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Westampton Burlington County Times (Newspaper) - November 2, 2021, Westampton, New JerseyTUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2021 | BURLINGTONCOUNTYTIMES.COM PART OF THE USA TODAY NETWORK WINNER OF THE NEW JERSEY PRESS ASSOCIATION’S GENERAL EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR SEVEN CONSECUTIVE YEARS (2011-2017) Asia-Pacific region reopening Loved ones reunited as Australia opens border after 20 months. 7A WIGBJA-00617y Volume 63 | No. 24 To subscribe 866-492-1514 ©2021 $2.50 Farewell tour of Gotham FC’s Lloyd keeps rolling along SPORTS, 1B Weather High 51° | Low 31° A shower. Forecast, 5A Glasgow: Biden tells summit participants this decade is crucial on climate. 8A COVID-19 vaccines protect you from getting sick. But due to the delta variant, the CDC now recommends that all K-12 students and staff, as well as all vaccinated and unvaccinated people in counties with significant transmission risk, resume wearing masks in public indoor spaces. Stop the spread Prior to the pandemic, Marcello De Feo and his family used to head to Zinburger at Garden State Park in Cherry Hill whenever the burger and wine bar hosted local school fundraisers. He’d glance around at all the Haddonfield families he knew en- joying specialty burgers and fries – parents often sipping wine or a beer while the kids enjoyed their milkshakes. Wouldn’t it be nice, he thought, if they could stay home in Had- donfield and do that? While nearby places such as P.J. Whelihan’s and The Taproom offer burgers and libations, there was nothing providing that same experience in his hometown. Now, De Feo, owner of the fine dining restaurant Valente’s Cucina AN ELEVATED BURGER Marcello De Feo, left, and Johnnie Reynolds stand in from of the future home of The Fare Porter on Kings Highway. The quick-serve eatery will specialize in gourmet burgers, fries and shakes. PROVIDED BY MIKE LEBENSFELD The Fare Porter, featuring gourmet burgers, fries and milkshakes, coming to Haddonfield Cheesesteak will be on the menu at The Fare Porter. PROVIDED BY MARCELLO DE FEO Tammy Paolino Cherry Hill Courier-Post | USA TODAY NETWORK - NEW JERSEY “We want to keep the menu short and tight, like Valente’s. We want to focus on the things that we do best. We’ll rotate in some soups, some salads, and some special grilled cheeses, but beyond that, it’s the milkshakes, over-the-top milkshakes.’’ Marcello De Feo See BURGERS, Page 2A More than half of property tax bills in New Jersey fund K-12 school dis- tricts. With so much taxpayer money at stake, residents might expect ultra- competitive school board races. But on New Jersey’s 2021 ballots, 156 board seats positions are left open, marked with “No petition filed” in- stead of a candidate’s name. Many other races are not competitive, with candidates going unchallenged. Disinterest in serving on school boards is slowly climbing year after year, according to the New Jersey School Boards Association. Last year, 141 seats had no candidates, indicating no one wanted to run for the school board spot, NJSBA reported. Candidates who want their name on the ballot in November, must collect signatures on a nominating petition and submit it to their county clerk’s of- fice by a July deadline. This year’s 156 seats statewide — including 51 in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Cumberland counties — is just 10 percent of the 1,594 school board seats on New Jersey ballots. But every seat without a candi- dates’ name next to it is up for grabs with mere write-in campaigns that can be won with just a few scribbles. Experts in education and elections think social media could have school board hopefuls reconsidering a cam- paign launch. A legislative fix for filing petitions to get on the ballot could also help get a campaign up and running more smoothly, experts say. “My only requirement is for them to be here and do what’s in the best in- terest of the kids,” said Troy Walton, Gloucester County’s Franklin Town- ship Public Schools Superintendent. “We want to see people involved ... We want to see people who want what’s best for the kids.” ELECTIONS 2021 Where are all the candidates? 156 school board seats left open on New Jersey ballots Carly Q. Romalino Cherry Hill Courier-Post USA TODAY NETWORK – NEW JERSEY For election results, visit burlingtoncountytimes.com. See SCHOOLS, Page 3A BURLINGTON TWP. – A 17-year-old slain outside a Walmart here last month was the victim of armed robbers seeking marijuana worth several thousand dol- lars, a court record claims. Investigators found 20 shell casings in the parking lot where Albert Wil- liams, 17, of Hammonton was killed on the night of Oct. 7, says a statement of- fering probable cause for charges against suspects in the case. Police also recovered a gun allegedly concealed in the parking lot by the vic- tim’s father, Dione Williams Sr. of Ham- monton, as well as “a large amount” of marijuana in a car that brought the vic- tim to the Walmart. And detectives seized a cellphone that a suspect – 19-year-old Jayviyohn Earley – had left in his vehicle at the crime scene off Route 541. Earley is one of four Willingboro resi- dents charged in connection with Wil- liams’ slaying. He and Kayhree Simmons, also 19, are charged with felony murder, with Sim- Police: Teen killing outside Walmart drug related Jim Walsh Burlington County Times USA TODAY NETWORK See SHOOTING, Page 4A

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