, Harrison, North Wildwood, Avalon, and Buena Vista.
October 9, 2014 |
The recent repeal of a juvenile curfew in a North Jersey town has renewed questions about the constitutionality of such measures, prompting some local officials to review their laws. The widespread effects were clear Tuesday night, when Paulsboro's borough council approved rescinding its curfew, a measure in place since 1983. The decision to ax the law has brought at least a temporary end to nights when a siren's wail at 10 p.m. signaled those under 18 should be home. "It's going to be a problem," Police Chief Chris Wachter said Tuesday afternoon.
November 9, 2013 |
CAMDEN - After multiple foiled attempts to bring a controversial business curfew to Camden, the ordinance is now law, following an appellate court ruling Thursday. When the clock strikes midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 p.m. the rest of the week, most retail outlets, including clothing stores and restaurants, within 200 feet of residential zones, must close or face fines and other penalties. Camden joins two other cities, Newark and Jersey City, which also have introduced curfews in an effort to curb crime.
July 7, 2013 |
Need a sugar high while in Camden at 3 a.m.? Slurpees and other foods and drinks may be temporarily sold 24/7 in Camden, a state Appellate Court judge ruled this week. After a Camden County trial judge upheld the city's business curfew ordinance in April, 7-Eleven requested a motion to stay, or put the ordinance on hold, until the company appealed the case in court. Initially, 7-Eleven was unsuccessful. Camden County Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina, who decided the curfew case in April, denied the motion in May. On Monday, the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey granted a motion to 7-Eleven, mandating that Camden hold off on enforcing its business curfew.
April 24, 2013 |
Aside from booze, gas and drug stores, Camden will soon be closed for business by 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. In a decision published Monday, Camden County Superior Court Judge Faustino Fernandez-Vina upheld the city's business curfew ordinance passed in 2011, which was legally challenged by a city activist and some take-out restaurant owners. The city has not determined when it will start enforcing the ordinance. But once it does, businesses within 200 feet of residential zones will have to adhere to the following hours of operation: Sunday-Thursday, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 6 a.m. to midnight.
September 19, 2012 |
Camden businesses subject to a controversial late-night curfew won a reprieve Monday when a judge issued an injunction that prohibits city officials from enforcing the ordinance until a full hearing. Plans to start citing business owners who stayed open past 11 p.m. Monday were immediately put on hold. The ordinance, passed a year ago by City Council, is intended to control crime in a city that is ranked among the most dangerous in the nation. City officials argue that businesses that stay open into the early morning attract drug activity and other crime.
September 18, 2012 |
Late-night Camden businesses subject to a controversial curfew won a reprieve this morning when a judge issued an injunction that prohibits police from enforcing the ordinance. The curfew, to have been implemented tonight, was passed by Camden City Council last year and was intended to control crime. It requires businesses within 200 feet of residential neighborhoods to close by 11 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends. Restaurants that serve alcohol and gas stations would be exempt.
July 17, 2012 |
As we learn constantly in this country, politicians have an incredible ability to fuss over nonsense and avoid the big issues. And then there's what happened Saturday night in London. Authorities enforced a 10:30 p.m. curfew on Bruce Springsteen's Hyde Park concert just when the Boss called to the stage some old bass player named Paul McCartney. Who has a 10:30 curfew? A 10-year-old? But Springsteen had already exceeded the curfew by half an hour when he welcomed Sir Paul for a legendary duet of "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Twist and Shout.
July 7, 2012 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Former neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was released from jail Friday for a second time while he awaits trial on second-degree murder charges in the fatally shooting of Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman left the Seminole County Jail a day after Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester granted a $1 million bail with strict conditions. He ignored shouted questions from nearby reporters as he walked out and got into an SUV. The judge is requiring Zimmerman to stay in Seminole County.