Joseph's House, a shelter slated to open next month, is welcoming in cold Camdenites this week.
An official opening has not been announced but organizers and city officials worked together to get a temporary certificate of occupancy issued in time for the shelter to open Monday. It's housed about 70 people each night since.
"It's been a project that a lot of people have been investing in, and I don't mean just dollars and so for last night and tonight, to know people are not freezing in the elements, that's a great feeling," said Executive Director John Klein. "A lot of people were sleeping comfortably last night, and that's a good thing."
Dinner is served.
Gov. Christie is scheduled to stop in Camden Thursday afternoon to meet with students at Dudley Elementary who are benefitting from an afterschool dinner pilot program launched earlier this month.
The governor, who put the Camden School District under state control last year, touted the work of state-appointed Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard in his state of the state speech last week. Rouhanifard was one of several Camden leaders Christie tipped his hat to in the address.
It's a statistic that on its face sounds so horrible it keeps getting repeated. Three students in Camden city schools scored "college ready" on their SATs in 2012.
In his state of the state address Gov. Christie brought the stat up saying "How bad is it in Camden? Last year, only three students graduated ‘college ready’."
The reality is much more nuanced than that and a posting on the number of Camden high school graduates who have gone on to college, released by the NJEA, provided more evidence of that.
Seven organizations, some who already operate charter schools in Camden and some who have vied for the opportunity before unsuccessfully, submitted applications to open Renaissance Schools in the city.
The organizations, according to a school official are:
1. Camden Charter School Network, which currently operates Pride Elementary School, Promise Middle School, Academy High School and Katz Academy.
It's that time of the year. Inaugurations and reorganizations.
Tomorrow, Mayor Dana L. Redd will take her oath of office for the second time at 2 p.m. at Antioch Baptist Church at 690 Ferry Avenue. Redd won re-election in November against challengers, Republican Arnold Davis and Independents Pastor Amir Khan, Pastor Clyde Cook and Councilman Brian Coleman.
Redd led her nearest rival, independent Amir Khan, by a 3-1 ratio in the election which saw only 30 percent of registered voters turn out to the polls.
First, a note: New Year, new blog author. After taking over for Claudia Vargas a few months ago, I’ve finally got this blog back up and running. Check in regularly for news and information on Camden happenings.
At a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday, Camden Mayor Dana Redd said she had little interest in seeing the new film American Hustle. The film, about the FBI Abscam sting, portrays the role of former Camden mayor Angelo Errichetti in the takedown, though in the movie his name is Carmine Polito and he's played by Jeremy Renner.
In fairness, I haven't seen the movie either - though my reason has more to do with post-holiday shopping debt and a busy work schedule than a personal basis, like having met the man.
Where to even begin?
I’ve had an incredible 2 years, 8 months and couple weeks covering the great city of Camden, NJ. It was an honor and privilege to take over the beat that Matt Katz did such a fine job covering.
A year after getting a handle of the city and school system, I decided to start Camden Flow. I tend to over-report stories I figured a blog was the best way to get my “extra” info out to the public. But it evolved into more than that.
As Camden students go back to school today, they might see their new school superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard, who started last week. But they are more likely to see more immediate changes that directly affect them.
We sat down with the state-appointed leader on Friday to discuss his plans for Camden schools. A lot of his work in the first few months will be focused on simply looking at how Camden schools currently operate and taking note of what teachers, students and families have to say about the system. (Check out today's story on Rouhanifard HERE)
There are some changes that have already been implemented by state officials for the start of this school year such as new technology, including mini i-Pads and Google Chrome books at certain schools. Each students will also get two sets of language arts and math books (one for home and one to keep in the classroom), which is a big step up from the photocopies of books the youths used to receive.