A native of western Massachusetts, Kevin Riordan received a degree in journalism from SyracuseUniversity. His first newspaper job was at the Cherry Hill News, a Gannett-owned weekly. At the Courier Post, he was the one-man bureau in Camden for eight years and also held a number of other high-profile jobs. He left the paper in 2007 and became vice president for communications for Volunteers of America of the Delaware Valley.
Kathy Anne English grew up inspired by the wildlife, landscapes, and people of the Pinelands.
"I paint what I'm passionate about. I paint where I am," says the prolific watercolorist, who lives in a woodsy, light-filled home in Mullica Township, Atlantic County.
They were born in the early 20th century, when law and custom circumscribed the lives of "colored" people.
But the faith-filled factory workers, homemakers, preachers, and teachers in the black Burlington City of the 1940s, '50s, and '60s had great expectations for their children - and gave them the tools of fulfillment.
The "Romance Room" will be empty soon.
So will the shelves stacked with sci-fi, westerns, biographies, and mysteries.
And when the books are gone, a piece of local history will disappear as well: After 30 years on Haddon Avenue in Collingswood, the Book Trader is closing.
Anne Rush is praying to stay at St. Mary's Catholic Home.
"It's the best place, other than heaven," says Rush, 95, who is upset about the Diocese of Camden's plan to sell the Cherry Hill facility where she has lived for seven years.
For more than seven decades, Charles Goldstein has rarely put down his pen.
He wrote his first poem in eighth grade. During World War II, he faithfully sent letters to his sweetheart, but when he wouldn't marry her, "she burned them all."
Deirdre Giumetti, a.k.a. Yummygal, is behind the wheel of her Buick Enclave, heading east from her home in Woodstown.
"I love this," she says, as Route 40 unfurls across the rolling Salem County landscape under a gauzy winter sky. "It's a different world down here."