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Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks Postponed



-ShopRite of Medford is returning as the Main Presenting Sponsor

-Columbia Bank, Polymer Solutions, Radwell Industries, and YMCA Camp Ockanickon Also Make Major Contributions

The Medford Celebrates Foundation, Inc. (“Celebrates”) and Medford Township have jointly announced plans to stage, on Friday, July 1st, the Township’s traditional INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS DISPLAY. For the fifth straight year, Medford Celebrates, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 2011 to raise funds and public support for major Medford Township public events requiring Township services, has advised the Township that it has again solicited sufficient funds to enable the Township to stage the event at NO cost to the municipality.

A large share of the costs of staging the event will again be covered by a substantial donation from ShopRite of Medford, who will again serve as the Presenting Sponsor. “We are fortunate to have received donations of varying sizes by a number of local businesses and individuals, but ShopRite has really stepped up to help us out the past three years,” said Celebrates President, Bob Egan. Renee Zallie added ” “Watching fireworks is a big part of celebrating Independence Day. We are happy to be able to help Medford Township continue this American tradition.”

Egan continued “We have also obtained substantial donations from YMCA Camp Ockanickon of Medford, as the Kid’s Entertainment Sponsor, Columbia Bank as the Main Stage Sponsor, and Polymer Solutions as the Vendor’s Row Sponsor. Other corporate sponsors of note include Radwell International, Inc. as the Tailgate Sponsor, PJ Whelihan’s, Medford Ford, Bob Meyer Communities, Century 21 Meyer Realty, Medford Fitness and the Y.A.L.E. School.” In addition, legal services have been donated by Archer & Greiner, P.C. and accounting services by the firm of Padden Cooper LLC.

The 2016 Independence Day Celebration will be held in Freedom Park on Friday, July 1, weather permitting. The park will open at 6PM and the fireworks show will begin at dusk. Saturday, July 2nd is the rain date.

The evening will feature many activities that have marked the Fireworks event in the past.
. Columbia Bank has again signed on for this year that will make it possible for Celebrates to fund the rental of a stage and sound system and bring back the local band favorite, No Commitment, which has played to widespread popular acclaim at the last three year’s Fireworks festivities. The local student M-Town Jazz Ensemble will also perform.
. YMCA Camp Ockanickon of Medford will sponsor and run a number of activities for children aged 2-12.
. Food, beverages and novelties will be sold by local vendors.
. Local companies will man tents and tables to meet the public and distribute literature about their businesses in the Business Expo area.

Egan praised the contributions of all the sponsors, noting that fund raising is becoming more and more difficult. “This year, we have again obtained just enough pledges to fund the Fireworks and pay our other operating expenses, like advertising, website, insurance and government fees. Without the major contributions from ShopRite of Medford, Camp Ockanickon, Columbia Bank, Polymer Solutions and Radwell International, we would not be able to stage the event this year, and we are in jeopardy of losing the ability to do so in the future, unless we find new sources of revenue.”

As a result, Celebrates is asking people who come to the Fireworks to make a donation. Assistant to the Township Manager, Beth Portocalis, explained, “Admission is technically free, but if every family would contribute even a dollar for each family member who comes to watch, we can help assure that we can keep the fireworks going.” Egan added “With approximately 15,000 to 25,000 people attending each year, a dollar a head would not cover all the costs but would give us a huge head start on next year. We hope that people understand that the Township cannot afford to stage these events and that they will not be possible without public support.” Donations can be made in person on the day of the event or on Celebrates’ website at

The Celebrates trustees ask anyone interested in serving as a Trustee or assisting with events and activities to e-mail

2016 Spring Clean Up Day

Thank you so much to all of you who came out on Saturday to help make Medford Commons more beautiful. There are four small tee shirts left over if anyone wants one. We should also make sure to thank those who volunteer their time and energy throughout the year helping to make our community the beautiful place it is. Special thanks to John Piontkowski for dragging the debris that Ken cut down from behind Stonycroft Court so the lake can be seen now.

Here are just some of the folks who “braved” the gorgeous weather on Saturday. Thank you so much!

Bob Abplanalp
Mike and Bridget Blakely
Ray and Elaine Bleiweiss
Mike Chadwick
Charlie and Barbara Conley
Debi Detweiler
Maryann and Chip Gaver
Deborah Haggerty
Beverly Joos
Bud Maher
Ginny Norman
Colin and Mary Ellen Quinn
Dave Wiseman
Ken Yankowski

Medford Art, Wine, & Music Festival




Medford Village’s flower lined Main Street will be ready to welcome the thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the festivities as the annual Art, Wine & Music Festival returns to mark the start of summer on Sunday afternoon, June 7th, from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tents filled with fine arts, colorful crafts, fine wine, craft beer and good food will be on hand as several South Jersey wineries and a local brewery will be interspersed between the arts and crafts booths, with local bands playing music throughout the afternoon.

The whole family will be able to enjoy activities such as face painters, caricature artists, balloon artists, hula-hoop performers and magic tricks. This year an even larger collection of prize classic autos from the Medford Lakes Corvette Club will occupy south Main Street. More than 4,000 visitors are expected to attend this annual event presented by the Medford Business Association, the Medford Arts Center, and ShopRite of Medford.

A broad array of beautiful paintings and pottery, plus handcrafted jewelry, glass, wood and fabric crafts will be available. More than 30 artists, photographers and crafters from throughout New Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania will gather to show their treasures.

Several musical groups will be located on porches up and down Main Street, providing live music from rock to pop to bluegrass and folk tunes. Featured bands include Lost in Brunswick, Branin Road, M-Town Jazz Jam, Mike Kaufman, Ted Trump, and more.

A variety of food will be available along the street. Braddock’s Restaurant and The Pop Shop will be open and food vendors featuring salads and wraps, hot dogs, burgers, barbeque and ice cream will be strategically located.

Handicapped parking will be available in the Cranberry Hall parking lot (enter from Branch Street) or the public lot behind the Stagecoach Stop (enter from west end of Union Street), as well as other Village parking lots nearby.

There is no cost to attend the Festival, but wristbands to sample the wines and beer will be $10 per person. They will be available at the information booths at the north end of Main Street and at the intersection of Main & Bank Streets.

This is a rain or shine event. Please visit for further information.

Medford Memorial School to present “Seussical the Musical, Jr.”

Panther Players to Present “Seussical the Musical, Jr.”

Medford, NJ- The Medford Panther Players, comprised of students from the Haines and Memorial Middle Schools, are preparing to present the whimsical, family friendly stage show “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” Based on more than 15 works of the immortal Dr. Seuss, many of his best-loved characters are woven together in this production as they collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper!

Hosted by the Cat in the Hat, the story of Horton the Elephant unfolds as he works to save the residents of Whoville, people so tiny that they live on a speck of dust. Despite being ridiculed by the other residents of the Jungle Nool, Horton stays steadfast in his duty. Along the way, we also enjoy the stories of Gertrude McFuzz and her one feather tail, the less than maternal Mayzie and her egg, and the difficulties the Mayor and his wife experience in parenting JoJo, their very imaginative child. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. An epic journey of Seuss-tastical proportions, the show’s message is summed up in the Dr. Seuss quote printed on every actor’s t-shirt, “There is no one alive who is youer than you!!!”

Veteran director and social studies teacher Michael Del Rossi leads this talented group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students as they bring the characters of Dr. Seuss to life. Del Rossi commented, “This is a really fun show that will appeal to everyone, especially families with younger children. The show’s message of standing up for what you believe in, and the importance of keeping your word are especially relevant; I felt strongly that this was a lesson that I wanted to share with our middle school students and the community.” As the audience ponders, “The thinks you can think,” children will enjoy witnessing some of their favorite storybook characters spring to life, while adults will be reminded of the creative power of imagination.

This year’s production will be performed at the Shawnee High School Auditorium located on Tabernacle Road in Medford. The show will have three matinee performances April 18, 19, and 25 at 2pm, and three evening performances April 18, 24, and 25 starting at 7pm. Tickets, which are reserved seating, are available for purchase at the Medford Memorial School main office Monday through Friday 7:45am to 3pm, or by visiting

Fundraiser for Puppies and More at PJ Whelihan’s

Puppies and More ( is a rescue organization that brings dogs from the south each month for medical treatment, fostering and eventual adoption in the tri-state area. They are having a fundraiser at PJ Whelihan’s in Medford Lakes and at Maple Shade on Monday, December 15 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. The restaurant will donate 15% of each diner’s check to the charity if the diner mentions Puppies and More Rescue.

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.

June 14th – Community Concert

On June 14th there will be a community concert at Faith Church.  It will be a great night of music and fun!  Bring a lawn chair and help celebrate the garden. The concert is being held as a benefit for the HOPE (Helping Other People Eat) Garden. Produce from the garden benefits the Christian Caring Center, My Brothers Keeper and other community organizations.