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POSTED: Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 5:11 PM
Emilio Ortega talks with Camden police chief Scott Thomson about pulling a neighbor from a Saturday fire. The injured man, Emilio Ortiz, is in critical condition at the Temple burn unit. (Camden County Metro Police)

Police today thanked a North Camden man for rushing into a burning home to help save a neighbor, now in critical condition.

Wilfredo Ortiz is in the burn unit at Temple University hospital suffering from burns on more than two-thirds of his body. Authorities said he may not have made it out at all had it not been for neighbor Emilio Ortega, and the two rookie police officers who helped complete the rescue.

The cause of the fire is undetermined.

POSTED: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 3:23 PM

Calling all lifeguards. The city is accepting applications for summer employment now through May 23rd.

Camden's Summer Recreation Program and Summer Food Service Program are offering temporary seasonal employment paying between $8.25 and $15.00 an hour.

City spokesman Robert Corrales said there are about 170 positions available for adults and 150 for city youth.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:58 PM

You read that right.

Germany's version of "Good Morning America," has a date at the Camden Children's Garden tomorrow morning.

RTL Television, a primary station in Germany, will tape a segment for its top-rated morning show from the butterfly house at the waterfront attraction Wednesday morning.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 2:12 PM
Deb Bokas, director of Social Services (left) and Carissa Fleming, a social work intern at Lourdes, pose with two donated dresses in last year's prom dress drive. This year the hospital is taking donations through April 15.

Five years ago Diane Hines-Cooper, seamstress and teacher at Brimm Medical Arts High School, noticed some female students weren’t going to prom because they couldn’t afford the dress that goes along with the big dance.

So Hines-Cooper teamed up with Lourdes Medical Associates/Osborn Family Health Center, a part of the Lourdes Health System, to hold a prom gown drive. It brought in about 40 gowns that first year.

Last year community members donated 455 clean, wearable gowns or dressy cocktail-length dresses and organizers are hoping for even more this time around. Prom accessories including shoes, handbags and jewelry are also welcome through April 15. 

POSTED: Monday, March 10, 2014, 6:32 PM

South Camden Theatre Company announced its 10th season (and third year in its new space) which include plays by August Wilson, Arthur Miller and artistic director Joe Paprzycki.

Paprzycki, who founded the theater company in 2005 in a church basement, moved into the beautiful Jasper Street corner space – which used to be his grandfather’s bar in 2011.

His ninth season ends this spring with Gemini (closing Sunday) and True West running April 25 – May 11, 2014.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 7:24 PM

Say it ain’t snow. School will be in session during previously scheduled Spring Break for the Camden City School District.

Inclement weather, resulting in seven snow days, forced the decision. State law requires students have 180 instructional days.

That means school will be in session for students and staff from April 21-25.

POSTED: Monday, March 3, 2014, 2:21 PM

The Camden Children's Garden took home four awards - the most in its history - this year in the group's 17th appearance at the Philadelphia Flower Show.

Mike Devlin, Executive Director of the waterfront-based attraction which was threatened with eviction last year, said the wins "made for a true comeback story."

The 400-square-foot exhibit consists of a vegetable and flower garden surrounded by picket fences, individually painted by children in schools, churches and community centers around Camden. The garden also features repurposed tires, an old engine block and a rusted bike painted in bright colors.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 5:09 PM
Nazir Hall (right) and other members of the robotics club at Hatch Middle School in Camden work with a robot during the after-school program. Science teacher David Parsons hopes to expand the program with new funding a donation of gift cards to parents.

When DonorsChoose distributed $100 gift cards to every parent in Camden, the non-profit fundraising website assumed no more than 20 percent of parents would actually go home, log online and use the cards to fund a school project.

In Los Angeles, Memphis, Tampa and other large cities where they'd launched similar campaigns, only about 10 percent of parents redeemed cards.

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Julia Terruso started covering Camden and its residents, agencies, government and school district in September 2013. Previously, she worked at the Newark Star-Ledger covering the criminal justice system in Essex County and prior to that Union County.

Julia is a proud graduate of Syracuse University, originally from the Philadelphia area. Email tips, concerns and story ideas to or reach her at 856-779-3876 or on Twitter @juliaterruso. Reach Julia at .

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