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    www.medfordsun.com DEC. 31, 2014JAN. 6, 2015 FREE

    The Sun

    edford residents made their voicesheard throughout 2014.

    Citizen feedback helped to drive ayear-long debate regarding zoningordinance changes for the Route 70commercial district. Residents alsooffered their input on topics such asbackyard chickens and deer fences.

    In some cases, residents voiced their displeasureto council and the board of education on topicsranging from a township managers resignation tothe end of traditional mid-term and final exams atShawnee High School.

    A number of the debates will continue into 2015.Before jumping ahead, lets take a look back at thebiggest stories in Medford from 2014.

    Route 70Medford Township officials entered 2014 with the

    task of reexamining the Route 70 business corridor.

    The goal was to relax some of the restrictions alongthe state highway to attract new businesses.

    Theres a prevailing philosophy to make Med-ford more accessible to businesses, Mayor ChrisBuoni said.

    The process began in late January as the plan-ning board held a public input session to garnerideas for what residents wanted to see happen toRoute 70. What ensued was a debate betweenwhether Medford needed to make changes or if it

    should keep the status quo.Tony Tolerico, a principal for Medford Ford, said

    changes had to be made not only to attract new busi-nesses, but also to keep existing businesses in thetownship.

    What we need is an attitude adjustment, Toleri-co said. We're not in the 1950s. In the 35 years I'vebeen here, I've never seen a new business aside fromthe CVS.

    On the other side of the spectrum stood resident

    Looking back on the happenings of Medford

    please see CHANGES, page 2

    M

    CLOCKWISE, FROM BOTTOM LEFT: Reid Uccello hits a ground ball to second base

    for the Medford 8U Renegades during a sectional tournament in July. Woodford CedarRun Wildlife Refuge senior educator Erin Kiefer shows off a red-tailed hawk in January.

    Children at the Medford-Vincentown Rotary Clubs Easter Egg Hunt take off running at

    Freedom Park on April 12. Leslie Sharp and her grandson Isaac McVay stop by

    Freedom Park to play during a sunny September morning. Shawnee High Schools

    Class of 2014 marches into their graduation ceremony on June 20. Liza Barr of

    Shawnee High School looks for an open teammate in a South Jersey Group IV playoff

    game against Eastern High School May 19. Police officer Joseph Canuso sits with K9

    Rio. Rio became the departments newest K9 in 2014. Nikola Williams of Shawnee

    grabs a rebound in the Renegades 57-37 win in the South Jersey Group IV champi-onship in March. Molly (front) and Chase (back) take a much-needed break from play

    time at the Freedom Park Dog Run in July. On the afternoon of July 31, the Pinelands

    Library was transformed into a chocolate factory as Willy Wonka paid children a visit.

    Girl Scout Rory Gras sews a holiday stocking during a charity sewing event at Cattells

    Sew Vac and Sewing Academy in November. Medford VFW Post 7677 commander

    Scott Lambert and post sergeant Jack Sweeney lay the VFWs wreath in front of the

    veterans memorial at the Medford Memorial Community Center on Veterans Day.

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    2 THE MEDFORD SUN DEC. 31, 2014JAN. 6, 2015

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    Jerry Gray, who appeared atmany public meetings aboutRoute 70 in 2014, speaking outagainst development each time.He said the township placed re-strictions because residents did-nt want big box stores and largeshopping centers.

    People were pretty clear they

    didn't want that kind of develop-ment in the township, he said.

    The result of the first meetingwas the formation of a subcom-mittee to break down all zoningregulations and make changes tothe ones hampering businessgrowth.

    The subcommittee submittedits list of recommendations tocouncil during a special planning

    board meeting in July.Among the recommendations,

    the subcommittee suggested in-creasing the maximum size ofbuildings from 35,000 square feetto 100,000 for commercial use and120,000 for medical and industrialuse.

    Medford Township plannerScott Taylor said many existingbuildings along Route 70 are al-ready larger than 35,000 squarefeet.

    That would make those sites

    that were non-conforming in con-formance in regard to buildingsize, he said.

    Other changes included re-duced buffer zones to make busi-nesses more visible from Route70.

    While Gray again spokeagainst the changes, resident Jef-

    CHANGESContinued from page 1

    please see TOWNSHIP, page 4

    Changes to Route 70corridor up for debate

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    Stephen ArthurEdgerton

    Dec. 16, 2014

    Stephen Arthur Edgerton, 86,died peacefully at his home inMedford on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

    Steve was born on May 8, 1928,in Plainfield,Ind., to Josephand ElsieEdgerton. Hegrew up in thesmall town ofColumbiana,

    Ohio, on thefamily farm,and stayed

    just longenough to de-cide he wasnot a farmerby inclination.He graduated fromOlney Friends School in Bar-nesville, Ohio, in 1946, and earnedhis bachelors of science degreein physics from Earlham Collegein 1950. He later received a mas-ters of education and superviso-ry certificate from Temple Uni-versity. Steve came to the eastcoast to work at the Quaker sum-mer camp, Camp Dark Waters,during college. He was the inter-im director for Nina and WilbertBraxton for two summers andthen took over full directorship ofthe camp in 1961. For the morethan four decades Steve was in-volved with Camp Dark Waters,he created a loving and acceptingplace for campers and staff to

    play, learn, work and grow togeth-er in ways that changed thou-sands of lives for the better. In asimple, natural setting, Steve fos-tered a sense of freedom and har-mony that was truly transforma-tive. He was director and owneruntil a group of former campers,staff and other friends of thecamp purchased the camp fromhim in 2001 and formed a non-profit organization.

    Steve was a gifted teacher anddeeply committed to experiential

    education. He taught high schoolscience, mostly chemistry, for 41

    years. He taught for two and ahalf years at Westtown School, 15and a half years at Penn CharterSchool, 10 years at WillingboroHigh, and his last 11 years atMoorestown Friends School. Hefounded and directed the progres-sive, alternative CommunityCamp School in Philadelphia fortwo years. He served as head ofthe science department at PennCharter, Willingboro High andMoorestown Friends, and he re-ceived several teaching awards.

    Steve employed a sense ofdrama and excitement to teach

    others. Many former students re-member him jumping from theground to the top of his desk inone leap to demonstrate the wayelectrons jump from their groundstate to higher energy levels, orperforming an explosive thermitereaction in the lab.

    Photography and woodworkingwere two of Steves main creativeoutlets. His interest in the designsof noted woodworker GeorgeNakashima is visible in the beau-tiful wooden furniture Stevecrafted. His love of nature shapedhis interest in photography. Healso loved fast cars, particularlyold BMWs. He was a great musicenthusiast and introduced manypeople to his favorite blues, jazzand rock artists, especially bluesmusician Taj Mahal. Steve had astrength and vitality that was evi-dent to all who knew him, as wellas a quiet, but engaging sense ofhumor.

    A loving and affectionate par-

    ent and husband, he is survivedby three children, Cinda andScott Edgerton with ex-wife Mick-ey Edgerton, and Alice Edgertonwith his current wife, Mary AnnBacon.

    He will be greatly missed by somany whose lives he touched.

    A memorial service will beheld at Medford Meeting House,14 Union St., Medford, NJ 08055on Jan. 3 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flow-ers, donations may be made toCamp Dark Waters Campership

    Fund or the Camp Dark WatersLegacy Fund.

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    4 THE MEDFORD SUN DEC. 31, 2014JAN. 6, 2015

    frey Lucas supported the recom-mendations, saying the addition-al tax ratables would outweighany negatives, such as increasedtraffic.

    There are very good ratablesin large buildings that don't nega-tively impact traffic, Lucas said.We already have buildings thatare over 100,000 square f