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    Paulsboro High School students celebrated their prom on Friday night at Nicolosi Caterers.

    It was a night to remember for Paulsboro High School students as they celebrated their prom at Nicolosi Caterers' Ballroom on Hessian in West Deptford on Friday night.

    Prom-goers arrived dressed to the nines as they socialized, posed for photos and danced the night away.

    Check back at nj.com/south for other local high school prom coverage. And be sure to check out our complete prom coverage at nj.com/prom.

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    Lori M. Nichols may be reached at lnichols@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Instagram @photog_lori and Twitter @photoglori. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips.


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    Buena Regional High School students celebrated their prom on Friday night at Masso's Crystal Manor.

    It was a night to remember for Buena Regional High School students as they celebrated their prom at Masso's Crystal Manor in Glassboro on Friday night.

    Prom-goers arrived in style as they socialized, posed for photos and danced the night away.

    Check back at nj.com/south for other local high school prom coverage. And be sure to check out our complete prom coverage at nj.com/prom.

    BUY THESE PHOTOS
    Are you one of the people pictured at this prom? Want to buy the photo and keep it forever? Look for the blue link "buy photo" below the photographer's credit to purchase the picture. You'll have the ability to order prints in a variety of sizes, or products like magnets, keychains, coffee mugs and more.

    Tim Hawk may be reached at thawk@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Instagram @photog_hawk and Twitter @photogthawk. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips.


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    Deptford Township High School students celebrated their prom on Friday night at The Mansion on Main Street.

    It was a night to remember for Deptford Township High School students as they celebrated their prom at The Mansion on Main Street in Voorhees on Friday night.

    Prom-goers arrived in style as they posed for photos, socialized and danced the night away.

    Check back at nj.com/south for other local high school prom coverage. And be sure to check out our complete prom coverage at nj.com/prom.

    BUY THESE PHOTOS
    Are you one of the people pictured at this prom? Want to buy the photo and keep it forever? Look for the blue link "buy photo" below the photographer's credit to purchase the picture. You'll have the ability to order prints in a variety of sizes, or products like magnets, keychains, coffee mugs and more.

    Lori M. Nichols may be reached at lnichols@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Instagram @photog_lori and Twitter @photoglori. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips.


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    A treasure trove of artifacts have been unearthed in Camden, some dating back to 2900 BC.

    The way Jack O'Byrne has it figured, a treasure trove of artifacts unearthed in Camden, some dating back to 2900 BC, should find a home here on the shore of the Delaware River.

    "I got a call two months ago saying the New Jersey State Museum was not accepting anymore artifacts and would I want to display the items found here," said O'Byrne, executive director of the Camden County Historical Society. "I said 'hell yeah.'"

    The items were found during a pair of excavations in downtown Camden in 2015-2016 during a development project.

    The artifacts include fragments of an early soapstone, lug-handled ceramic vessel, a side-notched projectile point, stone tool and heated rocks from hearths. Other items include over 100 ceramic fragments and and the discovery of a ditch structural of hearths, heated rock clusters and hearth remains.

    The historical society has a lecture scheduled Sunday with the senior archeologist who found the artifacts, Ilene Grossman-Bailey. It will be held at 2 p.m. at the society, located at 1900 Park Boulevard, Camden. It is free and open to the public.

    Camden Indian artifactsIndian artifacts, some up to 4900 years old, were found during two excavations near the Camden Delaware River Waterfront in 2015-16, including the current site of Holtec International, an industrial manufacturer. 

    Grossman-Bailey will describe the items that belonged to tribes of the native inhabitants of New Jersey dating back 10,000 years ago. The descendants of those native people are known as the Leni Lenape Indians.

    The discovery of 7,400 artifacts, ranging from 2900 BC to 1650 begin to tell the story of how these people lived in agrarian societies with vibrant trade among neighboring tribes in the mid-Atlantic region.

    But the discoveries don't end there.

    The primary excavations were on the site of the former New York Shipbuilding Co. which has its own rich recent history from 1899 to 1967. More than 600 ships were built there, including the aircraft carrier Kittyhawk and the USS Indianapolis, a WWII ship sank by the Japanese in the South Pacific in which most of its crew were attacked and killed by sharks while waiting for capture.

    There is a famous reference to it in the blockbuster movie Jaws.

    Grossman-Bailey said she remains excited about finding artifacts in highly-developed cities like Camden, Trenton and Newark.

    "Increasingly, we're finding urban settings little pockets not as disturbed as many think," Grossman-Bailey said. "It's not just the artifacts, the main thing is finding them all together gives detailed info about how native Americans were living, what they were eating, what they were wearing."

    Teams of archeologist worked for months using hand tools at the excavation site north of Morgan Boulevard and east of Broadway. They dug to depths of 1 to 2 feet at one of the sites and dug down as far as 4 feet at the shipyard site, located north of the Newton Creek and west of Broadway.

    Camden Indian artifactsWorkers spent weeks on the Camden Waterfront in 2015-16 unearthing artifacts, including some that date to 2900 BC. 

    Archeologists identified starch grains on four artifacts including maize, legume, barley and wild rye, Grossman-Bailey said. Some of the plant resources may have been used for food, medicine, fuel, fibers, or other uses. Burned animal bones and protein residue on one tool indicated that the site occupants were engaged in hunting, as well as the processing and cooking of deer and other mammals, turtle, and wild fowl.

    "The Camden County Historical Society has been telling the story of our area from 1600s forward," O'Byrne said. "Getting these artifacts that date almost 5000 years, we're able to tell a much more expansive story."

    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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    Salem High School students celebrated their prom on Friday night at Merighi's Savoy Inn in Vineland.

    It was a night to remember for Salem High School students as they celebrated their prom at Merighi's Savoy Inn in Vineland on Friday night.

    Prom-goers arrived dressed to the nines as they socialized, posed for photos and danced the night away.

    Check back at nj.com/south for other local high school prom coverage. And be sure to check out our complete prom coverage at nj.com/prom.

    BUY THESE PHOTOS
    Are you one of the people pictured at this prom? Want to buy the photo and keep it forever? Look for the blue link "buy photo" below the photographer's credit to purchase the picture. You'll have the ability to order prints in a variety of sizes, or products like magnets, keychains, coffee mugs and more.

    Lori M. Nichols may be reached at lnichols@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Instagram @photog_lori and Twitter @photoglori. Find NJ.com on FacebookHave a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips.


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    The blaze broke out in a home in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township.

    An early-morning fire Saturday in Camden County left a family homeless and two firefighters injured, authorities said.

    The blaze was first reported in a house in the 700 block of Upton Way in the Broadmoor development in Blackwood at 4:48 a.m., according to Gloucester Township Police.

    When officers arrived, the garage and basement of the home were fully engulfed in flames, police said.

    A family in the house escaped safely, authorities said, but two firefighters received minor injuries battling the blaze. They were treated at the scene and declined any further medical care.

    Fire departments responded from Chews Landing, Magnolia, Bellmawr, Deptford, Somerdale and Hi Nella, authorities said. Once on the scene, firefighters quickly brought the fire under control.

    Representatives from the Gloucester Township Office of Emergency Management and the American Red Cross assisted the displaced family.

    There was no word on the cause of the fire.

    Bill Gallo Jr. may be reached at bgallo@njadvancemedia.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on Facebook. Have a tip? Tell us. nj.com/tips


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    Spend a few hours in the sun with a dog that's normally stuck in a shelter? Sign us up.


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    Dogs and cats throughout the state await adoption.

    Petfinder, the for-profit internet company that operates the largest online pet adoption website serving all of North America, put this list together of common adoption myths in the hope that more people will adopt dogs and cats from shelters and rescues.

    * "I don't know what I'm getting."

    There is likely more information available on adoptable animals than pets for purchase in pet stores. Many of the pets from rescue groups are in foster care, living with their fosterer 24/7; information on their personality and habits is typically vast. Even shelters have a very good idea about how the dogs and cats in their care behave with people and other animals.

    * "I can't find what I want at a shelter."

    Not only are their breed-specific rescue groups, but some rescues and shelters maintain waiting lists for specific breeds. There are even means on Petfinder.com to be notified when certain breeds are posted for adoption.

    *"I can get a pet for free from a friend or acquaintance; why pay an adoption fee?"

    The 'free pet' from a source other than a shelter or rescue group isn't necessarily free. Adoption fees usually cover a number of services and treatments including spay/neuter and veterinary checkups. Covering these costs on your own would call for spending the following estimated amounts:

         * Spay/neuter: $150-$300

         * Distemper vaccination: $20-$30, twice

         * Rabies vaccination: $15-$25

         * Heartworm test: $15-$35

         * Flea/tick treatment: $50-$200

         * Microchip: $25-$50

    * "Pets are in shelters because they don't make good pets."

    Here are the main reasons animals end up in shelters or with rescue groups:

         * Owners have to move, pets not allowed

         * Allergies

         * Owner having personal problems

         * Too many, no room for littermates

         * Owner can no longer afford a pet

         * Owner's health does not allow for pet care

    While no one can say that every pet adopted from a shelter or rescue will work out perfectly, it's important to remember that misinformation about these homeless animals often keeps them from finding loving homes.


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    With divisional and county tournament titles on the line, there are a bevy of must-see, can't miss high school baseball games this week.


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    The man was later caught after a short foot chase with police.

    A 19-year-old man was arrested late last week for allegedly groping and robbing a woman returning to her car in a mall parking lot.

    The woman, 52, had just shopped at the Cherry Hill Mall on Thursday afternoon when a man pushed her into the back seat of her car and demanded money. She gave him cash and he ran, according to the Cherry Hill police.

    Police say that man was Adris Parker, 19, of Merchantville, a borough not far from the mall.

    A witness attempted to chase him before calling police to give them a description and which direction he went.

    Responding officers notified neighboring police departments of the incident before Parker was found in nearby Merchantville. Cops chased him down and made the arrest.

    Parker is currently being held in the Camden County Correctional Facility before a detention hearing. He faces charges of second degree robbery and aggravated assault, along with third degree theft and aggravated criminal sexual contact.

    Joe Brandt can be reached at jbrandt@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JBrandt_NJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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    The New Jersey Department of Corrections has an entire prison dedicated to treating inmates with addictions.


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    A new program at the Camden County Animal Shelter allows people to sign out pups for mutually enjoyable day trips.

    Short on the time you need to be a responsible "pet parent" to a dog or other animal that requires more attention than an instant sea-monkey kit?

    Too busy or too mobile even to foster a young shelter puppy or a kitten for a couple of weeks until it's ready to get adopted into a forever home?

    Boy, has the Camden County Animal Shelter got a deal for you. Put down the cellphone and enjoy real life, but not until after you've called the Blackwood facility to "rent" a shelter dog.

    Now you can experience the warmth, de-stressing potential and companionship of a canine that you won't have long enough to try to con an airline into thinking Spot is a legitimate therapy dog. Actually, you won't have Spot long enough to change its name to Spot.

    If a trial rental by our own NJ Advance Media reporter Bill Duhart is any indication, this is closer to day-trip excursion than anything else. The benefit for the pooch is, quite literally, a day in the park, away from a cage and all of those other barking and mewing specimens that can ruin the tranquility of a dog's life. 

    The rent-a-dog program kicked off last week. Duhart's first-person article revealed that he had Cassandra, a 4-year-old pit bull mix, for about three hours. But, it seemed to go well, both for Cassandra and a journalist who admitted to not having a pet since he was a child.

    While Rent-a-Dog may be geared to people who more familiar with having a four-legged friend around full-time, the Camden County folks have set this up so that even novices don't have to ride without some training wheels. The dogs on loan are pre-screened so that they're friendly with most any human. They're housebroken and responsive to being walked on a leash. The shelter provides said leash and some doggie treats, so you don't have to spring for a full meal. Talk about a cheap date.

    Shelter personnel will walk you through some paces if you're nervous, but about the worst that can happen is having to scoop up a parting gift or two. We think this program is destined to be so popular that the shelter might have to expand the number of passes it grants beyond the initial five per day, as many as the staff says it can handle. Perhaps some on-site volunteers will step up to facilitate more mini-adpotions.

    Other shelters ought to try this living, breathing version of a bike-share service. After all, at the end of the day (away), the idea is to increase the number of pups that get adopted. Renters might decide to come back for their favorite or another adoptable animal. This shelter holds up to 120 dogs at a time, and it is often full.

    Now some details: To rent, you must be 18 or older and have a driver's license. The shelter is at 125 County House Road in Blackwood, Gloucester Township. Its phone number is 856-401-1300; Email: info@ccasnj.org. Operating hours and other information are on the county shelter website, ccasnj.org.

    Dog rental can be a love 'em and leave 'em proposition, but readers should know that after Duhart took Cassandra back to the shelter, someone else who had rented the dog previously returned to adopt her. It's a satisfying conclusion that even those with fear of commitment can appreciate.

    Send a letter to the editor of South Jersey Times at sjletters@njadvancemedia.com

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    Both women were hospitalized with injuries from the blaze in Collingswood

    Firefighters rescued two women from a second story window of a burning apartment building in Collingswood early Tuesday and both were hospitalized with injuries from the blaze.

    One woman was taken to the burn unit at Crozer-Chester Medical Center with serious injuries, Collingswood fire Chief Keith Davis said. The other woman was in stable condition at Cooper University Hospital, he said.

    Firefighters found the women hanging out of the window and trying to get air as smoke billowed from behind them, Davis said. Firefighters used a ladder to help the women escape, he said.

    The fire started around 1:30 a.m. on Haddon Avenue and was brought under control about 30 minutes later. But the blaze damaged four apartments and two storefronts, he said. Four residents were displaced.

    Firefighters ruled it accidental. 

    Caitlyn Stulpin may be reached at cstulpin@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @caitstulpin. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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    Police arrived to the Lindenwold apartment complex after getting 911 calls for a shooting.

    A shooting that killed a 32-year-old man early Tuesday is the second in the past five weeks at the same apartment complex in Camden County.

    Just after midnight Tuesday, police responding to reports of a man shot arrived at the Arborwood Apartment Complex on East Gibbsboro Road. There, they found Theron Alston, 32, of Magnolia, who had been shot multiple times.

    Alston was pronounced dead at 3:30 a.m. at Cooper University Hospital, the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said.

    No arrests have been made in the killing and it was not immediately clear what led to the shooting. Meanwhile, authorities are still searching for the man who they believed shot and killed 25-year-old Dominique Vivett at the apartment complex in broad daylight on April 4.

    According to the probable cause statement in that case, Vivett was fighting with someone in a courtyard when another person pulled out a handgun and shot him in the head just after 4 p.m. Vivett died from his injury later that day.

    Witnesses told police the man with the gun was Terrill "Rell" Chandler, who was charged with murder but has not yet been located. Chandler is most likely on the run with his girlfriend Victoria Harris, who is wanted on an outstanding warrant.

    The Camden County Prosecutor's Office asks anyone with information about Alston's shooting to call Detective Chris Sarson at 856-225-8640 or Lindenwold Police Detective Ron Burrows at 856-784-7566 ext. 419.

    Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Chandler or Harris is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 609-331-0310.

    - Reporter Joe Brandt contributed to this story.

    Caitlyn Stulpin may be reached at cstulpin@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @caitstulpin. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Three people and one person was critically injured when two pickup trucks collided on Route 206 Saturday

    Police have identified the two drivers and a passenger killed Saturday when two pickup trucks collided head-on on Route 206 in Burlington County.

    Henry Calderon, 49, and Maria Cheverez, 59, of Pennsauken, and Tyler Manheimer, 32, of Vincentown, died in the crash, Eastampton police said Tuesday.

    Calderon was driving north on Route 206 with Chaverez as a passenger in his pickup and Manheimer driving the other pickup south, police said. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

    A second passenger in Calderon's vehicle, Henry Calderon, 22, of Camden, remains in critical condition, police said.

    Caitlyn Stulpin may be reached at cstulpin@njadvancemedia.com. Follow her on Twitter @caitstulpin. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

     

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    Unofficial results for races in 18 New Jersey municipalities holding local elections May 8.


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    Looking for property tax bargains? These towns had the lowest average property tax bills in each of New Jersey's 21 counties.


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    Public school programs have taken up four of the top eight spots in the NJ.com Top 20 for May 9


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