The Lumberton Township Committee is please to continue to offer the Senior Holiday Dinner this year as a Drive Thru. It might be a little different this year but we will make the best of it, to spread holiday cheer to our Township’s Seniors. Please see the attached Flyer for details. Tickets are required, Township Residents Only. Call 609-267-3217 with any questions or to request your tickets.
Weldon Richard Storey
SEPTEMBER 26, 1921 – NOVEMBER 1, 2020
Weldon Storey, a long-time resident of Lumberton passed away on Nov 1st at the age of 99 yrs. Services will be held on Monday Nov.16th at the Washington crossing National Cemetery.
HIS DAUGHTER EVELYN SHARED THIS ABOUT HER FATHER
My Father, Weldon Storey had a deep, abiding affection for Lumberton. He may have lived in Pennsylvania and North Carolina but Lumberton, NJ was always home to him. He wrote several self-published books on it and his life there.
Weldon was born in Lumberton in 1921. At 6 years old, he lost a brother and sister to Diphtheria during an outbreak in the town. This affected his family deeply and he spoke of it into old age.
Despite that and going through the Great Depression starting at 8 years old, he had what he described as an adventurous and interesting childhood. Main Street had several retail shops including a Butcher shop, a General store, a Barber Shop, a Post Office, a bar and a Flower Shop (conveniently located across from the cemetery). They had only a few radios in town and listened to them by sitting on people’s porch steps. Bathrooms were outhouses and cars were rare.
Fun was had by swimming in the Rancocas, playing baseball and tennis and walking everywhere. He remembers riding in his Uncles Cab after going to the movies, paying 10 cents to get in and 5 cents for popcorn. In Elementary school, there were two grades in each classroom and he graduated early by doing the work of the next grade. He attended Mt Holly High School which later became RVRHS.
Sadly, his Mother died a few months after his High School graduation in 1938. He worked in the cornfields, and then in Fleetwings, a plane factory until joining the Army during WWII and being assigned to the 10th MTN Division Ski Troops. This was amusing as he had never seen a mountain despite living near Mt Holly!
After the war, he and several other men formed the Lumberton Last Man’s Club which was dedicated to honoring those who served and were lost in WWII and other wars along with doing good works for the town and its residents. They built the ball field next to Florence Walther School, helped war widows, held Christmas parties, and for years, ran the Memorial Day Parade. Along with his good friend, Paul Bradshaw, the Club worked hard building the Village Green and War Memorial. They originally had 41 members and always kept 4 draped chairs where they met symbolizing the four Lumberton men lost in WWII. Dad was always proud of the good work they did. In 2015, he became “The Last Man” as all other members had passed away. As such, he was to be given a bottle of whiskey, which all of them had signed and sealed with a dollar bill at their first meeting. This was presented to him along with a plaque that Memorial Day. A funny fact is that he never got to drink it as it had been opened by someone years earlier!
He built a house on Landing Street before moving to Pennsylvania with his second wife Edith Ritter. He had two daughters, a step son and several devoted grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He traveled and enjoyed collecting rocks and minerals. They moved to North Carolina where he worked at TransAmerica DeLaval and Discovery Place before retiring and volunteering there along with my Mom.
He and my Mom returned to his roots in Lumberton as often as they could, especially for the Memorial Day Parades which he loved. I think residents enjoyed seeing him in there, often holding a sign that read “MY FIRST PARADE WAS IN 1928”. He moved back to PA in and rode in the parades every year until 2018.
Lumberton always held a special place in my Dads heart, he led several walking tours of Lumberton and visited as much as possible. He always wanted people to hear his story and know about its roots.
This coming Wednesday, June 17th is a statewide Census Day of Action. The New Jersey Department of State and Complete Count Commission will again focus on using our Friends and Family Outreach program to ask everyone to Call Those Who Count On You to see how they’re doing and to ask them to fill out their all-important Census.
This program, along with all of your hard work and activities has been very effective. At a 63.1% self-response rate (2.2% above the national rate) New Jersey has moved up two spots to #19 in the country; we’re currently #2 in the Northeast Region and 6 of our counties are in the top twelve counties in the region!
Your Day of Action can also take the form of other activities. Activities such as interactive online Census education and support meet-ups, information drops at food distribution locations or COVID testing sites, in person mobile kiosks using social distancing guidelines, Census drive-throughs and more. Let us know about them so that we can help to promote them.
For all of this to happen we need your help. Could you please send this information out to your networks and client and constituent lists, and ask them to participate?
We are asking as many folks as possible to participate in our Friends and Family Outreach call program. It’s simple to do and you can do it from the comfort of your own home. Everything you need is provided right here to start making calls, including a call script in Spanish: https://nj.gov/state/census-outreach.shtml
Here’s how the call program works – You call at least five (5) friends, neighbors or family members to check and see how they are doing. Then also ask if they’ve had a chance to fill out their Census. If they haven’t, we’ve provided info so that you can tell them why it’s so important. Then ask those who said yes to call 5 of their friends and family members – And so on, and so on.
Key message for the Day of Action: The Census affects everybody. It touches every life, every day whether by determining our representation or how much federal funding we get. The Census is a civic duty that we all participate in, regardless of our status, and whose benefits affect us all. It’s empowering – So let’s use it to say – “I Count”; “We Count” Fill It Out at 2020CENSUS.GOV.
Day of Action Social Media:
When you post use these hashtags #NJCensus2020#StrengthInNumbers
The Lumberton Township Committee and CVS Executives officially
open the new CVS Retail Pharmacy Store & Drive Thru
located at Route 38 and Main Street
in Lumberton Township on February 24, 2020.
The Lumberton Township Committee and Starbucks Executives officially
open the new Starbucks located at Route 38 and the Mount Holly Bypass
(CR 541) in Lumberton Township on August 27, 2019.
CVS EXECUTIVES & THE LUMBERTON TOWNSHIP COMMITTEE BREAKS GROUND ON THE NEW CVS RETAIL STORE LOCATED ON ROUTE 38
Photo credit from left to right: Jason Hughes, CVS District Leader, Committeewoman Kendra Hatfield, Mayor Sean Earlen, Deputy Mayor Kristin Januseski, Committeeman Jim Dwyer and Al Stein, CVS Real Estate Developer from Feinberg & McBurney.
Press Release – August 16, 2019,
Lumberton, NJ – Yesterday Lumberton Township Committee Members and CVS Executives broke ground on the new CVS Pharmacy retail store to be located on the corner of Route 38 and Main Street (County Route 691). This project has been in development since January of 2017, when the Township Committee moved to condemn the property for redevelopment purposes. The Township ultimately did not have to go through with the condemnation proceedings because they were able to work with CVS Executives and the prior owners of the property to overcome the various obstacles presented which has allowed this project to became a reality.
“We are pleased to have been able to work with CVS to bring this exceptional ratable to Lumberton. It will provide a significant benefit to our residents and serve as an anchor to the continued revitalization of the Route 38 corridor,” said Mayor Sean Earlen.
“Lumberton offers CVS a great opportunity to expand our market. The Township’s stable tax rate and commitment to its commercial partners guided CVS in its desire to come to seek this location for its next store,” explained Al Stein, Real Estate Developer with Feinberg & McBurney of Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
“We appreciate that the Township Committee was able to help bring the former landowner and our client together and work through the developmental hurdles that can be present in abandoned properties such as this one,” Stein continued.
This corner lot at the intersection of Route 38 and Main Street, County Route 691 has sat vacant since 2009 following a fire at the former gas station located on the property. The project also includes the adjacent property which formally contained a restaurant. CVS purchased the restaurant property on November 30, 2017 and went under contract with the former Exxon property at that same time until it was formally purchased on January 9, 2019. Before closing on the former gas station property, CVS received its approvals from the Lumberton Township Land Development Board (LDB) to construct its store at the May 16, 2018 LDB meeting. Under the Land Development Board approval, CVS is permitted to construct a 9,656 square foot building, with intended operational hours of 9am to 10pm, Monday through Saturday and 9am to 9pm on Sundays.
Deputy Mayor Kristin Januseski stated, “CVS’s decision to locate its next store in Lumberton will transform this intersection and remove the blight that was left by the vacated gas station. We look forward to this store’s opening which is expected to be in early December of this year and is expected to employ more than 20 full and part time employees.”
During the evening of August 6th before the National Night Out festivities kicked off, the Lumberton Township Committee, along with our local First Responders in the Lumberton Police Department, Fire Department and Emergency Squad, dedicated the September 11, 2001 Memorial @ the Emergency Services Building. Thank you to all the sponsors who made this Memorial possible. Lumberton Township Will Never Forget.
Lumberton Township Opens
New Bryan Freeman Park Tennis Courts
Lumberton, NJ – May 19, 2017 – The Lumberton Township Committee opened its newly refurbished Tennis Court located at Bryan Freeman Park in the Bobby’s Run section of the Township, this Friday completing its yearlong project to renovate recreational areas in this part of town. This project consisted of replacing both playgrounds and tennis courts located at Bryan Freeman Park, as well as the playground at Turnbridge Drive.
This overall project is a continuation of the Township Committee’s commitment to refurbishing the Public Parks and Playgrounds throughout the Town, with this past year focusing on the Bobby’s Run section of town. All of these projects were funded in part by grants from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program. Even though this grant program excludes tennis courts, the Township was able to refurbish them by using our municipal funds, which were set aside to refurbish the second playground at Bryan Freeman Park. The second playground was covered by grant savings due to the installation of the township’s canoe launch coming in well under budget.
Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “the grand reopening of our tennis courts located at Bryan Freeman Park rounds out the recreational projects we initiated during the 2016 capital budget; my colleagues and I are proud to have these playgrounds as well as the tennis courts now open for our residents to enjoy.” “Since taking office as a Member of the Township Committee back in 2012, I have been committed to improving Lumberton’s recreational activities and I am proud to say that during that time we have spent well over a million dollars to accomplish that goal, with over $875,000 of those funds coming from grants provided by the Burlington County’s Municipal Park Development Program,” added Mayor Earlen. “It is no wonder why Lumberton Township has been ranked 17th in the top 25 Townships in South Jersey by South Jersey Magazine; it is because we take pride in our town.”
To date, Lumberton Township with the support of the Burlington County Freeholders have constructed a brand new playground, Community Garden and Dog Park at the Village Green, created a Canoe Launch on the Rancocas Creek, added sports fields at our Municipal Building Complex and refurbished the Turnbridge Park and Bryan Freeman Park’s Playgrounds and tennis court.
Bryan Freeman Park will be open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week to be enjoyed by Township Residents.
Lumberton Township Marks the Grand Opening of it’s Newest Playground off of Turnbridge Drive in the Bobby’s Runs Section of Town
Lumberton, NJ – October 15, 2016 – After two months of construction, the Lumberton Township Committee is set to open the first of three playgrounds as part of its Phase 1 refurbishment of the recreational parks located in the Bobby’s Run section of the Township. Phase 1 consists of replacing both playgrounds located at Bryan Freeman Park, as well as the playground at Turnbridge Drive. In Phase 2, the Township is completely refurbishing the tennis courts located at Bryan Freeman Park, and expects construction on that project will wrap up by the end of October/beginning of November. This overall project is a continuation of the Township Committee’s commitment to refurbishing the Public Parks and Playgrounds throughout the Town, all of which have all been funded in part by grants from the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Program.
Mayor Sean Earlen stated, “today we mark the grand opening of this new state of the art playground, which is one of three that the Township will be opening this month.” “We have been very fortunate to receive $878,710.00 dollars in grant money from the county and these dollars have been put to good use by building a brand new playground, Community Garden and Dog Park at the Village Green, along with a Canoe Launch located across the street from Village Green on the Rancocas Creek, sports fields at our Municipal Building Complex, and culminating with the refurbishment of Turnbridge Park Playgrounds,” added Mayor Earlen.
“One of the greatest aspect of this project in my mind is it serves a staple for community activisms, earlier this year residents came together through the petition process to request the refurbishment of this park. During a Township Committee meeting this past February, several residents in the neighborhood surrounding the Turnbridge Drive Playground, submitted their collective request for the Township to update this park and fortunately enough it was on our radar to be refurbish through the Burlington County Grant program,” stated Mayor Earlen.
“With the help of the Burlington County Freeholder Board, the Township Committee has been able to completely transform the recreational features our Township has to offer our residents and visitors,” added Committeeman Jim Conway, who serves as one of the Engineering Project liaisons to the Township Committee. “However by far, the best aspect of this grant program is the Township being able to use any remaining funds from previous projects to refurbish both playgrounds at the Bryan Freeman Park, which is a great reward for keeping all of our county sponsored projects well under budget and we expect to open those playgrounds next week,” stated Committeeman Conway.
Turnbridge Park will be open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week to be enjoyed by Township Residents. The Township expects to open both playgrounds at Bryan Freeman Park starting on Monday October 17, 2016 and hopes to open the new Tennis Courts at Bryan Freeman Park by the end of October/beginning of November.