Thursday, June 27, 2019

CHAMBER OF COMPLEXES

#ThursdayThought is crime in Lindenwold.
Notoriously nick-named Little Camden, there is little dispute that one of Lindenwold's biggest challenges is its high crime rate. What may not be so clear is how to lower it. One thing is certain, high crime is not only a police issue, it is actually a community issue.
Statistics show that most of our crime occurs within our apartment communities. That being said, there are 23 property managers who are responsible for filtering more than 8,000 of Lindenwold's residents. What role do they play in helping control crime? How responsible are these managers for the 'quality of life' they provide within each of our apartment communities? How does that 'quality of life' affect the owners' investment viability?
We feel our unique infrastructure and density call for an equally unique approach. We will soon be publishing our plan for a first-of-its kind Chamber of Complexes.
Similar to a Chamber of Commerce, this Chamber would be made up of all of the Apartment Complex property managers and its mission would be to collaborate on recruiting the best of the tenant pool, create the best quality of life within each community and work to ensure that "bad" tenants don't move from one complex to another.
In the meantime, here's another take on how to help reduce crime in Lindenwold, written nearly 3 years ago by a long-time Lindenwold property owner. Courier-Post Letter to the Editor: https://bit.ly/2YdEriu.
As an ironic sidenote: we would be remiss in not acknowledging that Camden is currently experiencing its lowest crime rate in more than 50 years. It goes without saying that the model of success Camden County police have created on the other side of the County could be extracted and applied to our community. Stay tuned for more on crime in Lindenwold.








Wednesday, June 12, 2019

PEOPLE, POWER & PLACE

#WednesdayWisdom: Please play a part in this important community improvement endeavor and invite your friends, family and neighbors to do so as well.

Do you know how the people of Camden got new parks, recreation centers, community gardens and more? They did so by first mapping out their current assets to see where their community was abundant and where it was lacking. During a recent workshop, Hope Works and Rosy Arroyo of the Community Planning & Advocacy Council, brought the same technology to Lindenwold.




Please click here to answer a brief survey about Lindenwold. Enter all of the assets you believe our community already has. Be sure to include obvious resources like parks and libraries but also assets like neighborhood mentors, artists willing to share their talents, walking paths, fishing holes, food banks and others. #AssetMapping #CommunityVoice #LoveLindenwold

PS: We are working to get the survey made available in Spanish

Monday, May 20, 2019

ENCOURAGED BY LOCAL SUCCESSES

Very good article. Well worth a read. We are so happy for, and inspired by, Camden's successes! All of the metrics are very impressive! There is little doubt that the meaningful changes going on in Camden have positively affected thousands of people and families for years to come. Kudos to everyone!

As Camden's equally impoverished, high-crime County cousin, we find these to be some of the most encouraging and significant comments:

“Camden residents have not seen critical public and social health indicators like education, public safety, and public spaces, at levels this beneficial in a generation," stated Former Governor Jim Florio.



 “Everything is interrelated. When I look at Camden, I see an example of how a struggling community can be revitalized," said Former Governor, Jon Corzine. "The City of Camden may be on the rise, but the fact that peoples lives themselves are improving is most encouraging.”


"This is real progress, and these are real opportunities for Camden residents," said Mayor Francisco Moran. "As a lifelong resident, it makes me proud to say Camden has become a model for urban revitalization.”

“I’m proud to stand with the real leaders of New Jersey and declare that Camden is flourishing,” Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. said. “The tangible progress being made in this city is nothing short of amazing and we are not going to allow any roadblocks to slow our renaissance down.”

At roughly a quarter of Camden's size, we in Lindenwold, look forward to hopefully benefiting from a small part of Camden's momentum.

Click here to read the article on Camden County's site.

#ModayMotivation #CamdenCounty #LoveLindenwold

#revitalize #reducecrime #increasegraduationrates #createjobs #celebratecommunity #celebrateculture 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

LINDENWOLD LITTLE FREE LIBRARY MAKES NEWS NATIONWIDE

#ThursdayThought is thankful. Thankful to the students of Lindenwold Elementary School No. 4. Thankful to principal Dana Lawrence, teachers Nancy Bragg, Marie Aberant, and Larry "the book man" Abrams of BookSmiles and everyone else involved in the making of their Little Free Library.


Photo credit: Courier-Post (provided)

A special thank you to Sheri Berkery of the Courier-Post for telling their story, which has now spread a positive message about Lindenwold across the country.



Here is the original Courier-Post story (with video). If you're unable to view the link above, here is a link to the story on the AP Wire.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

DISTRACTED DRIVING=DEADLY DRIVING

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month so starting tomorrow, April 1st, Lindenwold Police will begin cracking down on people who text and drive.





Wednesday, March 20, 2019

GIVE OUR STUDENTS BACK THEIR MONEY

Last week, we reported on our Facebook page that Governor Murphy generously awarded the students of Lindenwold School District an additional $2.4 Million in state aid funding. Monday night however, the Lindenwold School Board voted (not unanimous) to take $120,000 of the students' money in the form of tax relief back to residents. What this boils down to is that the school board is stealing approximately $42 from each and every Lindenwold student in order to save each taxpayer approximately $24. Does this make sense?

It would be one thing if our school district was fully funded, but even with the $2.4 Million increase from Governor Murphy, our district still remains more than $12 Million in the whole. If, on the other hand, the school board kept our taxes flat and utilized that $120,000 to create distinguishable district programming, our potential property value increase could far offset the $24 shortsighted savings. Our taxes are already some of the lowest in Camden County. 

In a decade's long, severely under-funded, disadvantaged school district, our students deserve all the opportunity they can get. Give the students back their money! Feel free to share your thoughts with school board president, Cathy Moncrief. Her email address is cmoncrief@lindenwold.k12.nj.us  P.S. Thank you to the school board members who voted on the students' side of this issue!

Friday, March 8, 2019

GOV MURPHY HIGHLIGHTS LINDENWOLD GRADUATE, ENTREPRENEUR

ICYMI: Budget Address 2020: Worth a watch for every New Jersey resident but extra special for Aurelio Sotelo, a graduate of Lindenwold High School, whom Governor Murphy recognized for outstanding achievement. Thank you Governor Murphy! 

Congratulations to Aurelio, his family and the Lindenwold education system! #shoutouttoLindenwold #StrongerFairerNJ #LoveLindenwold


To hear the nod to Aurelio and Lindenwold, fast forward to 29:15.