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Camden Schools Host Enrollment Fair Today

August 2, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ — With 37 days of summer still left until schools reopen, the city’s School District hosting fairs to encourage more students to enroll in its schools.

Today, from 10 am to 2:30 pm, the district will hold a fun, outdoor enrollment registration fair at the Catto Family School, 3100 Westfield Ave.

This fair will feature food, music, games, and raffles with free ...

City Council Approves Tax Break Program for Northgate One Apartments

August 10, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ – The sale and renovation of the decrepit Northgate One Apartments moved a step closer as City Council on Tuesday evening approved a long-term tax exemption for the project.

Council members approved the ordinance, which provides for a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) for 30 years to be paid to the city, on its first reading. A public hearing and final vote on the ...

Where Should a Pedestrian Bridge Be on Martin Luther King Boulevard?

CAMDEN, NJ – Where do you want to cross the street?

That is the question Camden County is asking city residents and workers about where to build a pedestrian bridge across Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The county and the city are inviting those who may use the bridge to fill out an online survey about the span which would be located between Broadway and Haddon Avenue.

The survey ...

Camden Drivers Should Expect Travel Delays

CAMDEN, NJ — Utility upgrades come with a cost.

For motorists, that cost could be travel delays starting on Monday as PSE&G replaces utility poles, moves overhead power lines, and digs test pits as it prepares for other underground improvements.

Camden County has issued travel advisories – warning motorists and commercial drivers to expect delays and plan alternate routes ...

Camden Man Jailed for Trafficking Oxycodone

August 3, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ — A Camden man was sentenced Wednesday to three years in federal prison for peddling high-dose Oxycodone pills on the streets here and in Gloucester City as part of a drug trafficking ring.

US District Court Judge Renée Bumb sentenced Erick Bell, 49, to 36 months behind bars for his role in an illegal drug distribution ring, that included 18 street-level dealers and ...

New Camden Cops Hit the Streets, Meet People

CAMDEN, NJ – Camden County’s 62 new cops didn’t waste any time.

They swiftly hit the streets in six city neighborhoods last week, ringing people’s doorbells and meeting store owners in an effort to get to know those will protect and serve.

After taking their oaths of office last Tuesday, the probationary police officers got shuttled to the city’s Bergen Square, ...

Camden Prosecutor Makes Promotions, New Hires

August 3, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ — County Prosecutor Grace C. MacAulay has appointed a new Deputy Chief of Detectives, and she is steadily strengthening her agency with other promotions and new hires.

MacAulay, who became prosecutor in January, heads one of New Jersey’s busiest county Prosecutor’s Offices handling more than 11,000 criminal cases annually from 37 municipalities. Her office has 80 ...

Camden Cops Go ‘All-Out’ for National Night Out

August 1, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ — Officers from the county Metro Police are going all-out for National Night Out on Tuesday to connect with community residents.

The city’s National Night Out events begin at 5 pm with a community walk through the Parkside neighborhood, starting at the Martin Luther King Community Center on Haddon Avenue.

City and county officials, and community volunteers will join ...

New Law Aims to Turn Down the Volume in City Parks

August 11, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ – Excessively loud music in the parks at levels that sometime shake homes is the target of an amended ordinance being considered by City Council.

“So loud that it’s out of control,” Council President Angel Fuentes said of some of the booming emanating from some city parks that can ruin a family visit.

"I'm sure you have gotten phone calls from ...

Sen. Booker Joins Camden Cleanup, Says City's Best Days Are Ahead

August 10, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ – Neighbors, politicians, government workers and business representatives came to sweat and clean the community on Wednesday, but the city’s ninth neighborhood cleanup this summer did not get started until a visiting celebrity got handshakes, hugs and posed for the occasional selfie.

US Sen. Cory Booker joined Mayor Victor Carstarphen at the event based at Staley Park ...

Camden County Hits 6th ‘Monkeypox’ Case

CAMDEN, NJ — Health officials say six cases of orthopoxvirus, commonly known as “monkeypox,” now have been detected among Camden County residents.

For privacy reasons, county and state health officials will not disclose where, among Camden County’s 37 towns, those six patients are located. They say each infected person is isolated at home and are monitored by their ...

How Boxing Saved a Life and Molded a Pro Fighter

August 8, 2022

CAMDEN, NJ – About four years ago, Eliezer Olmeda was working jobs at a restaurant and in construction, clocking 60 to 80 hours a week, when he hit an emotional wall and his life collapsed.

“I really lost sight of life because of overwork,” says Olmeda, who grew up in Camden and credits friends with looking after him during a period of homelessness after his breakdown and ...

Sen. Joseph Lagana Discusses School Safety Legislation, Says Students Must Be Protected

August 10, 2022

PARAMUS, NJ — Sen. Joseph Lagana has three main inspirations for wanting to keep New Jersey's children safe at school.

"I try to use my real-life experience and apply it to my job as a legislator," Lagana (D - District 38) told TAPinto. "And part of (that) is being a father and having three kids."

When he takes his daughters — who are headed into ...

New Jersey's Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs Receive $10 Million in Funding

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) are getting a big financial boost.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Acting Attorney General Matthew Platkin announced Monday the programs, which help and support victims of violence, will receive $10 million in federal American Recovery Plan (ARP) funds.

“The Paterson Healing Collective is pleased to ...

NJ Extends Outdoor Dining Options Until Nov 2024

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ — Gov. Phil Murphy signed a new law Wednesday that extends outdoor dining in New Jersey until November 2024.

"There are restaurants and bars and growing numbers of breweries that are still relying on the outdoor dining spaces they were allowed to create to get themselves back financially to where they were pre-pandemic," Murphy said. "We want to see ...

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New Jersey's 2023 State Budget Passed With a Lack of Transparency

At the end of June, New Jersey lawmakers passed the $50.6 billion state budget for the fiscal year 2023. Governor Phil Murphy (D), Senate President Nicholas Scutari (D), and Assembly Speaker Craig Coughlin (D) negotiated the budget behind closed doors. Unfortunately, the budget was passed with a lack of transparency for the people, the advocates, and many lawmakers.

On June 27th, the budget ...

ICYMI: Real Talk with Fernando Uribe Hosts Butler Mayor Ryan Martinez

Last week's Jersey 1st TV episode of Real Talk With Fernando Uribe featured an interview with the mayor of Butler (NJ), Ryan Martinez. The two covered a wide array of relevant political topics at different levels of government, offering their thoughts on the most important issues facing not only New Jerseyans but all Americans. 

The duo begin by breaking down the mayor's ...

Solar Landscape Announces Community Solar Projects Saving Lower-Income Residents 20% Annually on Electricity Bills

August 11, 2022

Asbury Park, NJ – August 11, 2022 – Solar Landscape, New Jersey’s largest community solar owner and operator, announced today that its statewide community solar projects have saved its low- and moderate-income (LMI) customers an average of 20% on the cost of their electricity usage.

“We know the guaranteed savings from our community solar projects make a big ...