Dec 7th – Big Band Express at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church will present the BIG BAND EXPRESS. South Jersey’s premiere big band jazz ensemble in a FREE concert on Sunday, December 7, at 5 PM at the Church, 1 Hartford Road, Medford, NJ. A Free Will Offering is requested.

The BBE, a 16-piece group of retired professional musicians and music educators, was founded in January, 2001 by Medford saxophonist Tony Femiano and drummer Leo Roselli. Their specialty is contemporary big band music with an emphasis on jazz. The band features the music of many of the country’s finest composers and arrangers such as Sammy Nestico, Dave Wolpe, Tom Kubis, Count Basie, as well as arrangements by Femiano and others. For this concert the band will perform a variety of music, including ballads, up-tempo swing tunes and Latin jazz. A new addition to the group will be Lin Dandrea, the featured vocalist, who will be making her first appearance with the band.

The members of the band, now “off the road,” are still working musicians who have performed with many of the major entertainers and bands of the last 40 years in Atlantic City, New York, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and elsewhere. Their interest in jazz goes beyond that of a “sideline” or “leisure pursuit” and shows a genuine love and passion for this musical idiom.

The Members of the band are:

Saxophones: Tony Femiano, alto sax and leader, Fran Kosienski, alto sax; Jim Giacone, tenor sax; Herb Smith, tenor sax; Mickey Plumeri, baritone sax

Trumpets: Rick Gazda, Don Zimmerman, Duke Palladino, Paul Nagle

Trombones: Paul Holtzman, Tom Baird, Jack Hanna, Joe Janis

Rhythm: Clarence Watson, keyboard; Jack Hegey, bass; Al Hobbs, drums

In addition to being professional working musicians, the following band members also served their country as members of the following military bands:

Fran Kosienski, 730th USAF Band, Westover, Mass. AFB; Mickey Plumeri, 63rd. US Army Band; Duke Palladino, 296th US Army Band, Camp Zama, Japan; Paul Holtzman, US Navy Training Center Band, San Diego, Calif.; Clarence Watson, 19th US Army Band, Fort Dix, NJ; Al Hobbs, US Military Academy Band, West Point, NY. Tony Femiano, USAF Ceremonial Band, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.

For more information please call Tony Femiano at 609 654 1855 or email

Free ChildrenSong Concert

Medford Friends Meeting (Quakers) will again be part of the Medford Dickens Festival on Dec. 6 with a free concert performed by ChildrenSong of New Jersey at 7 p,.m. at the Meetinghouse, 14 Union St. Medford. Back by popular demand, the talented singers of ChildrenSong, a noted regional children’s chorus under the direction of Polly Murray will perform a variety of holiday music.

This is the 32nd year the Friends have offered a free concernt as their holiday gift to the broader community. “We always look forward to this tradition –having our friends and neighbors come to our ‘home’ on this special night,” said clerk Alice Andrews.

A reception always follows the free concert. Guests are invited to enjoy cookies and cider (the Meeting claims a reputation for the best cookies in town). The Pinelands Garden Club, the Woolman Memorial Society and the children’s chorus will also have wreaths and CDs available during the reception.

For more information call 609-953-8941.

Leaf Collection Program Announced

Medford Township officials announced today that the Fall 2014 Leaf Collection Program will commence the week of November 10th, and continue until the entire Township has been collected. Neighborhood Services (Public Works) staff will commence leaf pick-up on November 10th in Zone 3, then continue onto Zones 4, 5, 1, and concluding in Zone 2.

The Township administration reminds residents of the requirements for leaf collection as included in the Medford Solid Waste Ordinance (82-4D) and the NJ State Stormwater Management Regulations. Major provisions in Ordinance 82-4 are as follows:

(1) Leaves can be placed curbside now. Any leaves placed curbside after the Township has picked-up in a Zone will be the sole responsibility of the homeowner to remove. For those residents scheduled for a later pick-up, Township officials remind you that leaves left out too soon could create a fire hazard.
(2) Leaves must NOT be placed within ten (10) feet from any storm sewer. Also, please do not park vehicles on the street close to leaf piles, our trucks will not risk damage to any parked vehicle which makes accessibility difficult for our equipment.
(3) Leaves must be piled away from the curb or edge of the property to allow for water runoff during storms, but not be placed any further than six (6) feet from the edge of the roadway. At no time should leafs be placed in the roadway. This will help alleviate traffic and pedestrian/bike hazards.
(4) Any leaves generated by professional landscapers, contractors, or anyone hired by a homeowner, must be removed by same.

In the past, the Township has encountered delays with leaf collection due to non-compliance with Township requirements, which impacts the Department’s ability to deliver prompt and efficient service. Residents that do not follow the above procedures are reminded that leaves will not be picked up. The full provisions of Ordinance 82-D can be found on the Medford website utilizing the “Council and Administration link” to Administrative Codes.

Progress updates will be posted on the homepage of the Medford website, and sent out via the E-Mail notification system also on the Township website. Residents are strongly encouraged to register for these e-mails for these and other Township operations at

Residents unsure of which Zone they are located in should check the Township website, Services for the designated streets/sub-divisions in each Zone.

In a continuing effort to service residents wishing to dispose of leaves, the Medford Township Garage/Yard/Dump. Located at 2 Commonwealth Drive, will accept leaves daily from 7 am until 1 pm. Residents must provide proof of residency to gain access to the drop-off point. Absolutely no contractors will be permitted to drop off any items. Residents arriving at the drop-off area in a commercial vehicle will be asked to sign a form stating that all materials are from their personal residence and not commercially generated items.

Residents may also contact the Neighborhood Services Department at 609-654-6791 for additional information.