Fall events discussed at commissioners’ meeting

Signs highlighting Revolutionary War sites may be in offing

EMILY LIU/The Sun: Haddonfield Borough Hall

Borough commissioners discussed a number of proposed events for the fall at their Aug. 8 meeting.

While no action was taken and events have yet to be approved, the discussion was meant to make the commissioners aware of proposed events that have a good chance of being approved once formally added to a meeting agenda.

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Representatives from the Haddonfield Education Trust (HET) told commissioners  they want to hold a Rally in the Alley in either mid-October or mid-November.

“We need(ed) a new event for the HET,” said Megan Griffault, its vice president.  “Our main event right now is a golf outing, and with more and more young families coming to town, lots of people don’t play golf anymore so we were looking for another opportunity. 

“This one really resonated with us.”

The rally would be geared to adults rather than families, with food, alcohol and live performances such as a music festival along Mechanic Street and its parking lot. The goal is for about 200 attendees, and funds raised would benefit  Haddonfield schools.

Other fall events discussed include the borough’s upcoming fall festival, where nonprofits have been invited to provide entertainment and activities along Kings Highway to attract volunteers. 

“I’m hopeful that it sparks something exciting,” said Mayor Colleen Bianco Bezich.

Though planning is still in the works, the mayor noted that other fall-themed activities may include a pumpkin patch or hayrides. 

The last proposed event mentioned at the meeting is a Halloween night market by the Partnership for Haddonfield on the proposed date of Oct. 28, from 3 to 9 p.m. in Kings Court. 

Bianco Bezich explained that the idea is to have 15 to 20 Halloween-themed and decorated vendors who would sell fall items like candles and crystals, with entertainment from the Philadelphia, Trenton and Shore areas.

Carol Smith, a board member for the Historical Society of Haddonfield, said the organization has been allocated funds from the Camden County Historical Society for five new signs that will highlight important areas during the Revolutionary War battles of 1777. Possible locations for the signs include  Greenfield Hall and Indian King Tavern.

Though Smith suggested placing one sign at borough hall, the commissioners discussed alternates in keeping with Haddonfield’s Quaker history, possibly near the Friends Meeting House where Quakers are active today. 

Also during the meeting, the commissioners reviewed requests from residents to add speed bumps to neighborhoods. Borough Administrator Sharon McCullough explained that the traffic study done for the first request on West Summit Avenue  indicated not a speeding issue, but rather a volume one, so that site will not get the speed bumps.

The next commissioners meeting has been rescheduled from Monday to Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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