June 16, 2015 |
Dozens of people crammed into a tiny community center in Medford on Sunday to see a Jewish scribe slowly ink the last 100 of the Hebrew letters on a Torah with a turkey feather. It was the first time that a Jewish scroll had been completed and displayed in Medford, a suburb that has not had a large Jewish presence. The special occasion was celebrated with a parade Sunday down Main Street to the new Chabad center. "There was no place for Jewish people to congregate before," said Barry Tuman, one of the founding members of the Chabad in Medford.
April 20, 2015 |
The idea of buying cemeteries to generate revenue did not immediately appeal to Medford Township officials when the owner first made the unusual offer in 2012. Digging out of financial problems by raising property taxes was one thing. Digging graves and cremating remains was another. But they mulled the projected earnings of Park View Cemetery at Historic Medford Village and Park View Cemetery at Kirby's Mill, and decided the idea had merit. Several weeks ago, township officials approved a letter of intent to buy the cemeteries for nearly $11 million and said the investment could generate more than $82.7 million over 50 years.
April 13, 2015 |
Tara Woodend wanted to buy and develop property in a South Jersey town where real estate would hold its value at the very least - or, she hoped, rise. The Medford native found an investor partner, and together they bought four dilapidated houses built in the 1920s in Haddonfield. She's living in one completed rehab now and developing the other three houses in similar fashion. The Wilkins Avenue properties line up along a small side street near the Haddonfield PATCO station. All four were dated and in need of an overhaul inside and out. Woodend, educated as an interior designer, could see the beauty beneath the old, rugged structures and gave each a two-story addition.
April 6, 2015 |
Hello there Andre was pleasantly surprised that there were women he didn't know at his friend's fall 2009 birthday party. Since he was single, he figured he'd mingle. "The first thing he asked me was if I was half-Japanese," Liana said. Asking such a question could have gone very, very badly for Andre, but Liana rolled with it. "I just said, oh, you're almost right. I'm half-Chinese. " She's also 100 percent Jersey Girl, from Medford. Andre was born in Philadelphia, but raised in the Philippines, where he lived with his father, the late Pol, and his grandmother Felicitas.
March 30, 2015 |
One in a continuing series spotlighting real estate markets in the region's communities. Even on an early spring morning still tightly wrapped in winter, Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest has that "go home and get your kayak" look. The wind whipping the icy-cold, cedar-colored water over the edge of the deserted beach is enough to recommend a two-month postponement. But that means more time to explore the rest of Shamong, which has a long history and a great deal to look at. Leave enough time for a crab melt on rye for lunch at the Shamong Diner on Willow Grove Road and a visit to Valenzano Winery on Route 206, where you can sample the "Shamong Red. " In the Southern Unami dialect of the Leni-Lenape, Shamong means place of the horn , owing to the abundance of deer that sustained members of the tribe who lived there.
February 26, 2015 |
The Pop Shop, a brightly decorated soda fountain and eatery that created a sensation when it opened in Collingswood a decade ago, is opening its second location in downtown Medford on Saturday. The owners have renovated the former Burlington County National Bank, built in 1837, and turned its vault into a soda fountain. The vault's 2,000-pound door displays shiny gears, giving the colorful Pop Shop an added attraction. "What's different from the Collingswood Pop Shop is, this one has two floors and soaring ceilings and four dining rooms," said Connie Correia, one of four owners.
February 14, 2015 |
Medford Township police are seeking help in finding two intruders who beat and bound a 64-year-old man during a home-invasion robbery over the weekend. The pair apparently arrived on bicycles and abandoned them, fleeing in the victim's 2010 Cadillac and an undisclosed amount of cash, police said. The break-in occurred about 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the home on Chief Massasoit Road, police said. The intruders duct-taped the resident to a chair and hit him with "a pipe or similar object," while demanding money, police said in a statement.
January 15, 2015 |
Shakwel Vincent scored 31 points on Tuesday afternoon, including seven three-pointers, as host Medford Tech rolled past Doane Academy, 101-66, in a nonleague boys' basketball game. Ronald Gaskin added 14 points. Aziz Parker and Bryan Isaiah Williams each contributed 11 points. In other nonleague action: Spencer Cook netted 13 points in Washington Township's 47-31 victory at Seneca. Justin Ortiz and Jerry Thompson each scored 10 points. Joe Beideman scored 21 points to lead Moorestown Friends in a 57-52 victory over LEAP Academy Charter at home.
January 10, 2015 |
The day began with a robbery, and ended with a multicounty chase. The Medford News Shop on Stokes Road was the starting point. A man wearing a heavy brown coat and black pants barged into the Medford store around 9:05 a.m. Thursday, showing a handgun and demanding money. Once he had driven off, township police notified other agencies about his gold pickup. A few hours later, according to several people involved in the investigation, the suspect was found in Camden. Then came a pursuit that carved through Camden and Burlington Counties, and brought out multiple agencies - and a state police helicopter - before it ended around 1:30 p.m. in Wharton State Forest, where the suspect was caught after bailing from his vehicle, police said.
November 16, 2014 |
The young waitress at the Jersey Shore was not expecting to hear from her best friend after he boarded a plane to Greece to commit to a prearranged marriage in his home country. But there he was, this short-order cook, calling long-distance to say he had canceled the wedding. He had fallen in love with her at the diner where they both worked and during their strolls on the beach. After a storybook start 40 years ago, George and Colleen Catanakis' life together developed into a tale of sweat and perseverance as they opened several South Jersey diners.