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    www.medfordsun.com AUG. 5–11, 2015 FREE

    Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . 11–15 Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Police Report . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

    INSIDE THIS ISSUE Back at the keys

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    By SEAN LAJOIE The Sun

    With 84 applications from 21 schools, the Burlington County College Scholarship Award is

    growing more competitive each year.

    As of 2009, the award has been named in honor of Joe Laufer, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 79.

    Laufer dedicated his life to volunteering and educating. He worked at Rowan College at Burlington County for 27 years

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    Katie O’Rorke is given her $5,000 check for the Joe Laufer College Scholarship Award. The award has been named in honor of Joe Laufer, who passed away in 2014 at the age of 79. Joe’s son Kris spoke on behalf of the Laufer family at the award ceremony and presented the check to O’Rorke.

    Shawnee’s Katie O’Rorke, heading to Penn State in the fall, honored with Burlington County college scholarship awardA volunteer victory

    CRYC youth sailing team hosts home regatta 

    Young sailors share a love of the water

     please see O’RORKE, page 9

    By MIKE MONOSTRA The Sun

    If one were to drive along the Cooper River in Collingswood or Cherry Hill this summer during a weekday afternoon, they may see a team of sailboats sailing along the water.

    These particular boats are not piloted by adults, but rather kids, ages 9 to 18, from around South Jersey. The kids come from as close as Haddonfield and Cherry

    Hill to as far as Sewell and Med- ford. They have different back- grounds, attend different schools and have different groups of  friends. However, together they share a common bond in their in- terest in sailing.

    These kids make up the Cooper River Yacht Club youth sailing team. The team competes in the Mid-Atlantic Yacht Racing Asso- ciation series on Thursdays dur-

     please see TEAM, page 4

    MIKE MONOSTRA/The Sun

    Patrick York, Leo Brickner and Nathan Acito sail their boats down the Cooper River during the Cooper River Yacht Club youth sailing team’s practice.

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    The following reports are on file with the Medford Township Police Department:

    On July 16, Medford Township Police responded to the CVS at Route 70 and Hartford Road for a re- port of a robbery.

    At approximately 4:30 p.m., a male sub-

     ject entered the CVS and walked to the pharmacy counter. The subject handed a note to the em-

    ployee indicating he had a gun and wanted all the cash from the register drawer. The employee handed the subject an undis- closed amount of cash and he

    subsequently left the business.

    A bystander observ- ing this subject leav- ing the business pro- vided additional inves-

    tigative details and was able to de- scribe the vehicle the subject left in.

    A general police broadcast was announced, and officers from Evesham Township located the

    vehicle on Route 70 in the area of  Cropwell Lane. The subject in the vehicle was identified. Based upon witness statements and video surveillance, he was arrest- ed without incident.

    The proceeds were recovered and he was charged with robbery, terroristic threats and theft.

    During the investigation, po-

    lice determined that although he indicated he had a gun, none was used during the commission of  the crime.

    He was lodged in Burlington County Jail in lieu of $150,000 full cash bail.

    On July 27 at 12:57 p.m., a Med- ford Township police officer, while stationed at the Motor Vehi- cle Service, 175 Route 70, Medford, was alerted by Motor Vehicle Commission personnel that a subject had provided a Social Se- curity card for identification pur- poses and the card appeared to be

    fraudulent. Police investigated the incident and confirmed that the Social Security card was fraudulent.

    The man was placed under ar- rest for presenting a false govern- ment document. He was processed and released on a sum- mons complaint pending a court hearing.

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    ing the summer, racing other kids from across New Jersey and around the region. The team host- ed a regatta on July 30 against the association’s other teams.

    The team members all have had different journeys into the sport. Some have been sailing for more than five years, some for as

    fewer as two or three. However, all 11 members talk of their team as its own little club.

    “Meeting new people is really awesome,” said Annalise Rowl- ing, 15, of Haddonfield. “As far as I know, I’m the only person in my school or grade that sails.”

    Cherry Hill resident Skye Mada, 11, said she didn’t know anyone in her school or group of  friends who sailed prior to start- ing.

    “When I started, I didn’t really know anyone,” she said. “Every- one was so nice to me.”

    Haddonfield resident Leo

    Brickner, 12, said he got into sail- ing because he wanted to do a unique summer activity.

    “It’s fun to always have some- thing to do rather than sitting around doing nothing,” he said. “It’s fun saying I sail.”

    Head coach Robert Graham of  Moorestown said sailing requires a high level of patience. He com- plimented his team, saying all

    members have grown in maturity since they first started.

    “Some people, it takes too long for them to like it and that’s when they quit,” he said. “There’s a cer- tain level of maturity that’s re- quired.”

    Cameron Acito, 17, of Cherry Hill said he was attracted to the sport because of the patience and maturity required to master it.

    “I definitely like the independ- ence factor that your actions are reciprocated through how you perform,” he said.

    “It’s really fun having a big re- sponsibility like this,” said

    Cameron’s younger brother, 11- year-old Nathan. “I like learning how to race and keep your boat nice for all of the regattas.”

    “I like the freedom,” said Aidan Ryder, 14, of Medford. “We were alone in our own boats hav- ing a good time.”

    Just like other sports teams, there’s a large time commitment with sailing. The team practices

    at Riverton Yacht Club on Mon- days and then at Cooper River Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Thursdays are competition days where the team will leave as early as 5:30 or 6 a.m. to travel to anoth- er yacht club in the region, not coming home until night. Then on Fridays, the team is back on the river for another practice.

    “We try to start right when school ends,” Graham said. “We get some practice time so we’re ready to go.”

    The many hours of practice have paid off for a number of the sailors. Cameron Acito finished in

    first place in the Laser 4.7 series at the Brigantine regatta on July 16, with Rowling not far behind in third place. Zachary York of  Sewell won the Laser 4.7 category in Stone Harbor on July 9, and Chaz Burnham of Collingswood finished in first place in Laser Re- dial on that same day.

    At their home regatta on July 30,