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The annual tradition raises money for Project Graduation
WASHINGTON TWP. -- The junior and senior classes at Washington Township High School took part in an annual tradition Tuesday night: Powder Puff football.
Approximately 200 senior-class girls and 215 junior-class girls battled it out in a game of flag football in the bitter cold.
The senior class girls won the game, 40-22, under the lights at Tom Brown Field.
The boys of the junior and senior classes had their chance to shine on the field as well. More than 100 boys from each class performed cheerleading routines -- including some choreographed dance elements and being tossed into the air -- during a halftime show.
The event raises funds for Project Graduation, an all-night, drug- and alcohol-free celebration for graduates on graduation night.
Washington Township schools Superintendent Joe Bollendorf called the game from the booth. Officiating the game were Emil Aquino, Ed Beeler, Charlie Doud, Chuck Huff, Mike Mullin and Dave Paul.
The senior class defeated the juniors in the school's annual Powder Puff game
HARRISON -- Clearview Regional High School junior Elaina Hansen thought her class had the talent to beat the seniors in the annual Powder Puff grid iron clash.
But that's why they play the game.
In a hard fought and at times physical football game, the seniors took home a 43-20 victory and more importantly bragging rights over the junior class on a chilly Tuesday night.
During the anticipated halftime show, the senior boys and the junior boys went head to head in a battle of cheerleading talent.
Donations at the gate were made to the Adam Taliaferro Foundation and Clearview Cheerleaders. All concession proceeds benefited Project Prom.
The Turkey Trot was organized as a reward for students who have exemplified the schools motto of being respectful, responsible, and ready to learn.
LOGAN TWP. -- More than a hundred Logan Township Middle School students gathered behind red flags to start a race, but not just any race -- the students would be competing to outrun turkeys for a little Thanksgiving-themed fun.
Music sounded and the turkeys were unleashed from the school onto the field. Students cheered and laughed as their teachers made their way to the start, flapping their wings, some dressed in full turkey costumes others in turkey hats.
Turkeys were set free to start the two laps around the field and 10 seconds later the students took off after them.
The "turkey trot," was a prize for following the positive behavior support initiative which rewards students who are "respectful, responsible and ready to learn," the schools motto.
"The students get star tickets for good behavior or when they're seen being respectful, responsible or ready to learn," said Principal Heather Moran. "At the end of the month, if the kids have earned enough tickets, we have a fun event for them."
Moran said sometimes the events are a little bigger, but this one just seemed perfect for the time of year.
The school anticipated excitement from students but less so from teachers. However the nine full-body turkey suits purchased for teachers ended up not being enough with 14 teachers signing up to try to outrun the kids.
"It's such a good, positive way to promote physical fitness," said David Floyd, physical education teacher to the fifth through eighth grade students and orchestrator of the event, as he caught his breath after the run.
Floyd was outrun by a fellow teacher and a couple of students including Dawson Foreman, an eighth grader who won the entire race.
"It was fun to just be able to participate in this," he said after his win.
Foreman barely broke a sweat on his run while many of the turkeys glistened a bit as they panted out of breath.
"The teachers may have longer legs but they're a little older," Moran said laughing as the runners made their way around the field.
"But we're so lucky, our kids are so well behaved and they really do earn these event and appreciate them so much when they get to participate," she added. "We all look forward to doing more things like this."
Ashley Rosser will oversee the firms executive operations
MULLICA HILL -- Victory Fiduciary Consulting senior management announced new leadership for the nearly 40 year-old Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm. Bud Verfaillie, CEO has named Ashley Rosser as the firm's president.
"We are thrilled to simultaneously have both our family and business legacies continue under the highly qualified and proven leadership of my daughter Ashley Rosser as president of Victory Fiduciary Consulting," said Verfaillie.
In her new capacity, Rosser will oversee the firm's overarching executive operations, including plan sponsor services, new business development, private investor client services, vendor management, and human resources.
Rosser is responsible for educating plan trustees and their board of directors on legislative changes made by the Department of Labor and providing recommendations on required 401k plan conformity.
"I have watched my father carefully lay down the foundation of our business over the past 35 years, with the cornerstones of honesty, integrity, and a strong work ethic. I am honored to have the opportunity to continue the legacy he started, allowing Victory to serve its clients for generations to come," said Rosser.
Verfaillie achieved a long-term personal and business goal when one of his three daughters joined his practice in 2009. Rosser started out as an entry level apprentice, where she learned all aspects of the practice.
"Working as an understudy, she quickly learned all the necessary skills to provide outstanding financial counsel to both our 401k plan sponsors and our individual private investors," said Verfaillie.
In 2016 the firm has undergone substantive and sustainable changes, including a rebranding marketing initiative, operational upgrades, and personnel additions.
"Today, our story is focused on two fronts. The first, is offering companies a 401k plan as good as the best run Fortune 500 plans. Secondly, we want to provide private investors with financial counsel that will provide them with a successful and prosperous retirement." said Rosser.
Established in 1995, Victory Fiduciary Consulting is an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) firm based in Mullica Hill that provides 401k consulting services to plan sponsors of small to mid-size companies and serves as retirement investment advisors to private investors from all walks of life.
Victory is one of only three firms in the Delaware Valley to earn a 2016 Center for Fiduciary Excellence (CEFEX) Certification, and the only retirement planning firm in the State of New Jersey to earn the prestigious Investment Advisor Certification Validation.
This item submitted by Felecia Ward for Victory Fiduciary Consulting.
George N. Marx was sentenced to 60 years in prison in 1993.
A man sentenced to 60 years in prison for robbing a bank while threatening an employee with what he said was an HIV-infected hypodermic needle will not get a break on his term of parole ineligibility.
George N. Marx, 78, appealed a decision by the state parole board, which extended the period he must serve before he is eligible for parole by five years, but appellate court judges ruled in favor of the board, according to legal papers.
He remains in prison following convictions in 1993 and 1994 on kidnapping, armed robbery, aggravated assault and drug offenses. The bank robbery occurred in Camden County, while some of the drug charges stemmed from a Gloucester County case.
Marx, who was on parole at the time of the November 1991 bank robbery, accosted a female employee in the parking lot of Chemical Bank on the Black Horse Pike in Gloucester Township, threatened her with the needle and forced her into the bank, according to court documents.
When police officers entered the bank as the robbery was underway, Marx pointed a handgun at them. The officers fired, hitting Marx nine times, according to a Star-Ledger report at the time.
His 60-year sentence, imposed in 1993, included 20 years of parole ineligibility. Twenty years later, a parole panel imposed a 60-month future eligibility term, extending the time he must serve until he is eligible for parole.
The parole board found a substantial likelihood that Marx would commit a crime if released on parole, according to the appellate ruling.
His past criminal record includes convictions for murder and armed robbery and he served two "lengthy" terms before his 1993 sentence, appellate judges noted. Those stints in prison included three convictions for attempted escapes.
The parole board found that Marx's responses to questions demonstrated his "insufficient problem resolution, specifically that he lacked insight into and minimized his criminal behavior" and that he tried to deflect responsibility for his past criminal activity.
Marx appealed that decision as arbitrary.
He argued that he presented an adequate parole plan that included the promise of work in construction after his release and a transition to a half-way house. The plan did not, however, include a long-term housing solution. The board determined that he required a "stable and supportive living arrangement."
The appellate panel found that the parole board acted appropriately in imposing the 60-month period.
Marx is serving his sentence in East Jersey State Prison.
Police hope someone recognizes the men sought in two separate investigations.
MANTUA TWP. -- Police are asking for the public's help in locating two men sought in unrelated incidents.
Authorities released images of both men on Facebook.
One is sought on theft charges following an alleged incident at Wine Warehouse, located on Route 45, on Friday evening.
The second is sought in connection with an alleged shoplifting at Kmart, located in the same shopping center, today.
Anyone with information on either suspect is asked to contact Capt. Dave Mastrogiacomo via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More than a few childhood memories are tied to shopping trips.
When I think about it, I collected more than a few childhood memories while in tow on shopping trips.
In Vineland, there was a department store on Delsea Drive called Garwood Mills where all of the locals shopped. It was a no-frills department store with concrete floors, bright lights and plenty of bargains. It was there ...
...I was introduced to the thrill of riding in the child's seat of a shopping cart. It took quite some time for me to realize that I was actually trapped there, clearly the point of the design from the get-go;
...I was introduced to the sheer boredom of accompanying my mother when she shopped for women's clothing. After outgrowing the cart, though, I was free to discover all of the interesting things people drop on department store floors;
...I was introduced to the sheer terror of getting lost. This episode took place more than 50 years ago, yet I can still vividly remember the countless number of unfamiliar faces, the panic and the tears. By the way, a kind shopper took me to the service desk where I was reunited with my mother.
Garwood Mills is no longer in business; it went the way of many other small department stores and specialty shops. I mourn the passing of this store and stores like it, where members of my generation were introduced to toy departments, where we argued with our parents over why we had to have the latest "in" thing, where we bought vinyl albums and 8-tracks, and, where we fretted over what gift to buy our girlfriends.
Here's a gallery of vintage stores large and small in New Jersey. Be sure to have captions enabled to read all about them.
Here's a roundup of recent home sales in Cumberland, Salem and Gloucester counties.
-- 209 East Ave., JWM5625 LLC to William and Connie Henty for $48,000.
-- 39 Ridge Ave., Laurie A. Buirch to Eugenia E. and Rafeal Ocampos for $61,000.
-- 91 Church St., Fannie Mae to Peterson Ad Inc. for $26,000.
-- 83 to 85 Church St., Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC to Peterson Ad Enterprises Inc. for $47,324.
-- 14 Budd St., Stephen Fairfull to David Barnes for $80,000.
CARNEYS POINT TWP.
-- 395 Manor Ave., Fortuna Capital Fund LLC to David DiBlasio for $20,000.
-- 154 Steeplechase Court, Eileen Fajardo and Andrew Bacani Aquino to Sharon Allison for $145,000.
EAST GREENWICH TWP.
-- 127 Acorn Dr., Robert M. Nardi to Kelsey A. Pietrangelo for $216,000.
-- 9 Balmy Court, Alexander Martinez and Joelis Marillo to Bimal Bhattarai for $285,000.
-- 326 State St., The Dioceses of Camden New Jersey to The Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Nyeri, Inc. for $132,000.
-- 431 Olivet Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. to Thomas Keen for $205,000.
-- 668 Fort Elfsborg Salem Road, Fannie Mae to David Ryan Harris for $57,900.
-- 920 E. Commerce St., Capital Finance of Delaware Valley to Mendez Josephs and Paul Josephs for $45,500.
GREENWICH TWP. (CUMBERLAND COUNTY)
-- 697 Gumtree Corner Road, Calvin and Margaret E. Pierce to New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection for $33,000.
-- 49 Nelson Ave., Christine Peterson to Ilia Hernandez Cruz and Ilia M. Garcia De La Noceda for $180,000.
-- 4 Eleanor St., Jack and Phyllis A. Raines to Lisa Langley for $130,000.
-- 183 W. Park Dr., Glen Fishman to Josephine and Melvin McCracken for $61,000.
-- 108 Ferndale Ave., Margaret T. Morse, by attorneys, to Robert J. Cusick and Jeannine R. Baumgartner for $144,000.
-- 2728 E. Main St., Matt and Verda Mae Hosseini to Diane Knoop for $97,000.
-- 320 Arbua Court, Lucretia L. Aiello to Stephen J. and Susan L. Nunes for $167,000.
-- 337 Saint Thomas Blvd., Marie Priest to Joseph Nunes for $165,000.
-- 30 Chinkapin Ave., Matthew M. Webster to Jilliain and Shaun Whitehurst for $344,000.
-- 112 Raphael Court, Christina R. Trzeciak to Barbara Falisi for $147,500.
-- 221 Aspen Road, Joseph S. and Cynthia R. Vetrano to Jermaine Green for $186,000.
-- 721 Glassboro Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Trang Dang for $48,000.
-- 1304 Heidelberg Dr., Alan Richard and Megan Morin to Edwin B. and Melissa A. Esposito for $255,000.
-- 9 Gateway Blvd., John W. Manfredi and Frank W. Manfredi to The Four B's for $1,500,000.
-- 521 Billings Ave., Michael Cockrell Jr. to Alisha M. Mogar, Patrick H. Zold Jr. and Christina M. Zold for $122,570.
-- 9 Naylor Ave., Fannie Mae to Mark Levy LLC for $23,000.
-- 33 to 37 Poplar St., Anita M. Hewitt, executrix, to Rogello Deldado for $65,000.
-- 7 Pearl St., Donald C. Haines III, administrator, to Jose J. Arredondo Garcia and Maria de Jesus Torres Arredondo for $35,000.
-- 1023 S. Broadway, Fannie Mae to Romina N. Valentini for $21,500.
-- 36 Jefferson Road Anthony E. Zeli to Robert F. and Lori M. Plummer for $170,000.
-- 76 Rutgers Road, Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation to Independence Asset LLC for $24,000.
-- 130 Third Ave., David and Hannah E. Roche to Donald M. Thompson for $129,900.
-- 337 Craven Ave., Fannie Mae to Mercedes Blandon Mairena for $31,600.
-- 96 Thompson St., HCB Property Holdings LLC to 9698 Thompson LLC for $25,000.
-- 320 Weatherby Ave., Jeffrey D. and Marguerite Haswell to Matthew Robinson for $175,000.
-- 1936 Orchard Road, Deborah and Steven Ayars to Beth Bordley for $330,000.
-- 709 Tulip St., Bota Investments Inc. to Jorge L. and Rosemary Torres for $159,000.
-- 1341 Elm Road, Sherry L. Freeman to Julio G. Marrero and Lisandra Morales Rivera for $166,500.
-- 911 Washington Ave., Edward Petrini Trust to Janet and Louis L. Petrini Sr. for $100,000.
-- 1863 Joel St., Elvira and Ivan Maldonado to Luke M. Karpolorch for $142,000.
-- 4770 Stoney Bridge Road, Cheryl Goldsmith and John R. Plotkin to Douglas P. and Jamee E. Boone for $311,000.
-- 2624 London Lane, Hogback Group LLC to Sherwood Forest Homes LLC for $61,000.
-- 3 Juniper Road, Stephen D. and Tammy L. Barron to Interstate Properties LLC for $211,000.
-- 220 Pratt Court, Louis and Erika Grisoglio to Callie Glassman for $160,000.
WEST DEPTFORD TWP.
-- 1669 Ellwood Ave., Jerry Laigaie Jr., executor, to Kristy L. Raively and Anthony M. Furfari for $125,500.
-- 883 Doncaster Dr., Paul R. and Carlena A. Goodrich to Roger and Sharyn Lauver for $295,000.
-- 1082 Ford Ave., Thomas A. and Cynthia J. White to Paul and Michelle Curcio for $295,000.
-- 56 Laurel Lane, Raymond F. Bebak and Sherri J. Brown to Eli J. Wilson for $250,000.
-- 4 Macaltioner Ave., Mark and Deborah Allen to Melissa Frank for $190,000.
The deadline is nearing to raise the funds needed to provide wreaths for all of the graves at Finn's Point National Cemetery in Pennsville Township Dec. 17.
PENNSVILLE TWP. -- Each year as Christmas nears, volunteers turn out to place wreaths on the graves of those buried at Finn's Point National Cemetery.
This year, on Dec. 17 at noon, the tradition will continue, but organizers fear that they might come up short of their fund-raising goal to ensure there all veterans interred at the cemetery are honored.
"The community support for Wreaths Across America at Finn's Point has been so inspiring," said Helen Fite Petrin, chaplain of the Oak Tree Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the group which organizes the project.
"The ability to remember and honor and then teach our children the value of freedom during the holiday season by laying wreaths at the graves of veterans is without question a priceless gift," Petrin said.
Last year, according to Petrin, more than 500 people turned out to place some 800 wreaths on the graves at the cemetery.
Earlier this week, only enough funds for 450 years had been collected and the deadline for ordering the balsam wreaths from the Wreaths Across America organization is at hand.
Petrin is fearful the goal will be missed and is asking for the public's help.
Finn's Point, located in the shadow of Fort Mott State Park along the Delaware River, is one of only two national cemeteries in New Jersey. The other is in Beverly.
Finn's Point is the final resting place for veterans from numerous wars. One of its landmarks is the obelisk marking the mass grave that contains the remains of 2,400 Confederate soldiers from the Civil War.
Those soldiers had been held at Fort Delaware on Peat Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware River not far from the cemetery. The soldiers died there and their bodies were ferried to the cemetery and buried.
The local DAR chapter became involved with the wreaths project at Finn's Point nine years ago, Petrin said.
Since that time support and participation in the event has grown. Scout troops, veterans organizations and the general public turn out to take part in laying the wreaths on the graves there.
This year there will be a short ceremony honoring each branch of the armed services, a flag salute and a high school choir singing the National Anthem. Local VFW members will fire a salute and "Taps" will be played.
As in the recent past, buses will take those taking part in the wreath ceremony from a parking near Fort Mott to the cemetery where parking is very limited.
Petrin says the wreath ceremony has become important to the members of the public --both young and old.
"There is so much pride on the faces of the children when they see what they have helped to accomplish," she said. "The cemetery has become a beautiful living memorial."
The cost to sponsor one wreath is $15 or $30 to sponsor three. Petrin said the DAR must have a count of how many it can order by this weekend.
Donations should be sent to Wreaths Across America, c/o Helen Fite Petrin, Esq., Chaplain, Daughters of the American Revolution, 51 Market St., Salem, NJ 08079. Because of the urgency to get commitments for the wreaths in place, Petrin can also be reached by calling 856-935-4950 or 856-935-2675 or via email at Helenfitepetrin@aol.comBill Gallo Jr. may be reached at email@example.com. Follow Bill Gallo Jr. on Twitter @bgallojr. Find NJ.com on Facebook.
Many New Jersey communities host Christmas — or "holiday" — parades between late November and early December. Here's a look at many of the biggest, along with dates and times for this year's celebrations.
Brian Crist writes that upgraded requirements will force more guards to skip carrying weapons.
To the Editor:
With the signing in January of "Melvin Santiago's Law," some New Jersey security guards are even more danger than before.
(The law extends certain registration and training requirements to guards who work directly for the companies they protect. Previously, the requirements applied only to security personnel working for third-party contractors.)
Reasons for the added danger are the prohibitive cost of annual licenses for armed officers, and a requirement for a holster that makes it harder for someone to remove the firearm. This means that direct-hire security professionals may choose not to carry weapons they need to protect themselves. (The new law is named for Melvin Santiago, a Jersey City police officer who was killed in 2014 by a drugstore robber, using a gun he had taken from a security guard.)
No one is more saddened than I am when first responders are injured in the line of duty. What the public and lawmakers fail to understand is that security guards are the front line of defense against criminal activity or during an emergency.
With the recent attacks on law enforcement personnel, it's likely that private security personnel also have been targeted, due to similar uniforms. Because they are not sworn police officers, such attacks may receive less publicity.
To make matters worse, average pay and benefits for trained, certified security professionals are not that good. If you work for an employer that has hired them, recommend that the company pay them more for your safety. Then contact your legislators to have them either repeal or modify Melvin Santiago's Law.
Brian A. Crist
This week's local news quiz celebrates Thanksgiving by celebrating New Jersey food.
Let's face it: Everybody's mind has been on Thansgiving this week rather than the news. So to celebrate the holiday, this week's NJ.com local news quiz is devoted to food ... specifically New Jersey's own delicacies.
From pork roll to saltwater taffy, there are so many delicious dishes that got their start here. Let's see how well you know New Jersey food. Dig into the quiz and share your score in comments.
The victims were 23 and 19 years old.
Joel Hutton, 23, of Berlin, and Janiyah Conquest, 19, of Sicklerville, were killed after an accident along Williamstown Road. Jillian Farrell, 19, of Williamstown, and another passenger involved in the crash were both hospitalized, police say.
Authorities say Hutton, who was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu westbound along Williamstown Road toward the Sicklerville section of Winslow, crossed over the center line into eastbound traffic. Farrell, who was driving a 2014 Honda Civic eastbound along Williamstown Road, collided head-on with Hutton's vehicle, police said.
According to authorities, Conquest was ejected from Hutton's vehicle. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Hutton also succumbed to his injuries and died at the scene. Farrell and a passenger who was in her Hutton's vehicle were both transported to Cooper University Hospital in Camden.
According to Conquest's Facebook profile, she is a 2015 Winslow Township High School graduate. Hutton's page indicates he was an Arkansas native. Many friends and family took to the social media website to express their condolences following the fatal wreck.
"Prayers going out to the family and friends of Joel Hutton and Niy Conquest," one user wrote. "Sad to see young people gone so soon."
Nearby residents said Thursday that this stretch of Williamstown Road between the namesake Gloucester County town and Berlin, in Camden County, is no stranger to fatal accidents.
"This a very dangerous road," said a lifelong resident of a mobile home development just shy of the fatal crash scene, adding that two other accidents occurred Tuesday evening within 30 minutes of each other. "The traffic here is horrible. You can't get out at 5 p.m."
According to previous reports, a fatal accident involving two vehicles headed in opposite directions occurred in the same stretch of road. The May 2013 incident claimed the life of an 89-year-old Winslow man.
"I don't understand why it's such a dangerous road," the woman's daughter added, noting she too was involved in a serious car wreck in 2009 just a few blocks down from the scene of Thursday's crash.
The incident remains under investigation.
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The mall was closed at the time of the shooting
HAMILTON -- A 20-year-old was killed and his brother injured during a shooting in the parking lot of the Hamilton Mall on Friday morning, authorities said.
The victim, an Atlantic City man, was shot just around 1 a.m., the Atlantic County Prosecutor's office said in a news release. He was pronounced dead at 1:23 a.m.
His 26-year-old brother, a Clayton resident, was treated for a leg injury that is not considered life-threatening. He is stable condition at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City.
No other details about the shooting were released, nor were the victims named.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit at 609-909-7666. Witnesses may also contact Hamilton Township police at 609-625-2700.
The mall closed at midnight and was re-opened at 6 a.m.
Ed Herr, president of Herr Foods Inc., is the special guest speaker
The YMCA of Gloucester County, which initiated its Mayors' Prayer Breakfast in 1991, modeling it after the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., celebrates its milestone 25th anniversary event on Dec. 1. The Y and the Gloucester County Mayors' Association co-sponsor the breakfast, which is scheduled from 7 to 9 a.m. at Auletto's Caterers in Almonesson.
Ed Herr, president of Herr Foods Inc., a standout public speaker, makes a return visit to the breakfast, which brings together many of the county's present and past elected officials, along with community members, to acknowledge mutually the value of faith in God toward efforts which demonstrate good citizenship and leadership.
The Y's mission to strengthen the foundation of community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility is evident at the popular event, which annually draws crowds to Auletto's in excess of 300.
The Washington breakfast was started during the Eisenhower administration in the 1950s.
Ed Herr grew up in the Snack food business and decided at an early age to dedicate his professional career to helping advance Herr Foods Inc., the family business.
Ed's duties run the gamut from general administration of the $250 million business, encompassing sales, marketing and manufacturing, to management of fleet, farms and properties. He also oversees myriad activities in the areas of charitable giving and community and corporate relations.
Ed possesses a life-long devotion to his community and demonstrates it through active service. He serves on the boards of numerous organizations: Oxford Mainstreet Inc., Oxford Senior Center, and Lighthouse Youth Center.
In 2009, Ed co-founded local faith community SILO -- Serving, Inspiring, Loving others, serving on the leadership team. He also serves on the board of the Navigators Church Discipleship Ministry and the board of New York City Relief.
In addition to his many business and civic interests is Herr's deep religious commitment, which influences his many relationships and activities.
Ed is a life-long resident and devoted civic booster of Nottingham, Pennsylvania. He is the father of seven and grandfather of 13.
Breakfast cost is $25 per person; $50 includes ticket for one and $25 donation to the YMCA. Tables of eight cost $200. To reserve tickets, call 856-845-0720 or register online at ymcagloco.org.
The YMCA of Gloucester County, founded in 1912, is celebrating its 114th anniversary.
Dependable rainfall, cooler weather, fewer pests and disease problems
By Lorraine Kiefer
It is cold and it gets dark early. But we have Thanksgiving that is warm and good for all I hope. A few flowers on the table, some local fresh vegetables and fruit on the menu and some guests who will appreciate the meal. It is a little lure before the Christmas holidays begin. It is a good thing to take the time and enjoy a real old fashioned Thanksgiving.
For years I have marveled at all the people who rush to plant in the spring and then forget the plants while they picnic and vacation over the summer. We have had to replace far more spring planted plants than fall or early winter planted plants because of inconsistent watering and hot summer temperature. The American Nursery Association has long had the logo "Fall is for Planting." Yet, sometimes people do not think to plant in the fall. Many municipalities and nurserymen plant in fall because they know there are many factors that ensure success with fall planted plants.
In the fall, the soil stays relatively "warm" which encourages root growth through the winter until the ground freezes around the first of the year. In years with mild winters, roots may continue to grow all winter. By the time it is early spring, they are strong and established and continue to develop at a faster rate, until top growth begins. While the same plant planted in spring gets a slower start due to cool soils. When summer finally arrives, the fall-planted plant is far better equipped to deal with heat and drought, largely due to its well-established root system.
There are other good reasons to plant in the fall. There is usually dependable rainfall in late fall and of course cooler weather and fewer pest and disease problems. There is no new growth on leaves or stems so all the energy of the plant goes into the all important root growth.
I am a firm believer in color all seasons of the year. For this reason I like to plant items that have colorful leaves, promise of winter bloom, interesting bark or evergreen foliage. Aways consider lots of evergreen plants, plants with berries, colorful branches and pods or cones in fall. There are also perennials that are in bloom late. Hellebores, Nippon daisies, gentians, grasses and sedums are just some of all the late bloomers.
Many perennials as well as Coneflowers, black eyed Susans and Coreopsis have seeds that attract goldfinch. Nothing like colorful movement and song. Trees with berries and evergreens with cones attract songbirds. We have had flocks of cedar waxwings in the dogwood, nyssa sylvatica which is native black gum, persimmon and cedar trees during the fall and winter.
I think everyone should plant some wonderful raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, strawberry, and grape plants now. Many even had fruit on them in pots in the nursery until now. These plants are such fun to grow. I love to pick raspberries every day on my way home across the nursery from plants in pots. The birds like them too!
Plant them now so they get a good start and make strong roots. You will be rewarded with wonderful fruit all next summer and fall too. All are easy to grow and take little or no care. Simply plant them with a little compost, water them in and they are good to go. Most grow wild along the edges of fields and woods so are quite carefree. I would suggest feeding in spring.
Arborvitae are the tree of life and one of my favorites to cut for centerpieces or wreaths. The name means tree of life and they do stay beautiful and they do remain fresh in arrangements. Their shiny green foliage is so botanical, I love it in the garden.
Of course I love any holly with red berries, but especially like deciduous ones like winterberry best. These are full of berries now that will begin to turn red. When the frost hits the leaves fall and the awesome red berries are show stoppers in any garden! Evergreen hollies are shiny and beautiful, especially when they have berries. They are so safe as nesting and roosting places for birds that they also are great winter tree in your garden.
All berry plants are great for winter interest and color. Don't forget nandina, they have great evergreen shiny foliage as well as huge clusters of berries. I love to use the berries in arrangements and wreaths. They also sparkle in the garden.
Another old favorite of mine is the bright gold or orange Firethorn (Pyracantha). Plant these now as most are covered with berries. They will grow best and will have the heaviest crop of berries if in full sun, but I have grown them in part shade. Remember that bluebird's love these berries and cardinal like to nest in them. I like to cut some for fall arrangements and bird watchers wreaths.
Boxwood for shade and junipers for sun are both plants that do real well with fall planting. The touch of green adds color to a dreary winter landscape.
So fill in those blank spots now with shrubs and perennials that give you fall and winter color. There are many more. Remember now is for planting.
Lorraine Kiefer is the owner and operator of Triple Oaks Nursery in Franklinville. Email Lorraine at lorrainekiefer@gmailcom with garden questions.
John J. MacMinn, of Gloucester Township, was arrested on Nov. 4.
MAPLE SHADE TWP. -- A Camden County man has been arrested in four so-called "diversion burglaries" in late August and early September, township police said Friday.
John J. MacMinn, 50, of Gloucester Township, was arrested Nov. 4 on four counts of burglary and three counts of theft.
According to previous reports, the alleged burglar would make his way into the victim's home -- often asking for a drink -- and move about quickly to cause confusion.
Maple Shade police said Friday that three of the victims were more than 80 years old. The victims were able to provide a description of the burglar, which eventually resulted in the arrest earlier this month.
Maple Shade police say additional criminal charges in other municipalities, where similar crimes occurred during the same time period, are pending.
The investigation involved cooperation from police departments in Beverly, Burlington City, Collingswood, Deptford and Gloucester Township as well as the Delaware River Port Authority.
MacMinn was sent to the Burlington County Jail in default of $40,000 bail.
Maple Shade police asks readers to report all suspicious activity by calling 856-234-8300. Regarding diversion burglaries or other unanticipated guests, police advise residents to make a plan on what to do in such a situation and take note of a solicitor permit or police-issued lanyard that all solicitors should be wearing.
The accident occurred Friday morning in Elk Township.
The truck was traveling northbound near milepost 46.5 shortly before 8 a.m. when the vehicle veered off the left side of the roadway into the median and rolled on its side, state police reported.
The driver was transported to Kennedy University Hospital, Washington Township, with injures not considered life threatening.
No other vehicles were involved. The cause of the crash remains under investigation, police said.
Police did not know the contents of the truck, which is registered to a Pennsylvania trucking company called Vedu, Inc. The vehicle was righted and towed from the scene.
The shooting occurred early Friday after a Thanksgiving Day dispute
MONROE TWP. -- A Monroe Township man wounded his girlfriend and her child before killing himself early Friday, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
Robert Long, 48, entered the Poplar Lane home he shared with the woman and her child around 1:30 a.m. as they were sleeping, prosecutors said.
He fired two shots at the woman, striking her in the torso and hitting her 9-year-old son in the hand, prosecutors said.
The victims fled the residence as police responded to the scene. SWAT officers entered the home at 5 a.m., where they found Long dead.
The mother and child were taken to Cooper University Hospital, Camden, for treatment and are expected to survive.
The shooting followed an argument on Thanksgiving Day between the couple at their Poplar Drive home. His girlfriend asked him to leave and he did, authorities said.
Long turned up at another Monroe Township home that evening where he got into a fight with a resident, authorities said.
He left that home before police arrived but was stopped by township police a short time later and charged with driving while intoxicated, according to the prosecutor's office.
He was released to the custody of a relative.
A few hours later, he turned up back at his girlfriend's house armed with a handgun, authorities said.
In addition to Monroe Police, officers from Franklin, Deptford, Elk and Washington townships responded, as did the Gloucester County Sheriff's Office and the Gloucester County SWAT unit.