Weekly Roundup: International friendships, Scott Patterson top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Haddonfield this week.

Japanese students forged friendships with Haddonfield students, and The Sun caught up with Gilmore Girls star Scott Patterson. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

From Haddonfield to Stars Hollow: Scott Patterson talks music, coffee and HMHS

Photo courtesy of Michael Becker Photography.

Prior to walking the streets of “Gilmore Girls’” fictional town Stars Hollow, Patterson roamed the streets of Haddonfield during the early 1970s of his childhood. Looking back, he has this vivid memory that comes to mind when he thinks of Haddonfield. He remembers just how haunting the streets could feel at night. He said the silence and elm trees often sent his overactive imagination into overdrive. His childhood was “pretty typical of any child growing up [in Haddonfield].” His summers were spent at Wedgewood Swim Club where he’d swim almost daily. Patterson’s mother acted in Haddonfield Plays and Players.

Haddonfield Japan Exchange celebrates another year of fostering friendships

From July 22 to Aug. 3, students from the Kasukabe Girls’ Senior High School in Japan experienced a taste of American culture as Haddonfield families hosted 16 visitors through the Haddonfield Japan Exchange program. Since creating the exchange in 2006, Bill Brown’s goal for the program has been twofold: for exchange students to learn English and develop enduring friendships. Now, as Brown steps down from his role as director of the program, he’s satisfied to have had another successful year of fostering international friendships.

Roads Program sees an uptick in construction

Haddonfield’s roads have been in need of repair for quite some time, according to John Moscatelli, the commissioner of public works, parks and public property. With the Roads Program in place to address the town’s aging infrastructure since 2015, construction has steadily been taking place to address the streets most in need of repair, but as of late, residents may have noticed an increased visibility to the work when trying to navigate through town. Having come in under budget last year, the program has seen an uptick in repairs this year, with nearly $2 million spent to pave and resurface local roads, including West Atlantic Avenue, Ellis Street, Center Street, Concord Drive, West Park Avenue and Walnut Street, among others.