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Bordentown’s Top 14 highlights of 2014

Dec 24, 2014 07:44AM, Published by Community News Service, Categories: Community, News

From the superintendent search, to the closing of Ocean Spray, to more than 50 inches of snow, Bordentown has had quite a year.

Here are some of the tops news stories of 2014:

1. Bordentown Regional School District saw several changes to its superintendent position in 2014. After five years with the district, superintendent Constance Bauer officially retired Feb. 1. The Board of Education moved quickly to hire an interim superintendent, Joseph Miller, for the remainder of the school year. By July 1, the board hired a new permanent superintendent, Edward Forsthoffer.

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 Bordentown Regional School District superintendent Constance Bauer is set to retire Feb 1 2014

Superintendent saying goodbye to Bordentown Regional School District - Jan 06, 2014 08:25AM

After five years with the Bordentown Regional School District, superintendent Constance Bauer announced last month t Read More » 

District to announce interim superintendent - Feb 04, 2014 05:54AM

The Bordentown Regional School District is expected to see a new face in the superintendent’s office, as the Board of Read More » 


Interim superintendent settling in - Mar 20, 2014 05:33AM

After just five days as Bordentown Regional School District’s new interim superintendent, Joseph Miller had dealt with one school closing and two delayed openings.When the weather Read More » 

Edward Forsthoffer officially took on the role of Bordentown Regional School District superintendent July 1 2014 Staff photo by Lexie Yearly

‘Super’ start to school year - Aug 29, 2014 09:41AM

BRSD welcomes new superintendent just in time for the 2014 - 2015 school year. Read More » 

2. Snowfall in Bordentown Township, City and Fieldsboro seemed constant in winter 2014, piling on more than 50 inches by mid-Feburary and keeping the public works departments in each municipality busy for most of the season.

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 Bordentown had no shortage of snow in February 2014 Pictured above Kody and Nicole Nelson shovel the sidewalk in front of their house on Walnut Street in Bordentown City Feb 13 2014 after one of many snowstorms Photo by Albert Rende

Snow days keeping public works busy - Mar 13, 2014 05:51AM

When the weather forecast predicts snow, the public works departments in Bordentown City, Bordentown Township and Fieldsboro prepare to roll into action.In a winter that’s brought more Read More » 


 Manuel Santos digs his car out on Farnsworth Avenue Feb 13

No shortage of snow days in Bordentown - Mar 13, 2014 05:54AM

Multiple snowstorms kept many Bordentown residents busy during February 2014. (Photos by Albert Rende.) Read More » 

3. Bordentown Township resident Howard McCue celebrated his 101st birthday in February with a celebration held at the Senior Center.

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 Howard McCue blows out the candles on both cakes to celebrate the day after his 100th birthday Feb 4 2013 at Bordentown Township Senior Center Staff photo by Lexi Yearly

Longtime resident celebrates century of life - Mar 01, 2013 06:01AM

Two giant birthday cakes were rolled into the Bordentown Township Senior Center Feb. 4, each decorated with winning slot machines to commemorate Howard McCue’s big win in Atlantic City a Read More » 

4. Ocean Spray began its transition out of Bordentown and into its newly-built plant in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania in May. Operations were gradually phased out of Bordentown, finally coming to a close by the end of summer. The future of the former Ocean Spray property has not been determined yet, but officials have discussed exploring mixed use or commercial development.

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Bordentown City officials preparing for Ocean Spray move - May 12, 2014 05:59AM

As Ocean Spray prepares to shut down in Bordentown and open at its newly built plant in Upper Macungie Township, Pa., Bordentown City is also preparing to address the void the bottling Read More » 

5. Bordentown Township held an official grand opening for its first ever dog park in Northern Community Park on May 10.

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 Tracy Antozzeski Shirley Chant Linda Haun Bill Popko Jill Popko and Barbara Ring Eget pose with their dogs at Northern Community Park

Dog park to give pets room to run - Dec 23, 2013 06:39AM

Deputy Mayor Jill Popko was walking her dog in Northern Community Park when she noticed a sign reading “no dogs on ball fields.”The park’s baseball fields were a popular spot for th Read More » 

Dog park opens in Bordentown Township - May 21, 2014 08:43AM

Hanna's Bordentown Dog Park opened in Northern Community Park May 10.The fully-fenced dog park is located at the rear of the baseball fields and encompasses 200 by 100 square feet of open... Read More » 

6. 2014 was a big year for athletes at Bordentown Regional High School. Senior Tommy Walters broke the school record of 100 hits on April 14. Track relay team Shakara Siler, Aishah Dukes, Cait Nitschmann and Brianna Pagnani won the Burlington County Scholastic League Patriot Division 4×400 championship on May 10. The softball and baseball teams were also both BCSL Patriot Division Champions. And finally, the boys’ soccer team made it to the semifinal round of the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II tournament.

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 Tommy Walters broke the school record for career hits with his 101st hit on April 14 2014 Photo by Albert Rende

Bordentown senior bests school baseball record of 100 hits - May 15, 2014 05:51AM

There was one thing that interested Tommy Walters when he joined Bordentown High’s baseball team four years ago as a freshman, it was Read More » 

Bordentown Highs 4400 relay team members Aishah Dukes Cait Nitschmann Brianna Pagnani and Shakara Siler won the Burlington County Scholastic League Patriot Division 4400 championship May 10 2014 Photo by Albert Rende

Bordentown 4×400-meter relay team enjoying success on the track - Jul 17, 2014 07:18AM

BRHS girls squad wins the Burlington County Scholastic League Patriot Division 4×400 championship - nearly braking a record. Read More » 


 Anna Price eyes a throw during a scrimmage against Notre Dame on March 18 2014 Photo by Albert Rende

Former Bordentown softball star returns to her roots - Apr 21, 2014 05:36AM

Hillary Allen enjoyed plenty of success as a softball player, both at Bordentown High School and Drexel University. Read More » 


Center back Dom Pasapia sends the ball flying during the Central Jersey Group II Quarterfinal at Rumson-Fair Haven on Nov 7 Bordentown won in penalty kicks Photo by Peter Ciarrocca

After slow start, Scotties make a state tourney run - Dec 02, 2014 10:40AM

Players from the BRHS boy's soccer team look back at their season. 

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7. Bordentown’s own Amber Mack won the title of Mrs. Greater Burlington County and was named First Runner Up in the Mrs. New Jersey United States pageant.

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Bordentown resident to compete in Mrs. New Jersey pageant - Apr 04, 2014 07:07AM

Bordentown resident Amber Mack was named Mrs. Greater Burlington County 2014.Mack is set to compete at the Mrs. New Jersey United States Pageant in May, where she will join married women ... Read More » 


Mrs New Jersey first runner up Amber Mack center presented Hamilton Area YMCA with a check for 3000 Pictured are Mary Ann Rostel Joe Fuhrman Ruth Ann Degler Pat Faber Amber Mack CEO Jim Fell Stacy Goss and Rita Gudebski Photo courtesy of Richard Krauss Photography

Cause motivates Mrs. New Jersey United States first runner-up - Jul 17, 2014 06:03AM

Amber Mack represented Bordentown as Mrs. Greater Burlington County in the 2014 Mrs. New Jersey United States pageant held on May 17, winning first runner-up and raising $3,000 for her ch... Read More » 


8. Papp’s Bowling Alley closed on Aug. 28 after more than 50 years in Bordentown. The location was set to reopen as a Cheyenne Mountain Outfitters.

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After 50 years Papps set to close PHOTOS - Aug 29 2014 0914AM

After 50 years, Papp’s set to close (PHOTOS) - Aug 29, 2014 09:14AM

The long community bowling icon was to officially close its doors Thursday, Aug. 28. Read More » 


9. Democrats Jim Cann and Jill Popko won re-election to the Bordentown Township Committee in November.

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Election season under way - Oct 31, 2014 06:16AM

City, Township and Fieldsboro residents all have reason to head to the polls Read More » 


Meet the Candidates  Township elections VIDEO - Oct 29 2014 0903AM

Meet the Candidates | Township elections (VIDEO) - Oct 29, 2014 09:03AM

Video interviews with the 2014 Bordentown Township Committee candidates. Read More » 


10. M.I. Hummel company, known for its porcelain figurines inspired by the artwork of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel, opened its North American headquarters office in Bordentown under Newboden Brands.

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The MI Hummel company produces porcleain figurines The company was previously in Pennington and Mercerville

M.I. Hummel operations open in Bordentown - Oct 30, 2014 03:44PM

M.I. Hummel company is now operating under Newboden Brands, with its North American headquarters now located in Bordentown. Read More » 


11. Dubh Linn Square in Bordentown Township comes under new ownership and is renamed the Dub Pub.

12. Mastoris Diner finished the first phase of renovations to its banquet room, with more plans to renovate the rest of the current building over the course of 2015.

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Alex Mastoris stands in the original room of Mastoris Diner-Restaurant The restaurant is set to undergo a renovation in the next year Photo by Albert Rende

Big changes in store for Mastoris - Dec 03, 2014 12:35PM

Iconic diner isn’t going anywhere, but its owners agree it’s time to freshen things up Read More » 


Life continues after Mastoris - Dec 02, 2014 11:07AM

Jimmy Mastoris, former face of the restaurant, spends his days working his dream job in a Delaware beach community. Read More » 


13. Delhaize Group, the parent company of Bottom Dollar Food, announces it will close all of its 66 store locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey by the end of 2014, and sell all store locations and leasing responsibilities to Aldi, Inc.

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Future uncertain at Bottom Dollar location - Dec 03, 2014 10:30AM

Purchased by Aldi, Inc., Bottom Dollar Food on Route 130 is ready to close. What will take its place? Read More » 


14. Dawud Hamdan, who was diagnosed four years ago with transverse myelitis, received his power wheelchair with a power standing function after an outpouring of support and fundraising from the Bordentown community. Dawud is now a freshman at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

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 The Hamdan familyRayna Dawud Lizette Gus and Zainahave kept a positive attitude since Dawud was diagnosed with transverse myelitis in 2010

Standing up for his health - Apr 17, 2014 06:07AM

No question is too personal for Dawud Hamdan. At least, not anymore.“If you have a question, just ask me,” the Bordentown Re Read More » 

Dawud Hamdan was able to get a power wheelchair with a power standing function in November 2014

Fundraising efforts a success for power wheelchair purchase - Dec 24, 2014 06:29AM

After a long wait, Dawud Hamdan finally received his standing wheelchair, which the entire community contributed to purchasing. Read More » 


What do you think was the biggest news this year? Share your thoughts or add your own highlights in the comments below!

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