Weekly Roundup: Words with Lenape’s valedictorian and salutatorian, crime reports and more

Mt. Laurel will also seek a referendum this fall on the use of open space funds for the upkeep of open space lands.

Photo by Zane Clark: Lenape High School Class of 2017 valedictorian Saransh Chopra, left, stands with this year’s salutatorian Michael Higgins. In addition to ranking at the top of their class, the two have been good friends since elementary school.

The Sun spoke to the Lenape High School Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian, police are looking for two men who allegedly stole merchandise from TJ Maxx and more. Catch up on the week that was with The Sun’s “Weekly Roundup” feature.Catch up on the week that was with The Sun’s “Weekly Roundup” feature.

Longtime friends rank as Lenape High School Class of 2017 valedictorian and salutatorian

Lenape High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian have more in common than just good grades this year– they’re good friends, too. Michael Higgins, this year’s salutatorian, first met Saransh Chopra, this year’s valedictorian, when Chopra moved to Mt. Laurel in the fourth grade and started attending Springville Elementary. Check out their story here.

Mt. Laurel to seek referendum this fall on use of open space funds for upkeep of open space lands

Mt. Laurel Council passed an ordinance on first reading at this week’s meeting that would put a referendum before voters later this year where they would decide whether the township could use open space monies for the improvement and upkeep of existing open space lands. Under the open space referendums passed by Mt. Laurel voters in the past, the township can use money generated by the annual open space tax levy only for the acquisition of property. Officials also note the referendum would not affect the open space tax levy rate.

Mt. Laurel based Randall’s Rescue to hold ‘Kitten Shower’ event on June 24

June 24 will mark the inaugural Kitten Shower for Randall’s Rescue, a no-kill and non-profit animal rescue based in Mt. Laurel and serving the surrounding areas. That day, members of the rescue are inviting animal lovers to Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar in the Moorestown Mall from 1 to 4 p.m., where supporters and members of the public can donate “Kitten Shower” supplies from the rescue’s registry, much like family and friends would give gifts at a baby shower.

Annual Kiki Konstantinos Scholarship Golf Tournament scheduled for July 18

The 25th annual Kiki Konstantinos Scholarship Golf Tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18, at the Little Mill Country Club in Marlton. Proceeds of the event fund scholarships for graduates of all schools in the Lenape Regional High School District (Lenape, Shawnee, Cherokee and Seneca).

Mt. Laurel Police look for two men who allegedly stole $385 worth of merchandise from TJ Maxx

The following information is on file with the Mt. Laurel Police Department:

At 4:10 p.m. on June 9, Mt. Laurel Police say the two men pictured above allegedly stole $385 worth of clothing from TJ Maxx in the Centerton Square Shopping Center. If anyone knows who these suspects are, they are asked to contact the Mt. Laurel Police at (856+) 234–8300, the police confidential tip line at (856) 234–1414 ext. 1599, or message the department through Facebook.