Category Archives: Community Events

Free Concert: The United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Enjoy a concert given by the United States Air Force Heritage of America Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble at the Lenape Regional Performing Arts Center (at Cherokee High School in Marlton) on Sunday, March 23, 2014 beginning at 2:00 pm. The concert is FREE and open to the public, and is being hosted by the Sunrise Rotary of Medford and Medford Township.

Rhythm in Blue features the diverse talents of 17 professional musicians whose commitment to excellence has earned worldwide acclaim and military distinction. The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music.

Activated in 1941, The United States Air Force Heritage of America Band has a rich history of inspiring public patriotism and enhancing esprit de corps among all the US military service branches. These world-class musicians are stationed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia. They travel throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, presenting over 300 events annually for the general public and in support of Airman morale and protocol events. The USAF Heritage of America Band remains at the forefront of communicating Air Force core values and preserving and enriching America’s military and musical heritage into the 21st century.

To obtain tickets, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope indicating the number of tickets requested to: USAF CONCERT, c/o Lechners Funeral Home, 24 North Main Street, Medford, NJ 08055. Tickets are also available at the Medford Municipal Building, located at 17 North main Street during normal business hours.

For additional information about this free concert, please call 609-654-2298, or visit the band’s website http://www.heritageofamericaband.af.mil.

Victorian Tea at Dr. Still Center

You are cordially invited to

Victorian Tea

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Three O’Clock to Five O’Clock

The Dr. James Still Historic Site
Education Center
211 Church Road
Medford, New Jersey 08055

You are invited to attend a Victorian “High” Tea at which Charity Still, formerly enslaved woman and mother of Dr. James Still and his brothers and sisters, will make an “appearance” to share her story with the guests. Each guest will be served homemade savories and desserts traditional at a “high” tea. Guests are invited to bring along a treasured tea cup or use one available at the Center. Hats optional!

Space is limited. Pre-registration at drstillcenter@gmail.com is required by March 8, 2014 along with a fee of $20 per guest to cover costs must be received in the mail by March 12, 2014.

Checks should be made out to:

Dr. James Still Project
P.O. Box 553
Medford, New Jersey 08055
Write the word tea in the memo line.

Holiday Trash Schedule

The Medford Township Department of Public Works announced today the holiday schedule for trash and bulk trash pick-up.

There will be NO residential trash collection on Wednesday December 25th or Wednesday, January 1st.  For these two weeks, residents with Wednesday trash collection will be changed to Thursday; those with Thursday trash collection will be changed to Friday; and those with Friday trash collection will be changed to Saturday.

In addition, there will be NO bulk trash pick-up on Wednesday, December 25th or Wednesday, January 1st.  Bulk trash pick-up will resume on January 8th in Zone B, and January 15th in Zone A.

As a reminder, the Public Works Facility/Garage/Dump, located at 2 Commonwealth Drive (behind Bob Meyer Park), will continue to be open to residents on the third Saturday of every month; (December 21st and January 18, 2014) from 7 am until 12:00 noon for disposal of any trash, recycling and bulk items.

The Burlington County Recycling pick-up schedule will not be affected.

For more information, contact the Public Works Department at 609-654-2608 x330 or x322

Family History/Genealogy Programs in Medford

Family History/Genealogy Programs in Medford, NJ
3 Fall/Winter Sessions for $5

To help you get started researching your family history, Lora Kline of Medford, NJ will present three programs this Fall.  Lora is a professional genealogist with twenty-five years of experience researching her family and others.  She has a certificate from Boston University’s Genealogical Research program and is Vice-President of the Philadelphia Area Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists.

Introduction to Family History Research
Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 pm
What you need to know to get started, get organized and get the thrill of discovery (otherwise known as the genealogy happy dance)

Free Online Research Sites
Thursday, December 5th at 7:00 pm
What free sites are available with tips on using Familysearch.org, government sites and other popular resources

Fee Bases Online Research Sites
Thursday, December 12th at 7:00 pm
Tips for using Ancestry.com and other sites that may be worth an investment.

All three programs will be at the Cranberry Hall Senior Center, located behind the Medford Municipal Building at 17 North Main Street in Medford, NJ.  A fee of $5 includes all three programs.  If one is missed, it can be made up when the classes are repeated in the Spring.

Walk-ins are welcome, but space is limited.  To reserve a space, contact Mrs. Kline at lorak@comcast.net.  Payment can be made in advance of at the first class.  Initial hand-outs will be emailed before the first class.

Freedom Park Dog Park Awarded $2,000 Grant

The Nutro Company Announces Local Recipient of ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Grant

Medford’s Freedom Park Duke’s Dog Run to receive $2,000 for park enhancements

NASHVILLE, Tenn., November 5, 2013 – The Nutro Company, a leading manufacturer of natural* pet food products, announced today that Freedom Park Duke’s Dog Run in Medford, NJ has been selected to receive a $2,000 grant on behalf of the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Appreciation Project.

ROOM TO RUN™ is a community program designed to support public, non-profit dog parks and off-leash areas. The grant provided to Freedom Park Duke’s Dog Run will be used to help make improvements that will provide local dogs and their owners with an enhanced interaction space.

Medford resident Jeanne Lorenzo submitted the winning application on behalf of Freedom Barks, a new non-profit group that has entered into an Agreement with Medford Township for the continued maintenance and improvements in Duke’s Dog Run.

“Although we have a very beautiful park, there are a few places that definitely need work,” said Lorenzo. “We have a path along the southwest branch of the Rancocas Creek that floods, so we have put a collection of pallets and other wooden material to form a bridge. However, we have a man in a wheelchair who enjoys bringing his dog to the park, but has a difficult time traversing this area. It is also a challenging task for the mother pushing a baby stroller and trying to hang on to her dog with another hand, all the while trying not to fall. Even the most nimble have cheered at the thought of not having to get muddy anymore!”

The Medford Township Council will be acknowledging the efforts of the Freedom Barks Committee in securing this grant as well as other initiatives at its next meeting on November 12th.

Since the program’s inception in 2010, ROOM TO RUN™ has committed more than 3,000 man hours to enhance 90 dog parks across North America. Additionally, as an extension of ROOM TO RUN™, The Nutro Company provides ongoing support to its own local dog parks through sponsorships of three parks in the Nashville area, where the company is headquartered.

“Enhancing dog parks is a natural fit for The Nutro Company, as we have a longstanding commitment to promoting a healthy lifestyle for pets by providing them with natural pet food for more than 80 years,” said Monica Glass, senior corporate affairs manager, The Nutro Company. “Many of us use our own local dog parks as a place to interact and bond with our dogs, so we are excited to give community members the opportunity to take action and apply for grant support to help enhance their own local parks.”

To learn more about the ROOM TO RUN™ Dog Park Appreciation Project, visit The Nutro Company’s Community Initiatives page at www.nutro.com/about-us/community-initiatives.aspx

Medford Township Memorial Day Parade May 27th

The Medford Township Council is pleased to announce that it will hold its Annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. The Parade will start at Memorial Middle School on Mill Street, proceeding down Mill Street to Trimble Street to Main Street. The parade will then stop at the Veterans monuments at 21 South Main Street (adjacent to the Medford Memorial Community Center) for the official ceremony before continuing to the cemeteries in the village for a 21-gun salute and flag raising. Medford VFW Post #7677 will host the activities in conjunction with Medford officials. (In the event of inclement weather, the Ceremony will be held in the VFW Hall located on Church Road.)

Parade participants include members of the VFW Post #7677, the Medford Returning Veterans Committee, the Shawnee High School Marching Band, the Medford Police Department, Medford EMS, the Union & Taunton Fire Companies, as well as many other public safety representatives and military re-enactment associations from neighboring communities.

The Township Council invites and encourages Veterans to march in the Parade or join them in a vehicle. Local Scout troops and civic organizations who wish to march in the parade are also encouraged to do so and should contact the Beth Portocalis at the Municipal Building by calling 609-654-2608 x338 or emailing her at bportocalis@medfordtownship.com. Also, participation in the parade on decorated bicycles is highly encouraged. Bikers should report to the Memorial Middle School staging area by 10:30 a.m., and must wear safety helmets.

Become a Citizen Leader in Sustainability

Medford prides itself on its small town charm, its unique history and its rural character, located in the midst of the New Jersey Pinelands. This is what has attracted people to Medford for decades now. Come to this free workshop on January 9th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Medford Memorial Community Center to learn how to protect and improve these important qualities. You will also learn the tools and techniques to become effective and engaged local advocates for Pinelands preservation in your community.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance and The Citizens Campaign are pleased to offer this free workshop to learn about best practices for creating a sustainable community and how to get involved in your local government. Topics to be covered will include: mixed-use and walkable neighborhoods; energy conservation and renewable energy; water quality and conservation; stormwater management and low-impact development; and preservation of historic and natural areas. Participants will also learn how to advocate for sustainable communities as a citizen journalist, appointed official, or citizen legislator.

Jaclyn Rhoads, Director for Conservation Policy with the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and Renee Koubiadis, Assistant State Campaign Director with the Citizens Campaign will lead this discussion. “It is critical for Medford residents to be involved in the development and operation of their community,” said Jaclyn Rhoads, “A community is only sustainable if it has community members supporting the concept. With resident involvement, a community will become more efficient and appealing in the future.”

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance supports sustainable community design and development and using resources more efficiently, because these measures will reduce the burden on the Pinelands natural resources and ensure its protection and the protection of resources globally.

  • Cost: FREE
  • Date: Wednesday, January 9, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Location: Medford Memorial Community Center, 21 South Main Street, Medford NJ 08055

Sponsored by The Citizens Campaign and Pinelands Preservation Alliance. To RSVP or for more information, please contact Becky at becky@pinelandsalliance.org or 609-859-8860 x21. You can also RSVP online here: https://citizenscampaign.wufoo.com/forms/r7p8x7/

The Citizens Campaign, founded in 1998, works to cultivate a culture of service and develop a new generation of leaders – leaders who put service over personal gain. We give people a tool kit to get results on issues they care about. Through live events and online classes, The Citizens Campaign has educated thousands of New Jerseyans in how to navigate the power structure of government and to exercise leadership beginning with their own hometowns. The Citizens Campaign educates citizens how to get results through 5 powerful nonelected leadership positions, as citizen legislators, political navigators, citizen journalists, political party committee people, and appointed officials. The Citizens Campaign led the successful fight for the adoption of pay-to play protections at the state level. New Jersey now has the strongest state pay-to-play reform law in the nation.

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) was founded in 1989 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization to advocate for preservation of the New Jersey Pinelands and to educate the public about the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of this unique region. PPA is the only statewide environmental organization whose sole mission is the preservation of the 1.1 million acres of the Pinelands.