July 31, 2016 |
I rarely write a subsequent column about a community I've visited for "Town by Town," but I had such a good time in Williamstown (July 3) that I thought I'd make an exception for No. 187 in the series. Some of these town visits have been forgettable: Real estate agents don't call me back, municipal officials choose not to respond; and residents conclude that I am out to bring down property values single-handedly. Then there are those who think these are travelogues. "Town by Town" is about real estate - residential along with some commercial, if it is germane, as it is with Williamstown, which is part of Monroe Township, Gloucester County.
June 17, 2016 |
A lawsuit brought by Autumn Pasquale's family accusing authorities of failing to properly search for the 12-year-old girl after she was reported missing, before she was found dead two days later, has been dismissed, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Wednesday. The suit, filed in October 2014 in Superior Court in Woodbury, said authorities organized a search of volunteers "miles from" Autumn's home, as opposed to the Clayton neighborhood where she was last seen. Her body was found in a neighbor's recycling bin near the home of Justin Robinson, then 15, who confessed to strangling her. The Prosecutor's Office - which was listed as a defendant in addition to Monroe Township, Elk Township, Clayton, and the New Jersey State Police - said there was a "voluntary dismissal" of the case May 31. It's unclear which side sought the dismissal.
March 12, 2016 |
Maddie Sims came up big in Thursday's Group 4 state semifinal girls' basketball game. The senior scored 23 points for Lenape to lead the team to a 47-31 win over Monroe Township at Timber Creek. Sims also had six rebounds, three steals, and three blocks. Shane Holmes had four rebounds and three steals to go along with her six points. Kendall Keyes and Amanda McGrogan each had five points. McGrogan also had four assists. Sapphire Brown gabbed five rebounds and dished out two assists.
March 10, 2016 |
A highly controversial, three-part school-improvement referendum proposal in Haddonfield was approved by borough voters Tuesday. However, multipart referendum proposals in the Gloucester County school districts of Deptford, Kingsway Regional, and Monroe Township all went down in defeat, according to unofficial returns. Haddonfield's three proposals totaled $35.3 million, which will raise taxes on the average home, valued at $484,266, by about $300 a year. The referendum spurred citizens' groups both for and against the measures.
January 17, 2016
Boys' Basketball MLK SHOWCASE Haddon Heights 76, Penns Grove 55 Cherry Hill West 63, Westampton Tech 50 Schalick 62, Moorestown 54 Bordentown 84, Lindenwold 39 Delran 41, Bridgeton 39 (OT) Toms River North 82, Rancocas Valley 67 OLYMPIC CONFERENCE Eastern 71, Bishop Eustace 60 TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE CLASSIC Gloucester 48, Gloucester Catholic 39 TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE DIAMOND Woodstown 56, Deptford 40 TRI-COUNTY CONFERENCE ROYAL Highland 62, Kingsway 49 Williamstown 65, Triton 41 NONLEAGUE Mainland 53, Holy Cross 42 Collingswood 65, LEAP Academy Charter 52 Wash.
September 3, 2015 |
Tyrik Glenn's commemoration of his old friend runs from his neck to his toes. Glenn, a senior linebacker and running back for the Williamstown football team, lowered his shoulder pads to show off the writing on his under pads - "R.I.P #62. " He has the same message on the toes of his football cleats. "This is our biggest motivation now," Glenn said during a break in Williamstown's preseason practice on a hot and humid morning in Monroe Township. Glenn and two-way back Joe Early - and many of the Braves' seniors - were close friends with Darius Boyer, who drowned July 2 at the age of 17 while swimming at a former quarry in the township.
July 13, 2015 |
In the biggest storm of anticipation in years, hearts are racing and breaths held throughout the literary world. As Monday turns over into Tuesday, publisher HarperCollins will release Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee. She is the author, now 89, of the 1961 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird , perhaps the most successful U.S. novel ever (40 million-plus sold). She has written no other novels since. She wrote Watchman first, but it postdates the events in Mockingbird (1950s as opposed to Mockingbird 's late 1930s)
May 23, 2015 |
Savanah Haran and Ashley Scharadin each scored three goals as second-seeded host Holy Cross downed No. 3 Middle Township, 9-6, in the semifinals of the South Jersey Group 1 girls' lacrosse playoffs on Thursday. Cassy Skelton made 16 saves. South Jersey Group 4 Girls' Semifinals Caroline Farley and Liza Barr had three goals apiece as No. 2 Shawnee beat No. 6 Rancocas Valley, 12-4, at home. Lenape 15, Clearview 5 - Gabrielle Fornia had five goals and four assists to push the top-seeded Indians to a win over the No. 4 Pioneers.
December 21, 2014 |
After five years, New Jersey's pilot red-light camera traffic program came to a quiet end. But the debate continues on whether the controversial experiment improved safety or was just a cash cow for municipalities that raked in millions from frustrated motorists. Six municipalities in Camden and Gloucester Counties installed cameras at nine intersections in South Jersey under the program, which began in 2009. The cameras nailed hundreds of thousands of motorists blowing through intersections when the light was red. At $85 each, the citations pulled in millions of dollars in fines for more than two dozen municipalities, which were allowed to keep the bulk of the money to add to their coffers.
November 8, 2014 |
New Jersey's controversial red-light cameras are likely to go dark next month, as the five-year experimental program expires with no legislative push to renew it. Supporters of the cameras say the program has improved safety, while opponents contend the cameras have served only to enrich local and state governments. The program was scheduled to expire Dec. 16, unless the Legislature renews it. No such legislation has been introduced. There are 76 camera-equipped intersections in 25 New Jersey towns, including in the South Jersey communities of Cherry Hill, Gloucester Township, Stratford, Glassboro, Deptford, and Monroe Township.