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Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . 23–27 Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Police Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Non-profit’s annual fundraiser is April 30. PAGE 7
Shawnee High School baseball suffered a tough loss last week to Cherokee High School, 7-6. The loss lowered the Renegades’ record to 0-3. Here, pitcher Sean Heine gets set for his delivery after checking his runner at first.
Shawnee loses to Cherokee, 7-6
Nineteen-year-old Medford res- ident Jamie Westphal was a high school graduate with a bright fu- ture.
She graduated from Shawnee High School and was committed to Stockton University where she intended to study to become a nurse.
But before Jamie could fulfill her dream of helping the sick, she would have to deal with a sud- den health crisis of her own.
Rather than finishing her pack- ing the day before she was sched- uled to move into her dorm, Jamie ended up being put on dial- ysis that day.
About two years ago, her pedia- trician noticed unordinary high blood pressure, and Jamie experi-
enced frequent headaches. The school nurse took it from
there, monitoring Jamie by meas- uring her blood pressure each day. Jamie was then advised to be admitted to the Children’s Hospi- tal of Philadelphia where she could receive more in-depth treat- ment.
She was diagnosed with scarred kidneys as the result of a possible undiagnosed infection
when she was younger and was told she would need a new kidney.
Jamie began dialysis treat- ment last August, spending five hours a day for three days a week on the machine.
As of March 24, she began peri- toneal dialysis from her home, which requires her to be on the
Dreams on hold 2015 Shawnee graduate Jamie Westphal,
put on dialysis the day before starting college,in need of life-saving kidney donation
 please see WESTPHAL’S, page 13
Special to The Sun
Jamie Westphal, a 2015 gradu- ate of Shawnee High School, re- ceives treatment for her kidney condition. Westphal has put col- lege on hold in hopes of receiving a kidney donation.
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The following reports are on file with the Medford Township Police Department:
On March 27 at 11:51 p.m., pa- trols conducted a motor vehicle stop on a blue Nissan for speeding on Taunton Boulevard and Chestnut Road.
Upon their ap- proach of the vehicle, patrols detected the odor of burnt marijua- na coming from the vehicle.
After a search of the vehicle was conducted, patrols located marijuana in the center console.
The suspect was subsequently taken into custody and transport- ed to Medford Township Police Headquarters where he was charged with possession of mari-
 juana under 50 grams, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and speeding. He was processed and released on a special complaint, pending his court appearance in the Medford Township Municipal
On March 30 at 8:56 p.m., pa- trols conducted a motor vehicle stop on a black Toyota for a main- tenance of lamps violation in the parking lot of Medford Center.
Upon their approach of the vehicle patrols detected the odor of  raw marijuana coming from the vehicle.
After a search of the vehicle was conducted, patrols lo- cated marijuana in the vehicle.
Both subjects were subsequent- ly taken into custody and trans-
ported to Medford Township Po- lice Headquarters.
The driver was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams, possession of CDS in a motor vehicle and maintenance of lamps.
The passenger was charged with possession of marijuana under 50 grams.
Both occupants were processed
and released.
On April 1 at approximately 11 p.m., the Medford Police located a vehicle in the parking lot of 257 Route 70 (Wawa) with two occu- pants who were acting suspi- ciously.
As an officer approached the vehicle, he detected the odor of  burnt marijuana emanating from inside.
A brief discussion took place at which time the driver opened the door and intentionally threw a glass water bong onto the ground shattering it.
She was immediately placed under arrest.
A subsequent search of the ve- hicle revealed a pink glass mari-
 juana pipe, marijuana oil, a glass  jar containing marijuana and a digital scale.
She was charged with posses- sion of marijuana, possession of 
Speeding stop results in marijuana arrest
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The Medford Panther Players, comprised of students from the Haines and Memorial middle schools, are preparing for a jour- ney to a kingdom far, far away with their production of “Shrek the Musical, Jr.”
Based upon the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, the show brings the hilarious story of  everyone’s favorite ogre to life on the Lenape High School stage April 15, 16, 22, and 23.
Join Shrek, the unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey as
they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful, yet slightly fiery, princess Fiona and bring peace and quiet back to the swamp he calls home.
Add a villain with a “short” temper, a gingerbread cookie with an attitude and many of our favorite fairy tale characters in a singing and dancing mix of ad- venture, and you have a must-see
musical comedy for all ages.
Through the laughter and fun, the show carries a poignant mes- sage that it is important to accept others even though they may be different.
There is often more to a person than meets the eye, even if they have green skin, breathe fire or have a nose that grows when they tell a lie.
Veteran director and social studies teacher Michael Del Rossi leads this talented cast of sixth-,
seventh- and eighth-grade stu- dents as they bring this upside- down fairy tale to life.
“This is a really fun show that will appeal to everyone, young and old. It carries a great mes- sage, especially for middle school students, about appreciating inner beauty and maintaining high self-esteem. Audiences will be reminded to love people for
who they are, not what they are or how they look. Most impor- tantly, I hope that the young peo- ple who see the show will realize that it’s OK to be yourself, it’s OK to ‘Let your freak flag fly!’” Del Rossi said.
This year’s production will be performed at the Lenape High School theater located at 235 Hart- ford Road in Medford. The show will have two matinee perform- ances on April 16 and 23 at 2 p.m., and four evening performances on April 15, 16, 22 and 23 starting
at 7 p.m. Tickets, which are reserved
seating, are available for pur- chase at the Medford Memorial School main office Monday through Friday from 7:45 a.m. to 3 p.m. or online at www.medford- A limited number of tickets will also be available at the box office on the night of the show.
‘Shrek the Musical, Jr.’ hits the stage Medford Panther Players to present musical April 15, 16, 22 and 23
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Sun’s “Help for Homeless Pets”
series. For four weeks, we have
looked at the state of homeless pets in
our region. We interviewed heads of 
animal shelters, volunteers with res-
cues and foster families. We talked in-
take numbers, live release rates and –  this week – how to potentially solve
such a staggering problem.
All of these non-profits are playing
a huge role in a very public problem.
They’re doing the best they can – and
the best they can is nothing to sneeze
at – but unfortunately, it’s not enough.
What these non-profits need is more
public support.
a big part of moving forward is educa-
tion – about the vital importance of 
spaying and neutering, about ensur-
ing all pets are microchipped, about
the lifetime commitment of owning a
is – an organization that spearheads
the homeless animal education cam-
paign. There is no public education
about homeless animals at the state
level, and that’s where this should
start. Think “Click It or Ticket.”
Think “Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over.” These programs have state funding to target a statewide problem
that needs fixing, and homeless ani-
mals are most definitely a statewide
problem that needs to be fixed.
It’s true there are excellent educa-
tion campaigns already in place at a
local level. Our shelters and rescues
work hard to inform the public,
whether it is with advertising low-cost
spay and neuter clinics or offering free
training seminars for problem pets.
But everything comes down to money,
and between feeding and housing ani-
mals, paying employees and purchas-
ing much-needed items for facilities,
these shelters and rescues – even
banded together within towns and
counties – can only do so much in the
realm of educating the public.
There is strength in numbers. What
if there were more groups such as the
Camden County Animal Alliance, and
each had a representative who report-
ed to one state-level organization?
What if these alliances helped create a
state-run alliance solely focused on ed- ucating the public on finding a solu-
tion to the homeless animal problem?
The overarching goal of every ani-
mal shelter and rescue is to not exist.
Are the employees and volunteers of 
these organizations passionate? Of 
they would rather not be needed, be-
cause if they’re not needed, that
means every homeless animal – every
last dog, cat, rabbit and hamster – has
a home.
There needs to be more public educa-
tion. And if the state government got
behind it, we would be one step closer
to a home for every homeless pet.
in our opinion
Animals need statewide support The solution to homeless animal problem is education, from the top down
The following Shawnee High School boys’ tennis scores were submitted by var- sity head coach Jim Baker.
Shawnee defeated Bishop Eustace, 5-0, on April 4.
Singles: First singles: Eric Tecce, Shawnee, de-
feated Vince Paetow 6-1 6-0 Second singles: Cole Tecce, Shawnee, de-
feated Jack Celano 6-0 6-0 Third singles: Nick Falcone, Shawnee,
defeated John Cao 6-2 6-0 Doubles: First doubles: Chris Machuzak and Ben
Mead, Shawnee, won 6-0 6-0 Second doubles: Ben Magee and Jacob
Delancy, Shawnee, won 6-0 6-1 Shawnee defeated Cherokee, 5-0, on April
6. Singles:
First singles: Eric Tecce, Shawnee, de- feated Grant Sokol 6-0 6-0
Second singles: Cole Tecce, Shawnee, de- feated Jonathan Staub 6-1 6-0
Third singles: Nick Falcone, Shawnee, defeated Andrew Cervantes 6-1 6-0
Doubles: First doubles: Chris Machuzak and Ben
Mead, Shawnee, defeated Ali Kaleem and Joe Sisti 6-0 6-1
Second doubles: Ben Magee and Jacob
Delancy, Shawnee, defeated Konrad Scroger and Sufi Zekaria 6-1 6-1
tennis scores
with special needs By SEAN LAJOIE
The Sun
Like many families, the Pan- talianos have experienced the vast challenges adults with dis- abilities are faced with when find-
ing full-time work.Jackie Pantaliano’s son, Steven, is a 22-year-old who suf- fers from developmental disabili- ties.
“It’s especially tough to find adults with disabilities full-time employment. Many members of  this population have multiple part-time jobs – a few hours here and a couple of hours there,” said Pantaliano, a Pride Venture Inc. PR representative.
As Pantaliano inferred, each
person with developmental dis- abilities is an individual with unique strengths and challenges
 – the key is matching their strengths to the right job.
Some are incredibly detailed. Others may need to work in a quiet environment or even in a room by themselves. Some work best with people and are terrific dealing with customers.
“When the right match is made, it’s of great benefit for the
employer and employee,” Pan- taliano said.
Luckily for them in 2009, Joe
 please see FUNDRAISER, page 18
What: Pins 4 Pride Fundraiser Where: Pinsetter Bar & Bowl at 7111 Maple Ave., Pennsauken When: April 30, 5 to 9 p.m. Cost: Tickets are $50
How: Contact Sarah Moretti, call (908) 377-2485, or visit
Fill 4 bags of any
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Hot Air Balloon Make-N-Take Craft: All day at Pinelands Branch Library. Stop by anytime
to make a cool 3D hot air balloon craft. Available while supplies last. Registration not required.
Return of the E-Books How-To: Stop by between 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Get some one-on-one help in installing the Overdrive app, navi- gating our catalog, and being able to have thousands of items accessible with a few taps and swipes. Please bring your device charged and ready to use. Regis- tration not required.
Parachute Play: Ages 2-4. 10:30 a.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Join for a half hour of parachute games and play time together. Must be accompanied by a care- giver. Registration requested. Vis- it parachute-play-21.
Lego Club: Ages 5-12. 4 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Join the Lego Club for creativity and
imagination in action. Please do not bring your own Legos. Regis- tration required. Visit club-16.
Paws to Read (Brooke): 3:30, 3:45, 4 and 4:15 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Children are wel- come to practice their reading
skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Brooke, a regis- tered therapy dog. Sign up for a 15-minute slot and see what it's all about. Visit
Quilt Show: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kir- by’s Mill School. There will be a quilt raffle, a marketplace and refreshments. All are welcome. Contact carol@berrybasketquil- or visit www.berrybas- for more infor- mation.
Wii Super Smash Brothers Brawl
Tournament: Ages 6-17. 2 p.m. atPinelands Branch Library. Join for an hour Super Smash Broth- ers Brawl tournament on the Nin- tendo Wii system. Feel free to bring your own Wii or Gamecube controller, or use one of ours. Registration requested. Visit super-smash-brothers-brawl- tournament-1.
Medford Methodist Church Art ofNeighboring Series: 8:15 a.m. traditional worship in the sanctu- ary, 9:30 a.m. informal worship in Bowker Hall and Sunday School and 11 a.m. traditional worship in the sanctuary. MUMC will be hold- ing a sermon series with different themes throughout April and into May. This week’s theme will be “breaking down barriers.”
Quilt Show: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kir- by’s Mill School. There will be a
silent auction, a boutique and a quilts challenge. All are welcome. Contact carol@berrybasketquil- or visit www.berrybas- for more infor- mation.
Baby Time: 0-18 months. 10:30 a.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Our littlest library goers are invited to  join Ms. Danielle for stories, songs, rhymes and play time. Must be accompanied by a care- giver. Registration required. Visit time-58.
Lego Club: Ages 5-12. 4 p.m. at
Pinelands Branch Library. Jointhe Lego Club for creativity and imagination in action. Please do not bring your own Legos. Regis- tration requested. Visit club-17.
Play Doh Party: Ages 3-6. 4 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Bring your creativity and imagination for a fun afternoon of Play-Doh
activities with Miss Danielle. Reg-istration required. Visit doh-party.
AAUW Medford Branch Literature Group: 7:30 p.m. Locations vary. For more information, visit
Medford-Vincentown Rotary Club meeting: 6:30 p.m. at Braddock’s Tavern. For more information, visit
We are now scheduling SPRING CLEANUPS! 
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Thousands of animals find themselves in local shelters each year, with no permanent home through adoption guaranteed.
Solving a problem of this mag- nitude will undoubtedly take years, but it is clear animal shel- ters across South Jersey have a plan.
“We think the demand for our service will continue to grow,” Animal Welfare Association Ex- ecutive Director Maya Richmond
said. “One thing we can always be sure about moving forward is people always having love for ani- mals.”
It will just be a matter of if  these organizations can properly
capitalize and collaboratively tackle this common goal in an ef- ficient manner.
Increasing family involvement The behind-the-scenes plan-
ning to reduce homeless animals requires extensive research, and shelters across the region are doing their homework. The groups strategically plan for the future by studying trends.
They are constantly evaluating needs in the…