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Weekly Roundup: Ghost Research, Army boxer top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Joshua Barbella (left) with his mother Sarah Barbella (right).

A group of researchers is looking into local ghosts, and an MHS grad has made it on the Army boxing team. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Moorestown Ghost Research encouraging people to embrace the unknown

On May 30 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Burlington, Moorestown Ghost Research caught evidence of what they believe to be a ghost peeking around the right side of a tree. Photo credit: Mark Davis/Moorestown Ghost Research.
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Ever since that experience, Craton became fascinated by ghosts and began hunting them in his teenage years. Today, Craton is still hunting ghosts alongside his friends Mark Davis, Jeffrey Scott and Jeffrey Kratzer in a group known as Moorestown Ghost Research. The group’s goal is simple: to help put people’s minds at ease by offering an explanation as to what is going on in their homes — whether that means telling them it’s a spirit or a leaky pipe. Craton, who is still a resident of Moorestown, and a group of friends had been researching ghosts under the name Moorestown Ghost Research around four or five years ago, but the group disbanded and the current incarnation formed through mutual friends around two years ago. Collectively, the four members — who consist of three ordained, nondenominational priests and a shaman — have more than 30 years experience in ghost research.

From MHS to West Point: Moorestown resident hooks place on Army Boxing Team

For 20-year-old Joshua Barbella, enlisting in the Army has always felt like something of an inevitability. From a young age, Barbella said he would see a soldier and think to himself that was what he wanted to be one day. Today, the Moorestown High School graduate is fulfilling that childhood dream, attending the United States Military Academy at West Point and earning a place as a member of the Army men’s boxing team. Barbella said he didn’t consider himself an exceptional student in high school, but he was determined. As a teenager, Barbella became a certified New Jersey firefighter and an emergency medical technician.

Moorestown rower selected as one of region’s top athletes

For Moorestown High School junior Olivia Coffey, rowing crew started simply as a way to try something new. Little did she know, the sport would become her whole world, training year-round, reading up on the sport and looking into college crew teams.The self-proclaimed “crew nerd” was selected as one of 900 athletes to be part of the U.S. Rowing Youth Regional Challenge held in Sarasota, Fla., at the end of September. Coffey was chosen to be part of the A select Quad.


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