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Moorestown Improvement Association
P. O. Box 404
Moorestown, NJ  08057

Phone (856): 235-1359

    The Moorestown Improvement Association is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in the community. Check out our Website at http://www.moorestownimprovement.org or follow us on facebook at http://facebook.com/MoorestownImprovementAssociation.



     

    Mission Statement

    The Moorestown Improvement Association is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life in the community. Members strive to advance the common good through personal commitment, active participation, and financial support. Activities focus on historic preservation, heritage appreciation, the perpetuation of the tree planting tradition, and environmental concerns.

     
    Board of Trustees

    President - Ed Armstead
    Vice President - Sandy Huber
    Recording Secretary - Hala S. Al-Shawaf
    Kevin Aberant
    Beth Blair-Scanlan
    Kim Bunn
    Linda Carskadon
    Kay Connors
    Mark Hines
    Jean Mancini
    Clorinda Moore
    Linda Moore
    Donna Rexon
    Dave Schill
    Jennifer VanGinhoven
    Cliff Weller

    EMERITUS TRUSTEES
    Lynne Brill
    Richard Feaster
    Anne Jester
    Neil Johnson
    Louise Marshall
    Joe Ponessa
    Kay Smith
    Deborah Troemner
    Ann Walker

     
    Contact Information e-mail address

    Ed Armstead – warmstead2@comcast.net


     
    Chronological Record of Achievements

    • 1904 Year of origin … published free, monthly newspaper called Village Improvement

    • 1905 Replaced Boardwalks with the first concrete sidewalks

    • 1907 Planted Shade Trees: Program continues to present day

    • 1909 Installed and maintained all street signs until 1922

    • Sponsored annual flower shows

    • Incorporated for the purpose of buying Mannion property for a public park on Second Street and Camden Avenue.

    • Made first payment on Roberts brothers three acre property on South Church for athletic field, which ultimately was bought by the township in 1917.

    • 1910 Purchased and landscaped the triangular lot at Second Street and Camden Avenue, which was turned over to the township in 1918 and later became a war memorial park for those Moorestonians who had died in the service of their country during World War I.

    • 1912 Started waterworks system with the sinking of the first artesian wells and erected first water tank which became the source of pure water supply.

    • 1913 Instituted rubbish removal program, taken over by the township in 1940.

    • Shade Tree Committee’s resolution to Township Committee to plant, preserve and protect trees.

    • Started annual clean-up day campaign for entire town.

    • Helped build curbs and replaced worn-out sidewalks.

    • 1914 Operated first public movies in Town Hall at the suggestion of the Council of the Church Federation.

    • 1923 Fought infestation of Japanese beetles by a program of spraying.

    • Purchased carload of Rhododendrons to be sold at cost to citizens for purpose of town beautification.

    • Launched campaign for zoning and building codes.

    • 1927 Became concerned with Town Planning concept in relation to traffic and parking.

    • 1931 Established first link of proposed Township Park System at Church Street and Pleasant Valley Avenue. Work specifically designated as an aid to Township Relief Programs. Unemployed given work cleaning vacant lots, clearing Club Estates’ woods and maintaining Waterworks Parks.

    • 1932 Generated action on acquiring new Post Office building.

    • 1933 Shade Tree Committee released initial plans to develop Strawbridge Park.

    • 1937 Planned and negotiated transforming the swampland of Hooten Creek into Strawbridge Park. Actual work begun by W.P.A.

    • 1948 Financed and conducted all the research and surveys necessary to implement the present zoning law.

    • 1950 Sponsored the establishment of the Township Planning Board.

    • 1953 Town Council/Manager plan under Faulkner Act studied and the recommended equalization of tax assessment became a reality.

    • 1954 Helped to divert Route 295, originally planned to bisect Moorestown.

    • 1965 Resisted removal of the Post Office from its present location.

    • 1967 M.I.A. campaign for Town Council/Manager plan succeeded; voters adopted form of government as recommended by Charter Study Commission.

    • Industrial Council, established as unit of M.I.A., studied possibility of Pompeston Creek Park.

    • 1969 Petitions circulated for fluoridation of water.
      Supported action to locate high speed line on edge of town.

    • 1970 Financial support of Historical Society towards purchase of Smith-Cadbury Mansion.

    • Renewed Successful Campaign against high-rise apartments.

    • 1974 Initiated and produced multi-media Bicentennial presentation, “Moorestown
      1976 Past, Present and Future” shown at the Moorestown Library during 1976.

    • 1983 Conducted seminars on historic styles of architecture with architectural historian as resource person.

    • 1984 -1990 Research for and preparation of the registration form to nominate the Moorestown historic district to the national register of historic places.

    • 1991 Moorestown historic district placed on the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic places.

    • 1991 - 1992 Provided major support to the Save Stokes Hill project.

    • 1992 Published a 32 page guide book - 'A Walking Tour in the Moorestown Historic District' - and established tours'.

    • 1993 - 2000 Provided major support to the restoration of Strawbridge Lake project.

    • 1993 Published a free pamphlet - 'Moorestown NJ Tree City USA'.

    • 1998 Established annual scholarship for a Moorestown High School student.


    • 2000 Provided funds to purchase plants for Spring and Fall refurbishing of the banks and floodplain of Strawbridge Lake. Initial plantings covered 600 feet.

    • 2001 Continued scholarships.

    • Provided funds to township for new shade trees at curbs.

    • 2002 Awarded $1000 scholarship to Christina Procacci.

    • 2002 Provided funds to township for new shade trees at curbs.

    • The 98th annual dinner meeting of the Moorestown Improvement Association held on April 26, 2002 presented “The Tallman House as a Catalyst for Historic Preservation in Moorestown” as its the topic. Speakers comprised Louis Coligouri, Thomas Parkinson, and Pamela Parkinson.
    • 2003 Awarded $1000 scholarship to Andrea Lane and Allison McGuigan.

    • 2003 Provided funds to township for new shade trees at curbs.
    • 2003 Financial contributions for Arbor Day Holly tree and Community Link Remembrance Park.
    • 99th Annual Meeting.
      Speaker: Cliff Pfleider, Park and Tree Foreman - “Are your trees in Jeopardy?” Bacterial Leaf Scorch and Other Issues.
    • 2004 Awarded $1000 scholarship to two Moorestown High School Seniors.
    • 2004 Provided funds to township for new shade trees at curbs.

     

    Scroll of Achievements presented to annual dinner attendees
    100th Year Annual Dinner in 2004


    • March 26, 2004: Presentation of 'An Evening at Moore's Tavern' was the offering for the 100th Annual Meeting. The presentation included a historic slide show, Moorestown trivia quiz, and classical music by a live performing artist.
    • The invitation to the 100th annual meeting read as follows,
      'Hear ye, hear ye ......
      Please join us as Betsy Ross and Thomas Jefferson
      take us back in time to celebrate the
      100th Anniversary of the
      Moorestown Improvement Association
      March 26, 2004 at 6:30 p.m.
      Moorestown Field Club
      629 Chester Avenue
      Moorestown, New Jersey'

     


    Anne Anderson in costume as a charming barmaid
    100th Year Annual Dinner

     


    Laura Dishong plays classical music on the harp.
    100th Year Annual Dinner

     


    Kay Connors in costume as Betsy Ross and Richard Connor (no relation) in costume as Thomas Jefferson.
    100th Year Annual Dinner

     


    Ed Armstead in costume as the Town Crier joins Connors and Connor.
    100th Year Annual Dinner

     


    Trio admires sign.
    100th Year Annual Dinner

    • Costumed trio view prototype welcome sign designed and created from concept work of High School student Nick Zegel and refined by Ron Brodie, owner of NW Sign Industries

     
    2005 Highlights


    • Awarded $1000 two more scholarship to Moorestown High School Seniors.
    • Continued to provided funds to township for new shade trees at curbs.
    • Installed 15 'Welcome to Moooretown' signs on county and township roads at entries to town.
    • March 2005: The association restored the missing plaque for Frank Jester which was presented to Anne Jester in his honor on Arbor Day of 2001.
    • April 29, 2005: Annual dinner meeting presented John Zearbaugh, landscape architect and president of the Horticulture Society of New Jersey, discussing 'Current trends in landscaping for historic and modern dwellings' Guests were also invited to bring photos of their properties for consultation with Dan Vitelli, landscape architecht at Flagg's Garden Center.

     

    Welcome to Moorestown

    Prototype welcome sign located at Township Center

     

    Welcome to Moorestown Sign

    Welcome sign located on North Church Street

     


    Jennifer and Mindy Hoffman receive 2006 Scholarship awards.
    2006 Highlights


    • Awarded $1000 two more scholarship to Moorestown High School Seniors- Jennifer and Mindy Hoffman.
    • Continued to provide funds to township for new shade trees at curbs.
    • Funded Eagle Scout project at high school.
    • Issued the first edition of the Village Notes - the new look MIA newsletter.

     


    2007 Highlights


    • Laura Cooper, Moorestown resident and mother of three, accepted the first MIA Award last spring for working to recreate the warmth, unity and friendliness in Moorestown that she had known as a child. A volunteer who knows how to get it done, she spearheaded block parties, and Halloween and Fourth of July parades that attracted thousands of Moorestown residents.
    • Awarded annual MIA scholarship to Adam M. Parker
    • Awarded first annual Ellen Shiplee scholarship to Robert Tuttle. This scholarship is made possible by a bequest from the family of Ellen Shiplee, a 1935 Moorestown High School graduate.

     
    2008 Events


    • Guest Speaker Wayne Urffer presents lecture on 'Famous architects of Moorestown' at annual meeting.
    • MIA provides funds to Eagle Scout Daniel Poaletti to support his exercise trail project at the Allen Middle School.
    • Annual MIA Scholarship awarded to Kaitlyn Del Duca.
    • Annual Ellen Shiplee Scholarship awarded to Kelsey Wilheim.

    • Continued to provide funds to township for new shade trees at curbs.

     


    Moorestown Improvement Association 2009 Annual Meeting

    Retiring Trustees
    At its 2009 annual meeting, the following retiring MIA trustees were honored with Service Appreciation certificates:
    Lorraine Bowers
    Dan Collins
    Dick Feaster
    Neil Johnson
    Louise Marshall

    Recognition and Appreciation Award
    The Moorestown improvement Association's Recognition and Appreciation Award was awarded to the Production team for the DVD 'Our Sacred Honor: Moorestonians in Time of War'. The team comprised the following members:
    Ann Condon - Exhibit Creator
    Alec DeCrosta - Music
    Tony DeCrosta - Writer
    Dana Germano - Research Assistant
    DJ Haney - Director - Editor
    Barbara McCall - Interviewer
    Grace Reed - Director of Voices
    Lenny Wagner - Producer - Researcher

    A crystal award was presented to the team as a whole, and individual certificates were presented to each team member.

    Guest Speaker
    The guest speaker for the 2009 annual meeting was Jake DerHagopian - Chair of the Economic Development Advisory Committee His topic was 'Economic Development Advisory Committee initiatives and challenges of a sustainable community'.

     


    2009-North Church Street Water Tower gets historic label and tree logos

    The Moorestown Improvement Association was the advocate for adding the word Historic, the year 1682, and the tree logos to the water tower on North Church Street.
    Association trustee, Dave Schill, was the initiator and diligent follower of this project. He communicated with Moorestown Township manager, Chris Schultz, to assure success of this task.
    Motorists traveling in and out of town will have a visually spectacular reminder of Moorestowns historic beginning and legacy as a tree city.

     


    Scholarship awards to Ryan Dwosh and Julia Entwhistle
    2009 Scholarship Awards

    • The association awarded the Moorestown Improvement Association scholarship to Ryan Dwosh.

    • The Ellen Shiplee scholarship was awarded to Julia Entwistle.

     


    Moorestown Improvement Association Revives Historic Walking Tours Program

    THiS WALKING TOUR HIGHLIGHTS BUILDINGS ON KINGS HIGHWAY, CAMDEN AVENUE, AND WEST MAIN STREET

    Go to this website's Publications>Forms to download Walking Tour registration form.
     

    Publications   (types avail: Newsletters, Items of Interest, )

    Newsletters
        MIA 2006 Village Notes
    click to download MIA 2006 Village NotesMIA 2006 Village Notes.pdf
    Size = 2,766,317 Bytes (approx. 25 minute(s) to download by modem, and 47 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Sunday, Mar 21, 2010, 4:39AM by Ed Armstead


        MIA 2009 Village Notes
    click to download MIA 2009 Village NotesMIA 2009 Village Notes.pdf
    Size = 1,202,578 Bytes (approx. 11 minute(s) to download by modem, and 21 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Sunday, Mar 21, 2010, 4:36AM by Ed Armstead


        MIA 2008 Village Notes
    click to download MIA 2008 Village NotesMIA 2008 Village Notes.pdf
    Size = 285,304 Bytes (approx. 2 minute(s) to download by modem, and 5 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Sunday, Mar 21, 2010, 4:34AM by Ed Armstead


        Village Notes Winter 2008
    click to download Village Notes Winter 2008MIAnews2008[1].pdf
    Size = 285,304 Bytes (approx. 2 minute(s) to download by modem, and 5 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Saturday, Mar 08, 2008, 4:32AM by Ed Armstead


        MIA 2007 Village Notes
    click to download MIA 2007 Village NotesMIA 2007 Village Notes.pdf
    Size = 231,244 Bytes (approx. 2 minute(s) to download by modem, and 4 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Sunday, Mar 21, 2010, 4:41AM by Ed Armstead


        Village News 2006 Page 2
    click to download Village News 2006 Page 2MIAnews2006_pg2.pdf
    Size = 6,914,149 Bytes (approx. 64 minute(s) to download by modem, and 1 minute(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Friday, Mar 02, 2007, 12:54AM by Ed Armstead


        Village News 2006 Page 1
    click to download Village News 2006 Page 1MIAnews2006_pg1.pdf
    Size = 7,218,342 Bytes (approx. 66 minute(s) to download by modem, and 2 minute(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Friday, Mar 02, 2007, 12:48AM by Ed Armstead


        Village Notes Winter 2007 (Back)
    click to download Village Notes Winter 2007 (Back)Village news 2007_back.pdf
    Size = 125,803 Bytes (approx. 1 minute(s) to download by modem, and 3 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Saturday, Mar 08, 2008, 4:28AM by Ed Armstead


        Village Notes Winter 2007(Front)
    click to download Village Notes Winter 2007(Front)Village news 2007_front.pdf
    Size = 124,556 Bytes (approx. 1 minute(s) to download by modem, and 3 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Saturday, Mar 08, 2008, 4:24AM by Ed Armstead



    Items of Interest
        MIA Constitution June 2003 PDf Format
    click to download MIA Constitution June 2003 PDf FormatMIA Constitution June 2003.pdf
    Size = 10,135 Bytes (approx. 6 second(s) to download by modem, and 1 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Thursday, Mar 29, 2007, 1:34AM by Ed Armstead


        MIA Bylaws 2003 PDf Format
    click to download MIA Bylaws 2003 PDf FormatMIA Bylaws June 2003.pdf
    Size = 19,995 Bytes (approx. 12 second(s) to download by modem, and 1 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Thursday, Mar 29, 2007, 12:52AM by Ed Armstead


        MIA Constitution
    click to download MIA ConstitutionMIA Constitution June 2003.doc
    Size = 21,504 Bytes (approx. 12 second(s) to download by modem, and 1 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Friday, Mar 02, 2007, 1:27AM by Ed Armstead


        MIA Bylaws
    click to download MIA Bylaws MIA Bylaws June 2003.doc
    Size = 32,256 Bytes (approx. 18 second(s) to download by modem, and 1 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Friday, Mar 02, 2007, 1:23AM by Ed Armstead


     


    Announcements

    Moorestown Improvement Association 2014 membership Drive Continues

    Welcome to 2014 Moorestown

    Did you realize that in 1954 MIA helped to divert Route 295 from bisecting Moorestown? Or, in 1937 MIA helped to create Strawbridge Lake from the swamplands of Hooten Creek?

    I recently learned these facts and many others while reading the MIA 75th anniversary brochure published in 1979. We have much to be proud of!

    A small group of committed citizens has worked for 110 years to preserve the beauty of our town, and we continue that tradition today. As in past years, membership numbers are a concern. We thank you for your past support and ask that you continue to be a member of the oldest service organization in our lovely town. I also ask that you mention MIA to your neighbors and friends, to gather support, and keep MIA vibrant for the future.

    We look forward to this well-deserved spring and we hope to see you on Main Street.

    Jean Mancini

    Membership Chair

    contact email:
    website: http://moorestown.com/community/mia
    click to download attachment Attachment
    Size = 38,616 Bytes (approx. 22 second(s) to download by modem, and 1 second(s) by Cable Modem/DSL Line)
      Last updated: Monday, May 12, 2014, 1:43AM by Ed Armstead
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    Events
    Moorestown Mayor to Speak at Moorestown Improvement Association Annual Meeting Mar 22, 2013
    From: 7:00PM To: 9:00PM
    Mayor Stacey Jordan to Speak At Moorestown Improvement Association Annual Meeting March 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm Moorestown Community House - Moorestown's new mayor, Stacey Jordan, will be our speaker for the evening. She will be sharing her goals for "our town's" future. We hope you will join us for a brief business meeting and the guest speaker. Space is limited. Please make reservations. No admission fee, Donations accepted. Please contact: Ed Armstead at warmstead2@comcast.net or 235-1359
    Contact: Ed Armstead
    eMail:
    Phone: 856 235 1359
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