February 3, 2016 |
Monday was Karen Chigounis' first day on the job - at the place where she's been at work for the better part of four decades. "Day One has been absolutely beyond my wildest dreams," said Chigounis, 66, the new chief administrator of the Perkins Center for the Arts. "One of the most positive experiences of my life. " A Moorestown resident, a mother of four and grandmother of four, Chigounis succeeds Alan Willoughby, a respected ceramist who retired Jan. 29 after 25 years as Perkins' executive director.
January 28, 2016 |
While declaring that Moorestown "has made a good-faith effort thus far" toward meeting its affordable-housing obligations, Burlington County Superior Court Judge Ronald Bookbinder on Tuesday ruled that an advocacy group could challenge the constitutionality of the township's plan. But Bookbinder denied a request by the advocacy group, Fair Share Housing Center, that he allow builders to sue the township for exclusionary zoning, at least for now. Two builders also had petitioned to be allowed to sue. "Are they [Moorestown]
January 26, 2016 |
Brad Kenney opens a door at the Moorestown Community House that reads "Authorized Personnel Only," and immediately comes the smell of smoke, a stark contrast from the hallway and ballroom on the other side that were spared damage during a November fire. Past the door, in a dim kitchen, the vinyl flooring has been pulled to reveal the original hardwood from when the building opened in 1926. In the adjacent club room, a sheet covers a water-damaged Steinway piano - 103 years old - that Kenney is trying to salvage.
January 22, 2016 |
Based on a consultant's advice, Moorestown Township has told a Superior Court judge that it believes it is legally obliged to create just 171 affordable-housing units by 2025, a fraction of the 1,313 that a court-appointed master recommended earlier this month. Moorestown is a microcosm of the lively debate statewide over how best to calculate the affordable housing obligations of New Jersey's 565 municipalities. In the absence of agreed-upon formulas, Superior Court judges are scrutinizing the widely diverging methods that municipalities and advocacy groups are proposing for meeting the state's next round of Mount Laurel obligations, so called after a series of state high court decisions.
January 22, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC SAFETY Consider the victims A commentary about reform of the criminal justice system advocated better pay for public defenders ("Reforming the justice system," Monday). It lacked mention of or concern for the victims of crime in our city. Where are the advocates of crime victims in this discussion of reform? Those of us who are active in our neighborhoods - I am a Town Watch member - see the devastation that crime inflicts on the victim and the community. Both are violated when crime occurs, yet our leaders don't talk about the victim's rights.
January 17, 2016 |
There were gaping holes, missing walls, and exposed I-beams Friday in the old Moorestown Library, where Joe Galbraith worked for 18 years. But the library's director was "not shedding any tears" for the steel and concrete "bunker" whose demolition began this week. "I can look back on it with fondness," he said, "but it's time for it to go. "This," he added, as he glanced around the main reading room of the township's new library, "is our home now. " Airy and spacious, the new building opened in July 2014, weeks after work crews had transferred its many books, CDs, maps, and periodicals from the massive, moldy concrete building that had been Moorestown's library since 1975.
January 16, 2016 |
Moorestown's draft plan for meeting its affordable-housing obligations contains "flaws" and is unsatisfactory, a special master has told Burlington County Superior Court, and she recommended that the township zone for 1,313 affordable units by 2025 - more than triple what the township had proposed. Using stern language, Elizabeth C. McKenzie, a Flemington, N.J.-based community planner, accused the township of failing to make a good-faith effort to honor its obligations under the Mount Laurel Doctrine.
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.
January 12, 2016 |
Dan Dyer knows about the best boys' basketball team in Moorestown history. "Dave Robinson, 1960," Dyer said, pointing to a banner on the wall of the gymnasium that notes the Quakers' last state title team with their future Pro Football Hall of Famer in the middle of the action. Dyer knows the 2016 Quakers are a long way from the 1960 Quakers. But the senior swingman and his teammates are determined to put together one of the better seasons in recent Moorestown boys' basketball history.
January 10, 2016 |
There aren't many hidden gems anymore in basketball, with many of the top players competing year-round in tournaments all around the country. That said, Moorestown Friends junior point guard Jordan White, a third-year varsity player, has certainly flown under the radar so far. And this season his coach Colin Haynes is hoping that word gets out about him. "There haven't been a lot of people who have seen him," Haynes said about colleges....