Thursday, February 21, 2013
The leader of a Haddonfield grassroots group decides against a run.
Brian Kelly, the face of Haddonfield United, a grassroots group that successfully spearheaded the opposition to the Bancroft public purchase referendum, has decided not to run in the borough commissioners election in May. Voters rejected the referendum last month. "I think it would compromise what we can do on the outside," said Kelly, 57, a massage therapist who grew up in Haddonfield, moved away and recently moved back. "We really can provide checks and balances." Kelly said he thinks some people may see him as divisive, but others stop him on the street to ask if he's running. "People ask me all the time 'Are you running, are you running?'" he said. "I've said no so many times." Kelly frequently comments on stories about local …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Commissioners, school board members and other borough officials answer residents' concerns at annual Haddonfield Civic Association "town hall" meeting
Leaf pick up, the Brandywine retirement home expansion and copper gutter thievery were on the minds of about 40 borough residents who attended the Haddonfield Civic Association’s annual “town hall” meeting Thursday night at borough hall. The association is aptly named. Civility ruled the night, even though some of the most contentious issues facing the borough, namely, the proposed Bancroft purchase and installation of artificial turf fields, were specifically designated to be discussed for fully half of the meeting. The meeting format allowed people to submit questions and have them answered by the appropriate borough official in a calm and careful way. “This format allows people to have a voice and to have a thoughtful, non-emotional …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Haddonfield Civic Association holds its annual event with borough officials answering all questions.
From the Haddonfield Civic Association: We invite you to attend the Annual Town Meeting, hosted by the Haddonfield Civic Association, on Thursday, OCTOBER 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Hall Auditorium. Former mayor Jack Tarditi will moderate. The format this year will be the same as 2011. Introductions will be made for the borough commissioners and attending Department heads. The meeting will be divided into two halves, first for general questions of all departments on any topic of interest. The second half will focus on the Bancroft acquisition including the purchase, the referendum as well as turf fields. Questions will be submitted on 3×5 cards and sorted for the moderator. EVERY QUESTION WILL BE READ. Multiple questions on the same …
Friday, October 5, 2012
A Haddonfield BOE appraisal released Thursday values Bancroft property at $15.1 million.
A new appraisal of the Bancroft property released Thursday values the 19.2-acre parcel at $15.1 million, nearly twice the $8 million value of a 2005 appraisal. The Haddonfield Board of Education and the borough have agreed to buy the property for $12.2 million, part of a $16.8-million bond referendum on the ballot in January. Board President Steve Weinstein said Friday the increase in value of the property was justified by the certified appraiser, Harry Renwick, because of a difference in zoning of the property now than in 2005, and a higher demand for institutional property acquisition and development. The 2005 appraisal limited the use to half-acre lots and a limited number of houses. Still, critics of the process remain skeptical. "I …
Monday, September 24, 2012
"This isn't the Haddonfield I grew up in and knew about."
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- Bill Duhart
Monday, September 24, 2012
Who says you can't fight city hall? Certainly not Brian Kelly. Kelly is a familiar voice in all things Haddonfield, with dozens of recent comments on Haddonfield Patch articles, many with especially biting criticism of borough government. He often refers people to his Facebook page Haddonfield United to continue the conversation. He started it in June with fellow rabble rouser Cliff Brunker. Kelly is a man in search of the town he once knew. The town he grew up in more than a half-century ago. He wonders if there's a place for him now and how long he can afford to continue living here. "I lived in Haddonfield for 40 years, moved away in 1999," said Kelly, 57, a massage therapist. "I came back to my home town a little over a year ago and as…