* CONTENTS: Annual Town Dinner, Spring Forum: HNW @ The Taproom, Featured Essay, Latest Videos *
Our sincerest thanks to everyone who attended the HCA Annual Town Dinner on April 24th!
The award winners honored that night–Jack O’Malley (Driscoll Award for Outstanding Community Service), Allegra Sagresse and Halley Raymond (Bradshaw Award) and Iris Kwak (Kaufmann Award for the Performing Arts)–are all Haddonfield residents who have made a difference through their service to our community.
It was our honor to bring together neighbors, friends, and family to celebrate their achievements. Your support of the HCA Annual Town Dinner and the award winners was greatly appreciated.
Lee Albright, President
For more coverage – video and pictures – earlier post (May 11)
SPRING FORUM: Haddonfield Neighborhood Watch
Protecting Your Home and Property for the Summer:
So What Can You DO About it?
May 15th @ The Taproom
The HCA presented a town-wide forum on “Protecting Your Home and Property for the Summer” May 15th as part of our Neighborhood Watch program. Hosted at The Taproom, the event featured complimentary drinks and food for guests as they listened to a full program of speakers, plus a question & answer session.
HCA President Lee Albright opened the evening by welcoming participants and providing information about the HCA. She was followed by emcee Dennis Tully, member of the Neighborhood Watch CItizen Advisory Board, who spoke about the Neighborhood Watch and it’s history in town. Commissioner of Public Safety Neal Rochford greeted the audience and spoke of his and the Commissioners’ support of the Neighborhood Watch and encouraged participation among residents.
The main topic of the forum “Protecting Your Home and Property for the Summer” was presented by Lt. Ed Wiley of the Haddonfield Police Department, who offered a number of practical tips and information for the audience. He emphasized the importance of locking car and house doors, securing windows, keeping trees and hedges trimmed near homes, and notifying neighbors if you will be away so they may keep an eye on your home. In keeping with the goal of the Neighborhood Watch, Wiley urged residents to call the police if they see, hear, or detect anything suspicious, noting the importance of residents as the “eyes and ears” of their neighborhood, helping extend the efforts of our police. Wiley also urged residents to sign up for the HCA Neighborhood Watch email alerts [www.watch.haddonfieldcivic.com] to receive updated, timely notifications of incidents in Haddonfield.
The final presenter of the night, resident and HCA Board of Governors member Julie Beddingfield, gave an engaging account of how she and her neighbors created their own Neighborhood Watch block group after a rash of home break-ins recently. Beddingfield explained that her neighbors were mobilized into action after the burglaries, and came together with the Neighborhood Watch team to develop a plan for their blocks. This included an initial meeting with Neighborhood Watch Advisory Board members, after which the group shared contact information, created a list serv, and mapped their neighborhood, all in an effort to create enhanced communication among neighbors and increased awareness. One of the key takeaways Beddingfield noted was that residents are not bothering police by calling to report things they find suspicious.
A lively Q&A wrapped up the evening, with Tully, Wiley, and others answering questions and neighbors sharing their stories and tips for increasing awareness in town, particularly during the summer months when many residents are away.
A TIME TO STEP UP by John Reisner, Esq.
On Thursday, June 19th, the H.M.H.S. Class of 2014 will stride across the podium, and into school history. Each of the graduates, in turn, will step up for her or his sheepskin (or reasonable facsimile thereof). It is an emotional time, and as a community, we wish the members of the class well.
However there will be another big step up on that warm Spring evening. With the graduation of the Class of 2014, the members of the Class of 2015 take center stage. It is, perhaps, the first time in their lives that the members of the Junior Class suddenly realize that the future is up to them, and that they, individually and collectively, must step up.
No place is this more evident than in the H.M.H.S. band. For the entire school year, the musicians in the Junior Class, no matter how good they are, have had that Senior trumpet, or clarinet, or trombone next to them, covering their little errors and carrying the entire section of the band. However on graduation day, that Senior is now gowned and tasseled, and proudly sitting with the Senior Class, far across the field from the band. And the Junior musicians suddenly realize that they are it. There is no Senior around any more to carry the band, and to cover for them. It can be more than a little scary, but it also is a wonderful challenge as well. The Juniors in the band, in public, have to step up and carry the band, and the school, into the next year. And they want to do so proudly, to honor that Senior who has carried them, and the school, for the past year.
That same Junior step up will happen again and again over the next few months. It will happen on the field hockey field and on the basketball court, in the drama club and the other activities clubs, on the tennis courts, within the staff of the Shield and the Bulldawg Bulletin, as well as in the H.M.H.S. band. In each case, the former Juniors suddenly will realize that sense of incredible responsibility which has been thrust upon them. And for the most part, they will step up, respond to the challenge, and sparkle, shine and excel, as Seniors are meant to do. And many of them will remember for a lifetime that moment in their life when, alone for the first time, they had to step up and meet the challenges before them.
With the impending graduation of the Class of 2014, yet another page in the book is turned. And the members of the Class of 2015 take that big step up to their responsibilities as Seniors in their school, and as adults in this complicated and challenging world.
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