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    www.medfordsun.com DEC. 39, 2014 FREE

    Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Classified . . . . . . . . . . . 2327Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

    INSIDE THIS ISSUEDrop in violence

    LRHSD also reports risein substance abuse. PAGE 6

    MIKE MONOSTRA/The Sun

    Medford resident Rory Gras sews a holiday stocking during a charity sewing event at Cattells SewVac and Sewing Academy last week. Girl Scouts from across the area took some time out of theirweekend to sew stockings for charity. The Scouts later filled the stockings with gifts and donatedthem to Providence House Domestic Violence Services of Catholic Charities. Providence House of-fers emergency safe houses for victims of domestic violence and their children. For more photos,please see page 18.

    Sewing stockings for Providence House

    By ZANE CLARKThe Sun

    Have you ever sent a water buf-falo to Romania using sparechange?

    For one local group of civic-minded high school students, theanswer to that seemingly randomquestion is, yes, it has.

    The Junior State of America isa national, non-profit organiza-tion that promotes state and civicactivities for high school studentswith interests such as politics,

    govern-ment, for-eign af-

    fairs, law and education.In addition to student debates,

    thought talks, problem solvingand simulations, part of the orga-nizations mission is for studentsto participate in activism.

    Thats where the water buffalocomes in.

    Medford resident AndyLaberee, 15, is the director offundraising and activism for theJSAs local Renaissance CouncilChapter, which is comprisedmostly of 20 or so homeschooledstudents from the Burlington

    County area.Laberee said he first presented

    the RCC with the idea of sendinga water buffalo to Romania afterhaving learned about Heifer In-ternational, a non-profit organi-

    zation that fights poverty andworld hunger using sustain-able means.

    Heifer will take donations

    Local studentsspare change adds

    up for charityRenaissance Council Chapter

    of the Junior State of America sendswater buffalo to needy family in Romania

    please see WATER, page 17

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    2 THE MEDFORD SUN DEC. 39, 2014

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    After multiple past inquires,Medford Township has receivedan invitation to join Main StreetNew Jersey, a state program pro-viding technical assistance, re-sources and training to help revi-talize a municipalitys downtownarea.

    However, council is unsurewhether joining the program will

    ultimately benefit Medford Vil-lage.

    Council decided to table a reso-lution accepting an executiveagreement to participate in theprogram.

    Beth Portocalis, assistant tothe township manager, said thetownship has looked at this pro-gram in the past, but this is thefirst year the state has extendedan invitation for Medford to par-

    ticipate.We had made inquiries in the

    past, but at the time the state was-nt even accepting applications,Portocalis said.

    The program has three tiers ofmembership. Portocalis saidMedford would be an associatemember. Associate members donot need to hire any additionalstaff for the program. The pro-gram itself would not cost thetownship any money.

    You would not have to have apaid staff member, but you wouldbe able to participate in the tech-nical assistance and networkingopportunities that are availablefrom the program, Portocalissaid.

    Members of council were skep-tical of the program. CouncilmanJeff Beenstock said the townshipalready has initiatives and toolssimilar to what the program pro-

    vides.It seemed like a lot of initia-

    tives and goals are similar towhat our (economic developmentcommittee) does, he said.

    Council was also concernedabout how vague some of the re-quirements were. Mayor ChrisBuoni and Councilman FrankCzekay both said there wereareas of the agreement they didnot understand. Buoni particular-ly feared joining the program

    would give the state power tomake changes to Medford Village.

    Im not so sure that I want tosign on to something that isvague to me right now, Buonisaid.

    Councilman Brad Denn didntthink the program would dictatetoo many requirements for thetownship, and didnt think there

    Council tables executive agreementto join Main Street New Jersey

    please see DEADLINE, page 19

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    kids make reindeer

    food with the

    Santa's elves from

    1-4pm.

    Come kick off the holiday season with the Arrival of Santa Claus by Fire TruckNovember 29th at 12:30pm.

    Mrs. Claus will be reading stores with the kids from 12pm-4pm.

    New this year

    Santa's ToyLand! Have

    your holiday

    pictures taken

    with Santa

    every Saturday

    and Sunday

    from 12-6pm

    in Toy Land!

    Pet's welcome

    too!

    Enjoy theChristmasCarolers.

    We are also

    starting our coat drive with One Warm Coat. Bring a new or slightly warn

    coat to the Holiday Display and Donation bins around the Market.

    Openevery Day

    UntilChristmasfrom Dec8th until

    December24th.

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    Songs of the Holidays will ringout at the Medford Historical So-ciety meeting on Thursday, Dec. 4as Charlie Zahms powerful bari-tone fills theroom with tra-ditional carolsand othersongs of the season. The concertis free and open to the public as agift from the Medford HistoricalSociety.

    Refreshments will be servedafter the concert, which willbegin at 7:30 p.m.

    The event will be held atthe Medford Friends Meeting-

    house.Zahms beautiful voice and

    masterful guitar playing makehim one of the most popularsoloists of authentic Celtic music.However, he is also known for hisrenditions of maritime and spiri-tual songs and for collecting tra-ditional music up and down theEast Coast of Canada and theUnited States. In addition to theguitar, he often incorporates a tin

    whistle and bodhran in his per-formances.

    For information on Songs ofthe Holidays or other MedfordHistorical Society programs, call(609) 654-6485 or visit www.med-fordhistory.org.

    Christmas Carol Festivalset for Dec. 7

    St. Mary of the Lakes Parish ishosting a Christmas Carol festi-val on Sunday, Dec. 7 from 3 to 4p.m. at the church on JacksonRoad.

    All are welcome to travel back

    to Bethlehem and sing traditionalChristmas carols about the truemeaning of Christmas. The finalefeatures a candlelit rendition ofSilent Night.

    Cookies and hot cocoa will beavailable afterward at the Em-maus Center across the parkinglot from the church.

    For more information, pleasecontact St. Mary of the Lakes at(609) 654-8208.

    Holiday concert is Dec. 4

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