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Archive: December, 2011

POSTED: Thursday, December 29, 2011, 5:38 PM

One Camden day care fought all the way to the state level to get back its tax exempt status and won. For now, at least.

In March, I wrote about day cares in Camden being up in arms over losing their tax-exempt status. For as long as they have existed (some as long as 40 years), they have never had to pay property taxes. Most are nonprofit and consider themselves to be a school. One day care even showed me lesson plans for infants to prove her point.

But the county, which discovered what it calls a mistake, says day cares should not be exempt from paying taxes, unless they operate within a church. More than half of all properties in Camden are tax-exempt.

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POSTED: Monday, December 26, 2011, 10:57 PM

After news came out late last week that Camden Rescue Mission was 1,800 toys short of its annual Christmas Toy Drive goal, scores of people came out to donate toys.

"People became aware that there was a need," Rev. Al Stewart said Monday, adding that the majority of donors were new donors who had seen the news of the shortage in toys.

Camden Rescue Mission, a nonprofit charity that helps South Jersey residents in need, hosted its 23rd annual Christmas Party for needy children on Saturday. It was able to give toys to 5,300 children.

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POSTED: Monday, December 26, 2011, 10:44 PM

Drive-by shootings in Camden are not new. But drive-by prayers? Probably.

Rev. John O. Parker, of Antioch Baptist Church in Camden, is organizing a "Drive-by Prayer" event in which a motorcade will drive the perimeter of the city and through each block on New Year's Day to declare: "Peace in the street! Safety over our families! Life over death!"

Parker invites anyone who wants to join him in taking a stance against the "senseless violence," he says.

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POSTED: Friday, December 23, 2011, 4:41 PM

Camden law enforcement official along with some South Jersey businesses are asking people to choose groceries over guns.

A no-questions-asked gun exchange will be held at various sites Wednesday in Camden. Bring a gun, rifle and/or automatic weapons and get a $100 gift card to Pathmark, the only large supermarket left in the city.

There is a two gun limit per person. And you can't bring BB guns, starter pistols, air riffles or flair guns. Guns must be unloaded and secured.

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POSTED: Thursday, December 22, 2011, 10:49 AM

Suburban and middle-income people are the new poor in South Jersey and it is having a negative impact on this year's toy drive for needy children, according to Rev. Al Stewart, of the Camden Rescue Mission.

Camden Rescue Mission, a nonprofit charity that helps South Jersey residents in need, will host its 23rd annual Christmas Party for needy children on Saturday. But with two days left, the organization is still 1,800 short.

"We're seeing a lot more of what I would call middle-income people," Stewart told me this morning. "It's kind of unusual to see suburban people and middle-income people ... those are the new poor."

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POSTED: Wednesday, December 21, 2011, 4:34 PM

A Camden entrepreneur accused of sexually harassing various female employees at his downtown coffee shop has been named one of America's 100 worst bosses, according to

Ronald Ford Jr. is No. 100. Ford is the only South Jersey boss on the list but other Garden State bosses who made the cut include Jersey City Parking Authority directors and a Cape May County Sheriff's Office sergeant. On the other side of the river Jerry Sandusky came in at No. 18.

The career-resource website released the list Monday. In its media release, it claims that the worst bosses have cost their employers more than $145 million in monetary damages and settlement payments.

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Allison Steele writes about Camden’s schools, government and businesses. Most importantly, she writes about the city’s residents. She is a former crime reporter who covered the Camden and Philadelphia police departments for the Inquirer. A Philly native, she has been with the Inquirer since 2008.

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