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August 25, 1998 | By Stephanie L. Arnold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A Township Committee has recommended that Waterford send its seventh-through-12th-grade students to the Hammonton Township District in Atlantic County if the dissolution of the Lower Camden Regional District proceeds. The committee made the decision last Thursday after three months of weighing its options, including building a Waterford high school and establishing a sending-receiving relationship with neighboring Winslow. The recommendation was made to the township board of education, which has yet to act on the proposal.
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July 28, 1994 | By Ed Engel, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The Township Committee last night approved a cash settlement with Police Chief Joseph Palladino Jr., who had been dropped from the force for a six-year period after he was accused of plotting against a former police chief. The committee agreed to pay Palladino about $2,500 for legal fees. Township Administrator Paul Forlenza said an insurance company also had agreed to pay "approximately $21,000" to Palladino. The settlement puts to rest a long and bitter dispute that began in 1979 when former police chief Michael Babli was indicted on charges of misconduct in office and subsequently was suspended from the department.
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March 11, 1999 | By Gaiutra Bahadur, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Perhaps the Lower Camden County Regional School District should have had its lawyers draw up a prenuptial agreement before its union in 1939. As the saga of the district's divorce continues, one of the two towns that voted last May against the breakup is asking the state Department of Education to step in to settle some money matters. Waterford does not want to contribute toward a $2.7 million computer rewiring project at Lower Camden's four schools once the district, which serves grades seven through 12, is dissolved.
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March 31, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Waterford police sergeant has been suspended from the force after he was charged with threatening a resident with whom he has had a long-running dispute in the eastern Camden County township. According to police accounts and court records, Sgt. Joseph McNally was off-duty at Starky's Pour House in nearby Winslow Township on March 15 when he confronted Tracey Miller. Miller had sued the Waterford department last summer, claiming McNally and other officers beat him and his father during a stop for alleged drunken driving.
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September 28, 1997 | By Brian Thevenot, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The school district here has come up with a five-year technology plan to put a computer in each classroom, and expects to spend $167,000 to accomplish that goal. The plan calls for one computer terminal in each of about 35 classrooms in the three-school elementary district. For grades 3 through 6, those computers will have Internet access; the computers for kindergarten through second grade students will not. The state requires every school district to draft a five-year technology plan this year.
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September 15, 1998 | By Stephanie Arnold, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
About 70 residents turned out last night at a meeting to gauge public sentiment for a plan to send the township school district's seventh through 12th graders to Hammonton. Waterford is a member of the Lower Camden County Regional School District, which may cease to exist in the future. In May, residents of five of the seven member towns - Berlin Township, Clementon, Lindenwold, Pine Hill and Winslow Township - voted to dissolve the district. Voters in the two remaining towns, Waterford and Chesilhurt, rejected the dissolution and filed a petition with state Education Commissioner Leo Klagholz seeking to overturn the vote.
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November 23, 1998 | By Stephanie L. Arnold, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The impending retirement of the Hammonton school superintendent will not affect continuing negotiations to send Waterford's seventh- through 12th-grade students to the Atlantic County district, Waterford school board officials say. On Nov. 5, Waterford learned of Warren Benedetto's retirement after school board member Ralph Condo read the story in the Hammonton News during a workshop meeting. It was then, according to Board President Donna Burns, that some members began worrying about their plan to bus students to Hammonton when the Lower Camden County Regional School District breaks apart in the next few years.
NEWS
September 1, 1995 | By Cathleen Egan, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Letters of dismissal are expected to be sent out this morning to volunteer firefighters who have not submitted to being fingerprinted so that the town may conduct a criminal background check on them. As of last evening, eight volunteers from the Louden Fire Company had still not complied with the provision, standing by their belief that the regulation violates their civil rights. They had until midnight to comply. The seven other members of the Louden company were fingerprinted in August.
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July 9, 2000 | By Will Van Sant, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
While her colleagues are recovering from Thanksgiving-turkey overload at the end of November, Monica Davis will be boarding a plane to China. Davis, a counselor for the Waterford school system, recently was asked to join a group of about 40 social workers from throughout the country in making a 7,000-mile journey to meet and mingle with their Chinese counterparts. The People to People Ambassador Program, a Spokane, Wash.-based group founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956, is sponsoring the trip.
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August 12, 1998 | By Mike Madden, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The two towns that opposed breaking up the Lower Camden County Regional School District have asked the state Department of Education to throw out the vote to dissolve the district. Chesilhurst and Waterford filed a petition Monday afternoon with New Jersey Commissioner of Education Leo Klagholz to stop the dissolution process and overturn the referendum that started it. If that tactic fails, the petition asks Klagholz to set deadlines for dissolution and to ensure that the towns are repaid for their tax investments in the regional district's buildings.
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August 8, 2014 | By Vernon Clark, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a tucked-away corner of West Mount Airy, officials of a longtime cultural center have been concerned that the sound of bagpipes and the rhythmic clatter of Irish dancing could go silent. Citing financial concerns, leaders of the Commodore John Barry Irish Center, a focal point in the region for all things Irish, from music and dancing to art and history, said it had come close to being forced to shut down. Sean McMenamin, a board member at the center at 6815 Emlen St., said the convergence this winter of increased city taxes, higher-than-usual heating bills, and required upgrades to its 10,000-square-foot, two-story building had put the center in a precarious financial situation.
NEWS
March 20, 2013
The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to reconsider a Waterford man's conviction and prison sentence for assault, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said Monday. In his petition, Ronald J. Hess, 51, said that at his trial he was not conclusively identified as the assailant. The Appellate Division of Superior Court rejected that claim last year. Hess was sentenced to eight years after a 2008 criminal trial that found him guilty of beating a man with a hammer and stabbing him in November 2005.
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December 4, 2012 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Inquirer Staff Writer
In June, the appearance of a large black bear in lower Camden County prompted the lockdown of an elementary school. Officials were not concerned that students at Waterford Township's Thomas Richards Elementary School were in actual danger, but they took the step as a precaution. The bear has not been seen in the area since, though its foray through backyards in the township prompted Waterford police to post on their website a link to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife's "Bear Facts" page.
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June 15, 2012 | By James Osborne and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The New Jersey Comptroller's Office is investigating whether the appointment of two campaign donors to professional service jobs in Waterford Township this year violated the state's anti-pay-to-play law. The investigation followed a complaint from two Republican committeemen alleging that Mayor Maryann Merlino, a Democrat, broke the law when in January she appointed Medford lawyer John Maroccia as township solicitor and the Hammonton insurance firm...
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May 17, 2012 | By James Osborne, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A months-long legal battle in Waterford Township over the posting of allegations of police misconduct and photographs of off-duty officers drinking at area bars on a now-defunct website that attracted a local following took another turn Tuesday night when the Township Committee indefinitely suspended the municipal attorney. The committee contends that in March, solicitor John Maroccia leaked news of the suspension of Sgt. Joseph McNally to the website — WaterfordTwpTeaParty.com — after the officer was accused of threatening a resident with whom he has a long-running dispute.
SPORTS
May 13, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
With one out in the fifth inning, Sacred Heart's Theo Mercurio reached third base. He was 90 feet from going where no baserunner has gone with St. Augustine's Kevin Baxter on the mound in more than three weeks: home. Mercurio never made it. Baxter struck out the next two batters and pitched a scoreless sixth inning to register his fourth consecutive shutout as St. Augustine beat Sacred Heart, 13-0, Saturday in the first round of the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic. Baxter, a senior righthander, allowed four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts.
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March 31, 2012 | By James Osborne, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Waterford police sergeant has been suspended from the force after he was charged with threatening a resident with whom he has had a long-running dispute in the eastern Camden County township. According to police accounts and court records, Sgt. Joseph McNally was off-duty at Starky's Pour House in nearby Winslow Township on March 15 when he confronted Tracey Miller. Miller had sued the Waterford department last summer, claiming McNally and other officers beat him and his father during a stop for alleged drunken driving.
NEWS
March 10, 2012
Waterford Township residents will vote on more than $9 million in proposed renovations and improvements to three elementary schools next week. The bond referendum is one of five school construction questions totaling almost $25 million to be decided statewide Tuesday, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. The nearly $9.3 million in work would include new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning equipment at all three Waterford elementary schools; new roofs at two of the schools; vinyl tiling and a new well at Waterford Elementary School; and other health, safety and security additions.
NEWS
January 27, 2012
A news brief in some editions Wednesday contained incorrect information from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office about the arrest of Kevin Dunleavy, accused in a string of burglaries in Waterford and Evesham Townships. Dunleavy was arrested in Camden, not Mount Laurel, and was not involved in a police chase. The Inquirer wants its news report to be fair and correct in every respect, and regrets when it is not. If you have a question or comment about news coverage, contact assistant managing editor David Sullivan (215-854-2357)
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