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February 23, 2016 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Staff Writer
Fresh off recent successes rallying urban Jewish, Muslim, and Christian congregations to enter the political fray, one of Philadelphia's largest interfaith coalitions has now set its sights on the region. On Sunday, Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER) welcomed members from 16 congregations in Montgomery and Delaware Counties to publicly launch POWER Metro - a new chapter of the social advocacy group out to prove that problems of poverty, crime, homelessness, and poorly funded public education are not just the concerns of city dwellers.
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Julie Shaw, Staff Writer
The number of hate groups in Pennsylvania rose to 40 last year, up from 38 the year before, according to a recent report by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Its Spring 2016 Intelligence Report, "The Year in Hate and Extremism," features Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on its cover. In it, a senior fellow at the SPLC called 2015 a year of "horrific political violence. " "The violence arose in a landscape dominated by losses for those on the political far right," senior fellow Mark Potok wrote.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
Calling it the first settlement of a major affordable-housing case since the New Jersey Supreme Court issued new Mount Laurel guidelines last year, an advocacy group said Wednesday that Piscataway Township had agreed to accommodate the construction of 975 affordable units over the next decade. An upper-middle-income community of 55,000 people in Middlesex County, Piscataway abuts New Brunswick and is home to many buildings of Rutgers University. Its median household income is about $88,500.
SPORTS
February 16, 2016 | By Phil Anastasia, Staff Writer
TOMS RIVER, N.J. - In the end, Rick Eli couldn't hold off Paul Morina. Eli turned back the last desperate efforts of his opponent on the mat, clinching Paulsboro's dramatic 28-27 victory over Kittatinny in the Group 1 state final on Sunday at the Pine Belt Arena. It was a little tougher to fend off the embrace of the ecstatic Paulsboro coach. Eli, a sophomore 126-pounder, scored a 4-3 win to complete Paulsboro's remarkable rally from a 24-2 deficit and secure the Red Raiders' 29th Group 1 state title.
NEWS
February 16, 2016 | By David O'Reilly, Staff Writer
An advocacy group for affordable housing is asking New Jersey judges to reject the methods a consulting firm used to calculate the affordable housing obligations for hundreds of municipalities. In briefs filed Friday in numerous South Jersey Superior Courts, the Fair Share Housing Center described as "specious" and "highly dubious" the methods that Econsult Solutions Inc. of Philadelphia recently used to project the state's household growth and population through 2025. Based on those projections and other data, Econsult calculated that the state's 565 municipalities need to accommodate 37,000 affordable housing units over the next decade.
NEWS
February 15, 2016
Five men with "CAMDEN COUNTY CORRECTIONAL FACILITY" printed on their mustard-yellow scrubs sit in plastic chairs facing Stephen Michael Tumolo. "We usually start," he says, "with a moment of stillness. " The beige, bare-bones classroom goes quiet. But elsewhere in the minimum-security unit of the massive facility in downtown Camden - currently home to some 1,400 male and female inmates - an undercurrent of boisterous voices flows on. And staccato chatter ("Mental health 1-2-3, Mental health 1-2-3")
SPORTS
February 14, 2016 | By Matt Cassidy, Staff Writer
Paulsboro's Nick Duca pinned Buena's Dan Wooten in just nine seconds at 113 pounds as the host Red Raiders easily dispatched the Buena Chiefs, 44-24, in Friday's South Jersey Group 1 final. Buena fared well in the highest weight class of the night with Antonio Rodriguez (285) pinning Jake Medica 17 seconds into the bout. Elsewhere in boys' wrestling: South Jersey Group 2 final. After nine matches, Collingswood led visiting West Deptford, 24-9. Michael Taulane (182) pinned Ty Thurston with 44 seconds remaining in the first round to grab six points for the Panthers.
NEWS
February 14, 2016 | By Jacob Adelman, STAFF WRITER
The chairman of a Delaware River neighborhoods association is raising concerns about a developer's apparent plans for the South Philadelphia waterfront site north of Reed Street formerly owned by Sheet Metal Workers Local 19. Matt Ruben said at a meeting of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group Thursday that a plan on the website of K4 Associates for what appears to be a cluster of residential high-rises on the 18-acre parcel would introduce too...
SPORTS
February 14, 2016 | By Vince DeBlasio, Staff Writer
Top-seeded Clearview Regional jumped on second-seeded Cherry Hill West early, and the team's three heavy hitters made sure the visitors stayed buried. Zack Firestone, Michael Van Brill, and Stanley Atkinson, all undefeated coming in, contributed a total of 17 points to Clearview in a 48-19 rout Friday night as the Pioneers won their third straight South Jersey Group 4 title. "These guys work so hard in the room, and they deserve every ounce of this, but the journey's not over yet," Clearview coach Dave Tomasette said.
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