Weekly Roundup: HEA contract, new firefighters top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Haddonfield this week.

Haddonfield schools were back in session Monday, Sept. 11. Superintendent Richard Perry and Haddonfield Memorial High Schoool Principal Charles Klaus greeted HMHS students adorned in “Dawgs at Work” hard hats as a play on the district’s ongoing bond referendum construction.

Members of the Haddonfield Education Association came out in full force to ask the Board of Education to help bring contract negotiations to an end, and the Commissioners swore in new firefighters to Haddon Fire Company №1. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

‘While we are distracted by the buildings, let’s not forget the people in it’

At precisely 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14, members of the Haddonfield Education Association, clad in black, arrived to the Board of Education work session filling the Haddonfield Memorial High School’s library. Representatives from the HEA came to ask the board to help them bring ongoing contract negotiations to an end. The HEA’s contract expired at the end of June, and on Wednesday, June 14, both the board and HEA agreed to mediation. Jamie Vermaat, past co-president and current head contract negotiator for the HEA, said now that both parties have agreed to file for impasse, the HEA’s hope is a mediator will provide some guidance.

Members of the Department of Public Works and the Haddonfield Outdoor Sculpture Trust pushed and pulled to get “Contact” into position in Kings Court. The sculpture by artist Seward Johnson took four people to lift into position.

Commissioners swear in new members ready to bring the heat to Haddon Fire Company №1

The tone of the Tuesday, Sept. 11 Board of Commissioners’ meeting was decidedly upbeat as two new members were appointed as active members of the fire department and four students joined the ranks as explorer members at Haddon Fire Company №1. Chief Sam Trotman said he felt privileged to welcome the new members. Joe Ioannucci and Cullen Paterson were sworn in as active members, and Trotman said both come from firefighting families. Both are Cherry Hill residents, Trotman said. Following Ioannucci and Paterson’s swearing in, Deilan Carthy, Kira Kinsey, John Mangelli and John Springer stood before the commissioners to get sworn in as explorer members. Carthy, Kinsey and Mangelli are all high school sophomores, while Springer is a junior.

A female in finance: Susan Mucciarone is leading the charge for women in business

Haddonfield resident Susan Mucciarone may have just been elected to the board at an organization consisting of more than 450 influential women, but for much of her life, Mucciarone has been a minority among men. Mucciarone was appointed to the 2017–2018 Board of Directors within the Forum of Executive Women — an organization comprised of influential women representing a variety businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region. Formed in 1977, the forum’s membership consists of women in senior positions at corporations, nonprofits and in the public sector. The group provides symposiums and roundtables, publishes research reports on gender diversity and works to mentor the next generation of female leaders.