April 16, 2015 |
A Collingswood nonprofit will receive $6.3 million in tax incentives to move its headquarters to Camden, making it the latest entity to relocate there with help from the state Economic Development Authority (EDA). The EDA on Tuesday approved the request by Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, a Christian ministry that has an office in Camden as well as offices in other locations in the area, for $633,750 in breaks annually for 10 years. The organization plans to move 65 jobs about five miles, from an office on White Horse Pike to a city location on Market Street.
January 22, 2013 |
The nightmares have stopped, but the gruesome images and sickening smell of the so-called Highway of Death remain fixed in his memory 22 years later. He recalls the blackened bodies of soldiers who tried to escape burning tanks, the dead filling a charred bus, and hundreds of smashed vehicles littering the road between Iraq and Kuwait where the retreating Iraqi army was hit by U.S. air strikes during the Gulf War. Army Spec. Charles Vogel, a member of the New Jersey National Guard's 235th Transportation Company, witnessed the attack, then got a close-up look at its deadly aftermath.
October 14, 2001 |
Here in America we are locked somewhere between torpor and expectancy. A nation defined by its freedoms and arrogance, since Sept. 11 we have been stuck in this uncertain place. Here, the background music is not the clash of diverse voices raised in discussion or argument, but the drumbeat of war. Voices of difference and dissent are overwhelmed by cries for vengeance and retribution. Overnight, our patriotism has been abruptly redefined by the degree of our support for the administration of George W. Bush and the bombing of Afghanistan.
October 10, 2001 |
It was during another war, with its own controversies, and President Lyndon B. Johnson was livid over U.S. news media reporting on the conflict in Vietnam. "Well, dammit, if they won't tell the story," Johnson roared, "I've got my own radio station. " His own station was the Voice of America, a U.S. government-funded and -directed global radio network that hit the airwaves during World War II and opened a new propaganda front during the Cold War. In the last decade, the VOA has shed its role as official mouthpiece, been separated from the supervision of the U.S. State Department, and established itself - in the view of its advocates - as an objective news source for 100 million people worldwide.
March 16, 1999 |
Ralph Fletcher's life follows a rhythm that is basic. "Go to work. Come back. Do what I have to do, and that's it. " In quick, short stabs, he describes what he says is a generic Joe's life, working 8 to 4 as a janitor at a Volunteers of America halfway house in Camden, living with his 81-year-old mother in North Philadelphia, and playing the occasional game of pool on the weekends. But to officials at the halfway house, which is helping more than 80 ex-convicts work their way back into society, Fletcher is more than a generic Joe. Yesterday, they rechristened their Penn Street facility after the 62-year-old Camden native, a faithful employee who has not missed a day of work in 21 years and who first came to them as a parolee from the Lewisburg federal prison in Pennsylvania in 1977.
March 7, 1997 |
To the dismay of the borough and the cheer of the opposition, the Volunteers of America has backed out of its plan to build a $4.5 million senior-housing complex in the old Lincoln Avenue School. The project was becoming too costly, said Dan Lombardo, president of the Delaware Valley VOA affiliate. "There's only so many expenses we can bear, since we're a nonprofit," said Lombardo. "We were looking for more support from the borough. So they'll just have to proceed without the VOA. " The complex would have been a four-story, 48-unit apartment building with affordable rents for senior citizens.
February 13, 1997 |
A nonprofit agency's bid to build a 48-unit senior-citizen apartment building on the site of the old Lincoln Avenue school got a boost this week from the Board of Commissioners, which voted to give the Volunteers of America $33,000 toward purchasing the land. The national nonprofit will present its proposal to residents at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Mable Kay House at 24 Walnut St., near the proposed site. The apartments would be for independent seniors. The need for such housing in Haddonfield has been well-documented, both by borough studies and by the nonprofit itself.
July 24, 1995 |
A temporary relocation of homeless men outside Camden - an arrangement that has stretched out to seven years - is to end by year's end with the help of a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant will enable the shelter to move its clients back to Camden, where they should have better access to education, health, housing and employment services, director Marvin W. Price said. "By coming back to Camden, we are creating a network of services with other care providers in the city," added Daniel L. Lombardo, head of Volunteers of America Delaware Valley Inc., which runs the shelter, Jefferson House.
September 18, 1994 |
For half a century, the Voice of America held a virtual monopoly in telling America's story - warts and all - to the world. From Africa to the Soviet Union, millions of listeners came to rely on VOA radio as an accurate source of news. But the end of the Cold War and the democratization of closed societies have brought vast changes to international broadcasting. Now the VOA, facing real competition, is looking to carve out new markets. "We're no longer the voice coming over the wall or the voice through the door," said John Lennon, the VOA's southern European division chief.
August 21, 1991 |
As the clampdown on the Soviet mass media tightened yesterday with the official banning of broadcasts by reformist radio and television stations, voices of resistance continued to seep through the cracks. The Soviet hard-liners had allowed nine newspapers to keep publishing. The official Union of Soviet Journalists yesterday faxed an appeal to the those papers asking all journalists to "report only the truth" and to use "any method available to distribute information about the situation in the country," the Associated Press reported.