Sunday, April 7, 2013
Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick will seek a third term, and will have to fend off a challenge from Democratic candidate Matthew Paterno to keep her seat.
Township Committeewoman Kathy Fitzpatrick will seek a third term on committee, defending her seat against a challenge from Democrat Matthew Paterno. Fitzpatrick, who served as mayor for part of her second term (only the fourth female mayor in township history), filed a petition with the township clerk to once again run for committee. The deadline for candidates was this past Monday. She said her goals for a third term are fairly simple—and really no different from her goals during her entire tenure. "Now, really my goal is to just serve the residents," she said. "I can be a conduit to help people who may not have somewhere to turn." Fitzpatrick follows in the footsteps of her father, who served on Maple Shade Township Council for 16 years…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Cinnaminson seeks a shared services agreement with neighboring towns to fill a vacant position.
Cinnaminson is pursuing a shared services agreement with several neighboring communities to save money on hiring a new construction official. Administrator Frank Locantore said the position has been vacant since February, and the township has been in talks with Maple Shade, Delanco and Delran about sharing a construction official. According to Locantore, Cinnaminson—which between the four municipalities has the most amount of work for the office—would hire the individual, and then allow him to perform services for the other towns included in the agreement. The township was paying its previous construction official approximately $69,000 annually. With a shared services agreement, the cost would be split proportionally between the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Township committee believes the bus stops along Route 130 in Cinnaminson are unsafe for commuters. But getting rid of them may not be a viable solution.
Everyone on township committee agrees—the bus stops along Route 130 are unsafe. However, the question of what should be done about it is a subject of some debate. Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti initially suggested the township do away with many of the bus stops along 130, pointing out the potential hazard of having commuters "standing on small grass strips with cars whizzing by at 60 or 70 miles per hour"—particularly along a highway that has been named, repeatedly, as one of the deadliest in the state. Minniti said several of the stops are underused, since many of the motels along Route 130—which drove much of the bus traffic in years past—have closed. He added, "Without these bus stops, you also disincentivize people from using these …
The law, inspired by the national uproar created by Nutley's 'Tanning Mom,' seeks to protect New Jersey's youth from the most common form of cancer.
Wednesday, April 3
Teens looking to get tan this summer should read a new bill that passed in New Jersey on Monday and restricts certain types of tanning for minors. The new law bans anyone under 18 from using a tanning bed and anyone under 14 from getting a spray tan. Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill into law Monday and issued a lengthy signing statement expressing a desire to protect children from the skin cancer while keeping the rights of businesses—especially small businesses—intact. "Even if motivated by good intentions, rules and restrictions on the use of property, the exercise of rights, and the opportunities to prosper can have a corrosive effect on our state’s growth, and the lives of our citizens," Christie said. "When the regulations in …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Congressman Jon Runyan increased his staff's payroll by more than 60 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012—but that pales in comparison to some of his colleagues.
Congressman Jon Runyan (R-3) was among the top 10 most generous representatives when it came to giving out year-ended bonuses in 2012, according to watchdog website LegiStorm, which tracks congressional pay. Runyan's quarterly payroll for House staff increased from $200,422 through the first three quarters of 2012 to $319,170 in the fourth quarter of the year. In the same time period, the average salary increased from $13,695 to $22,381—a 63.43 percent jump, according to LegiStorm. Of the top 10 members of Congress most generous with year-end bonuses, nine were Republicans, including Runyan. The most generous, however, was Democrat Gary Ackerman, of New York. According to the Huffington Post, House staffers typically get bonuses at the …
Monday, March 25, 2013
The governor did not indicate if he would sign a bill outlawing the practice among minors.
Gov. Chris Christie has declared his opposition to the practice of "gay conversion" therapy but will not state whether he will sign a bill outlawing it should it pass the Legislature, NJ.com reports. The governor said Thursday he opposes treatment that seeks to alter sexual orientation after stating Wednesday that he was of "two minds" on the issue. "Gov. Christie does not believe in conversion therapy," spokesman Kevin Roberts said. "There is no mistaking his point of view on this when you look at his own prior statements where he makes clear that people’s sexual orientation is determined at birth." A bill to be considered by the full state Senate would prevent counselors from offering such treatment to minors, and those who violate the …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Township has lost more than $1.5 million in revenue over the last three years because of lost tax appeals.
Township committee approved a contract for $194,000 Monday with Delran-based Professional Property Appraisers (PPA), who could begin the process of reassessing Cinnaminson as early as the beginning of May. Committee unanimously OKed the contract after the township has seen revenues slip away dramatically the last few years due to lost tax appeals. According to tax assessor Dennis DeKlerk, the township lost more than $1.6 million in tax revenue through appeals from 2010 to 2012, with 2011 ($695,000) and 2012 ($660,000) representing the "high water mark." Cinnaminson isn't alone. Several communities in Burlington County have undergone reassessments in the last few years—since the housing market tanked—most notably the township's neighbor, …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Moorestown Democratic Club will host Singleton next week. The assemblyman is expected to speak about the Legislature's priorities for this year.
Assemblyman Troy Singleton (D-7) will hold a public forum next week, hosted by the Moorestown Democratic Club. The event will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (March 13) in the D'Olier Room of the Moorestown Monthly Meeting. It is free and open to the public. Singleton will speak on the New Jersey State Legislature’s priorities for 2013. Singleton was first sworn into the General Assembly in 2011, filling the unexpired term of Jack Conners. In the November 2011 general election, Singleton was elected to his first full term. The assemblyman represents Moorestown, along with Assemblyman Herb Conaway. As a member of the New Jersey General Assembly Budget, Commerce and Economic Development and Education committees, Singleton’s top priorities …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
Find out what you missed at this week's township committee meeting, including what to expect at the summer concert series at Wood Park.
It wasn't all Route 130 economic development news at this week's township committee meeting. There were a few other interesting items that didn’t make it into a full story, but were nonetheless noteworthy. Here are a few leftover tidbits: The township committee will hold a work session at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 4, in the Mayor's Conference Room at the municipal building. The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, March 18.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
What should go at Azalea Farms? Tell us what you think. Also, committee puts someone familiar in charge of ushering new businesses into town.
Township Committee unanimously agreed to look into the purchase of the vacant parcel of land along Route 130 between Riverton Road and Highland Avenue (also known as the Azalea Farms property) for potential business development. The 4-acre property has been vacant for about 15 years, according to Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti. The property was purchased about five years ago for a little more than $1 million, but the owner went into foreclosure and the land was on its way to a sheriff’s sale when the township stepped in. When asked by a resident at Monday's committee meeting why they were thinking about purchasing the property, Minniti explained the township is trying to see if it can find a developer—the right developer—to turn the land …