Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A Code Blue provides for emergency shelters in the wake of freezing temperatures, snow and sleet.
Burlington County issued the following press release: With a strong coastal nor’easter bringing cold weather to the area, the Burlington County Health Department today declared that a Code Blue Cold Weather Emergency will commence at 7 p.m. Wednesday and remain in effect through 7 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 8. Officials will then review and assess upcoming weather forecasts. A winter weather advisory is in effect for our area, indicating that snow, sleet or freezing rain is in the forecast, along with temperatures in the 30s, high winds and wind chill factors in the 20s. A Code Blue declaration is made in Burlington County when winter conditions pose a threat of serious harm or death to individuals without shelter. When a Code Blue is enacted it…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Burlington County gets a clean bill of health from auditors who reviewed the county's accounting of $36.8 million in state and federal funds.
Auditors gave Burlington County’s finances a clean bill of health for the second time this year, this time focusing on the county’s accounting of $36.8 million in state and federal funds in 2011. In the parlance of auditors, the audit prepared by Bowman & Company found no “significant deficiencies, material weaknesses, or instances of noncompliance.” “To put it in plain language, this confirms that our fiscal house is in order,” said Freeholder Director Bruce Garganio. “Our mission has been to reduce taxes and spending, and continue to run programs and services in a fiscally responsible manner. This audit tells us we have accomplished just that.” Garganio noted freeholders received the results of a general audit three months ago that …
Friday, September 7, 2012
Take your old electronics and confidential documents to the recycling center in Westampton Sunday.
Old electronics taking up space in your home? Burlington County residents with old computer equipment and televisions to dispose of and/or confidential documents to destroy can attend a free recycling event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, at the Robert Shinn Recycling Center, 130 Hancock Lane, off Route 541 in Westampton. County residents may bring televisions, computers and laptops, keyboards, mice and cables, printers, desktop copiers, scanners, fax machines, game consoles, cell phones and rechargeable batteries to be recycled. Staff will unload electronics directly from vehicles. In addition, a shredder truck will be on site to destroy confidential documents, such as bank statements, tax forms and other sensitive paperwork. …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Counties in South Jersey are helping to promote economic growth on the home front.
With dozens of large retail chains nearby, small businesses like those in downtown Moorestown—and on Main Streets across all of South Jersey—need all the help they can get these days. “The backbone of business in Gloucester County is small business,” said Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons, who was the first to sign the county's "Shop, Dine, Go Local" pledge last week, during a press conference at the Monogram Shoppe on Broad Street in Woodbury. But Gloucester County isn't the only one trying to give local, small businesses a boost during a slow economic recovery, and at a time when competition from online businesses is fiercer than ever. Camden County has its own program to promote shopping at local businesses, "Shop Local–…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
With temperatures expected to be in the high 90s today and tomorrow, the county is offering tips to avoid heat-related illness.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Burlington County submitted the following news release: With the heat index projected to be above 100 degrees after 1 p.m. today, the Burlington County Health Department has declared a Heat Advisory, urging residents to take precautions against heat-related illnesses. This is the fourth advisory of the summer season. It is currently expected to run through 7 p.m. tomorrow. While “anyone” is susceptible to a heat-related illness, some are at greater risk than others, officials said. These include Infants and young children, persons over the age of 65, people who are overweight, people who overexert during work or exercise, and people who are physically ill. Residents are once again encouraged to check in on individuals who fall into these…
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The county's public budget hearing will be held in August.
Freeholders here introduced a budget that calls for more than $6 million in cuts and would reduced the tax levy on residents for the fifth year in a row. The $199.8 million budget also calls for a $17.1 million cut in spending, while reducing the tax rate from 30.96¢ per $100 of equalized valuation to 30.91¢. This marks the 22nd year in a row that the rate has been cut. Since 2007, taxes have been cut a total $14.7 million. Spending is being reduced a total $26.8 million for the same period. “We continue to identify both tax and spending savings in multi-million dollar amounts which, in this fiscal environment, is a significant but necessary budgeting accomplishment, and one that keeps our pledge to Burlington County residents,” said …
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Construction begins Monday and is expected to last two weeks.
Contractors will begin resurfacing a 1.2-mile stretch of Kings Highway from Lenola Road to Camden Avenue beginning Monday, July 9. The milling and overlay construction is expected to take two weeks to complete. One lane will remain open, with traffic alternating. Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to find alternate routes during construction. American Asphalt Co., Inc./Jersey Construction, Inc. has been contracted to perform the construction as part of the county’s 2011 state-funded overlay program. Kings Highway is one of 16 roads scheduled to be resurfaced. The county will overlay 23.7 miles of roads in 16 municipalities at a cost of $7.2 million. The county highway network includes 508.4 miles of county roads, 364 bridges, …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
With $2.3 million for adult and youth programs, Burlington County will be able to bolster its job search and training programs for un- and underemployed residents.
Armed with about $273,000 more in federal and state funds than last year, Burlington County’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is poised to provide job search and training assistance to a larger base of unemployed and underemployed county residents, according to WIB coordinator Kelly West. West, who also oversees the county’s One-Stop Career Center, said last week the county was in line to receive a total $2,375,516, which represents an increase in funding for both adult and youth programs. Freeholder Joseph Donnelly, who oversees the county’s economic development activities, noted the increased funding is coming in the wake of the county creating a new “Business and Job Seeker Services” website. “Anyone who wants to tap into the programs …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Three teams represent South Jersey in the annual tournament, including a handful of players from Moorestown.
The South Jersey rosters for the annual Carpenter Cup Classic are out, with play scheduled to begin Sunday, June 10, at FDR Park in Philadelphia. Olympic-Colonial and Tri-Cape face off at 9 a.m. Monday, June 11, at Ashburn Field in FDR Park, while Burlington County faces Berks County at 9 a.m. on June 12, with the second round slated for later in the week. Olympic-Colonial: Tri-Cape: Burlington County:
Residents can ask questions about the county project slated for Riverton Road, just across the Moorestown border.
County engineers will be on hand Wednesday afternoon during a public information session on the proposed roundabout slated for Riverton Road. “We’re pretty sensitive to the neighbors in this project,” said Ralph Shrom, spokesman for Burlington County. “We’re hoping we can quell some fears about this.” County officials are proposing a modern roundabout similar to the one on Cinnaminson Avenue near ShopRite. However, this roundabout would be one lane. The county wants to create the roundabout at the intersection of Riverton Road, Branch Pike and Parry Road, the site of an accident that claimed the life of a woman days before Christmas last year. “You’re taking three intersections that are tightly compressed and creating a four-spoke …