Thursday, April 16, 2020

PLEASE VISIT US ON FACEBOOK

As you know, we as a community, a state, a country and a world, are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. To help consolidate our news delivery efforts during this unprecedented time, please visit our Facebook page for more regular updates. 

Thank you! Stay safe, stay healthy!

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."