Pilot program brings 'smart' meters to Camden

By Phaedra Trethan/Courier-Post/June-26-2017

CAMDEN — Several blocks in downtown Camden will soon get new, "smart" parking meters as part of a pilot program, city officials said Monday.

Beginning in early July, new meters will be installed along the 400, 500 and 600 blocks of Cooper Street, the 200 block of Broadway and blocks along North 3rd Street as part of the 90-day pilot. The new meters will be installed atop existing poles, and will be powered by solar batteries.

Camden neighborhood welcomes 'sprayground'

By Tom MacDonald/Newsworks.org/June-26-2017

A Camden neighborhood has a new way to cool off this summer.

A just-opened "sprayground" — the result of a public-private partnership — in the Cramer Hill neighborhood is meant to give neighborhood kids an oasis from the heat, said Camden County Commissioner Bill Moen.

It's "an opportunity for residents and, specifically, the children of Cramer Hill in that community a chance to get out and escape the heat on the hottest days of the year by accessing this sprayground," Moen said.

Camden unveils water-play area in Cramer Hill neighborhood

By Michael Burke/Philly.com/June-22-2017

Children, shouting with delight, ran through spray jets and showers at a newly unveiled “sprayground” in Camden’s Cramer Hill neighborhood as the temperature hovered around 90 degrees on Thursday.

While a river runs past Camden and another through it, until Thursday Cramer Hill did not have any place where children could go to play in water. That inspired the creation of the area at Von Nieda Park, which the Camden County freeholders, along with city and community representatives, officially opened.

Got an idea for a tech startup? $25K up for grabs if you start it in this city

By Rebecca Everett/NJ.com/June-21-2017

CAMDEN -- The largest city in South Jersey is known for a lot of things.

It's a healthcare hub and is seeing some new development, but also has the highest poverty rate in New Jersey and last year was the most dangerous city in the state in terms of violent crime.

But a group of local innovators wants Camden to develop a new reputation: a hotbed for tech startups.

They're hoping that $25,000 to go toward startup costs will help a promising new company set up shop in the city across from Philadelphia.

Camden's sustainability efforts spotlighted at summit

By Community Bulletin/NJ.com/June-21-2017

CAMDEN -- On June 14, the Camden Collaborative Initiative (CCI) hosted the 2017 Camden Environmental Summit at Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Presented by New Jersey American Water, the fifth annual Summit, formerly known as the Camden SMART Forum, attracted more than 200 environmental leaders, advocates and stakeholders representing community-based, public, private and non-profit organizations at the local, state, regional and national levels.

Subaru of America Announces Commitment to Camden via New 'Subaru Camden Works' Community Initiative

Camden Schools Foundation, Center for Family Services, Habitat for Humanity, Hopeworks 'N Camden, and Respond Inc. Named as Program Beneficiaries

CHERRY HILL, N.J., June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. is proud to announce a major new support initiative to help Camden, NJ residents. Entitled 'Subaru Camden Works,' the initiative is part of Subaru's Love Promise charitable platform which supports local communities across the U.S.

Annual Camden Environmental Summit Held Wednesday

By SNJ-Today-Staff/SNJ-Today/June-14-2017

CAMDEN, N.J. -

It was all about going green in Camden as the city held its annual environmental summit.

On Wednesday, June 14th, the Camden Collaborative Initiative (CCI) hosted the 5th annual Camden Environmental Summit at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

The event, formerly known as the Camden Smart Forum welcomed more than 200 local environmental leaders and stakeholders to share the best practices used in environmental leadership.

Community campaign offers Camden residents connections to events, programming

By Louis Bolling/Huffington-Post/June 6 2017

The 2017 Connect the Lots campaign is in full swing. An initiative of the City of Camden, New Jersey and Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, a non-profit corporation dedicated to planning and implementing high-quality urban redevelopment projects, Connect the Lotsengages residents by creating safe hubs of activity and quality programming in city public spaces and corridors.

From prison to park: Camden's Cooper's Poynt opens

By Phaedra Trethan/Courier-Post/June 5 2017

CAMDEN - Bryan Morton will soon be 46, old enough to remember picking blackberries as a child along the Delaware River in North Camden. 

"But then we were disconnected from the river," when Riverfront State Prison was constructed in 1985, he recalled.

"It was taken away" from the residents of North Camden, cutting them off from the river and creating what he called a "mentally oppressive" environment without an open, green space away to escape the rough city streets.

Demolition Project Clears Camden Sites

By Jim Walsh/Courier-Post/June 2 2017

CAMDEN - 

Pastor Willie Anderson saw a prayer answered Friday.

A demolition crew began tearing down a longtime eyesore near the pastor’s Sword of the Spirit Christian Center, clearing the way for a potential redevelopment project in the Gateway neighborhood.

“This is good,” the pastor said as an excavator chewed away at a former medical center on the 1200 block of Kaighns Avenue.

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