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Family Bulletin
March 2019

by Lauren Kubiak

COMMUNITY CONNECTION
News from around South Jersey
By Grace Clevenger
A grant from Volkswagen will bring 827 charging outlets to 533 charging stations for electric cars to New Jersey. The initiative comes as a result of a settlement following allegations that the German car company produced cars that emitted undetectable pollutants. The grant will also be used for  an electric bus program in Camden. In order to demolish the Centerton Road  Bridge in Mount Holly, the Burlington County Freeholders requested a loan from New Jersey’s Transportation Infrastructure Bank. The bridge was closed in 2015 due to severe structural damage and it is unclear when demolition will begin or conclude,  if the loan is approved.

Next Mount Laurel Council Meeting:    April 8, 7 p.m.  at the Municipal Court Room

Next Moorestown Township  Council Meeting: April 8, 7 p.m.  at the Council Chambers

Next Evesham Township  Planning and Zoning Board Meeting:  April 18, 7 p.m.  at the Evesham Township Municipal Building Meeting Room

Next Cherry Hill Council Meeting: April 25, 7:30 p.m.  at the N. John Amato Council Chambers, Room 208 

 

Police Blotter
The owner of five South Jersey gas stations, including locations in Westampton, Burlington City and Pennsauken, must pay $650,000 to employees between back wages and damages for claims of paying the workers less than minimum wage.  

A woman was sentenced to seven years in prison after admitting to stealing nearly $850,000 from her former employer in Mount Laurel over a nine-year period.

A Bellmawr man who worked at a Moorestown assisted living facility was charged with possession of child pornography. The charge was made after a “knock-and-talk” investigation at his home, which led police to an on-site examination of his device. 

 

School Dates
April 13  ACT Testing, multiple locations

April 15 Marlton Elementary School Spring Concert, 7 p.m.

April 18 Cherry Hill High School East Multicultural Day, 7 p.m.

April 19 Spring Break 

 

Bulletin Board
By Grace Clevenger  
Updates and announcements about your local schools
The Mount Laurel Board of Education approved about $25 million worth of bids from contractors for work across the district stemming from the $35.5 million referendum approved in October. Approved projects include replacing boilers and HVAC systems, plumbing and draining work, re-roofing for many of the schools and more.

Twelve teachers from the Haddonfield School District were awarded grants totaling $10,500 from the Haddonfield Educational Trust, which is guided by chairperson for the teacher grant  subcommittee Teresa Przybylski. The grants are intended to  further the learning of students across the district by providing resources for new learning  opportunities and assemblies  to new photo equipment.

Charles Harkins, a retiree from Rowan College at Gloucester County, established the Margaret “Peggy” Harkins Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Chuck and Margie Harkins Teachers 2000 Scholarship Fund. Both scholarships will be  awarded to education majors. The inspiration for the scholarships began with Harkins’  late wife Peggy who worked  as an educator. 

 

Roster Beat
Team, player and coach news
The Haddonfield boys basketball team repeated as Group II state champions with a 64-53 victory over West Side. Drew Gavranich led all scorers with 17 points and Mike DePersia chipped in 16. Earlier in the postseason, the Bulldawgs rallied from 11 points down in the final two minutes to force overtime and stun Camden, 69-67, in the South Jersey Group II final. Dan Fleming led the way in the thrilling comeback with 28 points.

Camden Catholic senior wrestler Lucas Revano ended his memorable career with his second straight state championship, as he pinned another former state champ, DePaul’s Ricky Cabanillas, in overtime in the 145-pound final.

Lenape and Cherokee added another chapter to their outstanding rivalry in girls basketball when they matched up in the South Jersey Group IV final. The Indians pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 41-30 win to take home the sectional championship. Lenape went on to reach the state final.

After finishing third each of the last two seasons, Moorestown senior swimmer Josh Fong claimed  the elusive state title in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.08 seconds in his final high school race. He joins his older brother Zach as a state champ. In the girls competition, Cherry Hill East crowned a pair of champions as sophomore Annie Behm won the 100 backstroke and junior Grace Yoon took home the title in the 100 breaststroke.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 10, Issue 1 (March 2019).
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