January 25, 2016 |
If Trenton takes over Atlantic City, Mayor Don Guardian might want to hear - and perhaps heed - the advice of his former counterpart in Camden. "I would tell him, 'Gather your residents around you, empower them, and they will help you fight,' " said Gwendolyn Faison, who vividly recalls the state's taking control of her City Hall in 2002. That eight-year takeover's most significant legacy, beyond an enduring sense of disenfranchisement, was to channel nearly $100 million in public money to development projects at major city institutions, such as Cooper University Hospital.
February 17, 2015 |
Gwendolyn Faison is used to marking milestones. Camden's first female mayor marked another one over the weekend: Her 90th birthday was Saturday. On Sunday, she celebrated at Camden's Tenth Street Baptist Church, where she has been a member for more than 60 years. Church members, family, and local politicians honored her. But she told the roughly 80 people assembled Sunday she did not need speeches or honors for her birthday. "All you have to do is serve," she said. Those who know her say Faison is a good example of what it means to serve her community.
January 15, 2015 |
Big businesses moving in. Less crime. A school district under new leadership. Camden was front and center during portions of Gov. Christie's State of the State address Tuesday, as he revisited now-familiar talking points about the city as Mayor Dana L. Redd, School Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, and Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson listened from the front of the legislative chambers. Five years ago, Christie said, violence-wracked Camden was "devoid of hope," with corrupt leadership and failing schools.
April 16, 2010 |
Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd announced her first three appointments to the city's school board Thursday. They are current member Kathryn Blackshear; Sean M. Brown, a Rutgers University-Camden student and community activist; and Raymond L. Lamboy, head of the local Latin American Economic Development Association. They were nominated by a steering committee. "After reviewing the committee's recommendations, I believe Mr. Lamboy, Ms. Blackshear, and Mr. Brown possess the exact type of commitment, leadership, and knowledge that will strengthen and [enhance]
May 28, 2009 |
Camden's Democratic mayoral primary next week comes down to $18,000 vs. $0. The former is the amount raised by Dana Redd, a state senator, city councilwoman, vice-chair of the state Democratic Party, veteran of several government appointments, and, in the words of one supporter at a rally last week, "the chosen one. " The latter is the combined amount the other two candidates have raised for the June 2 primary, according to state reporting documents...
February 8, 2009 |
With New Jersey Democratic heavyweights framing her as Camden's Barack Obama, State Sen. Dana Redd announced her candidacy for mayor yesterday. "Thank you for accepting my invitation to believe," Redd, who is also vice president of City Council, told 200 people under a tent on the street in the Centerville section where her mother grew up. Running under the motto "United for Change" with a logo reminiscent of the Obama O, the 40-year-old Redd...
November 14, 2008 |
The "people's champ" is back. And this time, he has a new nickname. Ali Sloan El, the former Camden councilman and mayoral candidate who went to prison last year for accepting $36,000 in bribes, is on his way to being a free man and poised to stir the political waters again. "The community needs their champ back," Sloan El, wearing a white baseball cap with Coach inked in on the bill, said yesterday outside a halfway house in North Philadelphia. "Coach" is the nickname that Sloan El, 54, picked up at the Edgefield Federal Correctional Institution in South Carolina, where he led the softball and basketball teams to a combined 11 prison titles from July 2007, when his sentence began, through last week, when he was transferred to the halfway house.
December 30, 2007 |
Last summer, Loresha Gaines buried her son, a 12-year-old boy gunned down with an assault rifle while sitting in a parked car in Camden. "We miss you so much, Martin. You don't know what it's like talking to a picture," she said shortly after the funeral. "But I want you to rest. We're all going to be together in the end. " James Martin "Pee Wee" Coleman is the youngest homicide victim in Camden so far this year. Though his death was widely publicized, it was hardly unique.
August 4, 2007 |
In just one day, a Pennsauken field of dirt sprouted a house. The basement had been excavated, a foundation poured, walls erected, the roof shingled. The day after that, 25 windows were installed, and the house was clad with slate-blue siding. Though it takes months - maybe years - to remodel most kitchens, an army of blue-shirted, hard-hatted volunteers has been working around the clock this week on what must be South Jersey's speediest home construction project. Most of the work was to be finished by today, ahead of schedule.
July 17, 2007 |
Cooper University Hospital's "most famous patient" returned yesterday - this time bringing word of $6.4 million for a cancer treatment center in Camden. "I am glad to have arrived by car this time rather than helicopter," quipped Gov. Corzine, who was flown in after an April 12 crash that severely injured him. Corzine's visit was the second time this year he has come to the city to announce a major development push; the first time was to announce a Campbell Soup Co. expansion plan.