Cherry Hill's Richman to join sports hall of fame

Richie Richman of Cherry Hill is among eight to be inducted into the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame tomorrow.

The ceremony is scheduled at 5:30 p.m. at the Gershman Y at Broad and Pine Streets in Philadelphia.

Richman excelled in varsity football, baseball and basketball at West Philadelphia's Overbrook High School. Richman attended Villanova University, where he also played three varsity sports. In football, his teams participated in the Sun Bowl in 1961 and the Liberty Bowl in Philadelphia in 1962.

After graduating from Villanova, Richman played a couple seasons in the Phillies' organization, and he spent two years with the Philadelphia Bulldogs in the Continental Football League.

Richman also is in the halls of fame at Overbrook and Villanova, and is in the city all-star chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame.

Virtua Health wins award for the second year

Virtua Health recently won a New Jersey Governor's Award for performance excellence for the second straight year.

The award is given to organizations that show excellence in quality as well as a systematic approach to overall management. Virtua Health won a silver award after winning a bronze last year.

Williamstown man honored by construction industry

George Hand Sr. of Williamstown has been inducted into the Barton E. Harrison New Jersey Alliance for Action Hall of Fame for his contributions to the state's construction industry and economy.

Hand is president of Oldcastle Precast's Eastern U.S. Pipe Group, located in Folsom. He also is chief operating officer of National Pipe Operations.

The Barton E. Harrison Alliance for Action Hall of Fame honors the alliance's South Jersey regional vice chairman and founding member of the board of the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust. Admission to the hall of fame is predicated on outstanding contributions to community service related to infrastructure planning and improvements for New Jersey. Hand is just the second inductee.

The New Jersey Alliance for Action is a statewide nonpartisan, nonprofit coalition of more than 600 businesses and labor, professional, academic and government organizations.

Pennsauken drinking club stirs up political debate

Pennsauken has become the 193d Drinking Liberally chapter in the nation.

Across the country, local pubs are hosting new chapters of Drinking Liberally ( - an informal, democratic drinking club where socializing and politics mix.

The Pennsauken/Merchantville Chapter of Drinking Liberally meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at Kings Row Sports Bar and Billiards, 6030 N. Crescent Blvd. in Pennsauken.

What started in a dive bar in New York's Hell's Kitchen in May 2003 is now known in the grass-roots political world as an easy first step for political involvement. Drinking Liberally's weekly guests and regulars include local politicians and their staffers, political organizers, activists, would-be volunteers and newly interested chit-chatters - all in a casual, inclusive environment.

Haddonfield group honors service members' mothers

The Partnership for Haddonfield, an organization that promotes the town's downtown businesses, recently honored 10 mothers from the borough who have children on active duty in the military.

The marketing committee for the Partnership for Haddonfield wanted to do something special by honoring the mothers in town whose children could not spend time with them on Mother's Day.

Haddonfield salons presented the mothers with $100 gift certificates so they could treat themselves in time for Mother's Day.

Dennis James Hair & Body, Lisa Michaels Hair Salon, Lille, Mane Stop, Patterns Hair Salon, Pierre de Beaumont, Personal Expressions Hair Studio, Salon Expose, Carmen's Hair Emporium, and Head Trip participated in the event.