Tuesday, November 13, 2012
We ran this story on Brandon Pugh earlier this year. Read on to find out more about the BOE's youngest-ever member.
The trajectory of Brandon Pugh’s life could have looked so much different. For the first several years of his childhood, he couldn’t speak. His family took him to see doctor after doctor, none of whom had answers. They told the Pughs their son might never speak—in all likelihood, he wouldn’t—and he might have to be under adult supervision for the rest of his life. Then one day, when he was 6, he started talking. And all the other pieces fell into place. “I guess you could link my service to that,” Pugh said. “I was told I’d never overcome that, and as a result, since I did, I kind of look for ways to give back, cause I view it as being very fortunate to be able to speak now … I was blessed so much. It’s probably the origin of why I serve…
Monday, November 12, 2012
A new columnist is born, ready to serve Moorestown.
I've been counting down the days until "The Kidney Stone That Refused To Leave My Body" is forcibly extracted. I should be encouraged because that stubborn ball o’ pain has already travelled, unassisted, from my kidneys and is now lodged in, well, y'know. Too much information? I agree. But I’ve been in a holding pattern and my mind has been playing tricks on me. For example, I actually broke my vow never to read the nasty comments that trickle into my column. People say some stupid things, and the fact that they're cowards to boot makes a sensible gal like me refrain from responding. But as I said, I was not in my right mind one day last week, drugged by Sandy and Stony. I saw a comment from a person named “Fed Up,” and in my delirium, I …
Thursday, November 8, 2012
All three candidates—David Weinstein, Sheryl Sawin and Brandon Pugh—have the same goals in mind.
Moorestown’s newest school board members may come from varying backgrounds—a former teacher who did virtually no campaigning, a 19-year-old EMT and an attorney who was the race’s only incumbent—but they all have the same goal in mind. Sheryl Sawin, a former college professor who came in second with 3,762 votes, said friends and acquaintances had been urging her to run for years. Still, she was “pleasantly surprised” with her victory, considering she did almost nothing in the way of traditional campaigning. “It’s not my M.O,” she said. “I was resolutely against that … I just felt it wasn’t productive to align myself politically.” Some had speculated politics would play a part in this year’s school election after it was moved from April to …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Also, Moorestown went Obama for the second time—though by a smaller margin than in 2008—and reelected Burlington County freeholders Bruce Garganio and Mary Ann O'Brien.
Voters elected an incumbent, a teacher and a recent high school graduate to the Moorestown Board of Education Tuesday. Incumbent David Weinstein was selected for a second three-year term, earning the most votes with 3,922. Former college professor Sheryl Sawin came in second with 3,762, and 19-year-old Brandon Pugh landed in third with 3,420. There were three open seats on the board. “I’m looking forward to, not to overuse an expression, getting down to business,” said Pugh, who monitored the results as they came in at town hall Tuesday night. Some were skeptical of Pugh because of his age and seeming lack of experience, but he described his youth as an advantage. “I really offer a new perspective,” he said. “Having someone who’s not too …
Republicans Phil Garwood and Victoria Napolitano, along with Democrat Greg Newcomer, were elected to township council in a race where the candidates were separated by the slimmest of margins.
- Rob Scott
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Moorestown split its vote for town council, electing two Republicans and one Democrat in a tightly contested race. Republicans Victoria Napolitano and Phil Garwood scored 4,920 and 4,818 votes respectively, with Democrat Greg Newcomer coming in third with 4,754 votes. Only 49 votes—not including absentee ballots—separated Newcomer and GOP candidate Pete Palko. A Republican source said Newcomer’s advantage was reduced to 13 votes with the absentee ballots counted—and that didn’t include the provisional ballots. Republican campaign manager Steve Solomon said county GOP representatives were advising him not to concede the race Tuesday night. He was told there were “hundreds” of provisionals yet to be counted, which won’t be tallied until 10 …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters in New Jersey on Tuesday cast their ballot for Barack Obama, giving him the state's 14 electoral votes.
Barack Obama won New Jersey’s 14 electoral votes on Tuesday, defeating Republican Mitt Romney. In the 2008 presidential election, the state voted for the Democratic candidate, and since the 1990s has voted for the overall winner of the presidential race 3 out of 5 times. Romney and Obama did not campaign aggressively in New Jersey. The state has typically been a Democratic stronghold in recent presidential elections.
President Obama defeated Republican Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Update: This article was updated at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7 with quotes from Gov. Chris Christie. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were re-elected Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney and his vice-presidential running mate Rep. Paul Ryan. NBC News called the presidential election for Obama around 11:15 EST. The president sent a message on Twitter at 10:14 saying simply, "This happened because of you. Thank you." "The task of perfecting our union moves forward. It moves forward because of you," Obama told supporters in his acceptance speech shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday. "It moves forward because you reaffirmed the spirit that has triumphed over war and depression. The spirit that has lifted …
Republicans have conceded the senatorial seat to incumbent Robert Menendez.
As the ballots pour in from Sandy-ravaged New Jersey, Robert Menendez has emerged victorious in reclaiming his U.S. Senate seat against Republican challenger Joe Kyrillos. With just over half of polling districts reporting, state Republicans have conceded victory to Menendez. The U.S. senator leads 58 percent to 40 percent as of 10:30 p.m., according to CBS News. "Senator Joe Kyrillos ran a great campaign against very tough circumstances and despite the loss, his family, campaign team, and supporters should be very proud of their efforts," New Jersey Republican Chairman Sam Raia said in a statement late Tuesday night. "Joe represents the very best of New Jersey and has fought for his constituents faithfully from the day he took office and …
Find out everything you need to know before you vote today, including where and when to vote.
In case you haven't noticed, there's an election happening today, and pretty much everything is up for grabs—from Moorestown Township Council on up to president. There's been so much electioneering going on you'd be forgiven for forgetting exactly who's running and for what. Read on to find out everything you need to know before you hit the polls today, including where and when to vote. President U.S. Senate (Vote for one) House of Representatives — District 3 (Vote for one) Burlington County Freeholder (Vote for two) Moorestown Township Council (Vote for three) Democrat Republican Visit our topic page to learn more about the race for Moorestown Township Council. Moorestown Board of Education (Vote for three) Click here to find out where …
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