Challenger Baseball

Challenger Baseball of Cherry Hill is now registering players for the 2009 Spring Season.  Challenger Baseball of Cherry Hill brings the Little League baseball experience to all of the areas special needs and disabled children.  The league is specifically designed for children ages 5 thru 18 regardless of their ability level or mobility.

Children will be participating in a fun, family atmosphere each Sunday afternoon mid-April through June at the Cherry Hill American Little League fields located in the Brookfield section of Cherry Hill. Players will each have a buddy to assist them if necessary.

There is no fee to participate and they are open to all children regardless of where you reside.  The league is happy to have any and all volunteers to help in this program.  If you are looking for a worthwile experience, donate your time to this special cause.

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Middle School Information Nights

Middle school information meetings for fifth graders and their parents will be held the first week of February as follows:

      

Carusi: Monday, February 2

      – Beck: Tuesday, February 3

      – Rosa: Wednesday, February 4 and Thursday, February 5 

 

All meetings begin at 7 pm. The middle school open enrollment period will run from February 13 through February 27.   Applications for open enrollment to Rosa have been mailed to parents of all fifth graders and will also be available at the Rosa information meetings.

 

Given the past few years and enrollment high at all of th elementary schools there will probably be a pottery again for entrance to Rosa.  This will be announced officially on or about March 13. 

 

Those intersted in attending Rosa need to fill out the District Application for Open Enrollment and turn it in to the District  Adminstration at Malberg.

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Mayor Takes Pay Cut

Mayor & Council take 10-percent pay cut

Mayor Bernie Platt has given back 10 percent of his Township salary to personally create cost savings for Town Hall. The Mayor’s reduction was followed by a 10 percent salary reduction by Town Council leadership, the majority of Council members and Maris Kukainis, Township business administrator.

The Township has implemented several cost cutting measures to combat a significant drop in construction revenue, state aid and rising costs due to state mandated payments to the pension system and the public library.

"This is another form of universal belt tightening by my administration to combat the ongoing national recession," Platt said. "At this point as an elected official I feel a moral obligation to share the pain with employees and residents by giving back salary in order to do my part in these extraordinary times. In my estimate it would be unconscionable to ask for wage freezes without actively participating."

The total savings from the salary giveback by elected officials and the municipal manager will be more than $26,000. Additionally, Town Council members have not had a salary increase in more than 20 years and the mayor’s salary has not increased since Platt took office.

Steven Polansky, council president, said the salary giveback is another example of the administration sharing the pain with employees and the community.

"Right now we are looking at every option to cut costs," Polansky said. "The Mayor and Council must lead the way in these difficult economic times. During these unprecedented times of economic turmoil I am open to all options to preserve the core services upon our residents depend, and which they value. There is no question that people are suffering. Universal pain needs to be felt by everyone from the top down."

To offset the debilitating effects of the current recession, the Township has already made painful layoffs, consolidated departments, implemented premium sharing for medical benefits throughout union ranks, froze wages for 130 nonunion employees and cut more than $700,000 from its 2008-09 fiscal year budget.

Platt said the Township would continue to plan for the future during this recession-based economy, and that these particular givebacks are a "sign of the times." He also said that his administration would go back to the six unions operating in the Township to seriously discuss wage freezes and other concessions to create economic sustainability for future budgets until economic conditions improve.

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