May 19, 2015 |
Five South Jersey counties that have been exploring the creation of the state's first regional jail system since fall recently ran into trouble amid confusion and misunderstandings over the amount each county would contribute to an $800,000 study. One county dropped out sometime after the first consultant was hired. Another county decided it would pay less than an equal share. And the county that hired the consultant in January on behalf of the four other counties is now scrambling to cement its handshake with them by having them sign written agreements.
March 1, 2015 |
In 1982, when Gloucester County planners drafted a framework for growth, one-fifth of the county's land was considered developed - a statistic perhaps best reflected in a slogan that would become the county's mantra: "Close to everything, far from it all. " Three decades later, almost a third of the county is developed. The 330-square-mile county's population has increased by more than 90,000, to about 290,000. Its portion of Route 55 went from plan to pavement. Washington Township's population almost doubled.
December 1, 2014 |
I remember yearning to read the comics in the Sunday paper. But the hieroglyphs inside the speech balloons remained inscrutable, until - on a sunny morning in Miss O'Shea's class - I finally grasped that a-n-d on the page and "and" in conversation meant the same thing. A eureka moment for Brian Meersma arrived when his grandfather read aloud from the book the severely dyslexic boy, then in seventh grade, was having to decipher, word by laborious word. "I said something like, 'I didn't know this was such a good book!
September 29, 2014 |
MERCER COUNTY, Pa. - Upon entering an antebellum Greek Revival mansion through a soaring pillared porch, visitors find themselves in the front room of Tara, staring at Vivien Leigh's oh-so-petite jacket and the dressing gown that Clark Gable wore in Gone With the Wind . Artifacts from both the movie and the Civil War era are lovingly displayed in the restored 27-room luxury inn in Clark, on the banks of the Shenango River, its lush grounds filled...
September 12, 2014 |
Stillpond Farm in Moorestown is a getaway and a boot camp, a place where retired racehorses bred for speed learn to love the slow lane. The equine retraining and resettlement program is operated on Stillpond's 40 acres of postcard perfection by a group called South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue and Adoption. The all-volunteer organization carefully matches thoroughbreds with new owners, and helps prepare the animals for new careers in less-challenging equestrian events, such as show-jumping and dressage.
December 13, 2013 |
Success came with a price for newly crowned South Jersey football champions Shawnee and Delsea. The Renegades and Crusaders are projected to move up to play in divisions with larger schools in a realigned West Jersey Football League. The 66-team WJFL unveiled its proposed new alignment on Wednesday. The league will have 11 divisions, each with six teams. Shawnee, which won the South Jersey Group 4 title, would move up from the National Division to the American Division. The Renegades would be the only Group 4 team in an otherwise-Group 5 division.
December 8, 2013 |
HOPEWELL, N.J. Rain fell Friday on south-central New Jersey, and a part of it flowed into Baldwin's Creek. Some flowed, too, into Duck Pond Run, and Six Mile Run, and Cranbury Brook, Devil's Brook, and Peace Brook, and into dozens more creeks and streams bearing names like Little Bear, Duck Pond, and Ten Mile, that flowed into the Stony Brook, that streamed past a white tent in Hopewell Township, Mercer County. There, 100 people and 10 waiting shovels were gathered at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association.
December 6, 2013 |
Athletes will get a chance to test their endurance next fall when the first half-Ironman distance race comes to New Jersey. World Triathlon Corp. announced plans to hold its first Ironman triathlon in the state on Sept. 21 in Mercer County Park in West Windsor. "It was time to develop an event there," Steve Meckfessel, managing director for Global Race Operations, said Wednesday. "It's a beautiful part of the country. " The event, known as Ironman 70.3 Princeton, is expected to attract more than 2,500 professional and amateur competitors from across the country.
October 19, 2013 |
Some mail-in votes for New Jersey's Nov. 5 gubernatorial election may be voided if they were sent in the same envelope used to mail ballots for Wednesday's special Senate election, officials said Thursday. Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, in a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, said campaign workers for State Sen. Barbara Buono, a fellow Democrat running for governor, had learned that "up to a few thousand" such mail-in votes could be voided. The Attorney General's Office issued a statement Thursday saying there was a concern in Mercer County regarding a "few" such ballots.
August 17, 2013 |
The former state police major controversially hired last year to oversee Camden's transition to the new Camden County Police Department is getting a new $100,000 contract. City Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday that extends Lanuel Ferguson's contract for another year. The meeting, which wrapped up 40 minutes after it started, was one of the quickest sessions ever, leaving many latecomers surprised and without an opportunity to comment on resolutions. Ferguson's duty this past year was to oversee the transition of the police department from a city-run force to a metro division under a new Camden County police umbrella.