Bancroft 'Vote No' Signs Swiped from 3 Lawns

The reported thefts come in the homestretch of a hotly contested referendum battle.

Free speech has a price this week in Haddonfield. It adds up to the cost of replacing a limited number of lawn signs urging residents to vote no on the $12.5 million referendum on the public purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft property on Kings Highway East.

Haddonfield police reported three 'Vote No' lawn signs were stolen Sunday. The incidents occurred in the 100 block of Hawthorne Ave., and two in the 400 block of Estaugh Ave.

The signs were distributed by Haddonfield United, a group opposed to the Bancroft purchase. The group released a statement about the thefts earlier this week.

"Long story short, each theft can have an impact on our small supply and residents’ free speech," the group said. "Whether you’re for or against the purchase of Bancroft, you’re within your right to have an opinion.  Do not let what is presumably a small number of bad actors deny you that right."

No arrests have been reported.

Maryann Campling January 19, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Let's hope that this is the action of some dopey kids.....not dopey adults!
Susan Hoch MD January 19, 2013 at 01:53 PM
It's probably the same student athlete mentality that gets drunk and trashes houses. Remember the piano incident a couple of years ago that led to the No alcohol policy. Poor to absent parenting and lack of moral values.
Herb Hess January 19, 2013 at 02:16 PM
Free Speech trumps stupidity. No more sign stealing in Haddonfield!
Jeremiah Wright January 19, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Well, at least no wallets were stolen. .....(the politicians will take care of that).
Brian Kelly January 19, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Two more stolen on Hinchman ave this morning. Please don't steal any more of our signs. We can't afford it and don't have Bancroft bankrolling us like One Haddonfield does. One good thing came out of it, however, People made donations to us after that and we able to buy some more. Thanks to everyone all over Haddonfield for your generosity.
Eric Johnson January 19, 2013 at 02:50 PM
It is always wonderful to see a group publicly stand up for their "free speech"... as Haddonfield United blocks me from their "Community" Facebook Site. All my posts also seem to be removed. Maybe that's why the FB HU community site appears greatly one sided on the issues and responses to the referendum. I do hope all you fine residents(and all the Haddonfield United members) aren't apart of these current "lack of moral values". BTW. I did post to the FB site(it was removed) that I even heard the same night a bunch of green signs were destroyed, missing and one swapped with a LVL realty FOR SALE sign. Find ALL the facts on the referendum at www.haddonfieldnj.org and www.onehaddonfield.org.
Pro-Haddonfield January 19, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Missing some yes signs over by Lizzy Haddon. Imagine it's a juvenile prank. I guess it has to be reported to the police to make the Patch.
bsdtktr January 19, 2013 at 03:32 PM
For all the pettiness going on, at least Haddonfield is having a referendum. Over in Collingswood, the mayor took citizens to court to block a referendum on a 25-year tax giveaway to a developer. So much for tax relief. So much for democracy.
Jack S January 19, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Eric, when you call the administrator of the HU FB page a "Communist" and make other PERSONAL attacks on a regular, repetitive basis, you get bumped. Sorry dude. Why not post on the onehaddonfield website?
Jack S January 19, 2013 at 03:40 PM
You're 100% correct. Folks will have a chance to express their opinion in the referendum, which is a good thing. It's unfortunate after the debacle at the Lumberyard in Collingswood that the State and County are now backing w/ a tax abatement, etc. another transit village just up the road at Ferry Ave. Bad history clearly repeats itself.
Brian Kelly January 19, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Eric, We let you post on Haddonfield United and have your say over and over. I'm assuming you remember when a red sign and a green were both on county property. We took ours down while One Haddonfield kept theirs up. We took a picture of it and ran a post that said "Don't post on county property". After you complained we took your picture down and put a pic of OUR sign on the post, which is STILL on the page. Late on a Sunday night I caught your post accusing me of being, among other accusations, an invasive instigator running Haddonfield United by myself to destroy the referendum and posted 3 different links, including One Haddonfield. Since Haddonfield United has former members of the zoning board, planning board, Alfred Driscoll citizen of the year award winners, Doctors, Lawyers, business owners, etc. your charges only make these people angry. Also, since we posted one article about turf problems on our opponents site and it got deleted, which is their right, you don't have much to complain about.
Brian Kelly January 19, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Eric, By the way, if you'd like, I'll unblock you after the vote so your posts will return. Then everyone can decide for themselves if I denied you your right of free speech.
Butternut squash January 19, 2013 at 05:27 PM
Such pettiness. As if a sign means anything. Hey at least eric and Brian are not cowards and use their real names. Hey gotta go someone is stealing my don't steal my sign sign
Eric Johnson January 20, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I was done posting- my vote was sent via mail last week. But, You and Your team attack my credibility. I have never accused anyone of being a communist as Jack S(next time please use your name)expressed. Until today, those "communists" words have never been uttered from my mouth or typed from my hands. But your FB site is listed as community site. A site where as you say in the intro " Haddonfield United is an open forum for discussion, debate, information and ideas to give residents of Haddonfield past and present a voice in the direction of our town. We are not allied with any POLITICAL or religious organizations or institutions" .... but then you admit to restricting the alternative point of view of the governing body of the site? Why... because my posts affect the governing body of the HU FB site, their view, and these(from your words above) "charges only make these people angry". That said... wouldn't limiting free speech on community site, censorship and only providing a governing bodies point of view be an intent of Marxism when it moves to the extreme of Communism? Therefore, by limiting free speech and an intent of censoring of the opponents view YOU and YOUR HU group actually are a form of Communism(there I typed it, but you made it happen). All along.. all I asked is the site provide fair information to both parties when the site is sold to residents as community site so ALL can make decision based on the facts. Best to talk to One H about their site. Not me.
Maryann Campling January 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM
Vote No signs vandalized near Lizzie Haddon again last evening. Police weren't able to come out because of arrest workload in other areas.....kids I guess, as the schools are closed today. I usually see more beer cans and liquor bottles (and worse) on my walks around town when the schools are closed.
Brian Kelly January 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Eric, Thanks for telling me you didn't call me a communist and then accuse me of being a communist. That about sums up the gist of your HU posts. If you wish to paint me as a lone, angry, invasive instigator with a solitary agenda against Haddonfield that's your right, but say it on your page, not mine. I've never made those kind of silly charges against you or any of the pro bond people, who are my neighbors and in some instances good friends. We all love our town and are doing what we believe in.


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