Weekly Roundup: Council bans pet shops, MEF grant top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Moorestown High School held a pep rally on Friday, Oct. 27. Each grade level sported a different color and competed in a series of competitions.

The Historical Society is looking for information on Moorestown during WWI, and the MEF awarded MHS a grant to create a video production studo. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

MEF keeping MHS at ‘cutting edge of innovation’

In early October, the Moorestown Education Foundation approved a $50,000 grant to start work on a production studio at Moorestown High School. The MEF is a private foundation that raises funds from the community and corporate sponsors. Chakrabarti said the studio proposal was brought from the high school to the MEF this past spring, and the MEF provided the initial $50,000 grant and anticipates contributing again as plans for the studio get underway. He said they saw the idea as an opportunity for Moorestown to advance itself relative to other schools in the area.

Council passes ordinance banning pet shops, fields negotiation questions

At its Monday, Oct. 23 meeting, Moorestown Township Council unanimously passed an ordinance on second reading banning the sale of dogs and cats at pet shops before fielding questions related to tax and affordable housing negotiations. Members of local animal rights groups took to public comments to commend council on its decision to ban pet shops. Brian R. Hackett, state director of the Humane Society of the United States, said Moorestown joins 112 other municipalities that have passed ordinances banning the sale of cats and dogs. He said these ordinances are “business friendly” as most pet stores, such as the PetSmart in Moorestown, work with shelters.

Historical Society asking for residents’ help providing snapshot of WWI Moorestown

The Historical Society of Moorestown is trying to take a peek into Moorestown’s past, and it wants residents’ help. The Historical Society is asking residents to come forward with photos, uniforms and any other items they may have related to World War I Moorestown. Leonard Wagner, a member of the Historical Society’s Board of Trustees, said the 100-year anniversary of America’s entrance into World War I was in April with American soldiers shipping overseas to fight in mid-1918. The Historical Society knew it wanted to find a way to commemorate the anniversary, Wagner said.