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POSTED: Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 4:50 PM

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.

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POSTED: Friday, January 10, 2014, 12:05 PM
Camden superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard issued requests for proposals for organizations interested in opening 'Renaissance' schools in Camden. His administration received seven applications, only three of which can be approved. (RON TARVER / Staff Photographer)

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.

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POSTED: Monday, January 6, 2014, 3:38 PM
Camden Mayor Dana Redd discussed the Cure Violence model with about two dozen residents during a meeting Wednesday evening. (Akira Suwa / Staff Photographer/File)

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.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 2, 2014, 3:12 PM
Incumbent Mayor Dana L. Redd waves to supporters as she leaves her polling place after voting at the Yorkship School in Camden November, 5, 2013. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

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.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 11, 2013, 10:51 PM

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.

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POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2013, 9:23 AM

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.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 11:06 AM

A memorial service for Camden community activist Frank Fulbrook will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Church in Camden.

The first part of the service, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. will be visitation. That will be followed by some scripture readings and a short homily. A portion of time will be dedicated to "Friends of Frank Eulogy" for family and friends to share memories of Fulbrook who died last week.

In addition to my news obit on Frank, my colleagues Jan Hefler and Kevin Riordan also wrote about their memories and experiences in covering Fulbrook's activism. Read HERE and HERE.

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POSTED: Thursday, August 29, 2013, 5:16 PM

An anniversary mass and walk will be held Monday for the 6-year-old hero who died last year when he saved his sister’s life in a horrific attack.

Dominick Andujar died on Sept. 2 as he tried to defend his 12-year-old sister against a knife-wielding intruder. The man turned the knife on Dominick, slicing his throat and leaving him dead. But Dominick gave the man enough of a struggle that his sister Amber was able to escape and survive.

The last year has been a rollercoaster of emotions for the family. On March 18, Dominick’s family took pizza and cake to the cemetery where he is buried and held a birthday party for him under rain and ice. Dominick would’ve turned 7 that day.

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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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