Weekly Roundup: Walkout, legal summons top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

The MHS walkout’s organizers delivered speeches from the stands of MHS’ stadium about putting an end to violence in schools. From row L to R: Ella Peterson and Naquia Unwala. Center row L to R: Carlos Feliciano, Summer Maher and Matt Button. Back row: Ashrit Verma.

MHS students walked out of their classrooms to protest violence in schools, and council fielded questions about a legal summons issued to more than 40 Moorestown residents. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Residents react to getting served

A summons that was hand-delivered to more than 40 Moorestownians on Friday, March 8, had township council fielding questions from residents about why they were issued the legal notice and what council intended to do about it. The summons notified residents whose homes border 160 West Route 38 of Pennrose LLC’s attempts to invalidate a restrictive covenant that limits development on the property. While this covenant is in place, Pennrose is unable to construct its proposed 75 multi-family affordable housing units on the site. Pennrose is seeking to invalidate the covenant on the grounds that, due to the restrictions on lot size and values, the covenant was designed to restrict affordable housing and is therefore unconstitutional.

MHS students walk out, say ‘never again’ to violence in schools

At precisely 9:56 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14, students stood up from their seats, filed out of their classrooms and walked out the doors of Moorestown High School. Their demand was clear: Put an end to violence in schools across the country. MHS’ demonstration was part of the National Student Walkout taking place across the country at the same time. The nationwide protest came exactly one month after 17 people were killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Moorestown students made their way to the stadium where they stood huddled together for six minutes of silence, which represented the time it took for the shooter to take 17 lives. Student speakers subsequently spoke for 17 minutes to commemorate each of the victims.

Moorestown police awarded for their service

Town Hall was abuzz Monday night as the police department swore new officers into the ranks and awarded several of Moorestown’s finest for their service. Chief Lee Lieber thanked council for taking the time out of a busy agenda to acknowledge Moorestown officers. A handful of officers were promoted while others were awarded for their service to the community. Mayor Stacey Jordan congratulated the officers. “We have a special police force, and we’re very proud of them,” Jordan said.

Lego Night returns to encourage STEM awareness

The goal of Lego Night is to teach young students about STEM activities and potentially spark an interest in joining a FIRST Lego League team now or a FIRST Robotics team when the students reach high school, according to senior Laura Tsai. The night is geared toward students in kindergarten through sixth grade, and the event is centered around the theme “Journey to the Future.” Students will build futuristic forms of transport, habitats on other planets and other creations in line with the future theme, Tsai said.