The Camden County Superior Court Assignment Judge nominated to replace Republican Supreme Court Justice Helen Hoens, made not one but two decisions earlier this year that some say was crucial to the county moving forward with its police force.
As I mentioned in my earlier blog post, in 2012 Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina ruled against putting the matter of disbanding the Camden police to create a county police department before voters in a special summer election.
But a few months prior to that decision, Fernandez-Vina also shot down an attempt by the Camden Fraternal Order of Police to get an injunction and halt the creation of the county police force. As my colleague Darran Simon reported in April, in denying the injunction, Fernandez-Vina did not rule on the FOP’s argument that the county and city's plan create the new force violated shared-services requirements because a shared service agreement is not yet in place.
Camden County Superior Court Assignment Judge Faustino J. Fernandez-Vina, who Gov. Christie nominated Monday to the state Supreme Court bench, has ruled with Camden City on two controversial cases.
As my colleague Matt Katz reported in today’s Inquirer, the Cuban-born judge helped pave the way for the controversial new Camden County police force. He also ruled on the long-delayed and debated city business curfew.
In April, Fernandez-Vina upheld the city's business curfew ordinance passed in 2011, which was legally challenged by a city activist, some take-out restaurant owners and 7-Eleven.
Teenagers who end up being treated at the Children's Regional Hospital at Cooper University Hospital in Camden will soon have more than just a bedroom TV to keep entertained.
A $30,000 grant from the Alicia Rose Victorious Foundation and the Ravitz Family Foundation will support the creation of a teen lounge for patients at the Children’s Regional Hospital at Cooper.
“We are thrilled to accept this generous grant,” Robyn Harvey, senior director of patient care services, said in a statement. “This grant will enable us to create a safe, fun and interactive environment suitable for our adolescent patients.”
“It's a comfort zone.”
That’s what Camden City Council President Frank Moran told me of the city’s relationship with Bowman & Co. LLP for my Sunday story on apparent pay-to-play violations.
The city has contracted with Bowman for at least 15 years and Moran believes it’s fine to continue that relationship. The firm knows the city’s books inside and out and the city is moving in the right direction, Moran says.
Starting Thursday, the Camden Area Health Education Center (AHEC) will be bringing fresh produce to Camden as part of its annual farmer’s market program.
Jersey Fresh produce, including tomatoes, corn, and blueberries, will be sold every Thursday outside of Virtua Health building on Mt. Ephraim and Atlantic Avenues and every Friday in downtown Camden at the corner of Broadway and Martin Luther King Boulevard.
Camden’s AHEC is under the umbrella of the New Jersey Area Health Education Centers, a nonprofit that provides access to health and human services for underserved populations.
Forget the decaying water-tower space. Camden’s Sophisticated Sisters have a new home that matches their sophistication.
Starting this week, the dance and drill team will practice at the Walt Whitman Arts Center next to Rutgers-Camden. The center is opening its doors free of rent and fees to Sophisticated Sisters, who garnered national attention this year for the positive influence the group has on its members, ages 3 to 18.
Team members performed this year on Dancing With the Stars and Good Morning America, where they received a shout-out from Beyoncé.
A little over a month before the Camden High School and Woodrow Wilson High School football teams start competing with other schools in the region, alumni from both of those school will duke it out on the field.
The second annual alumni flag football team between former Camden High School and Woodrow Wilson High School students will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Pink Elephant field at 8th and Carl Miller Boulevard.
The event is free and open to the public.