Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Jeff Kasko, John Moscatelli and Neal Rochford took just a few minutes to savor their swearing in Tuesday, as issues of the sewage spill fall out, taxes and a changing police force loom large.
Updated at 8:05 p.m. May 21 In a quick ceremony that started with an oath and ended with a sweet treat, Haddonfield's three commissioners took their seats as the borough's governing body and immediately got to work. Jeff Kasko, Neal Rochford and John Moscatelli took the oath of office at noon Tuesday in an unofficial gathering that nonetheless drew a crowd of onlookers at Municipal Hall. By state statute, the three had to be sworn in no later than a week after the election. The borough plans an additional ceremony on May 28. As expected, Kasko was named mayor. Haddonfield traditionally chooses its mayor by who garnered the most votes in the election. Moscatelli, with the second highest vote total, was sworn in as deputy mayor. Kasko will …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Before the swearing in ceremony Tuesday, two new commissioners and a re-elected incumbent met for a trial run.
At first meeting of newly elected commissioners on Monday evening, the group made a decision that will surprise very few—Jeff Kasko will be the new mayor of Haddonfield. Kasko assumes the mayor's seat after a 12-year mayoral stretch for Tish Colombi, who didn't run for re-election. Monday's work session was the first meeting of Haddonfield's election victors. Two of the participants, John Moscatelli and Neal Rochford, were so new to the proceedings that they hadn’t even been sworn in yet. All three commissioners will officially be sworn in Tuesday at noon in a brief ceremony at the Municipal Hall. Monday’s meeting was a work session, which typically does not include formal votes on resolutions or ordinances, but does feature discussion on …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Borden lost a bid for a third term for the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
Moments after a stinging defeat Tuesday in a bid for a third term on the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners, Ed Borden said he would not run for elected office again. "I did this out of a desire to serve the town; the voters decided they wanted to go in a different direction. I accept that and I'm going," said Borden, 64, a practicing attorney and former Camden County prosecutor, the chief law enforcement officer in the county. Earlier on election night, his eyes were moist as he shook hands with supporters in a packed room at the Municipal Hall as election results came in. Borden was a borough school board member for five years before being elected to the three-member Board of Commissioners in 2005. He finished second out of four …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Candidates and election-watchers pack the municipal building to find out the results of Tuesday's vote.
In a Haddonfield tradition, candidates, their families and community members gathered at Borough Hall to await election results. More than 200 people packed the room, anxiously watching as all 10 districts in Haddonfield reported their returns. When it was over, Jeff Kasko, Neal Rochford and John Moscatelli were the victors. Read more about the election results and see the transcript of Patch's live chat of election night. If you were at the results event, add your photos to our gallery: click on "upload photos and videos," above.
The trio, who finished on top of a field of six candidates, represent a mix of experience as municipal officials.
Haddonfield's upcoming Board of Commissioners mixes new blood with old hands at municipal government. Jeff Kasko, John Moscatelli and Neal Rochford finished ahead of three other candidates on the ballot Tuesday for three seats on the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners. Voters selected one incumbent, Kasko; one newcomer, Moscatelli; and Rochford, returning to the board after a four-year hiatus. Incumbent Ed Borden lost his bid for a third term, finishing fourth ahead of challengers Lee Anne Albright and Ken Kouba. Many expected a hotly contested election, but turnout was just under 35 percent of the 9,434 borough's registered voters. By contrast, 48 percent of local voters turned out in January to defeat the $12.5 million Bancroft public …
Haddon Patch editors and readers chatted about borough issues, the election and the candidates as election results came in. Read the transcript here.
Update: The chat is over, but you can replay the transcript by clicking on the play icon above. Months of campaigning culminates May 14 when Haddonfield voters go to the polls on Election Day. Haddonfield-Haddon Township Patch will provide live results of the voting returns—join us for a real-time chat starting at 7:30 p.m. on May 14. We'll talk about the campaign, what you want to see the winners focus on in Haddonfield, how you feel about the borough's direction and much more. When polls close at 8 p.m., we'll begin reporting on the results as they come in. Enter your email in the box, above, to get a reminder about the chat. See you May 14 at 7:30 p.m.!
Monday, May 13, 2013
Ballots in Haddonfield's District 1 have the wrong voting place.
Some sample ballots mailed to Haddonfield residents for the hotly contested Board of Commissioners election on Tuesday have the wrong voting place. The Central/Middle school was listed as the polling place, when it is actually the Haddonfield United Methodist Church several blocks away at 29 Warwick Road. Borough officials sent out an email blast Monday to alert residents to the mistake. The Central/Middle school was a polling place in a $12.5 million school board referendum to buy the Bancroft property in January. That referendum was rejected. It was not immediately reported how the sample ballots for the May election contained the wrong polling place. District 1 is bounded by Kings Highway between the PATCO line and S. Hinchman Avenue, S…
Make sure you're informed and ready to cast your ballot for Haddonfield commissioner on May 14.
Haddonfield’s Board of Commissioners election is fast approaching—make sure you’re educated about who’s running and how to cast your vote. All three seats on the board are open and carry four-year terms in this nonpartisan election. Two incumbents and four challengers are vying for the seats. Here’s everything you need to know: Candidates Get the know the six candidates better, hear what they’d focus on as commissioner and learn why they’re running: Election Day Polls are open Tuesday, May 14, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. You must already have registered to vote to participate in the election, and should vote in your normal polling location. Not sure where that is? Check your sample ballot or look up your voting information here. If you have a …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Joe Keating says next week's election next week played a role publicizing the controversial spill, but other Haddonfield and state officials say the situation shouldn't be downplayed.
Joe Keating, Haddonfield's director of utilities, said this week he thinks the upcoming borough Board of Commissioners election played a role in publicizing a raw sewage spill and its clean up last week, two months after it happened. "Because it's election time, people are getting all involved saying 'They're allowing this toxic waste to get spewed all over.' No we're not," Keating said this week. "If it happens, we clean it up. Nobody wants to have sewage overflowing. It's crazy to even make people think that." Keating said he thought the spill got "blown way out of proportion." The borough commissioners, his bosses, don't share his view. "No borough official ever told me about any back up or spill until just a couple of days ago," Jeff …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mayor Tish Colombi says borough, county and state officials all have attended to the sewage spill site, and disciplinary actions are being taken for the delayed cleanup response.
Haddonfield Mayor Tish Colombi issued a statement late Wednesday on the sewage spill near Wedgewood Swim Club that occurred in March and was cleaned up last week. Statement concerning overflow of sanitary main behind Wedgewood Swim Club The overflowing of raw sewage from the collection system is known as a sewer system overflow (SSO). Overflows occur because of (1) blockages in the pipe and (2) from extraneous flows surcharging the sewer pipe during large rain events. The overflow may be in an isolated location where it goes undetected for a long period or it may occur in a spot where it offers the potential for human direct contact such as a street, lawns or residential basement. Without direct contact there is little to no health risk …