March 1, 2014 |
Bradley Butler, 44, of Camden, a popular DJ who provided music at parties in the region, died Tuesday, Feb. 18, of liver failure at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden. The oldest of three children, he was born in Philadelphia and grew up in East Camden. He graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1988 and attended Camden County College. As a young man, he held several jobs at home improvement and clothing stores, and later worked for the Camden public schools on the bookmobile.
January 27, 2014 |
CAMDEN Camden has more than 4,000 vacant buildings in its nine square miles, 900 of them classified as abandoned and slated for demolition. At more than $30,000 per demolition, most continue to deteriorate year after year. But a new tax on parking lots, required to go directly toward razing those buildings, could speed the historically slow process. "Abandoned properties and crime go hand in hand, and in conversations with the chief and other law enforcement from the city, we're always talking about how can we get these structures taken down," said State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden)
January 22, 2014 |
With same-sex marriage on the rise nationwide and celebrities coming out all over the place, one might suppose that young gay men's lives have become "easy, breezy, and free," says Jerome T. Pipes. This seems particularly true when compared with my own youthful emergence from the closet, back in the day when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. But what if a young gay man coming out in 2014 is African American or Latino and lives in Camden? Out come the stereotypes - particularly, but not exclusively, among outsiders.
December 30, 2013 |
CAMDEN Wilson Rodriguez thought he had something worthwhile to say, but he wondered why a young audience would listen to a 21-year-old parolee convicted as a teenager in the bludgeoning death of a sleeping homeless man. He told more than a dozen youngsters in an event hosted by the Camden Board of Education he and his friends "did something horrible and someone ended up dying. " Two or three hands shot up, and questions followed: Why did you do it? How do you feel now? The children wanted to know more.
December 29, 2013 |
Virginia Matias was a senior in high school when her uncle Miguel Espinal was shot and killed during an armed robbery at his corner store. The robber shot Espinal in the abdomen and made off with $900 from his La Dominicana store in East Camden. The slaying prompted Matias, now 27, to study law and justice at Rowan University with an eye toward becoming a police officer in Camden, to try to prevent similar acts of senseless violence. This month, Matias graduated from the Camden County police academy, along with 108 others in the largest graduating class to date.
December 5, 2013 |
Authorities on Tuesday released the name of a fugitive charged in the killing of a Marine veteran on Sunday, and also announced a second shooting death in two days in the city. Darrell Crone, 31, of the 1200 block of Park Boulevard in Camden, allegedly brandished a firearm before firing it during an altercation outside the 20 Horse Tavern about 2:45 a.m., the Camden County Prosecutor's Office and Camden County Police said. Timothy Loper Jr., 27, a Marine reservist, was shot in the back as he tried to break up the fight at Second and Spruce Streets, south of Lanning Square, authorities said.
November 17, 2013 |
CAMDEN The dining hall food was getting tired, Brian Gregg, a sophomore at Rutgers-Camden, said before digging into a plate of tortilla chips garnished with refried beans and queso fresco. Gregg, 19, left campus Friday to chow down at San Lucas Mexican Restaurant in East Camden as part of the first Friday Dine Out Day - an initiative launched by the Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA) to promote local businesses, a week after a city curfew for late-night eateries took effect.
November 8, 2013 |
CAMDEN After rocking the Wells Fargo Center on his national tour Tuesday night, Jersey native Jon Bon Jovi stopped in Camden on Wednesday to see the future home of Joseph's House, a homeless shelter partially funded by the singer and humanitarian. "Today we have the opportunity to see the progress on what was, just a year ago, a vision," Bon Jovi told a crowd of supporters of Joseph's House, scheduled to open in January. The singer posed for pictures with donors. The singer's Soul Foundation gave $200,000 for acquisition of the 17,000-square-foot building.
November 3, 2013 |
Four challengers took aim Friday at Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd in a debate that at times took on the appearance of a sporting event in front of a partisan and raucous audience. Redd, seeking a second four-year term, stoutly defended herself from accusations of being an insider who has bent to political pressures and taken power away from residents. Jobs, public safety, and leadership style were among the issues raised by the audience, which submitted questions for Redd and her challengers, Republican Arnold Davis and independents Amir Khan, Clyde Cook, and City Councilman Brian Coleman.
October 14, 2013 |
They came to Camden decades ago for the American dream, and they refuse to leave. They are the Whitman Park stalwarts - elderly Polish immigrants living in one of the most dangerous and dilapidated neighborhoods in the city. But they remain Camden cheerleaders, held together by their church - St. Joseph's - and the spirit of the diverse residents who now populate a neighborhood once full of Polish bakeries, delicatessens, and other businesses that dominated the Mount Ephraim Avenue strip.