April 13, 2014 |
The Northern Burlington baseball team received new uniforms this season, but Zach Gakeler still had use for his old jersey. He shoved it in his equipment bag as a reminder. "So I can remember what happened at the end of last season," Gakeler said. The senior lefthander and his teammates arrived for Friday's clash with rival Burlington Township with a little extra motivation and left their home field with a little extra satisfaction. "This was payback," Gakeler said after Northern Burlington's 5-3 victory over Burlington Township in a Burlington County League Liberty Division game.
March 18, 2014 |
MOUNT HOLLY The elderly man with the salt-and-pepper beard lay on the concrete floor of his jail cell naked and covered in his own feces. In another cell, a father with cardiac problems feared for his health, repeatedly telling his fiancée no one had taken him to hospital appointments to check his pacemaker. Both men, incarcerated at the same time, eventually died in the Burlington County Jail. "Natural causes," the medical examiner ruled in the Dec. 30 death of Robert Taylor, 75, and the Feb. 25 death of Jerome Iozzia, 50. "Unfortunate," the county Prosecutor's Office called Taylor's death in response to a query from Amnesty International.
March 16, 2014 |
BURLINGTON TWP. As shopping centers age and competitors apply pressure in luring customers, the former Burlington Center will undergo a $230 million makeover to regain a regional foothold. The mall's new owner, Moonbeam Capital Investments of Las Vegas - known for revamping underperforming malls - unveiled plans Thursday to transform the mall to include 1.5 million square feet of retail space and expand to adjacent land along I-295 with a residential component. That land is owned by home builder Peter Hovnanian of Mount Laurel.
March 10, 2014 |
EASTAMPTON Hezekiah B. Smith lived life on his own terms. For 22 years, he ruled a small industrial village employing hundreds of people in a complex that produced woodworking machinery. His 19th-century world - Smithville - had workers' housing, a bandstand, opera house, and a menagerie next to the great entrepreneur's magnificent mansion and manicured gardens. The world of "H.B.," as Smith was often known, today is the gem of the Burlington County Parks System and helps tell the story of the county.
March 2, 2014
BASKETBALL BURLINGTON COUNTY LEAGUE Northern Burlington 37, Burlington Township 34: Carin Essex Arline matched points and rebounds with 12 apiece to lead the visiting Greyhounds. They overcame a 10-point deficit after one quarter. COLONIAL CONFERENCE Woodrow Wilson 71, Willingboro 45: Chanelle Perry scored 26 points and Lyayshia Stevens netted 18 as the host Tigers moved past the Chimeras. NONLEAGUE Delran 34, Hamilton West 23: Courtney Fitzpatrick's strong performance powered the host Bears over the Hornets.
March 2, 2014 |
BURLINGTON CITY City officials are rolling up their sleeves to pass measures that could spark a revival in the half-shuttered downtown and generate interest in the vacant buildings that dot the city. Last month, the City Council proposed the creation of an arts district on East Union Street, where a vacant fire hall is expected to be turned into a restaurant within a year. Jim Kennedy, a redevelopment consultant hired by the city last year, said the designation of the arts district is "the very first step.
February 12, 2014 |
Firefighters discovered a methamphetamine lab while responding to a blaze Sunday in Burlington Township, leading to the arrest of two people. The fire occurred about 1:30 a.m. on Bodine Avenue. Authorities found an illegal assault firearm, two high-capacity magazines, a "dagger-style" knife, and chemicals used for meth inside, the Burlington Township Police Department said. Mark C. Payne, 29, of Burlington, and Erika Greenberg, 23, of East Windsor, were inside during the fire, police said.
January 16, 2014 |
Emotion fuels Jada Atchison's game. During a timeout with 11 seconds left Tuesday night, her team down by a point, Atchison openly cried. And she didn't hide her tears as she addressed her teammates. "I looked at them and told them, 'Ladies, this game isn't over yet,' " she said. Moments later Atchison, the point guard for the Burlington City girls' basketball team, picked up a loose ball at midcourt with a clear path to the net. "Get it and get to the basket - that's it, that's all I'm thinking," Atchison said after hitting the winning layup in a come-from-behind 50-49 win at Holy Cross.
January 9, 2014 |
BURLINGTON COUNTY Leah Arter is an avid runner, a single mother with two sons, and the owner of a T-shirt and handbag printing company. And now, the Moorestown woman has been named director of the Burlington County Board of Freeholders, the body that controls the policies and purse of the state's largest county. "I like being challenged and having complexity and setting lofty goals," Arter, a Republican, said of why she took on the new role. The freeholder board - three Republicans and two Democrats - voted unanimously to appoint her to the position.