People trade guns for cash, peace of mind

By Bill Duhart/NJ-Advance-Media/July-28-2017


People stood 12-deep in a line outside an annex of Antioch Baptist Church here Friday afternoon, all of them clutching guns.

There were rifles, handguns and shotguns, all cloaked in either form-fitting leather carrying cases, makeshift backpacks and, in one case, a fleece blanket.

It was the first of two days of a state-sponsored gun buyback event held in Camden, Trenton and Newark. Officials paid $100 for rifles and shotguns, $120 for a handgun or revolver and $200 for an assault weapon.

New Jersey's 3 gun buybacks: What you need to know

By Kevin Shea/NJ-Advance-Media/July-26-2017

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office is holding three gun buybacks at churches in Newark, Trenton and Camden this Friday and Saturday.

The buybacks, also referred as gun amnesty, offers on-the-spot cash payments with no questions asked for people who turn over firearms. The overall aim is to reduce gun violence.

Here's what you need to know if you’d like to hand over a gun at one of the events. The locations and times are listed at the bottom of this story.  

Creating entrepreneurs in Camden

By Phaedra Trethan/Courier-Post/July-27-2017

CAMDEN — Rashaan Hornsby spends a great deal of time immersed in sports as president of the Centerville Simbas youth football program. He's also a music promoter, managing the career of his son, the Camden-based rapper Yung Poppa. 

But music and sports — two of the biggest stars in the teenage constellation of cool — are the last things on Hornsby's mind as he takes two hours each week to lead a Youth Entrepreneurship Program. 

Camden Corps Plus Program Honors First Graduates

By SNJ Today Staff/SNJ-Today/July-19-2017

Camden, NJ - A new program in Camden is working to help students get on the path to success.

On Wednesday, July 19th, the Camden Corps Plus program, based out of Rutgers University's Camden campus, celebrated the graduation of its first 10 students, as well as students who successfully completed occupational training and earned "industry-recognized" credentials.

Police Attend De-escalation Conference In Camden

By David Madden/CBS-Philly/July-13-2017

BLACKWOOD, NJ (CBS) — More than 200 police officers from as far away as Canada took part in day long exercises at Camden County College that sought to bring home a message spreading through departments nationwide.

A new way to approach potentially deadly encounters with people on the street, in which the aim is to have everyone survive the encounter, if possible.

Camden crime numbers keep falling

By Jim Walsh/Courier-Post/July-19-2017

CAMDEN - Crime continued to decline in Camden over the first half of 2017, led by a sharp drop in homicides, according to the New Jersey State Police.

In contrast, Burlington and Cumberland counties saw large percentage increases for murders, although each county had fewer slayings than Camden City.

And while homicides edged down in Gloucester County, that area saw increases in four of eight categories measured by the State Police.

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/

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/

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/

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.


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