Thursday, June 7, 2012
County engineers answered questions about traffic, pedestrian safety and more.
Dangerous. Not needed. A waste of money. The list goes on of residents’ reasons for not wanting a roundabout at the intersection of Branch Pike, Riverton Road and Parry Road in Cinnaminson. Dozens showed up at the Community Center Wednesday for an informational meeting with county engineers who talked about proposed plans to put a modern roundabout at the busy intersection. Several residents there agreed something needed to be done about the roadways, but didn’t think a roundabout was the answer. “To me, a roundabout is used in a commercial area,” said Eleanor Goldner, a Cinnaminson resident who lives on Parry Road. Her solution? Do away with “Little Parry Road,” the cut-through of Parry between Branch Pike and Riverton Road before the …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
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 …
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Cindy Pierson, head of the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association, said those who live near the creek need to take extra precaution.
Not only have township officials warned those in low-lying areas to take extra precaution, but the Turtle Lady echoed those sentiments Friday. "The creek is absolutely going to flood, there's no doubt about it," said Cindy Pierson, president of the Pompeston Creek Watershed Association. The Pompeston Creek flows in Moorestown, Cinnaminson, Riverside and Delran. Areas in Moorestown near the creek are also problematic. The Pompeston flows through North Riding and Middlesex drives before hitting Riverton Road. "They are going to have water up to their steps," Pierson predicts. Pierson lives on Pompess Avenue in Cinnaminson's East Riverton section, and even just at high tide, the creek fills up and water soaks the ground. Pierson is expecting…
Friday, August 19, 2011
Al Harding, Moorestown's first town manager, died over the weekend.
The day he retired as Moorestown town manager, Al Harding’s wife met him in the parking lot outside town hall. He climbed in the car and they left town for two weeks, heading to Massachusetts, where Harding grew up. After about 20 years of service to the township, marked by an almost military-like dedication to the job, Harding went off the grid, so to speak, “so he couldn’t even be reached,” said his son, Jeff. “He cut off clean. That was his way.” Al Harding died Sunday at the age of 87 in Medford Leas. He will be remembered by his contemporaries as a hard-working, likable, professional and influential man. Harding was named Moorestown’s first manager when it switched to the current council-manager form of government in 1967 and served …
Sunday, August 7, 2011
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
A ballot question asking voters to approve liquor sales in Moorestown is likely to appear on the November ballot. Four years ago, township voters soundly rejected a similar proposal. Since the current proposal came to light, there's been plenty of debate; some say the town should remain dry so it doesn't lose its character, while others think allowing the sale of alcohol will give the township a financial boost in tough economic times.
Monday, July 25, 2011
La Rosa's Chicken & Grill debuts in South Jersey with its Main Street, Moorestown branch.
Stepping inside the front doors, the sweet smell of rosemary-seasoned chickens, revolving on a rotisserie half-hidden behind a tumbled-marble surround, fill the heart of the establishment. “This is a Mediterranean recipe, in which all of our chickens marinate overnight,” boasts Peppe Guida, co-owner of La Rosa Chicken & Grill, the new upscale fast-foodery at 33 E. Main St. “It is a recipe that comes from my country.” It is a couple of hours since another busy lunchtime crowd has descended upon the eatery that opened on July 5. La Rosa’s is the latest establishment to open amid Moorestown’s tree-lined thoroughfare. “We have been so busy every day since opening. We’ve been filling up mostly at lunch. Very crazy!” Guida, an animated and …
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Local restauranteurs debate the costs of selling cocktails in town.
During an overcast summer afternoon on tree-lined Main Street, quiet saturates the surroundings, mostly caused by an unbearable wave of mid-summer heat infusing the region. Some folks are boiling hot—not because of the weather, but over the controversial push to allow a referendum in November on whether to discard the town’s nearly century-old dry status and permit liquor licenses. Over the last couple of weeks, a petition has been circulating, led by Joe Coradino, president of the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT), who owns the Moorestown Mall. And, if enough voters sign, upward of 2,000, residents may see restaurants at the mall selling alcoholic beverages. For decades, patrons have been allowed to bring alcohol—a bottle …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Chiropractic care is controversial for some, while others find it a panacea for pain.
Nicole Eckert positions her client facedown onto the vinyl padded table, leans closely toward the woman’s spine, and presses with her palms into the small spaces between the vertebrae. Patricia Meilands, 57, has been suffering from muscle strain and a misalignment of her spine, explains Eckert. “On a scale from one to 10, with 10 being the highest,” asks Eckert of the woman lying prone, “how is your pain today?” “I think it feels like a seven,” responds Meilands of Burlington Township. “OK. We’re going to get you feeling better,” declares Eckert, a board certified doctor of chiropractic (DC), who opened A Chiropractic Touch at 702 E. Main St. last March. Tapping with light force, Eckert applies a spinal adjustment—also referred to as …
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Local law enforcement officials can begin training.
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) reintroduced legislation Monday morning which would provide $5 million in grant funding to a national alert program called "A Child is Missing" (ACIM). The nonprofit helps find missing people—children, teens and the elderly. This is the third time the senator has proposed this legislation; it was previously blocked in the Senate. Sherry Friedlander, who founded the program in 1997, said law enforcement officials give the organization information about the missing person, and ACIM then makes phone calls to homes and businesses throughout the area. “We use ZIP codes and a satellite mapping system to collect phone numbers,” said Friedlander. “We can make 1,000 calls in a minute in the area of the missing person.” …
Friends of the Library backs a larger space, while the deputy mayor expresses concern.
Under a proposal by Moorestown's Friends of the Library, the town's new library would be 33,000 to 36,000 square feet. John O'Meara, representing the group, made the proposal Monday evening to Town Council and members of the community. Following library space planning guides compiled by officials in other states—Connecticut, Wisconsin and Virginia—the Friends of the Library offered this plan based on the town’s population, registered borrowers, and current volume and collections. O'Meara's report considered an expected increase in population in the town over the next 20 years, although enrollment in the schools is forecasted to decrease. “The town will need to accommodate more users," said O’Meara. Nearly 20,000 more library users are …