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    Barringer High in Newark, Woodrow Wilson High in Camden team members knelt last season and coaches say they felt repercussions on the field.

    The high school football teams are separated by 86 miles and located on opposite ends of New Jersey, but they share stark similarities: Both schools, Barringer High in Newark and Woodrow Wilson High in Camden, had coaches and players alike protesting social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem last season. And coaches from each say after taking a stand, their games were not officiated fairly and their teams were the subject of numerous questionable calls.

    Now, as the 2017 season gets rolling and as the football world is suddenly explosive again after President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on NFL protests, reminders of negative blowback has played a factor in whether at least one of those teams is kneeling again.

    Barringer coach Ronly London said the officiating was so egregious last season his team decided to stop protesting after some players and coaches did so before the first four games in 2016.


    RELATED: Kneeling for anthem, 1 year later: Wilson coach reflects on intense year


    “When this stuff took place, all our kids were like, ‘Coach, how is it that we’re getting all these calls [against us]?’” London said. “And one of my kids was like, ‘It’s because we took a knee and the refs don’t like that.’”

    After the fourth game against Parsippany Hills, “We all decided collectively, ‘Guys, let’s not do that. Let’s stop,’” London said. “I hate to tell my kids not to express themselves or deter them from doing whatever they feel, but it came down to that because the kids decided we can’t take a knee.”

    Wilson coach Preston Brown said he also believed his team’s protest impacted the way referees called the Tigers' games last season. Wilson was one of the first teams in the nation to gain widespread attention when the entire team and coaching staff — except for two players — knelt before the team’s game against Highland on Sept. 10.

    “I was told by my [athletic director] that some refs didn’t want to ref our games,” Brown said. “We got a penalty for too many men on the field when we didn’t have enough. One game they went to explain a call to the other coach and when I asked for an explanation I got a sideline warning. Against Moorestown, we were called offside when we weren’t even rushing in. We got a penalty on an extra point for not enough people on the line that didn’t make any sense.

    “In a lot of games there were some interesting calls. Usually you just deal with it, but in close games, that can cost you. And I still saw some questionable calls in one of our scrimmages this year.”


    RELATED: Members of Newark football team join national anthem protest


    Brown said his team decided to stop kneeling this season, but only because the media attention was overshadowing the positive impact his team is making in the Camden community, including taking part in a mentoring program, local food bank and community support groups.

    New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association assistant director Jack DuBois said Tuesday his office never received any complaints about questionable officiating from coaches or officials at Barringer or Wilson last season.

    In addition, Carmine Picardo, state coordinator for football officials, and Joe Piro, president of the North Jersey Super Football Conference — of which Barringer is a member school — also said they never received any formal reports of suspected biased officiating from either school.

    “I can’t imagine any officiating crew that I have worked with as an assigner in all my years even remotely thinking about some kind of bias against a team in regards to a team expressing their First Amendment rights,” Picardo said. “Obviously, if it was, if it was confirmed, no question about it, that would be dealt with very harshly.”

    Piro also said any allegations of skewed officiating would have been vigorously investigated.

    “We don’t operate like that,” Piro said. “If it were true, yes, they would not referee another game in the Super Football Conference. I’m pretty confident they wouldn’t referee another game in the state. I’m pretty confident the NJSIAA would probably share our opinion.”

    Members from one other New Jersey football team — Penns Grove in Salem County — also knelt for the national anthem last season. Some players remained seated on the bench during the team’s game against Haddon Heights in September, and the following week, against Salem, about half the team kneeled for the anthem.


    RELATED: Can N.J. schools punish students for NFL-style 'take a knee' protests?


    The team’s coach, John Emel, referred all questions about the protest to the district office when reached by phone Tuesday.

    Penns Grove-Carneys Point district superintendent Zenaida Cobian did not return a phone message Tuesday seeking comment about Penns Grove’s decision to kneel last season.

    Last fall, players and coaches from Barringer, Wilson and Penn Grove joined many others across the nation who began following the lead of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and kneeling during the national anthem. The silent protests were meant to draw attention to racial inequality and police brutality against people of color in the United States.

    No instances of kneeling at the high school level in New Jersey have been reported this season. But the movement gained newfound momentum this past weekend when President Trump blasted NFL protests during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama and said players who kneel should be fired.

    Trump’s comments prompted hundreds of players and coaches across the NFL to stage even more protests during games over the weekend, with some teams remaining in the locker room during the national anthem, while other players knelt or stood and interlocked arms with teammates and team personnel.

    New Jersey officials said they’re anticipating more protests at the high school level before games this week.

    “Everything trickles down, so I’m sure we’ll see some of it this weekend,” Piro said.

    The NJSIAA, meanwhile, has no rules regarding the national anthem.

    “The NJSIAA does not have any policies or regulations related to the national anthem,” NJSIAA spokesman Mike Cherenson said. “Questions would be best directed to the school.”

    There is nothing in New Jersey statute, code or case law that addresses kneeling during the national anthem at football games, and last year there were no reports of suspensions or other punishments after players knelt. If a public school student was punished for kneeling, it is unlikely the punishment would survive a lawsuit, experts say.

    On the playing fields, coaches from Barringer and Wilson said there are no renewed plans at the moment to kneel or protest before games. But dialogue amongst the teams continues to take shape as players come forward with questions about President Trump and his latest comments or Tweets of the day.

    “He holds the highest office in the country and he says things that are contradictory to what the office upholds,” Brown said. “I just have to control what I can control with my influences and work within the community.” 

    NJ Advance Media staff writer Kelly Heyboer contributed to this report.

    Matthew Stanmyre may be reached at mstanmyre@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattStanmyre. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

    Bill Evans may be reached at bevans@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @BEvansSports. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Another new collection of teams make the jump into the Top 20.


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    Here are 26 must-see games throughout New Jersey in Week 4, according to the high school football staff at NJ.com.


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    Can you name the No. 1 team that produces D1 talent? The answer might surprise you.


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    Shawneeq M. Carter, 26, was found beaten to death in a Woodbury home where she was house-sitting.

    WOODBURY -- The father of a woman found beaten to death in a home where she was house-sitting says his daughter's 5-year-old son found her body, according to a report from 6ABC.

    Shawneeq M. Carter, 26, of Camden was found in a home on Hopkins Street in Woodbury on Saturday night. The cause of death was blunt force trauma, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.

    Hopkins St Woodbury.jpgShawneeq Carter was killed while house-sitting at a home on Hopkins Street in Woodbury, police said. (Matt Gray | For NJ.com)
     

    The victim's father, Sean Carter, told 6ABC that his grandson and a 5-year-old nephew found her body Friday and walked to get help on Saturday. The kids said they were sleeping and don't know what happened prior to finding the body.

    The homeowner was away at the time of the killing, authorities said.

    Police have revealed few details in the case, including possible suspects or a motive.

    Authorities noted Tuesday afternoon that -- based on their investigation so far -- there is no danger to the community.

    Between the prosecutor's office and the Woodbury Police Department, about 10 detectives are working on the case, according to GCPO spokesman Bernie Weisenfeld. "Detectives are actively following up on leads developed from interviews and evidence collected thus far," he said.

    Sean Carter told 6ABC that the only item missing from the home was his daughter's cellphone.

    Friends and relatives took to Facebook to remember Shawneeq Carter as a loving mother and a woman with a great personality.

    She attended Pennsauken High School and Camden County College.

    Anyone with information about Carter's death is asked to contact Detective Warren Rivell of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office at 856-384-5625 or Detective Carl Villone of the Woodbury City Police Department at 856-845-0065.

    Matt Gray may be reached at mgray@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattGraySJT. Find the South Jersey Times on Facebook.

     

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    Christopher Cummings sustained multiple gunshot wounds Tuesday, police say.

    CAMDEN -- A 24-year-old man was fatally shot Tuesday evening in the Parkside section of the city, authorities said. He became the 21st homicide this year in the city, a county spokesman said.

    Christopher Cummings, a Camden resident, was found suffering from multiple gun shots at the corner of Ormond and Lansdowne avenues when officers arrived at 8:59 p.m., the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said. Police responded after a Shotspotter activation, which monitors sounds for possible gunshots, and emergency phone calls for help.

    Cummings was taken by ambulance to Cooper University Hospital where he died at 9:18 p.m.

    The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.
     

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    A 40-year-old hospitalized man died Wednesday of gunshot wounds.

    CAMDEN -- Mark Davis fought for life for 11 days after he was peppered with bullets at a city apartment complex.

    He lost his fight Wednesday, succumbing to his injuries while being treated at Cooper University Hospital, the Camden County Prosecutor said. Davis is the city's 22nd homicide victim this year and second in the last two days.

    He was shot in the Ablett Village apartment complex just before 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 16. The investigation into the shooting is ongoing. No arrests have been made.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.
     

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    Places to wet your whistle.

    635804286217047741-cent-ext-crosby.jpgAn exceedingly rare photo of the K&O in Vineland, taken in the early 1960s. 

    The K&O Bar on Sixth Street in Vineland was an "old man bar," one of many drinking establishments in the state to wear that badge of honor.

    The expression "old man bar" is a term of endearment, for sure; it is a label that a tavern must earn.

    The K&O was the kind of place where a dad, like mine, would take a child for his first bar sandwich. I honestly believe mine was liverwurst, and I most definitely remember the pickle that came with it. I also remember the feeling of being completely welcome.

    It was a bar where a "regular" would occupy the same stool each time he entered; it was where the drinks and decor were simple; it was where $20 could go a long way.

    MORE: Vintage photos around New Jersey

    So, I was brought to the K&O when I was a kid, but I should note that I chose to go there when I became "legal" in 1976. I never knew exactly when it closed; the last time I saw the building, there was a "for rent" sign in the window.

    One of my favorite old man bars may be gone, but I say "cheers" to the ones that still dot neighborhoods in New Jersey.

    Here's another gallery of vintage bars and taverns in New Jersey. And here is a link to more of them covered in a previous gallery.

    Vintage photos of bars and watering holes in N.J.

    Greg Hatala may be reached at ghatala@starledger.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregHatala. Find Greg Hatala on Facebook.


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    According to its Trulia listing, the taxes on the property this year were $35,801.

    In this week's "Sold!" property, we feature a home in Voorhees with more than 5,200 square feet of living space.

    The house sold for $1,151,888 in August. According to its Trulia listing, the taxes on the property this year were $35,801.

    The home features six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two partial baths. The house was assessed this year at $925,100.

    The median sale price for homes in the area is $269,900.

    Spencer Kent may be reached at skent@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @SpencerMKent. Find the Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    See how the NJ.com boys soccer Top 20 looks as the regular season hits its midway point.


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    Some have struggled for decades others are proving talent never graduates.


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    A look at the Top 75 senior girls soccer players in New Jersey.


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    Your one-stop shop for Week 4.

    Below is NJ.com's mega-coverage guide for Week 4. Keep track of schedules, predictions, previews, features and breaking news from around the state all the way up until kickoff.

    ESSENTIALS 
     Must-see games for Week 4
    Week 4 schedule/scoreboard
    Schedule/scoreboard by conference
    • Statewide stat leaders through Week 3
     Power points updated through Week 3

    RANKINGS 
     Top 20
    Group and conference rankings

    PICKS 
    NJ.com predicts every winner in the state
    Scores and predictions for Top 20 teams
    Picks for each of N.J.'s six conferences

    MUST-READ CONTENT  
     Did refs go after HS football teams that knelt for anthem in 2016? 2 coaches say yes 
     Can N.J. schools punish students for NFL-style 'take a knee' protests?
    • Presidents Cup affecting football schedule at Caven Point in Jersey City
     Delaware Valley football playing well despite being inexperienced
    Delaware Valley 12th Man Club announces Trenton area football standouts for the week 
    • Times of Trenton Football Players of the Week: Notre Dame's Williams twins, Nottingham's Pierre

    A LOOK BACK AT WEEK 2 
     Results and links for Week 2
     36 standouts who shined during Week 3 
    N.J. football hot takes: The biggest, best, brightest of Week 3

    Week 3 stat leaders 
    •  Best photos from Week 3

    RECRUITING NEWS  
     Big Ten football recruiting rankings: Ohio State or Penn State on top? Rutgers in top 10?

    Matt Stypulkoski may be reached at mstypulkoski@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @M_Stypulkoski. Like NJ.com High School Sports on Facebook.


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    The fast-fashion clothing store opened Thursday.

    CHERRY HILL -- Those excited by last year's announcement that international fashion company Zara was opening its first South Jersey store will have to wait no longer to paw through the trendy, fast-fashion clothing on the racks.

    The giant 26,000-square-foot store opened in the Cherry Hill Mall Thursday.

    The mall's owner, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, or PREIT, went out of its way to meet the needs of the Spain-based company's new location.

    PREIT built out the space in between Macy's and Nordstrom to give Zara another 5,000 square feet, according to a release from the owner. The project also required five stores -Banana Republic, Hollister, Aveda, Clarks and Call It Spring be relocated within the mall, the release said.

    Zara, based in Spain, sells clothing and accessories for men, women and children. It describes itself as one of the largest international fashion companies, and Forbes last year named it one of the world's most valuable brands.

    The company has more than 2,000 stores around the world, including locations in Philadelphia and in North Jersey in Edison, Jersey City and Wayne. 

    "Zara is renowned for its ability to develop a new product and get it to stores within two weeks, while other retailers take six months," Forbes said of the retailer. 

    In announcing the Zara opening in a press release this week, PREIT also revealed that it has signed a contract to open one of the first U.S. locations of Italian lingerie retailer Intimissimi in the Cherry Hill Mall.

    It will be in the space currently housing LUSH, which will move into a bigger space within the mall.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Although the local high school football schedule is a bit light this week with a slew of teams on their bye week, there are always entertaining games to anticipate, including a crucial one for Delsea as it looks to even its record at 2-2. The Crusaders are actually 2-1 on the field, but had to forfeit one of their victories...

    Although the local high school football schedule is a bit light this week with a slew of teams on their bye week, there are always entertaining games to anticipate, including a crucial one for Delsea as it looks to even its record at 2-2.
    The Crusaders are actually 2-1 on the field, but had to forfeit one of their victories ...


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    What will be the big news coming out of the last weekend in september


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    Fans can check out the team during the Blue x White scrimmage Sunday.

    CAMDEN - The Philadelphia 76ers continued their week-long training camp on Thursday at their training complex in Camden, N.J. The week began with media day on Monday and concludes on Friday with one final two-hour session.

    Fans will get their first look at the 2017-18 Sixers at Sunday's Blue x White scrimmage, which is scheduled for 1 p.m. at The Palestra. Tickets to the scrimmage are free to the general public via the team's social media platforms.

    On Sunday, all eyes will be on the team's core of Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

    The Sixers traded up in the 2017 NBA Draft, making a deal with the Boston Celtics to select Fultz with the No. 1 overall pick.

    But he's not the most heralded rookie on the team.

    That title goes to Ben Simmons, who missed all of last season with a foot injury. Head coach Brett Brown has already committed to running the team's offense through the six-foot 10-inch Simmons.

    Sixers' Big 3's antics liven up media day (PHOTOS)

    Sixers fans are eager to see how Simmons will coexist with Embiid, who played in just 31 games last season before being shut down with a knee injury.

    The Sixers' preseason opener is Wednesday, Oct. 4, when they host the Memphis Grizzlies at the Wells Fargo Center.

    The games start to count two weeks later, when the Sixers hit the road for their season opener on Wednesday, Oct. 18, against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.

    The Sixers play their regular season home opener two nights later, when they host the Boston Celtics on Friday, Oct. 20. The Celtics are expected to content for the Eastern Conference title, after signing free agent forward Gordon Heyward and trading guard Isaiah Thomas to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.

    Lori M. Nichols may be reached at lnichols@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @photoglori. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Organizers are planning a fundraising campaign through Oct. 8.

    CAMDEN -- A statewide-effort to raise money for hurricane relief for Puerto Rico was announced Thursday in front of Camden City Hall.

    More than a third of the city's 74,400 residents claim Puerto Rican heritage. City Council President Francisco "Frank" Moran, D, the prohibitive favorite this fall to become the city's next mayor, said the relief effort hits close to home.

    "It's been an emotional rollercoaster," Moran said just after the midday rally. "It has been heart-wrenching to watch the news and coverage."

    Moran said he and his wife have not been able to reach close relatives in Puerto Rico and he hopes the effort launched Thursday will help make a difference.

    Hurricane Maria tore through the island U.S. territory last weekend with 155 mph winds and storm surges that caused massive flooding. Most of the island remains without electrical power and relatives on the mainland have had difficulty reaching loved ones by phone.

    "My father is on the island," Camden County Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, D, said, fighting back tears. "I didn't know what his condition was until today. My whole family is on the island. This is very personal."

    Rodriguez said state Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, D, Camden, launched the effort by reaching out to the Puerto Rican Congress of New Jersey. Together, they created the Boricuas from New Jersey para Puerto Rico Fund with the South Jersey Credit Union. Organizers plan a statewide campaign with events ending on October 8. The funds will then be distributed to the United for Puerto Rico Foundation and the Salvation Army.

    Money is the preferred form of donation because getting perishable goods to the island provides logistical challenges and disaster relief experts recommend monetary gifts that can be used to provide services from local vendors, organizers said.

    More information can be found at the Camden County Office of Hispanic Affairs at 856-225-5312 or email at hispanic@camdencounty.com.

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    Check out all the results, stories, photos and more

    WEEK 4 KEY LINKS

    20 bold predictions
    26 must-see games
    Top 20 picks and schedule
    Statewide Stat Leaders
    Quick picks
    Top 20 picks
    Power points
    Top 20, group and conference rankings

    THURSDAY'S FEATURED GAMES

    No. 11 Rancocas Valley at Washington Twp., 7

    • Game story
    Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Middletown South at Rumson-Fair Haven, 7

    • Game story
    Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Morris Hills at Sparta, 7

    • Game story
    Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Hillsborough at Phillipsburg, 7

    • Game story
    Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Robbinsville at New Egypt, 7

    • Game story
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Immaculata at North Hunterdon, 7

    • Game story
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Caldwell at West Essex, 7

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Box score

    Old Tappan at Ridgewood, 7

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Box score

    JP Stevens at Iselin Kennedy, 7

    • Recap
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Germantown Academy at Pennington, 4

    • Game story
    • Box score
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    Burlington Township at Hightstown, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Ewing at Willingboro, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Princeton at Lawrence, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Cinnaminson at Glassboro, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Voorhees at Rahway, 6

    • Game story
    • Box score


    WEEK 4: Mega-coverage guide


    TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

    No. 11 Rancocas Valley at Washington Twp., 7
    No. 13 Montclair vs. Union City at Foley Field (Bloomfield), 7
    No. 17 River Dell at Shippensburg (Pa.), 6
    No. 18 Westfield vs. Watchung Hills, 7

    FRIDAY'S FEATURED GAMES

    No. 8 Paramus Catholic at No. 2 St. Peter's Prep, 7

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    No. 10 Vineland at Cumberland, 6

    • Game story
    • Box score

    New Milford at Pompton Lakes, 2:30

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Elizabeth at Linden, 7

    • Game story
    Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Sterling at Deptford, 7

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Delsea at Holy Spirit, 7

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Box score

    Long Branch at Wall, 7

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Box score

    Malvern Prep at Peddie, 3:45

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Hopewell Valley at Allentown, 5

    • Game story
    • Box score

    WW-P South at Ocean City, 5:30

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Pleasantville at Schalick, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Florence at Holy Cross, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Paul VI at Notre Dame , 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Gateway at Maple Shade, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Johnson at Delaware Valley, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Collingswood at Buena, 7

    • Recap
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

    No. 8 Paramus Catholic vs. No. 2 St. Peter's Prep, 7
    Hudson Catholic at No. 4 DePaul, 7
    No. 10 Vineland at Cumberland, 6
    Freehold Borough at No. 12 Manalapan, 7:30
    Delbarton at No. 14 Don Bosco, 7
    No 16 Red Bank Catholic at Colonia, 7
    Toms River North at No. 19 Howell, 7

    SATURDAY'S FEATURED GAMES

    No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont.) at No. 3 Bergen Catholic, 1

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    No. 6 Pope John at Seton Hall Prep, 1

    • Game story
    Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    No. 7 Millville at Willilamstown, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Barnegat at Manasquan, 1

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Salem at Woodbury, 10:30 am

    • Game story
    • Live updates
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Friendship Academy at Hun, 3:30

    • Game story
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    Pennsville at St. Joseph (Hamm.), 12

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Somerville at Warren Hills, 7

    • Game story
    • Box score

    Camden at Cedar Creek, 1

    • Recap
    • Photo gallery
    • Box score

    TOP 20 SCOREBOARD

    No. 1 St. Joseph (Mont.) at No. 3 Bergen Catholic, 1
    No. 6 Pope John at Seton Hall Prep, 1
    No. 7 Millville at Williamstown, 7
    No. 15 Irvington at Nutley, 1

    Bill Evans can be reached at bevans@njadvancemedia.com or by leaving a note in the comments below. Follow him on Twitter @BEvansSports. Find the NJ.com High School Football page on Facebook by following this link.


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    The Circuit Trails is a planned 750-mile network of pedestrian and bike paths.

    CAMDEN -- Efforts to give city residents better access to the waterfront were boosted this month thanks to millions in grant funding from the William Penn Foundation.

    The foundation awarded a total of $2.7 million in grants to Cooper's Ferry Partnership, NJ Conservation Foundation, NJ Tree Foundation and the nonprofit that runs the Camden Children's Garden for projects on or about the city's two rivers.

    "After going decades with limited access to the waterfront along the Delaware and Cooper rivers, Camden is experiencing an exciting revitalization of riverfront access," said Jamie Bartolino, a spokeswoman for the foundation.

    In Camden, Puerto Rico relief is personal

    "These recent grants help support the development of new Circuit Trails and public parks near the rivers, which help create opportunities to recreate near the water; outreach and education about clean water; and water quality-focused programs for youth and families," Bartolino said.

    The largest of the grants awarded for Camden waterways is a $1.8 million grant to Cooper's Ferry Partnership for the planning, design and creation of Circuit Trails along the two rivers in Camden.

    The Circuit Trails is a planned 750-mile network of pedestrian and bike paths to connect communities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

    The trails already exist in Philadelphia. When the Delaware River Port Authority completes a ramp on the Camden side of the Ben Franklin Bridge, expected by spring of 2019, the trails can be connected.

    The remaining grants will go to support the Camden Children's Garden's programs about water quality and to establish Gateway Park in Camden as a place for environmental education and stewardship of the Cooper River and its main trail, among other things, according to the foundation.

    Rebecca Everett may be reached at reverett@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccajeverett. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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