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Outstanding members of the local community.

by Staff

Star Citizen
Julie Beddingfield
The Haddonfield Lions’ Club recently named Beddingfield its Citizen of the Year. Having lived in the town for 15 years, Beddingfield is also the owner of Inkwood Books on Kings Highway and was recognized for her support of the community. Among her achievements noted by the Lions’ Club was her role in spearheading environmental programs in Haddonfield, including installing rain gardens and launching a food waste composting program. This led to her position as chair of Sustainable Haddonfield for several years. She also uses her platform at Inkwood Books to foster diverse ideas by hosting programs and author events, as well as donating books to Camden and local school book fairs.

Star Athlete
Andrew Lodge
A graduate of Shawnee High School and current student at The College of New Jersey, Lodge broke a 27-year-old school record in the indoor 400-meter dash at the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championships this past February. Although he finished in second place behind a Rowan student, Lodge completed the event in 48.89, beating the previous TCNJ record of 48.92 set back in 1995. He followed that up last month by breaking 22 seconds in the outdoor 200—a personal record that is the third fastest time in TCNJ history.

Star Students
Kong Chen, Laila Rehman and Sydney Kerrihard
Chen, Rehman and Kerrihard recently won honorable mention in C-SPAN’s national 2022 StudentCam competition. Entries were asked to address how the federal government impacted their life, and the seniors from Moorestown High School submitted a documentary entitled, Spilling the Beans. In the film, they addressed the question of why fast food is cheaper than fresh, healthy and organic food; and focused on why food subsidies go to farmers in mostly select areas, such as corn, wheat and soy. Over 3,000 students from across the country participated, and Spilling the Beans placed in the top 150 documentaries, and included a $250 prize. The video can be viewed at

Star Coach
Liz Begley
Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill West girls swim coach Liz Begley was named 2022 Coach of the Year by the South Jersey Interscholastic Swimming Association (SJISA). After finishing their regular season with a 4-5 record, the team qualified for the NJSIAA South Jersey Group B Tournament where they bested Clearview in West’s first playoff victory in five years, and upset Moorestown and Clearview to make it to the Group B championship meet, ending a near decade-long drought. West ultimately lost to Mainland but celebrated its deep run with Begley at the helm.

Star Citizens
Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey (JFEDSNJ)
Cherry Hill
Earlier this month, JFEDSNJ CEO Jen Weiss and President Harry A. Platt flew to the Poland/Ukraine border to hand deliver donated collected by the South Jersey community. Their cargo included 20 duffel bags full of medical supplies and toys for children, with an estimated value of over $65,000, destined for refugees in Poland and people in Ukraine. JFEDSNJ’s participation was part of a national initiative by Jewish Federations of North America. In addition to these donations, JFEDSNJ has raised more than $200,000 to date for its Ukraine Relief Fund, and contributions continue to come in.

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 12.
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