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  • www.medfordsun.com DEC. 2430, 2014 FREE

    Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8Classified . . . . . . . . . . . . 1719Editorials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6Obituary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

    INSIDE THIS ISSUENew school schedule

    LRHSD plans to unveil proposedschedule in January. PAGE 2

    Rush to collectleaves before snowTownship has only completed collection

    in two of five zones thus far; residentasks council to speed up process in future

    By MIKE MONOSTRAThe Sun

    Autumn may have ended. How-ever, signs of the season are stillpresent in the piles of leavesfound in the majority of the town-ship, and one resident feels theprocess is moving too slowly.Interim township manager

    Katherine Burger said the town-ship has completed leaf collectionin zones three and four. Collectionin zone five began on Dec. 17 andwill progress to zones one andtwo shortly afterward.Burger originally set a date of

    Jan. 1 to complete one round ofleaf collection in all five zones.However, at last weeks councilmeeting, she wasn't sure if thetownship would be able to meetthe deadline.We're still pushing for that

    one time around the first of theyear, but due to the volume ofleaves, I just don't know if its pos-sible, she said.Leaf collection is not happen-

    ing fast enough for resident TomSnyder. He is worried the collec-

    tion won't be completed prior tothe first snowstorm of the year.Last year, when the snow

    plows came through, they piledup about six-foot high drifts andleaves probably constituted halfof those, he said.Snyder's suggestion to council

    was to have the township in-crease the amount of resources ithas going toward leaf pickup.I think the way to approach it

    is to go more intensive, he said.Instead of four trucks for 10weeks, how about 10 trucks forfour weeks? If you have to con-tract it out, contract it out.Medford Township previously

    contracted out leaf collection in2008 and 2009, but ended the con-tract because of a number of is-sues. Burger said a major con-cern about hiring an outside com-pany for leaf collection is thehigh cost.When we did contract out, we

    paid more than $400,000 in leafcollection, Burger said. That'snot in the budget.

    please see LEAVES, page 12

    MIKE MONOSTRA/The SunSerena Estacio-Toyhey, Charles Rich and Michael Buoni perform with the Shawnee High Schoolchoir at the Santa Comes to Mt. Laurel event last week. The choir performed a number of holidaysongs including Santa Claus is Coming to Town, Jingle Bells and Joy to the World.

    Spreading holiday cheer

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    A new class schedule could becoming to the four Lenape Re-gional High School Districtschools as early as next year.The district is holding a pres-

    entation in January namedBuilding a Better Schedule. Thepresentation will be held atSeneca on Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.,Shawnee on Jan. 13 at 6 p.m.,Cherokee on Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. andLenape on Jan. 15 at 7 p.m.Director of Curriculum

    Heather Xenakis said the presen-tation would give parents a broadoverview of the changes the dis-trict is discussing for next year.The presentation is going to

    give a basic outline of the newschedule, Xenakis said.Each night will include a pres-

    entation from district and schooladministrators on the proposed

    changes. Parents will then havean opportunity to ask questions.The newly proposed schedule

    is designed to increase instruc-tion time while also reducing aca-demic stress and promoting stu-dent accountability and responsi-bility. Xenakis declined to give ad-ditional information on the spe-cific changes the district is dis-cussing.The proposed new schedule is

    being discussed as the districtalso prepares for a full implemen-tation of its new assessmentschedule for the 2015-16 schoolyear. The district is replacing tra-ditional midterm and final examswith periodic benchmark assess-ments throughout the year. Xe-nakis said the proposed schedulechanges are not related to thechanges taking place with exams. The presentation is for parents

    only. Each school will hold a sepa-rate presentation for students

    later in the year.In other news: The Lenape High School

    marching band was honored atlast weeks meeting for winningthe Group II Open NationalChampionship in November.Each of the band members re-ceived a Lenape Pride awardfor their contribution to the team.Lenape has won either a state ornational championship 11 yearsin a row. Band director Steve Waldron

    said the 2014 band is one he willalways remember.This was the best year that I

    ever had the pleasure of direct-ing, he said. Excellent scores on the Quali-

    ty Single Accountability Continu-um, or QSAC, may allow the dis-trict to skip its next evaluation. The state Department of Edu-

    LRHSD plans to unveil proposed school schedule to parents in January

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    The following information wasprovided by the Medford Town-ship Police Department.

    On Dec. 15 at 6:12 p.m., MedfordTownship Police responded to aresidence on Bayau Trail for thereport of an assault. Upon ar-rival, officers located a 59-year-oldmale who had been assaulted.Medford EMS transported thesubject to Virtua Hospital inMarlton for treatment of a headinjury and multiple contusions.The investigation revealed thatthe subject was assaulted by his

    neighbor, a 70-year-old Medfordman, inside the suspects resi-dence. The suspect first sprayedhim with a pepper spray type sub-stance and then struck him nu-merous times with a cylindricalmetal object. The incident is be-lieved to be due to an ongoingneighbor dispute.The 70-year-old man was

    charged with aggravated assaultand possession of a weapon foran unlawful purpose.He was released pending a

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    Joseph P. KeaneDec. 16, 2014

    Joseph P. Keane of MedfordLakes passed away peacefully athis home on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Hewas 76 years old. Born in Philadelphia, he has

    resided in Medford Lakes for thepast three years, moving therefrom Medford. A graduate ofLaSalle University, he was theowner and real estate broker forKeane and Mumma of Medford.He was a member of the MedfordLakes Country Club and Fellow-ship Alliance Chapel. He is the beloved husband of

    Carol S. (nee Silk) Keane of Med-ford Lakes and the loving fatherof Elizabeth Walker of Welling-ton, Fla., Matthew Keane and his

    wife Alice of Medford, RyanKeane and his wife Jennifer ofShamong, and Megan Kent andher husband Edward of Medford.He is also survived by hisstepchildren Daniel Siatkowski ofSouthampton, Lauren Garcia ofPompano Beach, Fla., StephenSiatkowski of Marlton and 16grandchildren. Memorial services were held

    on Monday, Dec. 22 at the Bradleyand Stow Funeral Home in Med-ford. In lieu of other expressions of

    sympathy, the family requests do-nations to either the ParkinsonDisease Center, 330 South 9thStreet, Philadelphia PA 19107,Atten: Sue, or to Samaritan Hos-pice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marl-ton, NJ 08055.

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