Hoax Puts School In Lockdown

Today, January 7, 2010 the Beck Middle School went into lockdown mode when graffiti of a threatening nature was found in the girl’s bathroom.  This set the school’s lock down operations into motion and the police were called to the building.

The district notification system was activated and parents were called by phone to alert them of the situation.  A second call followed when the lockdown was lifted.

Despite the fact that this was a hoax and the perpetrator should be dealt with accordingly, this did demonstrate that the procedures put in place by the school board for these situation does work and the school board and Beck school should be commended for that.

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Cherry Hill School Board Freezes Budget

In an effort to stem the tide of increasing school budgets, the Cherry Hill Board of Education has frozen the school budget for this school year.  They are doing this in hopes to reduce to demand for increasing the budget in the upcoming year.

One of the interesting facts that appears when you take a look at the comparative facts and figures for the 2009 spending guide is the fact that the median administrators salary has increased almost 20% in the last 4 years.  With more and more people out of work, why is it that we are paying administrators 20% then we did 4 years ago?  Administrators are not actually teaching our children, they are just supervising the teachers.  How is it that these types of jobs are granted salary increases when at the same time they are laying off teachers.  There is obviously something wrong with this picture.  Maybe its time for a change in how our school budget is being determined – it looks just like every other government agency who gives themselves raises without actually having to produce anything of true value.

Now is the time for the people of the community to get involved with how and where are tax dollars are being spent.

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Mt. Pisgah Church of Haddonfield Re-opens Its Doors

The Greater Mt. Pisgah Church of Haddonfield re-opened its doors to the public Sunday, December 27, 2009.  The church burned down 3 1/2 years ago and was thought by many local residents that the church would not open again.

However, thanks to the diligent work of Pastor Mark-Anthony Rassmann the church has risen up from the ashes and is reborn commensurate with the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  Services during this period of rebuilding have been held at the Grace Episcopal Church in Haddonfield which donated worhsip and office facilities to Mt. Pisgah.

The church is located at 238 Ellis Street, right on the town line across from the intersection of Kresson Road and Haddonfield-Berlin Road.  The church was rebuilt thanks to donations from the local Haddonfield community and surrounding areas.

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How come the schools were closed?

When Cherry Hill had 24 inches of snow over the weekend of December 19-20, 2009, the road crews were out in full force plowing and getting all of the major roads in the area cleared for travel.  They did an excellent job given how much snow fell in the area.

On the following Monday, the 21st schools were closed even though all of the roads seemed clear.  How can this be?  All of the major roads were clear and it was not that hard to get around town.  Was is because all of the school parking lots were ont fully cleared?  I saw a 15 foot pile of snow just in front of Cherry Hill East.

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Well, it turns out that this issue in this case was the fact that the secondary roads in the housing developments wre not cleared sufficiently to allow the school buses to navigate the local roads to pick up their students.  Many school bus stops and back streets were still blocked due to the large snowfall.  So, when you are wondering why you have you kids at home sometimes when it looks to you to be ridiculous, think of our school bus drivers who have to navigate around the narrow streets to get your kids safely to and from school. 

BTW – the kids just lost Feb 15th (Monday) of Presidents weekend due to the snow day.

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Covered Bridge Road Repair Coming Spring 2010

The Township was recently notified by the state Department of Transportation that it would receive $250,000 to complete the reconstruction of Covered Bridge Road to the intersection of Forge Road. This heavily traveled local street is a vital piece of Cherry Hill’s 260 miles of local roadway connecting Route 70 to Kresson Road.

This will be a resurfacing and repair of Covered Bridge Road from Rt. 70 to Forge Road just before you cross the old Covered Bridge.

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Limited H1N1 Flu SHot vaccinations by Camden County Dec 4th.

On Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Camden County Department of Health and Human Services will be hosting an age and demographically limited H1N1 vaccination clinic at the   in the municipal complex (820 Mercer Street).

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This clinic will be focused on pre-set ages and demographics considered to be at the most risk for contacting the illness:

1. Pregnant women
2. Household caregivers for children younger than 6 months of age
3. Healthcare and emergency medical services personnel
4. All people from six months through 24 years of age
5. Persons aged 25 through 64 years, who have health conditions associated with higher risk of medical complications from the flu

For additional information on who should get the vaccine, contact the county’s health department directly, at (856) 374-6320.

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Mayor Calls for Tax Cut

How is this for helping out the average Joe. Believe it or not Mayor Bernie Platt proposed a 3 cent cut in the tax rate Septe 14th.  This 3 cent cut in the tax rate will result in a $52 savings for the average home owner in Cherry Hill with a house rated at $140,000.

So how are they paying for this, you ask? Well, the township has been reducing costs by consolidating services, freezing payroll, and laying off staff. Fourteen employees were laid off last year which came out to a savings of $800,000.  

The township has also been  using green energy initiatives to help reduce the budget requirements. A solar panel project is set for installtion this fall which is expected to save $56,000 a year, and a new HVAC system is epected to reduce energy costs by another $36,000 annually.

In June council members approved a preliminary tax levy that assumed a $1 million budget cut. That was expected to keep municipal  taxes at the fiscal 2009 level, which is approximately $1,180 a year for municipal taxes.

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BioDiesel comes to Cherry Hill

Cherry Hill Township is going to fuel its municipal services vehicles with B20 biodiesel.  b20 biodiesel is a mixture of 20 percent biodiesel and 80 percent petroleum dieselthat can be used in a diesel engine without any modifications to the engine.

The township officially entered into the state’s Biodiesel Fuel Rebate Program at a July 13 Town Council meeting,  which cleared the way to using greener fuel.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, biodiesel blends, such as B20, reduce the emission levels and toxicity of diesel exhaust, substantially lowering the output of hydrocarbons, sulfate and particulate matter, among other hazardous air pollutants.

Biodiesel is generally made by chemically reacting vegetable oil, animal fat, and alcohol.
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Sustainable Cherry Hill

It’s July 2020 and the people of Cherry Hill, NJ are just waking up to start their busy days. Mom hops on the new Cherry Hill bio diesel fueled jitney as she makes her way to work on the other side of town.

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A Tale of Two Cities – a Musical

Be among the first to view the premiere performance of a high school version of A Tale of Two Cities…a new musical, directed by Cherry Hill’s own Robert D. Nation. 

 
The musical will be performed live at Cherry Hill High School East by the Cherry Hill Recreation Department’s Summer Theatre group.  Featuring a cast of over 40 area teens, audiences will be delighted with their rendition of A Tale of Two Cities…a new musical.

The original Broadway show starred two Cherry Hill natives: James Barbour from High School East & Aaron Lazar from High School West.  In addition, Mr. Nation worked on the Broadway show in the Educational Outreach Department. At the encouragement of Bronx history teacher, East grad Brandon Lowe, Mr. Nation was inspired to develop the first program on Broadway to offer free tickets to students from the five boroughs enrolled in Title 1 Schools. This was accomplished through a charitable foundation.

Show dates:

Tickets are $12 for general admission.  Cherry Hill seniors with gold cards pay $10.

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Disney s High School Musical

On the weekend of July 24, 2009 the Disney phenomenon, High School Musical, produced by Robert D. Nation, will be performed live at Cherry Hill High School East by the Cherry Hill Recreation Department’s Summer Theatre "Wildcats."  A cast of over 80 children and teens from our area will delight audiences with their rendition of "Get’cha Head in the Game," "What I’ve Been Looking For," "Stick to the Status Quo," "Can’t Take My Eyes off You" and all the other well known hits.

Tickets can be purchased at the Cherry Hill High School East Box Office (1750 Kresson Rd., Cherry Hill 08003) Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. beginning Monday, July 20.

Show times:

General Admission $12 – Cherry Hill seniors with Gold Card: $10

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