March 8, 2014 |
CAMDEN Cetshwayo Byrd, who was dismissed as the Camden High School boys' basketball coach last April after leading the Panthers to back-to-back South Jersey titles, has filed a lawsuit against the district and several of his former supervisors. Byrd, who guided Camden to South Jersey Group 3 crowns in his two seasons with the team, 2011-12 and 2012-13, filed a civil action Feb. 24 in Superior Court. The lawsuit names the Camden School District and Board of Education as defendants, as well as former Superintendent Reuben Mills, Camden High School principal James Thompson and athletic director Mark Phillips, and former district human resources director Maryann Greenfield.
March 7, 2014 |
Anthony Siedlecki, 92, a longtime resident of Haddonfield who was a career lineman for New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. from 1949 to 1988, died Tuesday, March 4, at Ann's Choice, the retirement community in Warminster where he had lived since 2008. Mr. Siedlecki, who was born in Philadelphia, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden and studied briefly at what is now Drexel University. After completing a welding course at the Pennsauken campus of what is now Camden County Technical Schools, he worked a night shift helping to build oceangoing tankers at the Sun Shipbuilding plant in Chester.
March 6, 2014 |
Harvey M. Mitnick, 79, of Voorhees, who practiced law in South Jersey for more than 50 years, died Monday, March 3, of a sarcoma at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He was a trial attorney, practicing primarily in Camden early in his career and later in Haddonfield. He was the senior partner of the firm of Mitnick, Josselson, DePersia & Baker. "He was very good at what he did. He enjoyed a wonderful practice," said retired Superior Court Judge Allan Vogelson, a longtime friend and former law partner.
March 3, 2014 |
At first glance in the layup line or even in the games, this appears to be a very beatable team. The only problem is that any team that thought it had a chance to defeat the Haddonfield boys' basketball squad this season so far has ended up frustrated. The Bulldogs are 26-0 and the only unbeaten team in the state. Throw in the fact that Haddonfield is The Inquirer's No. 1-ranked South Jersey team, and there will be a big enough bull's-eye when the Bulldogs begin the South Jersey Group 2 tournament with Tuesday's opener against Deptford.
February 17, 2014 |
It was Haddonfield's best possession of the game, and it didn't end in points. But it illustrated why the Bulldogs are 20-0 in boys' basketball and why they handled Holy Spirit by a 51-42 score Saturday at the Cherry Hill East Invitational. "That's who we are," Haddonfield junior forward Jake Robinson said of the two-minute-long possession early in the fourth quarter. Robinson scored nine points as part of a balanced attack that featured a season-high 17 by senior center Abby Bah, nine by junior guard Rob DePersia, and eight each by junior guard Nick DePersia and senior forward Ted Stavetski.
February 10, 2014 |
Haddonfield's Adrenaline 5K, to be run on March 15, isn't just any 5K. The race, which starts and ends in front of Haddonfield Memorial High School, is fast, really fast. The male winner typically comes in at under 15 minutes, and the female winner is in the 16- to 17-minute range. In 2010, Olympians Erin Donohue and Carmen Douma-Hussa battled for the female prize. (Donohue won with a time of 15 minutes, 51 seconds.) The course record is 14 minutes, 3 seconds, set in 2010 by Adrian Blincoe.
February 1, 2014 |
A proposed major water and sewer service rate increase will be the focus of a Haddonfield borough public meeting called for Thursday evening. The actual increase for individual property owners would vary depending on water use, but overall, the borough needs to increase water and sewer revenue by 25 percent, according to a letter to residents. The four-page letter, posted on the borough's website, says the rate hike is needed to make up for a drop in water sales, in part because last year was "exceptionally rainy," and to cover bonds issued to pay for substantial water and sewer infrastructure work over the last several years.
January 30, 2014 |
Ted Stavetski said it was a "shock. " Rob DePersia described it as a "slap in the face. " The Haddonfield boys' basketball team entered Tuesday night's showdown with Colonial Conference rival Paulsboro with a 12-0 record and the No. 3 ranking in The Inquirer's South Jersey Top 10. By the last minute of the second quarter, the Bulldogs were behind by 19. At halftime, the score was 39-23. "The problem with being 12-0 is that you think you can just walk on the court and win," DePersia said.
January 27, 2014 |
If you think Haddonfield plays tough defense on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, you should see the Bulldogs on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. "Our practices are battles," coach Paul Wiedeman said. Haddonfield's depth and defensive diligence were the difference in a 53-38 victory over Wildwood Catholic on Saturday at the Jeff Coney Classic boys' basketball showcase at Rancocas Valley. Nick DePersia's hot hand helped, too. DePersia scored a season-high 25 points, making six three-pointers, as Haddonfield improved to 12-0.
January 24, 2014 |
The year was 1946. He was Bill Campbell, eventually to become one of the area's best-loved sportscasters, then just a young announcer returning to radio station WIP in Philadelphia after World War II. She was Josephine DeCesaris, the boss' secretary. Gracious but efficient, she ran the joint. And she was very pretty. One day in September of that year, DeCesaris asked Campbell if he would like to come with her to see a play. The boss, Ben Gimbel, had given her tickets. The play was What Every Woman Knows . Women asking men for a first date wasn't usual in 1946, but Campbell was quick to agree.