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.
October 12, 2013 |
The students assembled at the Boys and Girls Club in East Camden stood in stunned silence when Gov. Christie walked into the building Thursday. They were not awed by the governor, but rather by his companion, 7-foot-1 Shaquille O'Neal, the 15-time NBA all-star. "Just remember," O'Neal told the students in a soft baritone, "it doesn't matter where you're from; it just matters where you're going. . . . If Shaq can do it, you guys can do it. " And Shaq certainly did it. He began at age 7 going to the Boys and Girls Club across from the projects in Newark, N.J., where he lived.
October 10, 2013 |
CAMDEN City Council moved forward Tuesday with a plan to bring a ShopRite store to Camden, which lacks chain supermarkets and much of which is classified as a "food desert. " Council unanimously adopted an ordinance transferring 39 acres of city land at Admiral Wilson Boulevard and 17th Street, tentatively appraised at $5.2 million, to the Camden Redevelopment Agency, despite concerns that the location may not be easily accessible to many residents. The agency will negotiate with the developers.
September 29, 2013 |
CAMDEN An alleged gang leader was arrested Friday morning for running an illegal drug trafficking operation in Camden, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said. Tyrone Tyson, 38, of Camden, was charged with knowingly and intentionally distributing and possessing with the intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, authorities said. The street value of 100 grams is more than $30,000, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The alleged sales took place near a house on the 100 block of North 32d Street in East Camden.
August 29, 2013 |
One of Camden's most relentless civic activists, Frank Fulbrook, 64, died Tuesday at Cooper University Hospital after fighting a lung infection for the last year. He was still pursuing a court battle against the city over its recent imposition of a business curfew. "Camden lost one of its most dedicated and committed advocates," said Mayor Dana L. Redd, often one of Mr. Fulbrook's adversaries. "He always fought for what he believed was in the best interest for Camden residents and businesses.
August 9, 2013 |
Grooving to the "Water Cycle Rap Song" and making bracelets in the Feelings room: Fun. Dancing to Aretha Franklin's "Respect" and playing musical chairs in the Respect room: Also fun. Making kites out of paper bags in the Smile room: Definitely fun. But nothing beat the Happiness room for 6-year-old McKenna Nichols: "You make sun visors and you play with the balloons. " McKenna was one of 15 children from the summer reading program of Cooper Learning Center in Camden learning from 26 rising high school seniors in a two-week program at Rowan University's College of Education.
August 2, 2013 |
Tomatoes, broccoli, and peppers are flourishing this summer in the garden outside the UrbanPromise Wellness Center. But the most important crop may be peace of mind. "When you spend time in the garden, you're not thinking of anything else," says Rebecca Bryan, director of wellness programs at the faith-based nonprofit in East Camden. As she and I speak, eager fifth graders are harvesting and taste-testing the bounty from a lush patch of ground along Federal Street, where traffic spills from Route 130 and the city's cacophony rarely pauses.
July 28, 2013
A new State Street Bridge opened for automotive traffic in Camden on Saturday afternoon, allowing motorists once again to drive from East Camden to North Camden. It runs parallel to the original State Street Bridge, which was closed for repair in March 2012. The old bridge, built in 1898, has been refurbished and is now limited to bicycle and pedestrian traffic. The $11.9 million twin-bridge project was funded through grants from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. An opening ceremony is to take place at a later date, once lighting and landscaping work is completed, said Dan Keashen, a spokesman for the Camden County Freeholders.
July 27, 2013 |
One day after announcing a $21,000 reward for the capture and conviction of three suspects who shot and killed a grocery store owner in 2011, investigators were out in full force Thursday, canvassing the East Camden neighborhood where the shooting occurred. Members of law enforcement agencies including the Camden County Police Department, Camden County Prosecutor's Office, state police, and the FBI spent the afternoon near the 1200 block of North 27th Street, knocking on doors and passing out fliers related to the incident that advertise the award.
July 22, 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.