DECEMBER 22, 2012
Happy Holidays from the Freeholder Board
Most Camden County offices will be closed on Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas. Please plan any business you may have with the county accordingly.
County to become first in state of accept text to 911
The County’s next generation 911 system will allow residents to contact 911 by text message. Residents who may have difficulty making a phone call in an emergency situation will be able to send and receive follow up texts from the County Communications Center. It is also a useful tool for the hearing impaired. The new system is anticipated to go online in July and will eventually accept photos by text of emergency situations or crimes in progress that will be useful to first responders and law enforcement officers.
Camden County is a leader in smart growth projects that use green systems. The County has long supported environmentally friendly initiatives and sustainability. Green Buildings & Design Magazine, a business-to-business national trade magazine based in Chicago, is featuring two such projects in their January/February 2013 issue. Conifer Village at Ferry Station in Camden, opened in February, 2012 and Gateway Village at Cooper Towne Center in Somerdale in 2011 were praised for their use of energy-efficient green systems. Conifer Village is a senior housing project and Gateway Village is affordable housing. In both the housing projects, efficiency was key in choosing heating and cooling systems as well as appliances. Read more here: Green Buildings & Design Magazine, January/February 2012
Camden County Winter Concert Series
Don’t miss Little Feat on Dec. 29 and Bruce Hornsby on Jan. 12 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium. For a list of all upcoming events, visit www.camdencounty.com.
Senior Citizen Legal Workshops
The Camden County Freeholder Board’s Division of Senior & Disabled Services and the Surrogate’s Office will hold free legal workshops for senior and disabled residents to receive a Last Will and Testament, an Advance Directive for Health Care (Living Will) and Power of Attorney at the County Store at Voorhees Town Center on Jan. 7, 14 and 22. Space is limited; please register at (856) 566-2920.
Report a Road Problem
To report a fallen tree or other issues on County roadways, call the Camden County Department of Public Works at (856) 566-2980 or online at Report a Problem.
Cultural and Heritage Commission presents Poetry in the Park
A quartet of “Poetry in the Park” events and a Motown-themed fundraiser have been planned by the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College as part of its December and January schedule. At 7 p.m. on Jan. 14, Poetry in the Park with Bernard Collins, Jr., who also is a visual and performing artist as well as a painting instructor for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. The free event takes place at the Hopkins House located at, 250 S. Park Drive in Haddon Township. For more information call (856) 227-7200, ext. 4063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Literacy Volunteers of Camden County need tutors
You can make a difference in the life of an adult who wants to learn to speak English or improve his reading and math skills. Literacy Volunteers of Camden County is seeking volunteer tutors to teach ESL and other literacy skills. No experience is necessary, just the willingness to reach out and help a motivated learner. Tutors must be at least 18 years of age. Call Literacy Volunteers of Camden County at (856) 772-1636 X 7331 for more information or sign up online at http://lva.camdencountylibrary.org.