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Obituary: Mayor William W. Reynolds Jr

On January. 4, 2021, age 81 of The Evergreens in Moorestown, formerly a longtime Haddonfield resident, husband of the late Mollie (nee Hartman); Beloved father of William W. III (Rena) of Fort Myers, Florida, James M. (Joy) of Collingswood NJ and Rebecca Reynolds of Highland Park NJ; Loving grandfather of Isaac, Henry, Graham and Emilia; Dear brother of Ned and Jack (Monique) Reynolds.

Above all, Bill was a man deeply committed to his family and his community. Son of a longtime superintendent of Haddonfield’s public schools, he graduated from Haddonfield Memorial High School in 1957 and Lafayette College in 1961. He went on to earn a Masters from Harvard University and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing his studies and working as an administrative assistant dean at the Graduate School of Education at Penn, he became the principal of the Bancroft School in Haddonfield. During that time, he was elected to the Haddonfield Borough Commission and served as mayor from 1973 to 1977 – a victory which he attributed to people confusing him with his father (with whom he shared the same name). He unsuccessfully ran for county freeholder in 1978, at which point his political career ended after his wife told him that he could keep an elected office or her, but not both. He made the right choice. 

Bill went on to found Reynolds and Schaffer Associates, a consulting firm that provided marketing, fundraising and strategic planning services to nonprofit corporations. In 1997, he left the consulting business and became the founding director of the Center for Management and Entrepreneurship at Rutgers University School of Business in Camden where he served until his retirement in 2010. In 2006/7 he was asked to serve as interim dean of the Rutgers Camden School of Business while the university searched for a permanent successor.

Outside of work and politics, Bill served the Haddonfield community and greater South Jersey in myriad ways. He was a lifelong Rotarian and taught the men’s bible class at Haddonfield United Methodist Church for more than 20 years. He spent 43 years on the board of the Haddonfield Public Library, 28 years as president. In 1983 he and a few other like-minded citizens founded the Haddonfield Foundation, and he served as its president from 1983 until 2003 and as a board member until 2010.  For many years he served as the moderator of the annual Town Meeting hosted by the Haddonfield Civic Association. Bill also served significant stints on the boards of the Camden County YMCA, Respond, Inc., the Evergreens retirement community in Moorestown and, more recently, on the national board of ACTS Retirement Life Communities.

A gentle and patient father, he was never short on advice when asked, but never imposed his opinion (or will) on his children, even in their most wayward moments. As his kids grew into adults, he and Mollie liked nothing better than staying up late over drinks to hear of their latest adventures and exploits, perhaps learning more than they wished but accepting all news with grace and equanimity.

When Bill retired in 2010, it was to care for his beloved wife, Mollie, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It was in this period of his life that his commitment to service became most manifest, as he lovingly tended to Mollie’s needs through her death in 2019. Affectionately known by his grandchildren as “Granther”, he was perhaps happiest watching his grandchildren on the baseball diamond, the soccer field, the basketball court and the dance stage.  He was also an avid fisherman who stalked the beaches of New Jersey, most often in the company of his close friend and first cousin, George Trotman.

Due to Covid, Bill’s Services are tentatively planned for April 2021, please check www.KainMurphy.com for information updates. Interment, private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Bill may be made to The Haddonfield Foundation, PO Box 555, Haddonfield NJ 08033 (www.haddonfieldfoundation.org)

Arrangements by Kain-Murphy Funeral Services of Haddonfield NJ. 856-429-1945 www.KainMurphy.com

Bill Reynolds, former mayor, dies at age 81

William W. Reynolds Jr, who served as the mayor of Haddonfield from 1973 to 1977 (and as the commissioner for public works, parks, and property), died on January 4, 2021. He was 81.

In recent years he was resident of Acts Retirement Community in Moorestown (formerly The Evergreens, for which he served as a board member for many years).

Bill Reynolds was born in Haddonfield — literally — in the family home. His father, known as “Bull” Reynolds, was in turn a teacher, the principal of the high school, and the superintendent of the school district.

In addition to serving as an elected official, Bill Reynolds was a member of the Public Library’s board of trustees for 43 years (28 of them as president) and a charter member of The Haddonfield Foundation (25 years as president).

A longtime member of the Rotary Club, he was honored with life membership in 2019.

He was named Haddonfield Citizen of the Year for 1998.

A funeral notice will be published here, when available.

January 6 Update: The date of death was corrected, to January 4, 2021.

January 6 Update: The obituary is here..

If you haven’t voted yet …

Question: Are you registered to vote? To check if you are registered, go HERE.

If No. If you are not registered, you cannot vote.

If Yes …

Question: Do you have a ballot?.

If No. If you are registered but do not have a ballot, or if your ballot has been misplaced, torn, or incorrectly marked, you may apply for a replacement ballot in person at the Camden County Board of Elections, Elections and Archive Center, 100 University Court, Blackwood. Open Monday, November 2 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. On Tuesday, November 3 from 6am to 8pm.

If Yes. If you are registered and you have a ballot, you can return it in any one of the following five ways.

Option 1: Mail Ballot

You may mail your ballot to the address on the form. It must be postmarked on or before Tuesday, November 3 and be received by the Camden County Board of Elections on or before Tuesday, November 10.

Option 2: Place Ballot in Drop Box

You may place your ballot in a secure drop box at any of 13 locations in Camden County any time after you receive it, up until 8pm on Tuesday, November 3. (The locations are accessible at all hours, are well lit, and are monitored by video surveillance cameras.)

Drop boxes near Haddonfield:

  • Audubon — Municipal Building, 606 W. Nicholson Road
  • Cherry Hill — Camden County College-Rohrer Campus (rear of parking lot), 1889 Marlton Pike East
  • Cherry Hill — Municipal Building, 820 Mercer Street
  • Haddon Township — Municipal Building, 135 Haddon Avenue

Option 3: Deliver Ballot to the Board of Elections

You may deliver your ballot in person any time before 8pm on Tue Nov 3 to Camden County Board of Elections, Elections and Archive Center, 100 University Court, Blackwood. Open Monday, November 2 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. On Tuesday, November 3 from 6am to 8pm.

Option 4: Deliver Ballot to Your Polling Place

You may take your ballot in person to your polling place between 6am and 8pm on Election Day, Tue Nov 3. 

Option 5: Vote at Your Polling Place

You may vote in person at your polling place between 6am and 8pm on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3

BUT NOTE: You will be provided with a provisional paper ballot and your vote will not be recorded officially until after Election Day and until it has been determined that no other ballot was submitted in your name by mail, drop-off, or in person.

To check your District number and the location of your polling place, go HERE.

  • Districts 1, 3, 5 — Methodist Church
  • Districts 2, 4 — Mabel Kay Senior Center  
  • Districts 6, 7 — Elizabeth Haddon School  
  • Districts 8, 9 — Lutheran Church

Voting Info: Register to vote

To check if you are already registered to vote in New Jersey, go HERE.

To register to vote in New Jersey, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Be at least 17 years old, though you may not vote until you have reached the age of 18.
  • Be a resident of the county for 30 days before the election.
  • Be a person not serving a sentence of incarceration as the result of a conviction of any indictable offense under the laws of New Jersey or another state or of the United States.
  • Complete a Voter Registration Application and/or Party Affiliation Form, available HERE. The form also is available in Room 101 of the Borough Hall, 242 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield.

Completed forms may be submitted to the Borough Clerk at the Borough Hall or mailed or delivered to the Camden County Board of Elections, Elections and Archive Center, 100 University Court, Blackwood NJ  08012. Regular hours: Weekdays from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

The deadline to register to vote for the General Election on Tuesday, November 3 is Tuesday, October 13. (The Camden County Board of Elections will remain open later than its regular 4:30pm closing time on that date.)

Primary Election, Tuesday, July 7

For this election, ballots were mailed to registered voters.

If you returned your ballot by mail, you do not need to go the your polling place on Tuesday, July 7.

If you did not return your ballot by mail, you have three options:

  1. Mail your ballot on or before Election Day. Ballots postmarked on or before Election Day and received by July 14, 2020 will be counted.
  2. Go to your polling place (see list below) and vote a paper Provisional Ballot. Polling places will be open from 6am to 8pm.
  3. Drop off your ballot at any one of six locations in Camden County (see list below), by 8pm.

NOTE: You CANNOT drop off the ballot you received in the mail at a polling place. You MUST use one of the three options listed above.

Polling Places in Haddonfield:

  • Districts 1, 3, 5 — Methodist Church
  • Districts 2, 4 — Mabel Kay Senior Center
  • District 3 — Methodist Church
  • District 6, 7 — Elizabeth Haddon School
  • Districts 8, 9 — Lutheran Church
  • District 10 — Borough Hall

To find the location of your polling place, go HERE.

Ballot Drop-Off Locations in Camden County:

  • Audubon Municipal Building
  • Camden County Administration Building, Camden
  • Camden County Board of Elections
  • Camden County College, Cherry Hill
  • Chesilhurst Municipal Building
  • Gloucester Township Municipal Building

To find the addresses of these locations, and more detailed information, go HERE.

Police launch “Haddonfield Helps” initiative

The Haddondfield Police Department has launched a program that enables residents to request assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is intended to help alleviate hardships such as food insecurity, mobility/accessibility challenges, and isolation.

Residents may request assistance for themselves or on behalf of friends or neighbors.

Police officers will work in conjunction with Nancy McCrudden, the Senior Center Coordinator, to connect those seeking assistance with the appropriate social service agencies, volunteer organizations, Borough staff, or other sources of access and assistance.

To initiate a request for assistance, click HERE.

Alternatively, call the Police non-emergency number – 856-429-3000 – and mention the need for help due to the pandemic. As always, call 911 in case of emergency.

Interest rate on overdue taxes set at 0%

During their special meeting on Tuesday, April 14, the Borough commissioners set the interest rate at 0% for property taxes paid after the due date of May 1, 2020 but on or before May 31, 2020. 

Their action was in recognition of the financial difficulties some residents are experiencing, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The due date for second quarter tax payments is May 1. The Borough grants a ten-day grace period and does not charge interest on payments received during the grace period. The commissioners’ action effectively increases the grace period by 30 days – but only on property taxes for the current period. The 0% rate does not apply to any back taxes.

Property taxes that are not paid by May 31, 2020 will be subject to interest at the rate of 8% per annum up to $1,500 and 18% per annum over $1,500, calculated from the due date (May 1) until the date the payment is actually received.

Although the Borough Hall is closed to the general public, payments can still be made “in person” by placing them in the black mailbox in front of the building. Place the tax bill and check in an envelope marked “Tax Office.” The box is emptied daily. 

Paying by mail? The address is 242 Kings Highway E, Haddonfield NJ 08033.

NJ Primary Elections postponed

Governor Phil Murphy has signed an executive order postponing New Jersey’s primary elections, scheduled for Tuesday, June 2, to Tuesday, July 7. The governor said his goal is “to preserve the possibility that improvements in the public health situation will allow for in-person voting.”

Registered voters living in Camden County may apply for a Vote by Mail ballot HERE.

Special Commissioners Meeting

A special meeting of the Board of Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30pm.

The meeting will be held electronically, through GoToMeeting.

To watch the meeting:

1. Well before the meeting, check your computer’s compatibility with the system HERE.

If you get the “Looks good! You can join a webinar.” message, click on “Try a test session” and follow the directions to download and test the app.

2. A few minutes before 7:30pm, go HERE to connect.

Historic Preservation Commission meeting

The next meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission will be held as scheduled on Wednesday, April 15 a5 7:30pm. The meeting will be held electronically, through Zoom.

To watch, go HERE. Enter Meeting ID: 906 941 448 and Password: 202678.

To listen, call one of three numbers – 646-558-8656, 253-215-8782, or 301-715-8592. Enter Meeting ID:906 941 448 and Password: 202678.