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Vol. 1- No. 14
December 3-9, 2016
Public Hearing For Dec. 6 on Recreation Project
4 Sites To Be Developed In Medford Medford Settles Long-Standing Affordable Housing Suit
By Douglas D. Melegari Staff Writer
SOUTHAMPTON–Residents in Southampton will receive an opportunity to voice their opinion on the future of the Good Farm on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at 5 Retreat Road. 65 acres of the former 220-acre farm on Red Lion Road are slated for recreational facilities. “On Dec. 6, there will be a special meeting here to talk about the Good Farm and what is going to be there,” said Mayor James F. Young, Sr. “The township committee will sit here and listen to what people want to say about it.” Young said that each person who chooses to speak will receive three minutes to make a presentation. The original plan has grown to include soccer fields, baseball fields, an amphitheater, a bocce court, a sledding hill, a skating pond, three other ponds or basins, a community center, a dog park, two playgrounds, and buildings for concessions and storage. The township also plans to construct four parking lots with 488 parking spaces. This is all part of the community’s search for both active and passive recreation.
HEARING>>>PAGE 5 70 units of affordable housing will be constructed at Hartford Square. By Jayne Cabrilla For the Pine Barrens Tribune
MEDFORD–The Medford Council’s meeting agenda for Nov. 14 was varied and full of interesting township financial news. The terms for several members of various township commissions, boards, and committees are expiring at the end of the year. These members, who all serve at the pleasure of the council, may apply for re-appointment and do not need to be re-interviewed for a position. However, there are many new applicants that must be interviewed by the council for consideration for a 2017 post. The council set aside Saturday, Dec. 3, to conduct the interviews. The Joint Insurance Fund (JIF), of which Medford is a member, requested a resolution from the council which would support pending legislation that would allow the JIF to expand their field of investments, enabling them to potentially increase their investment income by at least $10 million. The council decided to act on this request and passed Resolution #210-2016.
A second reading and public hearing was held for ordinance 2016-10, which authorizes the township to refund certain bonds from 2006, in the amount of $1,060,000. This new funding, at a much lower interest rate, will save the township about $88,000. The measure passed. Two ordinances dealing with some properties obtained through tax sale foreclosures had their first reading. One authorizes the sale of some undersized lots to be offered to adjacent property owners. The other authorizes certain undevelopable lots to be conveyed to the Rancocas Conservancy. A public hearing on these two ordinances along with a second reading will be held on Dec. 6, during a regularly scheduled council meeting. All Consent Agenda Resolutions were passed, including one which authorized the execution of the settlement agreement with the Fair Share Housing Center. This long-standing lawsuit between the
PHOTO BY JAYNE CABRILLA township and the Fair Share Housing Center has been a bone of contention for years, with the township decrying the methods of calculating their obligation of fair share of low-and moderate-income housing units imposed by the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH). The history of New Jersey’s affordable housing mandate goes back to 1975. The New Jersey Supreme Court heard the case of the Southern Burlington NAACP vs. Mount Laurel, in which the plaintiffs challenged the towns’s zoning ordinance on the grounds that it operated to exclude lowand moderate-income persons from obtaining housing in the municipality. In the test case, known as the “Mount Laurel Decision,” the Supreme Court sided with the plaintiffs. By 1983, there had been many appeals to the decision. The Supreme Court took the opportunity to refine the Mount Laurel Doctrine to make the document more effective. This ruling became known as
Tabernacle Seeks Advice on Backyard Chicken Ordinance By Monica Hollenbeck For the Pine Barrens Tribune
TABERNACLE – Tabernacle’s Township Committee invited experts from Rutgers University to present their guidelines on keeping agricultural animals on private property. The township is in the process of writing an ordinance that would allow more residents to own chickens. Mayor Stephen Lee IV said the committee asked for the presentation because backyard chickens have become a big issue and they wanted to learn more from the experts. “You are actually giving us a clear understanding about how to write it,” said Lee to presenter Michael Westendorf of Rutgers’ Department of Animal Sciences. Lee explained that backyard chickens are currently not allowed in Tabernacle on less than six acres. However, the township committee is trying to come up with a lower acreage number, based on
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Bittersweet: Buzby’s Re-opens for Last Day in 2016, Possibly Forever By Adam Tait III For the Pine Barrens Tribune
CHATSWORTH —In what stood as a poignant, bittersweet moment, this tiny town’s iconic Buzby’s General Store reopened last Saturday (Nov. 19) for three hours. It was billed as the last opening of 2016, but it might also be the last opening ever. Owner R. Marilyn Schmidt, is 87 and ailing. The businesswoman, author and historian still converses lucidly, but has grown increasingly frail. A group of Schmidt’s friends opened the store for both a party and a 50-percent-off sale. Sales were brisk the entire afternoon and raised more than the friends expected, but the inventory is still large. What will happen in 2017 is simply an unanswerable question. It can be easy to say, unsentimentally, that all things change, all things must come to an end and that perhaps it’s just time to let go. But does that give justice to the 151 years
the store has been in existence and the history that this once-isolated country store has witnessed? Most attending the opening Saturday would disagree. Schmidt said recently that there had been some “feelers” from possible buyers, but nothing specific. Overall, the mood on Saturday was lively and largely happy, but the shadow of a permanent closing silently loomed. A tasty free lunch was served, and a guitarist strummed softly in the background. Conversation was lively as old friends reunited and new friendships formed. But as the afternoon lengthened, the crowd dwindled and the skies grew dark. The last few visitors left, and the friends set chairs and tables straight, did some minor cleanup and turned off all but two lights. Then the last person to come outside locked the front door, slowly walked down the three front steps, and walked to a nearby car. The brief opening was over.
Used Equipment and Vehicles To Be Sold Through A Surplus Auction By Douglas D. Melegari Staff Writer
SOUTHAMPTON–Are you in the market for used equipment, vehicles, and accessories? Southampton might just have what you need. The township is conducting a sale of surplus property online between Dec. 1st and Dec. 15th. All the items will be sold in “as is” condition without express or implied warranties. Sixteen items will be posted for sale. Items for sale will include an articulating loader, backhoe, dump trucks, fire truck, four-drawer filing cabinets, telephone system, trash truck, pickup trucks, a mower with a snow blower and sweeper attachment, and wood chipper. “This is a list of vehicles and equipment that is no longer in use throughout Public Works and/or the township,” said Township Administrator Kathleen D. Hoffman. All bidders must pre-register with GovDeals at govdeals.com. The auction will
also be held on govdeals.com. “The township reserves the right to accept or reject any bids submitted,” the township wrote in a public notice. The township is selling the property to bring in much needed revenue. The cashstrapped municipality has several large improvement projects that it is looking to fund. The Pinelands Commission has ordered the township to abandon the soccer fields on Buddtown Road by the end of 2017. The township is also in need of a new public-works building and salt barn. The Little League field and T-Ball field at the Red Lion Road Baseball and Softball Complex is plagued by sinkholes because it was at one time a landfill. Also, the embankment and bulkhead next to the historic Vincentown and Tabernacle Telephone Company building is deteriorating due to erosion. The township is planning to relocate several of the affected fields and structures. In other cases, repairs will be required.
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Groundbreaking Ceremony at the Village at Taunton Forge By Jayne Cabrilla For the Pine Barrens Tribune
MEDFORD–The official groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of the Village at Taunton Forge was held on Monday, Nov. 21. The windy day kept the hot coffee urns busy and the speeches short. Attending dignitaries included property owners, brothers Jim, Steve and Dave DePetris; Medford Township Council Member Bradley Denn; and Constituent Representative for Congressman Tom MacArthur, Kyle Melander. Jim DePetris gave the huddled crowd a brief history of the property and its development. The DePetris patriarch, Joe DePetris, purchased the 40-acre property in the late 1950s. The shopping center serves both Medford Lakes Borough and Medford Township. The first phase of the Village at Taunton Forge was completed in 1978 and consisted of the Shop-N-Bag grocery store and a pharmacy. The second phase was completed in 1983 and included a mix of retailers and restaurants. When the commercial strips and shopping centers along the Route 70 corridor sprung up, the Village at Taunton Forge began to fade out. “Our center became inferior,” Jim DePetris said. “No one knew it was there.” In April of 2016, the center’s anchor store, Murphy’s Market, was unable to reach agreeable terms for a new lease and closed
down. Currently, the center is 40% vacant. In order to attract new, would-be tenants, DePetris went to the township and sought approvals to expand the center and to reduce the tree buffer. He received these approvals. Crews worked to reduce the tree buffer throughout the summer. Some residents have decried the scar that the missing trees have left and worry that the area around Taunton and Tuckerton will mirror the commercial district of Route 70. “Even with the reduced tree buffer, the Village at Taunton Forge has more trees than any other shopping center,” DePetris said. The plans for the redevelopment include building a new Rite Aid on Taunton Boulevard, adjacent to the Exxon gas station. Taunton Forge Liquors will relocate into a portion of the old Murphy’s site; while the other portion will house a grocery store. Negotiations with the Kings grocery store chain are in progress. A new, upscale Mexican restaurant, Tacos El Tio, will be located in the site of the current liquor store and optical shop. DePetris said that the restaurant has an alcohol consumption license and has plans for the addition of outdoor patio dining. The projected opening of Tacos El Tio is in early next summer. While the new construction of the Rite Aid, along with the build-outs for the other retailers and restaurant is ongoing, the old 1970’s facade of the center will receive a face lift in keeping with Medford’s strict architectural
PHOTO BY JAYNE CABRILLA Officals break ground for a new Rite Aid at the Village of Taunton Forge. standards. A small group of men held up a banner during the groundbreaking ceremony which stated, “Rite Aid Makes Me Sick for What They Are Doing to the Local Economy.” The men stood with the banner at the entranceway to the shopping center. John Robinson, council representative of the Northeast Regional Council of Carpenters, told the Pine Barrens Tribune that there is a labor dispute over the building contractor for the new Rite Aid. He said that the company hired nonarea labor at a lower pay rate and without health benefits. Frank Sansone, vice president of A & E Construction, said that when hiring independent
sub-contractors, they use local companies whenever they can. He also said some of the workers that are employed by the subcontractors are union members and some are not. A & E Senior Project Manager, Jeff Ruoff said that the initial grading for the Rite Aid pad has been done and the rainwater run-off basins are in place, in accordance with Pinelands regulations. “We are proud of this major renovation and look forward to bringing the center back to life,” Jim DePetris said. “The Rite Aid anticipates opening their new store in July 2017.”
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HOUSING FROM PAGE 1 Mount Laurel II. One of the mechanisms in the ruling is the so-called “builder’s remedy,” which allows successful builder-plaintiffs to proceed with developing at a higher density than what is presently allowed by township zoning ordinances, if the extra units provide affordable housing. Then, in 1985, the New Jersey Legislature passed the Fair Housing Act, laying out the constitutional obligation for municipalities to provide some degree of affordable housing. The act established the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH), whose job is to set regulations on each municipality’s obligation to offer low-and moderate-income housing. The method for calculating the number of units of affordable housing and how the obligation is to be satisfied involves a complex formula which includes a municipality’s demographics as well as credits for items such as filtering (a downward adjustment of affordable housing units based on a surplus of market-value houses and a decrease in property values); spontaneous rehabilitation (which occurs when dilapidated affordable housing is rehabilitated by means of the private market, without using the assistance of any government program); and extra credits given for township rental units. Township Solicitor Timothy M. Prime presented a summary of the settlement agreement which still requires court approval. The settlement includes the balance of affordable housing units left over from the period of 1987-1999, plus the township’s obligation for 1999-2025. “Under the calculations by the Fair Share Housing’s expert witness, Medford Township would have been required to provide for 805 affordable housing units to satisfy its regional need,” Prime said. This calculation meant that in order to provide 805 affordable units, the township would have been required to allow builders to develop 5,366 market-value units. The township was also under pressure to
litigate an agreeable settlement before contractors became entitled to a “builder’s remedy” court decision. The decision would have allowed a much higher density housing development than what Medford currently permits. “Through over a year of negotiations, the township has reached a settlement with Fair Share Housing Center that has resulted in a 40% discount from the 805 units of affordable housing otherwise required, or 483 affordable houses,” Prime said. “Based on other credits the Township is entitled to, the actual number of affordable houses that will be developed to satisfy the township’s obligation is 228 affordable houses.” Prime said the township’s obligation will be satisfied through the development of four sites in Medford that the council has determined appropriate. “One of the sites is the Hartford Square property already developed with commercial development, including a CVS and a bank, at the corner of Route 70 and Hartford Road. This site will be developed with 70 units of affordable housing for senior citizens, veterans and disabled individuals. The remainder of the units will be satisfied with three developments. The first development, owned by the Tofamo family, will surround the Hartford Square development, with a mix of 174 single-family homes and townhouses and 48 affordable apartments. The second development, located on Evesboro Road at the Evesham border, will develop 210 units of market-value housing and 90 affordable-housing units. The final development will be a redevelopment of part of the Flying W Airport, with 360 market-value homes and 90 affordable units. Another site, known as Stokes Square, will be developed with 120 independent living units for senior citizens that will contribute funds to the Township’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to help subsidize the other affordable-housing unit developments. No affordable units will be developed at this site.” Recent cases in other municipalities have resulted in the Court taking control of municipal planning boards to permit “builder’s remedy” high-density developments.
Pemberton Twp. Plans New Elementary School; Will Replace 2 Older Buildings By Adam Tait III For the Pine Barrens Tribune
PEMBERTON—The township school system is planning a new, two-story elementary school on Junction Road. The building, with an estimated cost of $62 million, will replace two existing schools, Denbo and Crichton, in Browns Mills. Each enrolls about 350 students. The new building will be designed, built and paid for by the state’s Schools Development Authority (SDA). According to Assistant Superintendent for Business, Pat Austin, who is also the board secretary, the school is the result of a partnership of local legislators and state officials.
“We’re excited the result is a facility that will greatly benefit our students,” Austin said. Denbo was built in 1966 and houses grades three through five. Crichton, built in 1969, educates pupils from pre-K to second grade. Superintendent Tony Trongone, anticipating concerns over disruptions or possible delays, promised that “we will see our students’ education is not disrupted during the SDA’s construction, which may take several years.” Since 2000, the SDA has invested $20 million in upgrading Pemberton’s schools. In addition, it has spent $25 million building the Pemberton Early Childhood Education building on Arney’s Mount road. The new school will be the SDA’s largest Pemberton project thus far.
“The settlement is also consistent with prior Township Affordable Housing plans that resulted in 576 market homes subsidizing 85 affordable homes in Wyngate, Heritage and Wildflowers developments,” Prime said. Commenting on the Hartford Square project, Mayor Jeff Beenstock told the Pine
HEARING FROM PAGE 1 Several existing athletic fields may have to be abandoned altogether and the township is urgently making plans to relocate the fields onto the Good Farm. The first phase of the project includes construction of one parking lot, a baseball field, and an all-purpose field. The first phase of the project will cost about $700,000. The township has about $500,000 in funding so far thanks to a recreation grant from the county. The township is applying again this year and hopes to receive another $250,000. In order to implement the entire concept plan, Township Administrator Kathleen D. Hoffman said it will cost millions of dollars and it may require a ballot question. “You are talking about a multi-milliondollar project,” Hoffman said. The Little League field and T-Ball field at the Red Lion Road Baseball and Softball Complex is plagued by sinkholes and officials closed them in October due to dangerous conditions. The affected ballfields have been surrounded by yellow caution tape and traffic cones. Hoffman attributed the sinkholes to the trash contained beneath the surface of the ballfields. The fields were built on top of a landfill. “The trash is all coming up to the surface,” Hoffman said. “You could be running across the field and your leg could get sucked into these holes that appear.” Committeeman Michael Mikulski downplayed concerns about the affected ballfields at a November committee meeting. “I just wanted to clarify the fields were never condemned,” Mikulski said. “So if someone told you the fields were condemned, they were misinformed.” Mikulski said that a building inspector or engineer would have to condemn the fields for use. “To be condemned, you have to have a building inspector or an engineer examine the fields and say we are condemning the fields,” Mikulski said. “You’ve heard sinkholes but these are not sinkholes like you see on the news in Florida that are swallowing cars. They are small holes that have formed primarily on one field which is the Minor’s Field. They’ve been fixed by Public Works along the way.” Mikulski also added that the ballfields will be reopened in the spring. “They will repaired and up and running in time for the spring,” Mikulski said. “But just in case someone has told you that there will not be fields for use in the spring due to a condemnation, that is not what happened.” Mikulski’s comments are at odds with the township administrator’s public comments on the situation. At October’s committee meeting, Hoffman
Barrens Tribune that the project will be located in an area in need of redevelopment. “I expect that the township will consider next year, probably in the 1st quarter of the year, a redevelopment plan for the entire parcel owned by the property owner, which will include this project,” Beenstock said.
said that she fears children and vehicles will get swallowed up. She described the need for great urgency in erecting new fields on the Good Farm, possibly in lieu of some of the current items planned for phase one of the project. “It has been reported and we have gone out and filled in the holes,” Hoffman said. “But God forbid if a child goes running across that field and you see it down South all the time where kids or cars get sucked into the ground, I just would hate to see that happen.” After the meeting, Hoffman reiterated how dangerous the situation has become. “Somebody is going to get swallowed up,” Hoffman said. Mikulski’s comments also significantly differ from what several sources with direct knowledge of the situation have described to the Pine Barrens Tribune. The sources said township officials have been aware of the sinkhole problem for nearly three years and that the holes are appearing with much greater frequency. Township employees have been directed to place traffic cones into the sinkholes as they develop and then bring in a dump truck load of soil to temporarily fill them. Some recreation officials have tripped while performing a safety check of the fields prior to games. The sinkholes appear suddenly because rusted appliances underneath the surface collapse as individuals pace on the fields. Sources described the situation as very precarious and questioned how any committee member could permit the fields to be reopened under these circumstances. Hoffman, who also serves as the public information officer for the township, would not return several messages which sought comment in part on whether the ballfields are tested annually for contamination. Sources said that she has been told by members of the committee not to provide further comment on the project or ballfield situation. In addition to the ballfield situation, there are multiple soccer fields on Buddtown Road, part of the Municipal Sports Complex that is located on the east side of Route 206, which are considered to be located improperly by the Pinelands Commission. The township’s request to build a new 6,000sq. ft. public works building and a 2,000 sq. ft. salt shed at the complex was approved by the Pinelands Commission, pending removal of the contested soccer fields by the end of 2017. “A recreational soccer complex was developed on the parcel without completion of an application to the Pinelands Commission,” wrote the Pinelands Commission. “This constitutes a violation of the application requirements of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan. To address that violation, the applicant proposes to remove the soccer complex and the associated improvements by Dec. 31, 2017.”
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Southampton Residents Should Attend Dec. 6 Public Hearing Residents of Southampton Twp. will receive an opportunity to voice their opinion on the future of the Good Farm on Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. at 5 Retreat Road. 65 acres of the former 220-acre farm on Red Lion Road are slated for recreational facilities. The original plan has grown to include soccer fields, baseball fields, an amphitheater, a bocce court, a sledding hill, a skating pond, three other
ponds or basins, a community center, a dog park, two playgrounds, and buildings for concessions and storage. The township also plans to construct four parking lots with a total of 488 parking spaces. Tuesday Night is your chance to make your voice heard and we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity.
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Letter to the Editor: Giving Thanks for a Great “Schoolhouse Christmas” I would like to give one big thank-you to our community. What a turnout! Thank-you to all the guests who attended the “Schoolhouse Christmas.” Thank you to anyone who helped in any way to make the evening spectacular. The “Schoolhouse Christmas” display will remain up through Saturday, Jan. 7. Museum hours will be on Wednesday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We are also planning our 2017 display, titled “Mullica River". We hope to see you at the Hilda Frame School, Nesco Road, in Nesco. For more information, please call 609-561-4034. Anna Walker Nesco, New Jersey
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Scanner Fire Breaks Out At Whole Hog Cafe In Medford MEDFORD–A fire broke out at a popular cafe in Medford Township on Tuesday (Nov. 22). Emergency crews were called out to the Whole Hog Cafe located at 192 Route 70 at around 10:42 a.m. Crews arrived on scene to find smoke visible from the building. "At 10:42 this morning, Medford Fire and EMS were dispatched to 192 Route 70 at Whole Hog for a reported structure fire," said
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Lieutenant Robert Dovi of Medford Fire & EMS. "On arrival, smoke was visible from the building and the fire was located and extinguished." The fire resulted in significant damage. "They had significant smoke and fire damage to the interior of the property," Dovi said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Medford Fire and EMS crews were assisted by Evesham Fire Rescue.
Motorist Provides False Passport and Social Security Card to Police MEDFORD—On Nov. 18 at 9:24 a.m., Medford Township Police conducted a motor vehicle stop on a tan GMC Envoy for speeding on Mill Street. During the course of the investigation, police collected the credentials of Tomas Isaias Perez-Lopez of Lindenwold who was driving the vehicle. With the assistance of U.S Immigration and Naturalization it was determined Perez-Lopez was in possession of fraudulent identifications, including a false
passport and social security card. Perez-Lopez was subsequently taken into custody and transported to police headquarters where he was charged with uttering fraudulent governmental documents and possessing fraudulent governmental documents. Perez-Lopez was processed and transported to the Burlington County Jail where he was committed on $12,500 bail, pending his court appearance in the Burlington County Superior Court.
On November 21, 2016, Medford Township Police were invited by Kirby's Mill School for the 2nd grade Health Fair.
Sheriff Jean Stanfield’s 21st Annual Toy Drive Underway in Burlington County MOUNT HOLLY – Burlington County Sheriff Jean Stanfield announced that the Sheriff Department’s 21st annual Toy Drive is officially underway. Residents and businesses can donate toys for children in need at any of over 50 drop-offs located throughout the County. Stanfield said that the collection will continue until Dec. 19, when Sheriff’s Officers will gather up the bins, and take them to the County Complex. Human Service agencies work with the Sheriff’s Department to distribute the donations to local children. “We always receive a wonderful response to the toy drive,” said Stanfield. “The holidays are a special time for everyone and through the generosity of all of our volunteers, and the donations from the community, we can make it a joyous time for those less fortunate than ourselves.” Last year, the department collected approximately 1,000 toys; the Sheriff said she is optimistic the drive will exceed that number this holiday season. Drop-off locations include municipal
buildings and police departments, county government buildings, and private businesses. Local drop-off sites include: – LeisureTowne; 102 South Plymouth Ct. – LeisureTowne - Settlers Hall; 106 South Plymouth Ct. – LeisureTowne - Laurel Hall; 236 Huntington Dr. – Nixon's General Store of Tabernacle; 540 Chatsworth Rd. – Pemberton Boro. Municipal Complex; 50 Egbert St. – Pemberton Twp. Municipal Complex; 500 Pemberton-Browns Mills Rd. – Shamong Municipal Complex; 105 Willow Grove Rd. – Southampton Municipal Complex; 5 Retreat Rd. – Tabernacle Elementary School; 132 New Rd. – Tabernacle Municipal Complex; 163 Carranza Rd. – Vincentown Post Office; 1813 Rt. 206
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December 3 Location: Medford Event: Dickens Festival, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Details: Historic Medford’s 27th Annual Dickens Festival will be held on Main Street from 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m. The evening gets started at the Gazebo where the annual tree lighting happens. Carolers and musicians will perform favorite holiday tunes. There will be pony rides, an ice carver, jugglers, a balloon artist, a Live Nativity, and much more! Crafters and vendors will be on hand to help you with your holiday shopping. Location: Pemberton Event: Pemberton Township Winter Festival Details: At the Browns Mills Firehouse #12, Trenton Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pictures with Santa, live entertainment, face painter, Santa’s mailbox, and more! Activities at participating businesses and churches.
Victorian Christmas Tours during the holiday season. Tours are from Dec. 5 through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 15, 24 & 25). Tickets available at the Mansion, Adults $7, Seniors (62+) and Students $6. Tours begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Candlelight Tours are also available. For more information, email email@example.com or call 609-261-3295. Location: Westhampton Event: BCLS Presents “Theodore Roosevelt” Traveling Exhibit Details: “Theodore Roosevelt,” a freestanding photo exhibit, will be on display at the Burlington County Library, 5 Pioneer Boulevard, Westhampton, from Dec. 5 through Jan. 12. The exhibit, which was organized by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, offers a fascinating glimpse into turn-of-the-20th century America and the dynamic man at the helm. For more information, call 609-2679660 or visit www.bcls.lib.nj.us
Location: Southampton Event: PTA Holiday Craft Fair Details: The craft fair will be held at Southampton School #3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - a great chance to shop and support the PTA, NHS and Boosters. Many great vendors and activities for the kids.
Location: Southampton Event: Vincentown Garden Club Meeting Details: The Vincentown Garden Club will hold its meeting at the Library, at 7 p.m. We will make wreaths, discuss future plans and have a social hour. New members welcome.
Location: Southampton Event: PTA Breakfast With Santa Details: Breakfast with Santa will be held at School #2 cafeteria, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. $7 for adults, $5 for kids. Santa will be available for pictures for $5 until 11:30 a.m.
Location: Tabernacle Event: 19th Annual Cookie Walk Details: The Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 166 Carranza Road, will be holding their 19th Annual Cookie Walk, Friday, Dec. 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Southampton Event: Green Trading Post at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance Details: Saturday 12/3, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 12/4 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Bishop-Irick Farmstead, 17 Pemberton Road. A holiday bazaar featuring unique items from local non-profit organizations. Location: Southampton Event: Art Classes with RJ Haas Details: Saturdays, 12/3 and 12/17. Acrylic Painting from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Charcoal Drawing from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $10 per class, for ages 14 and up. Both classes focus on landscapes, taught in the step-by-step method. Location: Vincentown Event: Historical Society Program: Performance by Seneca HS Chamber Choir Details: The performance will be held at Old Town Hall on Plum Street, Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
December 5 Location: Eastampton Event: Victorian Christmas Tours Details: The Friends of the Mansion at Smithville, a nonprofit organization, located in Easthampton Township, offer
December 10 Location: Tabernacle Event: 19th Annual Cookie Walk Details: The Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 166 Carranza Road, will be holding their 19th Annual Cookie Walk, Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Location: Pemberton Event: Grace Church’s Annual Fundraiser Details: Come join us for Grace Church’s Annual Fundraiser, with wonderful donated items and services in time for Christmas. Doors open at 5 p.m.; auction begins at 7 p.m. Tickets, $15, sold after Sunday services and also at https://graceepiscopalchurchnj.org and may not be available at the door. Tickets include a beverage and dessert. Pulled pork sandwiches will be available for purchase. Donations of new items and services ($25 minimum value) are gratefully received. For more information, call 609-894-8001, firstname.lastname@example.org. 43 Elizabeth St. Pemberton, NJ. Location: Southampton Event: Holiday House Tour Details: Once again, LeisureTowne residents will open their homes for their annual Holiday House Tours, Saturday, Dec. 10, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. It’s the perfect way to share the season with the community and raise funds for TOUCH. You
can get into the holiday spirit, walk off some of that turkey dinner and enjoy the lights and holiday decorations. Purchase tickets, $5, at Friendship Hall. You’re invited to stop by Friendship Hall for some wonderful cider and cookies. Location: Medford Event: Medford VFW Cookie Walk Details: Come join us at the Medford VFW, 317 Church Road, for our annual Cookie Walk! We open the doors at 10 a.m. and keep them open until 3 p.m. Many different kinds of cookies will be available – let us help you with your holiday cookies, only $8 per pound. Hosted by the Medford Auxiliary, 609-654-9823. Location: Southampton Event: Township Christmas Concert Details: The Christmas Concert at Southampton School #3, Main Street, will feature the Seneca HS Chamber Singers, Bonsai Blues Band and the Gloucester City String Band. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is free – accepting unwrapped toys as donations.
December 15 Location: Southampton Event: Stitchin’ with Sally Details: At the library, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. For needle crafters of all types. Call 609-859-3598 for more information.
December 17 Location: Tabernacle Event: Breakfast with Santa Details: Tabernacle Fire Company is hosting “Breakfast with Santa”, Dec. 17, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. $4 for adults and $2 for kids. You can eat breakfast, get a picture taken with Santa and get a gift!
December 18 Location: Vincentown Event: Girl Scouts Caroling in Vincentown Details: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meeting at the Children’s Library, the carolers will perform throughout the village and then meet for refreshments afterward at the library. Join us and bring a treat to share, or enjoy the carolers in town. For more information, call 609-859-3598.
January 28 Location: Little Egg Harbor Event: Sunshine Foundation Fishing Flea Market Details: The Southern Ocean County Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation will hold its 2nd Annual Fishing Flea Market on Jan. 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Little Egg Harbor Community Center, 319 W. Calabreeze Drive, Little Egg Harbor. The Sunshine Foundation helps fulfill the dreams and wishes of terminally ill, chronically ill and abused children. For additional information call Tom Siciliano 732267-6451 or Frank Muinos 908-380-8491.
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Seniors Will Enjoy Parties During December By Ebba Liguori For the Pine Barrens Tribune
PEMBERTON–Many seniors were not able to visit relatives for the holiday. However, the New Life Assembly of God Church in Wrightstown helped local seniors to celebrate by providing a fantastic turkey dinner with all the “fixings.” The meal was served on the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving and many seniors received invitations to attend the traditional dinner. There were 27 tables, each with 7 or 8 seats, all decorated tastefully for the holiday. Dinner began with a fresh fruit cup and beverages served by the church youth-group volunteers. Tables were called individually to come forward and visit the buffet line. There was a wonderful assortment of typical Thanksgiving foods. Some members of the church are professional chefs, so the foods were all well prepared. Church members volunteered as servers and provided generous hospitality. Included were roast turkey and roast ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, string beans, cranberry sauce, stuffing and of course, gravy. There were many choices of desserts available including pies, muffins and cookies. Once everyone was served, the call for second helpings was issued. Those who were in need were allowed to take generous portions home for another day. This is a wonderful ministry church members provide to the community. Many do not have a way to prepare a home cooked meal or do not have the resources to purchase a variety of foods. Sharing at holiday time is always appreciated by the beneficiaries. Thanksgiving provided a very long weekend for the seniors as the center was closed on Thursday and Friday. The staff was able to enjoy a rest from their daily work schedule. The week included the special Thanksgiving celebration and the staff worked very hard to make the day special. The theme this year was white and gold. Staff member Heidi Blankenship is the creative inspiration for many of the decorations. It is amazing how she can transform something very simple into something glamorous. She took plain orange pumpkins, as provided by “Farmer Jack,” and spent hours painting them a creamy white color, to resemble “Ghost Pumpkins.” She then dipped the stems into gold paint and glued gold glitter around the top. She placed each pumpkin in a yellow/orange nest of netting. Her final touch was a string of
miniature lights around the pumpkin. The tables sparkled with these unique centerpieces, which were then given away as door prizes. Blankenship hung golden and orange net panels along the walls with “waterfalls” of gold streamers near the ceilings. The decor was so festive and different, not at all like the daily look. She was once an early-childhood educator, so she has lots of experience with crafts. Each month she comes up with ideas for the bulletin board and other decor. Of course all the staff worked hard to provide a very special day for the seniors. They really deserved and needed a few days off. During the first week of December, the students from the high school will visit the center and treat the seniors to a day of crafts and activities. Each year the group known as “WHY” plans a day of fun and brings this fun to the seniors. The “WHY” group is very special as they are active in both the school and community. The WHY stands for “We Help You” and student members are always ready to help others. If a new student has a problem, one of the WHY members will offer to help. If a student has problems making friends, the WHY students will make a special effort to be friends and to introduce each to many new friends. WHY is a wonderful service organization that also visits the lower grades and shares many activities with them. In 2017, this group will also work with other groups and provide the annual “Senior Prom” for the enjoyment of the seniors. Other Pemberton Township High School groups involved are the FBLA (Future Business Leaders Association), the Horticultural Club and the Culinary Arts students. Everyone looks forward to these times of sharing. The seniors have found the students at PTHS to be talented and generous with their time to benefit the community. Margaret Graiff, Community Relations Director of Aspen Hills, stopped at the center to provide another great Bingo day. She visits once a month to provide Bingo and invites the seniors to Aspen Hills once a month to breakfast and Bingo. If you are a senior and would like to join the fun, stop in and check on the schedule so you may be included. Graiff also visits the center regularly to monitor blood pressures and general health. Aspen Hills has provided the senior center with a great resource by including the center in her assignments. Beginning on Dec. 6, tickets will be available for the January and February activities. Check the Senior Gazette for more information. This information is also available
on the township website under the Senior Services Department. The center is open daily, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hot beverages, snacks and
toast are available in the morning. Tickets for activities are usually for sale daily between 9 a.m. and noon. Stop in, enjoy a cup of coffee and make new friends.
A Holiday Celebration of Batsto’s 250th Anniversary December 4 For the Pine Barrens Tribune
BATSTO – The Batsto Citizens Committee, Inc. (BCCI) will hold the last of its events to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of Batsto village with a Holiday Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 4. The headline event of the day will be a holiday musical presentation performed by The Pitman Original HoBo Band from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the Batsto Visitor Center auditorium. There is a $5 / person admission fee to the show. Carriage rides through the village conducted by the South Jersey Carriage Company will commence at 12:30 p.m. There is a $3 / person charge and the beautiful Victorian design carriage will wind its way around several of the buildings located in the upper village. Adding to the festive atmosphere of the
day, carolers from the Aurora Choir of St. Nicholas’ Church (Egg Harbor City) will stroll the Village entertaining visitors with songs of the season. The stately Batsto mansion; dressed in the splendor of the winter season, will be available to tour and the famous Batsto Post Office will be open to hand cancel holiday mail in the tradition of Batsto….with no zip code ! Due to its age and historical significance, the Batsto Post Office (1852), a zip code is not required to be part of the hand postmark cancellation. Blacksmith Toby Kroll of Three Cedars Forge will demonstrate some of the techniques and tools of the trade in the Batsto blacksmith shop. Light refreshments will be served in the Exhibit Room that adjoins the Batsto Post Office. Several displays for both adults and children are available for viewing.
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BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic Raised $171,000 to Benefit South Jersey Programs For the Pine Barrens Tribune
MAYS LANDING–On behalf of the PHI Community Foundation, Atlantic City Electric (ACE) recently held its 11th Annual Golf Classic which raised $171,000 for this year’s beneficiaries — Conserve Wildlife Foundation, Ranch Hope, Inc. and the Val Skinner Foundation-LIFE LPGA Pros in the Fight. The LPGA’s Lorie Kane, Michelle McGann, Brooke Pancake and Val Skinner participated in this year’s event held at Galloway National Golf Club, Galloway, N.J. “We are extremely pleased that the dollars raised through this annual event will provide financial assistance to very worthwhile social service groups,” said Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. “This fundraising effort was coordinated through our company’s Community Foundation, which targets money to organizations that help support our communities in the areas of health, youth development, education and low-income advocacy.” Since its inception in 2006, the PHI Community Foundation’s Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic has raised more than $1.4 million for nonprofit organizations in South Jersey.
Conserve Wildlife Foundation (CWF) works to protect rare and vulnerable diverse wildlife in New Jersey. Atlantic City Electric has partnered with Conserve Wildlife Foundation to educate local students on environmental initiatives and to assist CWF in restoring pollinator habitat and osprey nesting platforms in southern New Jersey. Ranch Hope, Inc. serves at-risk youth and their families from New Jersey and the Delaware Valley through residential behavioral healthcare, education, shelter, independent living and adventure-based services. Ranch Hope’s Strang School offers a wide range of innovative, practical and effective courses and clinical services for students in grades 6 to 12 who are experiencing adjustment, behavioral and/or personality challenges. The Val Skinner Foundation’s mission is to help eliminate breast cancer as a lifethreatening disease, while focusing on reaching younger women with information about the importance of early detection and healthy breast-care practices. The Atlantic City Electric Golf Classic helps support the foundation’s “Young Women’s Initiative,” designed to educate young women on breast cancer awareness, risks and early detection.
PHOTO SUBMITTED Pictured left to right are Charlie Wimberg and Susan Coan, Atlantic City Electric region vice presidents; the LPGA's Val Skinner; and Vince Maione, Atlantic City Electric region president. Atlantic City Electric’s 11th Annual Golf Classic raised $171,000, a third of which will help support the Val Skinner Foundation’s “Young Women’s Initiative,” designed to educate young women on breast-cancer awareness, risks and early detection.
RCBC Foundation’s Celebration of Philanthropy Sets Fundraising Record For the Pine Barrens Tribune
MOUNT LAUREL–Rowan College at Burlington County Foundation Chairman Tony Mahon announced that the 8th Annual RCBC Foundation’s Celebration of Philanthropy broke all previous records by raising more than $175,000 from a single event. “Every dollar of the $175,000 that was
raised will go directly to RCBC student scholarships,” Mahon said. More than 350 people attended the soldout event on Oct. 11 at the Merion in Cinnaminson. The keynote speaker was Dr. Ali Houshmand, president of Rowan University. The event was co-chaired by RCBC Foundation Trustees Dan Caldwell and Karen Albanese.
Increase in Education, Coaching Could Help Boost Financial Literacy For the Pine Barrens Tribune
What have we learned since the financial crisis and Great Recession? Not so much, according to research from the FINRA Investment Education Foundation ("FINRA"). In its study "Financial Capability in the United States 2016," the percentage of respondents who were able to answer at least four out of five financial literacy quiz questions correctly, has fallen slightly since 2009. The questions covered what FINRA thought respondents might run across in their day-to-day lives, like concepts involving interest rates and inflation, principles relating to risk and diversification, the relationship between bond prices and interest rates, and the impact that a shorter term can have on total interest payments over the life of a mortgage. And the survey says? Only 14 percent of respondents were able to answer all five questions correctly and just 37 percent
answered at least four questions correctly. Despite those disappointing results, there was another odd finding: people overestimated their financial knowledge. Seventy-six percent of respondents gave themselves high marks, but "less than two-thirds (64 percent) are able to do two simple calculations involving interest rates and inflation, and only 40 percent are able to correctly calculate compound interest in the context of debt." You might think that the answer to these dismal results is to amp up financial literacy efforts, but research suggests education alone may not lead to better financial choices. A separate study commissioned by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and conducted by the Urban Institute, found that "many consumers need more than access to information; they may also need someone to help them to identify and achieve their financial goals and take action on financial plans. A financial coach can serve as a
“This event marks the highest amount raised in the history of the event and the Foundation,” Mahon said, “and we want to especially thank Randy and Amanda Lahn our presenting sponsors for their support.” Student Government Association President Christina Cover, an RCBC Foundation Scholarship recipient, delivered an impassioned and emotional speech.
The RCBC Foundation mission, through its leadership initiatives, is to raise money that will create scholarships for RCBC students in order to help them meet their financial requirements while providing them with accessibility to an affordable higher education. For more information about the RCBC Foundation, visit rcbc.edu/foundation.
200 Club of Burlington County Seeking Scholarship Candidates For the Pine Barrens Tribune
MOORESTOWN–The 200 Club of Burlington County has announced they are seeking applications from individuals serving with Burlington County law enforcement, fire and EMS organizations or members of their families. The 200 club will award up to four scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each at their Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet scheduled for Feb. 17, 2017. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship, students must be an immediate family member of an active Burlington County Police Officer, County Detective, State Trooper (stationed in Burlington County), Firefighter or Emergency Squad. In addition, the applicant must submit an essay on the following topic: This year marked the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country. As the largest attack in our country’s history, the attacks no doubt left an indelible mark on our country’s psyche. Discuss how the attacks continue to impact the country today in terms of
social, economic and political policy. While policy decisions are certainly still impacted by the events of 9/11, did the attacks have a longterm impact on day-to-day life in the United States, and if so, how? Are these effects still present today? The essays should be no longer than 500 words and applications must be received by Jan. 6, 2017. Applications may be obtained by contacting the 200 Club of Burlington County at 325 New Albany Road, Moorestown, N.J. 08057. The 200 Club of Burlington County is a charitable, non-profit organization comprised entirely of dedicated volunteers with the primary mission of providing financial assistance to the families of fallen or injured members of the State Police, County and Municipal Police, Fire or Emergency Medical Services serving the citizens of Burlington County. The Club also supports these public safety professionals through the awarding of scholarships, advanced training awards and recognition awards.
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CHICKENS FROM PAGE 1 property size. He noted that other local towns have allowed nine on one acre but there could be some proportionate changes depending on lot size. Westendorf said the state’s guidelines do not provide a specific number of chickens per lot size. However, he did say that an acre of land that is well managed could easily have 20-30 birds in a residential area. “Management is key,” said Westendorf to the assembled group on Monday (Nov. 21). The group included Lee, Committeeman Joseph Barton and several residents. Westendorf said some of the issues that need to be dealt with are lot size, space, species, humane standards, safety, housing, setbacks, noise and odors. Lee said there are two big things the township is trying to understand, waste management and setbacks. “Anybody who plans to have a few birds needs to have a plan for their waste,”
INCREASE FROM PAGE 12 capable and trusted guide to help consumers navigate those decisions." With that said, consider me your financial coach, ready to explain a couple of basic financial concepts. The most vexing question for respondents of the FINRA survey related to the amount of time it would take for debt to double, "illustrating that many Americans simply do not understand the potential power of compounding." One of the easiest ways to think about compounding is to review the "Rule of 72," a way to figure out the number of years required to double your money at a given interest rate. For example, if you want to know how long it will take to double your money at six percent interest, divide 72 by six and you get 12 years. You can also use the Rule of 72 to think about debt. If you pay 15 percent interest on your
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Westendorf said. He suggested composting, using it to fertilize flower beds and lawns, provided it is not over applied, or simply throwing it away in regular trash pickup. He noted any stored manure must be 100 feet from state waters. Regarding setbacks, Westendorf said state guidelines say that animal housing should be 50 feet from the property line and any wellhead. Setbacks should also be 100 feet away from a stream. No animals can have uncontrolled access to state waters. The presentation covered many other areas, including biosecurity, which Westendorf noted means avoiding bringing germs both into and out of the chicken coop. He said an example would be cleaning off boots when leaving the coop area. He talked about disposing of dead birds and said they could go in the dumpster or be composted. Lee noted that most residents consider the birds a family pet and would bury it next to the family dog. If any chicken dies from a contagious disease, the owner is
credit cards, the amount you owe will double in 72/15 or 4.8 years. Although compounding was tough for respondents, the worst performance on the FINRA study was a question about how bond prices respond to rising interest rates. Only 28 percent of people answered that one correctly. You may have heard that "bond prices move inversely to interest rates" - here's why. If you own a 10-year U.S. government bond that is paying 5 percent, it will be worth more now, when new bonds issued by Uncle Sam are only paying 1.8 percent. Conversely, if your bond is paying 2.5 percent and your friend can purchase a new bond paying 5 percent, nobody will be interested in your bond and the price will fall. That's why bond prices move in the opposite direction of prevailing rates, regardless of the bond type. So, if interest rates are on the rise, it is likely that your individual bond or bond mutual fund will
Woodland Raises Dog License Fees By Adam Tait III For the Pine Barrens Tribune
WOODLAND—In a meeting that may have set a state record for brevity, the township’s governing body boosted dog license fees, renewed a license, twice, for a local bar and canceled 14 erroneous tax liens that had arisen over several years. Total time of the meeting was a scant 10 minutes. Dog license fees were raised $4. Neutered dog fees went from $6.20 to $10.20. Nonneutered dog owners faced a similar rise, but from $12.20 to $16.20.
The liquor license for the Woodshed bar for 2016 was belatedly approved, as well as one for 2017. The canceled liens were described as simple bookkeeping errors that had piled up over several years on properties throughout the township. The tax office reported receipts of $182,268 in October. The meeting drew five attendees, none of whom spoke. Woodland’s next meeting is set for Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m.
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required to report it to the state veterinarian before disposal. For residents concerned about an increase in predators, Westendorf said coops should be covered with chicken wire or fenced in. Several residents in attendance have backyard chickens already. Don Shearer said one of his concerns are the building codes that would be written into the ordinance. He repurposed an old dog run and kids’ playhouse for his chicken coop and said he likely won’t be in compliance with the new regulations. He added that his property on Sooy Place road is perfect for his eight chickens and that the ordinance should be applied on a case-by-case basis. “Where I live, even though I’m residential, there’s nobody around me that’s going to complain,” Shearer said. Westendorf asked Lee, "What are the issues for the township?" Lee declined to answer. Barton said the township wants to make an ordinance that allows the people who
already have the birds to be in compliance. Based on the presentation, he said the township’s draft ordinance is in line with the current guidelines. Shearer also took issue with the township’s proposed ban on roosters. “I think outlawing them all together is crazy,” Shearer said. He noted that dogs are noisy and that he has a big lot so neighbors won’t be disturbed. He said his family had fertilized eggs and they were invited into the township’s schools to help educate students. Barton said they might be open to allowing roosters but it will depend on the area, for instance, they might be allowed in the forested zones. The township began working on an ordinance in August at the mayor’s suggestion. Barton said the ordinance will likely be discussed at the next committee meeting and that they have already received feedback from the township’s land-development board about how it fits in with the master plan.
MacArthur Announces District-Wide Lottery for 58th Presidential Inauguration For the Pine Barrens Tribune
WASHINGTON, D.C.–Congressman Tom MacArthur announced that his office will be conducting a district-wide lottery for tickets to attend the 58th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. "For more than 200 years, American citizens have witnessed the Inauguration ceremonies of the President and Vice President of the United States,” said Congressman MacArthur. “From the first Inauguration of George Washington to
today, millions have gathered to witness the historic ceremony that demonstrates continuity of leadership and unity nationwide. My office has received dozens of requests for tickets and I am happy to share this historic event with as many constituents as possible through a ticket lottery.” To enter, district residents should go to http://bit.ly/2gFUxio and fill out the entry form (due to volume, requests cannot be accepted by phone). The lottery will close on Jan. 13.
Routine Funding Changes Highlight Latest Shamong Meeting By Adam Tait III For the Pine Barrens Tribune
SHAMONG—Routine funding was the major thrust of last week’s Township Committee meeting. There was, however, one small set of refunds that pointed to the committee’s concern over extra charges to residents. During last month’s quarterly tax payments, 10 residents were charged minor late fees. The total amount was only about $50, but residents involved were insistent that they had paid on time. It turned out they had, but for some reason, the postal system took as much as 10 days to deliver the payments. When the committee learned the facts, refunds were promptly issued. In other business, the Burlington County Joint Insurance Fund (JIF) awarded the township a $7,920 dividend. The township gets a dividend yearly, in varying amounts, based on insurance claims they file: the fewer claims, the bigger the dividend. The committee also granted a $500
funding request for Prom House. This is the program that provides all-night entertainment for high-school prom goers in an attempt to keep them in the neighborhood and avoid trips to the shore and other places. There were three resolutions on the agenda. Two were acted on, but the third was postponed until the December meeting. The first authorized the tax sale of a property in the township. The second gave support to bills in both the state Senate and Assembly which would give JIF the power to grant more dividends for safe practices. The amounts will be quite small, however. The postponed resolution involves a possible shared-services agreement with another town. The name of the town and type of agreement were not disclosed. All the votes were unanimous. The meeting lasted only 17 minutes, continuing a recent trend of extremely short gatherings in area towns. No one from the public attended. The committee’s next meeting is slated for Dec. 6, with the usual starting time of 7:30 p.m.
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FUN AND GAMES Are We There Yet? By: Lori Clinch Lori Clinch was born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska, a hotbed of material for writers whose passion it is to make people laugh. Lori Clinch is the mother of four sons and the author of the book "Are We There Yet?"
Dinner Passes to a New Generation Happy Thanksgiving! Can you believe I just said that? Where, exactly, does the time go? Shouldn’t we still be grilling cheeseburgers, basking in the sun and enjoying all of the delights that summer brings to us? Perhaps we should still be enjoying fall festivities, reaping our harvests and carving our pumpkins? But the holidays are upon us folks. Whether or not we have our summer ware put away, the elves are a-going, the garland aflowing and the Santas ho-ho-ing. Back in the day, my dear sisters-in-law hosted Thanksgiving dinners and they did it up right with plenty of appetizers, sweet potatoes and a plethora of desserts. But they eventually grew weary of the big event and did the only thing they could do—they passed it down to the next generation. Yessir, every time one of our nieces (inlaw or not) tied the knot, embarked upon marital bliss and purchased a new house, there would be a housewarming party thrown. Family would gather ‘round and express their happiness for the newlywed couple, along with a heartfelt hug and then the eminent proclamation, “Ah ha! YOU get to host Thanksgiving this year!” And host they did. They effortlessly prepared traditional menus. They also created appetizers that were healthy, as well as pleasing to the palate, and they made it seem as if the dishes just washed themselves. Perhaps the eggnog only made it seem that way, but what I didn’t know didn’t hurt me. Could be that it was more work than any of us realized, for in recent years those nieces packed their families up and disappeared. These days they spend the holiday in small venues that include, but aren’t limited to, Texas and Aruba. In fact this year some are going as far as Africa to get out of
hosting the big event. Following their disappearing acts and being the youngest of the siblings-in-law, I was conned into hosting Thanksgiving. Although I didn’t mind baking the turkey, I hated dusting the house. Even though I took peeling the potatoes in stride, I despised shop vac-ing the foyer. I firmly felt that stashing the unmated socks was more work than a hand-made relish tray. Not only do those dishes NOT do themselves, they multiply and I swear the bounty in the sink was way more than I ever saw at the nieces’ houses. I hosted it for two years and I hated it. I had sympathy for the past hosts and went to confession for my inadequacies. This year the Thanksgiving feast will be a special one for me. “Will it be the anticipation of the holiday table that brings me joy?” you might ask. “Will it be the Thanksgiving parade, the football games or the eggnog?” Nope. This year I am grateful for many things and amongst them is this. I, Lori A. Clinch, do not have to cook. That’s right folks, you heard it here first. I get to sit down and put my feet up, as Vernon, our eldest and wise cracking son smokes a turkey. Why, he purchased the big bird weeks in advance, thawed it out in plenty of time and plans to make a feast that will knock our socks off and I couldn’t be any happier. Although he’s not married, he does have new digs and plans to cook it up in style. Holiday yams, jellies, jams and whoa! Is that homemade pie? Yessir, it will be a day of splendor. I just hope my dear sisters-in-law don’t catch wind of it. Otherwise Vernon will be next year’s Thanksgiving host and following that—he may decide to take up residency in Africa…permanently.
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Automobiles/Trucks 1995 Ford F-250 automatic maintained 4 wheel. Very low, 29K miles. 8 foot Meyers plow. Price $6,977. 609-7604220.
Boats and Canoes 2004 20ft angler center consul 150hp Mercury outboard, tandem axle, aluminum trailer, porta-potty, winter cover. $11,000. Call Bill at 609-351-3895.
1996 BMW Z3 convertible. New top, tires and brakes. 5 speed transmission. $6,000. Call Bill at 609-351-3896.
Alpaca Farm Store open daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through December, great prices, unique products, Springfield Township, near Columbus Market, 609-694-3410, www.stormwindalpacas.com
Auto Parts and Svcs
Maintenance person able to do all types of housing repair, painting, spackling, etc. Call 609-893-7721.
Pine Barrens Media, LLC -– Searching for an advertising sales representative. The right candidate will be a highly organized, collaborative, and creative closer who thrives in a deadline driven sales environment and demonstrates a passion for both print and digital advertising sales. This job includes prospecting leads, making calls, daily territory travel, setting up appointments, and the use of technology. Previous newspaper and/or sales experience is a plus, but not necessary. Strong face-to-face, written, and verbal communication skills with an eye for detail are a must. Candidates must possess a valid driver’s license and a reliable vehicle. Please include your resume, cover letter, and professional
Automotive technician class. A tech busy automotive repair center. All makes and models. All computer diagnostics done on site. Top pay offered. 609-893-8285. Autobody repair technician, experienced professional, collision technician, busy shop, with insurance DRPS valid drivers license a must. Top salary offered. Call 609-893-8285. Mustang II wanted 1979-93 4 cyc. for parts. Call Chris 484-767-2825.
references and send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Competitive salary plus commission with opportunity for advancement. Pine Barrens Media, LLC – Searching for a freelance journalist/reporter with strong reporting skills and great storytelling abilities to join the Pine Barrens Tribune news team! The ideal candidate will have excellent news judgment and be able to develop sources to allow them to break major stories both in-print and online. We are seeking a motivated, energetic, creative, and aggressive reporter who can think and perform outside the box. The candidate should be able to develop story ideas and gather information for the newspaper and website, have sound writing skills, a great work ethic, strong interpersonal skills, and a can-do attitude. The best person for this job will have excellent writing skills and thrive on breaking stories. Video editing, photograph editing, and graphic artwork experience is a huge plus, but not required. A college degree in Journalism / Mass Communications or related field of study is required. The average work schedule will include evenings and weekends. Please include your resume, cover letter, three writing samples, and professional references and send to email@example.com.
Pine Barrens Media, LLC – Accepting applications for a newspaper delivery driver to work in the Burlington County area. This is a great part-time income opportunity for a motivated individual. A personal vehicle is necessary and a large van, cargo van, large SUV, or extended cab pickup truck is preferred. Working hours may vary depending upon delivery arrival time. The ideal candidate should be available Thursday through Saturday. Responsibilities include lifting up to 25 pounds and delivering newspapers to racks and local businesses. Excellent reading, comprehension, organizational, and
written and verbal communication skills are required. A valid driver’s license, insurance card, and reliable transportation is a must! Please contact 609-801-2392 and ask for George. The pay rate is competitive for new hires.
Motorcycles/ATVs For Sale: 2016 Yamaha YXZ 1000R UTV. 60th edition special. Only has 40 hours ride time. It is great for mudding and speed (does 95 MPH). Call Brian. 609-405-6543.
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HEALTH Dear Pharmacist
Parents Can Help Teens Deal With Stress
By: Suzy Cohen, R. Ph.
By Sue Hubbard, M.D.
Suzy Cohen is the author of "The 24-Hour Pharmacist" and "Real Solutions". For more information, visit www.SuzyCohen.com .
New Report Says PPI Acid Blockers May Raise Risk of Stroke Most of you assume that if a medication is sold over-the-counter (OTC) it’s safe, but that’s not true. Even OTC drugs are drug muggers of nutrients that you need to prevent blood clots, keep your heart beating rhythmically and your bones strong. OTC medications are a multi-billion dollar business, especially drugs for stomach discomfort. An estimated 20 million Americans buy OTC drugs to get quick relief from indigestion, esophageal burning, belching, chest (sternum) pain and other symptoms of excessive stomach acid or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). I bet you take these drugs without batting an eye. In fact, most of you think harder and longer about what you’ll record on TV tonight, than you do popping one of these ‘acid’ pills. Taking them occasionally for heartburn is probably no big deal, but some of you self treat for months, or years because the drugs are sold OTC. I am not fond of using the PPI (proton pump inhibitors) acid blocking drugs indefinitely; these drugs are known as Omeprazole (Prilosec), Esomeprazole (Nexium), Lansoprazole (Prevacid), Pantoprazole (Protonix), Rabeprazole (Aciphex), and there are others. Some of these meds are sold OTC, and safe for short-term use, in fact the label says 14 days only. But because some of them are sold OTC, you can self-treat and therefore misuse them. Some doctors advise you to stay on them forever, too! Scary because if you are suppressing acid 24/7, you are causing undigested food particles to leak into your
bloodstream and this induces food allergies, including gluten sensitivity, whether or not you have the gene SNP for Celiac. Keep in mind, acid suppression 24/7 is unnatural. PPIs are potent drug muggers of magnesium and other minerals, causing a higher risk for fractures, asthma attacks, depression and arrhythmias. That’s not all. A new disturbing paper has just been released indicating that PPIs might raise your risk for stroke by about 20 percent, and more for certain drugs. It depends on the PPI you take and your basic health. This risk doesn’t mean you’ll ever have to deal with it, so don’t panic. I have a more comprehensive version of this article that I can send to you when you sign up for my newsletter (suzycohen.com). Symptoms of stroke happen quickly and include sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs, confusion, trouble speaking, poor coordination or vision problems. If you’ve been taking a PPI drug and feel like your vascular system has been impacted, or you’ve developed hypertension, explore your treatment options with your physician. I totally understand that some of you reading this are worried about your condition, as well as the safety of your medication. I don’t mean to alarm you, my intention is to keep you safe, and it’s pretty easy to restore essential nutrients mugged by PPI drugs and other acid blockers. Consider lowering the medication dose because stroke risk appears to be dose-dependent. Remember, I have a longer version and natural options to help which you’ll get in my newsletter.
This information is not intended to treat, cure, or diagnose your condition. For more information, please visit www.SuzyCohen.com. © 2016 SUZY COHEN, RPH. DISTRIBUTED BY DEAR PHARMACIST, INC.
If you have a teenager, you've probably heard the words, "I'm stressed out!" on a regular basis. I don't remember ever saying this as a teen, but I'm sure there must have been some version of that saying in the air, although stress wasn't much of an issue when I was growing up. Our society, as a whole, is much more stressful (I think both real and perceived) today, and parents often utter the same words. But while the teenage years are sometimes difficult, and may be stressful at times, they should also be filled with friends, fun and downtime. There should be "lazy" days to fill up with "whatever." But when I talk to my adolescent patients, most tell me quite the contrary. They're always worried about grades, and start discussing SAT and ACT tests long before high school. Most have nearly every waking hour filled with school commitments (and crazy competitive class schedules), extra-curricular activities, homework, private lessons and part-time jobs. Many teens are getting too little sleep (do yours get the recommended 8 hours per night?), have poor nutrition, and spend too much time on the Internet. Stressed teens report difficulty falling asleep (or staying asleep), which may lead to further problems with concentration and mood. I see many high school students who are
convinced they have ADHD, even though they've never had such issues before. Suddenly, say they can't focus, which may be exacerbated by lack of sleep. Trying to get them to believe what I tell them is not always easy! For example, a teen may not always see "eating junk food" as poor nutrition. Their brains need protein, vegetable and fruits to keep functioning at warp speed, yet skipping meals is quite common. Stress can often be reduced by parental involvement in setting a teen's daily schedule. I don't mean you should tell your teen what to do all the time. But the security that comes from knowing that breakfast will be served every day, that dinner will be a family meal, and that there's a set "bedtime" when the computer and phone must go dark can ease the tension in a teen's life. Having parents willing to sit down and help a teenager see their way through a stressful event or provide wisdom or perspective also helps control anxiety. And try to strike a balance between "not being involved" but "being available." Of course, that's sometimes easier said than done! Stress will always be part of life, but teenagers should not perceive that their life is filled with constant tension. They have plenty of time for that once they become parents, right?
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HOME, GARDEN, AND FARMING Farm and Food File By: Alan Guebert
Alan Guebert is an award-winning ag journalist and expert who was raised on an 720-acre, 100cow southern Illinois dairy farm.
Dwayne Andreas, the FBI, and Me Dwayne Orville Andreas, the pocket-sized hurricane who built a sleepy soybean processor, Archer Daniels Midland Co., into a global giant, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, in a Decatur, IL hospital. He was 98. Andreas’s career was as long and profitable as it was remarkable and jaded. Just last week someone again asked me if it was true that the ADM corporate jet was the only unescorted American aircraft permitted in Soviet airspace during the Cold War because it carried Andreas and his grocery sack of needed American farm goods. True or not, the story captures the legend of the world’s soybean king. On his way to the throne, however, the federal government twice caught ADM breaking the law. The first time, in 1978, according to the New York Times, was for fixing prices on “grain sold to the Food for Peace Program.” The second, in 1996, led to ADM pleading guilty to criminal charges of price fixing. Both scandals stopped short of charging Andreas directly but the second delivered his son, Michael, to federal prison while dear old dad accepted an offer of immunity. That’s the ADM-Andreas history most farmers know: ADM copping to criminal price-fixing charges based on secret recordings made by a company insider, later identified as Mark Whitacre, an ADM division vice president. Here’s some history many may not know. Not long after the June 1995 Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on ADM’s headquarters, the Department of Justice began to see their star witness, Whitacre, dim. The problem was that Whitacre, now an accused embezzler, had been talking—to everyone. He talked to Scott Kilman of the Wall Street Journal, Nancy Millman of the Chicago Tribune, Sharon Walsh of the Washington Post, Ron Henkoff of Fortune magazine, John Stebbins of Bloomberg News, Kurt Eichenwald of the New York Times, and, beginning in July 1996, me. He wasn’t the only one talking. In mid1996, my fax machine began spitting out unedited FBI interview notes, yet-to-be published news stories, and something called The Watch Letter, a multi-page effort filled with insider information, gossip, and tips on the ADM case. The Letter was written by David and Carol Hoech, owners of Global Consultants, a small
Florida-based firm with deep ties to international ag markets. David, too, talked endlessly, mostly off-the-record, to journalists about ADM and Dwayne Andreas. He openly despised both. Still, journalists talked to Hoech because he seemed to have friends, sources, and tipsters everywhere. If you wanted the number of Dwayne Andreas’s bedside telephone, Hoech had it. Raw transcripts of FBI interviews conducted yesterday? Hoech was your guy. Need to talk to Whitacre? Call Hoech and Mark would be on the line a minute later. Who was this rainmaker? After two decades of talking to Hoech, it’s still hard to say. He did know Whitacre, ADM, and global ag products like no one else. ADM, he preached, embodied everything wrong with American business—rigged prices, dishonest dealings, phony front groups, and contempt for customers. Dealing with Hoech, however, was not easy. He was loud, pushy, and fearless. Shortly after we met I began to receive anonymous, threatening telephone calls from who knew. “Relax, man,” Hoech would advise, “that’s just ADM.” A second later he’d ask, “Hey, man, you own a gun?” He wasn’t joking. Then, on Labor Day, 1996, no matter who I dialed on any of my three office lines, I always got the same person at the same place: “ADM Security, this is Betty.” Hoech’s phones had the same problem. Was I scared? Top to bottom. I used a neighbor’s telephone to call the FBI, the same FBI that had raided ADM a year earlier. No one ever called back. Hoech, however, did. And he kept calling —for 20 years. Often I’d pick up the phone to hear, “Hey, brother, you OK?” David Hoech died Aug. 8, 2015, not quite two months after my family and I saw him in his comfortable home west of St. Louis. We had a lengthy, laugh-filled visit before his ailment, pulmonary disease, drained him of all color and energy. It was time to say that goodbye. “Don’t worry about me,” Hoech growled in my ear as he leaned heavily on me to steady himself; “I’m gonna outlive that little (expletive) in Decatur.” It was one of the rare times he got it wrong.
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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe The Hyundai Santa Fe lineup dramatically improves for the 2017 model year. The improvements span everything from fresh exterior design and LED lighting signatures to additional infotainment, convenience and safety technologies and new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. All Santa Fe powertrains now offer new Drive Mode selection with Sport, Eco and Normal settings. The 2017 Santa Fe line-up continues to offer front- or all-wheel drive and seating options for five, six or seven passengers. The 2017 Santa Fe Sport is powered by an efficient 2.4-liter four-cylinder direct-injected engine with 185 horsepower, or the more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 240 horsepower. The Santa Fe (three-row) uses the acclaimed 3.3-liter Lambda II V6 engine, with 290 horsepower. Standard Santa Fe features include a rearview camera, automatic on/off headlights, remote keyless entry with alarm, bodycolor heated exterior power mirrors with driver's
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