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April 27, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEDFORD New Jersey's appeals court has upheld a 2012 Superior Court ruling that dismissed developer Stephen D. Samost's $60 million lawsuit against Medford Township. Samost and one of his firms, Medford Village East Associates, sought the compensation on the ground that the township was obliged to make good on a failed arrangement to redevelop a 280-acre Samost-owned site off Route 70 near Eayrestown Road. First proposed in 1996, the project envisioned a shopping center to be called Medford Crossings and a residential component, Medford Village East, that ultimately called for 750 single-family homes and apartments.
NEWS
August 22, 2012
Medford Township school superintendent Joseph Del Rossi was cleared of drunken-driving charges Monday but pleaded guilty to reckless driving for flipping over a district-owned Jeep on Feb. 26 in Evesham. Del Rossi appeared in Maple Shade Municipal Court after an Evesham judge recused herself over a conflict of interest. Del Rossi received a 75-day suspension of his driving privileges and was ordered to pay a $206 fine and $33 in court costs, his attorney and a court official said Tuesday.
NEWS
April 20, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Moorestown Township Manager Christoper Schultz, who oversaw a series of plans to replace the fire-ravaged municipal building, is leaving May 18 to become the manager of Medford Township. There, he may have to grapple with a multimillion-dollar budget deficit and a controversial land deal that would bring 750 high-density housing units to the Pine Barrens township. Moorestown Mayor John Button said he thinks Schultz is making the move to be closer to his home in Medford Lakes.
NEWS
April 1, 2011
I am concerned with the interpretation of the story ("N.J. official is ousted for leaving town," March 23) and editorial ("Bully tactics," Monday) concerning the vacation of a Council seat in Medford Township. State law requires that an elected official live in the town she represents. Under the Municipal Vacancy Law, a member ceases to be an elected officer when he or she no longer resides within the corporate limits of a municipality. The office is vacant. Plain and simple. At a March 14 Medford Council hearing, Victoria Fay admitted that she did not live in Medford, did not tell anyone that she was moving out of town (temporarily or otherwise)
NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A Burlington County man has admitted stealing more than $2 million in items from homes in six South Jersey towns in 10 months. Darius Gittens, 56, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft and burglary charges and is to be sentenced March 3, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. The Medford Township man admitted breaking into houses, mostly in upscale neighborhoods, in Evesham, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Haddonfield, and Voorhees. Many of the residences were near golf courses or wooded areas and were hidden from nearby properties.
NEWS
August 31, 1996 | by Joseph R. Daughen, Daily News Staff Writer
A volunteer coach of girls' athletic teams is being held on $150,000 bail in Burlington County Jail on charges he sexually assaulted two Medford Township, N.J., girls, ages 10 and 12. Richard Gibbs, 45, also is under investigation for two other sexual assaults of young girls, according to Sgt. Jack Smith, spokesman for the Burlington County prosecutor's office. And Upper Merion police have been brought into the case because Gibbs, a Medford resident, is part-owner of a day-care center in King of Prussia, Smith said.
NEWS
April 9, 1986 | By S.A. Paolantonio, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Kenneth J. Grew, a Boston native, moves his family to South Jersey this summer to become Medford Township's new school superintendent, it will be the farthest he has lived from his hometown. Even during Grew's brief stint in the Army during the early 1960s, while most of his unit went overseas, he luckily missed a tour in Vietnam. Now, at age 44, with two children in college and another about to graduate high school, Grew has decided to make a major career move. And Medford Township's board of education is glad he did. "Everyone on the board agreed he was the best possible of all choices," said David Bell, school board vice president.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A politically influential South Jersey law firm billed Medford Township more than a half-million dollars in 2010, including $50,000 that should have been covered by its retainer, the state comptroller revealed last week. Now, officials in the Pinelands town in Burlington County are considering legal action to recoup the overpayment. They also say they may hire an auditor to scrutinize other bills the law firm submitted between 2001 and 2011, before it was replaced. "Obviously, if [the overbilling]
NEWS
November 12, 2003 | By Sam Wood INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
An elderly Burlington County woman was attacked early yesterday as she walked near her home in the Governor's Walk section of Medford, authorities said. The woman, whom police are not identifying for her safety, was taking her routine morning stroll down a footpath in the woodsy community about 6 a.m. when she passed a young man, police said. Seconds later, the woman heard someone rushing up behind her. She turned around to confront the man and was pushed to the ground. She tried to fend off the attacker, but he pulled her off the footpath and punched her repeatedly, said Sgt. Jack Smith, spokesman for the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.
NEWS
May 14, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Medford Councilwoman Victoria Fay moved out of the township due to tensions with her estranged husband, she violated a residency rule and became ineligible to serve, a state Superior Court judge in Burlington County decided Friday. Fay had argued that her move to a neighboring town was temporary and chastised her male council colleagues as insensitive when they voted to oust her in March. She then asked the court to reinstate her. But Judge Michael J. Hogan said in his 16-page opinion that it was the council's responsibility to ensure "that elected officials are actually residing within the corporate boundaries where they were elected to govern.
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NEWS
January 15, 2016 | By Emily Babay, Staff Writer
A Burlington County man has admitted stealing more than $2 million in items from homes in six South Jersey towns in 10 months. Darius Gittens, 56, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft and burglary charges and is to be sentenced March 3, according to the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office. The Medford Township man admitted breaking into houses, mostly in upscale neighborhoods, in Evesham, Medford, Moorestown, Mount Laurel, Haddonfield, and Voorhees. Many of the residences were near golf courses or wooded areas and were hidden from nearby properties.
NEWS
September 30, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When James "Randy" Pace was elected nearly three years ago, his small Pinelands community was reeling from a deepening financial crisis, a sex scandal involving its mayor, and two abrupt resignations on the exclusively Republican governing body. But the upheaval in Medford Township was about to get worse. Pace, a staunch conservative who was named mayor in January 2012 by an all-new Township Council, soon announced plans to raise municipal property taxes a walloping 30 percent.
NEWS
April 27, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
MEDFORD New Jersey's appeals court has upheld a 2012 Superior Court ruling that dismissed developer Stephen D. Samost's $60 million lawsuit against Medford Township. Samost and one of his firms, Medford Village East Associates, sought the compensation on the ground that the township was obliged to make good on a failed arrangement to redevelop a 280-acre Samost-owned site off Route 70 near Eayrestown Road. First proposed in 1996, the project envisioned a shopping center to be called Medford Crossings and a residential component, Medford Village East, that ultimately called for 750 single-family homes and apartments.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A politically influential South Jersey law firm billed Medford Township more than a half-million dollars in 2010, including $50,000 that should have been covered by its retainer, the state comptroller revealed last week. Now, officials in the Pinelands town in Burlington County are considering legal action to recoup the overpayment. They also say they may hire an auditor to scrutinize other bills the law firm submitted between 2001 and 2011, before it was replaced. "Obviously, if [the overbilling]
NEWS
August 22, 2012
Medford Township school superintendent Joseph Del Rossi was cleared of drunken-driving charges Monday but pleaded guilty to reckless driving for flipping over a district-owned Jeep on Feb. 26 in Evesham. Del Rossi appeared in Maple Shade Municipal Court after an Evesham judge recused herself over a conflict of interest. Del Rossi received a 75-day suspension of his driving privileges and was ordered to pay a $206 fine and $33 in court costs, his attorney and a court official said Tuesday.
NEWS
November 18, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Political turmoil in Medford Township intensified this week with the unexpected resignation of a council member even as embarrassed residents called for the ouster of the mayor, who is accused in a sex scandal. Councilman David J. Brown, a supporter of Mayor Chris Myers, abruptly quit Wednesday, citing work pressures. At two council meetings this month, about a dozen residents of the affluent Burlington County community clamored for Myers to step down or be removed, though he didn't show up for Monday's meeting.
BUSINESS
November 4, 2011 | By Joseph DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two wealthy Philadelphia suburbs are among the latest towns facing credit-ratings downgrades by Moody's Investor Service, which warns that more and more U.S. municipalities are spending beyond their means as the recession drags on. Moody's says it has cut more than five times as many bond ratings as it has boosted during the third quarter, in the biggest reduction to its projections on how likely U.S. states, cities, and townships are able to...
NEWS
June 21, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
The fear was that a carpetbagger might wrest control of local government. The solution was a hodgepodge of rules, some drafted more than a century ago, that set residency requirements for elected officials. But in an increasingly mobile society, exactly who is an outsider? How about the Olympian who owns homes in multiple states, including New Jersey, but grew up in Willingboro and still coaches there? Should he remain on the ballot for the state Senate if he recently voted in California?
NEWS
May 14, 2011 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Medford Councilwoman Victoria Fay moved out of the township due to tensions with her estranged husband, she violated a residency rule and became ineligible to serve, a state Superior Court judge in Burlington County decided Friday. Fay had argued that her move to a neighboring town was temporary and chastised her male council colleagues as insensitive when they voted to oust her in March. She then asked the court to reinstate her. But Judge Michael J. Hogan said in his 16-page opinion that it was the council's responsibility to ensure "that elected officials are actually residing within the corporate boundaries where they were elected to govern.
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