Camden Top Stories

May 29, 2020

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 ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Half a dozen CVS Pharmacy locations in Camden County will begin providing drive-thru tests for COVID-19, following the company’s announcement of 45 new screening locations across New Jersey.  CVS began to offer the tests in April at 11 locations, before Thursday’s expansion. As ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli on Thursday recognized the hefty loss of life felt across the United States as the country surpassed 100,000 COVID-19 deaths Wednesday.  "Today, our thoughts and prayers are not only with those in our community, but with the families and friends of ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Prompted by ongoing conversations with its officers, the Camden County Police Department (CCPD) updated its grooming and appearance standards Thursday — expanding what could be worn on the job. The new standards replace rules that haven’t been touched since prior to the county ...

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Editor's Note: The CCPD announced this evening that Sharp has been located. CAMDEN, NJ — A 15-year-old from Whitman Park in Camden is currently missing, the Camden County Police Department (CCPD) announced this afternoon. Tahjanay Sharp was reported missing from her home on the 1200 block ...

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TRENTON, NJ  — New Jersey’s medical director on Thursday set the record straight on the newly-arrived trend of donning a face mask as means of COVID-19 protection but not including one’s nose — known as “mask droop syndrome.” “We understand that it’s uncomfortable, that people have problems with ...

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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 ...

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TRENTON, NJ — One month into New Jersey’s recovery period, trends in data are showing the state is well past COVID-19’s harrowing April peak.  But according to officials, the decreases in new cases and hospitalizations aren’t a declaration of victory. Gov. Phil Murphy reminded citizens on ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Long-term care facilities (LCF) in Camden County confirmed their 1,450th positive coronavirus result on Wednesday — as the totals jumped to 6,429 countywide (54 additional in the past 24 hours). Of the 1,450 confirmed cases in the county's 56 LCF, 1,092 belong to residents while 358 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A concerted effort to minimize the number of illegal ATVs, dirt bikes and other off-road vehicles in Camden has translated into 70 impounds and 148 traffic summonses so far. “I want to thank our residents whose help has been invaluable in this campaign,” said Camden County Police ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden City School District (CCSD) has rescheduled Tuesday's advisory board meeting to Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. after it encountered technical difficulties, school officials said this evening.  The meeting, originally scheduled to be held at Davis Elementary School, is the second ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A third of known coronavirus cases in Camden County — which stands at 6,375 as of Tuesday — belong to first responders including healthcare workers, employees of “essential” businesses and frontline emergency personnel.  Caryelle Lasher, Communicable Disease Unit Supervisor, on ...

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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 ...

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Editor's Note: The CCPD has announced that Otero was found. CAMDEN, NJ — Lizbeth Otero, 17, was reported missing from her Camden home Tuesday morning, the Camden County Police Department announced.  Otero resides on the 900 block of Morton Street in the city's Liberty Park ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy announced Tuesday that schools will be permitted to have in-person graduation ceremonies, something that would have previously been prohibited under the state’s COVID-19 social distancing orders. The graduation ceremonies, Murphy said in the announcement posted to ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Hecmarie Berrios, 23, is a purveyor of all things Camden. She graduated from Camden Academy Charter High School in 2014, would go on to earn an associate's degree at Camden County College and this year will add to her academic accolades by graduating from the Rutgers-Camden School ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Graduates of Rutgers-New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences will experience many of the typical traditions in a decidedly atypical way at University Commencement: A Virtual Celebration on Sunday, May 31, at 2 p.m. Together, they will be watching to share in ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A happy commotion coming from outside the window greeted a young Minister Wasim Muhammad in the 1970s. Drills being run. Plays shouted. Two-a-days. And sometimes all the noisy thrills common for a high school football scrimmage. For when his mother, who was born and raised in ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Outside of three area hospitals, residents of Camden County can take advantage of two testing sites in East Camden and another at Camden County College. Testing for the asymptomatic is also available at five CAMcare sites and a Barrington Borough Rite Aid.   As Camden County ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — In honor of the fallen heroes of Camden County and beyond, a virtual Memorial Day ceremony will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. — necessary this year because of the ongoing pandemic. “We may not be able to gather in person, but there is no crisis, emergency, or circumstance which should ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Some Camden residents believe a proposed microgrid in the waterfront south, which the City Council passed a feasibility study for earlier this week, should merit more community input before moving forward. While others, citing health and environmental impacts, say the city should ...

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NEW JERSEY — In time for Memorial Day weekend, Gov. Phil Murphy lifted the 10-person outdoor limit on gatherings on Friday, now granting up to 25 to congregate — so long as they adhere to the proper COVID-19 safety protocols.  “So if you were looking forward to gathering with your neighbors for ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County College's coronavirus test site, which has worked to prioritize first responders and first opened in mid-April, will increase its hours of operations starting Tuesday.  Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli said nearly 30% of the more than 6,000 county cases are currently ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden County arrived at what Freeholder Director Lou Cappelli called an "unpleasant milestone" on Thursday, in reporting over 6,000 cases of the novel coronavirus.  Meantime, as far as the daily COVID-19 increase, he emphasized that the county, "has seemingly reached a ...

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NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The parent of a Rutgers student has filed a class-action lawsuit against the university seeking repayment for tuition and other costs Rutgers is withholding in violation of state law, the suit alleges. The parent, who is represented by the Seattle-based firm of Hagens Berman ...

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The coronavirus pandemic has brought renewed attention to leaders nationwide for how they did or did not prepare their communities for this crisis. While we will undoubtedly learn many lessons from this crisis for decades to come, the need for proactive protection against disasters of all kinds ...

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CAMDEN, NJ - The only time NJ’s First Lady Tammy Murphy took a break Thursday morning in Camden was when she switched from serving hot meals to handing out face masks.  “It’s the first place I’ve been to in multiple weeks, where the sun’s been shining so that tells you something,” Murphy told ...

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TRENTON, NJ – The head of the state's Department of Labor said Thursday that the measures enacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19 have resulted in the state’s unemployment numbers soaring to their highest recorded levels. Robert Asaro-Angelo said that the state’s unemployment rate ...

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