April 24, 2015 |
Developer J. Brian O'Neill unveiled at a community meeting Wednesday night some of the details of the drug and alcohol treatment center he wants to create on Haddonfield's Bancroft School campus. His Haddonfield Recovery Center of America, one of about 15 he plans to create, would feature boutique, hotel-like accommodations and a full continuum of inpatient and outpatient care, O'Neill said. He ran through slides of daunting statistics about rising rates of drug abuse, including among teenagers; the lack of treatment; and the need for it. "This is a disease that does not discriminate," he said.
April 23, 2015 |
Developer J. Brian O'Neill plans to provide details at a community meeting Wednesday about the drug and alcohol treatment center he intends to create on the Bancroft campus in Haddonfield. The proposed facility, which would be near J. Fithian Tatem Elementary and next to Haddonfield Memorial High School, has drawn vocal public concern and opposition since being disclosed about a month ago. O'Neill, who hopes to operate 15 Recovery Centers of America between Boston and Annapolis, said he was undeterred by the Haddonfield response.
March 24, 2015
M ICHELE McKEONE, 33, of Fishtown, is founder and CEO of Autism Expressed, an online learning system that teaches digital literacy to students with autism and other learning disabilities. Autism Expressed won a $20,000 prize from Educational Services of America and was Geekadelphia Startup of the Year for 2013, when it launched publicly. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I have a background in digital media and went to the University of the Arts. I was an autistic-support teacher [at South Philadelphia High School]
March 19, 2015 |
Haddonfield United, a grassroots group that marshaled opposition to a referendum that would have let the school district buy the Bancroft School property two years ago, has come out against the site's becoming a drug and alcohol treatment center. "Although detox and rehabilitation centers provide important services to those addicted to drugs and alcohol," said group founder Brian Kelly, "the location of the proposed complex is highly inappropriate and incongruous with its surroundings, as the site is immediately next to the high school, about 150 yards from Tatem Elementary School, and in the middle of a compact residential neighborhood.
March 18, 2015 |
Real estate developer J. Brian O'Neill announced Monday that he has an agreement to buy the Bancroft School property in Haddonfield and that he intends to turn it into a drug and alcohol treatment center. "This is a unique behavioral health facility in a great location," said O'Neill, chief executive officer of Recovery Centers of America (RCA). He and Bancroft officials declined to say how much he will pay for the nearly 19-acre property along Kings Highway and Hopkins Lane. A proposal to sell the land to the Haddonfield school district for $12 million was defeated in a hotly debated bond referendum in 2013.
October 9, 2014 |
Bancroft officials announced Tuesday that they have signed a purchase agreement for 80 acres in the Bishops Gate section of Mount Laurel and intend to move their school and residential program there in the next three or four years. Their Haddonfield campus has been put on the market, the officials said. The announcement came less than two weeks after their Haddonfield acreage was relegated to last of three properties Camden County officials are contemplating acquiring to preserve open space.
October 2, 2014 |
Bancroft officials are expected to announce Wednesday that they are moving their headquarters to a newly purchased, 41,500-square-foot office building at 1255 Caldwell Rd. in Cherry Hill. The new building will house the executive offices and administrative departments for the organization, which provides services for children and adults with intellectual or development disabilities and adults needing neurological rehabilitation. The sale closed Tuesday, a Bancroft spokeswoman said.
August 20, 2014 |
For a Collingswood kid, Marc Vallone did a lot of his growing up in Camden and Haddonfield. His father, Domenic, founded the city's Cathedral Kitchen to feed the homeless and the hungry. His mother, Mary Christine, known as "Chris," is a physical therapist for developmentally disabled students at the borough's Bancroft School. "I was exposed at an early age to things most suburban middle-class kids don't see," said Vallone, 26, a 2015 Fulbright scholarship winner. "I remember talking about the Eagles with a homeless guy at Cathedral Kitchen.
March 22, 2014 |
John P. Arango IV disliked organized sports, including politics. In all his 91 years, daughter Cheryl Overbey said, "he went to one football game, and that was enough. " The names of the teams are lost to memory. Whether football or baseball or ping-pong, "he could wait to hear the score and that was good enough for him. " As for politics, she said, "he didn't trust any politician. " On Sunday, March 16, Mr. Arango, 91, of Blackwood, who retired in 1983 as a payroll clerk for Conrail, died at home.
October 16, 2013 |
Simone Durand Schulmann, 84, founder of what is now Durand Academy and Community Services in Mount Laurel, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Cypress Cove, a continuing care community in Fort Myers, Fla., following spinal surgery. She had resided in Moorestown. The academy website states that it provides "quality learning opportunities to individuals with pervasive developmental disorders such as autism. " Born in Aix-en-Provence, France, she earned her medical degree at what is now Aix-Marseille University and completed her internship at the former French Hospital in Manhattan, where she met her future husband, Marcel, an orthopedic surgeon.