Monday, March 11, 2013
The 45-year-old chemical engineer is a newcomer to Haddonfield politics.
John A. Moscatelli announced today he is running for a seat on the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners, according to a news release. He has lived in Haddonfield for six years and lives on Spruce Street with his wife, Dr. Beth Zigmund, and their two young daughters, Tess and Logan, a first-grader at Central School and preschooler at First Presbyterian Church, respectively. He joins a growing list of candidates for the three seats on the borough Board of Commissioners. So far, six candidates have announced they are running. Other candidates include incumbent commissioners, Ed Borden and Jeff Kasko, and challengers Lee Albright, Ken Kouba and Neal Rochford. Moscatelli, 45, a chemical engineer with a degree from Drexel University, has been a …
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 …
Saturday, January 19, 2013
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…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The group explains why it's against the Bancroft bond referendum on Jan. 22.
This statement is from Haddonfield United: Haddonfield United, a grassroots organization of local residents advocating responsible government for the borough of Haddonfield, continues to oppose the Haddonfield Board of Education’s proposed $16.8 million purchase of the Bancroft property. Haddonfield United is behind its “Vote No to Higher Property Taxes” campaign ahead of the Haddonfield Board of Education’s Jan. 22 bond referendum, in which local residents are being asked to vote to approve or reject the school board’s proposed purchase of the 19.2-acre Bancroft property. Founder of Haddonfield United, Brian Kelly, said his organization’s primary reason for opposing the bond referendum is economic. “If approved, the school board’s $12.5 …
Thursday, January 10, 2013
With the sale of Bancroft hanging in the balance, the institution contributed $3,500 to a campaign to promote the sale.
Bancroft Neurohealth has provided 85 percent of the funding for a group that describes itself as "grassroots" and advocates in favor of the $16 million public acquisition and development of Bancroft's 19.2-acre property on Kings Highway East. Bancroft, a center for the developmentally disabled and those with acquired brain injuries, gave $3,500 of One Haddonfield's $4,095 in contributions as of Dec. 27, according to a New Jersey Election Enforcement Commission filing. One Haddonfield describes itself as "a grassroots organization of concerned residents who support the Bancroft land acquisition." Voters will ultimately decide if the deal goes through in a Jan. 22, $12.5 million bond referendum. The cost of the deal to taxpayers was reduced …
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Reactions to the effort by Haddonfield United are critical.
A local, Internet-based group has launched a campaign against the public purchase of the Bancroft property. Haddonfield United, which describes itself as a "grassroots organization of local residents advocating responsible government," announced its opposition this week to a $16.8 million school board referendum for the purchase on Jan. 22. “If approved, the school board’s $16.8 million bond will drive up our local property taxes at a time when many Haddonfield residents are struggling to pay their existing tax bills,” said Brian Kelly, a founder of the group. “Supporters of the bond referendum may claim that the property tax increases will be ‘small,’ but our town’s middle-class residents and seniors on fixed incomes would beg to differ, …
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…