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Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . 12–15 Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Police Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Full-day kindergarten
New school district program will not raise taxes. PAGE 4
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Shawnee’s Sam Portner tries to beat multiple Lenape players to a rebound during the first half of last week’s game between the two rival schools. Shawnee defeated Lenape, 48-34, improving its record to 13-6.
Shawnee defeats Lenape, 48-34
Medford Township had a sig- nificant drop in crime during 2014, according to the state po- lice’s end-of-the-year Uniform Crime Report.
The report said Medford saw a 30 percent drop in overall crime during 2014. There were 217 total crime reports in 2014, down from 310 in 2013 and 232 in 2012.
Medford Police Chief Richard Meder said he is very pleased to see such a sharp decrease in crime.
“When the UCR says we’ve had a decrease in crime of 30 percent,
that’s ultimately what we are try- ing to do,” he said.
A big reason for the large de- crease was a change in the num- ber of burglaries, robberies and thefts. Burglaries were down 36.9 percent from 2013 and thefts de- creased 33.3 percent. There were also no reported robberies or motor vehicle thefts last year. The township had three robberies and two vehicle thefts in 2013.
In 2013, Medford and other sur- rounding municipalities had an increase in burglary. Meder cited factors such as the high price of  gold and the drug epidemic that helped lead to the increase. He said statistics change from year- to-year because of a multitude of  similar factors.
Last year, Medford Police put a focus on being as visible as possi- ble in all areas of the township.
“We’ve tried to do a very good  job of using visibility as a deter- rent,” he said. “We made a con- centrated effort to be much more visible in our neighborhoods and our business communities.”
Last year, the police depart-
ment began using a new database from Business Watch Interna- tional that tracks all transactions made in secondhand shops and dealers based in Medford. The purpose of the database is to re- duce the amount of time and ef- fort expended in tracking down stolen items.
In less than a year, Meder said
Report: Crime
 please see REPORT, page 10
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By JOYCE MAYER  Special to The Sun
In my mid-30s, I was a self-em- ployed art director specializing in book publishing. I lived in Man- hattan and rented a summer cot- tage on Fire Island. My friend Nancy met a man with a sailboat and made a deal. She would invite him to join her houseguests for dinner and offered him a pre-din- ner shower, if he would take her sailing the next day.
That was how I met Bernie Mayer.
The following weekend, Bernie invited me for cocktails and I de- clined because I assumed he was involved with Nancy. Bernie in- formed me of the “deal” and began to talk. Suddenly, about 10 p.m., Bernie realized what time it had become and I was alerted to the fact that I had four people in my cottage waiting for me to
serve dinner! Rushing back to the cottage – 
Bernie too – I explained to a very angry, hungry group of people how I had gotten lost in conversa- tion having discovered that we had so many things in common, especially our values. Early in the conversation, Bernie had told me how, as an undergraduate, realiz- ing he had a case of beer in the trunk of his car, he turned him- self in to the College Ethics Com- mittee. It had happened acciden-
tally, but it was against college rules. Hearing this, I had become hyper-alert, thinking to myself, “Here is a man I could fall in love with.”
The angry, hungry people for- gave me and we included Bernie in our meal and conversation. Each one came over to whisper, “Invite me to the wedding!”
We met in the summer of 1968 and were married in March 1969.
Next March, we will have been married for 46 years. We have a wonderful son born in 1971 and two handsome grandsons.
When we met, Bernie was an executive for a Fortune 500 com- pany. He had extensive vacation time, but constraints on availabil- ity of vacation time. We took a ro- mantic, seven-day vacation in March, arms embraced around each other’s backs while Bernie taught me how to snorkel in Ja- maica’s coral reef. The following
September, we traveled for a week in each of Capri, Positano and Venice. Dismayed that I was visit- ing Italy but not seeing Rome or Florence, Bernie added an artist’s trip for me alone to a week in each city. My mother sighed, “She finally gets married but spends part of her honeymoon without her husband! Whoever heard of 
‘A man I could fall in love with’ Joyce Mayer shares her love story about husband Bernie
 please see EDUCATION, page 10
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Medford Police have arrested two suspects in the case of a Feb. 8 home invasion on Chief Mas- sosoit Road.
Police arrested a 44-year-old man from Mt. Laurel and a 50- year-old man from Wrightstown.
The pair was charged with rob- bery, aggravated assault, terroris- tic threats, burglary, theft, crimi- nal restraint, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and kidnapping.
Both have been lodged in the Burlington County Jail in lieu of  $350,000 bail.
On Feb. 8, police responded to a home on Chief Massosoit Road. They found a 64-year-old victim duct taped to a chair inside the home. The suspects assaulted the victim, striking him with a pipe or similar object while they de- manded money. The suspects also threatened to kill the victim if he
called police. The suspects stole an undis-
closed amount of cash and the victim’s 2010 silver Cadillac DTS. The victim was treated at Virtua Hospital in Mt. Holly for non-life threatening injuries and released.
Throughout last week, police received numerous tips after re- leasing sketches of the suspects. The investigation led detectives to Mt. Holly, where they recovered the stolen vehicle on Feb. 12. A short time later, police found the Mt. Laurel man in close proximi- ty to the vehicle. With the assis- tance of the Mt. Holly Police De- partment, he was taken into cus- tody.
A warrant was then issued for the Wrightstown man’s arrest. The Burlington County Sherriff ’s Department took him into cus- tody on Feb. 13 and turned him over the Medford Police.
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After years of discussion and planning, full-day kindergarten is finally coming to Medford Town- ship Public Schools.
Superintendent Joseph Del Rossi sent a letter to parents on Feb. 4 informing them full-day kindergarten will debut at all five
of the district's elementary schools for the 2015-16 school year.
Del Rossi believes the timing is right to implement a full-day kindergarten program. He said the new program will increase class time for kindergarten stu- dents to better prepare them for their academic futures. In addi- tion, Del Rossi said the program will result in no additional cost to
the taxpayer. The district is able to pay for
the program mostly through cost containment and a reduction of  class sections in the older grades. With the district experiencing a decline in enrollment, the ele- mentary schools will have fewer class sections across the board, which has freed up resources for full-day kindergarten.
“We are going to utilize that money and also make other sacri-
fices,” Del Rossi said. One sacrifice Del Rossi re-
ferred to is a reduction in hours for teachers’ assistants. Some of  the assistant hours will be shifted to kindergarten teaching posi- tions.
Full-day kindergarten will also allow the district to save money on transportation costs. With the current half-day kindergarten, buses have to make a mid-day run
to take morning kindergarten students home and bring after- noon kindergarten student to school. This run will be eliminat- ed with full-day classes, saving the district approximately $72,000.
Classroom space will also not be an issue. Between space ac- quired with fewer class sections and space currently utilized for half-day kindergarten and the ex- tended kindergarten program,
there is plenty of room to house full-day classes.
“Each school will be able to house its own space,” Del Rossi said.
The district will only offer full- day classes next year. Half-day classes and the extended kinder- garten option will not be contin- ued.
Full-day kindergarten coming to Medford School district plans to launch new program with no additional cost to taxpayers
 please see PROGRAM, page 11
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posed in the Assembly that
would require New Jersey
should interact with police officers.
The bill is being touted as a way to pro-
tect both kids and cops, in the wake of 
highly-publicized police shootings such as Michael Brown in Missouri.
Assemblyman Ralph Caputo, one of 
the bill’s sponsors, had some poignant
words about why he thought the bill is
when they’re being investigated or
talked to, because they could put them-
selves in jeopardy. It’s also a good effort
to protect the police. Kids have to rec-
ognize their authority when they’re
being questioned and how to conduct
putting the blame on the deceased kids
in cases such as Brown’s. However, he
says he’s not placing blame on anyone,
rather just seeking to educate kids on
situations they may come across that
no one speaks of: “When a kid jumps
out of a car, he may appear to be
threatening but he’s not – he just may
not understand what those protocols
tragic situations such as those in Mis-
souri that have forced us to propose
laws such as this to protect kids and
cops from dangerous situations. But
that’s the world we live in.
Ultimately, though, we support any
program that educates our students
about life. School isn’t just about math,
science, English and other “tradition- al” subjects. It’s also about preparing
kids for the real world, and dealing
with police, and protection, is real
world stuff.
cers in schools is nothing new – 
D.A.R.E has been around for awhile.
This proposed law, which we support,
is just another step in the right direc-
tion to teach students how they can be
better citizens, and how they can bet-
ter interact with the men and women
who are tasked with their protection.
in our opinion
Kids to learn how to deal with police New proposal w ou ld make it a requirement in schoo l, a nd it’s a good idea 
Your thoughts
What do you think of the proposed law that would require schools to teach stu- dents how they should interact with police officers? Share your thoughts on this and other topics through a letter to the editor.
Writer: Medford should exempt seniors from school taxes
Dropping off my Medford Township quarterly tax payment this morning, I started to think of the insanity of what we pay just to have the privilege of living in this state and township. Approximately 72 percent of our tax bill goes to pay for local education, but we are senior citizens with- out any school children or grandchildren which we are supporting.
Politicians will say that supporting local schools enhances the value of your proper- ty and when and if you sell your property it will be worth more. Yet consider that
when we bought our current home in 1997 the cost was $227,000. Yet based on a recent sale next door, it is currently only worth a little more than $300,000. Also consider that when we bought the property, the property taxes were $6,500. Today, they are approach-
ing $9,000 a year. Over the past 18 years, we have paid $135,000 in property taxes, of  which $97,000 went to the school district.
How has that enhanced our property’svalue? And considering the cost of upkeep and insurance, plus these taxes, the politi- cians’ logic is a losing proposition.
It is hard to understand that in 2000 there were 22,253 people living in Medford. In 2013, this population had increased a miniscule 4.4 percent to 23,225. Also, over the past 10 years or longer, there has been no significant construction of large hous- ing developments that would have added school-age children. Why then are our taxes constantly going up to support these schools, and their insatiable demand is
constantly asking for more? It would seem that with a minimal increase in popula- tion, there would be a decrease in the de- mand for schools and hence the cost of this education. We are already paying more than $13,000 a year for each elementary stu-
dent and $19,000 a year for each high school student. When is enough, enough?
When will this insanity stop? There are
many communities around the countrythat have recognized that at least senior cit- izens have made their contribution to edu- cation and therefore exempt them from these taxes which offer them little benefit. Almost 24 percent of Medford’s population is 60 years of age or older. At some point, local and state governance needs to recog- nize that they have contributed enough and give them a break on taxes that no longer benefit them.
Marion Eggleton
FEB. 18–24, 2015 –THE MEDFORD SUN 7
Samaritan Healthcare and Hos- pice will offer A Year of Delight- ful Dining Raffle, the not-for-prof- it’s annual fundraiser that offers two chances at winning a package of gift certificates valued at $1,200. Each ticket costs $10 and two winners will receive 12 gift certificates valued at $100 each, one for each month of the year, to some of the area’s best restau- rants.
Among the participants in this year’s fundraiser is Braddock’s Tavern in Medford.
“I think the popularity of the Delightful Dining raffle is due to both the variety and quality of 
fine dining establishments that
participate each year,” said Samaritan Chief Development Officer Chris Rollins. “We contin- ue to be thankful for those return- ing restaurants who participate year after year, such as Ponzio’s, Caffe Aldo Lamberti, Seasons 52 and Cafe Madison. We are equally excited for new restaurants who have generously donated for the very first time this year.”
The winners of the 2015 Year of  Delightful Dining Raffle will be announced at the Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice Celebra- tion of Life Motown Gala on Feb. 21 at The Westin in Mt. Laurel. Winners do not need to be present
to win, and there will be no sub-
stitutions. Proceeds from raffle tickets
sales and the gala benefit those Samaritan Healthcare and Hos- pice programs and services which receive no reimbursement by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. They also help provide care for patients who have no in- surance.
To purchase Delightful Dining tickets or for more information on attending or sponsoring the Gala, please call Julie Weitzman at (856) 552-3239. Delightful Din- ing tickets may also be purchased online at
Shawnee High School will pres- ent Rogers and Hammerstein's “Oklahoma!” as its spring musi- cal. The show opens on Friday, Feb. 20.
Set in a Western Indian territo- ry just after the turn of the centu- ry, the high-spirited rivalry be-
tween the local farmers and cow- boys provides the colorful back- ground against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. This fun-filled show provides comedic banter with beautiful singing and story
telling dances that bring this clas- sic Golden Age musical to life.
“Oklahoma!” will be per- formed at the Shawnee High School auditorium on Feb. 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. There will also be a matinee performance on Feb. 21 at 2 p.m.
A Year of Delightful Dining Raffle underway
Shawnee High School presents ‘Oklahoma!’ Feb. 20–28
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