Bordentown’s Top 14 highlights of 2014
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.
After five years with the Bordentown Regional School District, superintendent Constance Bauer announced last month t Read More »
The Bordentown Regional School District is expected to see a new face in the superintendent’s office, as the Board of Read More »
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 »
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
BRHS girls squad wins the Burlington County Scholastic League Patriot Division 4×400 championship - nearly braking a record. Read More »
Hillary Allen enjoyed plenty of success as a softball player, both at Bordentown High School and Drexel University. Read More »
Players from the BRHS boy's soccer team look back at their season.
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.
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 »
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.
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.
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.
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.
Iconic diner isn’t going anywhere, but its owners agree it’s time to freshen things up Read More »
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.
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.
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!