Weekly Roundup: WAMS musical, pinhole photographer top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Pinhole photographer Sharon Harris gave a presentation on pinhole photography on Monday, Feb. 18 at Perkins Center for the Arts as part of Perkins’ “Conversations on Culture” lecture series.

Dr. David Condoluci has been awarded for his years of service, and Barbara Rich is getting special recognition from Moorestown Township Council. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

WAMS making ‘NEWS’ as first middle school in SJ to perform upcoming musical

This just in: William Allen Middle School is the first middle school in South Jersey to perform “Newsies.” This February, 82 seventh and eighth graders will sing, dance and tackle thick New York accents as they perform the two and a half hour musical.

“Newsies” tells the story of a group of Manhattan newsboys who go on strike when newspaper publishers raise the distribution cost of papers. The musical is loosely based on the newsboy strike of 1889, which marked a turning point for child labor laws.

Perkins’ spotlights pinhole photographers’ ‘ethereal’ work

Sharon Harris spent years as a photography retoucher, but she was never quite satisfied with her own photography. When she looked at her images, she saw simply what she had seen with her own two eyes staring back at her, and she found that rather boring.

So one day nearly 15 years ago, she was explaining to a photographer that she felt like her images weren’t exciting enough. He offered her a book on pinhole photography, and he never got the book back.

Harris’ photography is currently on display as part of the Perkins Center for the Arts’ Photography38 exhibition at its Moorestown location. On Thursday, Feb. 14, Harris spoke to a crowd gathered at Perkins as part of the center’s ongoing “Conversations on Culture” series.

‘Little Woods’ spark debate, puts Rich renaming on hold

On paper, Ordinance 2–2019 seemed like the most innocuous item up for discussion on Monday night’s council agenda. The ordinance renaming “The Little Woods” on Creek Road to “Barbara Rich’s Little Woods” was adopted on first reading without discussion, and by all accounts, it looked as though it would pass second reading on Monday night as well.

But the renaming quickly became a source of heated debate when Deputy Mayor Nicole Gillespie inquired if the Little Family, the source of the open space’s original namesake, was consulted regarding the name change, and ultimately, the renaming was put on pause as a result of Monday’s discussions.