CAMDEN - More than three dozen area residents from 25 countries became citizens during the July 4 weekend.
Nieves Cardinale, director of the Mount Laurel field office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), administered the oath of allegiance to 38 new citizens at a ceremony aboard the battleship New Jersey museum on the Camden waterfront.
The immigration service selected the battleship as an appropriate ceremony site and intentionally timed it to occur during the waterfront’s Freedom festival marking Independence Day.
The retired ship fought for the cause of freedom in four wars or conflicts and is the most highly decorated U.S. battleship. It was the second time the museum hosted the event.
A new $4 million roadway improvement will open in time for the Camden Waterfront Festival July 3 to 6, expected to attract more than 20,000 people.
The work is seen as an avenue to spur further development along the waterfront.
Designed and funded by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration, the project began last fall under the management of Cooper's Ferry Partnership.
The improvements involved the extension of Cooper Street from Delaware Avenue to the Delaware River as well as the extension of Riverside Drive from Cooper Street to Penn Street. It also included new underground utilities which separated storm and sewer lines, streetscape improvements, landscaping, bike lanes and a center median.
The goal is to improve traffic and pedestrian flow; create new public access to the river and county's waterfront promenade park; extend the existing street grid in the downtown; and create the future building blocks for development of waterfront parcels.
"An improved road network that is friendly toward pedestrians and bikes is an important quality of life issue for city residents," said Mayor Dana Redd.
"These improvements will also help ease traffic and congestion during the busiest times in our downtown and waterfront areas and help spark additional economic development opportunities."
The roadwork will accelerate growth in Camden, said Donald Norcross, D-Camden, Gloucester.
"Opening up Cooper Street to the waterfront unlocks a new avenue for the type of business development that will directly benefit residents, improve the quality of life, and bring people, jobs and businesses to Camden."
4th of July $20* Ticket Blowout! June 30 to July 6! Celebrate Independence Day with $20* Tickets to almost 20 shows at 4 Venues!
PHILADELPHIA (June 30, 2014) With July 4th around the corner, Live Nation is kicking off Independence Day celebrations with a special offer! Beginning today (June 30) and running through July 6th, fans can get $20* tickets to select shows at select venues. That’s $20* tickets for almost 20 different shows spanning 4 venues in Greater Philadelphia – Susquehanna Bank Center, Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, River Stage at Great Plaza and Citizens Bank Park.
Here is the list of concerts included in this limited time offer, so make sure to get yours before tickets are gone:
Susquehanna Bank Center
7/18 Lynyrd Skynyrd / Bad Company
7/23 Lionel Richie
7/25 Wiz Khalifa
7/26 Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis, Dawes
7/27 Beck, Band of Horses, The Disctricts
7/30 Nine Inch Nails / Soundgarden
8/1 Mayhem Festival
8/3 Def Leppard / Kiss
8/16 Oddball: Louis CK, Sarah Silverman & more
8/17 Goo Goo Dolls/Daughtry
9/5 Miranda Lambert
9/27 Toby Keith
Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
7/12 Neon Trees / The Fray
7/18 O.A.R. / Phillip Phillips
8/9 Panic! At The Disco
River Stage at Great Plaza
7/22 The Dirty Heads / Pepper
Citizens Bank Park
8/1 Jason Aldean
*Offer valid for a limited time, while supplies last, additional fees apply. *
Tickets are available at Ticketmater.com, Live Nation Box Office, Ticketmaster Outlets or by-phone at 800-745-3000.