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)
April 20, 2011 |
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.
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.
January 15, 2016 |
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.
April 27, 2014 |
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.
August 31, 1996 |
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.
April 9, 1986 |
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.
November 12, 2003 |
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.
May 14, 2011 |
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.
June 21, 2011 |
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?