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BCT: “Fly! Bessie! Fly!” lands at Medford Leas

On November 1 there was an article by Rebecca Carlbon in the Burlington County Times about an upcoming Forum.   Carlbon wrote:

bessie-colemanMedford Leas Forum will present ‘Fly! Bessie! Fly!,” the story of Bessie Coleman performed by Dr. Daisy Century on Nov.12 at 11 a.m. Coleman, who in 1921, became the first African American woman to earn a pilot’s license, was not a person who let other people define her limitations, so she traveled to France to learn to fly when American flight schools refused her because of her race. In later years she shared her experiences with children, encouraging them with the words, “You too can fly.”   Continue reading –>

First Fall in Lumberton

by Kathy Riley 

After a September that seemed like an extension of summer, we began to have cooler weather and an occasional touch of frost, interspersed with some eighty-degree days whose heat and humidity had us digging out those summer clothes we’d carefully put away.  I thought back to the year before when we were in the early stages of our move and visited the soon-to-be new home several times. I knew that I would be living there by late winter, but emotionally I still hadn’t let go of my old city home.  Continue reading

Singing Without a Net

Here’s a story of the week that was.

1mondayOn Wednesday, October 19, the Medford Leas Singers performed for 175 residents from 20 New Jersey CCRCs. But on a Wednesday, Chris Bass, our amazing conductor who leads the women’s chorus at Temple University, can’t be with us. To perform without Chris is like working without a net. So we scheduled a “dress rehearsal” at the monthly Medford Leas Residents Association meeting on Monday, October 17.  Continue  reading–>


Medford Sun Article on Pathways “Open Books” Programs

by Medford Sun News Staff – October 14

pathwaysguideLearn novel ideas about how to write the book on writing books at two programs this fall at Medford Leas, featuring authors Douglas Brunt and Elizabeth LaBan. Both will host a meet and greet, as well as a discussion of their work.

New York Times bestselling author Brunt was CEO of Authentium, Inc., until 2011, but now is a full-time author, currently working on his third novel. His first book, Ghosts of Manhattan, is a comic novel offering a withering view of life on Wall Street from the perspective of an unhappy insider who is too hooked on the money to find a way out, even as his career is ruining his marriage and corroding his soul. Continue Reading –>

Medford Sun Article on Pathways Local Foods Lectures

by Medford Sun News Staff – October 6

medfordsunlocallygrownWine and dine on the thought of fresh, local foods and beverages at two lectures being offered by Medford Leas this fall.

Benefits of Eating Local Foods at the Vincentown Diner and Wines in the Garden State: Past, Present, and Future, will offer a look at the local options available when dining and drinking. The programs will be held in Medford Leas’ Medford Campus Theater and are being offered at no cost. The Vincentown Diner program will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and the Wines program will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15, both from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Although utilizing local foods is a trend that has grown in popularity recently, the Vincentown Diner switched to local and seasonal foods more than a decade ago under the ownership of Jim Melissaratos because, as he explained, it made good business sense and supports the local economy.     Continue Reading –>


Walking “The Way:” A Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

by Pat Kidd and Davis Henderson

HeaderCIn 2016 we are completing the ~500 mile Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain. We’ve made the pilgrimage in thirds, walking about 150 miles in each of 2014 and 2015, and finishing up with 200 miles this year.

The Camino is a well-trodden route (dating back more than 1,000 years) whose popularity has soared in recent years. Back in the mid-1980’s, fewer than 3,000 pilgrims made the trek each year. In 2011, after Martin Sheen’s movie “The Way” was released, 180,000 people completed the Camino and last year that number topped 250,000. Clearly this ancient pilgrimage route taps something important in today’s  zeitgeist.   Continue reading —> 

A Newcomer’s Perspective

by Kathy Riley

“All right, everyone, let’s jog to the end of the pool and back,” commands Ann Naulty, Lumberton resident and volunteer pool exercise leader.  The group breaks into an awkward trot, some faster, some slower.  “When you get to the wall, jog backwards!”  Ann directs, and we reverse the process.  There is much laughter and an occasional collision as we get ready for an hour of low impact, high energy fitness with our friends.  The sun tops the trees, and suddenly, we are all much warmer and making jokes about our ‘spa.’  Enjoying an outdoor pool isn’t all that unusual until you look at a calendar and see the date — September 23.

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Medford Leas Art Gallery

img_3046Currently in the Medford Leas Art Gallery, you will find the creations of artist Deborah W. Pey.

For over 30 years, Deborah has relied upon her passion to inspire the art projects she has developed. The unfolding of each piece of art is an exciting adventure for her.

The Gallery is located on the Medford Leas Campus in the Community Building.

It is open to the public from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at no charge.

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Monarch Butterflies being released at Medford Leas

Debbie Lux, Medford Leas Horticulturalist released Monarch Butterflies this morning from the Barton Arboretum and Nature Preserve of Medford Leas.

These butterflies have been tagged so that the migration pattern of these butterflies can be tracked as they travel south. Participating in this tagging helps to encourage further interest as to migratory patterns as well as helps to study the habitats that are required to help the survival of the monarch butterflies.

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