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CALENDAR CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

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Medford Announces Calendar Contest Winners

The Medford Township Council is proud to announce that the following photographers will be featured in the 2010 Medford Township Municipal Calendar: Denise Bush, Al Celenza, Melissa Ciecierski, John Ciecierski, Patrick Connolly, Denise DiPace, Doreen Frake, Albert D. Horner, Richard Lewis, Richard H. Musgnug, Andrew Schipke and Bill Troy.

A long-standing effort by the Township Council and administration to provide residents with information on Township services, the annual Calendar is the result of dedicated work by Township employees from each Department who assemble and compile the information that is mailed to every address in Medford each December.   In order to enhance the Calendar, the Township Council asked the Cultural Arts Commission to provide artwork featuring Medford artists and or scenery.

Thirty-five photographers submitted 91 photos to “A Call for Photography” contest sponsored by the Medford Cultural Arts Commission earlier this year.  Each photographer submitted a maximum of three digital images taken in Medford Township within the last two years. Entries were then judged by two jurors. This year’s judges were Central Record’s esteemed photographer David Borrelli and photographer, Louis Dallara.  Louis is a winner of the 2009 Calendar contest. Both judges are residents of Medford.

A reception at the Medford Arts Center (MAC) at 18 N Main St in Medford is being planned in honor of the winners.   Members of the public will be invited.

The winning photographers have been invited to display their original calendar photographs at the MAC beginning October 16, 2009 through January 16, 2010.  A continuous slide slow of all entries will be on view during the reception.

Two “top” photos out of the 14 winners will grace the front and back covers. These featured photographers will be announced at November’s reception.

In addition to honoring the winning photographers, the winners of the Medford Cultural Arts Commission’s recent Poetry Contest will also be honored.  For more information please contact the Medford Township Recreation Department at 609-654-2512 or MAC  609-654-6033 or write medfordartsinfo@aol.com.

CONTACT PERSON- Tracey Femiano, 609-654-1855

POETRY CONTEST DEADLINE APPROACHING

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Medford Honors Poets…A Contest

The Medford Cultural Arts Commission invites poets in Burlington County to participate in its Second Annual Juried Poetry Contest, an event established to give recognition to the literary arts.  Winners will be selected based on excellence of poetry.  Monetary awards will be presented to the top three outstanding poems selected.  Poets submitting the top ten poems will be honored at a reception and poetry reading at the new Medford Arts Center later in the fall.

Entering poets must be a resident of Burlington County and at least 18 years of age.  Any form of poetry or subject is acceptable. All submitted work must be original, the work of the poet entering the contest and not previously published.  Up to three poems may be submitted by each entrant. 

All entries must be typed and presented in hardcopy (no e-mailed entries).  An entry form must accompany all entries.  Poet’s name must not appear on typed copy of poem for judging. There is no fee for entry.  

All entries must be received no later than Thursday, October 15, 2009, and accompanied by an application form.

Contest guidelines and application are  available online on these websites:   Medford Arts Center (MAC) www.ArtsinMedford.org or Medford Township www.MedfordTownship.com.  They may also be picked up at the Medford Township Recreation Department (2nd floor), 17 North Main Street in Medford during regularly scheduled hours or at the MAC when it reopens for the season on September 12th.  Questions may be directed to the Recreation Department at 609-654-2512 or e-mail:  culturalarts@medfordtownship.com.

Members of MCAC, FMAC and Employees of Medford Township and their relatives may participate but are not eligible for prizes or awards.

CONTACT:  Elsa Williams

609-953-0805

Medford Arts Center Jersey Devil Puppet Theater

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The Jersey Devil Speaks

The legend of the Pine Barren’s most famous (or infamous) resident will be brought whimsically to life by the Pinelands Puppets at the Medford Arts Center on Sunday Afternoon, October 11 at 2:00 p.m. The Jersey Devil, or J.D. as he prefers to be known, will tell his own story in his inimitable way. It’s guaranteed to be more fun than scary, with a hands-on craft after the show.

The Medford Arts Center, or MAC as it’s known, is located at 18 North Main Street in Medford, New Jersey, next to the Township Gazebo. The cost of the event is $5 per adult and $3 per child (under 12 years). For more information, check the website, www.artsinmedford.org or call 609-654-6033.

Jeff Cleve, the creative power behind the Pinelands Puppet’s stage, has been performing with puppets since 2000. He earned a degree in elementary education and children’s theater at Rowan University and credits Dr. George Neff, a Rowan professor, with sparking his interest in puppetry. He just finished working on a full-length feature movie that will be debuting at film festivals in 2010. Cleve is a resident of Marlton who works as a substitute teacher when not pursuing his artistic endeavors.

Contact jsjacksongould@comcast.net for more information.

Medford Arts Center Blues concerts

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Blues Swing into the MAC on October 10

Saturday Coffee Concerts at the Medford Arts Center (the MAC) will kick off with traditional blues music on Saturday, October 10 as Norman Taylor entertains with his mellow voice and lively acoustical guitar. The tunes begin at 7:30 p.m. at the MAC, 18 North Main Street, Medford, New Jersey. Coffee and tea will be available starting at 7:00 p.m. Cost of the concert is $10 per person at the door.

Bluesman Norman Taylor one of the area’s up and coming singer/songwriters. His style is connected to the country blues of people like Robert Johnson and Skip James, although he also draws influence from country, 70′s rock, soul, gospel and a variety of musical forms. Taylor, who hails from Willingboro, New Jersey, has performed in many different settings and on several different instruments. Taylor has also been an opening act for bluesman Guy Davis, Singers-Songwriter Phil Roy, Pat Wictor, Chris Smithers, and Marcia Ball. In addition to these openers Norman has also played festivals such as Camp Jam in the Pines and the State Street Blues Stroll, a blues festival in Media, PA.

For more information on the MAC and its programs, go to the website www.artsinmedford.com, or call 609-654-6033.

Contact:

Janet Jackson-Gould
609-654-6485
jsjacksongould@comcast.net

Medford Art Center Announces First Open Juried Art Show

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The Medford Arts Center’s First Open Juried Art Exhibition will be held October 2- November 22, 2009.  A reception will take place on October 2, 6-9 PM, at which time awards will be presented. The public is invited to attend.
The Medford Arts Center is located at 18 North Main Street  in Medford Village. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 11 AM- 6 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM.
Board President, Janet Jackson-Gould is pleased to announce that the juror will be Brian O. Hill, Director of the Trenton City Museum. He will select art to be accepted into the show and award winners.  Cash prizes will be given for Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention.
All entries will be by “drop off only” with a limit of two pieces to be submitted.  Drop off for entries to be judged is scheduled for September 21, 22 and 23.
Two-dimensional original art in various media will be eligible.  No photography or digital art is included in this show, as a juried photography show is scheduled for early in 2010.
For more information or a prospectus, visit www.artsinmedford.org, call the MAC at 609-654-6033 or e-mail MedfordArtsInfo@aol.com.
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Medford, NJ Art Show Competition

The Medford Arts Center’s First Open Juried Art Exhibition will be held October 2- November 22, 2009.  A reception will take place on October 2, 6-9 PM, at which time awards will be presented. The public is invited to attend.

The Medford Arts Center is located at 18 North Main Street  in Medford Village. Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 11 AM- 6 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM.

Board President, Janet Jackson-Gould is pleased to announce that the juror will be Brian O. Hill, Director of the Trenton City Museum. He will select art to be accepted into the show and award winners.  Cash prizes will be given for Best in Show, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention.

All entries will be by “drop off only” with a limit of two pieces to be submitted.  Drop off for entries to be judged is scheduled for September 21, 22 and 23.

Two-dimensional original art in various media will be eligible.  No photography or digital art is included in this show, as a juried photography show is scheduled for early in 2010.

For more information or a prospectus, visit www.artsinmedford.org, call the MAC at 609-654-6033 or e-mail medfordartsinfo@aol.com

 

Contact:

Tracey Femiano

609-654-1855

Medford Arts Center Announces September Exhibition

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An art exhibition featuring current instructors at the Medford Arts Center (MAC) will open on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 11 AM.  Come “meet and greet” the artistic staff at a reception open to the public that evening from 6-9 PM.   The show, which will feature many different mediums and genres, will continue through September, closing on Sunday, September 27, at 5 PM.
The MAC is located at 18 North Main Street in Medford Village.  Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 11 AM- 6 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM.
Artists and artisans will include Dorothy Amsden, Matthew Blair, Patty Ann Fince, Harry Forrest, Salley Gushue, Jim Jackson, Katie Paetzold, Donald Stephens, Linda Shelley, Diane Wallace, Tracey Birnbohm, and Frank Weiner.
Visitors will be able to enjoy drawings, illustrations, calligraphy as well as traditional and contemporary paintings. The exhibition committee at the MAC will have the pleasure of hanging fiber art as well. Handmade rugs by Patty Ann Finch will be included in the display.  Admission is free.
For more information call the Medford Arts Center at 609-654-6033 or visit www.artsinmedford.org.
Contact:
Tracey Femiano
609-654-1855

Medford, NJ Art Exhibit

An art exhibition featuring current instructors at the Medford Arts Center (MAC) will open on Saturday, September 12, 2009 at 11 AM.  Come “meet and greet” the artistic staff at a reception open to the public that evening from 6-9 PM.   The show, which will feature many different mediums and genres, will continue through September, closing on Sunday, September 27, at 5 PM.

The MAC is located at 18 North Main Street in Medford Village.  Hours are Fridays and Saturdays 11 AM- 6 PM and Sundays 1-5 PM.

Artists and artisans will include:

  • Dorothy Amsden
  • Matthew Blair
  • Patty Ann Fince
  • Harry Forrest
  • Salley Gushue
  • Jim Jackson
  • Katie Paetzold
  • Donald Stephens
  • Linda Shelley
  • Diane Wallace
  • Tracey Birnbohm
  • Frank Weiner

Visitors will be able to enjoy drawings, illustrations, calligraphy as well as traditional and contemporary paintings. The exhibition committee at the MAC will have the pleasure of hanging fiber art as well. Handmade rugs by Patty Ann Finch will be included in the display.  Admission is free.

For more information call the Medford Arts Center at 609-654-6033 or visit www.artsinmedford.org.

Contact:

Tracey Femiano

609-654-1855

Medford, NJ Poetry Contest

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Medford, New Jersey Poetry Contest

The Medford Cultural Arts Commission invites poets in Burlington County to participate in its Second Annual Juried Poetry Contest, an event established to give recognition to the literary arts. Winners will be selected based on excellence of poetry. Monetary awards will be presented to the top three outstanding poems selected. Poets submitting the top ten poems will be honored at a reception and poetry reading at the new Medford Arts Center later in the fall.

Entering poets must be a resident of Burlington County and at least 18 years of age. Any form of poetry or subject is acceptable. All submitted work must be original, the work of the poet entering the contest and not previously published. Up to three poems may be submitted by each entrant.

All entries must be typed and presented in hardcopy (no e-mailed entries). An entry form must accompany all entries. Poet’s name must not appear on typed copy of poem for judging. There is no fee for entry.

All entries must be received no later than Thursday, October 15, 2009, and accompanied by an application form.

Contest guidelines and application will be available online after September 1 on these websites: Medford Arts Center (MAC) www.ArtsinMedford.org or Medford Township www.medfordtownship.com. They may also be picked up at the Medford Township Recreation Department (2nd floor), 17 North Main Street in Medford during regularly scheduled hours or at the MAC when it reopens for the season on September 12th. Questions may be directed to the Recreation Department at 609-654-2512 or e-mail: culturalarts@medfordtownship.com.

Members of MCAC, FMAC and Employees of Medford Township and their relatives may participate but are not eligible for prizes or awards.

CONTACT:  Elsa Williams

609-953-0805

Tour De Medford Pro and Amatuer Bike Races

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Medford Bike RaceThe Medford Township Council is pleased to announce that the Recreation Department will be sponsoring its 7th Annual TOUR de MEDFORD series of pro Olympic-caliber & amateur cycling criterium races on Saturday, August 22, 2009.

Run under the auspices of the US Cycling Federation (USCF), and in conjunction with the Heart House/CC Evesham elite cycling team, cyclists from throughout the region will descend upon Medford to compete on our course in historic and scenic downtown Medford Village. The .09-mile loop course will start on South Main Street in front of the Medford Memorial Community Center and proceed to Union Street, then onto Allen Avenue, and back to South Main Street.

Starting at 8:30 am sharp and continuing through 1:00 pm, five (5) events will be staged for cyclists, including a Senior Men’s Category 4/5 20-lap event; a Senior Women’s 17-lap event, a Master Men’s 35+ 25-lap event, and a Senior Men’s Pro & 1-2-3 40-lap event. The Senior Men’s 1/2/3 and the Master Men’s 35+ events are a part of the prestigious MAXXIS Garden State Cup Series.

In between these races, competitions will be staged for area residents, including children and adults.

For more information & to register for the USCF competitions, on-line registration is available at www.bikereg.com or www.njbikeracing.com. Registration for the local competitions is free. Registrations will also be accepted the day of the event at the Medford Memorial Community Center, located at 21 South Main Street, beginning at 7:30 am.

Volunteers are also needed to act as Marshalls along the route to assist with pedestrian and traffic control. If interested, please contact the Medford Recreation Department at 609-654-2512.

The events will be held rain or shine.

Even if you’re not an accomplished cyclist, you are encouraged to join us on Main Street on August 22nd to share in the excitement and cheer on the competitors!

Medford Township Recoups Nearly $2 Million for Flood Work

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canoe wrapped around tree during medford, nj flood 2004

Mayor David Brown is pleased to announce that thanks to the tireless efforts of the Township Council and administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) will reimburse the Township in excess of $1.9 million additional dollars for costs associated with the July 2004 floods. The Township previously received approximately $930,000 in reimbursement related to the catastrophic event. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the funds will come from FEMA with the remaining twenty-five percent (25%) from the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management.

“This is a great day for the people of Medford. The Township has pursued these funds steadily since the remediation work was done. Finally, our pleas have been heard and our hard work has paid off,” explained the Mayor. Councilman Chris Myers added, “Too often we hear about recovery efforts from natural disasters in other parts of the country.

When the events of the July 2004 flood struck home, our emergency responders put forth incredible effort to save lives and property. We expended millions of dollars in repairing the extensive damage with FEMA’s acknowledgement, and with the expectation that the federal government was there to assist us financially. After aggressive action on Medford’s part over the past four years, FEMA has recognized the effort put forth, and has confirmed it will reimburse the Medford taxpayers for these actions.”

The flood occurred in the Summer of 2004, and the Township efforts to obtain reimbursement were undertaken soon thereafter. FEMA authorized the recovery work, however, it initially would only reimburse the Township $131,360 for certain work, including the repair of sewer main and roadway wiped out by the flood at Ramblewood Drive. The Township appealed FEMA’s limited reimbursement decision in both 2006 and 2007. With those appeals pending, the Township continued to press representatives from FEMA for the recovery of funds it was due.

“Our residents should be proud of the commitment put forth by our emergency responders. Thanks to the quick and decisive action of dedicated men and women, no lives were lost during the storm and recovery efforts,” lauded Councilwoman Mary Ann O’Brien. “The efforts by the Township after the storm to make repairs, and pursue reimbursement are also to be commended,” she continued.

Councilman Joseph Lynn noted, “We continued to press the position with FEMA that the destroyed sewer pipe would have contaminated the lakes and shorelines downstream if not immediately corrected, creating a public health problem. We had to bypass sewage and rebuild the system while holding back millions of gallons of water from upstream. The end result was a great effort by emergency responders, Township staff and the construction team.”

FEMA representatives have now confirmed that the Township’s emergency repair and remediation efforts will be reimbursed the additional $1.9 million, on top of the funds originally received. The Township expects to receive those funds by the month’s end.

“In the end we just wanted to be treated fairly, like any other town that is devastated by a natural event. We are thankful that FEMA has ultimately acknowledged our efforts and will reimburse our expenses,” concluded Deputy Mayor Robert Martin.

CONTACT: MICHAEL ACHEY, TOWNSHIP MANAGER
(609) 654-2608 x328

Family Fun Day at Ft. Medford – 7/18/09

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Family Fun Day at Fort Medford Playground on July 18th

On Saturday, July 18th make plans to join in the fun and also support a wonderful cause by attending the Family Fun Day at Fort Medford Playground located in Bob Meyer Park. The event will take place from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm with all proceeds going to help build the planned 100% handicapped accessible playground addition to Fort Medford.

For the past year dedicated members of the Fort Medford Playground Committee have been working diligently to raise the funds necessary to build this special playground designed for both children and adults with special needs, but also fun for all children of all ages. This addition is to be incorporated with the existing Fort Medford that was built in 1995 with donations and the labor of many volunteers.

The goal of raising the $100,000 needed is now within sight, but $20,000 is still required to begin building the playground, which will be the first of its kind in Burlington County.

The benefit that will be held on Saturday will include fun field games, an All-Star Band line-up including “The Feables” and “UFT,” picnic food, face painting, clowns, a multitude of Chinese auction gift baskets, and children’s games complete with prizes. Your support of this event will help to make the dream of the not only 100% accessible, but also “green” eco-friendly playground, a reality in the very near future.

If you would like to volunteer for the Fun Day, call Dottie Spellman at 609-654-0563. If you like to make a donation, contact Committee Co-Chair Kyle Koszowski at 856-988-1552.

The Fort Medford Playground in Bob Meyer Park is located at 2 Commonwealth Road just off of Gravelly Hollow Road, next to the Township Public Works Facility. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held on Sunday, July 19th. For additional information, please call the Medford Recreation Department at 609-654-2512.