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DAN McDONOUGH, JR. Publisher



General Manager & Editor Executive Vice President Vice President of Sales

in our opinion Deck the Paws Here’s what your gifts mean U

sually, this space is reserved for our company-wide edi- torial. Today, I’m using it for a more personal purpose.

We started Deck the Paws and Help a Collie years ago – I think 2004, our first year as a company. The effort was small then, but, as you can tell from the list of donation spots this year, found elsewhere in this paper and online, it has grown. Today, I wanted to share some stories from past drives. Animal shelter volunteers often are visibly moved when I pull up with a carload of food. One was brought to tears. She told me the shelter had enough food on hand for only a couple of weeks – until your donations rolled in. You saved the day. I had a mother tell me a few years ago that her daughter, on a visit to Santa’s lap, requested no toys for Christmas, but instead help for animals in the shelters. The family made a donation. I’m guessing Santa brought a few presents for the girl as well. A volunteer, on my second trip to a shelter one year, took me

over to the biggest, meanest-looking pitbull I’ve ever seen. A long-time guest of the shelter who clearly had experienced a tough life, he was having a blast, rolling around on the ground, playing with a toy I had delivered a week or two earlier. It was like he was a puppy again. On another delivery, a shelter’s staff carefully separated the

treats and biscuits as they helped me empty my car. They de- clared that, on that day, there would be a really big party. I feel very privileged to have experienced the gratitude and

joy that your donations have brought to so many people and an- imals over the years. To you, it might be just a can of food, a bag of litter or a chewy toy, but to the volunteers and animals, your gifts mean everything. Animal shelters aren’t the happiest places on earth, but, on the days when your donations show up, they are a whole lot brighter. So, let’s knock it out of the park again this year. On behalf of the shelters and animals, I thank you in advance. Alan Bauer is the general manager, editor

and chief pet supply quartermaster for Elauwit Media.

DAN McDONOUGH, JR. Co-Chairman & Chief Executive RUSSELL CANN Co-Chairman & Chief Financial Officer MICHAEL LaCOUNT, Ph.D. Vice Chairman

Moorestown does not need anything new

letters to the editor SPEAK UP!

Who is responsible and ac-

countable for the Moorestown Town Hall Project? I believe the taxpayers of

Moorestown want to know the following: n Who is ultimately responsi-

ble for the success and/or the failure of the Moorestown Town Hall Project? Which specific per- son? n Who is accountable for the success and/or failure of The Moorestown Town Hall Project? Which specific person? nWho is responsible for main- taining and managing the budg- et for the Moorestown Town Hall Project? Which specific person? It was said by one

Moorestown town official about this project, “We intend to use our Moorestownian values to manage this project?”

specific Moorestownian values have been used successfully to date?

I understand that Moorestown prides itself in keeping its his- torical heritage. Many residents spend an

enormous amount of money maintaining and restoring their historical homes. So, why is the Moorestown

Town Council wanting to build something new, when it already has an historical structure? Does the Town Council believe this “is


The Moorestown Sun welcomes letters from readers. Brief and to the point is best, so we look for letters that are 300 words or fewer. Be sure to include your name, address and phone number with your letter, and know that we will print your name and home- town with the letter. We do not print anonymous letters.

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free money” to spend as it pleas- es? Is this money really free? As a relatively new resident to

Moorestown, I was simply aghast to see how poorly Moorestown Township main- tained the Town Hall Complex it- self. The Town Hall Complex never seemed clean, weeds were grow- ing everywhere, even in front of the Police Station. Large amounts of water were allowed to sit at the library for very long periods of time.

I thought, “Is

this the Number 1 Community in America”? Lastly, the fire? What was up with this? Where were the fire sprin- klers? Smoke detectors? The police station was next

door, literally, and, the place catches on fire? I don’t believe Moorestown needs anything new. The library, if people really cared about it

would be wonderful. Why doesn’t the Town Council become realistic and do what all good homeowners do with their properties – maintain it properly and do upgrades where/when needed? There are a number of older institutions in Moorestown that have successfully maintained their properties very well throughout the years, some for 225 years, and made necessary additions with reasonable costs. When needed they built annexes to meet their growing needs. Why can’t Town Council do things the same way? And, lastly, does the $2.7 mil- lion already spent become de- ducted from the total budget cost of building the Moorestown Town Hall Project? So, now there is less money to use? Is this cor- rect?

Edward Carilli

MoorArts free annual holiday festival will take place Dec. 4

MoorArts is hosting its annu- al Holiday Arts Festival this Sat- urday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. The festival begins immedi- ately following the Moorestown

Lions Holiday Parade at the Moorestown Recreation Center “the Loft” on the third floor. Admission is free. The festival will feature

crafts, music, artwork and fun for the whole family. For more information, please call MoorArts at 778-6600 ext 28033.

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