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July 4, 2012 | By James Osborne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The historic Bancroft school property in Haddonfield will be purchased by the school district and converted into a park, athletic fields, and a site for the expansion of the adjacent Haddonfield Memorial High School, under the terms of a deal announced by officials today. The fate of the 19-acre property, set in Haddonfield's historic district, has been an issue since 2005 when Bancroft, which serves developmentally disabled students, announced its intention to move. Controversy arose two years ago when borough commissioners floated the idea of turning the school into a senior housing development, drawing protests from the town's affluent residents who demanded that the land be preserved as a park.
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January 23, 2013 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Haddonfield voters narrowly rejected the purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft School in a referendum Tuesday . The "no" vote sends an eight-year debate about the future of the property, which is adjacent to Haddonfield High School, back to square one. The Haddonfield Board of Education had asked voters to approve a $12.5 million bond for the purchase. If the bond had been approved, the land was to have been used for athletic fields, recreation, parking, open space, and educational facilities.
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January 25, 2013 | By Dan Hardy, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bancroft School has sought since 2005 to sell its Haddonfield campus, with plans to buy land elsewhere and build a facility more suited to its needs. Now, eight years and several failed sale attempts later, with borough voters Tuesday rejecting a $12.5 million referendum to purchase the property, Bancroft officials say they will instead move quickly to renovate the campus. "We need to begin modernizing our facility," Toni Pergolin, Bancroft's president and chief executive officer, said after the vote.
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March 19, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 15, 2013 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Yard signs are sprouting and the campaign is heating up as Haddonfield residents approach a Jan. 22 vote on a $12.5 million school district bond to purchase the 19.2-acre Bancroft School property. A "yes" vote would mean the Bancroft land, adjacent to the high school, would eventually become home to a new school athletic field, recreation areas, parking, open space, and educational facilities. Bancroft now uses the campus to educate students with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
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July 6, 2000 | By Adam L. Cataldo, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
About 100 residents attended last night's planning board meeting to oppose a plan that they contend would make it much easier for the Bancroft School to obtain permission for future development. The proposal is contained in a draft of the borough's new master plan. It calls on the school, which educates special-needs children, to develop a master plan of its own. If that is done, Bancroft would go to the planning board for approval of any changes to the school. Currently, it must go to the zoning board.
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April 24, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 8, 1998 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Karen Stone is grateful. That sentiment is directed to the educators who helped her mentally retarded son become a self-reliant and very confident young man. And now, she wants to say "thank you" to Bancroft School in Haddonfield. Stone, a teacher at Lenape High School, is asking her students to play basketball to raise funds for Bancroft students. On Friday, the high school's student council will sponsor a basketball game featuring Lenape students against a Special Olympics team from Bancroft.
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March 23, 1997 | By Lillian Weis, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Dan Whalen had been a Boy Scout since he was 5 years old. For him, it was only natural to go the distance and seek the coveted Eagle Scout badge. And last summer, when it came time to choose his project, he looked close to home. The Bancroft School - just down the street from his house - was a familiar part of Whalen's life. He passed it every day, and often saw children playing on the lawn. One day, in a burst of inspiration, he knew what his project would be. Now, thanks to Whalen, 17, the school for developmentally disabled children and young adults has a collection of more than 1,000 books, as well as a computer database to keep track of them.
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April 24, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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April 23, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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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]
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March 19, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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March 18, 2015 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 9, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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October 2, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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August 20, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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March 22, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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October 16, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
  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.
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