House of the Week: Is This the Coolest Mansion in Moorestown?

628 Windsock Way,  Moorestown, NJ, 08057

628 Windsock Way, Moorestown, NJ, 08057

In Latin, tabula rasa means “scraped tablet.” In the current vernacular we say “clean slate.” It just so happens that this Jersey home has the term for its name. And actually, Tabula Rasa’s title fits it: the property, built circa 1819 by Josiah Lippincott, a Moorestown founder, faced possible demolition at one point.

Luckily, it was saved and went on to be renovated and expanded. The clean slate it was afforded has resulted in what is possibly the coolest house we’ve seen in awhile. Here’s a list of fun features the home offers:

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Ex-Eagle Irving Fryar, Mother Reject Plea Deals, Will Head to Trial

Former NFL football star, Irving Fryar, right, and his mother Allene McGhee appear before Judge James W. Palmer in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as they pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam. State prosecutors allege Fryar's 80-year-old mother, Allene McGhee, of Willingboro, N.J., submitted false information to obtain five loans on her home within a six-day period. (AP Photo | Dennis McDonald)

Former NFL football star, Irving Fryar, right, and his mother Allene McGhee appeared before Judge James W. Palmer in Burlington County Superior Court in Mount Holly, N.J., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, as they pleaded not guilty to charges that they conspired to steal more than $690,000 through a mortgage scam. State prosecutors allege Fryar’s 80-year-old mother, Allene McGhee, of Willingboro, N.J., submitted false information to obtain five loans on her home within a six-day period. (AP Photo | Dennis McDonald)

Former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Irving Fryar and his mother, accused in a mortgage fraud scam in New Jersey, both turned down plea deals in court Tuesday and will head to trial on charges of mortgage fraud.

“I have lost everything,” Fryar’s mother, Allene McGhee, said in court. Both Fryar and his mother live in Willingboro, New Jersey. Fryar was born in Mount Holly and played for the Eagles for three seasons from 1996 to 1998. He remained in the area after retiring, and briefly worked for Action News.

Fryar and McGhee are accused of conspiring with another man, William Barksdale, to obtain five mortgages on McGhee’s Willingboro home last year. Barksdale pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud earlier this year and was sentenced to 20 months in federal prison. Under the plea deal, Fryar and McGhee would have pleaded guilty to second-degree theft by deception and paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution. Fryar would have been sentenced to five years; McGhee three.

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Chris Christie on Sirota: “He’s Not a Journalist, He’s a Hack”

Chris Christie got quite a bit miffed when talking yesterday about the report that New Jersey’s pension shortfall is due to risky investments Christie directed the state to make.

“The article that spurred all this conversation has been written by a guy who has been a completely discredited journalist who’s been fired for being inaccurate and inflammatory before,” Christie said. “Right now, anybody can pop up on a website and call themselves a journalist. David Sirota’s not a journalist, he’s a hack.”

Paul Carr of Pando Daily, where Sirota used to work, defended Sirota’s writing at the website and said Sirota was let go by the website during restructuring. “As Christie is well aware, not only does Pando stand by David’s reporting but we continue to cover any legal expenses he incurs as a result of Christie’s cronies threatening to sue over our coverage,” Carr wrote.

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Chris Christie Vetoes New Jersey Beach Smoking Ban

Chris Christie announced last night that he was vetoing a bill that would have banned smoking in most of New Jersey’s beaches and parks.

“While I appreciate the sponsors’ concerns regarding the risks posed by smoking and second-hand smoke, I am not persuaded that a prescriptive, one-size-fits-all State ban on smoking at public parks and beaches is advisable at this time,” Christie wrote in his veto statement. “Too often, policy-makers at more centralized levels of government encroach into areas of public policy previously reserved for local governing bodies.”

Yes, it sounds like Christie is using this statement to help set himself up for a presidential run as a small-government conservative.

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Missing N.J. Student Found Dead in Israel

A photograph of Aaron Sofer, 23, is nearby as people listen during a news conference Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J.  AP | Mel Evans

A photograph of Aaron Sofer, 23, is nearby as people listen during a news conference Tuesday, August 26, 2014, in Lakewood, N.J. AP | Mel Evans

The body of a New Jersey yeshiva student was found in a Jeruslaem forest, Israeli authorities said. Aaron Sofer, 23, had been missing since last Friday after going for a hike.

Sofer is from Lakewood, which has a large Orthodox Jewish population. Earlier this week, Sofer’s parents offered a reward for his return in a video posted to social media. The family also demanded the IDF get involved. The New York Daily News reported Hamas militants were suspected, though there was no concrete evidence to a link.

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