Southern Scene

A pair of rowdy zebras wrestle, an elephant rolls around in a dirt bath, a brown bear takes a lonesome swim and another scratches his back on a chain link fence. Welcome to the new Safari Off Road Adventure at Six Flags in Jackson. ...
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From his home in Camden, Walt Whitman often composed lines of poetry that reflected the cruelties of war and the beauty and struggles of simply being human. As Memorial Day approaches, it’s a good time to look at the work of another celebrated (if far less famous) Camden poet, Nick Virgilio....
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Haddonfield turns 300 this year. I hope they’re saving me a slice of the cake. As part of its yearlong tercentennial celebration, the township is running a contest asking people why they love the place so much....
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It’s National Women’s Month, which seems like a perfect time to reflect about an exceptional South Jersey woman named Mildred Norman Ryder, known to most as Peace Pilgrim....
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As Black History Month draws to a close this week, Richard Stockton College is hosting a field trip that should delight Civil War buffs and armchair historians alike....
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Growing up I knew that one day I would own a dog. But if you had told me that I would wind up adopting not one, but two of them from rescues, I probably would have thought you were crazy....
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Superstorm Sandy is still very present for countless Jersey Shore residents struggling to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses. Now one local author has come up with a great way for literary types to help those in need....
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Atlantic City is alive and well – and eager to dispel the notion that New Jersey’s entertainment capital had folded its hand in the wake of Superstorm Sandy....
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I find myself caring less and less about the prospects for physical newspapers. And that’s why I’m feeling a little underwhelmed about a new development in the world of South Jersey media....
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Have you ever wanted to see dozens of homemade, human-powered flying machines drop from a 30-foot pier, attempt to take flight, and then fall into the Delaware River? If so, you’re going love the Red Bull Flutag, which takes place this weekend on the river in Camden....
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The tragedy of the SS Morro Castle is one of the most bizarre and fascinating tales of the Jersey Shore. As we mark the 78th anniversary of the shipwreck, two local experts have published a new book that seeks to shed fresh light on the incident....
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Earlier this month I satisfied a longtime yearning and made a two-week trip to Alaska. That’s about as far as you can get from the Garden State without leaving North America, but I just had to share the excitement with my Jersey readers....
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A memorial service for Emilio Carranza will take place this Saturday in the Pine Barrens—as it has every year for almost a century. Which might cause many to ask: Emilio who?...
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South Jersey is going to have some representation at this year’s 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards—and it’s going to be in the form of locally baked cookies....
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I’m a voracious fan of music festivals. Fortunately there are two annual musical shindigs in South Jersey that always scratch my festival itch....
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For the last five or six years my father has encouraged me to run for office. Any office. Just run. You’d be so good at it, he says. The opportunity presented itself recently…and I turned it down. I’m not particularly averse to the idea, but as a journalist it just wouldn’t be right. ...
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Revel, the new Atlantic City casino and resort, is not gambling on its opening act. The giant entertainment complex on the Boardwalk will celebrate its debut with three shows (May 25-27) by 16-time Grammy winner Beyoncé....
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As a journalist I’ve had the opportunity to meet and interview some fascinating individuals. Add to that list the filmmaker Ken Burns, who spoke this week at Rowan University....
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Addition by Contraction

January 27, 2012

For the past year I’d heard rumblings that it might happen, but earlier this week the rumors were made official—Rutgers-Camden is going to become part of Rowan University....
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Should a person serving in an official public capacity be held accountable for posts on his or her personal Facebook page? That’s the question in a current controversy surrounding a member of the Camden school board....
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