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www.voorheessun.com
FEBRUARY 22-28, 2012
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Election moved
Board of education votes forNovember election.
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Residentsspeak outagainstcharterschool
By MELISSA DIPENTO
The Voorhees Sun
Residents of Cherry Hilland Voorhees continue tospeak out against the arrivalof Regis Academy CharterSchool in Cherry Hill, whichwas approved by the state De-partment of Education lastfall.Earlier this month, CherryHill Schools SuperintendentDr. Maureen Reusche, alongwith members of the commu-nity, presented testimony be-fore the Assembly’s EducationCommittee, expressing opposi-tion to the school that woulddraw students from CherryHill, Voorhees, Lawnside andSomerdale.In the past, school districtofficials from Cherry Hill andVoorhees expressed concernover setting aside money fromnext year’s budget to supportthe publicly funded charterschool. Cherry Hill schools areprojected to contribute $1.9million. Voorhees Schools areprojected to set aside nearly$700,000 for the charter school.“I need my elected officialsto dot every ‘i’ and cross every‘t,’ because a lot of tax money
Badgeincidentstirsscrutiny
By MELISSA DIPENTO
The Voorhees Sun
At the Feb. 13 township com-mittee meeting, a few mem-bers of the public offered theirthoughts to Deputy MayorMario DiNatale on his recentbrush with the law.Last month, DiNatale waspulled over by Berlin Town-ship police for having a failedinspection sticker and for hav-ing tinted windows.DiNatale, the VoorheesTownship Public Safety Direc-tor, said he did fail inspectionafter he bought the car inPennsylvania. After a failedinspection, he had one monthto make the changes needed topass.“I was a month overdue. Iwas wrong,” DiNatale said.But the issue some residentshave taken up with DiNataleisn’t so much over the failedinspection.When he was pulled overlast month, DiNatale said heshowed the officer his license,registration and insurance inone hand, and a badge issuedby the Voorhees Chief of Po-lice in his other hand.DiNatale said the officerasked him what the badge was,to which he responded, “I’m
MELISSA DIPENTO/The Voorhees Sun
Voorhees Mayor Michael Mignogna swears in new Sergeant Daniel Stark of the Voorhees Township PoliceDepartment. The ceremony was held at the Voorhees Township Committee meeting on Feb. 13.
Two officers sworn in
By MELISSA DIPENTO
The Voorhees Sun
With dozens of members of theVoorhees Township Police De-partment present, Mayor MichaelMignogna swore in CharlesFowler and Daniel Stark as ser-geants at last week’s committeemeeting.The committee then shifted itsfocus to hashing out the details of a new citizen’s budget advisorycommittee.Earlier in the caucus session,Committeeman Michael Fried-man said the group reached acompromise about who would siton the citizen committee.Friedman said he wanted fourresidents on the committee, butother members of the townshipcommittee said they wished foran open citizen group, allowingany interested Voorhees taxpay-ers to get involved.“We reached a compromises soall the citizens of Voorhees couldhave a voice,” Friedman said.Committee members chimedin, stating their satisfaction withthe group being open to all resi-dents .“We all agree we’re abouttransparency,” Mignogna said.“This resolution does no morethen tell people they have therights they’ve always had,”Deputy Mayor Harry Platt said.The group will begin to meetsoon.Deputy Mayor Mario DiNataleasked if Friedman would be will-ing to chair the group. Friedmanagreed, as did DiNatale, to remaina part of the group that plans totake a hard look at the budget inthe coming weeks.The group of citizen taxpayerswill also take their budgetary rec-ommendations to the committee.Township AdministratorLarry Spellman said the budget iscurrently being crafted, with anexpected presentation occurringat a regular meeting in March. Hesaid the township is still lookingfor ways to save money, and he an-
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CITIZENS, page 11
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NEW, page 2
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COMMITTEE, page 10
 
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THE VOORHEES SUN — FEBRUARY 22-28, 2012
Send us your Voorhees news
Have a news tip? Want to send us a press release or photos? Shoot an interesting video? Drop us an email at
news@thevoorheessun.com
. Fax usat (856) 427-0934. Call the editor at (609) 751-0245.
By MELISSA DIPENTO
The Voorhees Sun
The Voorhees Board of Educa-tion voted unanimously to movethe annual school election fromApril to November at its Jan. 25meeting.Board of education memberswhose terms were slated to endthis April will be extended toJanuary – and they’ll be up for re-election in November. The boardwill reorganize the first week of January.According to Frank DeBerardi-nis, assistant superintendent forbusiness, the estimated savings of moving the elections from Aprilto November is $12,000.The cost of this year’s Novem-ber election will be shared amongvarious county and local entities.The move to November alsoeliminates the public vote on pro-posed budgets under the state-mandated 2 percent cap.
Schoolelectionmoves toNovember
ticipates the budget coming inunder the state-mandated 2 per-cent cap.“Other towns have done thiswith much success,” Friedmansaid. “We could all use advice. I’mhappy to see the committee cometo fruition.”Any residents interested in be-coming a part of the citizen’sbudget advisory committee maycontact committeeman Friedmanat
mfriedman@voorheesnj.com
orthe mayor at
mmignogna@voorheesnj.com
.The committee also passed aresolution requesting a review of charter school law, which sup-ports the state Senate and Assem-bly’s proposed laws on further ac-countability and voter approval of charter schools in New Jerseymunicipalities.
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New advisory committeeforming
 
Kindergarten registrationset for next year
The Voorhees Township PublicSchools will hold kindergartenregistration for the 2012-13 schoolyear beginning Feb. 29. Any childwho will turn 5 on or before Oct.1, is eligible for kindergarten ad-mission in September 2012.First-grade registration willalso take place for children com-ing from private kindergartensfor September 2011. Please notespecific dates and times.Registration for Septemberkindergarten will be held on thefollowing days at the district’sfour elementary schools; E. T.Hamilton, Kresson, Osage andSignal Hill:Feb. 29 for last names begin-ning with letters A-L (kinder-garten only)March 14 for last names begin-ning with letters M-Z (kinder-garten only)March 21 and March 29 formake-up registration and first-grade registrationEach registration will runfrom 9:30 to 11 a.m. 1 to 3 p.m. Formore information, visit the dis-trict website at
www.voorhees.k12.nj.us/kindergarten, www.voorhees.k12.nj.us/firstgrade
or call (856)751-8446.
Booster club to hostpractice SAT testing
The Eastern Theater BoostersClub sponsors the next local SATpractice test at Tutoring Club of Cherry Hill on Feb. 26.Full analysis, including scoresand strategies, will be availablewithin 10 days of test completion.This is a good opportunity for juniors to practice for the Marchand May SATs, and for freshmanand sophomores to gaugeprogress. Space is limited, so re-serve early. Proceeds supportEastern student theater.The cost is $35 – and the prac-tice test will take place starting at8:30 a.m. at 484 Evesham Road.For more information, callAlan Cohen (856) 616-8808, or
alan@tutoringclubch.com.
Get ready for Passoverwith some crafts
Passover Prep comes to theMall at Voorhees Town Center.Open March 11 to March 25,call to make a reservation foryour group. Come with the familyto make a personalized Hag-gadah, do some arts and crafts,experience Passover in a new wayand learn new ideas to make yourPassover holiday the best one yet.Call (856) 673-2588 for more infor-mation or log on to
www.jewish-southjersey.org/passoverprep.
Middle school toperform ‘Oliver’
Voorhees Middle SchoolDrama Club’s presents “Oliver!”on Friday, March 16, through Sun-day, March 18, at the VMS The-ater, 1000 Holly Oak Drive.Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday,March 16, and Saturday, March 17,with a family matinee on March17 at 1 p.m. On Sunday, March 18,showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets are $10.All seats are reserved. Senior citi-zens are invited to watch this pro-duction free of charge on Sundaycourtesy of PRIDE of VTEA.VMS box office hours are Tues-days and Thursdays in Marchfrom 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tickets are alsoavailable one hour prior to eachperformance. For more informa-tion, call (856) 795-2025, ext. 5410.For information on groupsales, call (856) 428-2990, ext. 4184,and leave a message.
FEBRUARY 22-28,2012THE VOORHEES SUN
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.Fax us at (856) 427-0934. Call the editor at (609) 751-0245.

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