July 20, 2013 |
Clyde Cook said he wasn't surprised by the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The Camden pastor was more curious about what would come next. "I wanted to see how our people would react to the verdict," said Cook, pastor of Better Life Ministry in East Camden, a home-based church. Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer, was acquitted last Saturday of murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black 17-year-old, in Sanford, Fla. The verdict unleashed protests in cities across the United States and spirited debates about race in America.
July 12, 2013 |
Camden's only chain supermarket, in the southern tip of the city, is not just a place to get food and paper towels. It is a place where many of this impoverished city's 77,000 residents say they look forward to going to catch up with friends and neighbors. A safe haven for adults. But the mood outside the Pathmark on Wednesday was just like the gray clouds looming over the store's parking lot. Shoppers were commiserating with each other and employees over the news that the long-standing store will shut its doors for good in September.
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.
July 6, 2013 |
More than a year after it was closed for repairs, the State Street Bridge that connects East and North Camden is set to open later this month - along with a twin. Excavators were still rummaging through dirt at the site Wednesday, but Camden County officials said July 26 would be the grand opening. The last set of streetlights is being installed on the new companion span, city officials said, and Camden City Council is expected to pass a resolution at its next meeting, on Tuesday, to approve paying the monthly utility charges for the lights.
June 15, 2013 |
In an effort to add classrooms to the Knowledge A to Z (KATZ) Academy Charter School in Camden, the city Planning Board approved a proposal Thursday that would eliminate a pool in the Parkside Boys and Girls Club, which houses the school. The school wants to fill in the pool to make room for seven classrooms, bringing its total to 15. The extra classrooms could add 112 students, said Marcella Dalsey, president and cofounder of the charter. The school now has 135 students in the Parkside building and 60 at a former school in the city's Rosedale section.
June 14, 2013 |
A young man on a sidewalk drags an empty handcart behind him. A crowd waits outside a church food pantry on a chilly winter day. And the shelves of a refrigerator are barren except for a pallid tub of margarine and a clear jug of water. This is what living in Camden without enough to eat looks like - in the digital photographs 10 city women in the Drexel University project "Witnesses to Hunger" have made. Associate professor of public health Mariana Chilton founded the project in 2008 in Philadelphia; it has since expanded to Baltimore, Boston, and Camden.
June 12, 2013 |
It started in late 2011, when four high school students started holding informal mentoring sessions with younger students in Camden. Within a few weeks, the talks that Zaire Martin and three classmates were having with younger students started paying off, prompting teachers at Dudley Elementary School in East Camden to encourage the high school students to keep the meetings going. "The teachers kind of pointed it out that they actually listened to us," said Martin, 18. The mentoring group, "Child of Mine," started with those informal sessions and quickly transformed into a group that works with six seventh and eighth grade students at Dudley.
June 7, 2013 |
Joe Travis and his fellow gardeners in Morgan Village put in apple, pear, and plum trees. Across town in East Camden, Betty Louie and her neighbors planted Okame cherries. And at the Neighborhood Center in Camden's Bergen Square section, volunteers helped Beth McMillan add Japanese lilacs, red maples, and a stately Zelkova to the landscape. "We've done more than 135 varieties and 70 species in the city," says Jessica Franzini, program coordinator for the New Jersey Tree Foundation.
June 7, 2013 |
The former Sears, Roebuck & Co. store on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden started coming down in pieces Wednesday, 42 years after it closed its doors to shoppers. The work is expected to last eight weeks. On Wednesday, an excavator clawed through the rear, working toward the boulevard. A handful of spectators watched. The civic activists who had called for the building, built in 1927, to be preserved were not present Wednesday morning. For now, the facade of the neoclassical store remains in place, windows and doors boarded up. But soon, it, too, will come down, making way for a redevelopment project by the Campbell Soup Co., whose headquarters is nearby.
May 30, 2013 |
Camden High School's past in boys' basketball is filled with stirring victories and state-championship trophies, and some of the most memorable moments in South Jersey sports history. But the Panthers' future is shrouded in uncertainty. The direction of perhaps South Jersey's most fabled athletic program was cast into doubt Tuesday night when the Camden Board of Education voted down a controversial recommendation to hire former Cherry Hill East coach John Valore as the next Camden coach.