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.
Chuck Cahn looks quite comfortable behind the big desk in the big office.
"I really enjoy it," says Cahn, a personable father of three and grandfather-to-be who's in his third year as mayor of Cherry Hill, South Jersey's signature suburb.
What matters most in a movie, Ramesh Kajaria says, is the story.
This one might have possibilities: A boy grows up in "Bollywood," immigrates to America, and, after a successful engineering career, finds happiness curating a foreign film series in South Jersey.
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca.
Edwin B. Leaf tells seafaring tales in three dimensions.
He's built more than 150 exquisitely detailed, historically accurate model ships - to scale, by hand - and has authored a book (Ship Modeling From Scratch) about how to do it.
Happiness is alive and swell in Ronaldo Byrd's paintings, where the party never ends - and everyone's invited.
Goth punks, Girl Scouts, golfers, DJs, and urban, suburban, and country kids of every hue and hairdo are among the 300 original characters the artist, 25, showcases in his lively canvases.
CHERRY HILL Dan Fischbach says computer game design is all about details.
So let's acknowledge one of those up front: Fischbach is completely blind in his left eye and legally blind - he has 20/200 vision, or less - in his right.
Samantha Sorid's award-winning science project taught her a lesson about human nature. Including her own.
"If you put your mind to it, you can do anything," says Sorid, 14, who is in eighth grade at Harrington Middle School in Mount Laurel.