Weekly Roundup: Pineland Striders Independence Races, NMG acquires Hudson Reporter, food trucks

Catch up on what happened this week in Medford.

Pineland Striders holds 41st Annual Independence Races

The Pineland Striders of Medford are sprinting into their 41st Annual Independence Races to be held on Saturday, June 23, at 8:30 a.m. at Shawnee High School, located at 600 Tabernacle Road in Medford.

This year’s Independence Races include a 5k (equaling 3.1 miles), a 10k (equaling 6.2 miles) and a one-mile walk. The 10k attracts the most runners, since it is one of the only long distance races in the area, and it provides practice for those training for events such as triathlons in the upcoming seasons.

There will also be a free kids fun run held at 8:10 a.m. before the race, where children are invited to run across the field to the goal post or to run one time around the track.

Newspaper Media Group acquires the Hudson Reporter newspaper chain

Hudson Reporter Publishers Lucha Malato and David Unger have announced the sale of their company, Hudson Reporter Assoc. LP, to the Newspaper Media Group (NMG) of Cherry Hill. NMG is the publisher of more than 50 weekly, community newspapers in Southern and Central New Jersey, as well as in the Greater Philadelphia market. In addition, NMG also publishes a monthly B to B newspaper on Staten Island.

The Hudson Reporter currently publishes eight community newspapers, including the Bayonne Community News, The Hoboken Reporter, The Jersey City Reporter, The North Bergen Reporter, The Secaucus Reporter, The Weehawken Reporter, The West New York Reporter and The Union City Reporter. The group also publishes three glossy community magazines, all in Hudson County — 07030 Magazine, Jersey City Magazine, and Bayonne: Life on the Peninsula.

Food truck discussion kicked into high gear

The discussion of food trucks on Main Street continued at Wednesday night’s Medford Council meeting.

The draft ordinance stated the food trucks would be stationed on Main Street from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., at least once per month.

Once the food trucks are up and running and the success rates are evaluated, there will be discussion on the possibility to have the food trucks stationed on Main Street twice per month.

There will be a maximum of six food trucks allowed on Main Street at a time, and there are plans to create variety through having each vendor sell different types of food.

The maximum decibel rate for generators has been noted at 70 decibels to ensure the generator does not produce too much noise.

The other topic of discussion was to select the Pine Barrens Festival “Focus on Our Town” nominees. Township Manager Kathy Burger suggested David and Renee Zallie, the owners of Medford’s ShopRite, and the council agreed.