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Experience Pays Off For Florence In 80-64 Win Over Delran


Posted: January 04, 1986

The difference between a seasoned, veteran team and a young,up-and-coming challenger was in evidence during last night's Burlington County League Freedom Division boys' basketball game between Delran and visiting Florence.

Florence, with four seniors and a junior in its starting lineup, continually hit the big shot - mostly from the foul line - in scoring an 80-64 victory over the Bears.

One of the differences in this lethargic game, in which 53 fouls were whistled (31 on Delran), was at the foul line.

Delran, with three underclassmen in its starting lineup, connected on two more field goals than the Flashes, but couldn't keep pace at the foul line. Florence, No. 9 in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the division, mainly on its 34-for-45 free-throw shooting.

Delran (2-2 overall, 0-1 division) shot a respectable 25 for 46 from the floor, but sank just 14 of 23 from the foul line.

"We missed four one-and-ones in the first half alone, and that killed us," said Delran coach Don Constantine. "We came out strong, but are still learning how to win. The teams that are mature will stick the foul shots, and that's what Florence did."

Florence, bolstered by the effort of senior Darrin Kotch, put the game away in the second quarter by outscoring Delran, 25-10, to take a 39-20 halftime lead.

Delran could not get the margin lower than 14 points in the second half.

Florence led, 14-10, after the first quarter, but then Kotch broke loose after a quiet first 8 minutes.

The 5-foot-11 senior forward, who entered the game with a 19.9-point average, scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the decisive second quarter.

Kotch hit 4 of 5 from the field, mostly from close range, and sank all six of his free throws during a quarter in which Florence made 9 of 10 foul shots.

Kotch easily atoned for a subpar first quarter in which he scored just one point and missed his only shot from the field.

"I wasn't worried about my low-scoring quarter," said Kotch, "as long as everybody else was scoring. I usually score most of my points down low, because the guards do such a good job of getting me the ball."

Those guards - Kendall Holmes (8 points) and Mike Dengler, who came off the bench to score 10 - consistently penetrated the Delran defense.

The guards frequently got the ball down low to 6-8 Andy Eaton and 6-2 Mike Bunnick. Eaton, despite sitting out more than a quarter because of foul trouble, had 17 points and six rebounds, while Bunnick added 16 points.

Delran was led by junior Ken Thompson (19 points) and Chris Connearny (15), but the Bears' 6-5 sophomore, Tony Sacca, was held scoreless. He fouled out out early in the third quarter.

Florence doesn't have much time to cherish the win, since the Flashes host dangerous Pemberton today in a nonleague game. Despite the Flashes' unbeaten record, coach Art Bobik hasn't been totally satisfied with his team's effort.

"We're starting to play better," he acknowledged. "We played well against Bristol (a 62-58 win) and well in the first tonight, but we were sloppy in the second half. Toward the end of the year, I hope we're at the point, where we're really clicking" for the entire game.

Inspired By An Unhappy Memory, Fox Paves Way For Delran Victory

Source: Posted: February 09, 1986

For more than a year, Delran High senior Craig Fox had agonized every time he flashed back to last season's wrestling match with Moorestown.

Delran lost the match (28-26) and a conference title to the Quakers when Fox, leading by 3-1, was pinned by Bill Connors with less than 1 minute left in the heavyweight bout.

Yesterday, Fox, now wrestling at 188 pounds, enjoyed his long-awaited redemption.

The situation was simple: Delran trailed by 22-15 and needed victories from Fox and heavyweight Mike Tittel.

Fox was facing Moorestown's Ken Schilling, who entered the bout with a 14-1 record. When Schilling, who had wrestled mostly at heavyweight this season, escaped to take a 3-2 lead with 57 seconds remaining, it appeared that Fox would come up short again.

However, Fox scored a takedown with 30 seconds remaining to take a 4-3 lead and then held on furiously as Schilling came close but failed to escape.

Tittel's tougher-than-expected pin of Tony Valente with 28 seconds remaining at heavyweight capped visiting Delran's comeback in a 24-22 Burlington County League Freedom Division showdown.

With the victory, Delran, No. 8 in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, improved to 13-1 overall and 7-0 in the Freedom Division. Because No. 7 Moorestown and Delran are considered to be the class of the division, the Bears' victory put them in a commanding position to win their fifth Freedom title in the last six years. Moorestown fell to 13-1 overall and 6-1 in the division.

"Let's face it," Delran coach Dennis Smith said, "Fox has to be the hero. He was the goat last year, but now he has the monkey off his back. The students don't forget what happened last year. They have been letting him have it since last year."

Fox didn't let last year's loss escape his mind - not even during his bout with Schilling.

"I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't thinking about last year even while I was wrestling," said Fox, who improved his record to 16-2. "It has been on my mind for a year. The students always jokingly, but in a serious way, remind me of the Connors match.

"Winning this is the greatest thing I've done. The last 30 seconds, after I got the lead, I never went all out like I did to keep him from escaping. And the funny thing is, I'm usually terrible when I'm on the top."

"Said Moorestown coach Jack Welch: "We put Ken (Schilling) at 188 and went for the win there. But when Fox won, we were in trouble."

Fox's victory moved Delran to within 22-18, and most people assumed that Tittel would follow with a quick pin. The 273-pound junior enjoyed a 63-pound advantage over sophomore Valente, who had never wrestled in a varsity match.

But there was no rapid ending, and Tittel led by only 4-0 with less than a minute left, despite having been on top for virtually the entire bout. He couldn't put Valente on his back until about 45 seconds remained. At that point, he scored a near-fall. Then he secured the pin.

"I hurt my shoulder last Wednesday and didn't have the strength to turn him over," said Tittel, who improved to 12-4. "I was pretty worried. Then, in the third period, I turned it on.

"They (his teammates) were going to kill me if I lost. Nobody would talk to me anymore."

"Anthony (Valente) was wrestling his first varsity match," Welch said. ''I thought he did a great job, lasting as long as he did."

Delran's Pete Gramlich raised his record to 16-2 at 101. He defeated Sean Hayes, 8-4, handing him his first loss in 13 decisions this season. The Bears also got victories from undefeated Joe Paoline at 122 and Mike Jackson, now 17-1 at 148.

"Gramlich and Fox were the keys," said Welch, whose team could meet Delran again in the Group 2 playoffs, because both are expected to be among the four selected this week.

Off And Running With A Look At The Conference Races

Source: Posted: April 02, 1986

Here is a look at some of South Jersey's strongest boys' track teams, as the season gets into high gear Saturday morning, with the Camden County Relays at Woodrow Wilson High.

Willingboro has won 94 straight dual meets and nine Burlington County Liberty Division championships in a row.

So how good is this year's squad?

"Just about as good as the first nine," said coach Paul Minore.

Leading the Chimeras again this year is sprinter Kenny Reynolds, who finished second in the state Group 3 100-meter dash last season. He will be joined in the sprinting events by sophomore Chris Donaldson, who, according to Minore, is already showing a lot of promise.

Other key people for Willingboro are Marvin Forchion (pole vaulter, hurdler and long jumper) and Don Dickens (shot put).

Penns Grove, winner of 107 dual meets in a row, is likely to extend that streak. Since 1977, the Red Devils have won conference and South Jersey championships every year.

The squad is without Jonathan Dickey, who won four events at the last two state meets.

But back are George Bland, a state champion in the 55-meter hurdles, sprinter Norman Rolle and discus thrower Russ Willitt, who set a South Jersey record last spring with a toss of 185 feet, 10 inches.

"We are a little stronger in the distances and hurdles than we were last year," said coach Jack Ware. "And we'll do well in the shot and discus. But Salem and Kingsway could make it interesting down the road."

Once again, Edgewood is the top squad in the Olympic Conference American Division. The Eagles, the three-time defending South Jersey Group 4 champion, graduated Kerry Vivett and Brian Bennett, among others, but they still have a solid nucleus that should carry them to their fifth straight league title.

Highland, Camden and Paul VI may be serious threats to Edgewood's American crown, while Pennsauken has an outside chance at the title.

Edgewood's main performers will be Ron Adams (440-meter run and 800 run), Jeff Linden (1,600 run and 3,200 run), and Greg Hines (shot put, discus and javelin).

"How we do in the first three or so meets will have a major effect on the outcome of our season," said Eagles coach Russ Bates. "Once we get through those, hopefully we'll be in good shape."

Eastern won the Olympic National last year but may not be able to repeat. When you lose Chuck Carter (a state-champion sprinter) and distance runners like Bill and Barry Shea, it is hard to come back as strong.

Overbrook and Woodrow Wilson bear watching this year.

"I'm expecting that we should be right in the thick of things for the championship," said Overbrook coach Randy Peddle. "We are a little inexperienced in the field events, but we are bringing those guys along a little faster than usual."

The Rams will be led by state Group 3 champion hurdler Firman Walden, sprinter Andre Brown and transfer 800-meter runner Rich Harrison.

Haddon Heights seems likely to unseat Haddonfield, last year's Colonial Conference champ.

"I think we have a pretty good team, but I won't say we'll win it all," said Heights coach Paul Briegel. "We are pretty good in both the sprints and distances, but we need improvement in the weight events."

Key performers for the Garnets are sprinters Dan Chambers and John Henley, distance runners Tom Tursey and Bob Walz, and hurdler Louis Wilson.

Haddonfield will be without Group 1 state-champion pole-vaulter Mark Murphy.

"We lost some front-line performers, but we still have a lot of depth," said coach Nick Baker. "But we might surprise before the end of the year."

Delran, last year's Burlco Freedom winner, is in good position to repeat with 14 letter-winners back, but will get competition from Florence and Moorestown.

"We have to have contributions from our newcomers in the hurdles and the high jump, and our distance runners must improve from last year for us to win it again," said Bears coach Lou Stickel.

The top returnees for Delran are Frank Chou (javelin), Rob Pandolfi (pole vault) and Malik Williams (sprinter, quarter-miler and long jumper).

Cumberland lost 12 lettermen from its Cape I championship team of last season, and there is no clear-cut favorite to take the title this season. Buena and Absegami appear slight favorites in a wide-open Cape II season.

Cumberland returns distance-runner Donnell Stafford, sprinters Doug Henriques and Andre Thomas and hurdlers Tim Lister, Alan Holden, Anthony Pritchett and Jonathan Russell. The Colts will have to fight Bridgeton, Vineland and Ocean City to repeat.

"It should be pretty even this year," said Cumberland coach George Hayducsko. "Any of those teams could go 8-0 or 4-4 in the conference. We will have to rely on our depth and get a lot of second and third places. It'll take a total team effort."

Despite Fears, Students Fly To Europe

Source: Posted: April 09, 1986

When Delran High School principal David Lamborne, citing the threat of terrorism, withdrew on March 28 the school's support for an eight-day trip by some students to Europe, he met with surprisingly strong resistance from a majority of the students and their parents.

Forty-eight hours later, 13 of the 20 students who had signed up for the trip - nine girls and four boys - were flying across the Atlantic unchaperoned, and apparently with few fears for their safety abroad.

Their confidence was contrary to the concerns not only of their principal, but also of a growing number of American tourists.

In the past eight months, an American tourist has been shot and tossed over the side of a cruise ship; five Americans have been killed in shootings at the airports in Rome and Athens, Greece; Libya's radical leader, Moammar Khadafy, has growled threats of violence against Americans, young and old; and, last Wednesday, an explosion in a plane bound for Athens sent four Americans to their deaths.

Adding to the worries of those planning school trips is the recent death of a Milwaukee high school student who lost her balance and fell from the Eiffel Tower while posing for a photograph.

Overseas travel is being discouraged in record numbers across the nation. At least 170 school-sponsored trips are estimated to have been canceled, according to an official of the Philadelphia-based Cultural Heritage Alliance, one of the biggest travel agencies for scholastic trips to Europe.

The decision to withdraw the school's support had nothing to do with the financing of the trip, for which the students paid themselves. But Lamborne ruled that the two teachers who were to accompany the student group, Kathy Rossell and Richard Clauson, could not travel as representatives of Delran High School.

Both Rossell and Clauson remained stateside during the Easter-break trip.

"Delran High School was just trying to wash its hands of the whole thing, in case anything happened," said John Deren, an 18-year-old senior who made the trip and returned home Sunday.

As it turned out, nothing bad happened on the trip.

"There is more of a chance of us getting hit by a drunk driver right here than there was of anything happening to us in Europe," said senior Kim Gilbert, 18, who paid for her $900 passage with money she earned working at a convenience store. "We felt safer over there than we do here."

The students did spend some time unescorted on the trip, but that time was spent in the air. They went to New York's John F. Kennedy Airport unchaperoned but were met there by a representative of the Cultural Heritage Alliance.

There, the students boarded a plane and flew to London, again unchaperoned, according to Robin DeCamillo, manager of the alliance's air department. Once in London, she said, the group was met by another alliance representative, who stayed and toured with the group for four days and nights before putting them on a plane bound for Paris, where the group was met by yet another alliance representative.

"There was no one there to ride with the students, but those were the only times they were alone," DeCamillo said, adding that the alliance's representatives found the students "absolutely delightful."

"This is the best time of our lives," Gilbert said. "We had a great time. We weren't scared about anything."

Before she left, Gilbert said, her mother expressed some concern for her safety, but her parents left the decision up to her.

"Some of the teachers had said we would have to be accompanied by guards everywhere we went," Gilbert said, "but that was a big joke to us. When you first got off the plane, you could see there was no danger. There was no threat whatsoever."

She said the group often visited London and Paris discotheques and stayed out late - one night until 5:30 a.m. - with the alliance representatives. She added that when American songs were played in the clubs, the rooms almost shook as American tourists cheered and shouted in recognition.

"It was the best time of our lives," Gilbert said. "We're all alive."

Body Of Delran Woman Found After Maine Canoe Accident

Source: Posted: June 11, 1986

The body of an 18-year-old Delran woman, who had been missing since a canoeing accident Friday, was found floating downstream from the Allagash Falls in northern Maine, a Fish and Games Department aide there said yesterday.

The body of Marian Lee Vander Vennen, a 1985 Delran High School graduate, will be taken to the nearest town, Fort Kent, said the aide, Paul Fournier. A medical examiner is expected to issue a report today.

On Friday morning, a canoe carrying Vander Vennen and a cousin, David Hackman of Hackettstown, Warren County, became stuck in rocks near the edge of the Allagash Falls, Fournier said. The two were either thrown into the water or tried to swim ashore, he said, and the strong water current swept both down the 50-foot falls.

Hackman was wearing a life preserver and suffered only leg bruises, Fournier said. It is unclear whether Vander Vennen was wearing a life preserver or if the flotation device was swept away from her by powerful water currents, he said.

Vander Vennen had been on a six-person canoeing trip, her father, Earl J. Vander Vennen, said yesterday in a telephone interview from his home in Burlington County. The family had given up hope of her being found alive, he said, and did not plan to go to Maine.

Known at Delran High School for her musical talent, Vander Vennen had been involved with the Mount Laurel Center for the Performing Arts almost all her life, her father said, recalling his daughter's love of music.

While at the high school, she studied violin as part of an independent study project, said principal David Lamborne. At graduation exercises last year, she performed a violin solo, and she returned this year to be part of the orchestra for the school's musical, Lamborne said.

Vander Vennen was a quiet and extremely gifted student, he said. "She was probably one of the brightest students to go through here," the principal said.

She completed secondary school in three years and finished fourth in her class, Lamborne said, adding that her final grade-point average was nearly perfect.

The Allagash River, part of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, is a popular northern Maine canoeing route used by 8,000 to 10,000 people a year, said Fournier. Canoeists pull ashore at either of two portages before the falls and walk around the waterfalls, he added. According to Fournier, Hackman told authorities that they did not see warning signs.

Divers, who had been at the scene since Saturday, were told to terminate their search Monday night because of the "thunderous rapids," Fournier said. ''It's a hellish place."

Rangers and wardens continued the search, he said.

Vander Vennen had just completed her freshman year at Lehigh University, where she was majoring in electrical engineering. In addition to her father, she is survived by her mother, Ruth, and a brother, Emmanuel, all of Delran.

Graduation Ceremonies: When, Where And Who

Source: Posted: June 18, 1986

T. Edward Hollander, the New Jersey chancellor of higher education, will be the featured speaker at the 16th annual commencement of Burlington County College, in Pemberton. The commencement will take place June 25.

About 450 graduates will receive associate degrees and certificates in arts, sciences and applied sciences at the outdoor graduation ceremonies, which will begin at 7 p.m.

The president of the student body, Dotti Pursley, will make a brief address before the annual presentation of the Teacher of the Year Award. In the event of rain, the exercises will be moved to the gymnasium.

Around Burlington County, students, parents, faculty and friends will be honor the Class of 1986 at a score of public high school graduations in the next two weeks.

Students from Wrightstown and New Hanover will be among the 133 seniors receiving diplomas at the Bordentown Regional High School commencement exercises, to be held at 6 p.m. Friday .

The ceremonies will take place at the high school football field, and will be moved to the auditorium in the event of rain. Guest speakers and the valedictorian have not been announced.

The 115 graduating seniors of Burlington Township High School will be honored at their commencement at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the high school football field, on Fountain Avenue. The ceremonies will be moved inside to the Thomas O. Hopkins Middle School gym, on Jacksonville Road, in the event of inclement weather. Timothy Dillon, a senior, is scheduled to deliver the valedictory address.

The Burlington County Vocational Technical Schools have two high school graduations scheduled for their Mount Holly and Medford campuses on Tuesday .

The Mount Holly commencement will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the campus parking lot off Woodlane Road, where 160 seniors will be graduated. Scheduled to deliver the valedictory and welcoming speeches are two seniors, Geraldine Wolff and Nancy Eigenbrood.

The other ceremony, at the Ossi Vocational Technical High School, on Hawkins Road in Medford, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Mark Rader, the valedictorian, will give the commencement speech to the 134 graduating seniors.

Both ceremonies will be moved indoors to the campus auditoriums in the event of rain.

Cinnaminson Township High School will hold its graduation ceremonies at 5:45 p.m. Friday at the George D. Paternoster Memorial Stadium, on Riverton Road. Three students have been designated as speakers from among the 252 seniors who will receive diplomas. The three are Michael Chih, Liza Mary Herschel and Sanand Raghunandanan. No rain date has been set.

Delran High School will graduate 190 seniors at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow at the high school football field, on Hartford Road. Pamela Shaw and Robert Rosenbaum, both seniors, are scheduled to deliver valedictory speeches. The ceremony will be moved to the gym if it rains.

In Medford, the Lenape High School graduation will take place at 6 p.m. today at the school's football field, on Church and Hartford Roads. About 430 seniors are scheduled to be graduated. Student speeches will include valedictory and welcoming addresses by two seniors, D. Michael Hobbs and Rosemary Jean Loverdi, and an address by the 1986 class president, Patrick Andrew McGrath. In the event of rain, the graduation will take place tomorrow.

At Shawnee High School in Medford, 535 seniors will be presented their diplomas at 6 p.m. today at the high school football stadium, on Tabernacle Road. Principal Gordon R. Galtere will deliver the commencement address. Student speeches will be made by the senior class president, Michael Maher; the student council president, Kelly Brown, and the class historian, Michael Nixon. In the event of rain, the ceremonies will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Northern Burlington Regional High School commencement in Columbus will take place at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the school's football field, off Mansfield- Georgetown Road. Walter D. Rudder, superintendent of the school district, and principal G. Richard Lange will present diplomas to 201 graduating seniors. The valedictory address will be given by Fred G. Kennedy 3d, a senior.

Pemberton Township High School No. 2 will hold its commencement for the 391 graduating seniors at 7 p.m. Friday. The ceremony will take place at the football stadium of Pemberton Township High School No. 1, off Fort Dix- Pemberton Road. In the event of rain, the ceremonies will take place at 7 p.m. Monday. Victoria Quarles, a senior, will give the valedictory address, and the 1986 class president, Jennifer Avery, will deliver a commencement speech.

Graduation exercises at Rancocas Valley Regional High School, on Jacksonville Road in Mount Holly, will take place at 6:45 p.m. Monday at the high school football field. Three students will deliver speeches to the graduating class of 220 seniors. The three are Christine DellaPena; the student council president, Timothy Hall, and the 1986 senior class president, Brian Veit. The ceremony will be held at the gymnasium in the event of rain.

In Willingboro, 312 seniors at Willingboro High School will be graduated at 6 p.m. Saturday. Ceremonies will be held at the Carl Lewis Stadium at the high school, off John F. Kennedy Way. Student speeches will be given by Leslie Lanphear; Tomika Smith, the 1986 class president, and David Bullock, the student government president.

John F. Kennedy High School will hold its commencement for 294 seniors at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Carl Lewis Stadium. Two valedictorians, Jeffrey Fiarman and Frank Strieffler, both seniors, will deliver addresses. Edward Steinmetz, the student government president, and Vicki M. Essex, the 1986 senior class president, also will speak.

The guest speaker for both high school graduations will be Willingboro Mayor Dorothea Campbell. Rain dates have not been set.

All parochial school graduations were held earlier this month, including those of Holy Cross High School (June 7, 371 graduates), St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington Township (Saturday, 16 graduates), King's Academy in Wrightstown Borough, (Thursday, five graduates), Calvary Christian School in Willingboro, (June 6, two graduates), and the Christian Academy, Juliustown (May 28, three graduates).

Graduation ceremonies were to take place last night at Burlington City, Riverside and Palmyra High Schools.

Wanamaker Is Moorestown Soccer Coach

Source: Posted: June 26, 1986

Tying together some loose ends along the scholastic sports beat.

Will Wanamaker, no stranger to Moorestown High, has been named the school's soccer coach.

Wanamaker, a Moorestown assistant for the last 10 years, replaces John Toppin, who retired after last season.

"He did the job on the JV and paid his time," Moorestown athletic director Mike Pilenza said, "and he should be given the opportunity."

Wanamaker, a 1968 graduate of Nyack (N.Y.) High who later attended the Air Force Academy, says he will probably use a three-player offensive line, the same alignment used by Toppin.

Wanamaker said Toppin "was really a firm believer in defense. I realize defense wins games, but I'm not quite as defensive-oriented."

Toppin, owner of a 131-127-34 16-year record, stepped down because of increased duties as the new vice principal at the Moorestown Middle School.

Pilenza also announced that Ginny Weber has been named the girls' soccer coach. Weber, who is also being promoted from the JV, replaces Steve Dunbar, who stepped down after three seasons.


The pollsters who put together the Newark Star-Ledger baseball ratings surprisingly made Group 2 state champion Manasquan (25-4) the state's No. 1 team.

Florence (25-1), the Group 1 state champion and the top-ranked team in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings, finished No. 2 - the same spot it occupied in the previous Top 20.

Manasquan leaped from No. 4 to No. 1 after scoring three tournamewnts wins - beating then-No. 1 South Plainsfield in the Central Jersey final, Pennsville in the state semis and Jefferson in the state final.

No. 11 Gloucester Catholic (24-7), No. 12 Shawnee (20-4), No. 15 Paulsboro (22-4) and No. 19 Pennsville were the other South Jersey teams in the final Top 20.

Gloucester Catholic won the Parochial B state crown, while Shawnee was the Group 4 state runner-up. Paulsboro lost to Florence in the South Jersey Group 1 final, and Pennsville bowed to Manasquan in the Group 2 state semis.

Billy Thompson, the 6-foot-7, 210-pounder who came to the Los Angeles Lakers by way of Camden (and Sterling) High, the University of Louisville and, for about 20 minutes last week, the Atlanta Hawks, is looked upon as a small forward-big guard by Lakers officials.

But in his first appearance with the team earlier this week - a practice session for rookies and free agents - Thompson displayed his versatility. He worked out at power forward and said that with the proper amount of weight work and conditioning, he wouldn't mind some time there during the season.

"He is a well-rounded player, and he plays more than one position," Laker general manager Jerry West told the Los Angeles Times in a copyrighted story. ''Hopefully, that will happen. But that's something we won't know until he moves up a level in (practice) competition.

"Particularly for a coach, it makes a lot of difference. Injuries are a factor that are figured into basketball teams, although not a positive factor, so the more versatile a player is will help him sustain a role."

Thompson, a cousin of entertainer Lola Falana, is the Lakers' third first- round pick since 1980 to have played for the NCAA champion that year. He joins Magic Johnson and James Worthy in that regard.

For the record, Bob Surette says he resigned from his position as the Delran High soccer coach.

For the record, Delran athletic director Rich Janulis isn't talking - at least when asked about Surette leaving.

Published reports said Surette was fired.

Janulis said he would not comment on any aspect of the situation.

Surette said there was a "mixup" and that he had, in fact, submitted his resignation letter.

He said he resigned "to pursue collegiate coaching" and that he was ''ready for a higher technique level."

He also resigned from his position as Delran's baseball coach, he said.

During his six years as Delran's soccer coach, Surette put together an 82-31-10 record. His 1983 team won the Group 2 state title.

John Culp has resigned after 19 years as Deptford's soccer coach. Culp, who started the Deptford program, compiled a 108-133-28 career record.

Frank Komkoski, a former soccer MVP at Penn State and a former high school coach in Pennsylvania, has been named his successor.

Deptford football coach Joe Corbi has been named a winner of a Distinguished Service Award by the National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Association. He was one of 16 men to receive the national award, based on contributions to interscholastic athletics.

Corbi, a 1962 Temple grad, has spent the last 24 years teaching and coaching at three schools - Pennsauken, Woodrow Wilson and Deptford.

He was an assistant for seven years at Pennsauken before serving a combined total of 17 years as the head coach at Wilson and Deptford. He owns a 116-42-5 career record.

Absegami senior Steve McLaughlin, the state Group 3 champion in the 800 and 1,600, will attend Notre Dame on a partial track scholarship. Academically, McLaughlin ranks fifth in a class of 297. . . . Tony DiLeo, a 1973 Cinnaminson grad who later attended La Salle College, is coaching a women's professional basketball team in West Germany. . . . The South, which holds a 4-2-1 series lead, will face the North in Saturday's 1 p.m. state all-star football game at Rutgers Stadium. The game will be telecast live on Channel 9.

75 Demand Reinstatement Of Soccer Coach In Delran

Source: Posted: July 15, 1986

About 75 parents and students turned out at last night's Delran Board of Education meeting to demand the reinstatement of Delran High School varsity soccer coach Bob Surrette.

Surrette resigned June 9 after being informed that the board was not planning to renew his coaching contract for the next school term because of an April incident in which he allegedly pushed a student on the junior varsity baseball team. Surrette, who coached the team, has denied the allegation.

Jim Bernard, a student who played on the team, told the board last night, ''I was there. It never happened."

Bernard was one of many students, former students and colleagues of Surrette who spoke at the meeting in his defense.

The testimonials and recommendations presented on Surrette's behalf included a letter from Villanova basketball coach Rollie Massimino, who termed Surrette "a wonderful young man who extends himself to be the best he can be."

Dean Koski, the athletic director of Moorestown Friends School, told the board, "Coming from a Quaker school, a nonviolent school, I would have no hesitation hiring Bob Surrette."

Surrette, who attended the meeting with his attorney, contended that the board failed to investigate the matter properly by accepting only the word of a parent of a student involved in the alleged incident.

"It was not investigated, and that was wrong," Surrette said. "That was the board's duty, and they failed to do it."

Surrette, who also teaches health and physical education, said he probably would accept one of several soccer coaching offers he has received from colleges if the board does not reinstate him.

Board President Morris R. Burton said the board would consider the public reaction expressed at last night's meeting in any decision.

"We have listened," he said. "We will discuss."

A New Style Delran High Soccer Coach Predicts Some Changes

Source: Posted: August 24, 1986

The 50 or so young men who will come out for the first practice of Delran High School's three soccer teams tomorrow morning won't know what hit them.

So says their new coach.

"These kids will be playing soccer in a style they have never played before," said John P. Hughes, who earlier this month was hired by the township board of education to replace Bob Surrette.

Surrette, who coached the team to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association soccer championship in 1983, resigned from his coaching position on June 9 after an incident in April in which he allegedly pushed a student on the junior varsity baseball team. Surrette has denied the allegations.

On Aug. 11, Surrette informed school officials that he had accepted the position of senior assistant soccer coach at Widener University. He will, however, remain at Delran High School as a physical education teacher.

Hughes of Cinnaminson retired from George Washington High School in Northeast Philadelphia two years ago, after teaching and coaching soccer for 21 years and varsity baseball for 13 years.

While at George Washington, Hughes was named 1979 Coach of the Year by the Philadelphia Old Timers' Association. In 1981, he was named Coach of the Year by the Philadelphia Daily News and the Philadelphia Journal, and All Sport Coach of the Year by the Philadelphia Public School Association.

During the last few months, after more than two years off the field, Hughes started to miss coaching and decided to look for a job in the area.

"You have to like something to do it for as long as I did," Hughes said. " . . . I had been doing it so long that I really started to miss the kids."

Hughes said he heard "through the grapevine" about the opening at Delran High School, and, although he said he knew nothing about the soccer team, he took the job when it was offered to him.

"I didn't remember their record, but I knew they were good," he said.

Hughes said he met some members of the team for the first time two weeks ago. He said he had seen the team play "three or four times" and, based on the reputation of the township's recreation program, expected the players to be strong and enthusiastic.

"I didn't want to go to a school where the kids aren't really interested in soccer," Hughes said. "I'm hoping that the kids in Delran do have that big difference and that big interest. You want your team to have some heart, to want to win."

Hughes said he thought that his disciplined style would nurture aggressiveness and skill in the 13 or 18 players he selects to play on the freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams.

Hughes, who declined to tell his age, started his soccer career at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he served as team captain. He played in college all-star games in St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Since then, Hughes has played with professional soccer teams, such as the Philadelphia Americans, the New York Hakoah, the New York Hispanos, the Newark Polish Falcons, the Philadelphia Uhriks and the Philadelphia Ukrainians.

He was selected to play for the U.S. Soccer Team and has played in two dozen international games.

This year, Hughes was inducted into the Philadelphia Soccer Hall of Fame. In 1982, he was inducted into the Temple University Hall of Fame.

"I think I'm a coach with so much experience that if I can't bring that experience to the kids, I'm missing the point somewhere," he said.

The Swing Back To School Discipline

Source: Posted: August 31, 1986

Back-to-school time in September often means new clothes, new teachers, new classes and new friends, but this year it could also mean a whole new set of rules for students.

While students were away on summer vacation, administrators in several local districts were busy tinkering with the discipline codes. What was OK in June could well be out-of-bounds by the time students show up for classes this week.

Tough new disciplinary codes will make their debuts this fall in the Cherry Hill, Lenape, Moorestown, Pennsauken and Washington Township districts, ending a flirtation with the more permissive educational experiments of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

These revised discipline codes, reminiscent of the rules-and-regulations days of the 1950s, tolerate fewer infractions, contain fewer loopholes and promise stiffer penalties, especially for drug and alcohol offenses. Cautioning words such as may and could have been edited out and replaced with the stronger and more definite will, as in, "A student will be suspended for. . . ."

"We're in the middle of an educational reform movement. School districts are getting more serious about education," said Joel Bloom, an assistant commissioner for education in New Jersey.

Many schools are adopting stricter codes as they gear up to meet the state's new proficiency tests, a requirement for graduation.

Under Moorestown's new provisions, students who come to school under the influence of drugs or alcohol will automatically receive a five-day suspension. Cigarette smoking will be a ground for suspension in Pennsauken, and students who accumulate more than three suspensions could be expelled under the district's new discipline code. Cherry Hill students will have to attend school even while on suspension.

All this is being done in the belief that order promotes learning. The new discipline codes are linked with other policies aimed at getting students into line: tougher attendance guidelines, more-stringent dress codes, increased graduation requirements and restrictions on leaving the campuses while school is in session.

Educators say the new rules represent their desire for a more structured school environment. They see a new respect for authority figures and a rejection of some of the freedoms permitted to students in the educational experiments of the last two decades.

"We're moving away from the late '60s and early '70s when things were kind of slack," said Dennis Fyffe, Moorestown High School principal. "In general, things are getting tighter. We're in a more conservative age now."

Although Fyffe said he believed that "there is less tolerence for inappropriate behavior," he said schools were also doing more to help problem children mend their ways. "It's not like the '40s and '50s, when either you toed the mark or they threw you out of school."

So, while the risk of suspension has increased, the notion of what a suspension is has changed.

Instead of being given several days off from school, suspended students in Cherry Hill will be sentenced to a supervised "quiet room" to work on their lessons. They will even eat lunch at their desks. Delran already has a similiar in-school suspension program.

"Suspension is viewed as a vacation from school, without proper supervision," explained Richard W. Serfass, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in Cherry Hill. "We're trying to keep kids in school even though they violate the discipline code."

As part of the punishment in Cherry Hill, the district will make each offender formally acknowledge the errors of his or her ways by signing a ''contract" agreeing to the conditions of the suspension, said district spokeswoman Mary Louise Bianco.

Students who cut classes in Cherry Hill and Washington Township, where last year a student was suspended for hitting a teacher in the head with a grapefruit, will be required to attend Saturday classes. Those who continue to misbehave will be exiled to an "alternative program" that emphasizes discipline. In Washington Township, that means taking classes at night, Assistant Superintendent Rhoda Witlin said.

Pennsauken will experiment this year with a single alternative classroom. ''The system cannot afford to let people who are in the minority be disruptive and infringe on the rights of the majority," said Ricardo Taylor, Pennsauken High School assistant principal and disciplinarian.

The Lenape Regional District is considering a plan that would enable students to work off their suspensions by performing cleaning chores around the schools. Although the board must still vote on the plan, Superintendent Kiki Konstantinos said he wants to put students to work scraping gum from under the cafeteria tables or picking up cigarette butts in the parking lots.

In Moorestown, where stiff new penalties for drug and alcohol infractions go into effect in September, the district has created a Student Assistance Program to help ease a student's return to classes after a suspension. The program will also provide counseling to any students who have problems with drugs, alcohol, their family situations or personal lives, said Fyffe.

Fyffe said that anyone suspected of using drugs during school hours will be taken to a local emergency room for a urine test. Should the test results be positive, the district will notify local police and the state Education Department.

Moorestown students who are caught using drugs or alcohol will receive minimum five-day suspensions; those who sell drugs will receive 10 days. Previously five days was the maximum for both offenses. Now the suspensions can last up to four weeks.

Although the Moorestown school board adopted the strict new rules this summer, Fyffe said there was no evidence of serious drug or alcohol problems in the district. Cherry Hill has also seen no dramatic increase in discipline problems, according to district officials. The number of suspensions, as opposed to the number of students suspended, actually fell between 1983 and 1985, from 1,369 to 1,203, although it increased in 1986 to 1,489.

"We're not seeing kids falling down in class or making deals in the parking lot," Fyffe said. Rather, he said, the Moorestown school board adopted the policy "more because of the tenor of the times," the growing backlash against recreational drug use.

Sensing the renewed concern with discipline in the schools, the state Education Department last year issued an 86-page guide to student codes of conduct. The introduction notes that "the social movements of the last two decades gave rise to the view that the school should be an important model of democratic society. . . . Unfortunately, over the same years there has been a growing problem of disorder in the schools."

It was during the period of social change in the 1970s that Pennsauken decided to permit students to smoke in school, on the assumption that smoking could not be controlled. Instead of sneaking a cigarette in the lavatories, students could go to an outdoor courtyard called "The Patio."

The Patio was closed last year after a police undercover investigation that resulted in the arrests of eight students. High school principal Helen C. Powers said she believed some students were smoking marijuana on The Patio.

Palmyra Superintendent Daniel R. Mastrobuono said that he, too, would like to get rid of the district's smoking areas. "Why condone committing suicide?" he reasoned.

Smoking was the third most common reason for suspensions in Pennsauken last year, accounting for 131 of the 1,062 suspensions. Cutting class was first, with 213, and bad behavior was second, with 196. At least 180 students had more than one suspension, including one student who was suspended 10 times. The district has nearly 4,000 high school students.

Even though students at Pennsauken could be expelled if they are suspended three times for smoking, disciplinarian Taylor said, "You'll never stop kids from smoking."

Pennsauken school board member Joan Pinkstone vigorously opposed the district's new discipline code because it made no distinction between minor and major offenses when it came to expulsions. "I can't see denying a kid an education for smoking," she said. "Yes, you've got to make rules, but you've also got to protect kids."

Pinkstone is one of the few board members around who is still willing to give students who commit infractions second, third or fourth chances. "You have to remember that these people are not adults. I wanted a provision that they can't be expelled for minor offenses."

It is a philosophy that few of her fellow board members share. "You have to have a well-run shop," said board member Bernard Kirshtein. "If (students) want to break the law, they will have to suffer the consequences. If they're caught and suspended three times for smoking, just think how many times they were smoking and not caught."

While administrators deny they are imposing a "shape up or ship out" philosophy, they say the new codes should improve academic performance and give added currency to the devalued high school diploma.

"Our feeling is not 'shape up or out you go,' " said Cherry Hill's Serfass. "The more structured you can make it, the better education we can offer."

Letters To The Editor Children Overfed Violence


Posted: October 13, 1986

As a pediatrician dedicated to the health and safety of children, I am concerned about the increasing amount of violence shown on television. Next to the family, television is one of the major influences in a child's development, and it can serve a very positive, educational role. Unfortunately, television also can serve a negative role, such as exposing children to excessive amounts of violence.

In the past six years, the amount of violence shown on American television has doubled; children are bearing the brunt of this increase. Research shows that children's television programs are six times as violent as adults' shows. During one hour of cartoon-watching, children are exposed to about 20 acts of violence. In the course of a year, the average American child watches approximately 12,000 violent episodes. Dozens of studies have shown that children and adolescents can imitate the violence they see on television.

Sen. Paul Simon (D., Ill.) has introduced legislation that would provide an exemption from the antitrust laws to allow the television networks, independent stations and the cable industry to work together to reduce television violence. The legislation also would order the Federal Communications Commission to conduct a definitive study of television violence. Senate Bills 2322 and 2323, supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics, warrant senators' approval.

Stanley Karp

Cinnaminson, N.J.

Parade Highlights Festive Day In Burlington

Source: Posted: November 30, 1986

Former Phillies' baseball star Richie Ashburn will be the grand marshal of Burlington City's annual Christmas parade on Saturday, a 90-minute celebration that starts at 4 p.m. and concludes with the annual Christmas tree lighting on the riverfront promenade at dusk.

An estimated nine bands, 10 floats, 12 marching groups and dozens of antique cars and decorated vans will participate in the parade, which assembles at Wood and Federal Streets at 3:15 p.m. and proceeds to High Street and north on High to the river.

In addition to Ashburn, celebrities in the parade will include Karyn Zosche of Pine Brook, the reigning Miss New Jersey, and Pamela Henderson of Evesham, Miss Burlington County.

The parade is sponsored by the Burlington Historical Society, with the cooperation of the city's Chamber of Commerce.

Nicholas P. Kamaras, Burlington City historian, said that downtown merchants will hold open house from noon to 4 p.m. and many will serve free refreshments. At 6 p.m., Santa will arrive at Hope Hose Fire Company on High Street to pass out candy to children.

The parade will also mark the 350th anniversary of the New Jersey National Guard, Kamaras said, and there will be an anniversary ceremony before the tree lighting.

High school bands expected to march in the parade include Holy Cross, Delran, Burlington City, Burlington Township and Philadelphia's Archbishop Ryan, plus the Burlington County Superstars Band, the Hal Chase Band of Cinnaminson and Crescent Temple and Lovatt Highlanders bands of Philadelphia.

Floats will be presented by the Boudinot School PTA, Life Center Church, St. Paul's School, All-Saints School, the Women's Auxiliary of Endeavor Fire Co., the Burlington Township cub scouts, the city Chamber of Commerce, the City of Burlington Historical Society, the 4-H Cloggers and the First Fidelity Bank.

Marching groups will include the New Breeds and the Cavaliers of Trenton; the Union Soldiers of Browns Mills; the Woman's Club of Burlington; the Challengers of Palmyra; the VFW Color Guard of Burlington; the American Legion Color Guard; the New Jersey National Guard color guard; the Blue Sapphires of Willingboro; the Burlington Township Baton Club, and the Oliver Cromwell Black History Society of Burlington. Bordentown's Coco the Clown is also expected.

In addition to the antique cars and decorated vans, Kamaros said, there will be horse and buggy teams and motorcycle teams from Willingboro.

St. Joseph's Plans To Mark 25th Anniversary Of School

Source: Posted: May 27, 1987

St. Joseph's Church in Beverly plans to launch the 25th anniversary year of its parish elementary school with a new scholarship program named for its previous pastor. In honor of the event, the church has invited all alumni to a Mass at 11 a.m. Sunday followed by a brunch in the parish hall.

The Father Barna scholarship fund will be used to assist families whose children "have shown a genuine desire to attend our school . . . but would not have money to do so," said the Rev. Joseph McHugh, the pastor of the church. Whole or partial scholarships may be awarded, he said. No monetary values have yet been established.

The Rev. William Barna died March 19, 1986. He had been a pastor at St. Joseph's for 14 years.

The parish is also inviting to the Mass all former faculty members and school principals, priests who formerly were stationed at the parish and parishioners. Reservations are required. For more information, call the rectory, 387-0172.

Baptismal records go back to 1857, when the church was still a missionary parish. In 1883, the Rev. Matthew Gibson was installed as first pastor and the first church was built, at the corner of Warren and Magnolia Streets. It stood until the present church was built in 1964.

With the burgeoning housing developments in nearby Edgewater Park in the early 1960s, families who wanted to provide their children with a religious education sought a parish school. They had been sending their children to parochial schools in Burlington or Riverside.

In 1963, the Rev. James Murphy, the church's pastor from 1956 to 1969, opened the first school, purchasing and converting a former old-age home next to the site of the present church. In 1967, the parish broke ground for the present school, located on Warren Street next to the church. The school graduated its first class - it opened with just three grades - in 1969.

The order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace staffed the school from its inception, although now there are but two nuns left on the faculty - Sister Joan Tresch, who teaches kindergarten, and Sister Patricia Mahoney, who teaches fourth grade. The other 10 faculty members are lay teachers.

The school today has eight grades and two full-day kindergarten classes. Its total enrollment is 263, including 44 children in kindergarten. During this academic year, it added art, physical-education and music-instruction programs, plus a social-services program furnishing a social worker and school psychologist, according to Florence Morton, the principal.

Not all students are from the parish, whose boundaries are the Delaware River and Route 130 on the north and south and Burlington Township from the old Shedaker School on the east and Delanco from Edgewood Avenue/Coopertown Road on the west. The school also has students from Delran, Palmyra, Riverside, Riverton and Willingboro.

Mabel Anderson, the parish bookkeeper, said that through last year, 465 students had graduated from the school. Twenty-two will graduate this year.

Father McHugh said letters announcing the jubilee kickoff had been sent to ''all alumni we could find, but we are still searching for alumni we have not reached."

Delran Pta Wins National Honor

Source: Posted: July 19, 1987

The Delran Elementary Parent-Teacher Association has won a national PTA award for motivating 750 students to read more than 30,000 books in five months. The Delran Elementary PTA received a runner-up award June 20 in Dallas from the National Parent-Teacher Association for the SOAR (Success Obtains Achievement in Reading) program at the district's three elementary schools, Pat Domanski, president of the Elementary PTA, told the Delran board Monday night.

SOAR enlisted the help of about 70 businesses and parents for the program, in which each pupil in kindergarten through fifth grade at Aronson-Bell, Millbridge and Cambridge Elementary Schools read about 40 books from November through March in the 1986-87 school year.

"Our main goal was to get at least one student to read who maybe didn't before," Domanski said after the meeting.

Students monitored their own progress using charts, and parents wrote notes indicating when their children had finished reading their books, Domanski said.

A key part of the program, Domanski said, was that about 70 businesses, many of them local, donated goods and services - such as pizza parties, bookmarks, prizes - as incentives.

Parental participation contributed to the success, she added. "We tried to encourage parents to read with their children," she said. Notes were sent home asking that televisions be turned off for one hour a night so that families could read together.

Many students swapped books to obtain books they had not read.

The SOAR project "took a lot of work, but it was worth it," said Domanski.

At Monday's meeting, the Elementary PTA also announced results of a survey it conducted in the district to determine the need for a school latchkey program.

The survey found that 72 families, with 106 children, wanted a day-care program both before and after school, Barbara Clauser, health and safety chairman for the Elementary PTA, told the board.

The survey showed day-care was needed from 7 to 8:45 a.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. each school day, she said.

Clauser, who heads the New Jersey PTA Juvenile Protection Committee, said the survey was part of a statewide effort.

At Delran High, Now Is The Time To Show Up On Time

Source: Posted: October 25, 1987

"Punctuality is the thief of time," said Oscar Wilde, but not at Delran High School, where students are rewarded for getting to home room by 7:50 a.m.

"We felt that punctuality was something that needed to be ingrained in the students," said assistant principal Bonnie Weiskittle, monitor of the program and coordinator of the goal-selection committee.

"It was chosen as a goal because it is a positive work habit that is valued by business. Although we do not have a problem with absenteeism - attendance is 94 percent - this is something that needed to be addressed."

In 1986, the goal-setting committee, a group composed of parents, faculty and administration, devised a four-point plan targeting punctuality.

Late notes are now required of students; all school personnel are to focus on attendance and punctuality; and students who are chronically late will meet with administrators. As an incentive to those students who make it in every day, are not late and do not leave early, a prize drawing will be held at the end of each month.

The prizes, solicited by the Delran Parent-Teacher Association, are donated by area businesses. John Bucci of Bucci's Furniture store in Delran, gave September's prize - a $50 bond - to sophomore Dustin Paddock, 15.

Yolanda Benavides, office manager at Bucci Furniture, said that the bond was part of the stores' continuing commitment to community service.

"We're especially interested in education," she said. "Last year we sponsored a reading program; if a student read so many books he or she would win a prize. We try to do something every year."

Paddock said he had forgotten about the policy until he won. "Even when I won, I didn't believe it.

Paddock said some students dislike the new policy because it means they must bring in a note each time they're late.

"If they miss the bus and both of their parents work, they can't get the note."

Still, parents, faculty and administrators said they think the policy is helping most students build good habits, although it may not work for every child.

"The children are more responsible about their lateness," said Patricia Cahn, president of the PTA for Delran's middle and high schools. "This is an innovative and positive program, but I think that children are children and if they are perpetually late they are just going to be late no matter what.

"I had a friend who had her kid up at 6 a.m. every morning, and that kid was never on time," Cahn said. "I really hope it works. I know they've gotten some neat prizes."

A new "do" is what one teenager will get from Sunset Hairstyling in Delran. Merchants Judy and Joseph Cranmer are offering a free hair style, facial, makeover and shave.

"It hurts business when young people are late," said Joseph Cranmer. "I feel that kids today need to learn punctuality for the business world.

This community has been good to us. I wanted to do something for the community."

For October's drawing Ricky's Army and Navy Store in Riverside has donated two gym bags. "We try to support local activities," said Philip Joseph, store manager. "It's part of our civic duty."

Other businesses that have agreed to participate are Computerland of Cinnaminson, Executive Homes, Mancine Optical, Riverside Savings and Loan, Top Notch Travel, Triboro Pontiac Inc., Midlantic National Bank and MacMillan Publishing Co.

Petrino Promoted At Delran He Will Coach Boys' Basketball

Source: Posted: November 10, 1987

Jim Petrino was named Delran High boys' basketball coach at last night's Board of Education meeting.

Petrino, the Delran girls' JV coach for five years, replaces Don Constantine, who resigned after compiling a 57-44 record during his four years at the Burlington County school. Last season, Delran went 21-7 and equaled a school record for wins in a season. The 1985-86 team set the record with a 21-6 mark.

Constantine resigned for personal reasons, according to Delran athletic director Rich Janulis.

Petrino put together a 96-7 record as the girls' JV coach. He has also coached the JV softball team the last two years, compiling a 31-4 record.

"He's a winner, and he's very knowledgeable," Janulis said. "He's completely dedicated to Delran."

This year, the Bears will have two returning starters from last season's South Jersey Group 2 finalist: 6-foot-5 center Tony Sacca (20.4 points per game) and 6-foot guard Joe Murphy.

"The freshman team lost only one game last year, and the JV was above .500," Janulis said, "so it'll be a matter of blending in the young with the old. I think we'll be very competitive.

"A contender? In this league (Burlco Freedom), I don't know. Burlington Township, Florence and Burlington City are all going to be strong again. I really don't know if we can contend."

Delran's season ended in stunning fashion last year: The top-seeded Bears dropped a 59-50 decision to seventh-seeded Middle Township in the South Jersey Group 2 final.

State Test Scores Vary Widely Among Schools

Source: Posted: November 11, 1987

When the New Jersey Department of Education released the latest batch of standardized test scores last week, there were some striking differences in the achievement levels of students in different schools.

Even within the same school district, the 1986-87 scores on the basic skills tests given to third and sixth graders often varied significantly from school to school.

In Delran Township, 100 percent of the third graders at the Aronson Bell Elementary School passed the standardized reading test, while at the Cambridge Elementary School, only 81.3 percent passed. But, 100 percent of the students at both schools passed the language arts section of the test.

The test results "serve as benchmarks for local educators of their students' basic skills progress," said Education Commissioner Saul Cooperman.

"The tests also help educators identify students with basic skills deficiencies so that these students receive academic assistance early in their educaton," he said.

Statewide, students continued to show improvement on the basic skills tests.

Among third graders, 93.4 percent passed reading, 85 percent passed mathematics and 95 percent passed language arts. In 1985-86, 84.9 percent received passing marks in reading, 81.7 in math and 90.8 in language arts.

Sixth graders showed gains in everything except language arts. Results showed that 88.6 percent received passing marks in reading, 84 percent in math and 90.3 percent in language arts. The rates were 82.7, 81.4 and 93.4, respectively, in the previous year.

Standardized tests, designed to measure basic skills, are administered every year at each elementary- and intermediate-grade level, but school districts are required to send to the state only the scores of third- and sixth-grade pupils.

School districts are free to choose from among about 20 state-approved tests at the elementary and intermediate levels, including the California Achievement Test, the Iowa Test of Basic Skills and the Stanford Achievement Test.

The passing scores were raised in 1985 to reflect the difficulty of the High School Proficiency Test (HSPT), the skills test begun two years ago for ninth graders. Scores on the HSPT improved each year, reflecting increases on the basic skills tests.

"Seeing parallel improvement in passing rates is encouraging because it suggests that curricula have not only been aligned to those basic skills, but also coordinated between grade levels," said Cooperman.

The differences among school districts on the basic skills scores were most striking when comparing urban schools with the statewide passing rates. Among urban third graders, 87.6 percent received passing marks in reading (vs. 93.4 percent statewide), 77.9 percent in math (vs. 83 percent statewide), and 90 percent in language arts (vs. 95 percent statwide).

In the previous year, 72.6 percent of the urban third graders passed reading, 72.7 percent passed math and 81.2 percent passed language arts. As with the HSPT, students in urban schools scored lower but made greater improvements.

Delran Names Basketball Coach

Source: Posted: November 15, 1987

James Petrino has been appointed Delran High School's varsity basketball coach. Petrino, a special education teacher at the school, has been the girls' junior varsity basketball coach for the last five years.

The decision to appoint Petrino was made after a closed-door meeting Monday night by the Delran school board. He replaces Donald Constantine, who resigned from the position last month. Petrino will receive a $3,030 salary for the coaching position in the 1987-88 season.

Petrino was one of four applicants considered by the board, the board's president, Ronald Napoli, said.

Under Donoghue, Delran Has Left Dog Days Behind

Posted: December 13, 1987

Jim Donoghue remembers his first season at Delran with a combination of humor and frustration.

"We were playing Northern Burlco in 1980, and they had Willie Drewrey," Donoghue recalled. "I knew there was no way we could stop him or even tackle him. So every time we punted, I ordered my punter to put the ball out of bounds.

"We couldn't let Drewrey even touch the ball in the open field. He didn't, either - and they still beat us, 56-0."

Those days are long gone. Donoghue took Delran from a graveyard program that had never enjoyed a winning season, and that one year didn't play a single home game, to an 11-0 record and the Group 2 championship.

For his accomplishments, Donoghue is the 1987 Inquirer football coach of the year.

Donoghue's first Delran team ended with an 0-9 record. The experience, he remembers, was a lot tougher than he imagined it would be, although he certainly had fair warning.

His predecessor, Lou Stickle, had taken a look at the spring sign-ups in May of 1980 and turned in his resignation.

"He said there was no use beating his head against the wall," Donoghue said. "He was looking at five legitimate players. He said he wasn't gonna get it done here, and he got out."

(Stickle had begun the Delran program in 1975. He is now an assistant at the school.)

Donoghue, a Riverside native who played quarterback at Syracuse in the mid- 1970s, was an assistant at his high school alma mater, Holy Cross, in the late 1970s. In August of 1980, he moved across Route 130 to take the Delran job.

"I viewed it as a challenge," he said. "I felt that with hard work and perseverance you could accomplish a lot. I took the attitude that, if you couldn't do it, it was no reflection on you; it was just the situation."

Reality quickly hit Donoghue in the face.

"Little did I realize it would be so tough," he said. "All of a sudden, my eyes were opened. A new staff, a new offense and a new defense were more than the kids could handle. There was not a lot of talent, and we did a poor job of performing."

Then, incredibly, things got worse.

Delran's football field needed to be re-sodded. But problems cropped up through the spring and summer of 1981, and the work was still being done in the fall.

Delran couldn't play on its own field and was forced to play nine road games. The Bears did manage to win one and tie one, however, and were on their way.

The most significant fact of Donoghue's tenure at Delran is this: The school has bettered its previous record in seven of eight years and has never suffered a setback.

The Bears progressed from 0-9 to 1-7-1 to 2-7 to 3-6 to 5-3-1 in 1984, the school's first winning season, in its 10th year of football. They repeated that record in 1985, went 7-2 last fall, and won them all this year.

"The biggest problem when I went there was that we weren't a strong team physically," Donoghue said. "We had some pretty good football players with no strength.

"So I instituted a weight program in the winter after school, and went in and opened the gym three nights a week in the summer."

None of that is time a coach gets paid for, but as Donoghue noted, "You felt you had to do it to compete. And our first goal was just to be good enough to compete with everyone on our schedule."

By 1985 Delran was good. The Bears had acquired the talent and the technique to play excellent defense. That year they won only five games, but all five were by shutout.

Last year's team started out 1-2, and Delran has not lost since. The Bears' 17-game winning streak is one of the longest in South Jersey in recent years.

Even though the electric passing game of quarterback Tony Sacca and ends John Ellison and Tom Verratti gets the headlines, Delran still wins with defense.

The Bears tied a South Jersey record with eight shutouts this fall. Add the five in 1985 and two last year, and the current seniors have rung up 15 shutouts in their three years.

"We have great offensive players," Donoghue said, "but we had eight shutouts, and that's the key to our success. That comes both from increased physical strength and an understanding of the techniques and knowing what to execute."

Donoghue praised some of his pint-size overachievers, such as 145-pound guard Steve Grello, 150-pound guard Ross MacDonald and stellar defensive back Verratti.

"Everybody can see Tony and John," he said about his high-tech passing combo. "Not everybody appreciates some of the smaller, less visible guys.

"But it was such a pleasure to coach those guys, you wonder if you'll ever have that kind of experience again."

The players can say the same kind of thing about the coach who had the perseverance to hang with them all the way from 0-9 and nine road trips to 11-0 and the top of the world.

Pupils Put Teeth Into Plaque Study

Source: Posted: March 09, 1988

There have been a lot of Delran fourth and fifth graders running around recently with yellow tongues.

No, it's not some rare form of jaundice. These kids are participating in a study to determine just how effective a pre-brushing dental rinse can be.

Designed and conducted by two University of Pennsylvania professors, Samuel Yankell of Moorestown and Robert Emling of Bala Cynwyd, the study was commissioned by Plax dental rinse, which is manufactured by Oral Research Laboratories of New York.

The new product has been extensively tested on adults, and now the company is trying it on 50 youngsters at Aaronson Bell School and Cambridge School.

The yellow tongues and teeth come from a plaque-testing dye with which the children rinsed their mouths. Yankell then examined their teeth under a special blue flashlight, and the plaque showed up yellow.

"Now it's my turn," one of the waiting kids said. "People are going to have wanted to wear sunglasses - my teeth are so yellow."

"It's radioactive," kidded another. "You glow in the dark."

The kids, who were asked not to brush their teeth before they went to school, then lined up for their pre-brushing rinse. They were given either a placebo or a dose of Plax dental rinse.

Once they rinsed and brushed with the toothbrushes they brought from home, the children again had their teeth checked. The difference in the amount of plaque was recorded for each child. Finally, they turned in their old toothbrushes for new ones and headed back to class. The old toothbrushes go to the lab to be studied by Yankell and Emling.

"We're interested in this from two points of view," Yankell said of the study. "How does the product work? And how can you relate good oral cleaning to the traditional toothbrush regime?"

"The key to this is that you want to control as many variables as possible in the research design," Emling said. "Random assignment assures us there's no bias. Each child was assigned last week to an active or placebo rinse. Today they get the opposite."

The study was performed in the Aaronson Bell school nurse's office last week and lasted about two hours. Testing for each child lasted 15 minutes.

The researchers, who got to know the children during the first testing cycle a week before, joked with them about the rinse, assuring one youngster that he would be the first bald kid in the class after he was tested. Fifth grader Anthony Spearman took the joke right in stride.

"Yeah, you can write about that," he said. "It'll be in the newspaper about a little school called Aaronson Bell in Delran in Burlington Country, where two doctors gave this stuff to little kids which makes their teeth glow."

Debating Principal's Role: A Teacher Or A Manager?

Source: Posted: March 27, 1988

David Lamborne doesn't stay cooped up in his office.

As principal of Delran High School, he strolls through the cafeteria, roams the hallways and peers into classrooms. Here, he is at his happiest.

"To tell you the truth, if I had to do it all over again, I would go into education," he said the other day. "I love it. Working with kids keeps everybody young."

Like the 2,400 other public-school principals in New Jersey, Lamborne's job involves a delicate combination of skills. He is many things at once: referee, disciplinarian, adviser, manager, spokesman and diplomat.

Some principals, like Joe Clark, the controversial administrator of Eastside High School in Paterson, are tough. Others hate to be mean.

"I frequently sit down and discuss problems with students," said Lamborne, who seems to fit into the latter category. "My door is always open."

Occasionally, students come to him to appeal disciplinary decisions made by the school's assistant principal, and Lamborne may lighten their sentences.

What really makes a good principal? Today, as education officials search for ways to improve the public schools, more and more people are asking this question.

Next Tuesday, thousands of New Jersey voters will go to the polls to select school board members and approve or reject school budgets. Most of these elections will focus on the monetary aspects of education and on issues that affect the residents of individual towns.

However, there are dozens of other issues - most decided at the state level - that intimately affect the schools. This year, one of the biggest issues involves public-school principals, and what kind of credentials they should possess in the coming years.

It is a controversial topic.

The vast majority of principals in New Jersey today are former teachers.

"I don't think you can supervise teachers unless you've been" in a teaching job, said Martin C. Harmon, principal of Maple Shade High School. ''Otherwise, I don't know how you can understand their problems."

His views are shared by many.

"A knowledge of instruction is at the heart of the principalship, and practical experience in the classroom is essential to anyone who would lead others in improving instruction," said Samuel Sava, director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, who was in Trenton recently to testify against plans to revamp New Jersey's principal-certification system.

However, Saul Cooperman, New Jersey education commissioner, would like to see people who have strong management training, but who have not been teachers, become principals. Several months ago, the state Department of Education proposed major changes in principal-certification standards so that more non-teachers could fill principal jobs.

"Unfortunately, the system has evolved in such a way that . . . (it fosters) the continued misperception that the principalship is essentially still a teaching job rather than a distinct managerial leadership one," Cooperman said in a report on the issue.

The state now bars districts from hiring a principal who does not have a teaching certificate and three years' experience either teaching or working in another public-school job. Principals must hold master's degrees in any field, including three courses in education management.

Instead, Cooperman has recommended that a master's degree in management be the basic requirement for a principal certificate. Thus, somebody who has just graduated with an MBA from Rutgers University, let's say, could become a principal within a few months, even though they've never taught.


The new proposals are expected to come to a vote before the state Board of Education in May. They also stipulate that principal candidates pass a state test in management skills and perform under simulated school conditions at an assessment center.

After they have been hired for a specific job, they would receive one or two months of pre-residency training in classroom instruction and then serve a one-year on-the-job residency. The commissioner compared the residency to a medical internship.

"What we're saying is you've got to pay a price" to become a principal, Cooperman said.

Senior teachers become principals, he argues, because it is the only remaining step on the career ladder and brings a higher salary.

The certification system "promotes the view that the principalship is the logical promotional opportunity for our best teachers," Cooperman said in his report, "Teaching Experience and the Certification of Principals."

"Therefore, no other promotional opportunities are needed that might allow teachers to advance in their careers while remaining in the classroom," he said.

"We want to get people who are well-trained and who sincerely have (the principal's job) as a career goal," said Leo Klagholz, an assistant education commissioner.

Klagholz points to the state's two-year-old Provisional Teacher Program, which allows people without education degrees to become teachers, as an example of how a more open-selection process for school jobs can attract highly qualified people. The teachers hired under the provisional program have scored, on the whole, higher on the National Teacher Exam than the average teacher, according to studies of the program.

Furthermore, state officials argue, the principal's job has grown more complex over the years. There are more state and federal regulations to observe, and more programs to administer.

Local principals confirm this.

"We're being asked to do so many things that we weren't asked to do previously," said Ronald Starrett, principal of the Nokomis and Neeta Elementary Schools in Medford Lakes.

"I look at (local) districts and I think, 'We're doing a nice job.' Not that we've solved every child's problem, but we've worked hard," he said.

However, state officials contend principals often lack the management skills to handle it all. "Many principals have told us they needed help in supervision," said the commissioner.

During the proposed pre-residency, future principals would receive instruction in curriculum and teacher evaluation, and would work briefly in a classroom, state officials said.

Many South Jersey principals agree that principals need more management training and support the idea of requiring principals to have management degrees and to go through internships. However, they say internships should not take place while a new principal is actually in charge of a school, and they overwhelmingly dispute the need for principals who have not been teachers.

Even though - if the new requirements are approved - individual districts could insist that their own principals be former teachers, critics of the plan contend it sets a low standard.

William G. Graf, the principal of Clementon Elementary School, worked for several years as the office manager of a computer company in Cherry Hill.

"If I had just come from that background, I wouldn't have had the skills to be a principal," said Graf, who was also a teacher for 12 years in public and private schools. "Children are so much different from adults."

At Clementon, Graf supervises 35 teachers. That means he often drops in on a class and observes a teacher's technique.

"When you go in and observe a teacher, there are certain things you're looking for," he said. "I really think having been there (in the teacher's job), I can evaluate their teaching styles."

"Particularly in a small district, it's absolutely essential that a principal have classroom experience," said John Herbst, principal of Wenonah Elementary School, which has 190 students. "If I want the teacher to change or make some modifications, that teacher better believe that I have something (worthwhile) to say."

Principals from larger schools, where teachers are supervised by department chairmen, also thought that the principal needed to be respected as a teacher.

George Reeves is the principal of Haddon Heights High School, which has 650 students.

"All of the principals that I know are both a good educational leader and a good manager," he said. "Somebody has to evaluate the department chairpersons' work. It's just like anything else, you have to have somebody overseeing the whole thing."

Last summer, in his first year as principal of Haddon Heights, Reeves faced insurrection among the students. They rebelled when he refused to allow them to wear shorts during the final hot weeks of school.

Students refused to go to class and demonstrated outside the school. The incident points to another burden of the typical principal: discipline.

"You're dealing with kids most of the time, not adults," said Reeves, who was a teacher in Haddonfield and Pemberton Township. "The end product (of education), you can't throw away and start all over again."

Graf said discipline should be different for children of different ages.

"You have to understand how to deal effectively with a kindergartner as opposed to a first grader," he said. "There's so many things that come from experience in dealing with chidlren you just don't learn from a textbook."

Why do teachers become principals? Several said they were attracted to the job at least partly because of the money.

"Obviously one of the payoffs of becoming an administrator is that you generally command a higher salary," said Starrett, of Medford Lakes. "I don't think it's any different in (private) industry."

However, principals said they also wanted the job itself.

Calantha Davis, principal of Monongahela Junior High in Deptford, was a teacher for 27 years before becoming a vice principal and then principal.

"I just felt that there was more that I could do as a principal in helping to mold the education of a student," she said. "You kind of get to see the whole picture when you're the principal. You get to see how everybody working together affects the child."

Faculties To Play Ball To Raise Scholarship Funds

Source: Posted: April 20, 1988

Faculty members at Delran High School usually try to get students into college through skill at teaching in the classroom. But on April 29, they will be doing it through prowess on the basketball court.

That Friday night, the Delran High faculty will be taking on the teachers from Moorestown High School. Proceeds from the event will go to the Delran Scholarship Fund.

"Delran and Moorestown have a real good rivalry when it comes to the kids. The staff know each other well, so this should be a good game and everyone should have a good time," said Delran school board member Michael Pilenza, who came up with the idea and planned it with Delran's scholarhsip committee and Moorestown school officials.

The main game between the Delran and Moorestown faculties will be preceeded at 7 p.m. by a short game between members of the Delran Board of Education and faculty, Pilenza said.

Admission will be $2. Refreshments will be available.

This year, Pilenza said, all the proceeds will be going to Delran Scholarship Fund, but he hopes that the event is successful and that a tradition of alternating the games develops.

"We hope that if this year's game is successful, we'll hold it next time at Moorestown and let them have the money, and maybe we'll keep doing this every year," Pilenza said.

Delran Writes The Book On Kids Who Read

Source: Posted: June 22, 1988

Barbara Clauser says her values are not much different from her mother's when it comes to children and education.

Clauser, 42, works part time at a doctor's office in the mornings, but tries to keep her afternoons free so that she can be with her youngest child, Michael, 12, when he returns from school.

As her mother had years earlier, Clauser joined the local PTA when her oldest child, Vera, now 19, entered kindergarten 14 years ago. Since then, Clouser she has run fund-raisers, sponsored holiday activities, worked with school administrators and, most recently, helped organize a recreational reading program.

It was the reading program that pushed the Delran Elementary Parent Teacher Association over the top.

In an annual nationwide competition among PTAs, Delran Elementary's was named number one in New Jersey for the second time in six years. As its president, Clauser was to travel yesterday to Salt Lake City, Utah, where the National PTA and World Book Inc. will present "Advocates of Children" awards to the best PTA in each state.

State PTA membership chairwoman Marilynn Fiure said that about 900 local units were eligible for the distinction, though not all the groups submitted applications. In addition to developing an effective program (such as Delran's recreational reading program), PTAs needed a 10 percent increase in membership and strong community involvement to qualify for the award, Fiure said.

As Clauser tells it, PTA involvment starts small and grows.

"Once you're on the executive board, they keep asking you to volunteer for something else," Clauser said. "You can't say no."

A PTA president for four years and a recently elected school board member, Clauser devotes much of her time working to improve education for her children and others in the Delran district, as she said her mother had done for her.

Clauser's group, which serves Delran's three elementary schools, was elected for the honor by the state PTA based primarily on the success of a six-month reading program during which almost 900 students read a total of 36,505 books - an average of more than 40 books each.

The program, known as S.O.A.R. (Succeed, Obtain, Achieve, Read!), attempted to increase interest in reading by providing incentives such as soft pretzels or pencils for successful students, according to Joan Maloney, 34, who helped run the program.

"The whole point was to encourage children to read for fun," she said. ''Hopefully, they will realize that reading is enjoyable and not just a chore."

Maloney, a former elementary school teacher who plans to return to work when her two children grow older, said many hours of volunteer work had been required to keep the program going from November to May.

Seventeen volunteers were needed just to keep track of how many books each student read, she said.

PTA members also made paper balloons for each child and posted them in the classrooms. As each finished a book, that balloon was moved to a higher place on a chart, until it reached that child's goal - 45 books for students in grades K-3 and 35 books for grades 4-5.

Jinny Lewis, 42, who last week took over Clauser's duties as the new PTA president, said that the program had achieved its goal of increasing reading among students. She cited the progress of her 8-year-old daughter Kimberly as an example.

"After she finished her goal, she kept on reading," she said. "She wanted to see her balloon go up."

Second grader Lindsay DeYoung, 8, read 355 books, more than any other student, which earned her a $50 savings bond. Two first-grade classrooms won pizza parties because all the students reached the target number of books.

Though Lewis does substitute teaching now and is involved in raising her three children, she still schedules time to work for the PTA.

"Sometimes you just have to juggle your schedule," she said. "If I'm working on Tuesday, then I'm not going to volunteer on Tuesday."

The PTA enlists mothers who work during the day to volunteer at night, while mothers who do not work outside the home take care of the daytime activities. She said that fathers also help, but usually only for specific projects, such as to program a computer or to dress as Dracula for the annual Haunted House.

"My husband does a lot of my artwork" for PTA projects, she said.

Fathers often bring their children to events, though they rarely attend monthly PTA meetings, Clauser said. No men serve on the PTA's 30-member board.

The three-year-old S.O.A.R. program may not continue next year, Lewis said, because she wants to relieve some of the heavy demands that the project has placed on PTA members and provide students with a change.

Even if the program is ended, however, the Delran PTA still will encourage students to read for pleasure.

"We would like to do something," Lewis said, "but we'd like it to be a little bit different, to provide motivation in some other way."

Delran Braces For A Host Of Challengers

Source: Posted: March 24, 1989

Unlike last season, there are very few Burlington County Freedom Division baseball coaches who don't believe they can win the title.

As it turned out last season, the league race was not a race at all. Delran waltzed to the title with a 14-0 division record en route to a 24-3 mark and the No. 1 ranking in The Inquirer's South Jersey ratings.

With Delran returning just two starters, at least four coaches now think their teams can contend, while others feel they have an outside chance of winning the league crown.

Burlington City, Northern Burlington, Moorestown and Florence all could be contenders. Bordentown, Maple Shade and Riverside need a few things to go in their favor to contend. Palmyra and Burlington Township will fight hard to stay out of the basement.

"This is probably the most balanced the league has been in 10 years," said Delran coach Rich Bender, who is in his 14th season as the Bears' coach.

Burlington City, coached by Bruce McCutcheon, seems to have as good a shot at unseating the Bears as any team. Top hitter Ed Hesson and top pitcher Todd Herman could take the Blue Devils to the top.

Northern Burlington's Carmine Pastore, in his second year at the helm, has a solid pitching staff and has a .400 hitter in Paul Madson. Madson and 6- foot-1, 210-pound pitcher Darren Linton head a group of five solid returning starters.

Jim Maher's third season at Florence could be the charm. The Flashes have 10 letter-winners returning, including seven starters from a team that was second a year ago. Shortstop-pitcher Ed Yaris and infielder-pitcher Travis Corson both hit over .300 last season.

Moorestown's Jeff Hadden needs a little more offense to complement what should be a stable crew of hurlers. Only one Quaker returning regular, Karl Lodgek, hit over .290 last year.

With tradition and a seemingly unending supply of talent, it is safe for Freedom teams to always beware of the Bear.

Several key members on this year's Delran team did not get a chance to play on last season's talent-laden squad. The opportunity is there this year and they could make the most of it. Watch for 6-5 sophomore pitcher Mike Martin to make an impact.

A starting battery of pitcher Howard Hughes and catcher Andy Lydon give Bordentown coach Patrick Lynch reason to be optimistic in his second season. Pitching depth may stop the Scotties from contending.

Maple Shade has the stability of sixth-year coach Jim Varsaci and five starters to pin its hopes on.

Longtime Riverside coach Joe Willard has turned the coaching reins over to John Miranda, who coaches the school's football team. Miranda wants his seven returning starters to play aggressively. The new system could take some time.

New coaches Mike Pisa at Burlington Township and Greg Ogden at Palmyra face rebuilding years. Coincidentally, Pisa was the baseball coach at Audubon during the same time Ogden was the basketball coach.


Coach: Patrick Lynch.

Last year: 10-8 overall, 7-7 division (tied for 6th).

Key returning players: P-3B Howard Hughes (.373, 4 HRs); C Andy Lydon (.356).

Promising newcomers: LF Dave Schneider; 3B Dan Marino; 1B Jeff Foster; 1B Fred Miller; RF Tom Diveley; 2B Bryan Lawyer; IF Rob Mercantini; OF Rich Mercantini; SS-P John Hardesky; IF Ron Hendrickson.

Outlook: Despite having only two returning starters, the Scotties have players moving into starting roles with good baseball knowledge through their feeder system. Hughes is a high-quality pitcher, but there is little depth. Look for Bordentown to be stronger toward the end of the season.


Coach: Bruce McCutcheon.

Last year: 11-7 overall, 9-6 division (4th).

Key returning players: CF Ed Hesson (.390); P-3B Todd Herman (6-4, 1.90 ERA, .320); 1B Frank Webb (.313); LF Scott Hans; C Steve Hesson (.250).

Promising newcomers: P Rob Warren; SS Pat Chester; 2B Jeff Waters.

Outlook: The Blue Devils return three .300 hitters to the middle of their lineup and have their ace pitcher Herman back for his final season. Contention is not out of the question, but a repeat of last year seems more likely.


Coach: Mike Pisa.

Last year: 2-16 overall, 1-15 division (10th).

Key returning players: 1B-OF Ron Palanchar; P-1B Russ Player (.340); C-OF Blair Spencer; C-P Mike Parker (.350); SS Rich Sullivan; OF Brian Stevens; 3B Brian Lovendowski.

Promising newcomers: P Mike Gollnick (6-foot-3); P Steve Malloy; 2B Mike

Gavio; OF Brian Durham.

Outlook: Pisa has coached winners at Audubon and he expects to turn things around for the Falcons. Good nucleus for a rebuiding project. Sophs have to develop to get near .500.


Coach: Rich Bender.

Last year: 24-3 overall, 14-0 division (1st).

Key returning players: SS Brian Gorman (.287, 19 hits, 24 SB, 14 BB); P-1B- RF John Sacca (.238); P Mike Maerten (0-1, 6 saves, .250); P-3B Dave Travis.

Promising newcomers: C Steve Ferrara; 1B-DH Dave Angradi; P-1B Mike Martin; C Chris Bayne.

Outlook: Even in an apparent rebuilding year, Delran is considered a contender. The program is one of the best around. Bears will not waltz through the league, but will be near or at the top at season's end.


Coach: Jim Maher.

Last year: 11-11 overall, 10-7 division (2d.)

Key returning players: SS-P Ed Yaris (.323, 11 SB, 2-0, 2.32 ERA 2 saves); IF-P Travis Corson (.300 13 runs, 12 SB, 15 BB); P-1B Troy Ingham (.250, 2.12 ERA); C Jeff Smith (.205); 1B-3B Jim Moller (.220, 7 RBIs, 14 BB); OF Gary Olaff (5 RBIs, 5 SB); OF Reade Edwardson; OF Cary Silinski; P Tim Carey (3.50 ERA, 13 strikeouts); P Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Promising newcomers: 2B Matt Dengler; P Chris Campbell (4-1 Holy Cross JV); IF-P Chris Cennenno; C Darren Mines (6-2, 230, 20 RBIs on JV); P Roy Meflin; P Scott Pullen.

Outlook: The Flashes will go as far as good defense, speed and experience will take them. The lineup is solid, but lacks consistent punch offensively. If some promising young pitching develops and seniors begin driving in runs, Florence could make a run in a wide-open race.


Coach: Jim Varsaci.

Last year: 10-9 overall, 10-8 division (3d).

Key returning players: 1B-3B Ron Cornett; 2B John Gee (.296); 3B-RF Keith Lightner (.256); 1B-CF Pat Curnew (.270); C Bill Lindsey (.256); P Rob Perkins (2-0); P-OF-SS Bill Weingartner (6-2, 1.89 ERA, 64 strikeouts in 63 innings).

Promising newcomers: P Bob Barnabei; SS Jeff Frett; SS Glenn Gaugler; OF Anthony Cerasi; OF Jason Ballantyne; IF Bill Winkler; SS-OF Kevin Hehring (.429, 12 doubles JV).

Outlook. It is a year when a host of teams see themselves as contenders. The Wildcats are no different. A title will be difficult without a solid No. 2 or 3 pitcher and consistent production from the offense. Even so, Maple Shade will beat some good teams.


Coach: Jeff Hadden.

Last year: 8-9 overall, 7-7 division (tied for 6th).

Key returning players: OF Tom Arzillo (.265); P-OF Karl Lodgek (.295, 2.64 ERA, 50 strikeouts); OF Adrian Mathew; 2B Glen Calhoun; P-OF Eric Stewart (1-2).

Promising newcomers: OF Lars Moestue; IF John Ravikio; C Andy Sundstrom; OF Chris Lewis; P Mike Bandish.

Outlook: Don't look for the Quakers to score runs in bunches. They must find some clutch contact hitters to complement what could be a solid pitching staff. Should one or two seniors emerge as offensive forces, Moorestown could make some noise, but not until then.


Coach: Carmine Pastore.

Last year: 10-9 overall, 8-7 division (5th).

Key returning players: P-1B Darren Linton (2.35 ERA); IF Paul Madson (.411); OF Chris Matthews (.330); C John Bunce (.300); CF Eric Bayley.

Promising newcomers: 2B Chris Jackson; 3B Gene Reilly; P-IF Art Kershaw.

Outlook: Linton could be one of the division's top arms and Madson is already one of the top hitters. A championship season hinges on finding depth on the mound. Otherwise, the Greyhounds could be off and running.


Coach: Greg Ogden.

Last year: 8-10 overall, 6-9 division (8th).

Key returning players: SS Kevin Walsh (.300); P-IF Andy Mourey; P Mike Bazulis; C Mark Nece; 3B-P Jeff Patchel; 1B-OF Jim Cox; P-OF Dave Guzman; 1B Craig Stevens; DH Hugh O'Brien.

Promising newcomers: none.

Outlook: Only Walsh hit over .300. In addition, the Pals struck out 11 or more times on five occasions last year, including 15 against Pitman and 14 against Moorestown. Pitching could be decent, but if the hitting doesn't come around, this could be a long season.


Coach: John Miranda.

Last year: 6-12 overall, 5-11 division (9th).

Key returning players: SS Rich Buonomo (.377); CF Rich Loveland (15 SB); 1B Brian Bentcliff; 2B David Mitchell; RF Robert Miller; P Steve Meenan; C John Burbage.

Promising newcomers: P-3B John Garbe (6-1 JV); LF Scott Ward; LF Greg Sinkleris; C Derrick Maruski; 2B Ed Kenney; OF Mark Canulli; OF Eric Gauntt; P David Chafin.

Outlook: Any senior-dominated team with three or four good arms should be watched. The Rams took their lumps last year while the nucleus of this year's team learned some lessons. Look for Miranda's aggressive style of coaching to slowly take effect as the Rams move over the .500 mark.

Youngsters Come Through To Keep Delran High Rolling

Source: Posted: May 16, 1989

With four freshmen and two sophomores in her starting lineup this season, Delran High softball coach Nancy Fanelli wasn't sure how her team would mesh.

Now, the third-year coach knows the answer: Delran is doing very well, thank you. The Bears haven't lost a game in three weeks, to run their record to 9-1, and they have taken over the No. 10 position in The Inquirer's South Jersey top 10.

"I was afraid there would be a gap between our upperclassmen and our underclassmen, and we wouldn't jell," Fanelli said. "But our seniors have been leading, and our underclassmen have followed. We have good teamwork, and there aren't any cliques. I'm very pleased."

Led by senior centerfielder Sherry Watson (.500), senior first baseman Kim Rodano (.348) and junior pitcher Desiree Szeliga (7-1, .316), Delran has put pitching, defense and hitting together.

Szeliga has thrown two no-hitters and three one-hitters, and the entire pitching staff has allowed just 23 hits in 10 games. Offensively, the Bears are averaging 10 runs and 9.2 hits a game.

"The best thing that has happened is our hitting," said Fanelli, who has been part of the Delran program for 10 years. "Since I've been around, Delran has always been a good defensive team but not a good hitting team."

Delran's only loss this season is Florence - the No. 9 team in the ratings - and the Bears trail only Florence in the Burlington County League Freedom Division standings. The teams will meet again on June 1. Delran has never won the division crown.

"Our goal is to leave a banner in the gym," Fanelli said. "We don't have one for softball yet. Whether its the league or South Jersey, anything to leave our mark in the gym would be wonderful."

Delran will meet Clearview today in the South Jersey Group 2 tournament. Fanelli said she expects her team will treat the contest as it has its others this season.

"We're not a rah-rah kind of team," she said. "We go out on the field, get down to business and do what we have to do. The girls get their heads into the game real well, and they don't get rattled. We'll go for each game like we've been doing."


It's not very often that a team joins the top 10 after losing twice in the same week. But that's what Cumberland (11-3) accomplished after losing to No. 1 Lenape, 4-0, in 17 innings on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Hammonton Tournament, and to No. 4 Mainland, 4-3, in 10 innings on May 8. In between those games, Cumberland downed Vineland, 11-3, and knocked off then-No. 9 Hammonton, 3-2, in the first round of the Hammonton Tournament.

Cumberland is now No. 7, and Hammonton fell from the ratings for the first time this season.

The other team to fall from the ratings was Sterling, which was No. 10 last week. The Silver Knights (9-2) were defeated by Haddon Township, 3-2, on Friday. Township's Gail Shelly was the winning pitcher, and she also had a double and a triple to lead the Hawks' offensive attack.

"We feel if we play good, we can beat anybody in the Colonial Conference," said Shelly, whose team's record is 8-5. "If we play bad, which we've done, we lose to teams we should beat. Against Sterling, we played good defense, and everybody was hitting the ball. I guess I got psyched for Sterling because they're always a tough team."

Triton's Angela Cardamone threw a perfect game at Overbrook on May 8 in her team's 7-0 victory.

Cardamone can thank Mustangs rightfielder Fran Donohue for keeping her bid alive in the sixth inning of the contest. Donohue charged a line drive that fell in front of her and threw out the batter at first base.

"As soon as I saw the ball hit the ground, I figured that was it. Now, I'm working on a one-hitter," Cardamone said. "Then, all a sudden, Fran was right there and threw it to first. I was stunned. I didn't think she'd get there quick enough to get the out."

Cardamone pitched a 7-0 no-hitter against Woodstown on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Hammonton Tournament to move the No. 6 Mustangs into a semifinal clash with No. 4 Mainland. The other semifinal finds No. 1 Lenape going against No. 2 Cherokee.

The tourney championship game will follow the semifinals on Saturday.

With the regular season winding down, just about every league crown is still up for grabs.

Only Eastern (9-1), which entered this week with three fewer losses than second-place Bishop Eustace (8-4) in the Olympic National Division, is atop a division with any kind of breathing room.

Woodbury (8-2) and Sterling (7-2) are leading the Colonial Conference; Gloucester (11-3) is being chased by Schalick (9-3) in the Tri-Co Classic Division; Pennsville (7-0), Delsea (10-1) and Woodstown (9-2) are vying for the Tri-Co Royal title; Washington Township and Triton are tied for first place in the Olympic American Division with 11-1 records; Mainland (11-2), Millville (9-2) and Cumberland (9-2) all still have a shot in the Cape I League; Buena (9-1) leads the Cape II League, while Lower Cape May (8-2) and Hammonton (7-2) aren't far behind, and Florence (9-0) has a slim lead over Delran (8-1) in the Burlco Freedom Division. And Lenape has a two-game lead over Cherokee in the Burlco Liberty Division.

For High School Seniors, Words To Live By

Source: Posted: June 25, 1989

Local educators bid farewell to the Class of '89. Administrators, teachers, counselors and staff from Burlington County's public and private high schools were asked for words of wisdom about what students should think about as they graduate.

Here is what they said:

Never stop learning. Don't think of graduation as an end to education but as a beginning to your education for life.

MARGARET NELSON - Spanish teacher and senior adviser, Burlington Township High School

Graduation is just the start for what's coming next. You have many roads to encounter. You will choose the path best for you. You have made your mark on your high school . . . I'm sure you will make your mark on other institutions and people in your life. God bless you all!

ROBERT NAUGLE - guidance counselor, Cinnaminson High School

Students should learn to face the future with knowledge, courage, humor, energy, patience, love and kindness. If we teach nothing else, I think we have been successful.

MICHAEL GALLUCCI - principal, Delran High School

In every walk of life, you have to believe that you are a champion. Reflect pride. Be a responsible and accountable person and remember to say thanks to all the people who have helped you. If you are coachable, then God can use you.

ARCHIE STALCUP - football coach, Lenape High School

Graduations mark beginnings as well as endings. . . . When you leave here, you can do anything you want with your life. Most of you are of legal age and are now free of being told what to do and where to go. If you want to have a good life, you have to make something happen as opposed to waiting for something to happen. Good luck in creating whatever it is you want.

ALBERT BORRIS - student assistance counselor, Moorestown High School

Aim high because your dreams can be fulfilled if you are willing to work hard for them. Hard work and dedication will pay off in the end. I would like to encourage graduates - the leaders of tomorrow - to use their talents to better this world and our society.

CATHY SOMMER - guidance counselor, Palmyra High School

Be honest with yourselves and set high expectations. Strive to be the most you can be and have the utmost confidence in yourselves. You are capable of being the best as long as you put your best foot forward.

SHARON DOYLE - guidance secretary, Pemberton Township High School

You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Whatever choices you make in life, you have to be well-prepared for it and do it right the first time.

HENRY CRAM - superintendent, Rancocas Valley Regional High School

I would advise you that your lives will be judged not by how much money you make, but by the manner in which you treat other people and your respect for the people you will come in contact with in life. Maybe this class could be the start of a generation that is equally concerned about others as well as themselves.

BOB JOLLEY - math teacher, John F. Kennedy High School

Success is based on hard work, pride in your craft and commitment to your goals.

PATRICIA GRODECK - principal, Burlington County Vocational and Technical High School, Medford

I wish you joy and health. I wish you happiness in your choice of future work. I wish you well as you leave this high school and go on to whatever vocation you choose. You have been an outstanding class that has contributed overall to making Maple Shade a better place than it was when you entered. May that concern and caring continue after you leave high school.

FRANCES PLISKIN - director, pupil personnel services, Maple Shade High School

It is always our hope that the seniors will take with them the Christian values we have taught them and use them in the different circumstances in their lives. We feel you have enriched our lives and are grateful for making Holy Cross a better place.

SISTER MARY PERSICO - principal, Holy Cross High School

Enjoy the end of high school. It will never be this much fun again. You are going on to more difficult challenges. College is much more difficult. Do not forget to share your successes with your former instructors. We will always care about you.

JOHN LaVIA - English teacher and college advisor, Saint Mary's Hall-Doane Academy

As Vocational and Technical graduates, you should continue your vocational training wherever possible . . . Be ready to adapt as today's technology changes the workplace and the jobs that you will perform. With the education you have received thus far, I'm sure you will be successful.

DON SCHREIBER - principal, Burlington County Vocational and Technical High School, Westampton

This is just the end of the beginning for you. I'll expect that you should meet with any challenges that come before you with dignity, pride and much success. The potential is there - use it! Parents, teachers and administrators have invested much love, time and energy in you. All we want in return is your happiness and success.

SHIRLEY McALWAY - English teacher and senior adviser, Willingboro High School

This is a time to enjoy being with our friends and a time to look back on what you have done and where you have been. This is the time to think of your favorite memories and all that you have yet to experience.

DONNA HOBSON - health and physical education teacher and senior adviser, Northern Burlington Regional High School

Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. Don't be afraid to try. Carpe Diem! (Seize the day!) It's been a pleasure to work with this class. The Class of 1989 is destined to do great things.

BETTIE COLONA - senior class adviser, Riverside High School

Be careful. Be interested. Enjoy the present and plan for the future.

WILL PERKINS - dean of grades 11 and 12, Moorestown Friends School

Take pride in yourself and your performance each day. . . . Don't poison yourself with drugs, and don't let anyone or any organization poison the environment in which you and all of us must live. . . . Be dependable. Keep your word and your promises. Strive each day to improve yourself, your community and your country.

JANE BOWERS - chairwoman of the guidance department, Burlington City High School

Hughes Is Re-hired By Delran

Source: Posted: June 27, 1989

Shortly after the boys' soccer season ended last fall, John Hughes' coaching job at Delran High appeared to be in jeopardy - even though he had directed the Bears to a 20-0-1 record and a share of the Group 2 state championship.

At last night's Board of Education meeting, however, Hughes was re- appointed as Delran's boys' coach. Rudy Klobach was also named Delran's girls' soccer coach.

The appointments were announced by Joseph Chinnici, Delran's superintendent.

Klobach's hiring, in effect, probably saved Hughes' position.

Klobach replaces Carol Young, who resigned for personal reasons, according to Delran athletic director Rich Janulis. After starting the girls' soccer program in 1980, Young's teams compiled a 147-21-10 record, won four sectional titles and three state crowns. Delran also won the last eight Burlington County League Freedom Division championships.

After the soccer season ended, Klobach - who has been a girls' soccer assistant at Delran since 1982 - expressed interest in the boys' soccer position.

At the time, the girls' job was not open.

Klobach, a teacher in the Delran school system, appeared to have an excellent chance to replace Hughes.

The reason?

Hughes is retired from teaching. And a New Jersey Department of Education rule requires schools to hire qualified coaches from within the district - when possible.

But when Young resigned, Klobach applied for the girls' job.

Thus, Hughes' position was solidified.

In three coaching years at Delran, Hughes has compiled a 52-9-3 record and has led his team to a share of two Group 2 state titles. Hughes has 39 years of coaching experience.

"I'm very happy the way things worked out," said Janulis, the athletic director. "John has certainly proved himself, and Rudy has been an assistant for a long time and we're glad he can take over."

Delran is looking for an assistant girls' soccer coach.

Warning: Butane Sniffing Kills

Source: Posted: September 06, 1989

Claire Whatley knew from the bike-hitting-ground clatter that her son, Jason, was home from delivering newspapers. Only moments before on that muggy July 28 evening, she had sat down on the brick steps leading up to their metallic-blue colonial-style home in Delran.

She asked Jason, 13, what had gone on that day while she was working in the bakery at the Cinnaminson Acme. He calmly told her that he had tried inhaling butane that afternoon. The gas, used in cigarette lighters, induces a dreamy anesthetized state when inhaled.

Whatley immediately took Jason, who had experimented with drugs before, to Rancocas Valley Hospital in Willingboro for a physical and psychological evaluation.

While in the waiting room, Jason told Whatley that he was ready to get help. And he talked about the future and how he hoped that if he was admitted he would be out of the hospital in time for the Philadelphia Folk Festival, held two weeks ago.

Yet less than 12 hours later, Jason again sniffed butane. And within minutes, he was dead.


Whatley, 38, sat on the edge of one of the floral-covered sofas in the living room of her Delran home about three weeks after Jason's death, cradling a cup of coffee in her hands. Her blond, curled hair alternately fell into her face or back from it as she looked to the floor or up to the ceiling as if the reasons for the death of her only child could be found there.

She has decided to tell Jason's story because she wants other parents to be aware of the dangers of inhalants. And she wants other teenagers to learn from Jason's death.

"If people think that they are close to their kid and their kid can't get caught in this, they're wrong," Whatley said. "My son came to me and told me he was doing it."

Butane is one of the many solvents, aerosols and gases that many teenagers inhale to get high. Although not a popular form of drug abuse, it is one of the most deadly, according to substance-abuse counselors.

It is a fast high that goes directly to the lungs and into the bloodstream, the counselors said. It can cause heart attack, cancer and lung, brain and nerve damage - and death.

About 17 percent of 2,000 New Jersey high school sophomores, juniors and seniors reported in a statewide 1987 survey that they had used an inhalant at least once in their lives to get high, while 13.6 percent reported sniffing glue. Alcohol, which was the most frequently used substance, had an 89.2 percent response rate.

The survey, taken between 1984 and 1986, was published by the New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety. Students were asked to give a "yes" answer if they had ever used any of 11 substances listed. The numbers did not measure frequency of use.

Seven counselors interviewed said that they saw only a few "huffers" - people who use inhalants - each year. Huffers tend to be found in clusters, counselors said. In some neighborhoods huffing may be popular, and in others it may not.

But within Delran, "huffing" does not seem to be popular. Several police officers and detectives said that they had not heard of usage among township students until Jason's death.

And 12 Delran youths said they did not think inhaling substances was a popular way to get high and that they had never tried it. The students, who were outside the Tenby Chase Swim and Sports Club where Jason swam sometimes, named alcohol, marijuana and cocaine as the substances more likely to be abused by young people.

The counselors said that most users are between 12 and 18 and that inhalants can be psychologically, but not physiologically, addictive. They also said that because inhalants were easily accessible, they were often the stuff of initiation into the drug scene.

Huffers can just go to the corner drug store or gas station and buy any of a number of products that will give them a high. Or they can unscrew the gas cap of any vehicle, the counselors said. Glue, White Out, nail polish and paint thinner are other products frequently used by huffers.

"I think accessibility is the key factor," said Gary Popick, program coordinator for the Camden County Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. ''If you're 12 or 13 years old, you can't go down to the liquor store. Plus, a lot of them, being young, aren't in the drug scene," he said.

"For people prone to drug use who don't have the social skills or street knowledge of how to work with the drug scene, inhalants are a real easy, quick drug to get a hold of," said Jeffery Clayton, executive director of Services to Overcome Drug Abuses Among Teenagers, based in Woodbury.

"These people are sniffing things which other people come and clean up in white suits with protective gear," Clayton said. "It's like going to a toxic waste dump and swimming in it."

That July evening, Whatley and her son arrived at Rancocas Valley Hospital in Willingboro around 6 p.m. The doctor who examined Jason found nothing physically wrong with him. But Whatley said a counselor who interviewed Jason told her, "Your son has got a serious problem. He's self-destructive."

This was not Jason's first encounter with counseling. Last November, Whatley had begun taking him to a counselor because she was concerned with his apparent low self-esteem, hyperactivity and the disparity between his high scores on standardized tests and his average grades in school.

The teenager began seeing a female counselor, with whom he had a good rapport, Whatley said. The counselor had told Whatley that Jason was ''terrific," but she recommended that Jason see a male psychologist, believing that he needed another male role model. Jason's father had died when Jason was 4 years old.

"A life-long thing was that his father died before he got to know him," Whatley said. "He had his father built up on a pedestal."

But Jason was standoffish with the two male counselors he saw successively, approaching them with what Whatley described as an "I dare you to help me" attitude. Whatley, frustrated by her son's lack of cooperation, stopped taking him for sessions in April.

The July 28 hospital visit also was not his first trip to an emergency room. Last winter, while he was undergoing counseling, Jason "cried and screamed" when Whatley dragged him to a hospital for a physical immediately after she caught him inhaling gasoline.

The doctor found no physical problems. Whatley and her brother, Richard Graff, who lives in the same house, both say that Jason stopped inhaling gasoline after that visit.

His behavior in that incident contrasted with the July 28 one. In the butane-sniffing incident, Jason went willingly to the hospital. And as they waited for a doctor to admit him, he talked about how he wanted to get better.

"He said, 'I'm ready,' " Whatley recalled. "He knew he had a problem and couldn't resist this temptation to get high."

But not even the gravity of the situation could quash Jason's irrepressible vitality. At one point during the waiting, he took a surgical glove and blew it up - a trick he learned from watching Howie Mandel, one of his favorite comedians. For Whatley, that action brought back memories of a happier Jason.

In a fifth grade talent show, guitar in hand, Jason danced around the stage lip-syncing the Steppenwolf 1969 rebel anthem, "Born to be Wild."

As the Tin Man in the sixth grade production of "The Wizard of Oz," he ''jumped up and down," "put in words" and "tried to steal the play," according to one eighth grader who saw the production. Whatley merely said with a smile that he "embellished" the role.

And the hazel-eyed boy with the below-the-shoulder blond hair also was quite popular with girls. At a Fourth of July fireworks display in Philadelphia, Jason wandered off into the crowd and returned with three girls in tow, his mother said.

He met some girls at last year's Philadelphia Folk Festival, corresponded with them during the year and anticipated meeting up with them again this year, she said.

Claire Whatley and Graff believe that Jason tried butane sniffing because of peer pressure. Whatley said Jason told her that a friend suggested he try inhaling butane.

Jason tried butane "because all the other kids try it, all the cliche reasons, wanting to fit in, curiosity," Graff said.

The principals of both the Delran Middle School - where Jason would have entered seventh grade this week - and Millbridge Elementary school said that Jason had "a tendency to follow," an assessment that fits in with both Graff's and Whatley's belief that Jason was susceptible to peer pressure.

But drug abuse counselors disagree on whether there is a profile of the typical huffer.

"I would say that if you spoke with 100 (huffers), you would get 100 specific answers about why they used inhalants," said George L. Forman, director of substance abuse services at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden.

For instance, Clayton, of Services to Overcome Drug Abuses Among Teenagers, said that depressed people are more likely to become huffers than to abuse other substances, since inhalants dull the brain, thereby dulling the hurt and anger that often cause depression.

But Forman disagreed, saying that depressed people tend to choose stimulants.

Counselor Popick, from Camden County, said that huffers tended to be thrill seekers and risk takers.

"I think somebody who would try just about anything has to be a greater risk taker than someone who would just experiment with, say, alcohol," he said. Alcohol is a risk, he explained, but youths know that people drink it all the time, seemingly with no side-effects.

About 9 p.m., three hours after they arrived at the hospital, Whatley said the counselor who had interviewed Jason gave her a card with the name of a psychiatrist to call. Hospital officials decided that Jason could be treated on an outpatient basis, according to hospital spokesman Anthony Cirillo.

Whatley said she was upset about his release because she didn't believe she could give Jason the type of 24-hour-a-day help she felt he needed.

"I took him (to the hospital) because he was doing it as a whole, not because he was high at the time, but because he needed emotional support," Whatley said.

In the parking lot on the way home, Jason asked Whatley why she was angry with him. She explained that she was angry with hospital officials.

He said, "Why? I'm going to see the doctor tomorrow morning."

They arrived home around 9:45 p.m., ate dinner and watched a movie on television.

While preparing dinner, Whatley read the warning printed on the butane canister - "harmful or fatal" - to Jason and showed it to him. She then put the container back down on the kitchen counter, where she had placed it before they went to the hospital.

"He said he was sorry he did it," she said. "That he was foolish for doing it.

"I really felt confident that he was really looking forward to tomorrow being a change in his life, and I didn't think he would try it one more time," she said.

At about 1 a.m. Claire Whatley went to her room to go to bed. Jason came in and asked her to read to him from a book that she had been reading. But she told him that she wasn't going to read the book that night. He left the room, and she went to sleep.

Sometime after she fell asleep, Jason went downstairs, took the butane canister from the kitchen counter by the stove and tried to get high again. After inhaling, Jason began climbing the stairs to his bedroom, but he had a heart attack and tumbled down the steps into the front foyer.

The crash of Jason's body against the floor awoke his mother and uncle at about 3 a.m. They called an ambulance, and squad members tried unsuccessfully to revive him before taking him to Zurbrugg Memorial Hospital in Riverside, where he was pronounced dead at 4:50 a.m.

The toxicology tests showed traces of butane in his system, which would have caused the heart attack, according to Delran Detective Edward Perrino.

"Kids think that parents are saying, 'I don't want you to do this because I don't want you to have fun,' " Whatley said. "What I want to get across is for kids to talk to their parents and no matter how much they think their friends know, their parents have already been through everything. Trust your parents because they care more about you than anyone."

Her brother added, "The reality and the bottom line of these canned chemicals is that they can kill you, and they will kill you. This isn't a fairy tale."

Delran Is Racking Up The Points At A Pace Suited For Basketball

Source: Posted: October 09, 1989

Looking back at the fourth weekend of football season and taking a look ahead.

In a season where parity has been the keynote, it has taken nearly half the schedule to separate the real contenders from the pretenders.

But a few are starting to emerge. There is no doubt Holy Cross (4-0) is the team to beat in the Burlington County League's Liberty Division. Delsea (3-0) is grabbing the Tri-County Conference, Royal Division by the throat. Buena (3-0) appears headed for its third straight unbeaten conference schedule in the Cape-Atlantic League's National Division.

Woodrow Wilson (3-0) is in a league by itself, although the Tigers remain formally attached to the Olympic Conference National Division. And Delran - 3-0 and outscoring opponents to the tune of 157-13 - may have to forgo the rest of its Burlco Freedom schedule to play Penn State for the Sacca family championship.

There still will be good races in the Colonial Conference, where Collingswood has emerged as a serious challenger to favored Woodbury; in the Olympic American, where Pennsauken, Washington Township and Camden are strong, and in the Cape American, where Millville, Vineland, Ocean City, Egg Harbor Township and Holy Spirit remain tangled.


Delran is killing people, having outscored three straight overmatched opponents with as diversified an offense as there is in South Jersey. The Bears crushed Florence, 53-0, Saturday and now are averaging more than 52 points a game, a decent average for a lot of basketball teams.

That has led to two problems. First, when a team wins so easily, it can't always work on offensive plays the coaching staff would like to try, for fear of rolling up the score too badly.

Second - no matter how you slice it - critics are going to complain about the size of the victories.

"I can't tell yet how good we are," said coach Jim Donoghue, "because we haven't really played anyone yet. We're not even getting a chance to work on the things we need to work on to beat the good teams."

Donoghue said that Delran scored 21 points on its first three offensive plays in a 60-7 opening-day win over Riverside and that the Bears had 21 points after just two offensive plays against Florence Saturday. (A 43-yard run with a blocked punt accounted for the third touchdown).

Delran has two of the premier offensive weapons in South Jersey in quarterback John Sacca (the younger brother of Penn State quarterback Tony Sacca), and in running back Darrell Parker.

"John is such a threat everybody plays us very loosely," Donoghue said. ''The defensive backs and linebackers are back and, with Darrell Parker, if you just give him a crack, he's gone. We have a little draw play, and he hasn't been tackled on it yet in two scrimmages and three games. He went for a 70-yard touchdown on it the other day that got called back."

Regarding the charges that Delran is running up scores, Donoghue is unemotional.

"We threw 10 passes against Riverside and 10 against Florence," he said. ''That's not even a good workout. We can't get better at passing throwing it only 10 times a game. I have five receivers, and I'm not keeping them happy throwing it only 10 times.

"Against Riverside we had our second team and then our third team in, and they still were able to score. What are you gonna tell your underclassmen? Don't run? Don't try?

"On that final touchdown against Florence Saturday, we threw the ball. But they had gotten off a bad punt, and they got hit with an unsportsmanlike- conduct penalty that put the ball on their five-yard line. I let John throw to Darrell, who is nearly unstoppable.

"Maybe that was rubbing it in a little, but it was right at the start of the fourth quarter, and there was a whole quarter left where we didn't pass.

"You hear little things here and there. But I don't think too many people were upset at us beating Florence. If you listen to the people in the stands, they wanted more. When I first got here, we got beat by 50 many times, and nobody felt sorry for us."


When Collingswood coach Bob Barikian sat down last winter to plan for the current season, he realized he had a potential gold mine on defense. He also realized he had a potential disaster on offense.

The Panthers had eight good starters returning to the defense, but had run the error-prone "run-and-shoot" offense the year before. That, Barikian realized, was juggling dynamite.

"We totally revamped our offense," he said last night. "We went to the power I with a double tight end.

"We knew the defense would be strong, so we didn't want to make any mistakes on offense that would cost us games. And, through three weeks now, we've only had one fumble."

Collingswood raised its record to 3-0 last Friday, defeating then-unbeaten Haddon Heights, 14-6. The tailback in the Panther I formation, Darren Wallace, carried 27 times for 109 yards. The senior has rushed for 99, 102 and 109 yards in the three Collingswood victories, and has carried between 24 and 27 times a game.

"As we told the kids in the beginning," Barikian said, "all we need is four yards a play, and to avoid mistakes, to be there at the end."

The Panthers also have a solid offensive line, led by 6-foot-2, 275-pound tackle Craig Schuehler, who has been "murdering people," according to Barikian. Schuehler is flanked by guard Mike Taulane and 200-pound tight end Joe Filinuk, both experienced blockers.

"We line Taulane and Filinuk up on either side of Schuehler and just go straight ahead," Barikian said.

Barikian outlined this offensive plan in March, and his team has enthusiastically accepted it. Since spring players have been coming to school at 6 a.m. to lift weights.

"We open the weight room early because nobody has to work or baby-sit younger brothers at 6 a.m.," Barikian said, laughing. "They came all summer, and they're reaping the benefits now. Between the football players and the wrestlers, we have between 30 and 35 people in our weight room every morning."

Collingswood plays host to Gateway (1-2) Friday night and is hoping to open a season with four straight wins for the first time since the 1978 team won its first nine games.


Clearview has won its last two games and has entered the Tri-County Conference Royal Division race. The Pioneers will meet unbeaten Woodstown (3-0) this week, and the winner of that game will be the only remaining challenger to Delsea (3-0 and unscored upon).

Both Delsea and Woodstown were expected to be good, but Clearview is a bit of a surprise.

"We have a lot of new faces," said coach Dan Pidcock. "I would say the reason we're 2-1 is because the younger ball players are coming through both offensively and defensively. We're playing solid football. We're hitting and performing the fundamentals well."

Clearview returned only two starters, center Chris Reuter and tackle Pat Gorman, who is starting for the third year. They have teamed well with a trio of new running backs to give the Pioneers steady offense.

The Burns brothers, senior fullback Andrew and junior halfback Chris, start in the backfield along with junior Bill Coles - the biggest of the trio at 5-9, 150.

"They're small," Pidcock said, "but they run extremely hard. They know how to go to the goal line, and they block very well for each other."


A few teams that have been losing saw some rays of hope this weekend, including Cherry Hill West, Cherry Hill East, Willingboro and Holy Spirit.

West (0-3-1) lost narrowly at No. 10 Highland Friday night, but got an excellent second half from sophomore quarterback Walt Clymer.

He was the third quarterback West used in the 14-6 defeat, replacing senior Steve Cohen, who had replaced starter Mark Cummings.

Cohen had been the starting quarterback in the season's first three games but, according to coach Tom Trotman, Cummings had earned a shot at starting from his play the week before. Cohen, a versatile athlete, was moved to wide receiver.

When Cummings was injured in the first quarter, however, Cohen was moved back to quarterback.

"But we wanted to use Cohen at wide receiver later in the game," Trotman said, "so we went to Clymer. He did well."

In the second half Clymer completed four of five passing attempts for 61 yards. He also scored West's touchdown on a 13-yard bootleg.


Holy Spirit was The Inquirer's No. 1 team a year ago, finishing the season 10-0. The year before that the Spartans were 10-1. Spirit hasn't had a whole lot of experience losing games lately, which makes the current 1-2 start harder to swallow.

But the Spartans are taking away some hope from Saturday's 45-22 thrashing by Holy Cross. After allowing Cross to score the game's first 39 points, Spirit rallied to score three touchdowns.

"I felt a lot better after that second half," coach Ed Byrnes said later. ''I saw nothing bad in our second half - and I had seen nothing good in our first half.

"I'm gonna torch that film. I won't even watch that first half again."

Byrnes said he made no adjustments at all at half time, but the plays that had failed before intermission suddenly succeeded in the second half.

"We matured as a team," he said. "We only had two starters back and had to regain the confidence factor. I think we're gonna be fine. We'll see Holy Cross again in the state playoffs."

Willingboro had lost twice to excellent opponents (North Bergen and Holy Cross) and faced unbeaten Shawnee Saturday. The Chimeras got their first victory, 7-6, but their difficulty in scoring points - two touchdowns in three games - remains something of a mystery.

"We haven't really scored in two years," coach Ty Belford said the other day. "It has made me wonder if we shouldn't re-examine everything we're doing."


* Woodbury crushed Haddonfield, 57-6, Friday night, the worst beating Haddonfield has absorbed in nearly 50 years. A search of records back to 1926 showed only one other game in which Haddonfield surrendered more than 50 points - a 59-0 loss to Collingswood in 1942. Since then, the worst Haddonfield defeat was 45-0 to Haddon Heights in 1973.

* The last time Holy Cross was 4-0 was 1977, when the Lancers went on to finish 9-2 and win the South Jersey Parochial A championship. The 1979 team that also won the Parochial A title started its season 5-0-1, but tied the fourth game after three straight wins.

* Cherry Hill East is 0-3, but the Cougars have lost to No. 2 Pennsauken, No. 10 Highland and No. 4 Washington Township. They should break their mini- losing streak Saturday against Paul VI (0-3).

* Highland is 3-0 and, counting a Thanksgiving Day victory, has won four straight. The last time Highland won four straight games was in 1973, when the Tartans won five straight at one point to finish 7-2. That remains the only winning season in the school's history.

* Glassboro running back Steve Lester is out for the year after suffering a knee injury two weeks ago against Williamstown.

* Woodrow Wilson's Norman Frisbey has thrown 13 touchdown passes in three games. The South Jersey record for touchdown passes in a season is the 25 thrown in 11 games last fall by Cherry Hill East's Glenn Foley. The state record is the 28 thrown in 12 games in 1984 by Franklin Township's Darrin Roberts.

Seasoned Players Give Bears Strength

Source: Posted: December 13, 1989

Jim Weber isn't a talkative man by nature. The Delran girls' basketball coach prefers to let his players make their own statements on the court.

Over the last 11 seasons, the Bears' teams have been successful at this, compiling a .752 winning percentage under Weber.

Last year was the first time since 1984 that Delran failed to win 20 games - the Bears won only 19, hardly cause for their Burlington County Freedom Division rivals to breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Six of the eight roster players are returning letterwinners, making up a frontline that averages 5 feet, 10 inches.

The Bears missed tying for the Freedom Division title with Bordentown by one game last season, following a South Jersey Group 2 championship in 1988.

COACH. Weber has a career mark of 218-72, one of the top winning records in South Jersey basketball. He begins his 12th season as head coach. Don Constantin joins him as an assistant this year along with veteran Pete Miles.

LAST SEASON. The Bears ranked second in the Freedom at 15-3, and were 19-7 overall. They came within one step of getting to the state Group 2 championship game, beating Collingswood and upsetting Buena before losing to Freedom rival Burlington City in the semifinals.

PLAYERS LOST. Only two players graduated, 5-8 center Kim Rodano (15 points, 9 rebounds per game) and 5-5 shooting guard Sherri Watson (14 points per game). Rodano was a first-team all-Freedom Burlington County all-star. Watson earned honorable mention as an all-star and now plays for Burlington County College. Both were key leaders down the stretch.

PLAYERS RETURNING. Starting at center will be 5-10 senior Sherry Saul, "a good rebounder and good shooter inside close," Weber said.

Alicia Keeports, a 5-10 junior, will play one of the forward spots. She averaged 12 points a game last year and could back up Saul at center. "We're very happy with her. She really came into her own last year," Weber said.

Another 5-10 veteran, senior Rose Layne (7 points, 8 rebounds per game) can play both forward positions, but Weber hasn't decided which one yet. "She's very quick, jumps well, has a good shot and is a hustler."

The backcourt leadership will be handled by 5-6 senior point guard Sandy Dickson, a three-year starter. Sophomore Michele Bailey, a 5-7 shooting guard- forward (10 points per game), has good range out to 15 feet and can either start or come off the bench. Junior forward-guard Cara Slominski, at 5-8, is an excellent rebounder and defender but missed most of last season due to illness.

NEWCOMERS. Ileana Sanchez, a 5-6 shooting guard who played well for the junior varsity team, is Weber's first choice to start next to Dickson in the backcourt. "She's a good ballhandler with a good short jumper," Weber said. Adding more depth upfront is sophomore Andrea Landis, a 5-9 forward-center whom Weber likes as a strong rebounder.

OUTLOOK. The Bears play a strong man-to-man defense and excel at cutting down the passing lanes. Height advantage and jumping ability make for a superior inside game. Delran is also an excellent foul-shooting team.

"I was pleased with what the kids did last year, when we had a lot of inexperience," Weber said. "This year we have a little more depth and that will help."

Florence, Bordentown and Moorestown are all contenders, but look for the Bears to return to 20-win form this year and challenge for the Freedom Division title.

Her Dream Of Strength For Children

Source: Posted: May 30, 1990

You can see it in her eyes.

It's a determination that promises to bring even more success to Karen Ellen Stone's future.

She describes herself as an educator, mother and businesswoman. For some women, that might be enough. But for Stone, you can see that there's more to come.

Stone envisions parents from all over standing outside toy stores, pushing and shoving in aisles and waiting in long lines to purchase a C.J. doll for their children.

The doll, which includes a song and book, was created by Stone more than four years ago. C.J. is not just another Cabbage Patch or Teddy Ruxpin, Stone says. She is an avenue through which Stone hopes to share with children her ideas on self-worth and developing a strong self-image.

She tried to market the doll a few years ago but failed because of a lack of financing and business expertise, she said. But she has not given up on the doll.

"I am going to do (market) that doll again," Stone said with self- assurance. "I feel that it (a positive self-image) is the most important issue today."

Until the day C.J. hits the stores, Stone promotes her views through a program she developed called ACTIONS. The program, which is for parents, teachers and children, features seven steps that can lead to a positive self- image.

Stone describes the program as a very simple "how to" presentation, with each letter of the word ACTIONS representing a step to be followed.

Since a pilot program on ACTIONS three years ago in Camden County, teachers and parents in a number of communities, including Moorestown, Delran, Haddonfield and Edgewater Park, have viewed it.

The presentation was given in Edgewater Park as part of its Drug and Alcohol Prevention Week last month. Members of the Township Committee and school board who are affiliated with the Statewide Community Organization Program (SCOP) sponsored the program in an effort to combat teenage drug and alcohol abuse.

Walter Dold, the Edgewater Park Township school superintendent, said he decided to have the program because he believes low self-esteem and poor self- image lead to drug and alcohol abuse.

"Drug and alcohol abuse (are) a symptom of other problems," Dold said, ''and we want to address the problem rather than the symptom."

Stone believes that "children have to stop being victims" and that it is important for them to make different choices and accept responsibilities for those choices.

The lack of alternatives is the main fault Stone finds in the drug program pushed by Nancy Reagan.

"Up to now, the drug program says, 'Just Say No' to drugs, but it doesn't say what to say 'yes' to," Stone said. "By saying 'yes' to yourself, you're given a feeling of self-worth that leads to positive action, and that is something that takes the place of the drug.

"It's a positive approach to feeling good, something that lasts. When you have successes, you can feed off them and become more successful."

Stone, a Mount Laurel resident, is the director of the Britannica Learning Center in Moorestown and has worked as an education consultant for Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden for two years. She worked with children with cancer for two years and has more than 20 years' experience in education.

Despite her long list of credentials, Stone considers her greatest accomplishment to be the raising of her mentally disabled son.

"I've brought my own personal experiences into the program," Stone said. ''Because of the work that I've done with self-esteem, my 16-year-old son has become a well-adjusted, self-sufficient young man.

"When he was young, I was told he should have been institutionalized. He now holds a part-time job."

Stone is a strong believer that "if you feel good about yourself, there's nothing you can't do."

South Jersey North Falls To Delaware

Source: Posted: June 10, 1990

The South Jersey North squad didn't have much difficulty scoring runs in the early innings when it faced Delaware yesterday in a first-round Carpenter Cup game at Veterans Stadium.

North's problem was holding onto a lead.

Delaware, which was out-hit by North, 12-6, answered a five-run North rally in the fourth inning with five runs of its own and went on to an 11-10 victory.

It was the first time in three years that Delaware had advanced to the second round of the tournament, and the first time in as many years that North didn't. Delaware has a quarterfinal date with Chester at 2:30 p.m. today.

"I'm not disappointed," said North manager Rich Bender of Delran. ''Pitching-wise, hitting-wise and moving runners, we did fine. I thought we could have caught the ball better and threw it better, but that's high school baseball. In a game like this, I couldn't have asked for much more from the kids. We just came up short."

North held a 3-1 lead after two innings, but Delaware got a pair of unearned runs in the third to knot the score, 3-3. Then, North appeared to put the game away with its five-run fourth, which included a two-run triple by Holy Cross' Ryan Luzinski (3 for 3) and a two-run single by Brian Gorman of Delran.

But Delaware loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning on two walks and a single with Wayne Shelton of Cherokee on the mound, and one run crossed the plate when Jeff Tidwell of Sussex Central singled. After Shelton wild-pitched another run home, a two-run double to left-center field by Paul Caldwell of Dickinson produced two more runs and chased Shelton, who pitched only one- third of an inning. Caldwell, who went to third on the relay after his hit, made the score 8-8 when he scored on a ground out with Karl Lodgek pitching for North.

"The turning point of the game was when we got five runs, and they came up and got five," Bender said. "We didn't need any big plays in that inning; we just needed some outs. That was the inning that hurt us."

North took the lead again in the top of the fifth against winning pitcher Tim Crutcher (Tower Hill). Holy Cross's Andrew Dengler walked and stole second, went to third on a single by Bob Kriza of Holy Cross and scored on a sacrifice fly by Maple Shade's Kevin Nehring.

Once again, however, Delaware responded, scoring twice to take a 10-9 lead. Lodgek, who suffered the loss, walked in one run and hit a batter after Delaware had loaded the bases on a double by William Penn's Bill Gillman and a pair of walks. Delaware scored its last run in the seventh inning against Troy Ingham of Florence with a single, an infield out, a steal of third and a sacrifice fly.

North provided the final margin with an eighth-inning run, driven in by Luzinski after Maple Shade's Bill Weingardner reached second base on an error.

North's first three runs were the result of a game-opening triple to right field by Gorman, a double by Mike Maerten of Delran and a sacrifice fly by Florence's Travis Corson. After North starter Bryan Ward (Rancocas Valley) wild-pitched a run in the bottom of the first inning, North made it 3-1 in the second when Dave Smith of Shawnee singled to drive in Dengler, who had walked and stolen second.

"The first couple of innings, we always seem to fall behind here," Delaware manager Woody Long said. "We got behind, 6-0, last year and lost. I was glad to come back. We were concerned because we played (an all-star game in Delaware on Friday) with these same players playing against each other, and the game ended in a 1-1 tie. I knew if we didn't score here it'd be trouble."

A Heads-up Approach To Bike Safety

Source: Posted: June 27, 1990

Debbie Flamini never thought much about bicycle safety until a friend, a pediatric nurse, bought bicycle helmets for her own children.

That's when Flamini bought helmets for her three children: Kristen, 9, Joey, 6, and Ryan, 3.

"If the nurse was concerned enough about the dangers of bicycle accidents to buy helmets for her children, we thought we had better buy them for ours," said Flamini, of Riverside. "Now they wear them all the time and don't think anything of it."

The Flaminis, though, were just about the only children wearing helmets at a bicycle safety day Saturday at Rancocas Hospital in Willingboro.

Too few children wear helmets, said Stanley Karp, a Cinnaminson pediatrician, "and we're seeing the results in emergency rooms at hospitals."

Karp, who is on staff at Rancocas Hospital, estimates that bicycle accidents send more than 400,000 people each year to emergency rooms.

"The majority of those who are injured in bicycle-related accidents are children, and more than one-third of those injuries are head injuries," he added. "We could decrease the number of head injuries dramatically if more children - and adults - wear bicycle helmets."

But getting children to wear helmets and getting parents to realize the importance of buying helmets and make children wear them aren't easy, which is why Karp organized a bicycle safety day.

He estimates that 2 percent of children nationwide wear helmets and said he thought the statistic would remain low until more parents insisted that their children wore helmets.

More than 250 children attended the event, which included entertainment, bicycle inspections by police officers from Willingboro and Burlington Townships, an obstacle course to test riding skills, talks by professional cyclists and discounted sales of bicycle helmets.

"Unfortunately, wearing a helmet isn't cool with youngsters today, so we've got to have children start wearing helmets as soon as they learn to ride a two-wheeler," said Karp, who has seen many bicycle injuries in 27 years of practice in Burlington County.

Like most parents who attended the event with their children, Brenda Gunnell of Willingboro wasn't aware of the danger of brain injury from bicycle accidents, she said.

"You've really got to be careful," Gunnell said as her daughters, Quinta Winter, 10, and Nina Gunnell, 7, waited in line to have their bicycles inspected.

Also in line to have her light-green bicycle inspected was Kelly Webb, 7, of Cherry Hill, who went to the event at the suggestion of her father, Doug Webb, a personnel director at the hospital.

"Kelly doesn't have a helmet," he said, "but we're learning quickly how important it is to have her wear one."

Florence The Hunted In The Freedom

Source: Posted: March 26, 1991

Delran High baseball coach Rich Bender knows what it's like to be in the hot seat.

Over the last five years, the Bears have been been picked as either the favorite or a major contender in the Burlington County League Freedom Division. Delran is annually a member of The Inquirer's South Jersey preseason Top 10.

This year, Bender is gladly relinquishing Delran's role as the favorite, and he's not afraid to turn up the thermostat on the Bears' friendly rival, Florence.

Last year, Florence ended Delran's three-year reign atop the Freedom Division, finishing 16-1 in the division and 20-3 overall. The Flashes were No. 4 in the final Inquirer South Jersey ratings. Delran finished second in the division with a 14-3 record, was 20-5 overall and wound up rated No. 10 in South Jersey.

Florence goes into this season as the favorite, with Delran, Burlington Township and Maple Shade expected to contend. Bender has wasted little time fueling the Flashes' flame.

"I think Florence should be No. 1 in South Jersey," said Bender. "They are absolutely loaded."

Don't think, however, that Bender is ready to concede the title. "We'll show up," he said.

When Florence coach Jim Maher hears these comments, he just laughs them off.

"If we had Matt Dengler and Mike Scott, there's a chance we could be put that high," said Maher, referring to his shortstop and second baseman, who are both expected to miss this season. Dengler has a knee injury and Scott is academically ineligible. "But now, no way should we be up there as No. 1 in the area. I think our league is gong to be a dogfight, with four teams fighting for the title. I don't think you'll see a runaway."

Florence returns two dependable pitchers in all-South Jersey lefthander Troy Ingham (6-2 last season) and Andy Estrada (3-0). Maher is still looking for a dependable No. 3 pitcher. If he finds one, the Flashes could be one of the area's more dangerous teams.

Delran must build a staff around 6-foot-6 senior Mike Martin, who has had major-league scouts attending his preseason outings. Martin, who has narrowed his list of colleges to Rutgers and Penn, was 7-1 last season.

Burlington Township may have the deepest staff in the league with Steve Melloy, Mike Gollnick and Brian Adams, who each had an ERA under 2.10 last year. If the Falcons are consistent offensively, they could contend.

Maple Shade could also contend behind 6-2 senior pitcher Bill Weingartner, whose career record is 18-9. If the Wildcats can develop a staff behind the righthander, they could be dangerous

Riverside will have a potent offense, and it might surface as a contender if the pitching comes around. Burlington is another school capable of fielding a winning team, but may not have enough depth to contend. Moorestown, Palmyra, Northern Burlington and Bordentown have young teams that will battle for respectability in this competitive conference.

BORDENTOWN. Coach: Pat Lynch (17-37 record).

Last year: 3-17 overall, 1-16 division (10th).

Key returning players: 1B Jim DeBronzo; OF-P Ed Seppe; OF Brian Guire; OF Ed O'Malley.

Promising newcomers: SS-P Vince Shuster; 2B Curtis Weyers; 1B-P Rob Gauss.

Outlook: The Scotties may be improved, but will find it difficult to move up too much in the standings.

BURLINGTON CITY. Coach: Bruce McCutcheon (164-120).

Last year: 8-9 overall, 8-7 division (4th).

Key returning players: P Frank Fiorelli; C Steve Hesson (.400); SS-P George Camae; OF Sean Fitzpatrick; OF Chris Davis.

Promising newcomers: SS-3B Zak Shansey; 2B Keith Babola.

Outlook: The Blue Devils probably won't contend, but are certainly capable of posting a winning record. Hesson could be one of the top players in the league and Fiorelli is a quality pitcher, but depth could be a problem for the Blue Devils.

BURLINGTON TOWNSHIP. Coach: Mike Pisa (102-84).

Last year: 8-12 overall, 7-10 division (tied for 5th).

Key returning players: 3B Brian Levondusky (.313); P-INF Brian Adams; 2B Mike Jobes; OF Nick Wikowski (.400, 15 RBIs); C Mike Parker; SS Jorge Velez; OF Bruce Painter; C Pete Trochin; P-OF Steve Melloy (.367); P Mike Gollnick.

Promising newcomers: C Shibaz Hasan; P-3B Raymond Stewart; OF Matt Kensler.

Outlook: The Falcons figure to contend for the division title, although they are not the favorite. Burlington Township will have one of the league's deepest pitching staffs with Gollnick, Adams and Melloy, and the pitching will keep it in most games.

DELRAN. Coach: Rich Bender (230-119).

Last year: 20-5 overall, 14-3 division (2d).

Key returning players: P Mike Martin (7-1, 1.88 ERA); CF Hugh Donaghy (.339); INF Ray Skorny (.381); 1B-DH Bill Jesunas (.324) OF-P Greg Lewis; 2B Ryan Kakowski; C Chris Bayne.

Promising newcomers: P-SS Joe Olivo; C Chad Keeports; INF-P Ray Gonzalez; INF-P Mike Minnix; P Ralph Sacca; C Sean Donaghy.

Outlook: For the first time in about five years, the Bears are not considered the Freedom Division favorite. Delran, however, should be a major contender for the title if any pitching behind Martin is developed.

FLORENCE. Coach: Jim Maher (57-32).

Last year: 20-3 overall, 16-1 division (1st).

Key returning players: P-1B Troy Ingham (6-2, 3 saves 1.32 ERA); C Darren Hines (.377, 2 home runs, 19 RBIs); DH-OF Joe Gadbois (.318, 3 home runs, 16 RBIs); 3B Mauro Correnti (.274, 3 home runs, 17 RBIs); P Andy Estrada (3-0, 2.74 ERA); OF Brandon Opre.

Promising newcomers: OF Aaron Dengler; OF Joe Chmiko; 1B-P Mike Connelly; OF Dan Austin; OF-2B Matt Farr; 1B-P Tony Luyber; 2B-SS Brian Zingaro.

Outlook: Florence is the team to beat in the division. The Flashes would probably have been a prohibitive favorite if they had the services of second baseman Scott and shortstop Dengler, who both are expected to miss this season. Still, there is enough depth to successfully defend their title and be one of South Jersey's premier teams.

MAPLE SHADE. Coach: Jim Varsaci (82-58).

Last year: 14-8 overall, 9-5 division (3d).

Key returning players: P-SS Bill Weingartner (6-4, 1.27 ERA); 2B-OF Kevin Nehring (.380); P-SS Doug Bimmer; C Ray Bruce; OF-P Mike Cerasi (.368); 3B Scott Renteria (.326).

Promising newcomers: OF-P John Cinnamond; 3B-OF Rich Cloke; OF Bernie Hynson.

Outlook: The Wildcats are one of the teams that should contend for the Freedom Division title. Weingartner and Nehring are two of the best players in the division. If a pitching staff can be developed behind Weingartner, Maple Shade will be a dangerous team.

MOORESTOWN. Coach: Jeff Hadden (64-63).

Last year: 7-8 overall, 6-6 division (7th).

Key returning players: P-1B Jeff Legath (.308); OF Mike Green (.305); 2B Greg Booker (.285); INF Jeff Hunter; P Mike Griffis.

Promising newcomers: P-INF Dave Laughlin; P-INF Ben Schaal; INF Tony

Saggiomo; INF Matt Rowe; OF Craig Fisher; OF Ali Khan; OF-P Fred Rodi.

Outlook: The Quakers are one of the youngest teams in the league. Recording a winning record would be an achievement. The key will be getting solid seasons on the mound from veterans Legath and Griffis.

NORTHERN BURLINGTON. Coach: Carmine Pastore (29-34).

Last year: 8-12 overall, 5-11 division (9th).

Key returning players: SS-P Brian Wilson; 2B Craig Shaw; P-1B Rich Simone; OF John Salter (.418); P-1B Joe Kucowski; 3B-P Randy Feig; C Kyle Wilson.

Promising newcomers: INF Dave Munoz (a transfer from Texas); 3B Frank Angelucci (transfer from Notre Dame of Trenton); OF-P Eric Simmons.

Outlook: With seven returning lettermen, improvement is possible. But the pitching is questionable, and in this division, teams with unproven pitching usually find the going rough.

PALMYRA. Coach: Mike Tumelty (7-11).

Last year: 7-11 overall, 6-10 division (8th).

Key returning players: 3B-P Chris Bailey; SS-P Dave Guzman; OF Dan Nece; OF-P Chris Small.

Promising newcomers: 2B-3B-P Ed Maerten; 1B-P Jason Bruglar; INF Scott Szeliga; C Tom McEvoy.

Outlook: This is another young team that will be in a rebuilding season. Tumelty hopes that a number of sophomores can get experience this season. Palmyra appears to be a year away from fielding a .500 team.

RIVERSIDE. Coach: John Miranda (19-21).

Last year: 11-11 overall, 7-10 division (tied for 5th).

Key returning players: OF Rick Loveland (.429); 2B Mike Garbett (.357); SS- P Joe Dorety (.391, 19 RBIs); 1B Greg Davidson (.314); OF Mike Rocatto; DH Jeff Newman.

Promising newcomers: OF Brian McNulty; 3B-P Steve Elliott; P-SS Mike Tuscano; P Steve Elliott; P Rob Powell (transfer from Delran); OF Tim Olsen; C Colin Tucker; 3B Mike Weaver; OF John Gasper; C Joe Grabowski.

Outlook: With four returning players who hit .314 or better, the Rams should again have a strong offense. Riverside should produce a winning team, and if the pitching comes around, the Rams could end up being a contender.

A Boycott Honored Teacher Skips Meal With Florio

Source: Posted: May 16, 1991

Nineteen hundred fifty of his peers enjoyed a day off, a lunch of chicken and red-bliss potatoes and praises from Gov. Florio at Princeton University last Thursday.

Eric Clauson would have none of it.

By his own choice, the Delran High School biology teacher spent the day dissecting a sheep's heart, prepping seniors for their Advanced Placement exam and chewing on Florio's educational policies at lunchtime in the teachers' lounge.

Clauson was among the recipients of this year's Governor's Recognition Award, given to one outstanding teacher from each of the state's public schools.

Each received $500 to spend on school programs and was invited to last week's celebratory luncheon.

But Clauson wasn't in the mood.

About 13 teachers from his district will lose their jobs because of a lack of funds, programs will be cut and computers and lab supplies for his science class are, to use his word, in a "woeful" state.

A luncheon for about $70,000, plus nearly $100,000 to hire substitute teachers for the day?

He could think of better ways to spend the money.

So he stayed home, taught class and had an apple for lunch.

"Florio talks about waste in education," Clauson said, referring to an April 29 speech blaming school officials for tax increases - which prompted his boycott. "How about this luncheon? I'd rather see Florio give the money to a district - any district - to save a couple of teachers or programs."

"Here's the honor," said Clauson, pointing to his lunchmates in the teachers' lounge.

"The people I teach with and the kids. If I could have lunch with Florio personally, let him see how we're losing technologically, let him meet the teachers who won't have jobs next year, that would be an honor."

Clauson's lone voice of protest was probably not heard at Princeton's Jadwin Gymnasium, where 2,000 teachers and administrators applauded speeches by Florio and Education Commissioner John Ellis, among others.

But his frustrations are resounding among South Jersey's teachers and school officials for whom Florio's original Quality Education Act became - as Delran School Board President Ronald Napoli dubbed it - "a cruel hoax."

The region's educators were once among Florio's supporters, enlivened by his pro-education stance, by the fact that his wife, Lucinda, was a teacher and that he was a rare governor from South Jersey.

As originally conceived, the Quality Education Act was supposed to give poor districts an additional $1.1 billion in state aid.

After it was revised, $360 million was diverted to property tax relief, and $229 million more ended up as tax relief because of state-mandated limits on increased spending.

This year in Delran High School, there will be too few computers, officials said, and there will be cuts in foreign language, art, physical education and home economics programs.

Voters rejected the district's $17.7 million proposed budget last month, which could mean further cuts.

With the funds they had, said Superintendent Bernard Shapiro, the district's task was no longer how to provide a quality education, but "how to get the doors open in September."

Not surprisingly, thumbs-up signals and "Way to go" were the reactions to Clauson's boycott in the halls of Delran High School.

"It's great he's standing up for us," said Julie Tieman, a senior. "It's horrible that these programs are being cut. Even though I'm graduating, I still care about the younger kids and about the future. I'm glad someone else cares."

Emma Byrne, Florio's spokeswoman, said last week that Florio had not yet seen Clauson's letter protesting the luncheon. She said the April 29 speech that offended Clauson was not intended to blame educators for fiscal problems but rather to urge voters to "be aware of how the districts are spending tax dollars."

"The point is that both the governor and Mr. Clauson care about quality education and they care about New Jersey's schoolchildren," Byrne said.

But Delran High School Principal Michael Gallucci had his doubts. "We're trying to prepare these children for a technological world . . . and we can't do our job," he said. "The politicians have sacrificed the education of New Jersey's students for votes."

Teens Getting Edged Out In A Tight Summer Job Market

Source: Posted: June 30, 1991

Just last year, the 7-Eleven on the corner of Welsh Road and Old Bustleton Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia couldn't attract enough applicants to fill the vacancies, so Michael Quinn, one of the cashiers, helped a 16-year-old high-school buddy get a job.

"At one point, we couldn't get anybody to work here," Quinn said. "We were going crazy trying to do everything with so few people."

This summer, the 7-Eleven is swamped with applications. And Quinn, 17, finds himself handing out jobs not to teenagers, but to 30-year-olds.

"We're getting an unusual number of applications from older-aged and middle-aged people," Quinn said. "And when it's a choice between hiring teens or older applicants, an employer always goes for the older applicants because they're more mature."

This is not the summer to be a teenager in need of work.

The economic recession has brought on intense competition for coveted summer jobs - jobs that just a few years ago were plentiful for any high schooler. This summer, teens find themselves losing out to laid-off adults, homemakers entering the job market, senior citizens and recent college graduates.

Even employers on the Jersey Shore, who just two summers ago were hiring foreign exchange students because there weren't enough applicants, found their openings grabbed by local college students by early June.

Last year, Jack Tindall, general manager of the Golden Inn Hotel and Conference Center in Avalon, stalked college job fairs to find summer workers. ''This year they came to me," he said.

The crippled economy, combined with cuts in federal funding for youth summer employment programs and the boost in the minimum wage last October from $3.80 to $4.25, has made it tough for teenagers to get hired.

"Employers want a better return for their money," said Israel Chestnut, regional director of the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry. ''Before, you could hire an inexperienced person for $3.80 an hour."

Now, he said, "they're less willing to hire someone inexperienced when they can hire a seasoned adult."

Accordingly, unemployment among teenagers has increased dramatically. For youths 16-19 in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the unemployment rate is now 19 percent - way up from 13 percent last year in Pennsylvania and 14.5 percent in New Jersey, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"You name it, I've applied for it," said Tim Micsko, 17, a senior at La Salle High School. "I've been looking for more than a month - and still nothing," he said of his search through the want ads, phone calls and visits to stores and restaurants to drop off applications - 14 so far.

"I get upset when they don't even return my calls."

Linda Misztuk, a 16-year-old from the Mayfair section of the city, expressed similar disappointment while resting on a bench at Roosevelt Mall.

"I applied a couple of months ago to three mall stores, nothing yet," she said. "They all say the same thing - that they're not hiring right now. So I'm just kind of hanging out with not much else to do."

Which is not to say there are no openings out there. Some teenagers refuse to even look at some minimum-wage jobs.

"I don't want to get my hands dirty," said Micky Landherr, 16, who attends Father Judge High School in the Northeast. "No restaurant job for me."

Still, counselors at local high schools have seen a large drop-off in the number of summer job placements requested by employers in their communities. At Upper Darby High School, where many students are eager to work, job placements are down by 50 percent.

"I only had three placements this whole month," said jobs counselor Flora Patterson. "And these kids need more than minimum wage to get by."

Even traditionally unglamorous summer jobs - such as tollbooth operators and amusement park attendants - had record numbers of applicants:

* Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson Township, the largest seasonal employer of teens in New Jersey, saw a 29 percent increase in applicants - from 7,000 to 9,000 job-seekers that included adults, teens and senior citizens - for 3,500 jobs.

* The New Jersey Turnpike Authority received 1,200 applications, 70 percent more than last year, for 125 summer toll-collector slots and 90 grass-cutter jobs; the percentage was way up among older applicants.

* Clementon Amusement Park in Clementon, N.J., received more than 1,000 applications for 300 openings. Office manager Sarah Meyers said she won't even get to the remaining 700 applications.

"We've usually had just enough applicants to get by," Meyers said. "This year, everybody's out of work. We've had quite a few people in their 30s apply, and we've never had them before."

Jobs in the public sector, which were fairly easy to obtain in the mid- 1980s, have been just as difficult to come by this season, as funding has dried up. For this year, Pennsylvania received $27 million from Washington to provide jobs for disadvantaged youths - about $6 million less than last summer.

In Philadelphia, a joint city-corporate program for 14- to 21-year-olds, known as Phil-a-Job, has seen employment opportunities dwindle from 18,620 jobs in 1986 to 7,800 this summer - a 58 percent drop-off.

Funds from the federal Job Training Partnership Act (JTPA) - Phil-a-Job's major support - have spiraled downward from $6.6 million five years ago to $4.2 million this year. And corporate sponsors have also retrenched, causing even fewer job openings.

For instance, this summer the Southwark Metal Co., which manufactures home heating systems and air conditioners in South Philadelphia, did not hire teenagers through Phil-a-Job for the first time in six years. Business is down 30 percent and the staff has shrunk from 300 full-time employees to 198. The remaining employees have taken voluntary days off to prevent further layoffs.

"We've had quite a few 18- and 21-year-olds coming through the front office looking for work," said Mark Serembus, personnel manager at Southwark. ''We tell them there's nothing right now and to check back next month."

The story of lean times is echoed in Camden, Burlington and Gloucester Counties, which run similar programs funded by the JTPA.

"We've told guidance counselors out front to tell kids not to count on getting employment through us this summer," said Albert C. Battinelli, youth opportunity coordinator at the Gloucester County program. There are only 80 summer jobs available - down from 140 last summer.

"It's a bad year for everyone," Battinelli said. "The office is flooded with people coming from all over, even out-of-towners looking for work. I've never seen so many white-collar workers."

The Burlington County youth employment office last week was making phone calls to students telling them there were no more jobs left. About 100 had to be turned away, including 14-year-old Christine Brown of Beverly.

"I was really depending on getting a job this summer," said Brown, who lives with her mother and sister in a neighborhood where she said children sell crack on street corners.

"We don't have money like other people," Brown said, matter-of-factly. ''It's messed up. I think that's why so many kids end up on the streets here. Where else is left for us to go?"

Once, kids went to college in the hope they'd never have to work in a low- paying job again, but this year college students have lowered their expectations, cutting into the high schoolers' pie.

"In the present economy, we're finding older college-aged kids who are working for less - for minimum wage," said Missy Sutherland, communications director at the Upper Main Line YMCA in Berwyn. "Our feeling is that the trend has been developing over the past few years."

At a Roy Rogers on Cottman Avenue in the Northeast, 20 percent of the job applicants are college students, 5 percent are adults, while 75 percent are high school kids.

"It's very unusual to see such a high rate of college applicants in this area when they have other upper-echelon places to work," said manager Gus Jones. "It's an indication that it's tough all over."

So imagine what it was like for 14-year-old Kim Barker of Delran, N.J., who started looking for summer work back in January.

The only job she found was feeding cows at Sunnyside Farms for $4.50 an hour. But she's not complaining.

"It feels really good to get a real paying job," Barker said. "It beats babysitting all summer."

For Grads, A Job Hunt That Leads Nowhere He's Contacted 100 Firms And Is Ready To Contact 100 More. "I Could Paper A Room With My Rejection Letters."

Source: Posted: July 07, 1991

They are 22, 23, 24 years old, fresh out of college, eager to start their careers. They have done all the right things: earned good grades, amassed work experience in their fields, conducted aggressive job searches.

But so far they haven't found jobs.

This year's college graduates are leaving campus at the worst time for job- hunting in nearly a decade.

The economy is still in the tank, despite the first feeble signs of revival. Some of the big employers who do the bulk of campus recruiting are laying off workers, while others are just holding the line. Finding the occasional small or medium company that is hiring may require an arduous search.

No one knows exactly how bad it is: Campus placement offices won't do job- placement surveys of this year's graduates until the end of summer. But there are some indicators:

* Employer participation in campus job fairs and recruitment interviews was down after several years of increases. And many firms that did come to interview had fewer jobs than last year or no jobs at all, placement officers report.

* Glassboro State College's career-development office got 3,500 requests for resumes this year; last year it was 4,000. New Jersey employers listed 1,600 jobs available this year, down 24 percent from last year.

* Last fall, employers told the Collegiate Employment Research Institute of Michigan State University they would make 9.8 percent fewer job offers to this year's college graduates than they made to 1990 graduates. But the situation has worsened since then, said Victor R. Lindquist of Northwestern University, editor of the Lindquist-Endicott Report, another survey of post-college employment. Lindquist expects job offers this year to be down 20 percent to 30 percent from last year.

In human terms, that means thousands of college graduates are back home with mom and dad while struggling to get on their feet.

Alan Poliner, 23, lives with his parents in Northeast Philadelphia while trying to find 100 more companies to contact about a job. The Temple University electrical engineering grad already has run through 100, with no luck, despite a 3.75 grade point average (out of a possible 4 points) and a year of co-op work experience.

"I only had one interview, and I didn't get that job. I could paper a room with my rejection letters," he says gloomily.

Over in Delran, the same frustration eats away at 24-year-old Varsha Patel, who graduated from Rutgers University's Camden campus with an accounting degree.

"Accounting should be marketable," she said. "I didn't expect I wouldn't be able to find a job."

Patel says she sends out 15 resumes a week, some in answer to newspaper advertisements. So far, she has had four interviews and no job offers. She hoped to find a temporary job that might lead to a permanent position, but even that has eluded her.

Patel, a U.S. citizen, and her husband, newly arrived from India, are living with her parents because they cannot afford their own place.

"I never had this situation before," she says. "Whenever I wanted a job, I got a job. I am having many sleepless nights because of this."

And in St. Davids, Linda Chessock, 23, a dean's list student at Randolph- Macon College, is a part-time sales clerk at a bakery - the same job she did for spending money when she was in high school.

Chessock, a sociology major who graduated in 1990, concedes that she hasn't put as much hustle into her job search as she might have. But, she says, ''it's real discouraging. Maybe a quarter of my friends who graduated with me have real jobs. The rest are working at malls, things like that."

Her tattered optimism took another hit recently when she lost another part- time job, caring for a family's children. The reason: The children's father lost his job.

"It's a difficult year for all students," says Patricia Nevius Sancho, director of the career development center at Temple University.

"It used to be that a graduate would have three interviews at a firm and then an offer would be extended. We now find they are being put through four and five interviews before an offer is extended. It's also taking a longer time when they send letters or have interviews for employers to get back to them. That's probably because there are so many applicants."

At the University of Delaware, the top quarter of the graduating class usually has job offers by early spring, says Jack Townsend, director of the Career Planning and Placement Office. "This year even the top quarter was not employed by the end of the year, and some very strong candidates are still looking for employment," he says.

Not all of the jobless are top students or savvy job-hunters. But when even the top students are struggling, the less qualified have even more trouble, placement officers say.

However, at least one crop of graduates is having a banner year: Nursing graduates can find jobs just about anywhere at starting pay second only to salaries paid engineers.

Starting pay offered to nursing graduates, averaging $30,800 a year, is up 9 percent from September, says the College Placement Council Inc., in Bethlehem.

If they can get jobs, graduates with bachelor's degrees in engineering can command starting salaries of between $34,000 and $38,000, according to the Council. But the same engineers and computer scientists who would have had three or four job offers just a few years ago are now averaging only one or two, says L. Patrick Scheetz, director of the Michigan State employment survey.

The average starting salary for a bachelor in business administration is about $25,000, while the average for humanities and social science grads is in the low 20s.

The real pain is being felt by graduates with social science and liberal arts degrees, of whom there are "probably three or four times as many grads as jobs available," Scheetz says. Many of those graduates will start out in jobs that don't require college degrees, such as secretarial posts or courier assignments.

Sancho and other placement counselors say that to find jobs, this year's grads must be persistent and may have to scale down their expectations.

Lindquist is channeling Northwestern University grads toward medium and small companies. But he warns that finding jobs with those outfits, even those in a position to hire, is not a piece of cake.

Smaller firms don't usually interview on campus, which means the job-seeker must search them out. And since many small companies don't have personnel departments, the job candidate also must be persistent in tracking down the right person to talk to.

"You have to reach out and make yourself accessible," Lindquist says.

Some students have not found jobs because they expected too much, too soon, says Temple's Sancho.

Despite the current slack environment, "there are some students who feel they can turn down a job because they believe they will eventually find something," she says.

Also, she adds, 22-year-olds often don't have the patience a job search requires. "Research shows it takes three to nine months to find the job you really want," she says.

Sancho says jobs are available for people who really want them, including those with less marketable credentials, such as general liberal arts degrees.

She notes that Temple's current job listings include a crisis hotline position for someone with a B.A. in psychology; a legal assistant post for which any degree is valid, and a sales and publication job requiring a background in history or social science.

But while the jobs may be there, the fierce competition makes chances of landing a particular job that much slimmer.

"There are more people out there on the market . . . more that meet our criteria," says Gus Tolson, director of corporate employment for CoreStates Financial Corp. But from that expanded pool, CoreStates will hire for its management training program the same number of college grads as it did last year.

"I've interviewed at about 14 companies that actually had a position open, but not many had more than one position. And they may interview as many as 40 people for that position," says University of Delaware grad Amy Smith. Her 3.7 grade point average in business administration has not helped her land the marketing job she is seeking.

Continuing the job hunt in the face of those odds takes tremendous willpower, says Delaware's Townsend. Graduates go to interviews that seem to go well, only to be told they were up against dozens of other candidates and didn't get the job.

"How long can you maintain optimism about finding a position when that happens over and over again?" he says.

Program Provides Drug Lessons Early - In Kindergarten

Source: Posted: May 28, 1992

Delran instructor Barbara Hartmann looked out over the group of about 20 soft-eyed kindergartners who were waiting attentively for the puppet skit to begin.

"Today Buttons and Bows have another problem.

They have to learn coping skills," Hartmann earnestly told the pupils at Cambridge Elementary.

Halfway through the 15-minute skit, Recovering Reggie (a dog) had words of warning for Buttons and Bows (two bears) who were home alone and very sad because their parents said they could not have any guests.

"I didn't have good coping skills at one time, so to keep from feeling mad, I drank alcohol to help me handle the things that made me unhappy."

Sound a little heavy for 5- and 6-year-olds? In Delran, supporters of BABES - Beginning Alcohol and Addiction Basic Education Studies - don't think so at all.

The two young bears eventually manage, with the help of Early Bird and a wise owl named Donovan Dignity, to cure their sadness with fun activities.

This is how BABES, a program for kindergarten through second grade, typically stresses high self-esteem and good decision-making skills, Hartmann said Hartmann, a special education teacher.

With them, designers and users of BABES hope that children will never get involved with substance abuse.

The Delran Municipal Alliance-DAAD (Drug and Alcohol Abuse is Deadly), a community-wide volunteer organization that promotes substance-abuse prevention, wrote the application that brought BABES to Delran.

In 1991, DMA-DAAD used part of the $13,588 grant obtained from the county to train three of its teachers at the Somerset Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency.

The Somerville-based group introduced BABES to New Jersey five years ago.

"We have found by statistics that the earlier we get to children to teach them how to make informative decisions about chemical use, then the better off they'll be," said Ann Barone, the Burlington County coordinator for local municipal alliances.

Her office distributes funding to them from the Governor's Council on Drugs and Alcohol.

The other money went to training high schoolers in peer mediation, sponsoring a "Just Say No" week, and running a parenting workshop for parents.

The money comes from motor-vehicle fines, said Peg Knight, chairwoman of the Delran alliance.

The Delran Township Council contributed $2,500, Knight said.

This year, she expects to receive about $9,000 from the county and another $2,500 from the council.

Delran's program, which began in January, is the first in Burlington County, Barone said.

The program has won wide acclaim in Somerset and Middlesex Counties, according to Diane Drobinski, executive director of the Somerset Council.

Although it is too early to analyze the program's success in Delran, teachers, administrators and parents praised the program for its honesty, means and, most of all, its message.

"I think it's an exciting way to get young people's attention about the issue," said Dianne Dudek, who is a parent of a kindergartner and a second grader.

The kindergartners already have seen the puppets deal with decision-making, peer pressure, self-image and feelings. Later units will cover the subject of children with chemically dependent parents and touch directly on drug and alcohol, Hartmann said.

BABES fits in with the kindergarten-through-second-grade curriculum, which puts an emphasis on feelings and decision-making, kindergarten instructor Betsy Linville said.

"It really is a lesson that children can use as a foundation for independent living," she said.

Delran To Introduce Team Teaching In The Incoming Sixth-grade Class The Approach Fosters Student-teacher Interaction. If Successful, The Program Will Be Extended.

Source: Posted: July 12, 1992

The conventional middle school atmosphere is a swirling melange of students, classes and teachers.

Friends might see each other only rarely. Students often do not spend two consecutive classes together. And teachers, who struggle to form intellectual and emotional ties with students from three different age groups, repeatedly see hard-won bonds broken by the bell.

Team teaching seeks to integrate all the players into a more closely-knit unit that works more like a family, said Delran Middle School principal Stephen R. Falcone.

Come September, team teaching will be tried for the first time in Delran schools with the incoming sixth-grade class of 145 students.

"You should be able to get to know every student a little better" with team teaching, Falcone predicted. "You should know what buttons to push to make them achieve their maximum potential."

If proven successful, team teaching will be expanded into the seventh and eighth grades, he said. One standard will be how well the first group scores three years from now on the state's Eighth Grade Early-Warning Test, which is given to all eighth graders, he said.

Falcone said there will be two largely self-contained groups, each one a mirror image of the other in terms of educational ability, socio-economic background and racial mix. Two four-teacher teams will continue instructing the conventional subjects of reading, language, math, science and social studies. The same group of teachers will be dealing with smaller groups of students and there will be more interaction between them.

Falcone, who spent three years as assistant principal at Delran High School before becoming the middle school principal in December, refers to team teaching as a "school within a school." He said other Burlington County schools, such as those in Cinnaminson and Medford Townships, have satisfactorily used team teaching and that the strong support it received from the Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development influenced his decision to pursue the change.

"A lot of people (educators and teachers) have read the report and have moved in that direction," said Falcone.

One of team teaching's inherent strengths is that it encourages teachers and administrators to discuss students and curriculum with each other, a dynamic now missing, Falcone said. Once the new school year begins, each of the teaching teams will meet weekly with the administrators, guidance counselors, and the special education and basic skills teachers.

He said the discussion would encourage coordination of educational goals and give attention to individual students.

Teachers and administrators would have better control over and use of time. If, for instance, "one of the science teachers wants a double lab, he can simply go to one of the other teachers . . . and it can be done," Falcone said.

Unanticipated Dismissal Of Coach Sparking Heated Protests In Delran

Source: Posted: July 26, 1992

The rehiring of coaches is normally a routine end-of-the-year matter for the Delran School Board, but the procedure during the July 13 meeting showed one noticeable omission.

Not rehired was highly successful girls' lacrosse coach Ginny Weber.

The omission, though perhaps temporary, has outraged parents and players. The highly respected Weber had led the team to four consecutive appearances in the state finals, including this year. She had been praised for starting a Saturday feeder program among younger children, helping establish with her captains a code of ethics for team members, and helping her players get into college.

"This is very distressing to me," Jennifer Hasan, recent graduate and former tri-captain of the lacrosse team, said to a packed cafeteria. "Mrs. Weber has changed the program from one extreme to the other. The first year she came here we made the states (finals). Our success is entirely due to Mrs. Weber."

Other comments at the meeting complained of unfair treatment of Weber and of a double standard between male and female coaches. In the absence of comments by board members, there was a suspicion that Weber was being blacklisted for receiving a "yellow card" during an intense, early-spring game against arch-rival and eventual state champion Shawnee. A yellow card is the equivalent of a reprimand from the referee. Two yellow cards result in explusion from the game.

Weber's supporters also feared the board intends to eliminate the lacrosse program, despite board assurances that the program would stay intact.

Parents who spoke in Weber's support at a board work session in early July waited past midnight as the matter was discussed in executive session.

Board members told them afterward that Weber's status would be reviewed and a decision on her $3,200-per-season coaching position could be expected by the next public meeting on Aug. 31.

Athletic director Richard Janulis Jr., who said he would not comment on a personnel matter, and high school principal Michael Gallucci recommended that Weber not be rehired. Gallucci is on vacation and could not be reached for comment.

Weber has a long and successful coaching record. For the last five years, she has coached field hockey at Eastern College in St. Davids, Pa. Prior to that, she coached lacrosse, field hockey and swimming at Moorestown High School, where her boys' varsity swimming team won a state championship.

"I put four years into the (Delran) program," said Weber, a mother of three. "I have a good team. I didn't think I had a problem."

She said after receiving the yellow card, Janulis told her the incident had been cleared up. Despite having been ejected from a game four years ago, she said her evaluations have been good.

"Last year everything was outstanding; the year before was outstanding. This year everything was outstanding except for how I get along with other opposing coaches and the other was conduct on the field," she said.

Several coaches of boys' teams have received red cards and even reprimands from the board, according to some of the parents, and they have all been rehired.

Delran Educators Have High Hopes For Success Of New Reading Program The "Whole Language" Program Integrates A Variety Of Subjects. It's A Far Cry From Dick And Jane.

Source: Posted: August 30, 1992

Go back to your school days and those language classes where the class was split into rigid ability groups and students read contrived stories that led to boring workbook assignments.

Repetitive drills reinforced basic English skills and kept you busy.

That, said educators' research 30 years ago, was how children learned best.

Now, imagine a reading class where students work together regardless of ability, where quality literature speaks in a realistic manner about life and is connected to writing, grammar, geography, art, math and science.

Present-day educators say this is the right way to teach English and, according to Delran Superintendent Carl I. Johnson, this approach - called Whole Language - is yielding better test results. More important, he said, youngsters are learning to enjoy reading.

When school reopens next month, Delran students in kindergarten through eighth grade will get a full helping of the new recipe with the implementation of a Whole Language program put together by the DC Heath company.

It will be a radical change for kindergarten through sixth grade and something entirely new for grades seven and eight, which have never had a reading program, Johnson said.

"Everything I've read and seen is that it (the DC Heath plan) is very effective in two respects," Johnson said. "It really motivates children to become avid readers," while "the initial test results show comprehension scores going up dramatically."

"And the teachers like it very much," he said.

According to Johnson, the Delran reading program "in place for the last 10-15 years was based on research done in the 1960s. I could go back to my school days when they had Dick and Jane (books)," which featured the infamous ''See Spot, see Spot run," lines.

Burlington City schools have been using DC Heath for several years. James W. Pharazyn Jr., Burlington City elementary school principal, said the program is a success.

"For our district, it appears to be pretty much at the reading level we need," Pharazyn said. "The kids enjoy it, that's the main thing."

Delran opted for DC Heath largely because of teacher recommendations and after an analysis of test results pointed out inadequacies in the district's present reading program, Johnson said.

Following months of scrutiny and presentations by various educational publishers, Johnson asked a group of 16 teachers to select three finalists and, then, list them by preference.

DC Heath topped 15 of 16 lists. Johnson said the $70,000 program, which provides the district with staff training, classroom materials and a 48-book library for each class, was also the most cost-effective.

A series of specially designed lessons in each grade level forms the basis of the DC Heath plan. For example, lesson eight in the fourth grade is titled ''Fabulous Feet," which begins with a piece, to be read together by all, about fictional marathoner Wesley Paul.

Researching the first marathon and compiling a training diary reinforce social studies and writing skills. Organizing a marathon and planning an interview help integrate math, geography and listening and speaking skills.

In addition, every lesson includes a "cluster," a group project that brings together students' varied aptitudes and talents.

For "Fabulous Feet," they will create a bulletin board and a folder of foot-related materials.

Johnson said group learning will increase creativity and allow poor readers greater room for improvement, which educators say is discouraged under the current system.

"Once they (students) were placed in a low group, they were always in a low group," Johnson said.

Delran Helps Students Avoid Failing

Source: Posted: December 06, 1992

DELRAN — Failures. Two of those and a student at Delran Middle School could be held back a year, left watching as friends and classmates moved on to newer things.

It was rare, but it happened, according to principal Steve Falcone.

However, faced with nine possible retentions last spring, he pushed through a radically different approach to the challenge: allow the youngsters to proceed to the next grade while giving them the educational support necessary to succeed.

The result was a 30-hour after-school program that has turned around some struggling students. At a minimum, it has created a more positive attitude for others, Falcone said.

The change was driven by evidence that holding back students merely increased their distaste for school instead of compelling them to learn.

"Retention in the middle grades is tantamount to forcing them out of school," Falcone said. The program is "something we must do to keep our at- risk students."

The carefully monitored experiment aims to increase each student's report card by one grade. Two students did not complete the program: One boy, whom Falcone called the most improved, transferred to the Delanco school system in early November, and a girl was released for disciplinary problems.

But the results are in on the seven who finished the two-month course. After examining the five major subjects - math, science, reading, language arts and social studies - Falcone said six had improved, though on different scales.

The poorest performing student went from a 0.4 to a 0.6 grade point average, while another jumped from 0.6 to 2.6, equal to a C+.

The latter success story was a shy student named Ramia, 14. The eighth grader's voice softly but resolutely described the positive effect the program has had on her school life.

"I never have any homework (now) because I do it in school," which leaves her more time to do artwork or help her little brother with his homework, she said.

Ramia said her main motivation was not to stay back a year, as she had done before.

"I'll do a lot of stuff to get good grades as long as I don't have to stay back," she said.

The program began Sept. 14 under the supervision of two teachers - Lynne Dubin and Mary Chiaccio - whose salaries and teaching materials are supplemented by a $2,100 federal Chapter I grant.

Upon arriving at the after-school program, the students were trained in discipline and study skills. Eating or listening to the radio was not allowed.

Since the skill the students most often lacked was organization, teachers helped them prioritize their class work and pick out the corresponding books.

Before implementing the program, Falcone felt obliged to push it past some of his more traditionalist staff members who felt "the students that made a mockery of (the system) needed to be retained. I asked them to bear with me and see what the after-school program accomplished."

Now, he said, the critics are raving about the students' classroom performance.

She's Ending Her 18-year Whirlwind Ride In Westampton Politics

Source: Posted: December 06, 1992

Marilyn J. Rand didn't really want to hold office. She had a nice job, children still at home and enough community involvement to keep herself satisfied.

But neighbors gave her no peace, and she finally agreed to run for the Township Committee in Westampton.

That was in the early '70s. Now, 18 years later, she's still on the governing body, been the mayor 13 times and presided over a community that showed the greatest growth in the county in the '80s.

Not too bad a report card to take home to Mom's, which is where she might be headed after she retires Dec. 31. One of the reasons she is leaving office is because her 93-year-old mother, who lives in Lynn, Mass., might need some looking after.

Despite the hard work, Rand said she enjoyed government.

"The best part was you meet so many nice people," she said, "and learn a lot. The job is really common sense more than anything else."

And long workweeks.

Sometimes she put in 40-50-60 hours. "When needed I was there," she said. ''I don't think a day went by that I didn't go in the building.

"I met a lot of nice people, I enjoyed the work, and I don't hold a job per se so I could donate as much time to the position as I wanted to. And it was nice working, bringing in ratables to the township. And we brought in a lot - Hampton Hospital, Highland Business Park, two Wawas, Ikea, Lignotock, plus a couple of nice office buildings and a couple of nice shopping centers."

One duty she became accomplished at was performing weddings - more than 200 a year.

"A mayor in New Jersey can marry anywhere in the state," she said. A couple of years ago, "I did one from McGuire Air Force Base in an airplane, a six-seater, as they flew over their new home in Westampton. I've done weddings Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve . . . in their home."

Even before taking office, Rand was a people person. She loved her job as a waitress at W.T. Grant in the Fairgrounds Plaza Shopping Center, until the company went out of business.

In rearing six children, she was active in the Girl Scouts and PTA, volunteered at the Army Community Service Center and was first president of the Waiting Wives group at Fort Dix during the Vietnam War.

"When my husband was in Vietnam, I used to collect baby clothes and get a church to pay the postage and send packages for the kids in the orphanages over there," she recalled.

Rand's husband, Thomas W., who is retired after 28 years in the military, never objected to her political involvement, even during the year when she served concurrently on the Township Committee and the school board, to which she was appointed to fill an unexpired term.

Being an easy target, as an elected official, never bothered her.

"Sure, people give you hard times. I told the fellow who ran in my place, 'You're damned if you do and damned if you don't.' You've got to have a tough skin and let things roll off your back. Especially if you're the mayor."

The Rands have lived in Westampton 30 years, but some things die hard. Like her New England accent. "I haven't lost a bit," she admitted. "The minute I say, 'Let's play cahrds' or 'I'll park the cahr,' people say, 'We know where you're from.' "

So what will she now that she doesn't have to sort out the problems of Westampton?

"I'll probably get involved with the senior citizens," she said. "Every time something starts, I call it a new chapter in my life."


In today's hustle-bustle society when a parent dies, too often the child finds no one to lean on, including the surviving parent, who is overcome with his or her own grief.

It's a problem that Louise M. Aldrich of Cinnaminson comprehended and one she decided to do something about. Successfully, too. She has been nominated the National Hospice Award of Excellence in Education Programming for her work with grieving children and the program she founded for Children Adjusting to New Situations (CANS).

Aldrich, a first-grade teacher at the Aronson Bell School in Delran and a teacher for 21 years, saw the need for a support group for bereaved children a few years back.

When one parent dies, "the parent at home who then becomes the double parent is grieving so much they can't help the child," Aldrich said, "so the child is reaching out for an adult who can help. It's all normal grieving, but it's something society doesn't expect. Society expects us to move on in two or three weeks, and that's not so.

"It's very difficult when a spouse dies - you're so emotionally involved, so you need an outside person (to help). It's very important that they have a facilitator, but children really help themselves. They find out that the person next to them feels the same way, and that validates their feelings, and they come away feeling they are not isolated or different from other kids their age.

"I do a lot of workshops with teachers/counselors as a community service for Samaritan Hospice," Aldrich said. "I teach teachers how to work with kids. We've had a tremendous need for this."

But mainly she conducts six-week CANS counseling sessions at the hospice, on Second Street in Moorestown, for four age groups - 6- to 8-year-olds, 9- to 12-year-olds, teenagers and adults. The seasonal sessions (winter, spring, summer, fall) are free, although donations are accepted.

"I feel we've really made a difference," she said. "Not everybody can talk about death."

When Aldrich decided to act on her convictions, she realized she needed to know more, so she earned a master's in social work and counseling in 1990 and served internships at the hospice and at Rancocas Hospital, working with families dealing with death.

As an outgrowth of all this, last summer she established a private practice as a loss and grief counselor and is associated with PUIG Associates of Cherry Hill, which conducts a psychology practice.

Aldrich and her husband, Skip, a management engineer, have two daughters. Mary is a social worker at Medford Convalescent Nursing Center, and Kathleen a sophomore at American University.

Perfection. That's what John Curtis attained on his SAT.

The 18-year-old Moorestown Area High School senior recently learned he had scored 800 on both the verbal and math sections of the test, a total of 1,600, the maximum possible.

According to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, Curtis did something that only 12 out of 1.8 million high school students accomplished in last year's testing.

It helped, Curtis said, that he was taking the test for the second time. He scored 1,480 his first time. That would have been fine for many, but not him. He could have paced himself better, he concluded. But being familiar with the test helped the second time, he said.

"Experience definitely helps," said Curtis. "I think a person should take the test once to get to know the format and style of the testing."

Curtis has filled out only one college application - to Princeton - but plans to put his impressive credentials, including a 3.9 grade-point average, on applications to the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Rutgers.

"I know that if I attend college in the state of New Jersey that I'll receive a scholarship," said Curtis, who is leaning toward Princeton.

When Curtis is not studying English, history and math, which is his favorite subject, he's playing defenseman for his club lacrosse team or playing his electric guitar. He plans to take music courses in college while fulfilling premed requirements. "I have a lot of fun playing music, and I want to continue playing," he said.

Curtis said he listens to all kinds of music but especially likes rap and heavy metal.

"I like heavy metal because of the guitar and the newer rap groups like Cyprus Hill," he said. Public Enemy, a rap group that started receiving national attention in 1987, is a favorite of his. Curtis said he liked the way Public Enemy blends political ideologies and history. His own political awareness seems to be strong.

"One of my favorite heroes is Malcolm X," he said. "In fact, his autobiography was the first political book that I've ever read."

Delran Girl Paints Anti-drug Picture "I Don't Want Drugs In My Life," Lauren Seybert Said.

Source: Posted: August 01, 1993

DELRAN — Nine-year-old Lauren Seybert's name is up on a billboard now, along with the gingerbread figure she painted and the anti-drug slogan she wrote.

The third grader at Aronson Bell Elementary School gained her spot of fame (and a $500 savings bond) by being one of 18 regional winners in the fourth annual "Tell It Like It Is" contest sponsored by Thrift Drug. This year, the contest drew nearly 4,000 students from more than 180 schools across South Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware.

But Seybert, the only Burlington County winner, almost didn't make it to the contest.

When basic-skills teacher JoAnn Karwacki went around the class in March to collect contest entries, she discovered that Seybert had forgotten to do hers.

Karwacki remembered the anti-drug drawing Seybert had created in October for a school contest.

"I thought the drawing was very good. She really thought about how drugs and alcohol can affect a person's life. Her drawing conveys the message in such a way that other kids could understand," said Karwacki.

She called Lauren's parents, Kenneth and Crystal Seybert, and Lauren spent the next weekend feverishly re-creating her work. On Monday, two days before the deadline, Karwacki sent off Lauren's and the other entries from the school by express mail. Lauren's was the only one to win a prize.

Her red, yellow, green, and blue gingerbread figure is depicted as a jigsaw puzzle, with each piece listing something of significance to her - "family," ''church," "school," "art," "Nintendo," "sledding," "Girl Scouts," "singing" and "friends." The figure is accompanied by the admonition "Don't let drugs be a piece of your life."

"I wanted to show things that I wanted to be in my life, and I don't want drugs in my life," Lauren said.

The winners were picked by six students from three Philadelphia high schools.

Lauren's 8-by-10-inch drawing has been enlarged to 1,500 times that size and looks down on traffic along Route 130 northbound, across from the Delran Ford automobile dealership.

A side benefit for Lauren was the opportunity to observe as artists and technicians at Revere Outdoor Advertising Co. of Philadelphia worked to transplant her design onto the billboard.

"I liked how they painted the different billboards and how they worked on the computers," Lauren said.

Lauren first drew her gingerbread figure in October for an anti-drug contest organized by the local PTA. It placed first in her grade level.

The contests make "people realize that kids have a good understanding, even at that level, about the dangers of drugs and alcohol," said Karwacki.

Thinning Out The Cheese

Source: Posted: July 06, 1994

While the children of America sleep - blissfully unaware that their arteries may be slowly clogging from fat in the school lunch pizza - "The Mozzarella Group" labors tirelessly to get the fat out of the cheese.

Indeed, the group's first commercially made batch of experimental low-fat mozzarella was churned out by the Maggio cheese company in South Philly between midnight and 8 a.m. The Mozzarella Group was there to watch every step.

Who are these federal fat-fighters?

They are among the nation's top food scientists. They are the dairy products scientists at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Eastern Research Center.

The little-known facility on Mermaid Lane in Wyndmoor, near Chestnut Hill, gave the world powdered whole milk, instant potatoes, protein enriched pasta and dairy products for those who cannot digest lactose.

And now, after five years of experimentation, they have perfected a new low-fat mozzarella that not only tastes like the full-fat variety but behaves the way mozzarella should.

"When you think of mozzarella, you want a cheese that melts, stretches and strings out. If people don't get it, they are disappointed." declares Virginia Holsinger, supervisor of the dairy lab and an award-winning food scientist.

Most important, the new product has a fat content of only 8.2 percent. In comparison, regular mozzarella is 24.6 percent fat, and part-skim is 17.1 percent fat.

The new cheese also has a higher percentage of protein and fewer calories than other varieties.

The effort was aided by several Philadelphia public schools where the cheese was taste-tested. And a guy named Tony who operates a pizza shop near the lab came to the aid of science by topping the researchers' pizza with experimental cheeses.

So what's so important about getting the fat out of mozzarella? Think of Americans' voracious appetite for pizza. We ate $1.4 billion in frozen pizza alone in 1993; 90 percent of us eat pizza 25 times a year.

The average American eats 7 3/4 pounds of mozzarella annually, mostly on pizza. Pizza could just be the most popular item on school lunch menus.

One reason the lab got interested in mozzarella was its work in unmasking phony mozzarella sold to the federal school lunch program as "all natural." A South Dakota cheesemaker was prosecuted and put out of business.

Also, it seemed that no one was working to get the fat out of mozzarella. ''Everyone was working on cheddar," says Edyth Malin, the lead scientist on the project.

"It's easy to make a low-fat cheese," Malin explains. "Just take the cream out. The problem is texture. There was one low-fat mozzarella on the market. It tasted like cardboard and didn't melt on pizza. It just sat there."

They juggled moisture content and cooking temperatures. They tinkered here and there. By March 1993, the group thought it had the right formula.

Maggio made a batch, and the School District agreed to try it on pizza. Kids at John Paul Jones, Clarence Pickett and John B. Kelly schools were the test subjects. The scientists watched, interviewed the kids and checked to see how much pizza ended in the trash.

Some changes were made to improve flavor. About a month ago a second test was held at the Shawmont School and a school in Delran, N.J. Everyone seemed to like it.

Some research and testing remains to be done on how processing plants and equipment can handle the new mozzarella. But word is out in the cheese world. More than 20 manufacturers have expressed interest.

It's possible to make a cash deal with the government to get exclusive rights to the formula, but that hasn't happened yet.

Although Holsinger and her team have a sterling record, not every new product and process is a hit. Orange Velvet, a highly nutritious blend of milk and orange juice, never caught on.

Right now she is working on a way to reduce the huge stockpiles of government butter by creating a powdered butter spray.

The Mozzarella Group has already won a government award for its work and has been nominated for other awards.

When U.S. Customs investigators became suspicious of some high-priced recently imported mozzarella from Italy, they turned to the experts. Authentic mozzarella has a high percent of water buffalo milk. Testing showed only a hint of buffalo milk. Now those importers are in deep trouble.

Teacher, Lacking Credentials, Loses Job A Phony English Certificate Was In The Delran Teacher's Files, The State Says.

Source: Posted: January 30, 1997

DELRAN — A Delran High School teacher accused of submitting false teaching credentials has lost her job and could lose her other state teaching certification, officials said yesterday.

Patricia Osman, who taught English for eight years, was dismissed Jan. 13 from her $47,700-a-year position because she did not have the proper certification required by the state Department of Education, Delran School Superintendent Carl I. Johnson said.

``I was shocked,'' said Osman, who was freshman class adviser. ``It's like a death. I love my kids. They [her students] have been calling. They are upset.''

The state Board of Examiners, which oversees teaching certification, determined that Osman had given the Delran School District a phony English teaching certificate, according to a state official.

But Osman, a Delran resident whom coworkers praised as dedicated and well-liked, said in a telephone interview that she did not give the district such documentation. She said that she never told the district she had English certification and that she didn't know who placed the phony certificate in her personnel files.

The district hired her 11 years ago to teach basic skills reading, but when that program was eliminated, Osman was assigned to teach high school English, she said. Osman has state certification in elementary school education and reading and held three teaching jobs before her stint in Delran.

``She loves teaching,'' said Dot Mongo, high school English Department supervisor. ``The kids loved her. . . . She taught with zest.''

Mongo and Johnson, who weren't in their current positions when Osman began teaching English, said they did not know Osman lacked proper certification until it was discovered in December during a review by the Burlington County school superintendent's office. Osman was immediately suspended with pay.

Johnson would not comment on the fake teaching certificate. He said the county office reviews teaching certification in all districts every few years. The state required the district to dismiss Osman because she had been teaching without proper certification, preventing officials from finding her a job elsewhere in the school system, Johnson said.

The county office submitted Osman's personnel files to the Board of Examiners. That board on Jan. 23 decided to issue Osman an ``order to show cause,'' requiring her to explain the falsified documentation, said Ida Graham, the acting director of professional development and licensing for the state Education Department. The order will be issued in the next 20 days, she said.

The board then will decide whether to suspend or revoke Osman's other teaching certifications, an action that would prevent Osman from teaching at a New Jersey public school.

If Osman contests that decision, the matter would go before the state Office of Administrative Law. Osman has retained a lawyer, Arnold Mellk of Princeton. Mellk could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The loss of her other teaching certification would be especially difficult for Osman because she is looking for a teaching position elsewhere in the region. But Osman is already distraught over her dismissal.

Osman said she learned Dec. 11 of her suspension, one day before she was scheduled to take 105 students on a trip to see A Christmas Carol at the McCarter Theater in Princeton.

``I live in the town,'' Osman said. ``I live right next door to a former student. I have a child who goes to school in the district, so it's hard for the entire family.''

These Men Have Been Doing The Job In A Women's World Four Area Field Hockey Coaches Have Broken The Gender Barrier.

Source: Posted: September 27, 1998

Holy Spirit's Tom Trockenbrod barks out instructions and sets up strategies just like any other field hockey coach.

Still, there is an obvious difference: Trockenbrod is a male coach in the female world of the sport, a world in which mothers and daughters have passed their stories and experiences down through generations since 1909.

Trockenbrod is one of four male head field hockey coaches in South Jersey this fall. John Kugler has been involved with the Delran program since 1981 and has been a head coach for the last 14 years. John DeMarco has been involved in the St. Joseph program for 14 years, including this, his third season as head coach. Middle Township's Gerry Chretien is in his fourth year as a head coach and was an assistant for two.

So how did these men get into a sport whose players wear kilts? And why?

``It's a great sport,'' said Trockenbrod, 26. ``Most guys don't understand the sport because they've never had the opportunity to play it. It's very challenging. If there was a place where men could play, I think it would become popular.''

Trockenbrod was introduced to the sport by his three sisters - Jackie, Wendy and Tiffany. He grew up playing soccer and street hockey with his friends. But when they weren't around, he could always be found on Brigantine Golf Course, playing field hockey with his siblings.

``That's where I learned to play,'' he said. ``It became a family thing. ``My parents [Edward and Mary Jane] didn't know the first thing about field hockey until my sisters started to play. Then it was the center of most of our conversations.''

All of the Trockenbrod sisters were standouts at Atlantic City High School before making the jump to the college level. Tiffany, a junior at the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State), overcame the three knee operations she underwent in high school to become an all-American last season. This year, she has four goals and seven assists in five games.

With all of the practice time with his sisters, Trockenbrod wanted a chance to play seriously himself. In 1988, he traveled to Trenton State to watch his sisters play in the Garden State Games. When he arrived, he noticed there was a men's division that included just two teams. It was his good fortune that the teams were short of players.

Trockenbrod seized his chance to finally play competitive field hockey. He scored two goals and won the tournament's MVP award.

``It was great just to play in a real game,'' he said. ``That was really the only playing experience I had in the sport.''

Trockenbrod began his coaching career in 1993 as an assistant boys' soccer coach at Holy Spirit, his alma mater. Although he enjoyed that job, he jumped at the chance to become the school's junior-varsity field hockey coach in 1994.

Although he had just one game of playing experience, Trockenbrod was ready for the challenge.

``I became a student again, reading books and manuals to get prepared,'' he said. ``But I also took a lot of what I learned from watching my sisters play. I don't think not playing the sport means you can't coach it.''

Coaching field hockey has become a large part of Trockenbrod's life. Over the summer, he started the Brigantine Field Hockey Club, a clinic for girls from third to ninth grade. Thirty-five girls participated.

DeMarco's introduction to the sport was similar to Trockenbrod's. He learned the basics from his three sisters. Brenda, Carol and Annette DeMarco all played field hockey, and they would challenge their brother to matches on the front lawn.

``We spent a lot of time in the front yard just playing,'' DeMarco said. ``With three sisters, you learn the game quickly.''

Like Trockenbrod, DeMarco coveted a chance to play the sport for real. He attended two U.S. Olympic trials, including one last May in New York.

``It was fun just to get the opportunity of playing,'' DeMarco said. ``After coaching the sport for a long time, to finally play competitively was great.''

During his first season as head coach, DeMarco guided St. Joseph to a 16-1-3 record and a berth in the South Jersey Group 1 championship game, where they were denied by Haddon Township on penalty strokes.

Kugler actually replaced another male when he took over for Paul Rafino as Delran's JV coach in 1981. He was hesitant at first, but when nobody else applied for the job, he jumped right in. Field hockey was completely foreign to him, and he learned by observing.

``You can learn a lot from just watching,'' said Kugler, who teaches special education at Delran. ``After practice, I'd go over to Temple University and watch that program go through a workout. You add in clinics and talking to other field hockey coaches and it becomes a pretty easy game to pick up.''

Kugler even got to the point where he wanted to play. And he got his wish after he contacted Chris Maloney, who had started a coed field hockey league in 1981 in Moorestown.

One thing hasn't changed for Kugler, even as he has gone from neophyte to veteran coach.

``The camaraderie with other coaches and officials has been tremendous,'' he said. ``I've never felt out of place at any time. Field hockey is special because it's different. It has a following that has been passed down through generations. It's really unique.''

Kugler became the elder statesman among male field hockey coaches in South Jersey when Michael Bull stepped down at Pennsauken after 14 seasons last year.

Chretien, 33, was a girls' track coach, and he started the indoor track program at Middle Township. When there was an opening in field hockey, many of the girls he coached in track asked him to apply.

``The girls just asked if I could help them with their conditioning,'' he said. ``It became a little bit more than that.''

Although he had just seen a handful of field hockey games while he attended Bensalem High School and Slippery Rock University, Chretien knew exactly where to start.

``I went to the library and took out every book on field hockey I could find,'' he said. ``I also talked to many of the physical education teachers who passed on a lot of information for me.

``As a coach, you're always learning something every day. That's the way I look at it. The rule book can take coaches some time to get through.''

Chretien has seen progress in the Township program, which has boosted its numbers from 18 to 53.

``That's the thing I'm proud of the most,'' he said. ``Building a program takes time. The girls have to have an interest in the sport, and you build off of that.''

One of the first things Chretien learned was about the intensity with which girls play the sport.

``Field hockey is one of the roughest sports out there,'' he said. ``It might be considered a feminine sport, but that's not how the girls take it.''

In a sport in which girls learn from their mothers and coaches, how do they feel about male coaches?

While players say that the sex of a coach doesn't matter, most of them lean toward having a female coach for one reason.

``Bonding,'' Holy Spirit captain Jackie Chafe said. ``I just think it's easier for high school girls to relate to a woman coach than a man.

``That's not to say we don't get along great with Coach Trockenbrod. We do, and he's a great coach. But I really do think women should coach girls and men should coach boys.''

Many also feel that if men had the opportunity to play field hockey, there would be more opportunities for them to coach.

Men's field hockey is huge in Europe, and men's leagues can be found in states farther north than New Jersey, but no such leagues exist today in South Jersey.

``It's a shame, because I think that guys would really enjoy the sport,'' Chretien said. ``You see a lot of them playing street hockey all over the place. But when you say `field hockey,' many automatically think of the kilts. And guys won't go for that.''

College Freshmen Share Their Wisdom

Source: Posted: June 17, 1999

Listen up, Class of '99: The Class of '98 is about to give you some advice.

``When you're a senior in high school, you're on top,'' said Steve McQueen, a 1998 graduate of Cherokee High School, one of the three high schools in the Lenape Regional High School District. ``You think you know it all, but then you get to college and you're at the bottom and you don't know as much as you thought you did.''

For the last three years, the Lenape district has been inviting the previous year's graduates to return to talk about their experiences as college freshmen.

``The evening is designed to give graduating seniors, upcoming seniors and their parents additional insight into what the first year of college has in store,'' said Ann Szostak, a Lenape High School guidance counselor.

This year, nine graduates from Lenape, Shawnee and Cherokee High gave a talk on June 3. Their advice will be edited and shown on Channel 18, the district's cable-television station.

``Definitely visit the school where you want to attend before enrolling,'' said Mike Cooper, a Lenape graduate who is studying film at the University of Southern California. ``I ended up in Southern California after visiting Northwestern University in December. Chicago was not where I wanted to be in December.''

In addition to Cooper and McQueen, who is attending Rowan University, the panel included John Miserendino, a Shawnee graduate who attends Cornell University, and these Lenape graduates: Erin Bailey, Burlington County College; Alene Brennan, Rowan; Joe Cheng, Penn State; Carrie Jones, Albright College; Evan Merkhofer, Gettysburg College; and Rob Silva, University of Maryland.

Here are some of their tips:

* Don't forget that there is a difference between college time and real time when scheduling an 8 a.m. class.

* If you think your roommate will get on your nerves, give the arrangement a shot anyway. If it doesn't work, see your dorm adviser. Pronto.

* Don't choose your courses by the blurbs in the college catalogue. Talk to upperclassmen first.

* Explore subjects that weren't offered in high school.

* Find a quiet place to study. Dorm life can ruin your grade point average if you spend all your time studying in your room.

* Afternoon naps, while nice, can be ruinous to your GPA.

* There's a time for everything - a time to play and a time to study.

* Assume in the beginning that you are not like the upperclassman down the hall who has a 4.0 average and does nothing but party.

* Don't bring everything from your closet. You'll probably be living in the same jeans all semester.

* If you insist on bringing a car with you, be prepared to spend oodles of money paying parking tickets. And you'll have strangers banging on your dorm door at 2 a.m. to ask to borrow your car.

* The infamous freshman 15-pound weight gain isn't from that all-you-can-eat cafeteria food but comes from midnight snack runs.

* The New Jersey School Boards Association has cited the Lenape district for its cable series, Bridging the Generations Through Oral History. In addition, the district's Russian 1 program has been recognized by the state Department of Education.

In the oral history project, which appeared this school year on Channel 18, veterans and others from the World War II era talked about their experiences. Michael Panarella, a history teacher at Shawnee, was in charge of the project.

In September, the district started a Russian language program that was shown via interactive television to all three high schools in the district.


ATHLETIC TRAINERS These seniors have been recognized by the Burlington County Athletic Trainers for their work as student athletic trainers: Chris Pell, Laurie Valentin and Becky Magee, all from Delran High School; Jasmine Otero, Northern Burlington High School; Katina Smith, Pemberton Township High School; Melissa Jacobsen, Florence High School; Seneare Castillo, Dustin Cattani, Matt Colombo, Michelle Cox, Megan Hutchinson, Anny Pang, Jenny Pang and Stephanie Szalma, all from Rancocas Valley High School; and Valerie Silver, Shawnee High School.


INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY The annual ``Educational Excellence'' reception last month raised more than $11,000, which will be used to buy trade tools and other materials, fund the school's free summer career-exploration program for middle school students, and support the Performing Arts Academy. Deptford Mayor William Bain, Jr., sponsored the event.

* Three seniors from the school's culinary arts program won second place and $3,000 in Genuardi Supermarkets' ``cook-off'' contest for vocational school students last month at the Art Institute of Philadelphia.

Shared-time students William Scaffidi of Delsea Regional High School, Kristin DeDea of Woodbury High School, and Fran Hogan of Washington Township High School will share the $3,000 award. The team prepared a shrimp appetizer, chicken and rice soup, stuffed chicken breast with polenta, and a strawberry tart for the competition.

HOLY CROSS Seniors Jeff Pasqual and Jawad Muaddi won third place in the third annual Princeton Moot Court tournament last month. They were required to argue an affirmative-action case before a panel of judges who challenged them with questions. The students were assisted in their preparation by Carol Lee Tang, an assistant prosecutor in Burlington County.

TABERNACLE Tabernacle Primary School's elementary wing, which opened in September and was dedicated Monday, has been named the Howard C. Grovatt Elementary Wing in memory of a longtime member of the school board.

Grovatt, who died at 84 on Feb. 7, was on the board from 1950 to 1983, including 30 years as president. A lifelong resident of Tabernacle, he owned Pine Circle Farm.

VOORHEES The New Jersey Holocaust Commission has named Voorhees Middle School as a Holocaust demonstration site for its work in Holocaust instruction. Two of the school's teachers, Dorothy Holmes and Susan Moricca, won the Axelrod Award from the Anti-Defamation League for excellence in Holocaust and genocide education.

``Education Notes'' will not appear during the summer, when most schools are not is session. The column will resume in September.

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