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Perkins Summer Arts & Eco Camp Registration Open

For over 30 years, Perkins Center for the Arts has been offering an eight-week summer arts camp packed with discovery, collaboration, and exploration and this year is no different! 

Our Summer Arts and Eco Camp embraces STEAM Education by equally focusing on the arts and environmental education to facilitate creative expression of environmental scientific learning through visual, performing, literary and environmental arts. During the four varied, two weeks sessions of camp, campers will learn how to take the ideas generated through exploring each session's theme and transform it into a painting, a play, a song or a sculpture. Each session includes a field trip and an end-of-session performance and exhibition. Working with professional teaching artists, campers engage imagination, invention, creativity, collaborative teamwork and more.

Now For Ages 5-11!

Session 1: June 26- July 7 (No Camp Wed, July 4th)

Session 2: July 10- July 21

Session 3: July 24- August 4

Session 4: August 7  August 18

Camp Hours are 9:00am-4:00pm. Extended Care available from 8-9am and 4-5pm (Additional fees apply).

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URL/Website: http://perkinsarts.org
   Last updated: Friday, Apr 28, 2017, 9:49AM by randy abidin
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MBA 2016 Scholarship Winners

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MOORESTOWN—Nine years ago, the Moorestown Business Association (MBA) established a scholarship program to acknowledge Moorestown High School seniors interested in pursuing a business major in college and who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement in extracurricular and or community activities.  Two scholarship winners are blindly selected each year through a review of submitted applications; the 2016 MBA Scholarship awardees are John Cantwell and Nori Horvitz. 

Dan Posternock and Amy Leis chair the MBA’s scholarship committee, and spend a significant amount of time searching for the best candidates. “We follow a specific screening process to determine our scholarship recipients, with criteria that includes GPA and a passion for business,” explains Ms. Leis. “After reading over 100 applications, these two students stood head and shoulders above the field.”

Nori Horvitz originally wanted to be a doctor, but got hooked on business after taking Adam Roth’s website development class her freshman year. She joined Future Business Leaders of America and her enthusiasm for the subject continued to grow as she enrolled in every business class she could fit into her schedule. As her perspective developed she became interested in starting a non-profit business to assist underprivileged schools build their libraries. She founded UBUBiz, through which she ran successful small-scale book conventions that raised money to fill this need. She intends to maintain this business as she pursues her business degree at Babson College in Massachusetts this fall.

Even at ten years of age, John Cantwell was an entrepreneur. The youngster started his own landscape business while he was still in elementary school, and by the time he graduated from high school his company (Bellevue Landscaping LLC) had 11 employees and over 40 clients. John, who loves developing innovative products and excels in math, enjoyed the challenge of running his own business and learning from all aspects of the process. He sold his company at the conclusion of his senior year, and the proceeds will help pay for tuition as he earns a degree in business and engineering at Lehigh University.

John and Nori were notified that they had won the MBA scholarships during Moorestown High School’s Senior Award Ceremony just before they graduated from Moorestown High School this summer. The MBA Board congratulates the association’s 2016 scholarship winners, and wishes them much success as they continue to pursue their business careers. 

Photo (l. to r.): Don Powell (MBA President), John Cantwell, Nori Horvitz, Amy Leis (MBA Board), Charles McCullough (MBA Treasurer), Steven Pazienza (MBA Vice President). Photo credit: Bill Kaisla

   Last updated: Thursday, Aug 25, 2016, 4:07AM by Bill Kaisla
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Moorestown Flag Football 2017 Fall Season Registration

The Moorestown Youth Flag Football League (MYFFL) is a community-based recreation program for boys and girls from 1st thru 12th grades who are residents of, or attend a school located in, Moorestown.

We provide over 700 children annually the opportunity to learn football fundamentals through non-contact play while having fun in a physical activity. We also offer children, parents, and our community a great social experience as we divide leagues by grade with each grade-league playing all their games weekly at the same time and location.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN for our 15th season this Fall playing 5 vs. 5 flag football games from just after Labor Day until our Super Bowl Saturday the weekend before Thanksgiving. Registration Fees are:

  • $95 Registration Period until 6/16, then
  • $110 Late Registration from 6/17 to 6/30 (space permitting)

For COMPLETE DETAILS including tentative Weekly and Season Schedules click here to visit our website:

http://Register.MYFFL.org


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URL/Website: http://myffl.org
   Last updated: Friday, May 12, 2017, 1:56PM by randy abidin
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Passariello's honored with MBA Spotlight Award

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Passariello’s Marks a Milestone and Merits MBA Spotlight Award

 

MOORESTOWN—From the day Passariello’s Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen first opened in 1996, its doors were filled with a stream of people—parents darting in and out to pick up pizzas, sports teams gathering after practices, families taking a break from their own kitchens, business lunches, celebrations, and after-work get-togethers. The constant procession of customers indicated that the bright, cheerful restaurant was just what Moorestown needed, and it has endured because Passariello’s owners are committed to doing things just right.

For founders Pasquale, Vincenzo, Giovanni, and Sakari Passariello, the restaurant is not just a business or a job, it is their passion—and it shows. In an industry in which 60 percent of restaurants fail in their first year and 80 percent don’t make it past five years, Passariello’s will mark its 20th anniversary in Moorestown the week of September 12. Moorestown Business Association is presenting Passariello’s with a Spotlight Award to applaud the restaurant’s success as it celebrates this important milestone.

Along with offering a large variety of fresh, delicious food in short order, a unique food service concept sets Passariello’s apart from traditional pizzeria’s. Instead of a wait staff, customers can see and order everything they might want to eat at different food stations. Pasquale, who came up with the idea, loves to tell how it came about.

The native of Monte di Procida, Italy (near Naples) started his food journey in the galley of a European cargo ship and followed opportunities to build his skills in different kitchens on America’s East Coast. He spent the next chapter of his career managing quality control in Scotto pizza outlets all over the country, and eventually bought several Scotto franchises—the last one located in South Jersey’s Echelon Mall.  It was there that he developed his idea for a food court style restaurant where patrons could walk around and choose from different categories of menu items. When the property that would eventually become Passariello’ became available in Moorestown, he and his brothers jumped at the opportunity to build Pasquale’s dream business. 

The timing was perfect—Moorestown embraced the fun, new family-friendly place, and 12 years later they opened a second location in Voorhees. Currently the Passariellos are looking to expand further, but only if they can do it their way—and they are very particular. It is no accident that the organization runs like clockwork.  “Each of the four brothers plays an integral role in the family business,” explains the company’s director Ted Barber.

“Pasquale is the visionary with an instinct for planning and design who developed the overall character of Passariellos. Giovanni is the culinarian, with a fastidious regard to purchasing and management systems, as well as having a keen eye on continuously upgrading and improving the operation. Vincenzo oversees the operational end of the bustling business, including the product flow and staff; and Sakari is the landscape architect and problem solver who keeps an eye on theming, decoration and the impeccable design of the interior and exterior of the business.” The one element that is common amongst the family members, Barber says, is an intense pride in everything they do and a relentless commitment to excellence.

This vigorous dedication to perfection shows in the details, and nothing is done halfway. In many restaurants, especially those as busy as this, the booths are bolted down—but not at Passariello’s. Every stick of furniture is moved each week so the floor and hard to reach areas can be scrupulously cleaned. There is a staff member who spends over three hours every day seeing to the exterior plantings and cleaning. Another is hand-cutting the chicken in the kitchen, while someone else is making certain the prep area is spotless. Food safety is paramount. Barber, who has worked on major food service projects throughout the world, says he seldom sees this level of detail by independent operators within this casual dining sector.

He also points out that family members aren’t always the best partners, but says, “There is something special about this family.” The hard working and family centric culture instilled in the children from an early age by the family patriarch, Clemente Passariello, has shaped the way the Passariello children conduct themselves to this day.  Clemente Passariello, who also worked in the restaurant before he passed away in 2007, was a fixture of smiles and pride of what his family built. His five children, including daughter Marianna, respect each other and always do what’s best for their families and the business. Their values are evident in everything they do.” As Pasquale stresses, it is not about making money—it’s about doing things right and putting the family name on something they are proud of.

In 2009, with an eye toward gradual expansion in which the family could remain the guiding force, a branding company was engaged to fine tune Passariello’s image. A bright new logo emerged, along with the formulation of the company’s core attributes that the brothers believe define their business: Tradition. Freshness. Informal. Fast.  The Passariello family treasures its customers. “They don’t have to come here, but it is an honor every time someone walks through our door.” Says Pasquale. “It is important to us that our customers trust us.”

Along with being a destination of great food and an appealing meeting place for the past 20 years, the restaurant has greatly enhanced the appearance of Main Street. The family also consistently supports the community by supplying Hero cards to the local police, fire, and EMT members. The Passariellos support township youth sports teams, schools, Moorestown graduates, events, and many more noteworthy causes. The MBA has awarded Passariello’s a Spotlight Award for the flagship restaurant’s long-term success in Moorestown, and its role in helping to make it a better place to visit and live.

Photo: Members of the Passariello family and restaurant team, along with MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza (far left) and President Don Powell (center, back).

Photo credit: Tom Sheckels.

   Last updated: Thursday, Sep 08, 2016, 6:03AM by Bill Kaisla
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MBA Presents Spotlight Award to Camden Avenue McDonald's

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MBA presents Spotlight Award to Moorestown’s Mcdonald’s

serving great food and the community for 21 years

 

Mark Grenon just finished serving breakfast to over 1,000 hungry people—but the Moorestown McDonald’s franchise owner wasn’t working at his bustling restaurant at the corner of Lenola Rd. and Camden Ave. Every year he donates all the pancakes and supervises the food preparation for the Rotary Club’s Pancake Breakfast. In the spring he does the same for Moorestown Baseball Federation’s Breakfast, and he’s been providing this service for these organizations for 21 years. It’s his way of connecting with and giving back to the community that has supported his business for decades, and as the proprietor of a restaurant that has food preparation and service down to a science, he’s up to the task.

Grenon started working in a McDonald’s while he was in high school in Edgewater Park, continued to work shifts while he was going to Rutgers, and at the age of 30 he purchased his first franchise on Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia—an outlet he still owns. In 1994, he bought the McDonald’s in the Moorestown Mall, and a year later he took ownership of the franchise on Lenola Road. As shopping patterns shifted, he decided to close the mall location in 2010 and invest in a complete renewal of his restaurant in the historic Lenola section of Moorestown.  In 2011 the original 1967 structure was razed, and taking its place was a bright modern building that continues to draw about 1,000 diners a day. Grenon just opened another McDonald’s on Rt. 38 and Coles Avenue, but he maintains that the Moorestown location will remain his favorite because of the sense of community that he enjoys there.

The restaurant is a family favorite serving a much wider variety of food than in 1955 when Ray Kroc opened the first in what would become a chain of more than 36,000 locations. From the start, the McDonald’s organization set out to serve quickly prepared meals made from quality products. Through the years, it embraced marketplace trends and nutrition guidelines to provide fresh and tasty food with lots of menu choices, and has joined the global effort to support sustainable agriculture. “McDonald’s is always evolving,” notes Grenon. “Its goal is to be the restaurant of the 21st century.”

Grenon says the signature hamburgers and fries are still a mainstay, but many people stop in for the variety of salads and healthy breakfast items, or a trip to the McCafe machine for specialty coffee drinks and smoothies. The location is convenient for residents and commuters, whether they’re ordering from the drive-through window or using the free WiFi as they enjoy their food.

Grenon is proud to be a part of an organization that values quality and innovation, and looks forward to continuing to provide Moorestown residents of all ages with great food and service—and to flipping thousands of pancakes for the good of the community.

Moorestown Business Association initiated its Spotlight program in 2015 as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. The MBA is recognizing the restaurant and its owner for 21 years of business leadership and community support.

 Photo (L to R) MBA President Don Powell and Moorestown McDonald’s owner Mark Grenon. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels.

   Last updated: Tuesday, Nov 22, 2016, 4:05AM by Bill Kaisla
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MBA Presents Gift to Perkins Center for the Arts

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Perkins Center for the Arts receives gift from MBA

Funds will help rennovate the Center’s multi-purpose Carriage House

                                                                                                   

Moorestown (December, 20 2016)—For many years, Moorestown Business Association (MBA) has committed to help preserve and enhance the community through designated gifts to specific projects and organizations that make Moorestown exceptional. Most recently, the MBA board voted to support the renovation of Perkins Center of the Arts’ historic Carriage House. MBA President Don Powell and Vice President Steven Pazienza presented the $5,000 gift to Perkins Executive Director Karen Chigounis and Associate Director Diane Felcyn at a recent presentation event.

Perkins Center for the Arts is a unique resource in the midst of Moorestown that strengthens and enriches the community through arts education and opportunities, serving as a fine arts and music school, art gallery, concert venue, pottery and dance studios, arts camp and more.

The mission-driven work of this vibrant arts center would not be possible without the adaptive use of its base of operations, the historic Perkins Estate, which includes the main house (“Evergreen Lawn”), the Carriage House, and an Arboretum. An estimated 800 people walk through the center’s doors each week during 50 weeks of classes and music lessons annually.

Though owned by the township, the maintenance and preservation of Perkins’ buildings and grounds are the responsibility of the non-profit arts center headquartered there. Public support is critical to helping ensure the estate is used to the best of its capacity to continue its valuable contribution to the community. “The MBA board is happy to support this invigorating cultural asset that draws people from all over the region, which in turn boosts commerce and Moorestown’s reputation as a vibrant town that has much to offer its visitors and residents,” noted Don Powell. 

“In New Jersey, every dollar spent by an arts organization generates $8 in the economy,” explains Diane Felcyn. “Arts and cultural organizations are important regional or neighborhood anchors that hire locally and support surrounding businesses. Spending by cultural organizations and their audiences ripples through the economy, generating revenue for businesses, families and local governments.”

The MBA gift is earmarked to assist Perkins Center for the Arts continue its adaptive reuse of the historic Carriage House. Originally constructed in 1930, the Carriage House first floor was reconfigured as a dance and painting studio after Perkins Center was established in 1977, and went on to house other arts programming and to become the hub for Perkins Center’s summer camp. After 39 years of constant use, significant renovations are due, but the annual operating budget does not generate enough revenue to cover the expense. Through improved facility conditions paid for by the MBA gift and others like it, the Center can continue to provide the community access to a piece of Moorestown’s past while also attracting new audiences to Moorestown, who in turn will contribute to the local economy and businesses.                                           

Photo: (L. to R.) Steven Pazienza, MBA President-Elect, Karen Chigounas, Executive Director, Perkins Center for the Arts; Diane Felcyn, Associate Director, Perkins Center for the Arts; Don Powell, MBA President.

Photo Credit: Tom Sheckels

   Last updated: Thursday, Jan 05, 2017, 7:29AM by Bill Kaisla
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Shop Local!

Please... always ask yourself...

 

'Is there a Moorestown Option?'

 

When making a purchase of any size... Pizza, Birthday Gift, Caterer,  Barbeque Grill, Auto Repair, a New Roof, the list can go one forever...

Please support our local merchants... not only does the merchant benefit, but the Township and its residents benefit as well...

 

Thank you!

Moorestown Business Association

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URL/Website: https://moorestownbusiness.com
   Last updated: Thursday, Jan 19, 2017, 6:36AM by MBA Member to Member Blasts
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MBA Spotlight Award goes to Math Accelerator

MBA presents Spotlight Award to Math Accelerator 

The First in a Series of Awards to New Moorestown Businesses


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Moorestown Business Association launched its Spotlight program in 2015 as a means to highlight established local businesses that have had a positive impact on the community. The MBA is broadening the program in 2017 to also applaud new businesses that enhance Moorestown, beginning with Math Accelerator, an innovative math enrichment center that makes learning fun for its students.

Kit Wong’s enrichment program is designed to help children master mathematics, so parents new to Math Accelerator may be surprised to find their children full of excitement and reluctant to leave when it’s time to go home. After all, building critical thinking skills and honing math ability is serious business—or is it? According to Wong, learning should be fun because that’s what makes students retain information. Proving her point, a steady stream of eager learners has flowed through her doors since she opened her business on Chester Street in March, 2016.

Absent from Math Accelerator’s cheery rooms are student desks and text books. Instead, Wong urges her pupils to wear sneakers and engages them in games that sharpen math skills and develop problem-solving techniques. “Our classrooms are designed to help students get out of their comfort zone and excel with confidence,” explains Wong. “No child can resist learning in a fun and challenging, yet stress-free, environment.” She incorporates teamwork throughout her process, which increases children’s ability to effectively communicate and helps Wong identify areas in which each child needs extra attention.

Wong focusses on interactive teaching methods using dry erase board activities and engaging games that encourage students to absorb information and ultimately gain the self-assurance to present solutions to the group. Instead of traditional tests at the end of each term, Wong developed a “mathscape” room, patterned after the popular escape room trend. Children brainstorm as a team, using math logic and concepts they’ve learned in order to solve the code and ‘escape’ the room.

Wong developed the Math Accelerator program in response to her own daughter’s struggles in the subject, and the learning system she created overwhelmingly improved her child’s performance. When her teacher asked what her mom did that made such a difference, her daughter answered, “she played games!” Wong went on to assist other students in her daughter’s school, and saw consistently successful results. Realizing she was on to something that could benefit all young learners, she decided to make a career change. The engineer and technical project manager quit her job at Lockheed Martin, wrote a book about her unique teaching process (The Math Accelerator, available on Amazon.com), and started to build her business.

From the outset, Wong’s first goal has been to help students build confidence in their abilities and realize their potential. Working under the philosophy that “everyone can shine,” she carefully evaluates each child and then arranges customized placement in different levels of her program. Wong teaches children from pre-school (“It’s never too early to learn math!”) through high school, is adding programs geared to robotics, directs special family math fun nights, and is contemplating developing a “stay sharp” program for senior adults. This summer, she will be offering a special MEMSA camp (mathematics, entrepreneurship, money management, science & art) to provide another fun and creative learning experience.

The MBA is pleased to welcome and recognize Math Accelerator as one of the township’s dynamic new businesses helping to make Moorestown an outstanding community.

Photo (L to R) MBA Vice President Kathleen Hiltner, Math Accelerator owner Kit Wong, MBA President Steven Pazienza.
Photo credit: Tom Sheckels.

 

   Last updated: Tuesday, Feb 07, 2017, 7:45AM by MBA Member to Member Blasts
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InTown Auto Care recognized with MBA Spotlight Award

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Newly Branded InTown Auto Care
Recognized by Moorestown Business Association
 

 

MOORESTOWN—Tucked in the back of a shared parking lot off of Mill Street, InTown Auto Care is comprised of a bustling set of garages and an office that operates like command central. Formerly known as Ed Ebert’s, the repair facility’s new owners Suzanne and Mike Dunn have been putting their own stamp on the well-established business since they purchased it from its namesake almost four years ago. Now long-time as well as first-time customers are experiencing brand new upgrades and a heightened focus on customer service. The pride the Dunns place on these professional and personal touches, as well as a commitment to community service, caught the attention of the MBA board, which presented InTown Auto Care with an MBA Spotlight Award on March 1.

As veteran auto shop owners and service professionals, it was important to the Dunns to carry on the tradition started by Ed Ebert, but also to modernize and customize the way they did business and to genuinely connect with Moorestown residents. This mindset is reflected in the company’s new name, InTown Auto Care, which is meant to express a commitment to the community. The Dunns make an effort to not only get to know their customers’ vehicles, but to know the people who own them as well. “We know everyone by name, and treat them the way we would treat a member of our own family,” explains Suzanne. “We want our customers to expect expert auto care, but also to know that we care about them.”

The Dunns go above and beyond when it comes to customer service. They go to great lengths to make sure customers understand what needs to be repaired and why. After hours, the shop’s phone is forwarded to the Dunn’s personal number so customers can always reach them, because no one knows or plans when their vehicle will have a problem. InTown Auto Care offers rides to and from home while cars are in the shop, have a loaner car for customers who need it, and keep bicycles on hand for those who want to get around while they’re waiting for their cars to be serviced. They have helped customers find auto care for their cars while they are traveling, provided rides for medical treatment when vehicles are being repaired, secured after-hours emergency automobile assistance, and Suzanne has even transported a pair of Rottweilers home when their owner’s car broke down. It’s all in a day’s work.

Since they took over the business, the Dunns have invested in significant equipment, technology, and tool upgrades, and the business is now completely computerized so they can provide precise and timely information. A state-of-the-art digital inspection system is their newest upgrade, allowing them to evaluate 32 points on each car arriving for an oil change and check-up. They provide digital photos of items needing attention, allowing customers to see and understand what the technicians are recommending. InTown Auto Care specializes in German cars, but provides expert care for all makes and models. The Dunns take pride in a staff that performs outstanding work, and are meticulous about making sure each employee is involved in continuing education as the industry evolves. Their hard work and attention to detail shows, and in 2016 they were one of 16 businesses in the state (one of only two in South Jersey) to be presented with a New Jersey Small Business Development Center Success Award.

Situated in the heart of town, the Dunns also find it meaningful to participate in organizations aiming to improve Moorestown. They are active Rotarians and MBA volunteers, assist local charities like Kennedy’s Cause, and even buy cases of Girl Scout cookies and hand out boxes of the treats to their delighted customers. InTown Auto Care is the main sponsor for the Moorestown Robotics Club, and Mike is scheduled to talk about automotive technology to its young members. The business also adopts families at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and is a big supporter of Relay for Life and Carz N Toyz events.

The MBA is pleased to recognize InTown Auto Care for its commitment to providing excellent service, improving and expanding its business, and for making community involvement a priority.  Moorestown Business Association launched its Spotlight program in 2015 as a means to highlight local businesses that have had a positive impact on the community.

Photo: MBA President Steven Pazienza presents a certificate of recognition to Intown Auto Care owners Suzanne and Mike Dunn and their staff, Stephanie, Joe, Kevin, Scott, Matt and John.

Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

   Last updated: Sunday, Mar 19, 2017, 7:19PM by Bill Kaisla
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South Jersey Driving School Merits MBA Spotlight Award

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South Jersey Driving School Merits MBA Spotlight Award

 

Moorestown Business Association initiated its Spotlight Award Program to applaud member businesses who enhance the township and contribute to the community. In recognizing South Jersey Driving School, the MBA is acknowledging an enterprise for which a vital community service is the nature of the business itself. For 35 years, South Jersey Driving School has provided teens and others with driving skills, and in so doing is making our streets safer for everyone. When you see the school’s signature black and yellow cars on the road, they are being used to teach knowledge to last a lifetime and to protect lives.

Creating a business that fills such an important niche has been quite a road trip. In 1983 Tony Caracci was working in a sales position, but was looking for a new career direction. The former physical education teacher, whose responsibilities had included driver’s education, missed teaching young people. When he took a second job as an instructor at a driving school, he realized it was his calling and decided to open a school of his own. Tony sold his personal car and used the proceeds to buy his first driver education car: a Ford Escort.

Mary Beth managed public relations for area hospitals, but she was excited about his new venture and assisted him part time as the business developed. They married a few years later, and in 1996 Mary Beth began to work with Tony full time to accommodate the expansion of South Jersey Driving School. It was the perfect blend of talents, with Mary Beth using her PR skills to market the business and manage client relations and Tony directing the educational component. “Together we made it possible to be where we are today,” Mary Beth explains.

In 2002, after operating for 14 years out of an office in Marlton, the Caraccis moved the business to Moorestown to take advantage of a more strategic location and also to be closer to home while raising their three daughters.  Soon afterward Barb Krier was hired to manage the office, and the school now has 12 employees and a fleet of six vehicles. Mary Beth estimates that they have instructed over 100,000 students since 1983. It is particularly satisfying for the Caraccis that they are now seeing the second generation of students—young drivers whose parents learned to drive at South Jersey Driving School.

Perhaps one reason people who developed their road skills at South Jersey Driving are now sending their children to learn with the Caraccis is because part of the school’s process is to get to know the students and their families. “One thing that sets us apart from other driving schools is the importance we place on the initial meeting with the student and family members,” notes Mary Beth. Prospective students are made to feel welcome while she stresses the importance of the Graduated License laws and how these laws affect the people they care about.

After the initial meeting and written and eye tests are completed, students are scheduled for a minimum of six hours (the state requirement) of behind-the-wheel training, although many families opt for more. South Jersey Driving provides “door-to-door” service for most of the area it covers, which includes Burlington County, parts of Camden County, and potentially the Jersey shore. Instructors arrive at students’ homes or schools to pick them up for lessons and then drop them back off when they are done, making it easy for busy families. When they are ready, students are accompanied by South Jersey Driving School agents to the DMV so they can take the road test to get their drivers licenses. The school sends about 20 students a week for road tests, and Mary Beth says most pass on their first try. The Caraccis derive a great deal of satisfaction in knowing they have helped place competent and aware new drivers on the road.

The couple is also active in civic engagement, with a history of supporting local youth sports teams and high school Project Graduation. Mary Beth, formerly an MBA board member and active in Burlington County Chamber of Commerce, will be serving as a Moorestown Rotarian as of this year. Tony is a board member of the Driving School Association of America, a national organization promoting driver safety and education all over North America. He is also an active member of the Basketball Club of South Jersey, where he awards an annual scholarship.  Tony and Mary Beth stress that the most valuable service they can provide is to start kids off right with good driving skills. “It is so important for them to be prepared and to learn how to avoid distractions and develop safe driving habits from the beginning,” they emphasize. “We love and believe in what we do here.”

Photo: MBA President Steven Pazienza, South Jersey Driving School owners Mary Beth and Tony Caracci, and MBA Vice President Kathleen Hiltner. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

   Last updated: Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017, 6:23AM by Bill Kaisla
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MBA Recognizes Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital on 50th Anniversary

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MBA Recognizes Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital

on 50th Anniversary

 

It’s not often a small business of any kind makes it to its 50th year—even family businesses face challenges to persist in today’s market. But Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital is an exception. Its owners embrace innovation without sacrificing tradition, and maintain a passion about what they do every day. Their dedication and hard work has paid off. This month the practice, owned and operated continuously by the Driben family, will celebrate 50 years of business in Moorestown.

In 1967 Dr. Charles Driben was looking for a place to relocate his veterinary practice in this area, and jumped at the chance to purchase the Burl-Moor Veterinary Clinic when it went on the market in May of that year. In those days the practice focused on large animals and was located in a single building surrounded by fields on the western edge of Moorestown.  Dr. Driben added his own name to the fledgling business, and Burl-Moor-Driben (BMD) evolved into a practice specializing in household pets, although the occasional horse or even exotic animal required his care through the years. Eventually the business outgrew the single building, and multiple add-ons made it possible to accommodate the practice’s expanding clientele. In addition to broadening its animal health care capabilities, BMD offered boarding kennel services, and professional and technical staff was added to fill these needs. Most of Dr. Driben’s four children assisted in the kennel and his wife helped run the front office, setting the stage for BMD to evolve into a family business.

Dr. Driben’s youngest son Ian went on to become a successful businessman and was working toward his master’s degree in business administration, but hadn’t yet settled on a specific field.  When his father asked if he would consider veterinary school instead, Ian realized that his heart was in the practice his father had built and where he’d essentially grown up. Instead of finishing his MBA, he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School where his father had trained, and in 2005 became the second Dr. Driben at BMD. His business background was a great asset in helping to manage and improve that side of the enterprise, and he also brought with him the most recent veterinary advances. Together they continued to expand the legacy business, each providing specific insight and skills.     

Today BMD has six veterinarians and a staff of thirty offering services for a wide variety of routine and more advanced animal health care, including: soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, behavior and nutrition counseling, advanced dental care, ultrasounds and echocardiograms, allergy and dermatologic work-ups, internal medicine and endocrinopathy management, and chemotherapy as well. Instead of a predetermined vaccination program, BMD utilizes vaccine antibody titer testing, a cutting edge protocol that measures a pet’s responses to prior vaccines to help determine the necessity of boostering certain vaccines. “Every patient in here is an individual,” the doctors note. “We don’t do cookie-cutter medicine.”  The hospital is able to provide these extra services through a multi-faceted approach involving ongoing continuing education, hands-on wet labs, and their close working relationships with the best board certified specialists in the area, which include daily consults and personalized on-site training.  If your pet’s health requires more specialized care, then BMD can seamlessly coordinate with these various local specialty hospitals to provide your pet with the best help and ongoing continuity of care and communication.

As much as the staff at BMD love working with animals, they also pay particular attention to each pet’s ‘family’. The doctors spend a lot of time with pet owners going over every detail of care and answering all questions. “It’s very important to make that connection,” say the Dribens. “We make an effort to build trust and relationships.” Their emphasis on personal attention and top-notch care is evident in the thriving practice, which provides service for hundreds of animals each week. The Dribens are also seeing the children of many of the practice’s early clients who wouldn’t think of going anywhere else for their pets’ health care—even if it means driving quite a distance.

Widely respected in the field, BMD was recently reaccredited by the American Animal Hospital Association, which only recognizes 15 percent of all animal hospitals in North America.  Ian Driben recently served as president and was a member of the executive board of the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association (like his father who had served in both positions in the past) and currently serves on the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine Dean’s Alumni Council. The doctors also make an effort to share their skills and knowledge with the community through rabies clinics, career days, tours for scouts, skill-building job experiences, and working with satellite school programs to help student development. Throughout all of these efforts, the Dribens’ emphasis has been to educate people on the value of animals.

Moorestown Business Association is pleased to recognize Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital as it celebrates its 50th anniversary as a leader in veterinary medicine in the region, and as a cornerstone business that helps make the Moorestown community exceptional.

Photo: MBA President Steven Pazienza with Drs. Ian and Charles Driben of Burl-Moor-Driben Animal Hospital. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

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MBA THANKS TOM SHECKELS FOR SEVEN YEARS OF SERVICE

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MBA Vice President Stephen Pazienza (l.) and President Don Powell (r.) present Tom Sheckels with a plaque commemorating his seven years of service on the Association’s Board of Directors.

MBA THANKS TOM SHECKELS FOR SEVEN YEARS OF SERVICE

There are some big shoes to fill on the Moorestown Business Association Board. After seven years, Tom Sheckels is stepping down to pursue other goals, but not without leaving a positive mark on the organization to which he devoted so much time. The MBA is grateful for the countless hours of hard work that Sheckels put in as a board member, treasurer, and web master, and will continue to benefit from the many improvements he made throughout his tenure.

Sheckels’ work for the MBA came after serving as an environmental engineer for Naval Facilities Engineering for 30 years. His job took him to US Naval bases and facilities throughout the Northeast, determining environmental deficiencies and working with Navy personnel toward solutions for the problems he identified.

When the government initiated the Base Realignment and Closure process, Sheckels’ department was consolidated and he had to make the hard decision in 2005 to relocate his family to Virginia, or remain in the area where his wife Lydia’s career was flourishing. He chose to retire from his engineering position and pursue his passion for photography, but his commitment to improve the world around him stayed intact. With the same brand of dedication he brought to his former job, he turned his eye on Moorestown where he and his wife chose to move in 1981 because of its charm—particularly historic Main Street.

After launching Sheckels Creations Photography in 2006, he joined the Moorestown Business Association and right away began to volunteer for the group by lending his technology skills to help improve and develop content for the organization’s new website. He wanted to become more involved, and in 2007 he ran for and was elected to the board of the organization, embarking on a seven-year term of community leadershi

For the last three years, Sheckels served as Board Treasurer, and contributed his expertise in upgrading and streamlining the organization’s accounting systems. He also became the MBA webmaster, keeping it up-to-date, training other board members, involving social media, and sending out other forms of communication. And there was one other service he performed for the group—whenever there was a need for a high-quality photograph, Sheckels was indisputably the best man for the job. His images have been used on the organization’s website and directories, and served to illustrate articles about the MBA in magazines and newspapers.

Sheckels decided to step down from the MBA board at the end of 2015 so he could spend more time perfecting his photography, a hobby he has cultivated since childhood when he snapped pictures with his Brownie Instamatic and developed the film himself in his father’s darkroom. After college and a stint in the Navy, the advent of digital photography rekindled his interest in the medium and he began to seriously pursue this avocation, specializing in panoramic shots. Dynamic photos of Moorestown, as well as journeys to Antarctica, Africa, Alaska and other stunning locales around the world, are featured on his website www.sheckelscreations.com.

Although no longer on the board, Sheckels remains a dedicated member of the MBA—and has spent time helping new board members transition into their positions. At the year-end MBA luncheon in December, 2015, Association President Don Powell presented Sheckels with a plaque commemorating his years of service, and said “The MBA and I personally will sincerely miss Tom's guidance and steady hand. As the MBA has grown, Tom has been Instrumental in making necessary upgrades and changes but more importantly providing a structure around which that growth could evolve. His quiet, steady council has been wonderful and will be sorely missed. I wish him only the best and am grateful for his friendship and service to the MBA.'

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MTC's 'Cinderella (G2K) & Princess Sing-Along At Hope Community Church Feb. 21 @ 3 PM
The non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. presents 'Cinderella (G2K) & Princess Sing-Along' as its second Winter Stage production. The musical, to be performed by a cast of 60 between the ages of six and 17, will be at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main St.), on Wed., Feb. 17 @ 7 PM, Thu., Feb. 18 at 7 PM, Fri., Feb. 19 @ 7 PM, Sat., Feb. 20 @ 3 PM & 7 PM, and Sun., Feb. 21 @ 3 PM. All general admission tickets are $10, and can be purchased on-line at www.moorestowntheatercompany.org.
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MTC's 'Rapunzel & Princess Sing-Along' At HCC From March 14 To March 17
The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. presents 'Rapunzel & Princess Sing-Along' as its fourth 'Winter Stage' production. The musical, which was written by the creative team behind the hit television show, Friends, will be performed by a cast of 27 children between the ages of six and 17. The show features the classic Rapunzel tale in Act I and songs sung by some of everyones favorite Princesses, is appropriate for audience members of all ages, who are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess or superhero. 'Rapunzel & Princess Sing-Along' will have six performances at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street), on these dates and times: Wednesday & Thursday, March 14 & 15, at 5 PM Friday, March 16, at 5 & 8 PM Saturday, March 17, at 11 AM & 3 PM All tickets are reserved and are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.
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Membership Renewal - Historical Society of Moorestown

Our 2015-2016 Membership / Donation form is now available for download from our website.

Don't miss out on what is happening at Smith-Cadbury Mansion. Join us, won't you?

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MTC's Free Video Preview Party For 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' On Saturday, March 19, 2011 At 6:30 PM

Join the non-profit Moorestown Theater Company (the 2010 'Best Community Theater' in South Jersey according to the readers of 'SJ Magazine') for a FREE Video Preview Party for its Main Stage '11 production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (the Dick Van Dyke movie version) on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 7 PM at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main St., across from the Wawa).  If you have an interest in appearing on-stage with MTC this summer, this is a great way to get familiar with the musical if you've never seen it (or to re-familiarize yourself if you have seen it before). Even if you're not sure if you want to be on-stage, come to Hope Community Church Saturday night and hang out with some fun theater people and see a great movie! (While the event is free, contributions will be accepted at the door to offset the Hope Community Church rental fee.)   Please visit MoorestownTheaterCompany.org to find out more information.

 

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Group Photo from MBA Networking Happy Hour at Thomas' Ristorante

The April Networking Happy Hour was held at Thomas’ Ristorante in Moorestown. Pictured L to R are: Gary Shickira, Northwestern Mutual and Raffle winner of a Thomas’ Gift Certificate, Jeanette Habina Moorestown Lions Club President and Event Organizer, Chef Michael Picciau, owner of Thomas’ Ristorante, Amy Barton, PNC Bank Merchant Services and “Bring a Guest raffle winner of an MBA Bronze Sponsorship”, and Mark Morgan, Moorestown Theater Company and Moorestown Business Association President.
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MTC's 'Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.' At OLGC School On Friday, April 20 & Saturday, April 21, 2012 At 7:30 PM; Order Tickets On-Line
The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. presents the students of the OLGC Drama Club performing the tap-dancing musical, 'Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.', as its first 'Counsel Stage' production. The musical, to be performed by a cast of 49 children between the grades of fifth and eighth, is appropriate for audience members of all ages. 'Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.' will have two performances at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Theater / Gym (42 Main Street behind the Main Church), on these dates and at these times: Friday, April 20, at 7:30 PM and Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 PM. $10 Reserved Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.
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Postcards of Moorestown, NJ

This virtual collection has been shared with the Historical Society by various members of the community, past and present.  These images do not represent what is in the collection of the Historical Society archives, so printing requests cannot be honored.  

Postcards are considered 'images in the public domain' or images no longer having a copyright.

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MTC's 'Disney's The Jungle Book, Kids' At HCC This Weekend (May 10 Through May 12)!
The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season in 2012, presents 'Disney's The Jungle Book, Kids' as its inaugural 'First Stage' production. This classic Disney musical, which is based on the novel by Rudyard Kipling, will be performed by a cast of 36 children between the ages of six and 12. The show, which features all of the great Disney characters and songs, is appropriate for audience members of all ages. 'Disney's The Jungle Book, Kids' will have four performances at Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street), on these dates and times: Thursday, May 10 at 6 PM Friday, May 11 at 6 PM Saturday, May 12, at 11 AM & 3 PM All tickets are reserved and are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.
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MTC's 'Disney's Aladdin, Jr.' At HCC July 28 & 29
The non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. presents four more performances of the Academy Award winning musical, Disney's Aladdin, Jr., as its second Summer Stage '11 production in the AIR-CONDITIONED Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street). The musical, to be performed by a cast of 67 between the ages of six and 17, will be performed today (July 28) at 10 AM & 7 PM, and tomorrow (Friday, July 29) at 10 AM & 2 PM. Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door one hour before curtain time. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357. Come out and see our very cool 'flying carpet'!
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MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Has Final Performance, Tonight At 7 PM, In The AIR-CONDITIONED Wm. Allen Middle School!
Come out and beat the heat at the Air-Conditioned William Allen Middle School, as there is only one more chance to see the Delaware Valley Community Theater Premiere of MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' - tonight at 7 PM. Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.o rg or at the door. Audiences are loving this show; we just need more people in the seats. Please come see our great cast, led by Channel 6ABC's Rick Williams (as 'Baron Bomburst') and current Moorestown Mayor John Button (as the 'Toymaker' in the 'Gold' Cast tonight). Community Theater only survives with community support! Thanks in advance!
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MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Has Two More Performances, Today At 2 PM & 7 PM, In The AIR-CONDITIONED Wm. Allen Middle School!
Come out and beat the heat at the Air-Conditioned William Allen Middle School, as there are only two more chances to see the Delaware Valley Community Theater Premiere of MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' - today at 2 & 7 PM (the 2 PM performance is signed for the deaf). Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.o rg or at the door. Audiences are loving this show; we just need more people in the seats. Please come see our great cast, led by Channel 6ABC's Rick Williams (as 'Baron Bomburst') and former Mayor Kevin Aberant (as the 'Toymaker' in the 'Black' Cast today) and current Mayor John Button (as the 'Toymaker' in the 'Gold' Cast tonight). Community Theater only survives with community support! Thanks in advance!
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MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Has Three More Performances, Tonight At 7 PM, And Tomorrow At 2 PM & 7 PM, In The AIR-CONDITIONED Wm. Allen Middle School!
Come out and beat the heat at the Air-Conditioned William Allen Middle School, as there are only three more chances to see the Delaware Valley Community Theater Premiere of MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' - tonight at 7 PM, and Saturday at 2 & 7 PM (the 2 PM performance is signed for the deaf). Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.o rg or at the door. Audiences are loving this show; we just need more people in the audience. Please come see our great cast, led by Channel 6ABC's Rick Williams (as 'Baron Bomburst') and former Mayor Kevin Aberant (as the 'Toymaker' in the 'Black' Cast tonight and tomorrow afternoon) and current Mayor John Button (as the 'Toymaker' in the 'Gold' Cast tomorrow night). Community Theater only survives with community support! Thanks in advance!
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MTC's 'Disney's Aladdin, Jr.' At HCC July 28 & 29
The non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. presents its final performance of the Academy Award winning musical, Disney's Aladdin, Jr., as its second Summer Stage '11 production in the AIR-CONDITIONED Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street). The musical, to be performed by a cast of 67 between the ages of six and 17, will be performed today at 2 PM. (MTC Summer Stage Alumni are encouraged to attend and sing the Summer Stage Theme Song.) Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door one hour before curtain time. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357. Come out and see our very cool 'flying carpet'!
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MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' Opens Thursday, July 14, 2011 At WAMS; Tickets Available At The Door
Join the non-profit Moorestown Theater Company (the 2010 & 2011 'Best Community Theater' in South Jersey according to the readers of 'SJ Magazine') for the Delaware Valley Community Theater Premiere of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' beginning Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 7 PM at William Allen Middle School (801 N. Stanwick Road in Moorestown). Come see Channel 6ABC's (and Moorestonian) Rick Williams lead the 74-member cast in this Tony and Academy Award nominated musical, which is appropriate for audience members of all-ages. Please visit www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org to order reserved tickets. If you have any questions about MTC, please call 856 / 778-8357.
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Save $5 With MTC's 'Ariel' Double Feature Ticket Discount For 'Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.' And 'Footloose'
Since both of its first two summer musicals have female lead characters named 'Ariel', the award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc., is offering an 'Ariel' Double Feature Ticket Discount if you buy a ticket for both its East Coast Premiere of Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr. (at Hope Community Church) and its all-ages production of Footloose (at William Allen Middle School). To purchase this $25 value for just $20, or any of MTC's other Summer Season Ticket Packages, please call 856 / 778-8357.
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MTC's 'Disney's Aladdin, Jr.' At HCC July 27, 28, & 29
The non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. presents the Academy Award winning musical, Disney's Aladdin, Jr. , as its second Summer Stage '11 production in the AIR-CONDITIONED Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street). The musical, to be performed by a cast of 67 between the ages of six and 17, will be performed on Wednesday, July 27 at 2 & 7 PM, Thursday, July 28 at 10 AM & 7 PM, and Friday, July 29 at 10 AM & 2 PM. Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door one hour before curtain time. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.
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MTC's 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' TONIGHT At Wm. Allen Middle School (+ Five More Performances)!
Join the non-profit Moorestown Theater Company for the Delaware Valley Community Theater Premiere of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' TONIGHT at 7 PM at William Allen Middle School (801 N. Stanwick Road in Moorestown). Come see Channel 6ABC's (and Moorestonian) Rick Williams, current Mayor John Button, and former Mayor Kevin Aberant, lead the 74-member cast in this Tony and Academy Award nominated musical, which is appropriate for audience members of all-ages. Please visit www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org to order reserved tickets. If you have any questions about MTC, please call 856 / 778-8357.
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MTC Continues 11th Anniversary Season With All-Ages 'Bye Bye Birdie' At Wm. Allen Middle School July 18 - 27 With Rick Williams As 'Albert Peterson'

The award-winning,non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc., which is celebrating its 11th Anniversary Season in 2013, presents the Tony Award and Academy Award nominated musical, Bye Bye Birdie, as its 11th Main Stage production at the AIR-CONDITIONED William Allen Middle School (801 N. Stanwick Road), on these dates and times: July 18 - 7 PM ('Black' Cast), July 19 - 7 PM ('Gold' Cast), July 20 - 7 PM ('Black' Cast), July 21 - 2 PM ('Gold' Cast), July 25 - 7 PM ('Gold' Cast), July 26 - 7 PM ('Black' Cast), July 27 - 2 PM ('Black' Cast), July 27 - 7 PM ('Gold' Cast). The 75-member all-ages cast will present this musical that features such classic songs as 'Put On A Happy Face', 'A Lot Of Livin' To Do', and 'Kids'. Channel 6abc's Rick Williams is playing 'Albert Peterson' (the Dick Van Dyke role) in all eight performances; playing the 'Mayor' and his 'Wife' will be various elected officials and community leaders such as Moorestown Councilmen Chris Chiacchio, Phil Garwood, and Greg Newcomer, Burlington County Freeholder Joe Donnelly, and NJ State Assemblyman Troy Singleton and Burlington County Freeholder Aimee Belgard and Burlington County Chamber Of Commerce President Kristi Howell, respectively. All tickets are reserved and are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.

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Spaces Still Available For MTC's Award-Winning 'Summer Stage' Musical Theater Camp (Featuring 'The Music Man, Jr.', 'Into The Woods, Jr.', and 'Disney's Winnie The Pooh, Kids')
There are still spaces available for the Moorestown Theater Company's Summer Stage '12, its award-winning musical theater camp. The three productions left are The Music Man, Jr. (from July 16 to August 3 for ages 6 to 17), Into The Woods, Jr. (from August 6 to August 17 for ages 13 to 17), and Disney's Winnie The Pooh, Kids (from August 6 to August 24 for ages 6 to 12). Summer Stage '12 is held at AIR-CONDITIONED Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street) in Moorestown. To register for any production, visit www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org, call MTC at 856 / 778-8357.
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MBA Recognizes Maurizios Bistro with First Spotlight Award

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Maurizio's Bistro received Moorestown Business Association's first Spotlight Award on Tuesday, July 14 from MBA President and Vice-president Don Powell and Steven Pazienza. Moorestown Mayor Victoria Napolitano was invited to participate as a certificate of appreciation was presented to owners Maurizio and Rosie Randazzo for their outstanding efforts to brighten up the sidewalk areas in front and along the side of their restaurant.

Cheerful red umbrellas and sparkling lights canopy Maurizio's al fresco dining area, where patrons enjoy their meals amid lush planters filled with greenery and flowers. Beautifully tended planting beds frame the front of the restaurant, which is accented with benches that provide a perfect spot to enjoy a gelato. The Randazzos were intent upon making their outdoor area an inviting place for customers, and their efforts add to the charm of Moorestown's Main Street shopping corridor.

Maurizio's Bistro opened its doors in August of 2014 and was immediately welcomed by the community. 'We love the town, and enjoy giving back,' explain the Randazzos, who own a restaurant in Cinnaminson and were excited to open their second establishment in Moorestown where they live and their three children attended school. The Bistro specializes in cooked-to-order meals and artesian pizzas at lunch and dinner, and also serves breakfast on weekends—making it an ideal spot to enjoy spending time in town with family and friends.

The MBA is launching its Spotlight program as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live.

Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown. Notes MBA President Powell, 'We want to make a point of thanking local businesses who goes the extra mile.'

Photo Caption: MBA President Don Powell with Maurizio's Bistro owners Maurizio and Rosie Randazzo, Moorestown Mayor Victoria Napolitano, and MBA Vice-president Steven Pazienza.

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MTC Presents The East Coast Premiere Of 'Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr.' At Hope Community Church July 11 - 13
The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season in 2012, presents the East Coast Premiere of the Academy Award winning and Tony Award nominated family musical Disney's The Little Mermaid, Jr., as its first Summer Stage '12 production in the AIR-CONDITIONED Hope Community Church (235 W. Main Street), on these dates and times: July 11 - 7 PM, July 12 - 10 AM, 2 PM, & 7 PM, July 13 - 10 AM & 2 PM. This new Disney musical, which is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen, will be performed by a cast of 61 children between the ages of six and 16. The show, which features all of the great Disney characters and songs, is appropriate for audience members of all ages. All tickets are reserved and are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.
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Beechwood Landscape Receives MBA Spotlight Award

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MOORESTOWN—If you've noticed that Moorestown's Main Street is looking better than ever, it is partly because several area businesses have made a commitment to enhance and maintain the appearance of the busy corridor. Beechwood Landscape Architecture and Construction played a significant role in the project when they donated their expertise and materials to design and plant four large beds on the north side of the street near the Pie Lady Café.

As part of the Moorestown Business Association's ongoing effort to recognize local businesses that make an extra effort to improve the community, Beechwood was selected by the MBA to receive a 'Spotlight Award' for their hard work and dedication to help beautify the town core.

Beechwood got involved when the company's president Steve Chepurny responded to the 'Adopt a Planter' appeal from the MBA, an initiative inviting local businesses to participate in a Main Street improvement project. Chepurny, whose company specializes in full-service landscape design and construction, was delighted to get involved. A long-time Moorestown resident, Chepurny not only had the expertise to make a meaningful contribution, he's committed to helping Moorestown maintain its charm and appeal. Beechwood designed the areas to have different seasonal interest and color, and made a point to use low maintenance, hardy plants such as spirea, hydrangeas, liriope, coral bells, dwarf grasses, and spiderwort.

Chepurny launched Beechwood Landscape Architecture and Construction in 2006 after working many years for a large regional landscaping company. Headquartered in Southampton, Beechwood became an MBA member right away and services properties all over the township and throughout Burlington County. Amid a very busy schedule, the beds on Main Street still get Chepurny's attention. Along with the nearby shops and other town organizations, Beechwood employees regularly come by to water and tend the plantings.

The MBA initiated its Spotlight program as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.

Photo Caption (L to R): MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Steve Chepurny (holding MBA 'Spotlight' recognition certificate), and MBA President Don Powell in front of one of the landscape beds designed and planted by Beechwood. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

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Jersey Mikes Receives MBA Spotlight Award for Fundraising Program Benefitting Moorestown Schools

MOORESTOWN—The Moorestown franchise of Jersey Mike’s has been supporting Moorestown schools ever since it opened three years ago in East Gate Square.  The restaurant’s spirit of giving back to the community earned a certificate of recognition from the Moorestown Business Association, whose Spotlight program was initiated highlight MBA member businesses that are making a positive impact in town.

Through their monthly fundraising initiative, coordinated in the public school system through Moorestown Home & School Association, Jersey Mike’s gives customers with a “Free Sub” card a regular size sub of their choice in return for a minimum $2 donation. Each month the restaurant focuses on a specific school and provides them with 1500 cards for use on a specific date.  Moorestown’s Jersey Mike’s owner Matt Catania has a bucket for donations right on the counter, where he collects cash and checks, and he also accepts credit card donations. 100% of the proceeds go directly to the Moorestown Home & School Association.

Depending on the level of participation, schools have earned between $250 and $600 per fundraiser.  These funds have enabled Home & School to contribute to numerous special projects such as purchasing A/V systems, iPads, library books, college scholarships and cultural enrichment assemblies just to name a few, said the Association’s 2nd VP, Stephanie Willard.  South Valley Elementary was featured in September, and Roberts Elementary will be the school of the month in October. The Jersey Mike’s Home & School fundraiser raised over $2,200 in the 2014-2015 school year.

In addition to the above, Jersey Mike’s hosts fundraisers for schools and community organizations in which they donate 20% of sales from a specific night back to the school or organization.  And every March, Jersey Mike’s runs its Month of Giving, throughout which they raise funds for a selected local charity.  The Moorestown restaurant is part of the Jersey Mike’s franchise chain that started in Point Pleasant Beach in 1956, which fostered a culture of local giving and community support since its inception.  Jersey Mike’s specializes in cold and hot sub sandwiches made with top-quality ingredients, freshly baked bread, and the authentic flavors that drew fans to the original store decades ago.

From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.

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Photo Caption (L to R): Jersey Mikes’ Asst. Manager Dan Holstein, MBA President Don Powell, MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Jersey Mike’s owner Matt Catania, and Moorestown Home & School 2nd Vice President Stephanie Willard with the fundraiser donation bucket. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

   Last updated: Monday, Oct 05, 2015, 12:37PM by Tom Sheckels
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Moorestown Halloween Parade Photos of the Day

We had great weather yesterday for the Moorestown Business Association Halloween Parade. The event was well attended and everyone had a great time. The Parade of costumed kids and parents traveled up Main Street to Stokes Hill, led by Moorestown Mayor Victoria Napolitano, Deputy Mayor Phil Garwood and MBA President Don Powell. At Stokes Hill, costumes were judged in five different categories and the winners are shown in these photos.

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   Last updated: Monday, Oct 19, 2015, 8:10PM by Tom Sheckels
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MTC's '42nd Street' At UES From Nov. 9th To Nov. 17th With Channel 6ABC's Rick Williams As 'Abner Dillon'

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company presents the tap-dancing musical 42nd Street, as its third 'Second Stage' production. The musical, which has been choreographed by former Rockette and Broadway Vet Tamlyn Brooke Orlando, will be performed by a cast of 42 adults, led by Channel 6ABC News Anchor Rick Williams as 'Abner Dillon', and will be accompanied by a live 15-piece orchestra. 42nd Street will have six performances at the Moorestown Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road), on these dates and at these times:

Friday, November 9 at 7 PM; Saturday, November 10 at 7 PM; Sunday, November 11 at 2 PM

Friday, November 16 at 7 PM; Saturday, November 17 at 2 PM; Saturday, November 17 at 7 PM

$10 Reserved Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.

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   Last updated: Thursday, Nov 01, 2012, 1:37AM by Mark Morgan
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Hollyhock Gardeners Green Thumb on Main Street Earns MBA Award

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The increasing visual appeal of Moorestown’s Main Street business district is due in part to dedicated volunteers who have responded to Moorestown Business Association’s initiative to beautify the walkways that rim the town’s central corridor. Earlier this year The Hollyhock Gardener service joined the effort and targeted two planting beds in the first block of Main Street doing what they do best—careful planning and cultivating of garden areas. Choosing plants that would remain attractive as the seasons change, the team from Hollyhock donated their time, materials and expertise to create garden areas that are still appealing as winter approaches. The MBA awarded The Hollyhock Gardener a Spotlight Award in recognition of their efforts.

Hollyhock Gardener owner Kay Stuckey Mufalli has been an active member of the MBA and Moorestown Rotary for years and, although her business is headquartered in Cinnaminson, most of her customers are Moorestown residents. Through her many connections in town, she and her company are committed to maintaining the township’s charm and beauty and she was eager to take on the Main Street project.

Stuckey is especially proud of her dedicated team of professional gardeners who treat customer’s gardens like they were their own. Over half of her crew are women, who add a unique perspective to each endeavor. The company prides itself on grooming gardens that are environmentally friendly, not “over-planned,” and with careful attention to light and color. Stuckey’s eye for design and color was honed in her first career as a fashion buyer and director in New York. But she grew up in a farming family in South Jersey where she learned horticulture from an early age, and jumped at the opportunity to start The Hollyhock Gardener over 20 years ago.

The MBA initiated its Spotlight program as a means to highlight local businesses that are making a positive impact on the community. From brightening up street-front properties, to supporting charitable causes, to providing unique services and goods for the town, the MBA wants to publicly applaud businesses that are helping to make Moorestown an outstanding place to shop, visit and live. Business owners and residents are invited to contact the MBA to share information about initiatives they have taken or businesses they know that have taken measures to improve Moorestown.

Photo (L to R): MBA Vice President Steven Pazienza, Hollyhock owner Kay Stuckey Mufalli, and MBA President Don Powell in front of one of the landscape beds on Main Street designed and planted by The Hollyhock Gardener. Photo credit: Tom Sheckels

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MTC's 'The Sound Of Music' At Upper Elementary School Dec. 9, 10, & 11
The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. has only four performances left of the beloved family musical, The Sound Of Music, which is its fourth 'Fall Stage' production. The musical, to be performed by a cast of 80 children between the ages of six and 17, is appropriate for audience members of all ages. The Sound Of Music's final four performances are at the Moorestown's Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road), on these dates and at these times: Fridays, December 9, at 7 PM Saturdays, December 10, at 2 & 7 PM Sundays, December 11, at 2 PM $10 Reserved Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.
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MTC's 'Willy Wonka, Jr.' At Upper Elementary School Dec. 6, 7, & 8 And Dec. 13, 14, & 15

The award-winning, non-profit Moorestown Theater Company, Inc. presents the beloved family musical, Willy Wonka, Jr., as its sixth 'Fall Stage' production. The Academy Award nominated musical, to be performed by a cast of 81 children between the ages of six and 17, is appropriate for audience members of all ages. Willy Wonka, Jr.will have eight performances at the Moorestown's Upper Elementary School (325 Borton Landing Road), on these dates and at these times:

Fridays, December 6 & 13, at 7 PM

Saturdays, December 7 & 14, at 2 & 7 PM

Sundays, December 8 & 15, at 2 PM

$10 Reserved Tickets are available at www.MoorestownTheaterCompany.org or at the door one hour before curtain time. For more information, call 856 / 778-8357.

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