September 9, 2016 |
Camden's fire department has received a $5.2 million grant to hire 27 more firefighters, officials said Wednesday. The money, which comes after years of layoffs that hampered response times in the city, is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will boost the number of firefighters to 196. Fire Chief Michael Harper, in a brief statement Wednesday, called the hires "a breath of fresh air. " "These new firefighters will be a wonderful addition to our department," Harper said.
September 8, 2016 |
A $16.2 million federal grant to improve roads and infrastructure in Camden neighborhoods near the Ben Franklin Bridge is critical for the city, local and state officials said at a news conference Tuesday. "Camden is rising," said U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross (D., N.J.), who joined Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd, City Council President Frank Moran, and New Jersey's U.S. senators, Bob Menendez and Cory Booker. The politicians stood at Third and Elm Streets, where the bridge could be seen in the background.
April 29, 2016 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced Wednesday that it will expand its network of systems monitoring fine airborne particulates in Marcellus Shale production areas. DEP said it would add 10 monitoring sites to its existing network of 27, positioning the metering stations near shale-gas wells and compressor stations in Marcellus Shale production areas. "We need that data and monitoring capability to help us understand whether or not there are risks or impacts to public health from current air quality in these areas," said DEP Secretary John Quigley.
April 8, 2016 |
The Kenney Administration has announced plans to use a $2.5 million federal grant to make Philadelphia's deathtrap less dangerous. Mayor Kenney announced Wednesday that members of the public can attend a series of forums to tell the city how the accident-prone and traffic-heavy Roosevelt Boulevard could be improved. The U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grant awarded in 2014, coupled with another $2.5 million in state and local contributions, will fund four series of forums over the next three years which will lead to recommendations for the boulevard by February 2019.
December 18, 2015 |
The former executive director of a Philadelphia nonprofit that helps the needy has been ordered to pay back $90,000 that prosecutors say she stole for personal use. Rodnell Griffin, 68, used ATM cards to withdraw money 500 times from the Hunting Park Neighborhood Advisory Committee's bank account, including 10 instances at ATMs inside SugarHouse Casino, according to a federal indictment filed in April. Griffin pleaded guilty in August, and a judge Tuesday ordered her to make restitution.
July 8, 2015 |
THE CITY'S Promise Zone in West Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Promise Zone were awarded yesterday nearly $650,000 in federal grants to support college and career readiness programs, the Mayor's Office announced. The federal funds, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will be used to train AmeriCorps members in West Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The members, in turn, will help students figure out what they want to do after high school and how to achieve it, whether it be college, military service, job training or another option.
February 14, 2015 |
Philadelphia's biggest hurdle in securing the 2016 Democratic National Convention was convincing the selection committee it could come up with the money, organizers said. Now that the gig belongs to the city, it comes with an $84 million fund-raising challenge. Amid celebration Thursday were promises Philadelphia can bring in the money, even with a concurrent fund-raising push to raise $45 million for Pope Francis' visit in September. Mayor Nutter said the plan was to rely on federal and private dollars and use no city funds for the weeklong political fest.
January 22, 2015 |
With the crack of metal against wood, and a rumble that briefly shook the sidewalk, the ornate molding that pointed skyward from the roof of the Louis Street house disappeared Tuesday morning into the jaws of an excavator's bucket. Within an hour, most of the building was on the street in a pile of bricks and debris, soon to be hauled away. The long-vacant house at 1510 Louis in Camden's Whitman Park neighborhood, one of many that officials say have harbored crime over the years, was gone by Tuesday afternoon.
October 16, 2014 |
A group of Camden high school seniors will have the opportunity to complete a medical apprenticeship and training program with the hope of landing jobs in the city's growing health-care field. Ten to 15 seniors will be selected in December to participate in a paid apprenticeship at an area health-care organization and then go on to a training program to get officially certified as a medical assistant. The program is the first launched by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden board of governors, created in April.
May 9, 2014 |
A proposal to build an offshore wind farm about three miles east of Atlantic City could be back in the race to become the nation's first. On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that the New Jersey project would receive up to $47 million in funding over the next four years - a quarter of the $188 million plan. Financial feasibility had been the main issue when, in March, the state Board of Public Utilities rejected the plan. Fishermen's Energy asked for a reconsideration, which was rejected in late April.