July 7, 2015 |
In Evesham Township, where more motorists already are ticketed than anywhere else in South Jersey for talking on a handheld cellphone or texting while driving, police have written even more tickets than usual in recent months. Between January and May, 597 drivers were cited for the offense - a sharp increase from the 462 ticketed in the same five-month period last year, according to the most recent Municipal Court case data available. Police Chief Christopher Chew, in an interview last week, tied the surge in citations to grant money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which the state administers to police departments to enforce issues such as distracted and drunken driving.
April 18, 2015 |
Evesham Mayor Randy Brown invited three youth wrestlers who were being honored at a township council meeting Tuesday to demonstrate a pin - on him. Dressed in a suit and tie, Brown dropped to the floor, amid much laughter, and egged the wrestlers on. Then, Brown swore in three police recruits and coaxed their families to come up to the dais to pose for group photographs with him. He swooped up a baby that a mother in the group was holding, and then...
March 31, 2015 |
Last fall, Evesham residents began hearing rumblings about tax abatements and a new redevelopment zone in downtown Marlton. Included in the zone was a commercial property owned by township Mayor Randy Brown, and when a sign announced it was "Under agreement," residents began inquiring about it. Answers were difficult to get. When the redevelopment plan and a proposed apartment project came up for a vote at a Dec. 16 council meeting, Brown...
March 21, 2015 |
The unusually large crowd that appeared for Tuesday's Evesham Township Council meeting after hearing that officials were refusing to answer questions did not have to fidget very long to witness its government in action. After two months of silence, the mayor and council stunned the audience by quickly reversing course and responding to questions. But civility broke down late in the meeting when Mayor Randy Brown lashed out, and police had to ask one resident to leave. This was no dull, routine municipal meeting.
March 19, 2015 |
After two months of refusing to answer questions from residents during the public portion of Evesham Township Council meetings, Mayor Randy Brown broke his silence Tuesday night. Brown and the four other members of the all-Republican council interacted with residents by answering questions, sharing concerns, and offering explanations. "I see tonight things have changed, and I compliment the council for that," said Kenneth Mills, an 81-year-old resident who frequently attends meetings and who had complained about the mayor's recent policy of not responding to questions.
March 5, 2015 |
The Evesham Township Council addressed a growing controversy Tuesday over its refusal to answer questions from the public by criticizing reporters and then continuing its silence. When five residents raised questions at the regular council meeting, Mayor Randy Brown did not acknowledge their remarks or thank them. Their questions were not immediately answered. The policy has stirred outrage among residents, who have posted comments on Facebook pages and newspaper websites, and has sparked stories in several newspapers and concern from open-government watchdogs.
March 4, 2015 |
The heated exchange between a proud mayor with a football career and an elderly resident who wanted to question town policies sorely needed a referee that bitter December night. For four tense minutes, Evesham Township Mayor Randy Brown drowned out Kenneth Mills, 81, after Mills asked about a tax abatement on a property and attempted to tell Brown to calm down. In a booming voice, Brown, the kicking coach for the Baltimore Ravens, told Mills that he had been overwhelmingly reelected in November and that "65 percent of the people who came out love what I do. " He barely addressed the tax abatement.
March 2, 2015 |
They lined up as Evesham Township Judge Karen Caplan called their names. First one row, all ticketed for using a cellphone while driving. Then a second, a third, and a fourth. The pack grew to nearly 40 people, all planning to plead guilty, when Caplan finished the list. "Were you using a handheld cellphone while driving?" Caplan asked each person, eliciting the inevitable "yes" in response. First-time offenders received $200 fines, second-time violators had to pay $400, as state law mandates, and so on. More than the amount of the fines, it was the size of the crowd he was in that surprised Dave DiMedio, 55, a lumber company owner from Medford.
October 9, 2014 |
After years of being an eyesore to Evesham residents and those traveling along Route 70, the Tri-Towne Plaza will be transformed from a lot of vacant storefronts to a $25 million shopping center and apartment complex. Evesham Mayor Randy Brown, in a Tuesday news conference, boasted that once the project was completed, the location, which would be renamed the Shoppes at Renaissance Square and the Residence at Renaissance Square, could potentially be "the most active site in Evesham Township.
August 29, 2014 |
Robert Dugan Sr., 72, of Marlton, who retired in August 2001 as an Evesham Township police sergeant after 31 years on the force, died of kidney failure Monday, Aug. 25, at home. Mr. Dugan grew up in West Philadelphia and graduated from St. Thomas More High School in 1960. He served as a Navy clerk on a ship stationed off Cape Canaveral, Fla., that "would go out and recover" experimental missiles fired toward the Atlantic, his wife, Donna, said. "They loved that part" of their duty, she said.