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.
Joe Fichetola saw what was coming, evergreens first.
"They still almost looked alive in February," says the owner of Joe's Garden Center in Atlantic County. "With spring, they're coming out of dormancy and turning brown."