Saturday, March 7, 2020

CHANNEL 192 COULD BE SO MUCH MORE

#FridayFeeling is #WeCanDoBetter. We LOVE that the Lindenwold School District owns a television broadcast license to broadcast on local channel 192. The current programming consists of The Lindenwold Community Billboard: an informational mix of helpful Borough details. If you haven't seen it, it's worth watching the 7-minute loop.



We feel though, that while this content is a good start, overall Channel 192 is a severely under-utilized Community Asset. Yes it needs more frequent updates (the October 2019 event is long past; and Police Chief is now McCarthy), but beyond that, our schools, students, staff and community deserve better.
Where are the schools on their own channel? Where is the student-created content? How about information on District Community Events: Broadway Nights, African American Heritage Nights, the Spring musical, "Legally Blonde"? What about the baseball sign-ups that have been going on for a month at our Public Library? The first-ever Community-wide Yard Sale to be held April 25th? The upcoming Census 2020? And the importance of getting an accurate count? Bi-lingual content to better serve and engage more of our community? A date for Lindenwold Day 2020 so local/regional businesses and organizations can mark their calendars? These are just a few of the changes and additions that would make Channel 192 much more useful.
Borough Council President and School District liaison, Cheryle Randolph-Sharpe, announced at two different council meetings last year (about 6 months apart) that exciting changes and updates were coming to Channel 192. We've been patiently waiting for more than 2 years when discussions first began. Hopefully updates come soon.
According to our research, the Cherry Hill School District owns a very similar broadcast license as Lindenwold's. Their mission statement begins, "Our primary goal is to produce and air programming that showcases the activities, initiatives, students, and staff of the Cherry Hill Public Schools, while being creative, informative and instructional."
We look forward to the opportunities that lay before Lindenwold and its community by more fully utilizing this valuable Community Communication tool. #CommunityAsset #CommunityCommunication #PublicEngagement #Census2020 #AmorLindenwold #LoveLindenwold

NJ AMERICAN WATER TO INVEST $380K IN LINDENWOLD

New Jersey American Water will begin replacing 2000 feet of water mains and a few hydrants in Lindenwold on March 10th as part of a $380K infrastructure improvement plan. Here's a link to more info. 


Monday, January 6, 2020

BEST OF LINDENWOLD 2019

Happy New Year to you, your family, friends and neighbors! First and foremost, we want to thank you and the more than 22,000 people who visit Love Lindenwold each month.

With 2019 in our rear view, we thought we'd share some of our favorite stories of the past year. Thank you to everyone involved in bringing good things to Lindenwold!

We look forward to more exciting improvements and happenings in 2020! #MondayMotivation #ItsNotAllBad #BestofLindenwold 2019 #LoveLindenwold

2019 Lindenwold Year in Review

Student Letters Bring Little Free Library (and National Attention) to Lindenwold



PATCO Station Enhancements - Signs, Solar, Station*


Governor Murphy Increases Lindenwold School Funding


Meaningful, Random Act of Kindness - Socks for Homeless


La Tapatia Opens for Business


Love Lindenwold Hosts 3rd Semi-Annual Community Clean-Up Event


White Oak Baptist Church Celebrates 95 Years


Police Dedicate Bench to Maribely Lopez


Colliers Fascilitates Lindenwold Real Estate Deal


LHS Boy's Soccer Wins First Sectional Title


Updates to School Channel 192 Coming Soon*


LHS Student Artwork at PATCO


Atlantic City Rail Line Resumes Service


Linden Town to be Repaved*


All Abilities Playground Opens at Memorial Park



Grant to Improve Safety at Berlin/Gibbs/Carlton/Egg Harbor*


Bob Kelly Loves Lindenwold


Resurfacing of Carlton Rouh Basketball Courts*


LHS Coach Snyder Named Coach of the Year


*Been announced, haven't started yet

Monday, December 2, 2019

BUILDING TRUST IN LINDENWOLD

#MondayMotivation es una pregunta: ¿tienes 3 minutos? Para español, ver abajo
#MondayMotivation is a question: Do you have 3 minutes?
If so, check out this video from the Orton Family Foundation and see if you think the message relates to Lindenwold.
Coincidentally, right now there is $100,000 at stake for Heart & Soul in Lindenwold. There is a growing group of residents who are currently volunteering their time to diligently work to get Lindenwold selected for the Community Heart & Soul Opportunity being offered by Transform South Jersey.
They have already made it past the first hurdle in what will bring up to $100,000 in grant money and programs to our community. If you'd like to get involved, have your voice heard, or simply know more about what's going on, we invite you to visit https://transformsouthjersey.org/get-involved/
Hurry! The next deadline in the application process is December 6th, 2019.


#MondayMotivation es una pregunta: ¿tienes 3 minutos?
Si es así, mira este video de la Orton Family Foundation y mira si crees que el mensaje se relaciona con Lindenwold.
Casualmente, en este momento hay $100,000 en juego para Heart & Soul en Lindenwold. Hay un grupo creciente de residentes que actualmente están ofreciendo su tiempo como voluntarios para trabajar diligentemente para que Lindenwold sea seleccionado para la Oportunidad Comunitaria de Corazón y Alma que Transform South Jersey ofrece.
Ya han superado el primer obstáculo en lo que traerá hasta $ 100,000 en subvenciones y programas para nuestra comunidad. Si desea participar, escuchar su voz o simplemente saber más sobre lo que está sucediendo, lo invitamos a visitar https://transformsouthjersey.org/get-involved/
¡Prisa! La próxima fecha límite en el proceso de solicitud es el 6 de diciembre de 2019.
#Corazónyalma #TransformSouthJersey #OrtonFamilyFoundation

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

ONLY WE CAN CHANGE THINGS

As we've said before, Love Lindenwold is a Community Advocacy organization looking out for the greater good and future of Lindenwold. We are not a political entity nor do we provide a political voice. We would be naive though, to not recognize the ongoing impact that politics and politicians have on our community. 

Some comments were recently made on one of Facebook posts that we feel deserve a deeper dive. While it's true that property values are up more than 30% in Lindenwold over the last two years, the same can be said for all of Camden County. 


In Lindenwold specifically, the property value increase is most likely as a result of the hard work of Codes Enforcement Supervisor, Wayne Hans, who with his team, has reassembled their operation, quickly finding more than 6,000 non-compliant properties in just the last two years. Thank you Wayne! 

Remember, it was Councilman Strippoli's dismantling of our Codes Department through Patterson v Strippoli that insisted on upholding a level of Community Standard at one house, on one end of Elm Avenue, that is still not upheld on the other - or throughout the rest of the community. This cost us millions in marketshare and $110,000 in settlement. http://bit.ly/36cmg12

And lest we forget that Mayor Roach's idea of Codes and Community Standards involves using his position of power to illegally park a 30-foot RV on the sidewalk and then convincing both the Codes and Police Departments to look the other way. It seems whether or not you're allowed to park on the sidewalk continues to be an issue of who you are and/or where you live. If there is any question, try walking, or better yet maneuver a wheelchair, up or down the sidewalks of West Park Ave in the evening. https://6abc.cm/2Wqk4yw



Beyond property values, there is a whole host of metrics that attribute to the viability of a community. When New Jersey Monthly Magazine, for example, compiles its bi-annual list of the Best Towns to Live in New Jersey, it examines 10 different qualifiers including average residential tax bill; change in average property tax bill; effective property tax rate; median home-sales price; change in median home-sales price; average days homes were on the market; total crime rate; violent-crime rate; ranking in New Jersey Monthly’s Top Public High Schools chart; and a lifestyle factor that considers the number of acute-care hospitals and live performing-arts theaters within 10 miles of the municipality’s main zip code, number of restaurants within two miles of the municipality’s main zip code, and average commute time for those working away from home.

According to their research, in 2015 Lindenwold came in at 454. In 2017, we fell to 502 and in 2019 we dropped again to 509. To illustrate that a little clearer, we're not fighting for first, second or third. Not even 100th, 200th or 300th. Where 1st is best, Lindenwold's current ranking is 509th and falling on a list that ends at 513. When looking at this more comprehensive picture, it certainly doesn't appear that Lindenwold is headed in the right direction.


Then, because it's election season, we'd be remiss to not mention the democratic process. We have been contacted by a number of business owners who report wanting to post campaign signs but won't out of fear that Borough officials will then give them trouble when trying to renew their licensing. Multiple Borough employees, both past and present, have reported that their voting records were used against them - being openly called out for not voting for the incumbents. And we've spoken with members of the fire department who've stated that if they don't vote for those in power, they won't get support for their new fire hall come the new year. Just to be clear voter intimidation is illegal. http://bit.ly/2WksDdS

That may have something to do with why, as tenured incumbents, our local leaders are running on a campaign slogan of 'Vote Blue, No Matter Who.' Is this really the most effective way to elect leaders who will improve our community?

Friday, October 25, 2019

TRANSFORM SOUTH JERSEY

#FridayFeeling is #TransformLindenwold
About a month ago a small team began forming to see if they could get Lindenwold selected to apply for the Transform South Jersey Community Heart & Soul Program. In a nutshell, it's an amazing opportunity to grow your community in meaningful ways by going through a series of community building exercises. With it comes $100,000 in grant money, expert training, and tools to share stories, and connect. Great News! This team succeeded in having Lindenwold selected as one of the towns invited to move forward.

What comes next is the formal application process. There are quite a few steps involved, some of which include hosting a few brainstorming events. Everyone in the community will have an opportunity to have their voice heard. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, feel free to visit https://transformsouthjersey.org/ to learn more. There you find information about the Heart & Soul Program as well as webinars and downloads. Take a look. Get involved.
From their website: "Community Heart & Soul is a catalyst for positive change in small cities and towns. By actively seeking the collective wisdom of all residents, including those whose voices are often missing, Community Heart & Soul brings people together to build stronger, healthier and more economically vibrant communities. This resident-driven model helps build trust while taking into account the unique character of a town and the deep emotional connection of the people who live there—a town’s “Heart & Soul®.” These collective insights into what truly matters most guide a community in making the best decisions about its future."

Monday, September 23, 2019

LINDENWOLD DAY 2019


Lindenwold Day 2019 was held on Saturday, September 21, at Carlton Rouh Field. There were lots of local vendors, community resources, churches and political candidates represented. This year marked Lindenwold's 90th anniversary of incorporation and the 75th anniversary of hometown hero Carlton Rouh's day of action, for which he later received a Congressional Medal of Honor, a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts.

Hundreds of people gathered on a beautiful day for our Borough's equivalent of Family Day. Residents talked and laughed as they walked around the event, stopping in on the various booths, meeting new people, sharing stories, connecting with neighbors - a great time had by all.





We tried to interview event organizer and Mayor's wife, Brenda Roach, about the day's festivities including how the participants were selected and what it takes to put an event like that together. We were told, no comment.

This year being an election year, there were also political candidates in attendance who are running for local Lindenwold office. The election will be held on Tuesday, November 5th.

On the ballot are three incumbent Democrats up for election: Mayor Richard Roach, Councilman Joseph Strippoli and Councilman Joseph DiDomenico. We asked for interviews and were told no comment. For more information on them, call Borough Hall at 856-783-2121 or Google each of their names.

Also running this year are three new independent candidates who've launched a write-in campaign: Joe Dacciaio for Mayor, Diane Veteri for Council and Joseph Hammell for Council. We met with each one at Saturday's event and asked the following three questions.

Why have you guys decided to run for Mayor and Council in Lindenwold?

We have decided to run for office in Lindenwold because we believe that this is the right time for change. I (Joe D.) was a union rep for 10 years and was told that it would be a thankless job. I wanted to bring change and unity to the workers and the company. Similarly, if we didn't step up now then who would make this change. We want the best for our families just like everyone else does. My wife and her family are from Lindenwold, born and raised. We are invested and determined to return Lindenwold to its former glory.

What do you see as Lindenwold's biggest challenges?

Lindenwold's biggest challenge as we see it right now is the old regime. We think that when people begin to serve in public office, they generally have good intentions. As time goes on they become complacent, swayed or even fatigued by other people and/or parties. Mind you, our current incumbents have been serving for 20, 30 years. Unfortunately it seems, they forget who they are serving. We need to let our residents know that WE work for them and not the other way around.

What would you like to see happen in Lindenwold?

We think that our Borough's overhead needs to be reduced. We believe that new thinking, new ways of doing things and a fresh new outlook for the town could reduce spending on certain areas of the budget and increase it on other fronts. We would like to reduce taxes not only for residents but also for our local businesses. We would like to make Lindenwold a more attractive town for people to want to move here and raise their families. We would like to create better programs that serve more of our residents. The crime in Lindenwold needs to be a focus. We need to greatly reduce and/or eliminate crime by working hand in hand with our police force. Look what Camden has been able to do about crime in just a few short years. This will increase safety and security for our residents and town visitors. It would also spur outside investment and rateables. We would like code enforcement to be more involved in reducing community problems. We'd like that team to help whether it be one of our many apartment complexes, a homeowner who needs help or a landlord of a neglected rental property. Let's bring back businesses to Lindenwold along the White Horse Pike. If we had new business this would attach growth and revenue to Lindenwold. We would like to see better infrastructure improvements for going green to reduce costs and repairs. Let's help bring back industry to Lindenwold. This will bolster blue collar jobs in our town and will be great for the families who live here. We are supporters of better wages for the workers so they have the means necessary to buy the home they want. While the current Mayor supports affordable housing, we are not big supporters of our increasing number of rental properties. It's ironic that we reduce the cost of some homes while raising the cost of others through taxation. It is a delicate and difficult balancing act and one that should no longer be placed on the residents. We would love to better support our veterans and senior citizens in our town. As we spoke to veterans and seniors on Saturday at Lindenwold Day, they seem to feel as they have been forgotten. We would like to create easier pathways to home ownership. We would love nothing more than to have better, more effective communication with our residents. We will have an open door policy at all times. We can welcome change for the better with strong new directions. This will be a more secure path forward for the residents. The biggest issue that we heard and keep hearing is that "no one cares about problems in Lindenwold". Well, let us be clear, WE CARE.

Joseph Dacciaio, long-time resident, Write-in Candidate for Mayor

Diane Veteri, long-time resident, Write-in Candidate for Council

Joseph Hammell, long-time resident, Veteran, Write-in Candidate for Council

For more information contact Joseph Dacciaio for Mayor of Lindenwold.



All in all Lindenwold Day provided our community a wonderful opportunity to come together. Family, friends, neighbors and newcomers all enjoyed the activities, refreshments and fireworks. Already looking forward to next year.