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Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Classified . . . . . . . . . . . 20-23 Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
INSIDE THIS ISSUE It’s a celebration
Police swear in new officers, honor achievements. PAGE 6
Logan and Leah Johnson get their picture taken with Santa at the Medford Dickens Festival this past weekend. South Main Street was transformed into a winter wonderland to ring in the holidays. Lights were strung on the buildings, Christmas tunes filled the air and a number of local businesses set up shop for guests to purchase souvenirs. For more photos, please see page 16.
Celebrating Dickens FestivalBronze for going
Convention Center, Taunton Forge Elementary School was awarded a certificate that only 54 of the approximately 2,500 schools in New Jersey received.
The school was recognized as a “sustainable school” by the Sus- tainable Jersey for Schools organ- ization. It also contributed to the Sustainable Jersey Bronze certifi- cation the Medford school district
received. It was one of five districts in
the state that had each one of its schools recognized for the first- ever Sustainability Jersey for Schools certification.
The district has been pursuing the effort to go green for more than a decade by being a leader in utilizing solar projects in most of 
 please see SCHOOL, page 14
Taunton Forge Elementary School
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On Fri. Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., 32 Highbridge Blvd. in Medford will be converted into the North Pole to host Santa Claus, Yukon Cor- nelius (the lovable arctic prospec- tor from the classic Rankin/Bass TV special “Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer”), reindeer, Christmas decorations, a nativity display, and carolers from Shawnee High School.
Santa will be escorted by the Gloucester City Mummers String
Band. Santa’s only request is that vis-
itors bring nonperishable food items that will be donated to the St. Mary of the Lakes Conference
of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, which serves the Burlington County communities of Medford, Medford Lakes, Browns Mills, Pemberton Township and Moorestown.
Dress warmly, bring a camera and enjoy hot chocolate and cook- ies after your North Pole stroll.
During the last year, the St. Mary of the Lakes Conference of  the Society of St. Vincent de Paul served 10,313 individuals with
spiritual assistance and food, clothing, and financial help for housing, auto insurance, utilities, and medical expenses valued at $660,931.
Santa Claus to arrive at 32 Highbridge Blvd.
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Drop us an email at Fax us at 856-427- 0934. Call the editor at 856-427-0933.
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DEC. 9–15, 2015 –THE MEDFORD SUN 5
The South Jersey Pops will be performing old and new holiday standards and other popular tunes at Lenape High School on Dec. 12 and at Marlton United Methodist Church on Dec. 14. Those nights, Emma Gibbins, an elementary school music teacher in Waterford and an oboist in the orchestra, and Rachel Smith, an elementary school music teacher in Medford and flutist in the group, will each take the baton for portions of the concert.
Robert Schiavinato, the orches- tra’s conductor who has men- tored them, says this marks the
next step in the development of  both longtime musicians.
Also marking her second con- cert with the orchestra and holi- day concert debut is Bridget Kasinskas, the Pops’ new concert- master.
Featured selections in the Holi- day Spectacular include "The Christmas Song," "Carol of the Drum," Trans Siberian Orches- tra's "Mad Russian's Christmas,"
featuring Rob Bradshaw on elec- tric violin, and Leroy Anderson's "Christmas Festival," popularized by the Boston Pops under Arthur Fielder.
Holiday Spectacular will be performed at Lenape High School, 235 Hartford Road, Med- ford, on Dec. 12, and at Marlton United Methodist Church, 2 Marl- borough Road, Marlton, on Dec. 14. Both performances begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tick- ets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or online at Chil- dren under 13 are free.
Founded in 1969 as the Burling- ton County Pops, the 60-member South Jersey Pops Orchestra is an all-volunteer community ensem- ble that presents several concerts annually. The orchestra provides musicians of all ages an opportu- nity to express themselves musi- cally in a friendly environment and provides its audiences an op- portunity to enjoy live music close to home at moderate cost.
Pops sings holiday tunes
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At last week’s Medford Town Council meeting, the Medford Police Department
swore in two new officers and recognizedthe outstanding efforts of a number of ex- isting officers.
Before Police Chief Richard Meder got started with a moment of silence to honor the 116 law enforcement officers nation- wide who lost their lives in the line of duty this year, he gave a special thank you to the support staff who play a vital role in keep- ing Medford safe.
“I’d be remiss if I did not thank our out- standing civilian support staff for all that they do. They truly are the unsung heroes of the police department, and I can't thank
them enough,” Meder said. Officers Christopher “CJ” Walsh and
Andrew Morgan were accompanied by their families as they read the oath with Mayor Charles Watson to solidify their new role as police officers.
Walsh grew up in Medford and graduat- ed from both Shawnee High School and Rowan College at Burlington County.
From 2003-2006, he volunteered as an EMT with Medford Township Emergency Medical Services. He was hired as a full-
time communications officer with the Med-ford Township Police Department in 2004. He then went on to attend the Gloucester County Police Academy, where he graduat- ed at the top of his class.
In July 2006, Walsh was hired as a full- time police officer with the MPD but was laid off in 2012 due to the economy. He was quickly hired by the Burlington City Police Department, where he served for the next three years.
Walsh was appointed back to the MPD in October.
“CJ, on behalf of the entire Medford Po-
lice Department, welcome home,” Meder said.
Morgan was born and raised in Ocean City, where both of his parents worked for the Ocean City Police Department.
He attended high school in Ocean City
and later attended Rowan University, where he worked toward achieving a de- gree in criminal justice.
He began his career in law enforcement as a special law enforcement officer in Ocean City. Morgan later attended the Cape
May County Police Academy Class TwoProgram. He was appointed as a member of the
MPD in October. “You are about to embark on one of the
noblest professions – one that is rewarding but never in our history has it been so diffi- cult. The challenges that you will face in your career will be many. Rise to not only meet those challenges, but to overcome them,” Meder said.
Meder referenced Abraham Lincoln when discussing the power these men would now possess as police officers.
“All men can withstand adversity, but if  you want to test a man’s character, give him power. The power bestowed upon you as a police officer is tremendous. Recognize
H ow many times have you seen
it: People driving around town
throwing caution to the wind,
as if they were on a NASCAR track?
You’d think someone was giving away
free $100 bills.
Do they not know we have children
walking around town? Do they not care about the safety of other mo-
torists? Do they not care about their
own safety?
rush at all times; it seems like it’s get-
ting worse with each passing year.
Somehow, by some miracle, New Jer-
sey drivers aren’t the worst in the na-
tion, at least according to an annual
study recently released by CarInsur- Well, we’re al-
most the worst – we rank 45th on this
list of the nation’s worst drivers.
If we’re not the worst, we’d hate to
be on the road in Minnesota, whose
drivers were collectively ranked as the
worst in the nation.
some of our American brethren, it’s
worth repeating: Slow down out there!
Nothing can be of such importance
that you need to speed and drive errati-
cally ... every time you drive! It’s just
not possible that your wife is giving
birth for the fifth time this week.
Our children are walking our
streets. Our elderly are still behind the wheel. Our ready, willing and able are
out on the roads, trying to get shopping
done. And it’s going to be extra crowd-
ed like this for a few more weeks.
Let’s make sure everyone gets where
they’re going safely. Let’s all share the
road with each other, and let’s stop
being such maniacs –even if we’re not
the most maniacal in the country.
in our opinion
Slow down out there Use caution when driving on the roads, especially this time of  year
Your thoughts
How bad is the driving out there? How can we get better? Should more regulations be put on New Jersey drivers to improve safety? Let your thoughts be heard through a letter to the editor.
Police celebrate new officers, achievements Christopher Walsh and Andrew Morgan sworn into township’s force at council meeting
 please see DEPARTMENT, page 10
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Dolores R. Shields  Dec. 3, 2015 
Dolores R. Shields (nee Rug- gieri), of Cherry Hill, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 3.
Born in Philadelphia to the late John and Susan Ruggieri, she grew up in Philadelphia, living in Newtown Square, Pa., before moving to Cherry Hill in 1985. A real estate broker and manager for Century 21 Alliance in Moorestown, she worked with the company for 18 years.
She is the beloved mother of Susan R. Pressler and her hus- band David of Medford, and Tri- cia Hammerquist of Cherry Hill. She is also survived by her sister Arlene Dowd of Cherry Hill, and her grandchildren Mark Muller, Jenna and D. Nicholas Pressler and Anthony, Christopher and Nicole Hammerquist. She is the sister of the late Patricia Rug-
gieri. Relatives
and friends are invited to greet her fami- ly on Friday, Dec. 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Bradley & Stow Funeral Home, 127 Medford-Mt. Holly Road, Medford. A mass of  Christian burial will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10 a.m. in the St. Mary of the Lakes Church, 40
Jackson Road, Medford. Inter-ment will follow in the Parkview Cemetery at Kirby’s Mill.
In recognition of her love for children, the family requests me- morial donations to St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101-9950.
Arrangements by Bradley & Stow Funeral Home,
Medford Sunrise Rotary Club: 7:15 a.m. at MedPort Diner, 122 Route 70. Call 354-8104 for informa-
tion. For more information, visit
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-6.
Lego Club: Ages 7-12. 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 requested. Visit club-6.
Health and Wellness: 7 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Come
listen and learn the best ways toprotect yourself and natural ways to keep your immune system strong. Registration requested. Visit dar/health-and-wellness- pinelands-branch-library.
Woman’s Club of Medford meeting: 7:30 p.m. at Cranberry Hall. For further information, email med-
Knights of Columbus business meeting: 7:30 p.m. at Emmaus Center, Jackson Road. For more
information, visit www.medford-
Medford Running Company group run: 6:30 p.m. Meet at Medford
Running Company, 62 S. Main St. All abilities welcome.
Paws to Read (Ocho): 3:30, 3:45, 4,and 4:15 at Pinelands Branch Library. Children are welcome to practice their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Ocho, a registered thera- py dog. Sign up for a 15-minute slot and see what it's all about. Registration requested. Visit read-ocho-20.
Medford Area Senior Citizens Club: Meets at VFW Post 7677 on Church Road. For more infor-
mation, visit
Medford VFW annual Cookie Walk: Doors open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 317 Church Road Medford. Let us help you with your cookies for the holidays. Treats are $8 per pound. Call (609) 654-9823 for more information.
Minecraft at the Library: Ages 5-17. 11 a.m. at Pinelands Branch
Library. Join the Pinelands Branch Library for an afternoon (approximately two hours) of Minecraft on the Xbox 360. Reg- istration guarantees you gaming
time, walk-ins are accepted. Visit raft-library-0.
Star Wars Jedi Knight Academy: Ages 3-12. 3 p.m. at Pinelands
Branch Library. An engaging pro-gram by veteran family entertain- er David Engel. Kids 3 years and older are encouraged to dress as their favorite Star Wars charac- ter. Registration requested. star- wars-jedi-knight-academy.
Toddler Time: Ages 18-35 months. 10:30 a.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Join Ms. Danielle for sto-
ries, songs, and a craft or activity.Registration requested. Visit dler-time-8.
Chess Club: Ages 7-16. 4 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Join Mr. Rick and his young assistants, Michael and Ryan, for an hour of play and/or instruction. Please bring your chess set along if you have one. If not, use one of ours. Registration requested. Visit -club-2.
Medford Lodge 178 of Free & Accepted Masons meeting: Meets at 25 Bank St. For more information, visit www.medford- or call (609) 694-
Medford Youth Athletic Association board meeting: Second Monday of the month with two parts, one pub- lic and one private. To attend, visit or email
Helping Hand grief support: 7 to 9 p.m. at Fellowship Alliance Chapel, 199 Church Road. Educational hour and support sessions. Call 953- 7333 ext. 309 for information.
Snack Attack: Ages 4-12. Noon and 4 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Join Miss Niki, DTR, from the Shop Rite of Medford for a
fun activity and a lesson on how to prepare a healthy snack. Reg- istration requested. Visit s-club-2.
Family Movie Night: “The Night- mare Before Christmas”: 6 p.m. at Pinelands Branch Library. Bring the whole family to the library for this month's feature, "The Nightmare Before Christ- mas" (76 min.). Snacks and bev- erages may be served, but feel free to bring your own goodies
and blanket to get comfy. Regis- tration requested. Visit
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Burlington County Sheriff 
Jean Stanfield is reminding resi- dents that free checks of child safety seat installations are of- fered by the Sheriff’s Department every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. in the park- ing lot of the County Administra- tion Building, 49 Rancocas Road, Mount Holly.
“It is important for our resi- dents to know that these services are available to them year round,” Stanfield said.
Our Child Passenger SafetySeat Program conducts hands-on training for parents and care- givers to ensure that their chil- dren’s safety seats are properly installed.
“We are very pleased that we are able to offer this additional service to busy parents,” Stan- field said. “The Sheriff ’s Depart- ment Child Safety Seat Team con- sists of state-certified technicians
who also check all child seats for
safety concerns and recalls.” The Burlington County Child
Passenger Safety Program has in- spected more than 13,000 child safety seats since its start 16 years ago.
During the last year, only 8 per- cent of seats checked were in- stalled correctly. This 92 percent misuse rate is higher than the na- tional average of 73 percent re- ported by Safe Kids USA.
According to the National
Highway Traffic Safety Adminis-tration, research on the effective- ness of child safety seats shows their use can reduce fatalities for children under 1-year-old by 71 percent and for toddlers (ages 1-4) by 54 percent.
If used properly, a child safety restraint can reduce the need for hospitalization among children 4 years of age and under by 69 per- cent.
Free child safety seat installation checks weekly
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AAUW Medford Branch Literature Group: 7:30 p.m. Locations vary. For more information, visit
Medford Township Council meet- ing: 7:30 p.m. at Public Safety Building, 91 Union St. For more
information and to confirm meet- ing time, visit www.medfordtown-
Medford-Vincentown Rotary Club
meeting: 6:30 p.m. at Braddock’s Tavern. For more information, visit
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