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Born without forearms and calves, Mt. Kilimanjaro climber inspires Camden students
Kyle Maynard, a 27-year-old author and athlete, gave a motivational talk on Tuesday to students at Sacred Heart Grade School in South Camden.
Maynard spoke about getting his start in wrestling as an 11-year-old, his ability to lift 420 pounds and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012.
That last item was of particular interest since he became the first man to reach the summit on all fours, as Maynard was born without forearms and calves.  MORE

Born without forearms and calves, Mt. Kilimanjaro climber inspires Camden students

Kyle Maynard, a 27-year-old author and athlete, gave a motivational talk on Tuesday to students at Sacred Heart Grade School in South Camden.

Maynard spoke about getting his start in wrestling as an 11-year-old, his ability to lift 420 pounds and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2012.

That last item was of particular interest since he became the first man to reach the summit on all fours, as Maynard was born without forearms and calves.  MORE

Dispensing wisdom with style, barber presides in Camden ‘oasis’

Russell Farmer’s barbershop sits on a rundown block in the Lanning Square neighborhood of Camden. On the outside, the facade is bleak — bars on the windows, graffiti on the walls, a police car idling nearby, waiting, ready to chase.

But step inside, and the atmosphere is transformed. The noise of the city fades as the sweet swell of classical music fills the air.

"I regard it as an oasis in an otherwise destitute and arid community," said Farmer.

Online home videos show happier times in Camden, N.J.

New Jersey’s most dangerous city recently tied its record for the most murders in one year when it recorded its 58th homicide on Nov. 2.

Home videos about Camden, N.J., now being posted online show a very different kind of city. Instead of depicting poverty and violence, they show idyllic scenes in Yorkship Village, part of the Fairview neighborhood from the 1950s and ’60s.

Michael Ruiz fondly remembers his childhood there and is posting the home videos his dad shot to give former residents and others a chance to see his old neighborhood.

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I do DNA paternity testing. I do financial consulting, business consulting, taxes, and I also do property management. When people come in the coffee house, as a good salesperson, you always up-sell. I’ll be like, ‘Come on in, we do notary services, copying, faxing.’ I let them know!

Mona Pryor, operations manager at City Coffee, Camden, N.J.
Camden coffee shop prepares taxes along with breakfast — and that’s just the start

Happy Tax Day!