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142,000 Meals Delivered to Seniors During COVID-19

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – Since the Camden County Division of Senior and Disabled Services expanded its meal delivery program in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on March 18, more than 142,000 meals have been delivered to Camden County seniors.

In total, nearly 3,300 individual seniors have received nutritious meals as they navigate the unprecedented crisis represented by coronavirus. From May 26 to June 3, the Division delivered more than 25,700 meals countywide.

“Unfortunately, we continue to hear from new residents each week who are facing food insecurity and need our help to get through this crisis, but the Health Department continues to meet the demand and prevent this pandemic from causing a hunger crisis in Camden County,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “Every week that this initiative is underway I will continue to highlight the incredible men and women at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and other county employees who have stepped up and made these deliveries every day. Our residents can rest assured that this team is ready to support them, and they should contact us immediately if they are in need of nutrition assistance.”

Meals have been delivered to seniors in 36 municipalities. More meals (4,950) were delivered on May 22 than any other day since the expansion of the program.

The Division of Senior and Disabled Services is continuing to deliver meals to new program participants. If you or a senior you know needs meal assistance, please call (856) 374-MEAL or (856) 858-3220 to make arrangements.

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Camden Vicinage Drug Court to Celebrate Virtual Graduation May 26

Assignment Judge Deborah Silverman Katz announced today that in honor of the National Drug Court Month, the Camden Vicinage will celebrate a virtual graduation for 26 participants.

The virtual graduation sessions will take place on Tuesday, May 26, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen M. Delaney will preside over the ceremony. The graduation speakers include Camden County Assistant Prosecutor Greg Audino, and New Jersey Assistant

Deputy Public Defenders Katina Chase and Lou Presenza.

The Judiciary’s drug court program operates within the Superior Court to address nonviolent drug addicted offenders. The program requires completion of four phases of intensive drug and alcohol treatment and recovery.

This level of supervision permits the program to support the recovery process but also allows the team to react swiftly to impose appropriate therapeutic interventions or to reinstate criminal proceedings when participants do not comply with the program.

The drug court program in the Camden Vicinage, which began in 1996, has 700 participants and 735 graduates.

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Camden County Summer Concert Series – Celebrate the County’s 175th Anniversary

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This year’s 2019 Camden County Concerts include:

Sunset Jazz Series at Wiggins Waterfront Park – at the foot of MLK Boulevard, Camden City
All concerts start at 8 p.m.

  • July 8 – Veronica Swift
  • July 22 – Stephen Marley
  • August 5 – Stefon Harris & Blackout
  • August 19 – Randy Brecker & The Brecker Brothers Band Reunion

Cooper River Twilight Concert Series – North Park Drive, Pennsauken
All concerts start at 8 p.m.

  • July 18 – Mike Boone Jazz Quintet
  • August 1 – William Ryan Key with special guests June Divided
  • August 15 – NJ state Opera “Opera Under the Stars”

Sundown Music Series at Haddon Lake Park – 13th Avenue, Park Drive and Prospect Boulevard, Haddon Heights
All concerts start at 7:30 p.m.

  • July 10 – Upstate with special guest G.F. Patrick
  • July 24 – JD McPherson with special guest Adrien Reju
  • August 7 – Natalie Prass with special guest Ali Awan
  • August 21 – Anthony Green with special guest Jetty Bones

South County Music Series – Winslow Township – New Brooklyn Park, Erial-New Brooklyn Road, Sicklerville
All concerts begin at 7 p.m.

  • July 23 – Sensational Soul Cruisers
  • August 24 – Frank Bey Rhythm & Blues

Lindenwold Park – 1000 United States Avenue, Lindenwold
All concerts begin at 8 p.m.

  • August 2 – City Rhythm “Sounds of Philadelphia”
  • August 30 – Satisfaction -Tribute to The Rolling Stones

*Article updated on June 23, 2019 at 8:36 a.m; July 5, 2019 at 9:20 a.m.

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Report Potholes to Camden County Public Works

Lindenwold — The Camden County Department of Public Works (DPW) is hitting the roadways with several crews to repair potholes created by the severe winter weather. For a second year in a row record temperatures and precipitation have taken a significant toll on the county’s highway system.

To combat the effects of this winter, the Freeholder Board will aggressively locate and fill potholes on all county roads.

Freeholder Susan Shin Angulo, liaison to the Camden County Department of Public Works, talked about the ongoing effort.

“Crews have been dispatched throughout the highways and byways of the county to put down thousands of tons of hot asphalt and keep vehicles moving,” Shin Angulo said. “This spring the county will move forward with its capital maintenance program to repave roadways, but in the interim the pothole patrol will put a patch over any problematic areas.”  

The Freeholder Board is asking residents to report any road hazards they encounter to the Camden County Public Works Hotline (856) 566-2980. The number is answered by a live operator, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Also, residents can contact DPW through the county website by clicking here, through Twitter or Facebook .

“Residents are our best eyes on our roadways and we, as a collective Board, want address potholes and roadway concerns from the Delaware River to the Pine Barrens,” said Shin Angulo. “We need everyone to become engaged in this effort to make Camden County a better place to live and drive throughout our 1,200 lane miles of highway.”

When residents call the Highway Department to report an issue, county personnel will come out to address the situation within a short period of time.

“[Recently], one crew working in Winslow and Berlin put down more than 10 tons of asphalt,” Shin Angulo said. “And as a reminder I want to ask residents to slow down and be patient when they see our crews working. Filling potholes can be dangerous so please remember to keep an eye out for our personnel.”

For more information, contact the Camden County Department of Public Works at (856) 566-2980 or visit

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Rabid Raccoon Confirmed in Haddon Heights

(Gloucester Township, NJ) – The Camden County Health Department has been notified by the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services (NJDHHS) that a raccoon removed from a yard in Haddon Heights has tested positive for rabies.

On October 13, a Haddon Heights homeowner’s two dogs were attacked by a raccoon. The homeowner had no exposure to the raccoon. The Animal Control Officer for Haddon Township picked up the raccoon and submitted it for rabies testing at the state Public Health & Environmental Laboratories in Trenton (PHEL).

On October 18, the Camden County Health Department was notified by the NJDHHS that the animal was rabid. The two dogs were up to date on their vaccines and were both given a booster shot by their veterinarian. In accordance with state regulations, the dogs will be confined and observed for 45 days. The NJDHHS has not provided the name or address of the individual that reported the raccoon. No other human or animal exposure was reported.

“Although rabies is a serious illness, it can be prevented by early treatment,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to the Camden County Health Department.  “If you have been bitten or scratched by a wild animal it is important that you seek immediate medical attention.”

Rodriguez urged county residents to observe a few simple rules, including acting responsibly as a pet owner:

  1. Keep vaccinations up to date for all dogs, cats, and ferrets.
  2. Keep your pets under direct supervision so they do not come in contact with wild animals.  If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately.
  3. Contact your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.  They may be unvaccinated and could be infected by the disease.

Rodriguez said it’s also important to avoid direct contact with unfamiliar animals:

  1. Enjoy wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, and foxes from afar.  Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals with open garbage cans or liter.
  2. Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.  Do not try to nurse sick animals to health.  Call animal control or an animal rescue agency for assistance.
  3. Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they seem friendly.
  4. Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas where they might come in contact with people or pets.
  5. When traveling abroad, avoid direct contact with wild animals and be especially careful around dogs in developing countries.  Rabies is common in developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.  Tens of thousands of people die of rabies each year in these countries.

Rodriguez said interested residents can learn more about rabies through the internet by accessing the information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at or, residents may call the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services at 856-374-6370.

(Source: Camden County Press Release)