Camden police emphasize community relations, non-lethal force

By DeMarco Morgan/CBS News/July 8 2016

CAMDEN, NJ - We've seen the mistrust between police and minority communities play out across the country this week. But Camden, New Jersey has taken a major step toward fixing that.

Camden Police Sgt. Raphael Thornton has been an officer for nearly 20 years. Thornton, who grew up here, now commands the Neighborhood Response Teams -- training officers to get out of their patrol cars and engage with members in the community.

COMMENTARY: Camden schools continue to improve//Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard//Courier-Post

Jamil Miller is not yet 22, and yet he’s already experienced a lifetime of adversity. He grew up in Camden without his father, and when he was in high school his mother was incarcerated. With extraordinary support from his teachers, Jamil graduated from Brimm Medical Arts High School and enrolled in Rowan University.

College wasn’t exactly Easy Street — Jamil was unexpectedly left without a place to live during his freshman year, and he had to work throughout college to make ends meet.

Camden kids have fun getting fit at Boys & Girls Club Triple Play Day//CJ Fairfield//NJ.com

Kids and teens of the Boys and Girls Club got active Tuesday in a Triple Play-Lead the Way event. The field-day style event, hosted by the Camden County chapter, featured games and activities such as yoga, obstacle courses, giant Jenga and more.

The program's mission was to educate today's youth about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle as well as building trust and teamwork skills all while having fun.

Let’s Move Olympics Day to be held in Camden//Matt Flowers//Courier Post

Families throughout the region will be visiting the city this weekend with one goal in mind – to get moving.

Let's Move Olympics Day – a day of fun activities that promotes health and wellness – will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday in Pyne Poynt Park at 7th and Erie streets.

This event is made possible with the support of the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, Connect the Lots and Get Healthy Camden, and is free and open to the public.

Camden youth and local civic hackers made these neat maps over the weekend//Tony Abraham//Generocity.org

New Jersey nonprofit Hopeworks ‘N Camdentook full advantage of National Day of Civic Hacking by partnering with GIS company ESRI,New Jersey American Water, the Center for Family Services, the city of Camden, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the White House.

Could $4M road project be 'gateway' from suburbs? Camden hopes so//Greg Adomaitis//NJ.com

Commercial businesses, eateries, retail shops and more.

If Camden is right, the ongoing $4.4 million transformation of Haddon Avenue that serves as the "gateway" to the city could bring much more than just bicycle and foot traffic.

"Why not an outlet store," Camden County Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo asked Thursday at a press conference to announce progress thus far during the major overhaul between Vesper Boulevard and Old White Horse Pike.

Tapping Camden youth to help map infrastructure//Phaedra Trethan//Courier-Post

Camden’s nearly century-old water and sewer pipes snake through the city, with its hydrants, valves and meters scattered across streets and neighborhoods.

American Water, the Voorhees-based company that took over the city’s water and sewer service operations and maintenance in February, announced Tuesday it would partner with a city program to map out pipes, drains, meters and hydrants. The goal is twofold: to enable American Water to better maintain the system and conserve water, and to help Camden’s young people hone their work skills on the path to employment.

The doctors will see you now: Cooper Medical School holds first graduation//John George//Philadelphia Business Journal

An event decades in the making took place Monday when the inaugural class of Cooper Medical School of Rowan University — surrounded by hundreds of family, friends, faculty and dignitaries — graduated.

The commencement ceremony in Camden featured several speakers including N.J. Gov.. Chris Christie, who commented how great it was to see a project he helped support back when the school’s $139 million education building was just a rendering on a poster board reach such a milestone.

Camden Promise Zone Newsletter (Spring 2016)

One year has passed since Camden received the 10-year Promise Zone designation through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Throughout the course of the past year, the City of Camden has experienced a level of progress that leaves officials, residents, and stakeholders alike excited for the future. Read the Spring edition of the Camden Promise Zone newsletter for updates on some of the great programs that have been implemented to provide the people of Camden with opportunities for change.

Camden to expand summer school program//Allison Steele//Philly.com

The Camden School District is offering a daylong, five-week summer school this year for as many as 1,000 students from ages 3 to 19, officials said Tuesday. The free program, from July 6 through Aug. 5, will focus on reading and math but also include field trips, sports, and other curriculums.

The voluntary program will include breakfast and lunch, and run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students can take school buses to get there, officials said. Summer school programs offered by the district in previous years ran only to midday, and provided no transportation.

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