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Weekly Roundup: Medford Police start using body cameras, Oktoberfest upcoming

In other news, a “Big Multi-Vendor Annual Flea Market” will be held at Medford United Methodist Church.

Caught on Camera

Officer Jeff Samalonis stands next to a bank of body cameras, which every officer in the department will dawn while on duty starting on Friday.

On Aug. 21, the Medford Police Department announced every one of its law enforcement officers would be outfitted with body cameras, joining an ever-growing number of police departments to utilize the technology.

“My officers are very excited to begin wearing them,” Chief of Police Rich Meder said. “They’re very much in favor of wearing them.”

Meder said the police department had been researching the idea over the past few years.

“Given everything that’s going on in the world, and quite frankly the demand from the citizens for more transparency and to foster that better relationship, I felt that after discussing it with the township manager [and] town council that now is the appropriate time for us to research and deploy them,” Meder added. “I think it’s a protection not only for our citizens but also for our officers, and that way all of our encounters are encaptured and there’s no questions as to what occurred while they’re out there.”

Medford Business Association’s Oktoberfest comes to Freedom Park

On Saturday, Sept. 16, the Medford Business Association will host its annual Oktoberfest celebration, which will feature a business expo, 20 local bands and a beer garden. The event, which will take place in Freedom Park, will commence at 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m.

“It’s a great day out for the family,” said David Vaughn, the Medford Business Association’s executive director. “We have something for everyone at this event.”

Vaughn describes the Medford Business Association as “a voice for the businesses [of Medford], to the township for planning and zoning and for events and activities to help boost their bottom line.”

Big Multi-Vendor Annual Flea Market to be held at Medford United Methodist Church

The Medford United Methodist Women’s Group (UMW) is hosting its Big Multi-Vendor Annual Flea Market on Sept. 17 at 9 a.m. Vendor spaces are available for $15 by September 11th, then $20 . Vendors must bring their own tables. For reservations please email Medford Methodist Church at: medfordumc@comcast.net or call 609–654–8111.

This event has been one of the UMW’s biggest fundraising events and draws large crowds from within the community. It is a great opportunity to not only sell your own used items but also to find some new treasures, as well. In addition, a variety of food, baked goods and beverages are available for purchase.

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