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POSTED: Tuesday, April 28, 2015, 3:34 PM

Joe Zanghi eases his Lincoln Town Car onto Chapel Avenue, where pillowy clouds of cherry blossoms float along both sides of the busy thoroughfare.

"Morning, you drive west. Evening, you drive east," Zanghi, 79, advises, as we cruise through a particularly lush stretch around Kilmer School. "East gives you the better show iin the evening. The blossoms are orange-pink, because of the [setting] sun's rays."

Welcome to Cherry Hill's annual spring extravaganza, a two-mile parade of double-bloom Kwanzan cherry trees  the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society honored as a "Garden of Distinction" in 2014.

POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 9:13 AM
Brian O'Neill, developer of a proposed Haddonfield rehab, takes a question from a member of the audience of about 300 people at Wednesday's meeting. Photo by Kevin Riordan

Brian O'Neill seems like a fine salesman, and he's certainly passionate about his product.

But when he described a $25,000 crystal chandelier as part of his pitch for an upscale addiction treatment center, a Haddonfield audience went a little South Philly on him.

With boos, catcalls and shout-downs, they let the Conshohocken, Pa. developer know they weren't gonna buy his plan to replace the Bancroft school campus on Kings Highway with a 120-bed rehab.

POSTED: Thursday, April 9, 2015, 3:44 PM
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A plague of parking lots has turned much of central Camden into an asphalt sea.

"Tundra" also describes the paved-over nothingness that a half century of redevelopment schemes gone (mostly) wrong has wrought in the tough old town's heart.

Now there's a new term for the void: "Golden Crater."

POSTED: Thursday, April 2, 2015, 3:09 PM
Theresa Rose Greaves in a 1977 Collingswood High School yearbook photo.

Investigators have located several immediate family members of Theresa Rose Greaves, the former Camden County resident who was missing for 32 years until her remains were found two months ago on a Utah hillside.

"I thought, 'oh my God, is this real?'" said her cousin Cathy Greaves Spurgeon, whose father, Joseph Greaves, is Theresa's uncle. "It's still sinking in," Spurgeon, 52, said Thursday from her home in Brooksville, Fla. "I never thought they would find her. Never in a million years."

Greaves graduated from Collingswood High School in 1977 and had been living near Salt Lake City for just two months when she disappeared on August 5. 1983. A man walking a dog along a road in Fruit Heights, Utah on February 5 noticed what turned out to be a human skull lying near a gully; investigators unearthed additional remains nearby later identified as those of Greaves.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 1:33 PM
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (ABC News)

Claiming he and his state are drowning in a smear-nami of liberal media coverage, embattled Indiana Republican Gov. Pence vows to fix the toxic 'religious freedom' law he signed...even as he continues to gamely/lamely insist it's not broken.

"We want to make it clear that Hoosier Hospitality is not a slogan, it's a way of life," Pence told a press conference Tuesday, describing residents of his state as "a loving, kind, generous, decent and kind people."

No doubt many if not most of them are, even toward the LGBT people who purportedly endanger Indiana's religious liberties.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9:14 AM

A conservative friend counsels patience; a conservative magazine calls for calm.

No way, LGBT people like me say, as Indiana's Republican Gov. Pence & Co. scramble to 'clarify' the so-called 'religious freedom' law he signed after hours last week.

LGBT people like me already see the law clearly. We see it for what it is: An act of political pandering that privileges sectarian animosities toward us.

POSTED: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 9:16 AM
Image courtesy of Arcadia Publishing

A launch event for a new book about the Cooper River is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 22 at the Camden County Historical Society, 1900 Park Blvd., Camden.

Along the Cooper River – Camden to Haddonfield (Arcadia Publishing) is “an invitation to dig deeper” into the river's enduring importance to Camden County and the region, says Robert A. Shinn, who co-authored the book with Kevin Cook. The two Cherry Hill residents share a keen interest in local history and also are lobbying for the county's Cooper River Park to be designated as an historic district.

“We had over 1,000 images to choose from,” Shinn says, adding that most were culled from the collections of the Camden County Historical Society, the Historical Society of Haddonfield, and South Jersey historian Paul Schopp.  Late 19th century photographs of the south side of the river in Camden, where it was lined with smokestack industries of all sorts, are among the unfamiliar images in the book. Along the Cooper River also offers wonderful glimpses of  the river and its environs during the early 20th century, when waterfront land west of Route 130  was filled with gardens, swimming pools, tennis courts and other amenities.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 11:31 AM
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Like water, powerful people always seem to find a way.

Consider Gov. Christie,  who wants the New Jersey Pinelands Commission to reverse itself and grant a waiver authorizing construction of a 22-mile natural gas pipeline -- partly through a protected portion of the National Reserve.

The governor was displeased by the commission's January 2014 vote against the project.  He has sought to appoint new commissioners,  presumably including individuals who are more pipeline-inclined.

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