A native of western Massachusetts, Kevin Riordan received a degree in journalism from SyracuseUniversity. His first newspaper job was at the Cherry Hill News, a Gannett-owned weekly. At the Courier Post, he was the one-man bureau in Camden for eight years and also held a number of other high-profile jobs. He left the paper in 2007 and became vice president for communications for Volunteers of America of the Delaware Valley.
"Everything here is hot," project manager Steve Maginnis warns, ushering me into the 138-kilovolt heart of the Cuthbert Substation.
"Don't touch anything," senior construction supervisor Rich Sost affably, but firmly, advises.
What it lacks in cash, the Mount Holly Library & Lyceum makes up for in cachet.
Its founding predates that of the township, and for that matter, of the United States. Some volumes in the special collection were published in the 17th century. And the glorious Georgian-style plantation house it occupies on High Street was built in 1829.
As if the last six months of explosive politics weren't enough, Haddonfield lately is abuzz about actual fireworks.
Organizers of the borough's annual Independence Day celebrations are worried about dwindling donations and are asking the public to step up.
Any aspiring singer or videographer with a smartphone can post a video on YouTube or promote work on Facebook.
But easy-to-use digital platforms and social media don't make it easy to break into music, or video. The only way to learn how to do that is to do it yourself - or with a little help from your friends.
One summer in the mid-1960s, my blue-collar neighborhood went crazy for croquet.
Suddenly everyone had a brightly colored ball-and-mallet set from Montgomery Ward. The kids would arrange the wickets and then play for hours as our transistor radios blared. If we forgot a rule, we made one up.