April 16, 2016 |
When Jean Nuneville met Shirley Geddes Keown, they were both teachers of special-needs youngsters. "I probably knew her for 50, 60 years," said Nuneville, a former teacher at the Bancroft School in Haddonfield. Mrs. Keown taught public school classes in Haddon Township. Over the years, Nuneville said, the women and their husbands shared much, but the women's decision to focus on special-needs children was their beginning bond. When asked why that was her choice, Nuneville said, Mrs. Keown had an immediate answer: That's where the need was. On Monday, April 11, Mrs. Keown, 88, a Haddon Township teacher from 1960 to her retirement in 1985, died of heart failure at the retirement community Cadbury at Cherry Hill.
April 8, 2016 |
Bancroft, a historic presence in Haddonfield, has finalized its acquisition of 80 acres in Mount Laurel, school officials announced this week. "It's the closing of the sale, so the property is ours," Bancroft spokeswoman Lori Shaffer said Wednesday. The Burlington County site will be home to the relocated Bancroft School, as well as the Lindens Center for Autism, residences, an enrichment and training institute, and new programs for recreation, socialization, and technical opportunities for children and adults.
March 29, 2016 |
Haddonfield's Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting April 6 on proposed plans to buy and redevelop the current site of the Bancroft School. Members of the public will have the opportunity to speak that evening. The commissioners are then expected to give approval to the redevelopment plan for the 19.2-acre site. It will probably be quite a while before specific details of the project are known and approved. But plan approval that night would bring the project further along.
February 18, 2016 |
The current principal of the Bancroft School in Haddonfield has been selected as the new head of school of Haddonfield Friends School. Matthew Sharp of Cherry Hill will start his new post July 1. "The Haddonfield Friends School community is excited to have someone as talented and respected as Matthew Sharp as our new head of school," said Louise Senopoulos, clerk of the Quaker school's board of trustees and a member of the search committee....
January 14, 2016 |
The Haddonfield Board of Commissioners approved two agreements-in-principle Tuesday night that could lead to the borough's purchasing the Bancroft School property for public use and private housing, but not for a contested drug and alcohol treatment center. Both proposed agreements are subject to action by the borough planning board, public discussion, and further action and approval by the commissioners. They passed the board by 3-0. "After months of discussion and negotiations, I am very pleased that we have reached an agreement regarding the future of the Bancroft property in Haddonfield," Mayor Jeff Kasko said in a statement.
January 12, 2016 |
The future of the Bancroft School campus in Haddonfield is likely to become clear this week, and it likely won't be as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center. Haddonfield Mayor Jeff Kasko said two proposed agreements pertaining to the Bancroft property will be aired at Tuesday's borough commissioners' meeting. "We're very close to an agreement. We hope to unveil that on Tuesday," Kasko said. "We're going to talk about potential other uses. " Kasko did not discuss specifics but he said the likelihood was it would be put to mixed public and private use, but it won't be the rehabilitation facility proposed by developer J. Brian O'Neill.
December 20, 2015 |
The developer seeking to create a residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation center on the Bancroft School campus in Haddonfield said Friday he was close to acquiring an alternative property in a nearby town. "We are in negotiations and should have something to report very soon," said developer Brian O'Neill, CEO of Recovery Centers of America. O'Neill declined to name the municipality "until we have a settlement," but he said it was "very close" to Haddonfield. He added, however, that "we still plan to build at Bancroft if that deal falls through.
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]