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    The assailant remained at large after the stabbing, an official said.

    A knife-wielding man critically injured a man and woman Sunday afternoon in an attack at a home in Camden's Cramer Hill section, police said.

    A police spokesman said at least one of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries in the attack, which was reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the 2800 block of Garfield Street. Both victims were rushed to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.

    Dan Keishen, a spokesman for Camden County, said their assailant remains at large.

    Following the stabbings, a half dozen police vehicles surrounded the one-block stretch of North 29th Street between Arthur and Garfield avenues. Nearly a dozen high-visibility cones were visible along a sidewalk stretching down 29th Street as an officer took photos of the scene, which was cordoned off by crime scene tape.

    No residents ventured out onto the street, which is bordered by a sprawling empty field on one side and homes on the other.

    Keishen said the incident remains under investigation and that no charges have been filed. 

    Bill Duhart may be reached at bduhart@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @bduhart. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips

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    Of New Jersey's 565 municipalities, these 67 towns saw decreases in their average property tax bills in 2017.


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    Consider adopting one of these homeless dogs and cats.

    If you're interested in helping homeless animals but aren't able to adopt one, there are a number of other ways you can be of assistance.

    Realistically, not everyone can adopt. People who live in apartments or developments that have no-pets policies fall into that category, as do people with allergies or disabilities that will not allow them to care for pets of their own. Here are some suggestions for ways people who want to help can participate in caring for homeless animals.

    * Help out at a local shelter. It's not glamorous work by any means, but it's vital and will be very much appreciated. You can do anything from help walk dogs to bottle feed kittens, help clean kennels or cat's cages or even help with bathing and grooming. Contact your local shelter to find out their policies regarding volunteers.

    * If you're handy, you can lend a hand in many ways. Shelters usually need repairs of many kinds, so fixer-uppers can help out like that. If you sew, quilt or crochet, you can make blankets for your local shelter.

    * Help out at an adoption event. Many shelters and rescue groups participate in local events by hosting a table with pets available for adoption. They also hold these program at malls, pet supply stores and banks, and can always use a helping hand.

    * For galleries like this one and for online adoptions sites, often a shelter or rescue group doesn't have the time or equipment to shoot good photos of their adoptable pets, Something as simple as making yourself available to shoot and provide digital files of pet photos can be a big help.

    * Donate. It doesn't have to be money; shelters need cleaning supplies, pet food, toys for the animals and often even things we don't think twice about getting rid of like old towels and newspapers. Every little bit helps.

    If you don't know where your local animal shelter or rescue group is, a quick online search will reveal a number of results. It doesn't take a lot of time or effort to get involved but it provides immeasurable assistance.

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


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    Gov. Phil Murphy said Sunday the Urban Enterprise Zone program is "smart policy."

    Gov. Phil Murphy's first state budget proposal includes a slight increase to New Jersey's sales tax. 

    But on Sunday, Murphy suggested he supports expanding a program aiming to boost struggling cities by cutting the sales tax in those places in half, among other incentives.

    Murphy made the comments while appearing on New York City radio station WBLS 107.5-FM when a caller asked him if he backs the Urban Enterprise Zone program. 

    "It's smart policy," the Democrat responded. "It gets action in downtown areas. It's a good economic proposition and it's particularly good for our urban communities." 

    "We're big UEZ fans," Murphy added. 

    Christie rejects sales tax cut for 5 N.J. cities

    It had been unclear where Murphy stood on expanding the program. While he didn't directly mention either bill Sunday, the governor said there "good legislation moving through right now" related to it. 

    The program has been in place since 1983, and about 6,800 businesses across the state take part. It was originally supposed to sunset 20 years after its creation, but state lawmakers voted in 2001 to extend it another 16 years. 

    That ended last year. And Murphy's Republican predecessor, Gov. Chris Christieallowed the program to expire for the original five cities that took part: Bridgeton, Camden, Newark, Plainfield, and Trenton. 

    Christie said the program faced "apathetic participation" and delivered a "devastating impact on state revenues without any demonstrable benefit" to the cities.

    Other cities that joined the program later continue to take part, though their designations are set to end between 2019 and 2026.

    The Democratic-controlled state Legislature is now considering legislation that would reinstate the program in those five cities and extend the program for another 10 years. 

    "Urban Enterprise Zones have been an integral part of urban revitalization for many years now," state Assemblyman Raj Mukherji, D-Hudson, said when the bill (A3549) was approved by an Assembly panel last week. "Extending their designation will help many cities remain economically competitive while spurring job growth and economic development."

    Another bill (A3551) would direct the New Jersey UEZ Authority to review the program and issue a report about it to Murphy and the Legislature. 

    Murphy -- who succeeded Christie in January -- unveiled his first state budget plan earlier this month. It includes reversing a deal Christie made last year to reduce the state's sales tax from 7 percent to 6.875. 

    Murphy called Christie's move a "gimmick" and is proposing bringing the tax back to 7 percent to raise revenue for the state. 

    Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Facebook.


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    A 37-year-old woman ran from her house Sunday afternoon in a desperate attempt to flee her ex, only to be stabbed to death by the man in the middle of the street, authorities said.

    Bloodied from a knife attack, a 37-year-old woman ran from her house Sunday afternoon in a desperate attempt to flee her ex, only to be overtaken and stabbed to death by the man in the middle of a Camden street, authorities said.

    Raul Quinones went to the Garfield Avenue home of Elaine Jimenez around 3pm, under the guise of picking up belongings, prosecutors said.

    But when he entered the home in the city's Cramer Hill neighborhood, he instead stabbed Jimenez, authorities said. She fled the house despite her injury, and Quinones turned his weapon on her 20-year-old son, the prosecutor's office said.

    He stabbed the man repeatedly before following Jimenez out into the street, authorities allege. He overtook her and, in full view of the quiet neighborhood near Von Nieda Park, prosecutors say he murdered her before fleeing on a motorcycle.

    Someone called 911 and told police that a woman had been stabbed by her boyfriend, and officers found Jimenez in the intersection of 29th Street and Arthur Avenue, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a release.

    On Sunday afternoon, investigators had used cones to mark a spot on the sidewalk where a bloodstain was visible.

    camden-stabbing.jpgPolice cones mark evidence at the scene of a double stabbing in Camden's Cramer Hill section Sunday. (Bill Duhart | For NJ.com)

    After taking her to the hospital, police found her son "seriously wounded" inside the home. No update on his condition was available, and his name was not released.

    U.S. Marshals found Quinones at his home on Fountain Avenue late Sunday.

    He faces charges of murder and attempted murder. He is being held in the Camden County Jail. The Camden County Prosecutor's Office plans to ask a judge to order Quinones jailed pending his trial.

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

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    A quiet night at home quickly turned into a night of heroism for six friends who broke into a burning building and saved a 90-year-old man as flames engulfed his house. Watch video

    A quiet night at home quickly turned into a night of heroism for six friends who broke into a burning building and saved a 90-year-old man as flames engulfed his house. 

    The drama unfolded on Friday shortly after midnight, when two Rutgers-Camden students, Tammy Meneses and Vanessa Solis Palma, saw flames as they left the Camden apartment of four friends.

    They called one of those friends, Sehwan "Ricky" Park, who ran toward the scene with roommates Corey Zytko and Jonathan Perez-Gaytan in tow. A fourth roommate, Matteo Resanovic, followed behind as soon as he could get his slippers on.

    The two women called the police, while Zytko ran for the nearest campus safety officer. Resanovic said he and Perez-Gaytan circled the house on Cooper Street, searching for the source of flames and billowing smoke. They yelled and rattled fences, but no one came outside. 

    rutgers-camden-firejpg-008726a2573f9ca7.jpgSix students rescued a 90-year-old man when his Cooper Street home caught fire early Friday morning. (Amanda Hoover | NJ Advance Media For NJ.com) 

    "You always just assume that there's people in there," Resanovic, a 23-year-old studying mathematics, said in a phone interview Monday. "You always want to make sure people are all right." 

    So Resanovic broke the glass on the front door with his hand and jumped into the house. 

    The three other men followed him and began searching the crowded home. The smoke was contained mostly to the third floor, he said, making it easier to breathe as they ran through the second, eventually finding the 90-year-old man. 

    Together, they helped the man out of the house and onto a nearby bench. Resanovic took off his slippers and put them on the man's feet. 

    As emergency responders arrived to take over, they went back home. 

    "We were like, 'let's just go, everyone is taken care of.' We just wanted to go home," he said.

    There, as adrenaline started to calm, reality set in.

    "We looked over what just happened, like, 'whoa, did this really just happen?' "

    A second resident, the 63-year-old son of the elder man, was found dead in the building by firefighters. He was on the third floor, where the fire began and heavier smoke had taken over, according to officials, who have not yet identified him. 

    As the dust settled Friday morning, everyone wanted to find the mystery heroes. Camden Fire Chief Michael Harper said he hoped he could thank the students "for not thinking of themselves, and for thinking of someone else. That was remarkable." 

    "We offer our condolences to the family of the man who died and we are heartened by the bravery of our students," Rutgers-Camden Chancellor Phoebe Haddon wrote in an email to the campus community Monday, in which she named the six students. "They are role models and displayed the very essence of civic-minded leadership that is embedded in what we do here at Rutgers University-Camden."  

    Resanovic said he was surprised, and overwhelmed, by the attention, as he had planned to stay anonymous and focus on upcoming exams. Aside from some scrapes on his hand and a cough that has since subsided, he said he and his friends weren't hurt. 

    He said he hasn't heard from the fire department or mayor's office yet. Requests for comment to both were not returned Monday afternoon. 

    To Resanovic, running toward -- not away from -- the flames was the obvious choice, he said.

    "I kind of expect everyone to do this sort of thing," he said. "We were just the ones there." 

    Amanda Hoover can be reached at ahoover@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandahoovernj. Find NJ.com on Facebook

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    The donation is part of the Goya Gives 'Can Do' campaign.

    Goya Foods donated 51,800 pounds of food to the Food Bank of South Jersey (FBSJ) as part of the Goya Gives 'Can Do' campaign.

    The donation is part of the first installment of the 1.5 million pounds of food (1.25 million meals) raised over the course of six months that will go to Feeding America and will be distributed to families and individuals throughout the United States.

    FBSJ is a member of the Feeding America national network of food banks serving the more than 196,000 food insecure individuals residing in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Salem Counties. 

    Presentation of the donation took place on March 28 at the Food Bank of South Jersey in Pennsauken. 

    Have community news you'd like to share? Send an email to sjtowns@njadvancemedia.com. Have an event happening you want to share? Go to nj.com/events to submit your information to be included in a community calendar. 

     

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