Government

September 21, 2020

CAMDEN, NJ — CARES Act funds - intended for residents in New Jersey facing higher risk of eviction - will help residents throughout Camden disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.  Camden city will receive $798,486, while Camden County can count on $2,193,618 so local housing authorities ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy on Monday said Republican lawmakers are displaying “rank hypocrisy” in looking to “ram a nominee” for the seat left vacant by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with less than seven weeks to go before Election Day 2020. Three days after Ginsburg’s death, ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Water ice giveaways. Outdoor pop-up tables. And cameos at coronavirus test sites, outdoor markets and city gatherings. Camden has been hard at work to make sure everyone is counted in the 2020 Census. With two weeks to go until the closing date, the city has a self-response rate of ...

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CAMDEN COUNTY, NJ — Ellen Weiglein of Audubon set up a wreath beside a photo of her son, Joseph M. Weiglein. Joseph, a Staff Sergeant in the Army, died on May 29, 2007. As she stood there, a gray sky hanging overhead, it was hard for Ellen to fathom 19 years have transpired since the terrorist ...

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PENNSAUKEN — Tears in her eyes, Freeholder Melinda Kane — a gold star mother and liaison to the Office of Veterans Affairs in Camden County—  stepped off the ladder after helping to post a banner displaying her son among the photos of other fallen heroes.  A smiling Jeremy M. Kane, Lance ...

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PENNSAUKEN TOWNSHIP, NJ — A photographic war memorial entitled "Remembering Our Fallen" will be on display starting Wednesday on Veterans Island at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken. The 24/7 exhibit, which honors members of the military who gave their lives during the War on Terror, will mark the ...

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BLACKWOOD, NJ — The Camden County Remembrance and Hope Memorial at Timber Creek Park is now open to the public.  Upon arrival, it will be hard to mistake the large purple ribbon, the universal symbol of opioid addiction awareness, standing beside a sloping wall and benches for visitors to sit ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — As of Tuesday, Camden’s census self-response rate is 46.5% — a 1.1% tick up since last month. New Jersey as a whole has a response rate of 65.8%. “It’s extremely low,” Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, who has led census efforts in Camden County, told TAPinto Camden. Rodriguez ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — City Hall visitors will have the opportunity to learn about Camden history through a new touchscreen interactive kiosk. But what parts of the last 300 years will they see? That's for you to decide. Starting Monday, the city — in partnership with the Municipal Clerk’s Office — is ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A proposed micro-grid in the waterfront south part of Camden — which activists are fighting due to the Covanta incinerator it would be attached to — made some headway during Tuesday’s City Council meeting.  Except for Councilwoman Sheila Davis who was not present, the council ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Since May former City Councilman Ali Sloan El and longtime activist Vance Bowman — along with three other petitioners — have worked to collect signatures calling for Camden to consider returning to nonpartisan elections after 13 years.  The proposed ordinance - which would impact ...

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NEW JERSEY — Seeking to extend COVID-19 relief to New Jersey landlords, who have had to reckon with a moratorium on evictions since April, Gov. Phil Murphy announced a $25 million grant program Friday. According to state officials, one of three renters in the Garden State lives in 3 to10 unit ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Both a flash flood warning and a tornado watch are in effect in Camden County, with intense winds and downpour from Tropical Storm Isaias beginning in earnest this morning.   Isaias made landfall Monday night in the Carolinas and is forecasted to hit peaks of 75 mph winds and heavy ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Felix Moulier, 35, was one of hundreds of Camden residents whose eyebrow furrowed upon looking at property tax bills for the third quarter of 2020. For his part, Moulier had a 15% hike from last year — although the city’s average was roughly 10% (from 3.045% per $100 to ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden Mayor Frank Moran’s virtual address on Tuesday, which included mention of the heat advisory, COVID-19 and the census, was followed by less-formal commentary.  “As I wrapped up that Facebook Live, I got some updated information which is troubling to me...regarding the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Children splashing. A lifeguard’s whistle. A parent's pleas to slow down.   All noises common this time of year at the North Camden Community Center pool — one of two public pools in the city — were absent Wednesday morning, an hour after the gates opened for the first time this ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — A three-block portion of Broadway in Camden will be renamed “Black Lives Matter Blvd” later this year, the City Council indicated during their meeting Tuesday. Although the resolution was tabled, Councilmember-At-Large Angel Fuentes - who sponsored it - assured it was merely due to ...

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NEW JERSEY — Removing “freeholder” from New Jersey’s 21 county legislative boards will mean the country’s full eradication of the title — which has been called confusing, insensitive and racist. The inspiration for the change came from Union County Freeholder Angela Garretson, who broached the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden renters, which make up roughly 60% of those living in the city, are eligible for up to six months of rental assistance under a state program currently accepting applications. The New Jersey Department of Consumer Affairs (NJDCA) says the program will help low- and ...

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As governing bodies across the nation take a critical look at promoting social justice laws that are fair to all Americans, Assemblyman Jamel Holley has assembled a toolkit of recommended legislation – either introduced or adopted – designed to propel the country forward. Holley, a vocal leader ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — This year’s 4th of July fireworks show and festival on the Camden waterfront have been canceled due to restrictions on the kind of crowd that usually attends the annual event. “Each year the event draws tens of thousands of people, so in the interest of public health, that will not ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Councilwoman Felisha Reyes-Morton apologized Thursday following controversial social media posts surrounding the renaming of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden.  On Tuesday — the same day the district said it would revisit the name — a community member asked online what the new ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Camden’s 2013 shift from a city force to one run by the county and its deescalation practices have been held up across the country as a model for Minneapolis and other departments dealing with unrest following the murder of George Floyd.  A newly-formed group in the city called The ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — Woodrow Wilson High School. The Cooper — house, river and hospital. Statues of Christopher Columbus.  All were referenced Saturday before the Camden Historical Society — one of two stops for over 200 protestors decrying monuments that have come to symbolize hate and racism in the ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — After a 40-plus year battle to remove the Christopher Columbus statue from Camden’s Farnham Park, the monument to the Italian explorer lay headless in the grass Thursday night.  Some residents despite maligning the “symbol of hate,” took the manner it was removed as a ...

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NEW JERSEY — When Stage 2 of New Jersey’s COVID-19 restart and recovery plan takes its first steps Monday, it will allow for outdoor dining and in-person retail shopping. Despite no defined date over indoor dining, the Asbury Park City Council voted Wednesday to allow for it — a decision that ...

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CAMDEN, NJ — The Camden Redevelopment Agency says $300K in revolving loan funds from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded Wednesday could go toward the remediation of two sites in the city.  The first possibility is to spruce up and preserve downtown’s “Building 8,” an ...

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NEW JERSEY — The latest signal that things are returning to “normal” in the Garden State despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic came Monday with NJ Transit announcing that buses will return to full weekday schedules and rail services will run on an enhanced holiday schedule.  Kevin Corbett, ...

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NEW JERSEY — While guidance is still forthcoming, municipal and private swimming pools can at least take solace in the fact they can reopen June 22.  “[In addition] summer camps will be able to use their pools when they reopen on July 6,” Gov. Phil Murphy said Monday during his daily coronavirus ...

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NEW JERSEY — Gov. Phil Murphy and First Lady Tammy Murphy have scheduled coronavirus tests after they marched alongside protestors taking to the streets against police brutality Sunday in Hillside and Westfield.  But some in New Jersey, including at least one Republican lawmaker, claim the ...

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