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Archive: January, 2013

POSTED: Wednesday, January 30, 2013, 4:26 PM
Stop Trauma on People (S.T.O.P), an anti-violence community group, planted 700 crosses and other symbols Tuesday in front of Camden City Hall to represent the people who have been killed between 1995 and 2012, two record-breaking years for murders in the city.
Just last year, Camden recorded 67 homicides, its most ever. It was a 20 person increase from 2011, which just recently gave Camden the title of highest crime rate in the country, also known as the "Most Dangerous" city title.
Based on STOP's calculations of annual homicide numbers, 708 people have been killed since 1995, said one of the STOP leaders Fr. Jeff Putthoff.
The group obtained a permit from the city to cover the entire front lawn of City Hall with the grim reminder that Camden is the most dangerous and poorest city in the country (see my post from yesterday.) On Monday, the group met with Mayor Dana L. Redd who was supportive of the group's plan to host a trauma summit in Camden.
"Since 1995, we seem to be focused on public safety being the answer," Putthoff said, adding that poverty and the trauma it causes on people needs to be addressed.
"We are not recognizing what poverty does to people," he said.
Camden was also named the nation's poorest city last year.
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POSTED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7:01 PM

Though 2011 is long gone, it continues to haunt Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd.

In addition to being the poorest city in the nation that year, Camden had the highest crime rate in the country.

CQ Press recently released its official ranking of 432 cities based on 2011 rates of reported crimes in a half-dozen categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and vehicle theft.

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POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:32 PM

In case you missed it, I wrote Thursday about the KIPP Cooper Norcross Academy’s group’s plan to build its first school at the site the state had reserved for the Lanning Square Elementary School and expand from there.

One of the issues surrounding this plan that I didn’t mention in the article is that the Camden Board of Education, in order to finish its long-term plan, must urgently work out what KIPP’s enrollment will be.

According to the Renaissance school project’s application, 2,800 students would eventually be educated within its five schools.

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POSTED: Monday, January 14, 2013, 6:56 PM

The Camden Board of Education will host a continental breakfast Tuesday morning to discuss the role of the Regional Achievement Center (RAC) in Camden and its responsibility in the district.

David Hardy Jr., state-appointed executive director of the center, will lead a discussion on how the district and RAC are working together. The center is one of seven established statewide in districts with low test scores and high achievement gaps.

Hardy and his crew of state education specialists are assigned to help Camden administrators and teachers improve academic performance in the district following abysmal state test scores last year. Twenty-three of the city’s 26 public schools ranked among the state's lowest performers, making them "priority schools." (Read background HERE.)

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POSTED: Friday, January 11, 2013, 3:50 PM

The “Visions of Camden” exhibit scheduled to open Thursday at Rutgers-Camden will feature various artwork and artifacts of Camden’s past.

My colleague, Kevin Riordan, wrote earlier this week about some of the artists who will be featured such as artist, author, and Catholic brother Michael O'Neill McGrath.

The exhibition at the Stedman Gallery on the Rutgers-Camden campus is free of charge and open to the public. The display, which includes glass slides, photographs, and prints of various moments throughout Camden’s history, will run from Jan. 17 through March 1.

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POSTED: Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 5:29 PM

Camden’s poverty and homicide record year has attracted the attention of a New York nonprofit group that works with abandoned and abused animals.

Guardians of Rescue hopes to establish a chapter in the city that would provide education on humane treatment of animals, micro-chipping, and free vaccinations, among other programs. The groups hopes to find a site by February.

Camden is one of the most dangerous cities (last year the city broke its homicide record with 67 slayings) in the country and has the poorest population (more than 42 percent of residents live in poverty).

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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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