May 15, 2016 |
When the football season ended for Cherry Hill West High School on the night before Thanksgiving, junior defensive back Harrison Hand was just another promising player in the Class of 2017. Now he's much more than that. The 6-foot, 185-pound Hand has skyrocketed up recruiting lists with a series of spring performances at showcases that have stamped him as one of the state's most intriguing college prospects. "It's really just hard work and dedication," Hand said. "I've been blessed.
May 15, 2016 |
As promised, the Obama administration on Friday sent letters to school districts across the country outlining the civil rights of transgender students, including access to bathrooms and locker rooms. Title IX prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs and activities that receive federal funds, the letter said, saying schools should allow transgender students to use bathrooms consistent with their chosen gender identity. The sweeping guidance does not have the force of law, but it warns that schools that do not comply could face lawsuits or lose federal aid. It ups the ante in the debate over bathroom laws, which are the subject of a charged lawsuit between North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice.
May 12, 2016 |
Bancroft, a Cherry Hill provider of services for people with intellectual and neurological disabilities, acquired Independence Rehab, also of Cherry Hill, from its owner, Joan Roush, Bancroft said Monday. The price was not disclosed. Roush is now a senior vice president in Bancroft's NeuroRehab division, and Independence Rehab's 25 clinicians, nurse case managers, and practice management staff have become employees of Bancroft. Bancroft NeuroRehab employed 290 before the acquisition.
May 12, 2016 |
A train passenger was pepper-sprayed and hit with a baton and fell off the platform onto live tracks in an altercation with a police officer who has been suspended for his conduct, officials said. The man, Ryan Patterson, avoided contact with the rail's electrical current, but waited almost 10 minutes before officers could hoist him back up to the platform, he said. The Port Authority Transit Corp. officer, identified through charging documents as Michael Fiocca, was hired by PATCO in 2014.
May 10, 2016 |
Carol C. Norcross, 84, a tireless advocate for senior citizens and the matriarch of South Jersey's powerful Norcross family, died Saturday at her home in Cherry Hill after battling lung cancer. Mrs. Norcross, often called "Mama" by family and friends, worked for many years as executive director of the Camden County Senior Citizens Center, her family said. Last year, the Camden County Freeholders dedicated a facility in Blackwood, N.J., as the Carol C. Norcross Senior Social Wellness Center, describing her as "inspirational" and praising her for two decades of service to the county.
May 9, 2016 |
The suspect in a February homicide in Cherry Hill was arrested Friday morning in Georgia, authorities said, after an investigation that ran through multiple states. Kevin Fentress, 21, of Burlington City, was captured shortly after 11:30 a.m. at a friend's home in Marietta, Ga., the Camden County Prosecutor's Office said in a news release. He was arrested without incident, authorities said, sought for the Feb. 28 murder of 17-year-old Jadyre Gordon. Gordon was shot outside the Inn of the Dove in Cherry Hill just before 2:30 a.m. that February morning.
May 4, 2016 |
G. Tom Morea, 68, of Mount Laurel, former owner of a radiology practice in Cherry Hill, died Saturday, April 30, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania following a fall. Dr. Morea had operated Upright MRI of Cherry Hill for the last 10 years, daughter Lauren said. Most scans are done sitting or standing, according to the practice's website. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Dr. Morea graduated from the former Lafayette High School there in 1965 and earned a bachelor's degree in psychology at Brooklyn College.
April 28, 2016 |
Morton Schmerling, 61, a resident of Stone Harbor, N.J., for 38 years, who had been a staff emergency medical technician for several rescue squads, died after taking ill on the job. "He collapsed at work with the Upper Township Rescue Squad" in Seaville, N.J., on April 13, and died Saturday, April 23, at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Pomona, N.J., his wife, Meg, said. Jay Potter, chief of the Upper Township squad, said Mr. Schmerling and others had responded to a medical emergency call.
April 22, 2016 |
When Joan Browning, 74, started her shift at 6 a.m. Wednesday, the last thing she expected to see was the mayor of Cherry Hill with a proclamation for her. "I was just shocked," Browning said later that morning from behind a well-kept counter at Ponzio's, the restaurant where she has worked since February 1966. About five months ago, the landmark diner's owners, John Giambanis and brothers Nick and John Fifis, decided to put up banners and bus stop posters in the township to celebrate Browning's 50th anniversary as a waitress at Ponzio's - almost as long as the diner has been where Routes 70 and 41 meet.