Kevin Riordan is the Inquirer's South Jersey columnist. He’s been a journalist for nearly 40 years.

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Airbnbs and backyard chickens: Collingswood newcomers want more of a say

A Collingswood group energized by local controversies about whether to allow backyard chickens and Airbnbs, and whether a tattoo parlor belongs on Haddon Avenue, is raising questions about the longstanding structure and practices of borough government.


Remembering ‘Father Bob’ McDermott, whose boyhood neighborhood in Camden became his life’s work | Kevin Riordan

Msgr. Robert McDermott, 76, died Sunday, leaving behind the vibrant parish and thriving educational and housing programs he built in East Camden and beyond.

Some neighbors of Jersey’s contaminated Kirkwood Lake say cleaning the shoreline first is a big mistake

People living on and near Kirkwood Lake in Voorhees, have been waiting and working for decades to get this lead- and arsenic-contaminated body of water cleaned up. But some question why plans call for remediating lakeside land first.


Welcome to May the Jazz Never Stop, a cafe with a musical mission in Haddon Heights

Gail Harris grew up loving jazz and has long wanted to open a spot to enjoy the music live in South Jersey. So she and her husband Eddie did just that in April, 2018, when May the Jazz Never Stop opened in Haddon Heights.


New Jersey’s LGBT education law passed with flying colors but its toughest tests may lie ahead

Gov. Murphy recently signed a law mandating that information about LGBT people be mainstreamed into the curricula of middle and high schools statewide. Now comes the hard part: implementation.


She’s got classic rock on the soundtrack and classic chic on the racks of her Haddonfield consignment shop

After hitting 40, Denise Jonasz changed careers and opened a consignment shop, Pure Couture, in Haddonfield. More than a dozen years later, the shop is an oasis for those looking to find something different.


For Sale: A lovely college campus with a theater, a library, and a pool in scenic Burlington County

Rowan College at Burlington County mulls a different approach to the future of its mostly vacant former main campus in Pemberton Township after efforts to attract prospective buyers or redevelopers came up dry.


‘Petal,’ the beloved elephant sculpture at the closed Burlington Center mall, will soon move to a new home

A beloved work of public art that graced a courtyard inside the now-closed Burlington Center mall will be restored and moved to the promenade along with Delaware River in downtown Burlington City


She got clean, got off the streets, and got to work helping other women in Camden do the same

Lisa Corthell overcame addiction to heroin and was beloved on the streets of Camden for her work with women who turn to prostitution to get money for drugs. She died on Jan. 12, "and looking peaceful, as if she'd just gone to sleep," her mother said.


Burlington City High School worries ‘Antwan’s Law’ to make Route 130 safer might not become a reality

Burlington City High School students and others who worked for two years to get 'Antwan's Law' passed by the New Jersey legislature wonder why Gov. Phil Murphy hasn't signed it yet.