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Camden Board of Ed Elects New Vice President, Mayor Appoints Board Member

May 29, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden City School District’s advisory board elected N'Namdee Nelson as Vice President during Wednesday’s monthly virtual meeting. 

Board member Elton Custis made the motion, and it was seconded by Falio Leyba-Martinez. 

“I would just like to say thank you to all my board members for entrusting me as Vice President,” Nelson said ...

Camden District Sets Virtual Graduation, Will it Also Have An In-Person Ceremony Come July?

CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden school district’s Class of 2020 may get to turn their tassels twice this year. 

In an announcement Wednesday during the district’s advisory board meeting, Superintendent Katrina McCombs said graduates are currently set to participate in a virtual ceremony June 19. 

However, McCombs noted that plans for the online celebration were ...

School Districts' Tech Director Reflects on the Road to Equip Camden Students

CAMDEN, NJ — The height of the COVID-19 pandemic put mounting pressure on the Camden school district to pull off a staggering task: outfit thousands of students with the technology necessary to transition to at-home-learning.

Cue the Office of Information Technology.

Prior to March 18 when the Camden City School District (CCSD) closed its buildings, 2,290 of the district’s 6,101 ...

Gov. Murphy Commends How NJ Continues to Peacefully Protest for George Floyd

June 3, 2020

NEW JERSEY — Eight days after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer saw at least 21 protests across New Jersey on Tuesday. 

Gov. Phil Murphy in a press conference Wednesday said these have been peaceful demonstrations, despite the crowds at some — with Mayor Michael Soriano estimating as many as 4,000 people marching in ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Residents Invited To Virtually Discuss Proposed Camden Microgrid Plan

CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden community has been invited to a virtual meeting Monday at 6 p.m. to discuss a proposed microgrid plan in the waterfront south.

Those opposing the plan say the microgrid itself is a net positive but not when it’s connected to the Covanta trash incinerator. County officials argue the plan includes long-lasting improvements to the ...

Camden Man, 41, Charged in Fatal Shooting Near Hemlock Walk

June 2, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — A Camden man has been charged in the May 14 fatal shooting of Andre Reevey, 34, of Camden, authorities announced Tuesday. 

Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill Mayer and Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki said Dwayne Hightower, 41, of Camden, has been charged with one count of first-degree murder.

"When police arrived [near Hemlock ...

'Justice for George Floyd,' Police March Alongside Hundreds in Camden

CAMDEN, NJ — A police lieutenant shouted, “No justice!”

And hundreds responded, "No peace!"

Protests against police brutality have unfolded across the nation over the weekend following the death of George Floyd.

Perhaps nowhere as uniquely as in Camden, where officers and the police chief on Saturday stood hand in hand ...

‘We Watched a Murder Unfold on Video,’ Camden Chief Addresses George Floyd’s Death

CAMDEN, NJ — Protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police have been taking place across the nation.

Camden County Police Chief Joe Wysocki and other local leaders on Thursday joined others across South Jersey in condemning how Floyd was treated. A video of the arrest shows an officer restraining Floyd by handcuffing him, digging his knee into ...

Murphy Emphasizes Collaboration and Trust-Building

June 2, 2020

TRENTON, NJ - In the wake of days of civil unrest across the nation, Gov. Phil Murphy addressed New Jersey's efforts by law enforcement at collaboration and trust-building with the public while also unveiling a new data point to bolster his decision to move the state farther along its path toward restarting its stalled economy in the wake of COVID-19.

Murphy used ...

Camden Salon Owner Sparks Protest Heard 'Round the Nation, Obama Included

CAMDEN, NJ — Sitting in her room last Tuesday, Yolanda Deaver, 36, took a moment before pressing play on the George Floyd video. She had caught a short snippet earlier that morning but happened upon its entirety while scrolling through her phone.

The 46-year-old Floyd, his neck held down by a Minneapolis police officer's knee, could be heard saying, “I can’t ...

5 Camden City Organizations Get Boost from Pandemic Response Grants

June 3, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — Five Camden City organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities are part of the 25 receiving $222,000 in grant money, the Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) announced Wednesday.

“The stories of these organizations adapting to meet the needs of their neighbors and communities under stressful conditions with limited ...

'Bank Cards' Look to Provide COVID-19 Relief for Undocumented Camden Families

CAMDEN, NJ — Undocumented Camden families will be able to apply for “bank cards” this Sunday at the Salvation Army-Kroc Center as part of an event to help provide relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event, organized by New Beginnings in partnership with First Lady Tammy Murphy and the Pandemic Relief Fund, will make $1,000 “bank cards” accessible to ...

Over 1,200 Boxes of Goodness to Help Combat Camden County's Food Insecurity

CAMDEN, NJ — With help from non-profit Touch New Jersey, freeholders will provide fresh food to the residents of Camden County this Friday.

The weekly food drives, aiming to lessen the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic on local families, began last week at Antioch Baptist Church and at St. John Baptist Church — where roughly 200 families walked away ...

New Summit Will Send Virtual SOS to Camden Artists Facing Their Own Crisis

May 20, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — COVID-19 has thrown many Camden and Greater Philadelphia area artists for a loop. 

Whether it be contracts that never came to fruition due to closures, difficulty accessing funds at their disposal or, simply, the creative and mental constraints caused by sheltering in place two months and running. 

This Friday, the inaugural Camden Artist’s Summit — ...

Rutgers Nursing School Restores Hope At 2 Camden Housing Complexes 

May 20, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — Having roughly a year to establish a series of health services for the residents of two housing complexes proved to be the right kind of serendipity the Rutgers-Camden Nursing School needed with the oncoming storm of COVID-19.  

First establishing a presence at Branches of Centerville and ultimately Ablett Village, the nursing school — with the help of ...

How Camden’s Water Treatment Companies Face the Pandemic

May 30, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — The clank of the metal lever followed by the rush of whooshing water culminating in silence.  

You may not think it artful, but the fact toilets have been able to flush uninterrupted across Camden during a global pandemic has been music to Scott Schreiber’s ears. 

“I just told employees during a meeting that one thing I’ve been proud of ...

Murphy: Professional Sports Teams Can Start Practicing

May 26, 2020

TRENTON, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy announced at his daily COVID-19 press briefing today that professional sports teams that play or train in New Jersey can return to training camps or competitions if ultimately sanctioned by their respective governing leagues. 

Teams that play and train in New Jersey include the NFL's Giants and Jets, and NHL's Devils, ...

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Restaurant Business Down, NJ Distributors Are Selling Straight to Consumers

May 31, 2020

Duck legs confit. Waygu burgers. Anduille sausage. These items from meat supplier D’Artagnan typically would be headed to restaurants, but due to COVID-19 much of it is on its way to homes, instead.

“We got into this because the restaurants disappeared,” said D’Artagnan President Andy Wertheim. “This is a question of finding another way to get the product into ...

Southern New Jersey Needs Infrastructure Upgrades to Support Post-COVID Economy

May 21, 2020

Before the coronavirus pandemic struck our nation, South Jersey was getting back on its feet economically. Unfortunately, not all parts of New Jersey bounced back so quickly from the recession of years past and the closing of several casinos in Atlantic City made the road back that much longer. Now, in our post-COVID-19 future, South Jersey is going to have to work twice as hard to become the ...

NJ Human Services Announces $37 Million in Additional Food Assistance

May 28, 2020

Many NJ SNAP Recipients Will Receive Enhanced Benefits;

June Payments Will Bring Supplemental Food Assistance Payments to $143M Since March

(TRENTON) – Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in June to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 ...

The Jaffe Briefing - June 3, 2020

STATEWIDE - You can soon drop your kid off at child care as you get a haircut, shop for new shoes, then meet a friend for a lovely outdoor lunch to chat about what summer camp your little cherubs might attend. Just don't dare lift any barbells or swing any tennis rackets, okay? That’s the message ...