Recent Burglaries

Medford Township Police are investigating a burglary attempt on Midbridge Drive and a burglary on Wellesley Way, both of which occurred between April 28-29th. In both incidents, the residents were at home but did not encounter the perpetrator(s). The first incident on Midbridge Dr. occurred at approximately 10:15pm. on April 28th. Unknown actor(s) pried the screen off a rear window but were only able to open the window approximately one-quarter of an inch. The homeowner’s… alarm activated, however they did not notice anything out of the ordinary at the time. The second incident occurred on Wellesley Way at 8:50am on April 29th. While the homeowner and her child were in a second floor bedroom, two subjects entered the residence through an unlocked front door but subsequently fled, leaving the door open, without taking any property.

Residents are reminded to lock home and car doors, even when at home, and to set alarms. Citizens can also assist police by reporting any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods by calling 609-267-8300.

Depts of Public Works & Utilies Merged, New Director Appointed

At the March 4th, 2014 Township Council meeting, Medford Township Manager Chris Schultz introduced Charles “Charlie” Bosco as the Director of the newly formed Department of Neighborhood Services. This new Department will provide identical services as were previously provided by the Public Works and Utilities Departments. The Department of Neighborhood Services will, however, increase the ability of the departmental staff to coordinate amongst themselves so as to provide a more efficient service to the public without creating duplicative procedures.

As of March 12, 2014, Bosco and his department began operating out of the Neighborhood Services Facility, (the municipal wastewater treatment facility), at 18 Fostertown Road. The current email addresses are still in use; however their new phone number is (609) 654-6791. The Township Facility located on Commonwealth Drive & Gravelly Hollow Road will remain open and continue to function in its current capacity as the bulk trash and recycling facility for Medford Township.

Before moving to the Fostertown Road location, departmental staff were dispersed among various municipal locations causing operational inefficiencies to exist. Now, the staff will report to the same facility, coordinate in a centralized location, and increase efficiency in their day-to-day operations.

Given the resources available and considering fiscal prudence, Manager Schultz considered that if consolidated, the two departments would be able to maintain public works and utility services while increasing efficiency and output. The consolidation fits into a larger theme consistent with the municipal visioning process whereby progressive strategies are used in order to capitalize on existing resources judiciously, public money frugally, and smaller staffs efficiently.

The goal of the consolidation is to do more with less and streamline operations within the municipality as much as possible. While addressing the Council and the public, Director Bosco made clear that he was determined to “make it happen,” regarding the implementation of the departmental reorganization, and that he looks forward to progressing the department forward.

For further updates concerning the departmental service delivery, monitor the Township website (www.medfordtownship.com) as well as Medford’s official Facebook page (Township of Medford, NJ). Announcements from Director Bosco are forthcoming regarding efficiency operations, so stay tuned!

Donate for Danny May 4th

Michelle Gerber, Owner of Shear Serenity (685 Stokes Rd, Medford NJ 08055, 609-975-8578) is having a charity event called “Donate for Danny” on May 4th 2014 10am-6pm. It is for a 14 year old local boy named Danny Hill who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer; after he had an injury from his baseball practice. He now runs the risk of losing both his legs. His family has been a huge part of the Medford community for years; they both work in the local schools.

You get a haircut or mini manicure for a $15 donation – see the attached flyer for the event for more details.

All the proceeds of this event are going directly to his family to pay for his medical and living expenses during the challenging months ahead.

Thank you for your consideration in sharing the notice and/or flyer of this event, to “Donate for Danny”, with your neighbors.

Turn In Your Unwanted Prescription Drugs April 26th

On Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Medford Police Department and the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Medford Public safety Building at 91 Union Street, across from Freedom Park. (Please note that the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) This public service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

According to DEA officials, “the abuse of pharmaceuticals is the 2nd most abused drug; only marijuana ranks higher. This program alleviates this issue and will protect citizens from wrongfully obtaining the drugs and/or will prevent the drugs finding their way into our drinking water, etc.”

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.

For a complete listing of host locations, please follow this link: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/NTBI/ntbi-pub.pub?_flowExecutionKey=_c99D5D299-2232-24E6-7FC0-2CE8EA38FE52_k807D8A69-4FEC-BB9F-4B93-32B27A22CDB8