May 9, 2016 |
Mark Bryant, the longtime CEO of Camden's community health center, CAMcare, has been ousted from the organization. Though Bryant's name still appears on CAMcare's website as "President/CEO," Bryant confirmed Friday that he was suspended from his job last November and terminated in early March. Speaking from his home in Lawnside, the borough where he served as mayor for 20 years, Bryant declined to elaborate on the circumstances surrounding his departure. The president of CAMcare's board of trustees, Duane Myers, said he could not comment in any way on Bryant's current relationship to the federally funded organization.
June 12, 2015 |
A rash of heroin overdoses in Camden this month has ambulances scrambling from call to call, and one EMS worker says it's one of the worst outbreaks he has seen in his 29 years on the job. University Hospital EMS, which handles calls in Camden, has responded to 50 heroin overdoses this month - nearly the total from all of last month, when there were 60. The overdoses this month have led to the deaths of four individuals, authorities said. "We're getting inundated," said Donald Fisher, EMS operations coordinator for Camden.
September 19, 2014 |
Sinkler A. Casselle Sr., 93, of Deptford, a naval architect at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard from 1950 to 1977, died Sunday, Sept. 7, at Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury. Mr. Casselle was involved with "the design and development of submarines; he helped with the structural design of them," a niece, Melanie Wright, said. He won an award from the Portsmouth (N.H.) Naval Shipyard for his work on the submarine Jack in 1961, she said. He won an outstanding service award from the Navy Yard in 1966 for development of a sonar detection system for submarines, she said.
August 28, 2014 |
A Camden man accused in a gunrunning operation that allegedly transported illegal guns from South Carolina to South Jersey will remain in custody awaiting trial. Joseph Rutling, 23, made his first appearance Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joel Schneider. At the brief hearing, Rutling waived a preliminary hearing on charges of dealing in firearms and possession of a firearm by a felon. Rutling faces up to 15 years in prison and a $500,000 fine if convicted on both counts. He was returned to the Camden County Jail, where he is serving a 364-day sentence on an unrelated weapons conviction.
August 7, 2014 |
Members of a South Jersey gun-trafficking ring bought guns in South Carolina, brought them to New Jersey via Amtrak, and sold them in Camden, Clementon, and Lawnside, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Tuesday, announcing charges against six people. The arrests came after an investigation, begun in April 2013, in which Special Agent Renee Repasky of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives oversaw a confidential informant's purchase of more than 20 weapons, including handguns, shotguns, rifles, and, in one case, an assault rifle.
August 4, 2014 |
I miss the stylized, oversize, two-sided cutout of a white horse that was recently removed from a tower overlooking the White Horse Pike near I-295 in Lawnside. And I'm not alone. "It was a significant landmark," says David Zallie, whose new ShopRite is an anchor tenant in the Lawnside retail strip where the tower now stands topless. "It was symbolic of South Jersey being a unique area," says Sally Lilychild Willowbee, author of Found Artists , a book about discovering unusual, handmade objets d'art on the region's highways.
July 25, 2014 |
The walls are a splash of warm colors, with whimsical figures playing piano, a flowing upright bass, and a saxophone. They are a tribute to the history of Lawnside, a time when lenient liquor laws brought partyers and jazz enthusiasts across the Delaware to munch on ribs, sip drinks, and relax. The borough was a meeting ground for blacks and whites alike from the 1920s to 1970s, when the country was scrutinizing segregation and contemplating the future of race relations. The music that fills the dining room of Rochester's on summer Friday nights in 2014 serves a different purpose.
May 22, 2014 |
A chance encounter in the aisles of his supermarket led ShopRite owner David Zallie to donate $25,000 to the Lawnside Education Foundation. Zallie already had been introduced to foundation president Sandra Strothers when they "bumped into each other while she was shopping during the holidays," he said. "We said, 'Let's make it a point to meet.' " They did. The result - celebrated during a ceremony Tuesday at the Lawnside Public School - fulfills the private, nonprofit foundation's inaugural fund-raising goal of $50,000.
April 14, 2014 |
In the months before his death, the Rev. James A. Benson kept working on exhibits for his museum in Lawnside. "He was sick in the hospital, cutting things out of the newspaper and using the nurses' tape," Benson's widow, Ellen, recalls. "He was always asking, 'What's going on at the museum?' " A retired Lawnside postmaster, she's grateful that her husband - who was 81 when he died of leukemia Dec. 8 - doesn't have to hear the answer to his frequent question. The Benson History Museum he founded, owned, and operated (at no charge to visitors)
December 14, 2013 |
"What were most important" to the Rev. James A. Benson, according to his daughter, "were God, family, and his museum. " Mr. Benson, 81, who built the Benson Multi-Cultural History Museum in his hometown of Lawnside and was a minister for three decades, died Sunday, Dec. 8, at Virtua Voorhees hospital. He had been ill for a long time, said Bethany Benson King, the youngest of his three daughters. "The museum," she said, "became his legacy. " "He was a minister, an A.M.E., for 30 years, and he made quite an impact on the community through that," she said.