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246,000 Meals Delivered to Seniors During COVID-19

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 246,000 meals have been delivered to Camden County seniors.

In total, more than 3,500 individual seniors have received nutritious meals as they navigate the unprecedented crisis represented by coronavirus. From July 1 to July 20, the Division delivered nearly 42,600 meals countywide. Over this same span, the Division delivered an average of 3,553 meals per day.

“For the past four months we have been delivering meals to thousands of seniors around the county to ensure that no one goes hungry because of this crisis, and to minimize the amount that vulnerable members of our community have to leave their homes,” said Freeholder Jonathan Young. “To date, we have distributed nearly 250,000 meals, and we are continuing to deliver more than 3,000 meals every day.”

Meals have been delivered to seniors in 36 municipalities. More individual clients (558) were served on May 4 than any other day since the expansion of the program. More deliveries were made on May 22 (4,950) than any other day.

“This entire operation wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible employees at the Department of Health, Parks, Buildings and Ops, and all the other county employees who have stepped up to make deliveries,” Young said. “These men and women have selflessly worked for more than four months to ensure that their neighbors don’t go hungry. We are incredibly fortunate to have such dedicated public servants in our community.”

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 County Summer Events Cancelled Due to COVID-19

(Camden, NJ) – In light of the threat still posed by the coronavirus pandemic, the Camden County Freeholder Board is announcing the cancellation of all in-person summer programming, including its annual 4th of July celebration on the Camden Waterfront.

“In Camden County, we have always tried to provide a robust catalog of summer activities like concerts, festivals, and other programming where our residents can gather together during the summer,” said Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. “Unfortunately, the public health crisis facing us this year has turned otherwise engaging, exciting events into dangerous opportunities for the coronavirus to spread. With the health and safety of our community in mind, we’ve determined that the best course of action is to eliminate unnecessary public gatherings for the summer season.”

Cancellations and rescheduling information are regularly being updated on the county’s webpage. Residents seeking additional recreational activities can also visit the page for more information on the region’s wineries, breweries, and attractions which are offering limited in-person programming during the summer months. The page is also being regularly updated to highlight opportunities for online engagement and virtual experiences that can offer fun for the whole family.

“Even with this unfortunate news, there are still countless ways to enjoy the summer thanks to the incredible businesses and attractions that call Camden County home,” Cappelli said. “Whether it is outdoor dining, a trip to the Camden County Driving Range, or a virtual tour of a nearby art exhibit, we hope everyone will be able to find something to enjoy in community until it is safe to bring back the events that we have all come to look forward to.”

Additional information regarding Camden County’s preparations, response, and general information provided to the public is available by visiting Residents should frequently check the county webpage and social media for up-to-date information.

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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)
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Gloucester City Man Charged With Criminal Mischief of Camden Athletic Fields

(Camden, NJ) – The Camden County Police Department detectives have identified and arrested the individual who damaged the athletic fields and graffitied a wall at the Malandra Hall fields last week.

On the afternoon of Sunday, October 9, Alexander Peters, 28, of Gloucester City, drove a truck onto the athletic fields behind Malandra Hall, damaging the football field used by the Camden Raiders youth football program. Peters also graffitied on the field house building before leaving the area.

Mayor Dana Redd expressed her gratitude to the police department and the city department of public works for their response to this offensive crime.

I’m truly grateful to the CCPD and to all those who helped identify the individual who recklessly ruined our field,” Redd said. “This selfish and hateful act should never be tolerated. And thanks to the dedicated work of our DPW, the field will soon be ready for our children to practice and play their games.”

Camden County Police detectives investigating the case were able to extract video surveillance footage of the incident and identify Peters as the suspect. Peters, who was sentenced to three years in prison Friday for aggravated assault and was at the county jail, was brought to the Camden County Police Department Monday where he admitted to the vandalism. He was charged with Criminal Mischief and returned to the county jail.

(All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.)