September 8, 2013 |
It seemed a moment of triumph Friday for Bob Gorman, chair of the Moorestown Democratic Committee. "One-thousand, three-hundred and ninety-three. Awesome," he murmured about 3:30 p.m. as he made a final tally of the signatures on a petition he was about to present to Town Clerk Patricia Hunt. But as Gorman stood counting outside Hunt's office, township Republicans were already preparing to thwart his effort to give them a black eye. The petition, which Gorman presented Friday afternoon to Hunt, demands a local referendum on a controversial pay-to-play ordinance that the town council adopted last month.
September 6, 2013 |
In soccer and lacrosse, finishing is considered an elusive skill. Conventional wisdom spans both games: Many players have the physical tools to score goals. Few have the prowess to do it regularly. Michael Handlan is a finisher. Seasons change, sports change, and the results stay the same for Handlan. The senior forward for the Moorestown boys' soccer team is a pure scorer, evidence that the ability to net a goal is more than a physical skill. "It's a natural tendency.
September 5, 2013 |
There's a bronze bust of Dave Robinson in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. A small group of Robinson's family and friends are working to see that Moorestown High School gets one, too. The group is raising money for a likeness of the former Quakers star to be created for the high school's trophy case. "Dave Robinson was a great athlete but also a great student," said Gregory Gray, chairman of the fund-raising committee. "We want Moorestown students to understand he was a true scholar-athlete and a great person, as well.
September 2, 2013 |
Beau Sherry knows the way the Moorestown football team has been perceived by people outside the program. He didn't agree with it. He didn't like it. But he understood it. "I think people saw all the formations and the trickery and the way we played offense at times and they thought, 'finesse team,' " Sherry said. In his first season as a replacement for former coach Russ Horton, Sherry wants Moorestown to be known as a physical, hard-hitting team that plays the game with an edge.
August 28, 2013 |
Delsea finished strong last season, winning its last 10 games and capturing the South Jersey Group 3 title. But veteran coach Sal Marchese said his team needs to work on better beginnings. "The last couple of years, we've gotten off to a slow start," Marchese said. "We've lost one or two that maybe we shouldn't have. " Behind senior quarterback Rob Rolle, a Villanova recruit as a defensive back, Delsea looms as a heavy favorite in the West Jersey Football League's Royal Division as well as in South Jersey Group 3. But Marchese wants to make sure his team doesn't slip early, with dangerous games in the first two weeks against Camden (Sept.
August 28, 2013 |
Gregory Wilkinson spent part of his summer vacation beating caterpillars in Arizona. It was all for a good, green cause: To "beat" the creatures is to collect, and it is hoped, protect them. "Some of the plants the caterpillars eat are disappearing, and the caterpillars are going to disappear too," says Wilkinson, 33, who teaches seventh-grade math at William Allen Middle School in Moorestown. "They can't just decide to change what they're eating. That sort of adaptation takes thousands and thousands of years.
August 24, 2013 |
With just 18 days left to collect 1,100 signatures for a referendum, Mark Singer was wondering Thursday if Main Street was the right place to be circulating a petition. "Hi. Do you live in Moorestown?" he'd ask passersby as he stood outside Passariello's Pizzeria & Italian Eatery, perhaps the busiest spot downtown. Singer was incensed, he explained earlier, that the Township Council on Monday had raised from $300 to $2,600 the amount that firms seeking or having contracts with the township may donate to individual candidates annually.
August 18, 2013 |
Moorestown Township Council is considering an ordinance that would increase the political campaign-contributions threshold for businesses looking to contract with the township more than eight times the current amount. The council is holding a public hearing Monday evening before voting on the proposed amendments to the township's pay-to-play ordinance. The current law and suggested changes have been criticized by campaign-finance-reform advocate the Citizens Campaign. The ordinance, if passed, would increase the amount a business entity could donate from $300 in the year preceding a given contract to $2,600.
August 17, 2013 |
James R. Doherty Jr., 76, of Moorestown, owner and chief executive since 1991 of Weber Display & Packaging in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, of heart failure at home. Raised in Philadelphia, Mr. Doherty graduated in 1955 from Collingswood High School, where he was a center on the varsity football team for three years, his son, James R. III, said. While in high school, he worked as a clerk at a Food Fair store in Runnemede, where his father, James R. Sr., was the manager.