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Haddon Twp. man battles eviction from home

From the Courier Post

Bill Kiggins trekked for two hours with a heavy briefcase to meet me a few weeks ago, walking from Haddon Township to the Courier-Post newsroom in Cherry Hill. The 68-year-old shook as he dumped piles of official documents and personal notes documenting his contention he’s being wrongfully evicted by the Haddon Housing Authority.

Kiggins and supporters blame housing authority Executive Director Joseph Iacovino, who they allege is a threatening, underqualified political patron of Haddon Township Mayor Randy Teague.

The words “Iacovino Prison Lies Threats Intimidation Cell 810 Warden = ‘Little Joey The Gopher,’ ” are scattered on a homemade flier Kiggins has read aloud to me several times.

Kiggins is fighting for his life. Today, he’s to be served with an eviction notice, according to a July 26 memo from housing authority attorney Thomas O’Connell. He will be homeless if that eviction is not overturned.

Kiggins greeted me Monday at HUD-subsidized Rohrer Towers 1 in his best outfit: a black pinstriped suit, black tie and an oversized, red button-down shirt. Since 2005, he’s lived in a studio apartment outfitted with a police scanner and several television and computer monitors.

“I have no car, so I can stare at the ceiling or bring the world to me,” said the retired computer worker.

Rohrer residents Nancy Leonard, Flo Thompson and Fran Tedesco, a former housing authority board member, vouch for Kiggins, who has no income beyond Social Security.

He pulls all-nighters working on his eviction case. On Monday, he was amped.

“You need to relax, Bill,” Thompson said. “You get all out of control.”

“Don’t tell me to keep calming down,” Kiggins replied. “This is an opportunity for me to get everything out. If we get publicity, HUD will actually have to come out here.”

Leonard, Thompson and Tedesco charge Kiggins is being evicted because he speaks up and challenges Iacovino’s control, starting at a board meeting last year, when Kiggins complained new tenants should not have first dibs at one-bedroom apartments.

Team Kiggins alleges Iacovino doesn’t know how to use a computer and only shows up to work two hours per day. They claim more Rohrer seniors want Iacovino out also because of restrictions he’s placed since taking office in 2009 but are too fearful to file formal complaints.

Then Kiggins got in my face. “You see what I’m talking about now?” he pushed. “I’m making waves because I got four (O’Connell) letters with all lies in them. They have the right to throw me out, according to (a HUD letter), because they lied to HUD.”

Teague and Iacovino, who makes around $26,500 a year as director, deny Team Kiggins’ allegations. Iacovino says he works about 30 hours a week to fulfill job duties monitored by HUD.

Despite not listing computer skills on his resume, Iacovino says he regularly uses his iPad and computer software. (The March 2009 job posting for his position specifically stated candidates must be computer-literate.) Iacovino’s appointment was approved by the state and HUD.

Iacovino and the abrasive Kiggins concede their relationship has been soured by arguments and harassment charges filed by Kiggins against Iacovino that were later thrown out in court.

No one from the housing authority has filed criminal charges against Kiggins. But Iacovino, O’Connell and housing authority Commissioner Mary Berko refuse to tell me why Kiggins is being evicted. They didn’t point to anything in the authority’s tenant handbook, lease agreement or Admission and Continued Occupancy Plan as grounds for eviction.

In a July 7 notice, O’Connell alleged Kiggins disturbs other residents’ right to quiet, citing the latter for allegedly yelling at Iacovino and his two assistants on June 28, 2010.

O’Connell wrote that he understands Kiggins disagrees with Iacovino’s policy to restrict residents from using a common kitchen. He also accuses Kiggins of audio recording conversations, saying that is disruptive.

The authority’s lease says disturbances can cause evictions.

HUD gives local housing authorities control over policies and procedures. In this case, HUD officials talked with Haddon Housing Authority officials before informing Kiggins on Aug. 24 that his eviction would be legitimate. Yet a Newark Field Office director also wrote his office would continue to investigate Kiggins’ allegations against Iacovino.

Kiggins has the right to be represented by an attorney at a grievance hearing or in court but says he hasn’t found an attorney he can afford, even from Legal Services of New Jersey, which provides civil litigation help to the economically challenged. Legal Services told me Wednesday an attorney who could work with Kiggins is on vacation.

In his office Monday, Iacovino would say only that Kiggins hasn’t followed housing authority procedures for about a year.

“He’s been stalking me following my car when I leave,” Iacovino claims. “All we’re asking is for him to abide by the rules. The board wants him out. I don’t have anything against him personally.

“From a human standpoint, I commiserate with him. We would help him find another home. We’d talk to other authorities.”

Later, Kiggins told me where Iacovino could shove that offer.

“I’m not leaving.”

Haddon Township’s Town-Wide Yard Sale this Saturday!

Kevin Riordan: Haddon Twp. landmark gets a start rebuilding

From Philly .com

Coming soon to the Westmont Theatre: A $50,000 grant from the New Jersey Historic Trust.

The money will help pay for the first comprehensive study of the physical condition and redevelopment potential of the vacant building, among the largest commercial structures on Haddon Avenue.

“This is great news,” says Haddon Township Mayor Randy Teague.

“It’s exciting,” says theater historian Allen F. Hauss.

I agree: This beloved – if woebegone – landmark is irreplaceable; it played a starring role in the life of the community for a half-century.

Tight parking may be an obstacle, but if the theater can be reborn as a mixed-use entertainment venue, it could make the commercial heart of Westmont a regional destination.

“There’s a strong group of people who want to see the theater as a film and performing arts venue,” says Brent J. Donaway, whose 2007 documentary about the theater, The Grand Old Lady, is a rallying point for Westmont Theatre lovers.

Opened as a 1,200-seat vaudeville house in 1927 and modernized in the late 1940s, the theater for decades was one of the largest first-run movie houses in suburban Camden County. Hits ranging from The Sound of Music to The Exorcistenjoyed long runs there.

In the early 1980s, the theater was “twinned” into two auditoriums. The final curtain came down on movies in 1987; the Westmont hosted a live theater company, as well as occasional concerts, until about a decade ago.

It has stood silent since, even as the township spruced up Haddon Avenue, and a number of redevelopment proposals for the site, including a cluster of restaurants and a townhouse complex, have come and gone.

Meanwhile, the township, which leases the theater from the Camden County Improvement Authority, made emergency repairs to the marquee and elsewhere in the building. And the “strong group” cited by Donaway continued working to save it.

Margaret Westfield, a preservation consultant based in Haddon Heights, helped get the theater listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places last year. Besides making demolition more difficult, the designation paved the way for the funding, which the trust approved Monday.

“This money is going to make all the difference,” Westfield says. “Now we can start moving forward.”

She notes that an extensive vertical crack on an exterior wall suggests “some serious structural problems.” But the interior appears to be in good condition, says Hauss, a Cherry Hill resident and author of South Jersey Movie Houses (Arcadia, 2006).

Hauss, who recently photographed the lobby and other areas inside the theater – where he once worked as a projectionist – is a founding member of a new nonprofit organization that hopes to raise private money for restoration.

That may be a challenge.

“Nobody has really said, ‘Here’s the money,’ ” Hauss notes.

With earlier restoration estimates ranging from $5 million to $7 million, no wonder the Westmont has been something of a touchy political issue in years past. And not everyone in town is eager to see hundreds of people converging on Haddon Avenue for entertainment.

But Teague wants to see the theater restored.

“It would be a nice draw for the entire business district, and it would set us apart from neighboring towns,” he says, noting that the studies should determine the most feasible redevelopment.

“It will give us an idea of what we can pursue.”

Donaway, who grew up in Haddon Township and now lives in Magnolia, says he has long planned a sequel to The Grand Old Lady. But lately, events are moving too quickly to predict.

“The story keeps going,” Donaway says. “Maybe it will end with the Westmont being restored.”

Just a touch of info from Wikipedia

Haddon Township is a Township in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2010 Census, the township population was 14,707.
By an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on February 23, 1866, Haddon Township was incorporated from portions of Newton Township. The following communities were subsequently created from the Haddon Township: Haddonfield (April 6, 1875), Collingswood (May 22, 1888), Woodlynne (March 19, 1901), Haddon Heights (March 2, 1904), Audubon (March 13, 1905) and Oaklyn (also March 13, 1905)

In 1701, Elizabeth Haddon Estaugh, the daughter of John Haddon, arrived in the American colonies to oversee his large landholdings, which included areas that are now Bluebird, Haddon Township, and Haddonfield. Contemporary Newton Township included land that later became part of Oaklyn, Audubon, Audubon Park, Collingswood, Gloucester City, Woodlynne, Camden, Haddon Heights and Haddonfield. Its first European settlers were Irish who settled in the area of Newton Creek in 1681

In the late 1830s, a runaway slave, who had taken the surname Saddler to avoid detection by his former master, came to New Jersey from a Maryland plantation with his wife and two daughters. Saddler worked for Cy Evans, a local Quaker farmer, from whom he bought fifty acres to farm.[7] The area where Saddler settled became a predominantly black community known as Saddlertown, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today, the community includes members of other racial groups

Notable current and former residents of Haddon Township include:
Mitch Albom (born 1958), writer.[30]
Laurie Beechman (1953–98), Broadway actress.[31]
Tony Black (born 1951), a record-holding jockey in North American Thoroughbred horse racing.[32]
George E. Brunner (1896-1975), mayor of Camden, New Jersey from 1936 to 1959.[33]
Larry Kane (born 1942), only American reporter whom The Beatles let travel with them on their 1964 North American tour.[34][35][36]
Samuel Vaughn Merrick (1801–70), first President of the Pennsylvania Railroad and co-founder of the Franklin Institute.[37]
Cozy Morley (born 1926), entertainer, singer.[38]
Sal Paolantonio (born 1956), ESPN reporter and writer.[39]
Hannah Whitall Smith (1832–1911), author in the Holiness movement and suffragette [37]
Steven Spielberg (born 1946), motion picture director and producer.[40]
John M. Whitall (1800–77), glass manufacturer and philanthropist.[37]
Julianna White (born 1988), Miss New Jersey USA 2011.[41

Gloucester City (46) at Haddon Township (47), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, South Jersey, Group 1

The Star Ledger, March 07, 2011 10:30 p.m.

Sara DeCinque hit a 3-pointer and Jess Donaldson connected on two free throws in overtime period to lift Haddon Township over Gloucester City, 47-46, last night in the final round of the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 1 tournament in Westmont.

DeCinque finished with 11 points while Donaldson totaled 14 points for Haddon Township, which was led by Jess Brown’s 15 points.

Cori Conner had a game-high 19 points and Gabrielle Cooper chipped in with 12 points for Gloucester City

Snow Removal

Maple Ave sidewalk

Elm Ave sidewalk

This is one side of Maple Ave. and the other hasn’t been touched in the last 3 storms. The other picture would turning the corner.

The streets from what I can see were done very well.

How does your area look?

Share Services?

It seems that the Tax Collector will be losing her position in favor of a part-time person. That person will be coming from Audubon Park as part of shared services. I do not know this person but unless there is previous experience, handling Audubon Park and handling Haddon Twp is a huge difference.

Why not hire internally and have the Asst. Tax Collector take over the duties and then replace the HR/Sr Citizen/whatever else her title is, with a full time person that actually knows what they are doing.

What’s your thought?


From an email I rec’d:

A Winter Storm Advisory has been issued by the National Weather Service for Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday morning. Some snow accumulations are expected.


The Township of Haddon’s Public Works Department works hard to maintain safe driving conditions during a winter snow storm.



This impedes the snow removal process and causes vehicles to be plowed in.

Once plowing of snow has begun, several passes will be made on each street to provide

curb to curb cleaning.  When snowfall stops, it takes Township plows approximately 4

hours to complete the snow removal process town-wide.  Please wait the additional 4

hours before beginning to shovel out driveways.  This will ensure that driveway aprons are

not be re-plowed in by the Township’s snow removal operation.


For more information, please visit our website at www.haddontwp.com


2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 26,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 49 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 104 posts. There was 1 picture uploaded, taking a total of 352kb.

The busiest day of the year was September 13th with 234 views. The most popular post that day was Newton Diner Fire.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were westmonttheatre.wordpress.com, sz0086.wc.mail.comcast.net, 123people.com, mail.yahoo.com, and search.aol.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for haddon township wordpress, haddon wordpress, newton diner fire, wordpress haddon township, and newton diner.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Newton Diner Fire September 2010


Panel reschedules meeting on Haddon Twp. school cuts May 2010


Newcomer spreads the word on Haddon Twp. issues January 2010


Township Plans to keep Channel 19 Afloat August 2010


Tax news could get worse March 2010


Are you a Haddon Township teen committed to community service?


Now there is a new organization, specifically dedicated to you! Starting this year, the group will meet bi-monthly and work hand-in-hand with the Civic Celebration Committee. Group members will gain experience in event planning, public relations, budgeting, organization and social media. In turn, members can accumulate valuable community service hours for schools and religious organizations and receive recommendations for college, scholarships and employment.


So if you are interested, fill out an application today!

Applications are available at the Municipal Buliding – 135 Haddon Ave.

Or online at http://www.haddontwp.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Teens-for-Haddon.pdf


Need to raise funds in today’s recession?

Use the PFS Fundraising Savings Card:NO UPFRONT COSTS! CUSTOMIZED!

Participating Online Retailers Include But Are Not Limited To…Automotive•Autoparts123 Clothing•Coldwater Creek Department Stores•Target•Sears•Kmart Edibles•Cherry Moon Farms Education•Hooked on Phonics•Discount School Supply Electronics•JJ Games•Batteriesovernight.comEntertainment•DirectTV•Ticketsnow Flowers•Fromyouflowers.com Gifts•Ghiradelli Chocolate•1-800 baskets.com•Build-A-Bear workshop Ground Transport•Avis Health & Beauty•Yoga Accessories.com•Glasses USA Home & Garden•Bulb America.comHotels•Courtyard Marriott•Crowne Plaza•Hilton Jewelry•MyJewelryBox.com Pets•Pet Smart Shoes•Foot Lockers•TOMS•Shoes.com Sports & Fitness•Modell’s•Sports Authority•Eastbay

These are just some of the on-line retailers included in our network. Remember, the more people use their card to purchase from one of our retailers the more money your organization makes!

Start raising more money today and call Michael Edmondson at 215.882.4108 or email medmondson@pfscards.com

Michael is a Haddon Township resident and asked me for assistance.

Holiday House Tour – December 2nd

The Haddon Twp High School PTA Proudly Presents Haddon Township’s  15th Annual Holiday House Tour(All proceeds benefit “Project Graduation”} Thursday, December 2, 2010 from 12noon to 9pm

In case of severe weather (snow) the Tour will be rescheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5th from 12noon to 6pm

Visit Township homes decorated for the holiday season Tickets are available to purchase in person, in advance, at the following locations, up until 11am on the day of the tour: BLUE – 43 Haddon Ave.  HADDON TWP BRANCH OF THE CAMDEN CO LIBRARY HADDON TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL After 11am you may purchase your tickets at any home site on the tour.

Call one of the committee members listed below for an address

Cathy Aaron 609-315-8618

Merri Griese 609-792-3276

Carole 609-313-1219

You may also place your ticket ORDERS through the schools listed below up until  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 29th RMS MIDDLE SCHOOL MAIN OFFICE ALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MAIN OFFICES OR BY MAIL

Advance Sales and Senior Citizens:  $15.00 general admission   All tickets are $20.00 at the door Ticket orders should be placed by November 29th



Turkey Trot – November 27th rain or shine

Registration Westmont Fire Hall #1  7:30 – 8:50

1 Miler 8:45

5K 9:00 AM

For more info click link or copy and paste



Haddon Twp’s Halloween Trick or Treating will be on Sunday, October 31st from 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Haddonfield’s Halloween “trick or treating” will be held on Sunday, October 31st between 2:00pm and 6:00pm

Collingswood ‘s Halloween Trick or Treating will be on Sunday, October 31st from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Haddon Township’s moment in the sun

From The Inquirer

In Colonial Conference tennis, there are Haddonfield and Everybody Else.

The Bulldogs don’t cast a long shadow. They block out the sun

That’s what was so great about this week for the girls from Haddon Township. The Hawks moved into the light and made the most of their moment.

“This feels like Wimbledon to us,” senior No. 1 singles Lexi Turcich said of Haddon Township’s appearance in the state championships at Mercer County Park. “You look around and you see all these big, tough teams, and we’re just this little team from this little town.”

Haddonfield is one of those big, tough teams. The Bulldogs won their third consecutive Group 2 state title on Wednesday, and their 17th overall. They are the defending champion and No. 1 seed in the Tournament of Champions.

Haddon Township achieved a little less, but it sure felt like something special to the Hawks. The Hawks beat Leonia, 3-2, in the Group 1 state semifinals, before falling to Point Pleasant Boro, 4-1, in the title match.

“When you think back to the first day of practice, for us to be playing for the state title, it’s hard to believe,” Haddon Township coach Lorie Foster said.

Wednesday’s long and exciting day was the capstone of an unforgettable week. On Monday, Haddon Township won its first South Jersey title since 1997 with a 3-2 win over Pennsville.

That victory was clinched when Turcich won a three-set, three-hour battle with Pennsville’s Brynn Buechler.

“That was the most thrilling match I ever played in my life,” Turcich said. “There was so much pressure. Win, and we win South Jersey. Lose, and we lose South Jersey.

“I can look back now and say it was fun. But it wasn’t fun when I was playing.”

When Turcich finally won by a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 score, the Hawks erupted in celebration.

“It was like a whole crying-fest,” Haddon Township senior Annie Patella said. “It was perfect.”

The Hawks, whose starting seven included singles players Turcich, Devon Sanford and Scout Bauer, and doubles players Patella, Jess Donaldson, Kathleen Duffy and Alexia Lindsay, got to experience thing that are old-hat for Haddonfield: the bus ride, the lunch break, the swirl of color and competition at the tennis complex.

Best of all, Haddon Township’s players got to share the excitement with Haddonfield’s players, as the Colonial Conference rivals were loud and proud in their support of each other.

No program has been more in Haddonfield’s shadow than Haddon Township, as the teams usually are Colonial Conference as well as Group 2 competitors. But with the Hawks moving down to Group 1 this season, they got the chance to win a sectional title, and also to regard the Bulldogs as something other than a roadblock.

“When we showed up today, it was like we were sister teams in the tournament,” Turcich said. “We know we can’t beat them, but we’re proud to stand next to them. We’re proud to call them sisters.”

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/high_school/new_jersey/20101020_Haddon_Townships_moment_in_the_sun.html#ixzz12zFybRZ7
Watch sports videos you won’t find anywhere else

Haddon Twp. chief top N.J. superintendent

From the Courier Post

The township’s top school administrator has been named New Jersey’sSuperintendent of the Year

Mark J. Raivetz now will compete for a national title sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators.

Raivetz has led the Haddon Township district since 1999. He previously was deputy superintendent in Cherry Hill and an administrator in the Trenton and Philadelphia school systems. The former fifth-grade teacher holds a Doctorate of Education from the University of Pennsylvania.

He was selected by a committee of past presidents of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators.


S. A. T. Prep Class Scam?

Last night I received a very strange phone call…it went like this:

Them: May I speak with Jason’s parents?

Me: This is his mother

Them: I am calling because Jason signed up for the S.A.T. Prep Class at Career Day in school.

Me: When was that?

Them: At Career Day

Me: When

Them: Umm I’m just following up

Me: What school

Click they hung up. I tried today to call that number (which is an 888) and it is temporarily unavailable.

Camden County Technical never had a Career Day

I wish I had gotten more info but I’m concerned this is a scam trying for SS# info or maybe trying to get Credit Card info to “pay for the class”.

Please be careful when giving out any info over the phone!!!!

1st Annual HTAA 5 on 5 Adult Basketball Tournament

In an effort to raise money for the Haddon Township Athletic Association (HTAA) Basketball Program, we are planning a 5 on 5 short court Adult Basketball Tournament on Saturday, November 20th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm in the Upper & Lower Gyms at Haddon Township High School.


The cost is $25 per person and includes a tournament tee shirt. Each team will consist of 7 players chosen via a “blind draw” on Friday night, November 19th. The games will consist of two 10 minute running halves with a 5 minute halftime. There will be a clock and official score keeper for each game as well as referees for the later rounds of the tournament.


The rules are simple – Score more points than the other team and your team keeps playing; Score fewer points and you watch. The intent of this inaugural tournament is threefold: Raise money for the HTAA Hawks Basketball program to help defray the costs of the program; involve those in the community who would like to stay in touch with the program as we build for the future; Have fun playing the lifelong sport we learned as kids.

Contact Walt Eife for release form since I could not attach to blog.

To enroll, please complete the attached HTAA release form, make your $25.00 check payable to HTAA Basketball and mail to Walt Eife, President HTAA Basketball, 255 New Jersey Ave, Westmont, NJ 08108. Please make sure to include your e-mail address! There will be reminders sent out and more information about the time and location of the blind draw Friday night.


If you are interested in becoming a $100 “court” sponsor(s) or the $500 Tee Short Sponsor, please call Walt Eife at (856) 858-6038 (w) or (856) 505-8010 (w).


Diocese’s merger reversal spares St. Vincent Pallotti

From the Courier Post

The Diocese of Camden has reversed its decision to make St. Aloysius Church in Oaklyn the seat for the parish’s merger with St. Vincent Pallotti in Haddon Township. The move instead to make the Haddon Township location the seat of the merger closes an appeals process that reached the Vatican.

The decision is great news for 54-year-old Tricia Newman, who uses a wheelchair, because she will be able to continue to be an altar server, assisting the priest at Mass, and a lector, reading from the Bible at liturgical services.

“It’s so rewarding for me because there’s something I can do,” Newman said from her Haddon Township home Monday. “A lot of the time you’re not able to do much. But here, I can because it’s wheelchair-accessible, which makes me feel like a human being like everybody else.

“I’m not just happy for myself but for everybody. For the elderly and disabled, it’s easier to attend Mass. There are no steps,” she added.

When Camden Bishop Joseph Galante announced his intention to merge the two parishes as part of a diocesan reconfiguration plan in 2008, he chose the Oaklyn location as the seat for the merger. St. Vincent Pallotti was targeted for closing.

Parishioners of St. Vincent Pallotti, which recently underwent capital improvements worth about $1 million, filed an appeal with the Congregation of the Clergy. The Vatican body rebuffed the appeal.

A team composed of representatives from St. Vincent Pallotti and St. Aloysius recommended the Haddon Township location as the seat, noting it had easy access for disabled and elderly people.

In an announcement last week in the diocesan newspaper, the Catholic Star Herald, Galante said his intention at the time he devised the reconfiguration plan was to keep a parish on or near the White Horse Pike in that area. However, that no longer is an issue now that a West Collingswood parish on the White Horse Pike in that area has been chosen to be the seat of a merger with a Woodlynne parish, the announcement read.

Margie Esposito, 56, of Haddon Township, who cares for two adult children — Mark, 28, who is blind, and Stacy, 24, who has cerebral palsy — applauded the reversal because of St. Vincent Pallotti’s accessibility.

“You just walk in,” Esposito said. “Parking is very accessible no matter where you park. It just makes it so much easier and convenient. We really feel blessed.”

On Monday, parishioners at St. Vincent Pallotti expressed a desire to move forward with the transition.

“It came to a logical conclusion and it was amicable between us and the diocese. It was never about us versus them. It was always about what provides the best solution for both parishes,” said Ed Pierzynski, vice president of the Friends of St. Vincent Pallotti.

The Diocese of Camden could not be reached for comment, as its administrative offices were closed Monday for Columbus Day.


Haddon Twp. bakery loses part of storefront in storm

From the Courier Post

HADDON TOWNSHIP — The distinctive art deco facade of McMillan’s Bakery is facing destruction after an early-morning storm today caused parts of the overhang to collapse.

Fire crews responded to the bakery at around 6:15 a.m., after the front of the building and part of the roof came down, according to bakery manager Kristine Emmons.

“Luckily, it didn’t break out windows,” she said.

Business is progressing as close to normal as possible, with customers trooping in the side door off the parking lot to collect their cakes and cream doughnuts.

A hand-written sign in the window tells patrons “We’re still open, come to the side door!”

An inspector told Emmons the bakery may have to lose the neon sign that sits atop the overhang, but she said McMillan’s will fight keep it.

Two workers Thursday used tools to pry stucco off the side of the overhang, revealing soaked, dark brown wood underneath.

“We’re overwhelmed,” said Emmons, the third generation in the family-run bakery. “It’s a pain, we can’t even let people through the front door.”

Jeff McCormick of Somerdale said he just moved to the area but is already calling McMillan’s the best bakery around. He didn’t let the construction get in the way of his morning doughnut.

“I thought they were just remodeling,” McCormick said.

Emmons said customers at McMillan’s were expected to continue with the side door through Thursday, with the front door opening Friday.